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Colorado adds PTSD as a qualifying medical cannabis condition

Colorado adds PTSD as a qualifying medical cannabis condition

June 6, 2017


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Colorado became the 10th medical cannabis state to add PTSD to its list of qualifying conditions Monday, after Democratic Gov. John Hickenloope signed Senate Bill 17 into law. It is the first new condition added to Colorado's program since 2001. Doctors could begin making PTSD-specific recommendations...

Medical cannabis company files free speech lawsuit

Medical cannabis company files free speech lawsuit

June 1, 2017


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A medical cannabis company in New Mexico is suing a state agency for infringing on its First Amendment rights. The company, Ultra Health, is specifically suing EXPO New Mexico, the group that organizes the New Mexico State Fair, because EXPO New Mexico is limiting what the company can display at...

New Mexico’s medical cannabis industry balloons at 40,000 patients

New Mexico’s medical cannabis industry balloons at 40,000 patients

May 19, 2017


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New Mexico's medical cannabis industry continues its rapid growth as more patients enroll in the program, reports by the Albuquerque Journal. The program gained more than 8,000 patients since January 1, 2017, totaling to 40,432 by the end of April. Enrollment has increased 84 percent since March...

Trump hints at defying Congress and going after medical states

Trump hints at defying Congress and going after medical states

May 16, 2017


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While Congress' budget bill included a provision protecting the 29 states who have legalized medical cannabis and 15 others who may do so from federal intervention, President Trump hinted that he may have other plans. The President released a signing statement on May 5, stating: "Division B, section 537 provides that the Department of Justice may not use any fund...

Mexico’s lower house passes bill approving cannabis for medicinal use

Mexico’s lower house passes bill approving cannabis for medicinal use

May 7, 2017


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Mexico's lowest house passed a bill Friday approving cannabis use for medicinal purposes. The bill does not legalize smoking in public, but it does direct the Health Department to "design public policies to regulate the medicinal use of [cannabis] and its derivatives." The bill passed by a 374-7 vo...

New Mexico’s medical cannabis program is booming – sales soar 86 percent

New Mexico’s medical cannabis program is booming – sales soar 86 percent

May 5, 2017


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New Mexico's Medical Cannabis Program saw an 86 percent increase comparing the first three months of 2016 to the first three months of 2017, according to a press release from one of the state's medical cannabis providers, Ultra Health. The state's program saw revenues reach $19 million, despite New Mexico having the country's most restrictive plant count, a maximum of 450 plants per producer. ...

Congress’ new budget will allow medical cannabis states to proceed without fear of federal intervention

Congress’ new budget will allow medical cannabis states to proceed without fear of federal intervention

May 1, 2017


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Congress included a provision in its newly unveiled budget that will block the Justice Department, including U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, from spending federal dollars on interfering with states' medical cannabis laws. The provision, known as the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, states "None of th...

West Virginia becomes 29th state to introduce medical cannabis legislation

West Virginia becomes 29th state to introduce medical cannabis legislation

April 27, 2017


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West Virginia Governor Jim Justice recently signed the West Virginia Cannabis Act into law, marking the 29th state to legalize cannabis for medicinal purposes. Citizens of The Mountain State won't have access to medical cannabis until July 1, 2019, with the exception of terminally ill cancer patients....

New study links medical cannabis laws with a decline in Medicaid prescriptions

New study links medical cannabis laws with a decline in Medicaid prescriptions

April 19, 2017


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According to a new study by Health Affairs, significant evidence shows negative association between medical cannabis laws and prescriptions filled for each category of Medicaid beneficiaries.  The authors of the study have estimated that if the entire United States had enacted medical cannabis laws back in 2014, there would be a total of $1.01 billion in total savings for fee-for-service Medicaid. "Ou...

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