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New Mexico expands its medical cannabis program

New Mexico expands its medical cannabis program

June 18, 2019

Thor Benson / Cannabis News Box Contributor New Mexico recently expanded its medical cannabis program by adding more conditions that qualify for getting a cannabis card. Cannabis can now be accessible to help curb opioid use and for autism, Alzheimer’s disease, Friedreich’s Ataxia, Lewy Body D...

Alabama Legislature approves bill to establish a medical cannabis commission

Alabama Legislature approves bill to establish a medical cannabis commission

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

June 13, 2019

On May 31, the Alabama Legislature approved a medical cannabis bill that would establish a commission comprising a team of lawyers, doctors and healthcare professionals. The approved bill is a slightly toned down version of a previous bill that would have legalized the cannabis plant for medical pur...

Missouri publishes final draft of medical cannabis regulations

Missouri publishes final draft of medical cannabis regulations

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

June 13, 2019

Finally, Missouri has posted its final rules on medical cannabis. The regulations were effectuated on June 3. Published on the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services’ official website at the end of May, the final version of Missouri’s medical cannabis rules have been long-awaited by the p...

Congress urges DEA to start processing applications for medical cannabis research

Congress urges DEA to start processing applications for medical cannabis research

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

June 13, 2019

Almost 30 members of the House of Representatives have signed their name in ink at the closing of a bipartisan letter curated by Congress. The letter urges the Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to review medical cannabis research applications, which seem to have been...

Medical cannabis expansion bill passes Texas Senate

Medical cannabis expansion bill passes Texas Senate

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

May 31, 2019

More Texans could be on the receiving end of a medical cannabis prescription, thanks to a pot bill that will now await lawmaker's approval in the Texas House. Cannabis advocates in Texas were jumping for joy following a successful vote in the Senate to advance the bill on Wednesday, May 22. The bill,...

Medical cannabis expansion laws signed by North Dakota Governor

Medical cannabis expansion laws signed by North Dakota Governor

May 30, 2019

At the end of April, Republican Gov. Doug Burgum signed a set of laws that would broaden the scope of North Dakota's medical cannabis program. The program was established by the North Dakota Department of Health following the legalization of medical cannabis under a voter initiative in November 2016. Alt...

New Jersey debates medical cannabis changes and expungement

New Jersey debates medical cannabis changes and expungement

May 30, 2019

Thor Benson / Cannabis News Box Contributor New Jersey lawmakers are currently debating expanding the state’s medical cannabis program and its expungement process. If passed, the bills would allow New Jersey residents to purchase cannabis-infused edibles, topicals, and oils, and the state would ma...

Study: Legalizing cannabis could improve workplace safety

Study: Legalizing cannabis could improve workplace safety

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

May 26, 2019

New research has shed some light on the impacts of medical cannabis on workplace safety. It turns out that – contrary to popular belief that cannabis may negatively impact an employee’s productivity at work – the plant actually seems to be having a positive effect on members of the workforce in st...

Arizona Court rejects immunity argument made by patients who consumed cannabis in their car

Arizona Court rejects immunity argument made by patients who consumed cannabis in their car

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

May 22, 2019

The Arizona Court of Appeals has charged two medical cannabis patients with misdemeanor convictions for consuming the therapeutic plant inside a parked car. Being enrolled in Arizona's medical cannabis program does not mean that patients are exempt from punishment if caught consuming weed in a vehicle, whet...

State Medical Board of Ohio recommends adding autism and anxiety to list of qualifying conditions for cannabis

State Medical Board of Ohio recommends adding autism and anxiety to list of qualifying conditions for cannabis

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

May 22, 2019

Residents of Ohio who suffer from autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and/or anxiety could soon become eligible to get a prescription for pharmaceutical cannabis-based medicines. Earlier this month, the conditions were recommended by lawmakers for inclusion on Ohio's list of medical cannabis qualifications. A 12-...

First two licensed medical cannabis dispensaries in Arkansas sell 13 pounds of weed in first few days of legal sales

First two licensed medical cannabis dispensaries in Arkansas sell 13 pounds of weed in first few days of legal sales

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

May 22, 2019

Back in January, Arkansas issued cannabis businesses with its initial six licenses to sell medical pot statewide. Now, two-and-a-half years since voters legalized the plant for medical purposes, the product has been made available to customers. Arkansas’ official lawmakers have finally given Do...

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