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Pro-cannabis Governor of Kansas says she must prioritize medical cannabis over recreational legalization

Pro-cannabis Governor of Kansas says she must prioritize medical cannabis over recreational legalization

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

January 15, 2020

The Governor of Kansas has confirmed that she is supportive of legalizing recreational cannabis across the state. However, on Thursday, January 2, 2020, Gov. Laura Kelly (D) announced that – in spite of her support – she is obliged to deal with the medical aspect of legalization before dabbling in...

Alabama’s draft medical cannabis bill: What does it entail?

Alabama’s draft medical cannabis bill: What does it entail?

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

January 9, 2020

The vast majority of members who form Alabama’s Medical Cannabis Study Commission support a bill to legalize the plant for pharmaceutical purposes.  In an attempt to sway lawmakers' decisions on the regulation of cannabis-based products and plant cultivation, 12 members of the 18-strong Commission voted in...

The competition is heating up as more than 130 apply to operate 14 of Utah’s medical cannabis ‘pharmacies’

The competition is heating up as more than 130 apply to operate 14 of Utah’s medical cannabis ‘pharmacies’

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

December 30, 2019

It looks as though hundreds of budding “cannapreneurs” in Utah will soon be going head-to-head in an attempt to score one of just 14 available dispensary licenses. According to data released by the state, over 130 hopefuls have submitted applications to the Utah Department of Health. At the c...

Interest in medical cannabis use surpasses Missouri estimates

Interest in medical cannabis use surpasses Missouri estimates

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

December 20, 2019

Data has revealed that more people are interested in Missouri’s medical cannabis program than analysts previously anticipated. As of July 4, 2019, almost 22,000 medical cannabis cards were issued among patients statewide; initially reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. A group of analysts and researchers at the U...

State job opportunities limited for medical cannabis patients in New Mexico

State job opportunities limited for medical cannabis patients in New Mexico

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

December 19, 2019

Since New Mexico's medical cannabis program – the "Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act” – went into effect following legalization in 2007, thousands of patients have enrolled in the program. As of February 28, 2019, 70,109 patients were registered. Patient figures have steadily climbed in recent mo...

Minnesota approves medical cannabis for chronic pain, eye condition

Minnesota approves medical cannabis for chronic pain, eye condition

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

December 16, 2019

Broad expansion of Minnesota’s list of qualifying conditions for medical cannabis has been authorized by State Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm. As per the expansion, two new conditions have been added to the list – chronic pain and age-related macular degeneration.  Of all the qualifying conditions for medical...

Medical cannabis consumption doubles in Florida within a year

Medical cannabis consumption doubles in Florida within a year

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

December 12, 2019

Since March 2018, the number of patients enrolled in Florida’s medical cannabis program has soared 50 percent. Floridians have had access to medical cannabis since it became legal in November 2016. To-date, around 400,000 patients have swapped their usual prescription for medical cannabis. Due to...

Federal funding for addiction treatment cannot be spent on medical cannabis

Federal funding for addiction treatment cannot be spent on medical cannabis

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

December 9, 2019

Federal dollars designated for opioid addiction treatments cannot be used on medical cannabis; as per orders from the U.S. government. The government's motive for this is to shield patients from the potential risks of quitting their prescribed opioid medication for medical cannabis.  State officials ...

Medical cannabis too expensive for patients in Louisiana

Medical cannabis too expensive for patients in Louisiana

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

December 9, 2019

Louisiana made history in August, when it emerged as the first ever state in the Deep South to start dispensing medical cannabis. Sales commenced four years after a law was passed by state officials legalizing the plant for patient use.  Recent reports claim that the market is too pricey for patients....

Florida has a supply shortage of smokable medical cannabis

Florida has a supply shortage of smokable medical cannabis

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

December 5, 2019

Florida is dealing with a lack of smokable medical cannabis, according to recent reports from industry experts. It seems as though dispensaries might not have been ready for the swathes of patients entering their doors when plant became legal for medical purposes in its smokable form back in March....

Bernie Sanders is fighting to legalize medical cannabis for Military Veterans

Bernie Sanders is fighting to legalize medical cannabis for Military Veterans

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

December 5, 2019

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has extended his efforts for cannabis reform after he signed onto a bill that would legalize medical cannabis for military veterans. The legislation, which the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate cosponsored on Thursday, November 7, would provide veterans with a fed...

New Mexico’s medical cannabis program welcomes surge of enrollment from out-of-staters

New Mexico’s medical cannabis program welcomes surge of enrollment from out-of-staters

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

December 5, 2019

Out-of-state enrollment for New Mexico’s Medical Cannabis Program has given the patient count a boost. Three-year patient cards have been issued to 130 patients residing outside of the southwestern U.S. state, which legalized medical cannabis back in 2007; making it the 12th U.S. state to do so. ...

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