Iowa CBD Program Improvement Bill Awaiting Approval From Governor

Last week, the Iowa Legislature approved HF 524, extending and expanding the state’s existing cannabidiol program. Now, all the bill needs is a signature from the governor to become law.

Although the Senate approved a full medical marijuana bill that allowed as much THC as patients might need, the House has lagged behind. HF 524 includes a 3% cap on THC. We are disappointed at the limits of the final bill, but it is still an important step forward.

If passed, patients suffering from illnesses such as Crohn’s disease, multiple…

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Wisconsin Governor Signs Measure Expanding CBD-Exemption Law

MADISON, WI — Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed legislation, Senate Bill 10, this week amending the state’s 2014 cannabidiol (CBD) exemption law.

Under the new law, patients may possess non psychoactive CBD products for any medical condition as long as the use of such products is recommended by a physician.

Under the previous law, the use of such products were only permitted for those diagnosed with seizure disorders.

The law neither provides for an in-state supply…

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Denver officials scrutinizing out-of-state CBD products sold in local pot shops

Denver is clamping down on CBD products that originate outside of Colorado.

A bulletin issued Wednesday by Denver Environmental Health’s Public Health Inspections Division outlines a policy prohibiting out-of-state-made cannabidiol (CBD) products intended for human consumption.

“It has come to DEH’s attention that some CBD products originate from unregulated manufacturing facilities, have been illegally shipped across state lines, contain unapproved ingredients, or have been made in unsafe…

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Canadian marijuana grower strikes deal to enter U.S. market

Aphria – one of Canada’s largest medical marijuana producers – kicked off a U.S. expansion plan with an investment of 25 million Canadian dollars ($18.63 million) that will lead to the purchase of a licensed CBD business in Florida.

When the complex deal is done, Aphria will have established a foothold in Florida with the goal of eventually extending its reach to other medical marijuana markets in the United States, according to a news release.

Aphria plans to put the CA$25 million into private holding company…

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South Dakota Lawmakers Considering Marijuana Bills

Last week, the South Dakota State Senate passed Senate Bill 95, which would remove cannabidiol, or CBD oil, from the definition of marijuana and make it a Schedule IV controlled substance under state law. However, the bill included a requirement that CBD oil be approved by the Food and Drug Administration, which would indefinitely curtail access to CBD oil in South Dakota.

On March 2, the House Health and Human Services Committee approved SB 95 by a vote of 7-3 and added an amendment eliminating prior FDA approval with the goal of…

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Limited Medical Marijuana Bills Introduced in Indiana

A pair of bills that would allow certain patients to use low-THC cannabis are winding their way through the Indiana Legislature. One of the bills is markedly stronger than the other.

SB 15 would allow patients suffering from intractable epilepsy to administer low-THC, CBD-rich medical cannabis with their doctor’s authorization. The bill would create a registry program and permit pharmacists to dispense the oil. It has passed the Senate and is now in the House Committee on Courts and the Criminal Code.

The other bill, HB 1148, provides an…

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Study: CBD-Dominant Cannabis Extracts Reduce Seizure Frequency

FALMOUTH, ME —  The administration of whole-plant cannabis extracts rich in the cannabinoid cannabidol (CBD) is associated with reduced seizure frequency in patients with refractory epilepsy, according to data published online ahead of print in the journal Epilepsy & Behavior.

Researchers performed a retrospective chart review of the clinical records of 272 patients who were taking whole-plant CBD extracts.

Eighty-six percent of those treated observed some clinical benefit…

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Virginia Lawmakers Send Reform Bills to Governor

Last week, the Virginia General Assembly sent Gov. Terry McAuliffe a bill to stop suspending drivers’ licenses for first-offense possession of small amounts of marijuana! This bill reflects years of work by advocates and is a significant victory on the path towards reform in Virginia!

In addition, the Legislature approved a bill allowing in-state production of cannabis and distribution of low-THC/ high-CBD cannabis oil for patients suffering from intractable epilepsy. In order to take advantage of the program, patients must obtain a…

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NFLPA: Marijuana policy in NFL is “a CBA issue, not a law-enforcement issue”

Despite recent comments from White House press secretary Sean Spicer about “greater enforcement” of federal recreational marijuana laws in states that have legalized its sale and consumption, the NFL Players’ Association said it will continue to push for its proposal of a “less punitive” marijuana policy because it’s “a (collective bargaining agreement) issue, not a law-enforcement issue” for the NFL.

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Alaska regulators seize imported CBD oil in raids

Alaska officials raided an unspecified number of recreational cannabis shops and seized “thousands of dollars worth of imported CBD oil,” the Alaska Journal reported.

A news release from the Alaska Marijuana Control Office confirmed Thursday that “several retail stores” appeared to be in violation of state laws that mandate specific testing, labeling and packaging for marijuana products. But executives from those shops told the newspaper they were confused because the seized oils were derived from hemp, not marijuana.


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NFL Players Association announces a proposal for “less punitive” approach to player pot use

Leaders of the NFL Players Association are preparing a proposal that would amend the sport’s drug policies to take a “less punitive” approach to dealing with recreational marijuana use by players, according to the union’s executive director, DeMaurice Smith.

The proposal will be presented to union’s board of player representatives, Smith said Tuesday. If it is approved by those players, Smith said, the proposal will be made to the league. The NFL would have to agree to any changes to the…

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New DEA rule on marijuana extracts, CBD causes commotion in cannabis industry

A little three-page document published this week in the U.S. Federal Register sent some fairly big shock waves through the cannabis industry.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration filed a final rule notice to establish a Controlled Substances Code Number for “marihuana extract,” and subsequently maintaining marijuana, hemp and their derivatives as Schedule I substances. According to the notice:

This code number will allow DEA and DEA-registered entities to track quantities of this…

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DEA rule change sparks concern on marijuana extracts

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has introduced a new rule on how it tracks marijuana extracts that is causing concern in the marijuana industry. But should it?

The DEA announced in the Federal Register it is creating “a new Administration Controlled Substances Code Number for ‘Marihuana Extract’” so that it can track things like concentrates and oils separately from marijuana flower.


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The DEA code for marijuana is 7360, while the new marijuana extract code is 7350.

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Cannabis research gets almost $20 million in funding

Proponents of scientific research in the cannabis industry got encouraging news with recent announcements that two major universities received nearly $20 million in donations for marijuana-related studies.


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The University of Miami’s Project to Cure Paralysis and Miller School of Medicine received a $16 million grant from Scythian Bioscience in October to research whether a CBD-based pill can help reduce brain cell inflammation that occurs after injuries such as concussions, the Miami Herald reported.

Scythian BioSciences is a private…

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NFL takes notice as union develops pain management committee involving marijuana

In January, former quarterback Jake Plummer sat side by side with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell at Sports Authority Field in Denver to watch the Broncos defeat the Steelers in a divisional playoff game. The meeting was informal, with the real talking points — the ones that would be raised in the months ahead — put aside.

But only temporarily.

Plummer and many other active and retired players were in the beginning stages of building a campaign and raising money to spread awareness of…

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Australian CBD producer to distribute in Czech Republic

Talk about an international operation.

An Australian nutraceutical company that manufactures hemp-based CBD products in Switzerland is planning to sell them in the Czech Republic, according to a news release from the company, Creso Pharma.

Creso, a public company that trades on the Australian stock exchange, said it has signed a distribution agreement with the Czech company MEDI-IN s.r.o. to distribute CBDium, a “food supplemental health product,” in more than 300 retail outlets within the Czech Republic.


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Studies: CBD Treatment Reduces Refractory Epileptic Seizures

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BOSTON, MA — Cannabidiol (CBD) administration is associated with the mitigation of treatment-resistant seizures, according to the findings of several recent clinical trials.

In one trial, investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital assessed CBD treatment over a 12-month period in 18 patients with refractory epileptic seizures due to Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC). Researchers reported that CBD treatment reduced subjects’ median weekly seizure frequency by half. Authors concluded,…

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CBD-infused beer gets go-ahead for national distribution

Shipping across state lines? No problem, as long as you leave THC out of the equation.

A Colorado-based beer maker that produces CBD-infused brews has received the green light from the federal government to distribute its product line nationwide, according to U.S. News and World Report.

Dad and Dude’s Breweria, which is based in an eastern Denver suburb, told the news outlet that it has received permission from the Treasury Department’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, which oversees interstate beer sales. The agency still must…

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Week in Review: San Diego crackdown, WA eyes organic MJ & Britain says yes to CBD

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By Bart Schaneman and John Schroyer

San Diego targets illegal dispensaries while educating consumers about legit operations, Washington State has an eye toward organic certification, and Britain gives CBD the medicinal green light.

Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

San Diego: First of many crackdowns?

San Diego has teamed with a coalition of licensed medical cannabis businesses to crack down on illegal MMJ storefronts and, perhaps more important, to educate consumers about which…

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UK to legalize CBD-based products as medicine

The United Kingdom’s top medical products regulatory authority has ruled that CBD and products containing the cannabis compound will now be treated as medicine.

The announcement, however, doesn’t mean consumers will suddenly be able to buy CBD-infused products. Medicine makers will have to prove their CBD products meet safety, quality and effectiveness standards, the BBC reported Tuesday.


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Certified seeds and CBD help U.S. hemp industry take root

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By Omar Sacirbey

America’s fledgling hemp industry recently got its latest boost when the Colorado Department of Agriculture created six varieties of certified domestic hemp seeds that U.S. farmers can buy to start their own crops.

Hemp cultivation also is benefiting from rising demand for CBD products and new applications for hemp.

The plant is used for medicines as well as products ranging from clothing to building materials.

Colorado’s seed program, unveiled last month, comes as hemp cultivation has been hindered by a dearth of seeds and…

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Florida CBD Industry Inching Along, Eyeing November

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By Omar Sacirbey

Florida’s fledgling CBD market just launched but is proceeding at a snail’s pace, with the handful of licensed businesses hoping voters will approve a full-fledged medical marijuana program this fall.

For now, the current crop of CBD operators are hedging their bets on expanding their businesses ahead of the Nov. 8 election. 

“People are gearing up to pull the trigger on expansion plans after the November vote,” Jeff Sharkey, executive director of the Medical Marijuana Business Association of Florida, said. But, he…

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Judge Recommends 7th CBD License in Florida

A Florida administrative law judge has rebuked the state’s department of health and is recommending that the agency issue a seventh medical CBD production license to an applicant that wasn’t awarded a permit last year.

Judge John Van Laningham found that one of the five license winners from last year, Alpha Foliage, didn’t meet the legal criteria outlined in Florida law and therefore shouldn’t have received a permit, Orlando Weekly reported.

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Medical Marijuana Inc. Partners With CannaNative on CBD Product

California-based Medical Marijuana Inc. and Native American company CannaNative have put together a hemp-derived CBD product line to be sold on tribal lands.

The companies said in a news release Monday that Medical Marijuana Inc. and its HempMeds subsidiary will produce the product line, which will be sold under the CannaNative brand.

It will be offered at tribal wellness centers, native doctor’s offices, pharmacies, and dispensaries on tribal lands. It is “intended to help the more than 560 U.S. tribal nations develop hemp- and…

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Missouri AG Sues Four Retailers Over CBD Oil

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has filed suit against a quartet of retailers for selling hemp-derived CBD oil, charging they don’t have licenses.

Koster has been seeking to shut down upwards of 30 unlicensed CBD retailers in the state, according to the Associated Press. All but four shops voluntarily shut down after receiving written warnings in the mail.

Koster filed suit against Above the Cloud LLC, which does business as Vapur West, and Main Street Traders LLC, which does business as Main Smoke & Gift Shop. Both are located in…

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Retired NFL player begins writing cannabis column, says “I am worried about my NFL family”

Editor’s note: Former Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Eugene Monroe made headlines in March 2016 when he became the first active NFL player to advocate for cannabis research. He retired from football in July at age 29 because of concerns about his future health.

Recently retired NFL player Eugene Monroe pens his first column for The Cannabist:

As I make an exit from the world I’ve known for the past 18 years, I’m stepping into another that I had avoided for many more. This new…

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Week in Review: Florida CBD, Cannabis Legal Battles & Ominous Clouds in AZ, MA

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By John Schroyer and Omar Sacirbey

Florida’s long-awaited CBD industry approaches the launchpad, cannabis lawsuits make headlines, and recent polling numbers cast a dark cloud over recreational marijuana legalization in two states.

Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

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First to seed doesn’t necessarily mean first to sell.

Consider Florida, where in February Surterra Therapeutics in the southwestern part of the state became the first approved licensee to receive…

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Eugene Monroe retires, vows to continue advocating for medical marijuana research

Eugene Monroe, the former Ravens offensive tackle and advocate for cannabis research in the NFL, announced Thursday he is retiring from football, citing his health and family for reasons to walk away.

“I’m only 29 and I still have the physical ability to play at a very high level, so I know that my decision to retire may be puzzling to some,” wrote Monroe in a first-person piece for The Players’ Tribune. “But I am thinking of my family first right now — and my health and my…

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First Florida CBD Dispensary Ready for Launch

Florida’s first dispensary plans to open Tuesday, roughly two years after the state legalized CBD-based medicine.

The distinction of being the first business in the state to legally sell CBD products goes to Trulieve in North Florida, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Not far behind is Alpha/Surterra, a company with offices in Tampa and Tallahassee that had its first harvest last week. The company plans to start dispensing later this summer, the Times reported.

Besides Truelieve and Surterra, another four nurseries are growing and…

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Florida Nursery Still Fighting for License + First CBD Harvest

Florida’s haphazard CBD industry is technically up and running now that its first-ever harvest has taken place, but in the meantime a legal battle remains underway over a potential new licensee that wants the right to grow cannabis.

The harvest, completed at a facility run by Surterra Therapeutics, is the first of many to come from the six currently licensed companies allowed to produce CBD in the state, the Associated Press reported. Surterra and its colleagues are all poised to expand rapidly if Amendment 2, a pro-medical marijuana…

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Democrats Endorse Cannabis Legalization Pathway

After hours of wrangling, the Democratic Party on Saturday endorsed a “reasoned pathway to future legalization” of marijuana as part of its convention platform, and called for MJ to be downgraded from Schedule 1 on the federal government’s list of controlled substances.

Codifying support for the legalization of recreational marijuana is an important step that starkly distinguishes the Democrats from rival Republicans in terms of cannabis policy. Prior to Saturday’s meeting, the two parties and their presumptive White House…

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New study aims to examine whole-plant cannabis in treatment for sports injuries

A push for cannabidiol research has gained steam in recent months, with current and former NFL players backing two studies on CBD’s efficacy in alleviating football-related pain without getting them high. But another study, led by a California-based cannabis extract producer Constance Therapeutics and the Gridiron Cannabis Coalition, aims to examine whether whole-plant cannabis is more effective than isolated compounds in treating players’ pain.

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One of Two Missouri CBD Dispensaries Open for Business

One of two licensed Missouri businesses legally allowed to grow and dispense CBD is now open and has been serving patients for about two months.

BeLeaf is growing and dispensing a high-CBD strain of industrial hemp called Noah’s Releaf imported from California. It so far has about 20 customers from across the state that range in age from 8 months to 33 years, a local NBC affiliate reported. All suffer from severe epilepsy.

Missouri law only allows for those with intractable epilepsy to legally obtain CBD oil, although an effort to legalize…

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CBD research for NFL players spurs “productive dialogue” with NFLPA

Interest in a campaign for cannabidiol (CBD) research for NFL players continues to grow. The movement that started in Colorado and has gained steam with the backing of offensive tackle Eugene Monroe, former Bronco Jake Plummer and, most recently, Titans linebacker Derrick Morgan, has reached the NFL Players Association.

About a week after speaking with two NFL officials about the studies, Dr. Marcel Bonn-Miller, a professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman…

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Titans’ Derrick Morgan becomes second active NFL player on CBD campaign

Derrick Morgan’s educational process started with headlines and movies. The Titans’ seventh-year linebacker had seen the reports about chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). He had read the study that found the disease in the brains of 87 out of 91 deceased NFL players. He had seen the movie “Concussion” and, of course, he had heard the stories of former players dealing with lingering effects from football injuries.

But Morgan’s research also included the 2013 CNN…

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Oklahoma Governor Signs Law Expanding Patient Pool Eligible for CBD Therapy

Oklahoma Governor Signs Law Expanding Patient Pool Eligible for CBD Therapy

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed legislation into law on Friday, May 13, to expand the pool of patients eligible to possess cannabidiol (CBD) under a physician’s authorization.

Presently, Oklahoma law exempts patients with intractable forms of pediatric epilepsy from state criminal penalties if they possess liquid preparations containing CBD and no more than three-tenths of one percent THC.

House Bill 2835 extends existing legal protections to the following patients: those with “spasticity due to multiple…

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Alabama’s New Law Allows Patients’ Use of CBD/THC Extracts

Alabama’s New Law Allows Patients’ Use of CBD/THC Extracts

MONTGOMERY, AL — Governor Robert Bentley signed legislation into law last week expanding legal protections for qualified patients who use cannabidiol-dominant extracts for therapeutic purposes.

Under the legislation, House Bill 61, also known as Leni’s Law, patients may possess extract preparations of CBD that also contain up to three percent THC for the treatment of a seizure-related debilitating condition.

The law further states that no state agency may initiate proceedings to remove a child from a home if that child and/or his/her…

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DEA Approves Study on Treating PTSD With Marijuana

On Thursday, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) announced in a press release that they had received approval to study the effects of marijuana on treating PTSD in veterans.q4g89gcyl385qpt0vmeo

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has formally approved the first-ever randomized controlled trial of whole plant medical marijuana (cannabis) as a treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in U.S. veterans. The DEA’s approval marks the first time a clinical trial intended to develop smoked…

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Virginia Governor Signs Bill to Regulate CBD Oil Production

Virginia Governor Signs Bill to Regulate CBD Oil Production

RICHMOND, VA — Virginia Governor Terry McAuliff has signed legislation, Senate Bill 701, to establish regulations governing the in-state production of therapeutic oils high in cannabidiol (CBD) and/or THC-A (THC acid).

Under a 2015 state law, qualifying patients are provided an affirmative medical defense if they possess cannabis plant extracts that contain at least 15 percent cannabidiol, and no more than five percent tetrahydrocannabinol. However, the law provides no legal source for these products and, as a result, it has largely…

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CBD, Marijuana Banking and General Cannabis Reform: Q&A With NCIA’s Taylor West

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By John Schroyer

Before 2013, when Taylor West landed her current job as deputy director of the National Cannabis Industry Association, she spent more than a decade working in national politics, including four years in Washington DC.

During that time, she immersed herself in Democratic circles all over the country, from Georgia to Iowa to Virginia to Colorado. Which means she knows how the political system works, and it means she knows better than most what the chances are of serious change…

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Oklahoma House Votes to Expand Conditions Eligible for CBD

Oklahoma House Votes to Expand Conditions Eligible for CBD

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Lawmakers in the Oklahoma House have approved a proposal to expand the conditions that qualify for the state’s limited cannabidiol-only medical cannabis law.

In a bipartisan 89-6 vote earlier this week, lawmakers approved House Bill 2835, sending the bill to the Senate for further consideration.

The bill would allow the same patient protections currently available to those with intractable forms of pediatric epilepsy to those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, chronic pain, neuropathic pain, spasticity…

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Time Runs Out on Medical Marijuana Expansion in Utah; Supporters Focus on 2018 Ballot Iniatitive

Time Runs Out on Medical Marijuana Expansion in Utah; Supporters Focus on 2018 Ballot Iniatitive

SALT LAKE CITY, UT — Lawmakers in Utah have adjourned for the year without passing any of the pending proposals to expand access to medical marijuana products in the state.

Although two bills to expand Utah’s extremely limited medical marijuana program were approved by the Senate in February, those measures died in the House this week when a key committee voted to kill one, and then the clock ran out on the other when the 2016 legislative session ended Thursday.

Both bills attempted to expand 2014’s extremely limited CBD-only…

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Two Good Bills Passed the Oklahoma House This Week

Two moderate marijuana policy improvement bills passed the Oklahoma House this week, and will now move on to the Senate. One, HB 2479, would reduce Oklahoma’s draconian penalties for marijuana possession.Seal_of_Oklahoma.svg It would cut, from two years to one year, the mandatory minimum sentence for a second or subsequent marijuana possession conviction within 10 years of the first. It would also reduce the maximum sentence for such a conviction from 10 years to five years.

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Texas Dispensary in the Works, Despite Flawed CBD Law

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed the so-called “Compassionate Use Act” into law last year, and now, despite obvious logistical problems with the measure, at least one company is putting a plan into action to open a CBD dispensary about an hour north of Dallas.

Patrick Moran, the CEO of AquiFlow, is hoping to open the dispensary in the small hamlet of Gunter, population roughly 1,500. On Wednesday, he held a town hall meeting to talk to residents about his plans, according to a local NBC…

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Virginia General Assembly Passes Medical Marijuana Production Bill

Virginia General Assembly Passes Medical Marijuana Production Bill

RICHMOND, VA — Virginia’s lawmakers passed a bill Tuesday which will allow for the eventual production and distribution of low THC marijuana oils in the Commonwealth.

After lengthy discussions and negotiations in both houses, Senate Bill 701, Cannabidiol oil and THC-A oil; permitting of pharmaceutical processors to manufacture and provide, passed the House of Delegates unanimously on Monday.

The bill returned to the Senate Tuesday with amendments and passed with a vote of 39-0.

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Utah Lawmakers Kill Comprehensive Medical Marijuana Bill; Limited CBD Expansion Bill Remains Alive

Utah Lawmakers Kill Comprehensive Medical Marijuana Bill; Limited CBD Expansion Bill Remains Alive

Limited CBD expansion bill remains alive in final days of Utah’s 2016 legislative session

SALT LAKE CITY, UT — A key committee in the Utah House killed a comprehensive medical marijuana bill that had previously passed in the Senate, leaving just a CBD expansion bill alive as the final days of the 2016 legislative session near.

The House Health and Human Services Committee voted 8-4 against the passage of Senate Bill 73, the Medical Cannabis Act, on Monday.  The bill, sponsored by Sen. Mark Madsen (R-Saratoga Springs), would have…

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Ripple Effects of the FDA’s Stance on CBD Products: Q&A With Attorney Robert Hoban

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By John Schroyer

When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration stepped in – again – to warn CBD companies in multiple states to quit making medicinal claims about their products, attorney Robert Hoban authored an opinion on the issue that quickly made the rounds on the Internet.

The piece was posted all over social media and various cannabis-oriented websites as an analysis offering both hope and notes of warning, especially for those in the hemp trade, since many of the companies put on…

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Utah Senate Passes Two Competing Medical Marijuana Bills

Utah Senate Passes Two Competing Medical Marijuana Bills

SALT LAKE CITY, UT — Two competing bills to expand Utah’s extremely limited medical marijuana program were approved by the state Senate this week. One of those bills now heads to the House for consideration, while the other awaits a final vote, which could come as soon as Wednesday.

In a vote of 18 to 8, Senate Bill 89 passed a third and final reading in the Senate on Monday, sending it to the House for consideration.  The bill would expand upon 2014’s CBD-only medical marijuana law, which allows patients suffering from…

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Virginia Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Improvement Bill

Virginia Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Improvement Bill

Parents Resuscitate Senate Bill 701 and Prepare for House Vote

RICHMOND, VA — The Virginia Senate voted 37 to 2 on Tuesday to pass Senate Bill 701, a bill that would allow the production and manufacturing of cannabidiol (CBD) oil and THC-A oil in the state.

For the past several weeks, patients, parents and advocates from across the state worked tirelessly to persuade members of the Senate to move forward on this issue, which until last year seemed out of reach for Virginia’s conservative legislature.

Last year’s passage of Senate Bill…

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FDA Warns Eight CBD Producers to Quit Making Medical Claims

A year ago, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned six companies to stop making claims about the medicinal benefits of their CBD-based products. Earlier this month, it formally warned another eight.

“Your products are not generally recognized as safe and effective for the above referenced uses,” the FDA wrote to Texas-based Garden Green Gold, referring to several claims on the company’s website about how CBD could help treat everything from schizophrenia to post-traumatic stress…

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