Many States Still Grapple With Regulating Medical Marijuana

Unless state lawmakers get ahead of their constituents on legalization, they face a potential regulatory nightmare.

KALISPELL, Montana — In a retrofitted garage in his suburban backyard, Mike Eacker tends to his marijuana plants while he waits to see whether his crop will continue to turn a profit.

For Eacker and other growers here in Montana, there is uncertainty as they anticipate the outcome of a state Supreme Court case that could effectively end commercial sales of medical marijuana and render their businesses unprofitable.


Qualifying Conditions For Cannabis By State


Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Alaska include:

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • Cachexia (wasting syndrome)
  • Nausea
  • Muscle spasms
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Pain
  • Seizures

For a complete list of qualifying conditions and guidelines, please refer to Alaska’s application for medical marijuana registry



Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Arizona include:


Marijuana legalization talk sparks debate at Seeds 'n' Stems panel

BILLINGS — Few topics can spark debate like marijuana legalization, whether for medicinal or recreational uses.

About 110 people turned out at Yellowstone Art Museum on Thursday for a panel discussion called Seeds ‘n’ Stems. Most audience members who took to the microphone favored legalization and spoke passionately on its behalf. Montana has allowed patients to use marijuana for medical uses since 2009.


Alaska marijuana board bans giveaways, ups security requirements

Alaska cannabis businesses can sell you a hoodie, so long as the transaction is being recorded in high-definition.

The Alaska Marijuana Control Board covered allowable advertising strategies or retail dispensaries, as well as security protocol last week, on the second day of an extra meeting to consider draft regulations.

Board Director Cynthia Franklin argued Montana's greatest mistake was allowing too much advertising for medical marijuana. Montana legalized medicinal marijuana in 2004 only to have a ballot initiative introduced in 2014 to recriminalize it. This followed a ballooning industry that roused the ire of the state legislators and a 36 percent minority of the population who hadn't supported legal medicinal marijuana in the first place.


Montana: Medical marijuana safer than prescription painkillers

Each year some 300 people in Montana die from prescription drug overdose. Hundreds more become addicted to the strongest opiates developed to date.

To their credit, Attorney General Tim Fox and many health officials are spearheading a drive to reduce those numbers. They have developed a program costing $1.5 million to that end. We do, in fact, have an epidemic on our hands.

However, at the same time, Fox is spending taxpayer dollars to fight to abolish a program that could help stem the tide of prescription painkiller deaths. Namely our once functioning medical marijuana program approved by voter initiative by a margin of 60 percent in 2004.


Eleven years after being approved, Montana's medical marijuana industry faces an existential threat

BILLINGS, Mont. – Gone are the flashing green neon lights on street corners advertising $200 ounces of marijuana in Billings and Butte and beyond. Gone are the traveling cannabis caravans of doctors infamous for signing up hundreds of medical marijuana hopefuls in a single day.

The vast majority of the nearly 30,000 patients and 4,900 providers that once flooded this state of just more than 1 million people have been driven out of Montana’s medical marijuana program, which was first legalized in 2004.


DigiPath (DIGP) Well Positioned to Take Advantage of $850M Cannabis Testing Market

WHITEFISH, MT / ACCESSWIRE / July 16, 2015 / There are many different ways to profit from the burgeoning cannabis industry, ranging from GrowBLOX Sciences Inc.'s (OTCQB: GBLX) growing solutions to Medbox Inc.'s (OTCQB: MDBX) dispensing technologies to Cannabis Science Inc.'s (OTCQB: CBIS) focus on the medicinal properties of the plant, but cannabis testing could be the most compelling.

Cannabis testing is expected to generate close to a billion dollars in revenue by 2020, according to a new report by GreenWave Advisors, a comprehensive independent research firm focused on the emerging legal cannabis industry.


Montana ballot proposal would legalize recreational marijuana

HELENA (AP) — A Glendive man is proposing a ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana for adults over 21.

Anthony Varriano submitted proposed language this week that would amend the state constitution to regulate pot and tax it as an industry as well as allow the purchase and possession of limited amounts. It would also require that the first $40 million in revenue raised annually by taxes go toward public schools.

He says the measure is based on Colorado's recreational marijuana law passed by voters in 2012.


Cops Raid Medical Marijuana Patient, Take Her Vibrator in Asset Forfeiture

When the cops raided Ginnifer Hency’s home in Smiths Creek, Michigan, last July, “they took everything,” she told state legislators on Tuesday, including TV sets, ladders, her children’s cellphones and iPads, even her vibrator. They found six ounces of marijuana and arrested Hency for possession with intent to deliver, “even though I was fully compliant with the Michigan medical marijuana laws,” which means “I am allowed to possess and deliver.” Hency, a mother of four with multiple sclerosis, uses marijuana for pain relief based on her neurologist’s recommendation. She also serves as a state-registered caregiver for five other patients.


Medical marijuana for PTSD: a solution or problem?


Medical marijuana has been proven to help treat chronic illnesses.

Just this week, Montana Attorney General Tim Fox filed an appeal to reverse certain provisions in Montana's marijuana laws.

Reporter Keele Smith went On Special Assignment and talked with one veteran who uses it for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and why he wants others to be able to do the same.

"I saw two people shot to death right in front of me, in front of a store full of people," Marine Corps Veteran and cannabis activist Tayln Lang said.

Lang has a medical marijuana card for another condition but finds that using cannabis also relieves his symptoms of PTSD.


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