Category Archives: medical Marijuana

Medical cannabis sales in Maine drop for second year in a row

Medical marijuana sales declined in Maine for the second straight year, a decrease that some dispensary owners blame on unfair competition both from the black market and patients growing their own product. According to the Portland Press Herald, tax data shows the state’s eight licensed dispensaries brought in $23.5 million in sales in 2018, down […]

Florida Senator Urges Free Medical Marijuana Cards For Veterans

The expansion of cannabis access is moving forward by fits and starts in Florida. But for one state senator, a key group of the state’s residents are still being underserved by current regulations. On Wednesday, Gary Farmer, a Broward County Democrat, pushed for the elimination of the $75 annual fee for medical marijuana identification cards […]

Science Backs Most Medical Cannabis Treatment, Study Finds

Chronic pain is the most common reason people give when they enroll in state-approved medical marijuana programs. That’s followed by stiffness from multiple sclerosis and chemotherapy-related nausea, according to an analysis of 15 states published Monday in the journal Health Affairs. “The majority of patients for whom we have data are using cannabis for reasons where the […]

Medical Marijuana Will Be Prohibited in Missouri Veterans Nursing Homes

After Missouri voters approved a new medical marijuana program by a decisive margin of 65 to 35 percent in November, the state’s veterans have been playing the waiting game. Forget getting their cannabis covered by the government—would they finally be able to talk to their VA doctors about ditching opioids for cannabis (in the case […]

New Jersey joins states that allow medical cannabis as opioid alternative

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration has added opioid addiction to the list of qualifying conditions that are treatable with medical marijuana, a move that could provide a boost to MMJ sales. In 2015, New Jersey health care providers wrote 55 opioid prescriptions per 100 persons, or 4.9 million prescriptions, according to the National Institute […]

UK’s NHS Will Not Prescribe Medical Cannabis to Those in Chronic Pain

The UK’s National Health Service serves over one million people every day-and-a-half, a formational source of health care in a country with a population of less than 55 million. Many of those individuals suffer from a condition entailing chronic pain, which since October, qualifies them for a doctor’s recommendation for medicinal cannabis. But some residents […]

ND medical cannabis market inches onward as state hands out first patient cards

North Dakota has begun issuing medical marijuana cards to patients and caregivers, which marks another step forward as the state has spent nearly two years setting up a regulated distribution system for the MMJ market. Voters in the state approved medical cannabis in November 2016. Here are the basics surrounding the situation: North Dakota’s health department […]

CIBC compares cannabis to gold rush, predicts ‘beginning of global seismic shift’

The birth of the legal cannabis industry in Canada is akin to the gold rush, but very few cannabis companies will live up to their lofty expectations, according to a new report from one of the country’s largest banks. CIBC World Markets, a subsidiary of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, made the sobering assessment […]

Thailand Becomes First Southeast Asian Country to Legalize Medical Marijuana

Thailand became the first Southeast Asian country to legalize cannabis for medical use on Tuesday. The Thai National Assembly unanimously passed the measure after amendments were first brought to the Health Ministry in November. The new legislation makes it legal to produce, import, export, and possess cannabis for medicinal purposes. Patients with a qualifying condition […]

Medical Cannabis Convenience Store Opens in Maine

After voters approved adult-use cannabis legalization in 2016, Maine lawmakers haven’t let outgoing Gov. Paul LePage’s veto power stand in the way of the will of the People. Back in May, state legislators overrode LePage’s veto of a bill legalizing adult-use retail sales. And in July, they overrode the governor’s veto of a medical marijuana […]