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Illinois lawmakers are trying to give cannabis businesses access to banking

Illinois lawmakers are trying to give cannabis businesses access to banking

March 20, 2019


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Thor Benson / Cannabis News Box Contributor Everyone in the cannabis industry knows one of the biggest problems for businesses is not having access to banking. Though it is legal for banks to do business with cannabis companies, these banks are federally regulated, and since cannabis is still il...

Florida might finally legalize smoking medical cannabis

Florida might finally legalize smoking medical cannabis

March 18, 2019


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Thor Benson / Cannabis News Box Contributor It appears Florida may finally be ready to legalize smoking medical cannabis. As things stand, there is a statewide ban on smoking cannabis, but the state’s Senate just voted to get rid of the ban. “We’ve been working around the clock with our colleagues in the House, with the Governor’s...

Maryland legislature sees medical cannabis as a high priority

Maryland legislature sees medical cannabis as a high priority

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

March 13, 2019


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This session’s General Assembly is pushing for a number of medical cannabis bills in Maryland. Lawmakers in the state are considering introducing a type of legislation that would alter the public's perception of pot. During an interview with FOX 5, State Senator Bobby Zirkin said that life...

West Virginia House approves medical cannabis banking bill

West Virginia House approves medical cannabis banking bill

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

March 8, 2019


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February was a successful month for West Virginia’s medical cannabis industry. A bill to shield state protections for banks handling medical cannabis revenue was given the green light by the West Virginia House of Delegates. The legislation for medical cannabis banking in West Virginia was introduced by Del. Eric Nelson (R). It grants the state treasurer a chance to initiate...

Pennsylvania medical cannabis sales total $132 million in first year of legalization

Pennsylvania medical cannabis sales total $132 million in first year of legalization

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

February 28, 2019


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During Pennsylvania's first year of legal medical cannabis sales, state residents forked out $132 million on medicinal-grade weed. This is based on data revealed by the governor's office. According to officials, as many as 83,000 people bought medical cannabis in Pennsylvania within the first year of med...

Virginia Law to protect students who use cannabidiol oil moves through House

Virginia Law to protect students who use cannabidiol oil moves through House

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

February 28, 2019


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Students in Virginia who use cannabidiol (CBD) oil could soon be granted the privilege of using this extracted form of non-psychotropic cannabis on school grounds, minus the risk of being expelled or suspended. Following a unanimous vote by the Senate, legislation to safeguard student cannabis consumer...

Maryland looks to medical cannabis as potential treatment to combat rise in opioid-related deaths

Maryland looks to medical cannabis as potential treatment to combat rise in opioid-related deaths

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

February 28, 2019


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A rising number of medical cannabis patient advocates and physicians are admitting that weed-based treatments should be added to the list of available treatment options for opioid addiction under Maryland's medical cannabis bill. Numerous studies have demonstrated a reduction in opioid cravings after patients use cannabis, not to mention a reduction in the unple...

State senators in Nebraska file ballot initiative to legalize medical cannabis

State senators in Nebraska file ballot initiative to legalize medical cannabis

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

February 21, 2019


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Cannabis advocates in Nebraska are eagerly awaiting the outcome of a ballot initiative filed earlier this month. If passed, it will enable state residents to vote on medical cannabis legalization. The proposal to legalize medical cannabis in Nebraska, submitted by State Sens. Anna Wishart (D) and Adam Morfeld (D), was...

New Mexico medical cannabis program accrued $106 million in 2018

New Mexico medical cannabis program accrued $106 million in 2018

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

February 13, 2019


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Last year, the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program pulled in $106 million in sales revenue, a 23 percent increase since 2017. The number of patients enrolled in the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program rose 45 percent between 2017 and 2018, with the patient count now standing at 67,574. Interesting, considering the fact that patient enrollment exceeded sales. Ultra Health is the biggest provider in NM’...

Illinois will allow opioid users to use medical cannabis

Illinois will allow opioid users to use medical cannabis

February 7, 2019


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Thor Benson / Cannabis News Box Contributor Illinois is one of many states where residents are facing the terrible effects of the opioid epidemic, and a new program hopes to help people get off opioids by offering them medical cannabis. The new Opioid Alternative Pilot Program allows Illinois resident...

Florida governor wants to eradicate vertical integration from licensed cannabis operators statewide

Florida governor wants to eradicate vertical integration from licensed cannabis operators statewide

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

February 6, 2019


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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has declared his plans to drop a predecessor pleading against the legalization of cannabis flower for medical cannabis patients. DeSantis also has plans to eradicate vertical integration for licensed cannabis operators in the state. Rather, individually-licensed pot bus...

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