Study: Marijuana Dispensaries Associated With Declining Rates Of Painkiller Abuse

Green is good

GEORGIA: Cannabis dispensaries are associated with reduced levels of opioid-related treatment admissions and overall drug mortality, according to a study published online on SSRN.com. A University of Georgia economics professor assessed the relationship between the opening of medical cannabis dispensaries and drug treatment admissions. Dispensary openings are associated with “a 20 percentage point relative decrease in painkiller treatment Read the full article…

Marijuana Legalization In Delaware: New Medical Dispensaries Set To Open In 2016

The site, run by a company called Columbia Care, which also operates facilities in Arizona and Washington, D.C., attracted several potential customers, including one man who showed reporters his purple and white New York State medical marijuana card.

DELAWARE: On Dec. 2, the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services began to accept proposals for nonprofit companies to operate a medical marijuana dispensary in several counties in the state, Delaware Public Media reported. The deadline is March 30 so that two centers can open by fall 2016, the Cape Gazette reported. The revitalized program has aims to expand accessibility to Read the full article…

Pot Risk Vs. Profit: Bankers Cautious Of Marijuana Dispensaries

Marijuana is big business

COLORADO: Every month, Jamie Perino hires a security detail to come to her three recreational marijuana dispensaries. They stop by, collect thousands of dollars in cash and head out to deliver the money to the state, county and city. Perino, the CEO of Euflora dispensaries, said she can’t find a bank that will work with her. Read the full article…

Oregon Releases Draft Recreational Marijuana Rules

Oregon public health officials have released draft rules for medical marijuana dispensaries selling legal recreational pot starting October 1st.

OREGON:  Oregon public health officials have released draft rules for medical marijuana dispensaries selling legal recreational pot.The Oregon Health Authority‘s rules limit the type of marijuana products sold as of October 1 to seeds, dried leaves and flowers and plants that are not flowering. As expected, edibles won’t be sold to recreational users at medical Read the full article…

New Jersey Issues Standards For Edible Forms Of Medical Marijuana

New Jersey this week issued its first standards for edible forms of medical marijuana.

NEW JERSEY:  New Jersey this week issued its first standards for edible forms of medical marijuana, a move that could clear the way for the state’s three dispensaries to start making and selling the products. The state Department of Health told The Associated Press on Friday that the standards, intended to assure patient and employee Read the full article…

Cannabis Comes To Las Vegas: Answering Your Burning Questions About Medical Marijuana

Businesses that received state approval in November have been busy preparing buildings, sourcing crops and getting ready to open their doors when harvesting begins in a couple weeks.

NEVADA:  In the coming weeks, the first crops of cannabis will begin blooming in warehouses across the valley, the most tangible sign yet that medical marijuana is headed to Southern Nevada. Businesses that received state approval in November have been busy preparing buildings, sourcing crops and getting ready to open their doors. When they do, Read the full article…

San Jose City Council Delays Vote On Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

The measure would impose new rules on pot clubs. If approved, dispensaries would have to be at least 1,000 feet away from schools, day care centers, churches, recreation centers, parks, libraries and other collectives, 500 feet from rehab centers and 150 feet from homes.

CALIFORNIA: Both sides in the debate over the future of medical marijuana dispensaries in San Jose filled city council chambers for a contentious meeting Tuesday night, though council members delayed a vote on a proposed ordinance. The measure would impose new rules on pot clubs. If approved, dispensaries would have to be at least 1,000 feet Read the full article…

Medical Marijuana: How Two Connecticut Towns Are Preparing for Licenses

The space where Greenbelt Management hopes to develop a medical marijuana production facility.

CONNECTICUT: In January, the state’s Department of Consumer Protection will begin awarding the first ever licenses to medical marijuana producers and dispensaries in Connecticut. While the licenses are awarded by the state, it’s been left up to individual towns to decide if they want to host one of these facilities. Two communities in Connecticut have taken Read the full article…

Arizona Dispensaries Sold More Than 2 Tons Of Medical Marijuana, State Says

ARIZONA:  Arizona’s medical-marijuana dispensaries sold more than 2.5 tons of marijuana in the past 12 months, officials say. From December 6th, 2012 — opening day for the state’s first state-authorized dispensary, Arizona Organix — to December 9th of this year, 5,279 pounds of marijuana were sold, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services. The Read the full article…

Mass. Releases List Of Proposed Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Under the state’s medical marijuana law, every county will have at least one and no more than five dispensaries. Each company was allowed to apply for up to three. The centers will be not-for-profit businesses, and applicants were required to prove they had at least $500,000 in cash on hand for start-up costs for each dispensary proposed.

MASSACHUSETTS: The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has released a county-by-county breakdown of the 100 final applications for medical marijuana dispensaries. Middlesex County leads the way with 17 dispensary applications submitted by 16 companies. Five companies are competing to open dispensaries in Framingham. One of them, Massachusetts Compassionate Patient Care Corp., applied to open a second dispensary in Read the full article…