Healthy Hawaii Guide

Considerations for a Patient-Friendly Government This annual guide aims to help voters and elected officials reduce harm to patients while improving our Cannabis economy.  More than 25,000 licensed patients in Hawaii are affected by restrictions on Cannabis medicine. Nationally, 70% of voters oppose enforcing federal marijuana laws in states that have legalized medical or recreational […]

Top 7 Reasons Why Legal Cannabis Can Bolster National Health – Sponsored

By Anna Wilcox For the last 80 years, cannabis has been identified as Public Enemy Number 1, said to promote lude behavior, encourage violence, and drive people into states of rage. Fortunately, these social and political arguments have yet to be backed by any real science. The cannabis plant has been a part of human history […]

Cannabis Talk with Ethan Nebelkopf

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You Are Invited!  We hope you’ll join us for a very special meeting of the Hawaii Patients Union.  Cannabis Talk Story on Hawaii IslandFriday. May 25th 5pm – 7pm Hawaii Innovation Center in Hilo117 Keawe Street, Hilo, Hi 96720Map + Directions This month the Hawaii Patient Union will have a special guest host, author Ethan […]

Biodynamic Cultivation with Compost – Colum Riley – Malibu Compost

Learn basic and advanced composting. Shango Los’ latest video. If you’re not familiar with Shango’s Shaping Fire Podcast, be sure to check it out for more expert recordings. These are “must watch/listen” recordings for anyone interested in being a great grower and or Cannabis entrepreneur. Shangos YouTube Channel

4:20 All Day

4:20 All Day

You Are Invited!  We hope you’ll join us for a not-so-regular monthly meeting of the Hawaii Patients Union.  Friday. April 20th 10am – 4:20pm Hawaii Innovation Center in Hilo117 Keawe Street, Hilo, Hi 96720 Cannabis brings us together again to celebrate Cannabis health and wellness with our community. On 4/20 we rally our families and […]

Legalization of Cannabis in Hawaii – It’s Legal Now (With a License)

Hawaii State Capitol Building

Clarification for licensed patients, Hawaii has accepted the medical use of Cannabis. There is no conflict with federal law or preemption as is the case with pesticides, for example. Scheduling and decriminalization are irrelevant for licensed patients. Here’s some language to consider for folks interested in obtaining a license to grow (please grow): https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2018/bills/SB2217_.htm   […]

Federal Legislation Update – Vote Friday on Cannabis Eradication Spending

Update: Done Deal, details. Original Story: Not a done deal. The vote will be Friday. Medical marijuana patients and businesses that follow state laws could continue to be protected from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the federal drug agents that work for him under a provision contained in new must-pass legislation revealed on Wednesday. If […]

Cannabis Consumer Capsule Consumption Option

What’s Your preferred consumption method? Do you have special precautions you have to follow to avoid additional side-effects? Can Cannabis capsules reduce side-effects? Not all patients can or prefer to consume Cannabis the same way. Smoking, vaping, edibles and a needle injection of the marijuanas through the eyeball aren’t great options for many. Cannabis oil medicating massages […]

Daniel Morii Still Bringing People Together

For more than 40 years Daniel Morii documented sustainability efforts and the Cannabis movement. His works reveal many storylines across Hawaii and in his own neighborhood. Daniel Morii was also successful in business. He and a small group of friends created a commune in the heart of Haight-Ashbury. Unbeknownst to many, that small group of hippies […]

Critical: Protect Lawful Medical Cannabis Programs

Federal: Protect Lawful State Medical Marijuana Programs Update 2 (1-20-2018). The Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment has expired due to the shutdown of the federal government. Right now Jeff Sessions may be asking Doug Chin for a list of licensed patients engaged in federally-illegal crimes. A letter sent to Governor Ige seeking help for patients received a bizarre […]

Jeff Sessions Federal Fear Reduces Patient Treatments

Jeff Sessions

Update 11/08/20 Jeffery Session reign of terror is nearly over. His successor is a former college football player. He could directly benefit from Cannabis use and has likely heard professional football players stories of their Cannabis use for medical conditions caused by football. He’s also made some Cannabis-friendlier statements. US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has […]

Hawaii Adds ALS to MMJ Program; Rejects Anxiety Disorders | Ganjapreneur

Dr. Clifton Otto

We’re all super grateful for another contribution from Dr. Clifton Otto. This time it’s ALS disease. Mahalo for your work at getting this debilitating disease approved for healthcare. Amazing that only a few days ago an ALS patient would have been put in jail for trying Cannabis. Here’s the letter from Dr. Otto: https://hawaiicannabis.org/wp-content/uploads/ALSPetition-DOHApproval-19Dec17.pdf Read […]

Hawaii Cannabis Business Meeting 4/20 at 5pm in Hilo

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Event passed… On 4/20/2017 We held a business meeting in Hilo.  Thursday in Hilo. Bring your ideas and questions. If you’ve got a Cannabis product or service you’d like to promote, bring it! This was an informal meeting designed to help spur more conversation about Cannabis business. We helped small business owners get involved in […]

How Can I Get a Previous Marijuana Charge Removed Under California’s Prop. 64?

March 9, 2017– By Joy Haviland On November 8, 2016, California voters passed Proposition 64 into law, legalizing the possession, transport, purchase, consumption, and sharing of up to one ounce of marijuana and up to eight grams of marijuana concentrates for adults aged 21 and older. Prop. 64 also reduced or eliminated criminal penalties for […]

Medical Cannabis Program Update Hawaii Department of Health

“Ensuring Hawaii’s registered patients have access to safe medical marijuana products through an efficient system of responsible, licensed dispensaries.” -Hawaii DOH Inside today’s update the Department of Health states their position on Medical Marijuana Legislative Bills “About 45 medical marijuana bills have been introduced in this legislative session, but Governor David Ige and the Hawaii State […]

Microdosing Weed: From Medical-Use Only to a Lifestyle Supplement

Cannabis is going from medical-use only to a lifestyle supplement as more states go recreational. In both pioneering states like Colorado, and new adult-use states like California, there’s a new trend emerging: Microdosing Weed.  Products like Root of it All‘s cannabis-infused essential oils, and low-dose Kiva Confections are prime examples of companies making cannabis-infused products […]

Hawaii Cannabis Legislation – Local News Article Looks Deeper into Introduced Bills

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A post in today’s West Hawaii Today newspaper outlines some of the ideas behind recent Cannabis legislation introduced at the State legislature. According to the report, “State Sen. Russell Ruderman, D-Puna, is among several lawmakers this year proposing measures to legalize the drug for residents over age 21. One of Ruderman’s bills would allow counties […]

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Hawaii Cannabis

The Hawaii State Bar Association (HSBA) offers members of the public free legal assistance. Self-Help Center Info Description of Services: Access to Justice Rooms – Volunteer attorneys provide limited legal advice to unrepresented litigants involved in a civil cases. Self-Help Centers – Volunteer attorneys and AmeriCorps Advocates provided limited legal information to help self-represented litigants […]

National Academy of Sciences Releases Report on Marijuana Confirming Medical Benefits; Dispelling Myths

WASHINGTON, DC — The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released a report on the health impacts of marijuana Thursday, confirming the existence of medical benefits and dispelling some long-held myths about the substance. The review of more than 10,000 scientific abstracts found, “There is conclusive or substantial evidence that cannabis or cannabinoids are effective” […]

How to Germinate Cannabis Seeds

Germination is the process in which a new plant begins to grow from a seed. Also referred to as “popping,” germination is the very first step in starting your cannabis garden. Cannabis seeds can be acquired from an array of sources and can vary in quality. Online seed banks are generally your best bet for […]

Hawaiʻi’s Cannabis Goals for 2017 – Legislative Updates

Hawaii Cannabis

Originally published Jan. 2nd, 2017 We know we can do better. If 10% of the licensed Cannabis patients in Hawaii engaged in direct action, we could save lives in 2017. How many Cannabis-preventable deaths occurred in 2016? How many will occur in 2017? There is no legal way to grow Cannabis in Hawaii. The mere act […]

Scheduling Cannabis in Hawaii Gets a Helping Hand

Legislators request Cannabis Rescheduling information from public department of safety

Many patients are aware the Federal Government claim Cannabis has medicinal benefits as exhibited in their patents on various constituents of Cannabis. Many more do not know that law enforcement in the State of Hawaii have also scheduled Cannabis as “Schedule 1”. Schedule 1 drugs must have “the highest degree of danger” of all drugs. […]

Big Pharma And The Government Are Suppressing Marijuana’s Medicinal Benefits

The cannabis plant’s medicinal value is virtually unmatched by any modern medicine – even scientific evidence has shown us that. And yet, for some reason, the DEA continues to ignore the mountains of evidence that medical marijuana can, and does, help millions of people across the United States. Take, for example, the 100 million-some-odd people […]

FL: Sen. Galvano Says Cancer Center Could Be Site For Medical Marijuana Research

Manatee – With patients in Florida who suffer from debilitating illnesses soon to have access to medical marijuana, one state lawmaker says a research facility should open to study the drug’s effects on patients. “I think it’s highly appropriate to have a research component built into anything that we do, so we can start building […]

IN: Niles Looking At Commercial Medical Marijuana Operations

Niles – Niles City Council members appear open to the idea of putting rules in place that would encourage commercial medical marijuana operations in the city. A new state medical marijuana licensing act puts rules into place to track marijuana production from seed to smoke. Members discussed what the new law could mean to the […]

MT: Governor, Legislators Eyeing Tax Of Marijuana

Billings – Proposals to tax Montana’s 12-year-old medical marijuana program could hit patients dealing with serious medical conditions, but the move is hardly without precedent. A budget proposal released by Gov. Steve Bullock this month includes a 6 percent tax on medical marijuana sales to help boost the revenue picture. Tim Crowe, a spokesman for […]

MA: Future Cloudy For Medical Marijuana After Legalization Vote

On Dec. 15, marijuana will be legal in Massachusetts without a prescription. Whether that will affect a proposed medical marijuana facility in Wareham is still up in the air, but developers say their plans haven’t changed despite the uncertainty. “We’re moving forward…to open a medical cannabis dispensary in Wareham,” said Michelle Stormo, CEO of Compassionate […]

IA: Legislator’s ‘Change Of Heart’ May Expand Medical Marijuana Use

Des Moines , Iowa – A new plan is in the works to expand medical marijuana use in Iowa. The proposed expansion comes from one state lawmaker, who has changed his stance after opposing the stance for many years. “The change of heart I had is when I (had) seen what happened to my caucus […]

PA: York County Township Explains Denial Of Medical Cannabis Operation

Is it a farm or a factory? That question was at the heart of a decision by supervisors in Windsor Township to deny a request for a facility that would grow and process medical marijuana. Act 16, the state law that authorized medical use of marijuana in Pennsylvania, seems to intend that facilities growing and […]

CA: Nurses Look To Get Certified In Cannabis Treatment

A meet-up group comprised of vocational, registered nurses and nurse practitioners interested in training and expanding their knowledge of treatments for medical marijuana patients has started to meet in Mendocino County in the hope of creating an official local chapter of a national non-profit dedicated to advancing cannabis nursing practices throughout the state. “The American […]

Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission Hires Diversity Consultant

Baltimore – Maryland’s Medical Cannabis Commission announced on Monday that it is hiring a diversity consultant. Critics point to the lack of minority-owned businesses among those named as finalists to grow and process pot. The diversity consultant will determine if, and how, the commission could do a disparity study. The state is in a classic […]

Ireland: Family Backing Cannabis Bill For Erika

A southside family is backing a bill to be debated in the Dáil in December on the legalisation of cannabis for medicinal reasons. Deputy Gino Kenny, a People Before Profit TD from the Dublin Mid-West constituency, has drafted the ‘Cannabis for Medicinal Use Regulation Bill’ on behalf of people like Clondalkin man John O’Mara, whose […]

Israeli Company Develops World’s Most Precise Medical Marijuana Inhaler

In the 1960’s, an Israeli scientist, Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, was one of the first to discover CBD in a cannabis plant. Soon after, he unraveled the structure of THC, the psychoactive property of the plant. Now, two Israeli companies are breaking new ground, becoming the first in the world to develop an inhaler that will […]

Israeli Company Develops World’s Most Precise Medical Marijuana Inhaler

In the 1960’s, an Israeli scientist, Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, was one of the first to discover CBD in a cannabis plant. Soon after, he unraveled the structure of THC, the psychoactive property of the plant. Now, two Israeli companies are breaking new ground, becoming the first in the world to develop an inhaler that will […]

MD: Medical Marijuana Panel To Take Up Dispensaries

Ellicott City, Md. – Maryland’s medical marijuana panel is scheduled to choose finalists on the pathway for licenses to open marijuana dispensaries. The commission is meeting Monday in Ellicott City. There can be up to 109 dispensaries in Maryland. The law allows for up to two in each of the 47 state Senate districts. It […]

Big Pharma And The Government Are Suppressing Marijuana’s Medicinal Benefits

The cannabis plant’s medicinal value is virtually unmatched by any modern medicine – even scientific evidence has shown us that. And yet, for some reason, the DEA continues to ignore the mountains of evidence that medical marijuana can, and does, help millions of people across the United States. Take, for example, the 100 million-some-odd people […]

Potent Healing Power Of Terpenes Found In Medical Cannabis

Have you ever heard of terpenes? You’re about to see why the pharmaceutical industry, mainstream media outlets and conventional medicine would like to see you uneducated about these powerful organic compounds found within medical cannabis. You see, there is just no way that big pharma medications will ever replicate the complex interactions that occur naturally […]

Medical Cannabis Could See Movement In Iowa

With Iowa’s limited medical cannabis laws set to expire in July, state legislators and medical marijuana advocates say they see an opportunity to rewrite a more comprehensive set of rules when the Legislature reconvenes in January. Rep. Clel Baudler, R-Greenfield, said he plans to propose a bill that would allow for the production and distribution […]

The 5 Easiest Cannabis Strains to Grow for Beginners

All cannabis strains are not created equal. Because of this, it’s important for novice growers to consider which strains might be best as they develop their skills in the garden. Some strains exhibit better resilience to drought, mold, disease, and insects. Others require less nutrients than others. As a beginner grower, it’s best to steer […]

WA: Anacortes Bans Medical Marijuana Cooperatives

Anacortes – The City Council voted 4-2 Monday to permanently ban medical marijuana cooperatives within city limits. A cooperative consists of four registered medical marijuana patients growing up to 60 plants in one residence for personal use. The ban was put in place because growing that many plants in a single home could cause problems […]

FL: Surterra, Trulieve Vie For Statewide Marijuana Market

For a few days after voters approved Amendment 2, a leafy marijuana sign adorned the sign post outside the red-brick building where the old Plantation Club used to be at 1639 Village Square Blvd. in Killearn. The sign has since been taken down. And there are no clues as to what goes on inside. The […]

Medical Marijuana, Hemp Businesses Expand In Vermont

Over the past two years a number of new marijuana-related businesses have registered in Vermont.The companies have formed in anticipation of pot legalization. Pot advocates are once again bullish about the prospects for a new law creating a regulated marijuana industry for adult consumption, despite mixed signals from Republican Gov.-elect Phil Scott and uncertainty at […]

FL: If You’re Eligible For Medical Pot, How Easy Will It Be To Get?

When Irvin Rosenfeld runs low on his monthly allotment of federal government marijuana, the Lauderhill stock broker drives south for about an hour to Miami’s health district, the only location where he can legally pick up a circular tin packed with 300 joints. It’s inconvenient: The pot he smokes every day to fight and treat […]

IL: Normal Marijuana Dispensary Now Open

Normal – Residents in Central Illinois now have local access to medical marijuana. “Our Normal location is open now Tuesday to Sunday,” said Trent Woloveck, vice president of national finance for the Denver, Colo.-based marijuana company, The Green Solution, which owns and operates the dispensary at 501 Northtown Road in Normal. TGS Illinois Inc., a […]

Canada: Lifestyle Screening For Vets On Medical Marijuana Raises Concern On Stigma

Medical marijuana has been shown to possess numerous health benefits and many countries have already legalized its use. In Canada, former NDP MP Peter Stoffer suggests the screening of lifestyle of veterans who are using medical marijuana, turning the spotlight on the stigma surrounding its use. Under the Veterans Affairs Canada Rules, veterans are allowed […]

AU: WA Doctor Says “Medicinal Cannabis Could Help Sick Children At PMH Next Year”

One of WA’s most respected and senior neurologists believes there is potential for medicinal cannabis to help some of the sickest children at Princess Margaret Hospital from next year. PMH head of neurology Lakshmi Nagarajan, who is also the director of its epilepsy program, said there was evidence medicinal cannabis may be useful in treating […]

Ex-Big Pharma Executive Behind OxyContin Sells Medical Marijuana

John Stewart used to run the pharmaceutical company behind the narcotic painkiller OxyContin. Now he is banking on medical marijuana. Mr Stewart does not know which is more controversial these days, OxyContin or pot. He guesses the average person would give “a bigger negative” to the powerful and controversial painkiller that has been linked to […]

Bermuda: People Can Apply For Medical Cannabis

Ordinary citizens are technically able to apply for personal licences to possess medical cannabis, a Supreme Court ruling has shown. The November 9 hearing before Puisne Judge Stephen Hellman was a breakthrough for Michael Brangman, who has successfully argued that the Minister of National Security has the power to consider an application. “Forms exist for […]

Ireland: Medicinal Cannabis Offers ‘A New Horizon’ For Treatment Of Epilepsy

The Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) has been asked by Mr Harris to provide an expert opinion on medicinal cannabis and any policy and legislative changes needed. HPRA chief executive Lorraine Nolan told an Oireachtas Committee on Health that a group of medical experts would be assisting the authority. Working in the area of controlled […]

SA: Another Country Looking To Legalise Medical Cannabis

The legal use of medical cannabis made headway this week as South Africa’s department of health plans to have cannabis recognised as a prescription drug, rather than an illegal substance. The Medical Control Council (MCC) has announced that their investigation into the use of medical cannabis has made progress. MCC registrar Dr Joey Gouws briefed […]

GA Mom Taking Lead On Next Push For Legal Cannabis Oil

Atlanta – Advocates for medical marijuana are gearing up for a fight in the legislature this upcoming session. And one local mom is leading the charge. “It was a kick in the gut, honestly,” Katie McKoy said. McKoy was in the hospital with one of her sons when the legislature shot down a bill that […]

IL: Medical-Cannabis Dispensary To Open In East Peoria

East Peoria – A medical-marijuana dispensary is to open early next month in East Peoria. The NuMed dispensary is to occupy space the Fashion Bug women’s clothing store once filled at 504 Riverside Drive. It’s in a strip mall located next to the Texas Roadhouse restaurant. The opening is scheduled for 11 a.m. Dec. 7, […]

FL: Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Could Be Halted By Bonita Springs Moratorium

The Florida Constitution now gives patients with debilitating conditions the ability to use marijuana as treatment. However, the city of Bonita Springs wants time to sort out specifics before the ruling goes into effect Jan. 3. “This just gives us 12 months to formulate our ideas and how to proceed,” City Attorney Audrey Vance said. […]

NY: NPs Can Soon Prescribe Medical Marijuana

Albany – By the end of the month, New York nurse practitioners will be able to certify patients for medical-marijuana prescriptions, the state Department of Health announced Tuesday. Under the amendment, which goes into effect on Nov. 30, state-registered nurse practitioners will be able to certify patients for medical marijuana. The nurses will first need […]

PA: Medical Marijuana Operations Will Try To Avoid NIMBY Treatment

If a medical marijuana growing operation opened near Lorraine Miller’s home off Route 512, the 82-year-old said she’d have a few questions. Standing in her kitchen Tuesday morning with a pot of coffee gurgling behind her, Miller said she’d worry about security at the site. Would people be lifting the drug to sell elsewhere? Would […]

8 Things To Know About Medical Marijuana In Connecticut

Connecticut legalized medical marijuana in 2012 and launched the program in 2014. HERE ARE SOME FACTS ABOUT THE PROGRAM: • There are more than 14,500 patients registered to purchase medical marijuana in Connecticut. • To get a prescription, a qualifying patient is seen by one of more than 500 registered physicians, who certifies that the […]

PA: Erie Company Wants To Open Medical Marijuana Dispensary In Meadville

The likelihood of a medical marijuana dispensary coming to Meadville is high, according to a statement released by John Knox, the attorney for an Erie company that hopes to open locations in northwestern Pennsylvania. Passport West Eighth LLC issued a press release announcing its plans to apply for a license to open dispensaries in Erie, […]

NY: State Presses Onward With Medical Marijuana Program Expansions

The state Department of Health on Tuesday officially filed amendments and proposed rules for New York’s medical marijuana program that will allow it to authorize nurse practitioners and physician assistants to certify patients. Those expansions are not surprising and conform with proposals DOH issued in August. The department also said it expects to make a […]

New Arizona Medical Marijuana Proposal Emerging For 2018

Phoenix – Less than a month after voters rejected allowing the recreational use of marijuana, there’s a new – and scaled-back – proposal emerging for the 2018 ballot. The initiative crafted by operators of a medical marijuana dispensary would expand the list of conditions for which a doctor could recommend a patient be allowed to […]

MT: Complaint Seeks To Immediately Restore Access To Medical Marijuana

Butte – Montana Cannabis Industry Association attorney Jim Goetz filed a request in Broadwater County district court on Tuesday to immediately implement medical marijuana reform Initiative 182 and restore access to thousands of patients otherwise cut off until June 30. Goetz’ complaint contends the implementation date of June 30 is a scrivener’s error, and that […]

DA Welcomes Department’s Commitment To Making Medicinal Cannabis More Available

Today at the Portfolio Committee on Health, the Department of Health outlined a clear plan that would see the greater availability of medicinal cannabis to those who suffer from chronic pain. Medicinal cannabis, if appropriately prescribed, can be of great value in treating conditions such as severe chronic pain. Currently, the prescription of medicinal cannabis […]

Missouri Missed Out On Medical Marijuana In 2016 – Here's Why

Notwithstanding the fascist buffoon elected to the White House, 2016 will be remembered as the year Americans flipped their country green. On November 8, voters in seven states slapped cannabis prohibition into the waste bin of history, pushing the total number of states with some form of legal weed to 28 – more than half […]

Here’s Why Medical Marijuana Is So Necessary Right Now

Cerebral palsy is a serious condition. Its effects vary largely between individuals, but usually involve some type of movement dysfunction in the arms, legs, and/or face, and in most cases, causes slurred speech. At present there is no cure for the condition, but there is a life-enhancing solution. Weed. Medical marijuana may be a life-changing […]

FL: Destin Cements Medical Cannabis Dispensary Rules

Destin – The city needs to place into law certain regulations on possible marijuana medical dispensaries and can always look at amending such rules later, City Councilwoman Prebble Ramswell said at Monday’s council meeting. Most of her fellow council members agreed, and then approved adopting an ordinance that restricts such dispensaries to Destin’s industrial district. […]

Doc – Medical Cannabis An Ally In Reggie Williams' Fight Against Pain

On this Thanksgiving Day, Reggie Williams will move freely and with only minor pain. A man who has endured 24 operations on his right knee, who has spent the last two decades in chronic agony, now passes his days in true thanks, for a treatment he says is his salvation. Williams is a regular user […]

FL: Tallahassee Doctor To Open New Local Medical Marijuana Center

Tallahassee is about to have a new medical practice focused on helping patients receive medical marijuana – just weeks after voters overwhelmingly approved Amendment 2, a constitutional amendment that greatly expands who can receive medical marijuana legally. Dr. Joseph Dorn, who has worked in palliative and hospice care for the last 12 years, will open […]

UK: Britons Want Cannabis Legalised For Medical Purposes

Britons strongly support the legalisation of cannabis for medical purposes, a snap Sky Data poll suggests. The survey found 72% back legalisation for medical use, with just 15% opposed. The remainder did not know or did not express a preference. But nearly half of the 1,001 people surveyed oppose the legalisation of cannabis for recreational […]

Where Marijuana Is The Doctor’s Orders, Will Insurers Pay?

Early this year, a disabled former automobile body worker named Greg Vialpando explained to lawmakers in New Mexico how medical marijuana helped his chronic back pain. State legislators were considering a bill backed by workers’ compensation insurers that would have exempted them from paying for medical marijuana. But Mr. Vialpando and another patient described how […]

NB: Veteran Calls Federal Cut To Medical Marijuana Coverage 'Irresponsible'

A Fredericton veteran says the Trudeau government’s decision to reduce the daily amount of medical marijuana it will cover for veterans could have serious consequences. Noah Starr, who served Afghanistan, says the government’s interference in the issue amounts to a threat to his health and well-being. “I do not consume cannabis for fun,” said Starr, […]

Georgia Medical Cannabis Debate Could Heat Up In January

Election Day was a winning day for marijuana. Voters in eight states approved either the growth of recreational marijuana or, like Florida, the production of medical cannabis. Those votes will increase pressure for change in Georgia. “We were obviously encouraged by all the positive votes,” said Shannon Cloud. She and her husband, Blaine Cloud, are […]

AZ: New Medical Marijuana Ballot Measure Brewing

Phoenix – Less than a month after voters rejected allowing marijuana for recreational use, there’s a new – and scaled back – proposal emerging for the 2018 ballot. The initiative crafted by operators of a medical marijuana dispensary would expand the list of conditions for which a doctor could recommend a patient be allowed to […]

AR: Changes To Medical Marijuana Taxes A Possibility, Says Governor

Arkansas voters approved medical marijuana earlier this month and the governor says he’s open to seeing if the voter-approved tax structure should be changed in January’s legislative session. Speaking to reporters at the state Capitol on Monday, Governor Asa Hutchinson said he hasn’t yet made up his mind on new taxes or shifting where marijuana […]

MA: Getting The Best Deal On Medical Marijuana

If you get up real close to the New England Treatment Access medical marijuana dispensary in Northampton, you can smell the earthy aroma of cannabis through the brick walls. Established in 2015, NETA’s Conz Street dispensary is, so far, the only medical Mary Jane shop west of Worcester. In August, I obtained my Massachusetts medical […]

CA: Campbell City Council Prepares For Possible Special Election On Medical Marijuana

The Campbell City Council is preparing for a potential special election next year regarding the cultivation, delivery and dispensing of medical marijuana within city limits. At its Nov. 15 study session, the council asked city staff to bring back more information at its Dec. 6 meeting. In March the city council approved an ordinance banning […]

FL: Manatee County Seeks Medical Marijuana Moratorium

Changes are coming to Florida after the Nov. 8 election and Manatee County is considering additional regulations on the growing and dispensing of medical marijuana. Amendment 2, a state constitutional amendment to expand the use of medical marijuana, was approved by 71 percent of statewide voters. The amendment “allows medical use of marijuana for individuals […]

MD: Council Members To Discuss Tweak To Medical Marijuana Regulations

Growing medical marijuana in Anne Arundel County is closer to becoming a reality. But the county’s zoning code first needs a change to clear a hurdle officials say they didn’t intend to create. County Council members will take up a bill Monday night that proposes to alter a distance restriction for medical marijuana growers and […]

Jamaica: Cannabis Authority To Grant Conditional Permits By Year End

The Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) expects to grant conditional licences by the end of the year for the growing and processing of ganja for medicinal and therapeutic purposes and research and development. Chairman of the CLA Board, Hyacinth Lightbourne, told JIS News that the entity has received 89 applications. Of the number, 25 are for […]

Cayman Islands: Governor Approves Medical Cannabis Oil

Cayman Islands Governor Helen Kilpatrick has assented to changes to the Misuse of Drugs Law allowing for the importation of oil derived from the marijuana plant for medical purposes only. That means Cayman pharmacists and doctors can lawfully import and prescribe cannabinoid [cannabis] oil for patients, as long as they can find a source to […]

Maryland Medical Pot Regulators Push Back Dispensary Decisions To November 28

Maryland medical cannabis regulators are set to award preliminary licenses to open medical marijuana dispensaries on Nov. 28, to the ire of a Maryland lawmaker challenging the state over a lack of racial diversity in the burgeoning industry. The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission will meet in Ellicott City to authorize retail marijuana sales based on […]

GA: New “I-420” Columns Highlight Marijuana Reform Efforts

And so it begins. After quitting my good government job four months ago, I’ve been on a journey without a road map or any guarantee that I’ll reach the final destination in one piece. I confess this adventure seems a little bit nuts. Scary too. But, throwing caution (and what’s left of my 401K) to […]

AR: Local Pot Dispensaries Not Guaranteed Under Amendment

Medical marijuana is coming to Arkansas, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it will be coming to a town near you. The state amendment that provides for medical marijuana, which was approved by Arkansas voters on Nov. 8, also allows citizens to ban marijuana cultivation facilities and dispensaries within a city or county through a popular […]

Some Doctors Glad That Florida’s Medical Marijuana Passed

Medical Marijuana Could Help Save Lives In Florida While Florida was one of the key focal points for a Donald Trump victory, it also had some victories of it’s own – at least for 71 percent of the population. Amendment 2, the medical marijuana, amendment also passed on election night. The amendment passed with 71 […]

ND: State’s Marijuana Measure Hazy

North Dakota voters overwhelmingly voted to approve Initiated Statutory Measure No. 5, known as the medical marijuana law, in the recent election. The measure passed with a 64 percent statewide majority, the same percentage as totaled in Ward County. State law says initiated measures must be enacted within 30 days of passage, but sometimes that […]

Medical Study Shatters The Theory That Cannabis Acts As A Gateway Drug

Research reveals that cannabis may, in fact, serve as an effective exit drug for persons suffering from alcoholism or addiction to illicit or prescription drugs. A survey conducted by researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) found that addicts may benefit from using cannabis as a substitute to more dangerous and health-destroying substances, especially […]

Santa Claus Of North Pole, AK Says 'No Coal In Stockings' For Medical Marijuana Users

North Pole, Alaska – Communities across Alaska have been struggling with the state’s recreational marijuana program, and some are voting to ban sales of legalized marijuana. One of those is North Pole, Alaska. Voters approved Proposition 7, which bans the sale of marijuana within city limits. But legal cannabis has a surprising advocate there. Santa […]

AZ: Supporters Of 2018 Proposition Hope To Expand Use Of Medical Pot

Less than a month after voters rejected allowing marijuana for recreational use, there’s a new – and scaled back – proposal emerging for the 2018 ballot. The initiative crafted by operators of a medical marijuana dispensary would expand the list of conditions for which a doctor could recommend a patient be allowed to use the […]

Canada: Feds Closer To New Policy On Medical Pot For Vets

Ottawa – The Trudeau government is getting closer to having a new policy on medicinal marijuana for our veterans, who take the drug to treat conditions like PTSD. The veterans affairs department has been reviewing the issue of medical pot after concerns were raised earlier this year that the department is compensating vets for up […]

Arkansas Lawmakers Weigh Launch Delay, Taxes For Medical Marijuana

Little Rock – Arkansas lawmakers are considering delaying the launch of the first medical marijuana program in the Bible Belt as well as an effort to impose taxes on the drug, as they work on legislation for next year’s session spelling out how pot would be made available to patients. The ideas are among several […]

Leader Of Maryland's Black Lawmakers Outraged By Medical Marijuana Plan

The leader of the General Assembly’s black caucus was outraged Friday that medical marijuana regulators plan to choose companies to dispense the drug while the state’s selection process is mired in controversy. Black lawmakers felt they already had grounds for a civil rights fight because firms owned by African-Americans did not win any of the […]

Pot Business Hazy Over Impacts From Legalized Medical Marijuana In Florida

While over 70 percent of Florida voters approved constitutional Amendment 2 on Nov. 8 to legalize medicinal marijuana, the economic impact of the measure will remain hazy for at least months if not years The modification to the state’s constitution officially doesn’t take hold until Jan. 3. But there are already six marijuana cultivation operations […]

PR: Ponce Educates Hundreds Of Patients About Medicinal Cannabis

Ponce – Hundreds of patients arrived Saturday to Ponce’s Medical School, motivated to use medicinal cannabis to sooth pain and lessen conditions that affect their quality of life. Patients, generally older than 50, and with ailments that cause chronic pain, were evaluated and oriented by certified doctors as part of an initiative from TuMedicina (Your […]

MI: Residential Marijuana Ordinance Needs More Work, Officials Say

Lansing – A proposed residential medical marijuana ordinance needs further review and could be changed several times, based how City Council’s Committee on Public Safety meeting went Thursday afternoon at City Hall. Representatives from the city, Lansing Board of Water & Light, the medical marijuana community and neighborhood groups all appeared to leave the meeting […]