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Wed
14
Aug

Florida and Texas decriminalize marijuana possession

When members of Congress voted to legalize hemp late last year, they likely did not envision that it would make it harder for law enforcement in places such as Florida and Texas. But that’s exactly what has happened.

Officials in both Florida and Texas have voiced their intention to stop the prosecution of low-level marijuana cases. That’s because no reliable field test exists that can tell the difference between the presence of hemp, which won’t get you high, and cannabis, which will.

Tue
13
Aug

Missouri medical marijuana application process begins — and competition looks fierce

Missouri has begun accepting applications for its medical marijuana program as of Saturday, August 3, and the competition looks like it will be fierce.

Up to 2,000 applications are expected to vie for 348 licenses, and already over 600 applicants have paid the application fees before the applications even opened, according to the Missouri Department of Health.

The licenses are divided between different categories — 60 for cultivation facilities, 86 for processors, 192 for dispensaries and 10 for testing laboratories.

Tue
13
Aug

$7M pours into university doing Ohio’s 1st hemp research

A historically black university in Ohio is advancing its plans to become the first public institution in the state to conduct hemp research.

Central State University announced Thursday it’s received $7.1 million in contributions toward current initiatives, including its new hemp research program.

The sum includes a single record-setting private donation of $2 million from philanthropist Frank Murphy.

President Cynthia Jackson-Hammond says Central State is the only Ohio public university planting seeds for research into hemp, a strain of the cannabis plant used for fiber and cannabidiol (kan-uh-bih-DY’-ahl), or CBD.

Tue
13
Aug

NYC to seal marijuana misdemeanor records for roughly 350 people

In a decision that attorneys say could open the door to other class-action lawsuits, a petition has been approved to seal the criminal records of 350 people with marijuana misdemeanors in Manhattan.

Tue
13
Aug

These are top 100 cannabis companies in the World

Call it Reefer Gladness. Today the editors of Green Entrepreneur unveiled our first-annual “Green 100” list, (plus 21 to Watch) saluting the best cannabis products, services, and events in the market. This also marks the first anniversary of Green Entrepreneurs’ entry into the market. So happy birthday to us!

Mon
12
Aug

Legalization of marijuana in Arizona: These are the rules that could be on the 2020 ballot

For the second time in four years, there's a chance Arizonans might be casting a vote to legalize marijuana on their November ballot.

A group backing the legalization released details Friday on a ballot measure that is looking to legalize the "responsible adult use of marijuana" in Arizona.

The 16-page "Smart and Safe Act" would legalize the sale, possession and consumption of up to one ounce, no more than 5 grams of which can be marijuana concentrate, of the drug for adults 21 years and older. Every adult would also be allowed to have not more than six plants at their home or 12 in homes with multiple adults.

Mon
12
Aug

Texas medical marijuana muddle

Once the state with the harshest cannabis laws in the United States, Texas recently expanded the list of qualifying conditions for medical pot use. 

Lawmakers in the Lone Star State approved a bill that expands the Compassionate Use Act, adding multiple sclerosis, terminal cancer, autism, Parkinson’s disease, and various seizure disorders to the scope of conditions that can be treated with medical marijuana.

Previously, state laws allowed only patients with intractable epilepsy to benefit from medical cannabis products.

Mon
12
Aug

Using CBD has never been more popular for Americans

Whatever notions that CBD was just another wellness fad are officially dead. Need proof? Look no further than a Gallup poll released earlier this week. According to the poll, one in every seven Americans now use CBD for its therapeutic benefits.

Mon
12
Aug

Michigan’s marijuana regulatory agency introduces tier-based fee system

Regulators in Michigan announced on Thursday that license fees for legal medical marijuana businesses in the state will be transitioning to a tier-based system beginning on October 1. Under the plan, most businesses would see a reduction in fees or no change, although some companies will end up paying more.

Andrew Brisbo, the director of the Marijuana Regulatory Agency, said that medical marijuana companies will now pay license fees based on their size.

“We want to make the fees reasonably related to the size of the operation, so businesses are paying an equitable share,” said Brisbo.

Mon
12
Aug

New Mexico prepares to overhaul medical marijuana market

A hearing officer has endorsed key provisions of a plan designed to shore up cannabis supplies to New Mexico’s medical marijuana program without flooding the expanding market, according to recommendations released on Friday.

State Health Department Secretary Kathyleen Kunkel now has the final say on whether to limit medical cannabis cultivation to 1,750 mature plants per producer. In recommendations released Friday, that production cap was endorsed by an official assigned to monitor public hearings in July.

Dozens of medical cannabis producers in the state are divided on whether the proposed plant limits will ensure adequate supplies to patients.

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