Patients Dramatically Reduce Their Opioid Use Following Cannabis Access

MMJ reduces opioid use

CANADA: Pain patients enrolled in Canada’s legal medical cannabis access program significantly reduce their use of opioids over the long-term, according to longitudinal data provided by Tilray Canada Ltd - one of the nation’s largest, licensed provider of medicinal marijuana products. Investigators assessed opioid use patterns in a cohort of 573 patients using Tilray-provided products. Among those patients who acknowledged Read the full article…

Georgia: Governor Signs Legislation Expanding CBD Exemption Law

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GEORGIA: Republican Gov. Nathan Deal has signed legislation into law expanding the pool of patients eligible to possess CBD oil under the state’s limited medical exemption law. Passage of House Bill 65 permits patients with post-traumatic stress disorder and intractable pain to receive a physician’s authorization to possess oils high in cannabidiol and low in THC. The bill also creates a Read the full article…

Court Rejects Challenge To DEA’s Classification Of Marijuana Extracts

Court Rejects Challenge To DEA's Classification Of Marijuana Extracts

CALIFORNIA: A three judge panel for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has denied a petition filed by the Hemp Industries Association challenging the DEA’s authority to establish a new administrative drug code specifically for marijuana extracts. The DEA first announced the proposed rule change in 2011, but did not enact the new policy until January 13, 2017. In a Read the full article…

Giambra Will March In NYC Cannabis Parade On Saturday

“I believe we can help a broad section of our population by legalizing recreational marijuana, both medically and financially, and that’s why I’m going to be there Saturday adding my support to the effort.”

NEW YORK:  It was back in January in frigid Buffalo that former Erie County Executive Joel Giambra called for the “toughest, tightest regulated” legalized marijuana bill in the United States as a way to raise billions of dollars in tax revenue to fix New York State’s crumbling infrastructure. Giambra called taxing legalized recreational marijuana “a Read the full article…

High Park Farms Begins Cannabis Cultivation in Ontario

“British Columbia is known around the world for its rich cannabis culture and the quality of its cannabis genetics”

CANADA: High Park Farms has announced that cannabis cultivation has begun at its state-of-the-art greenhouse in Enniskillen, Ontario following the successful arrival of thousands of live cannabis plants from Nanaimo, British Columbia. The arrival of the plants marks a major milestone for High Park as the company rapidly scales its operations in anticipation of the historic legalization Read the full article…

Three More States Enact Hemp Production Laws

Industrial hemp production stopped in 1937 when the Marijuana Tax Act was passed. Hemp has been illegal since 1970 when the Controlled Substances Act passed, as hemp comes from the cannabis plant.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Governors in Alaska, Kansas, and Oklahoma have each signed legislation in recent days establishing programs to permit the cultivation of industrial hemp. In Alaska, Independent Gov. Bill Walker signed legislation into law establishing a pilot program “to study the growth, cultivation, [and] marketing of industrial hemp.” Senate Bill 6 creates a legal distinction between hemp and marijuana Read the full article…

Michigan: Adult Use Legalization Measure Certified For November’s Ballot

According to statewide polling commissioned by Michigan NORML, which is a member of the Coalition, 61 percent of voters say that they intend to vote yes on the measure.

MICHIGAN: Election officials have confirmed that proponents of a statewide ballot measure, the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act, have gathered a sufficient number of signatures from registered voters to place it on the electoral ballot this November. Proponents of the voter-initiated measure, The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, submitted more than 360,000 signatures in an effort to qualify it Read the full article…

Tikun Olam and Ilera Healthcare Announce Pennsylvania Partnership

Tikun Olam and Ilera Healthcare Announce Pennsylvania Partnership
to Deliver Science-Backed Cannabis Products to PA MMJ Patients

PENNSYLVANIA and NEW YORK:  Tikun Olam, the world leader in cannabis science, and Ilera Healthcare, Pennsylvania’s premier medical marijuana cultivator, processor and dispenser, have finalized a deal to bring Tikun’s world-renowned medical marijuana strains to medical cannabis patients in the Keystone State later this year. This partnership combines Tikun Olam’s history of peer-reviewed scientific research and Read the full article…

Survey: More Than Seven In Ten Practicing Physicians Back Medical Marijuana Option

Doctors seek alternatives to opioids

NEW YORK: More than seven in ten practicing physicians support allowing qualified patients the option to use cannabis therapeutically, according to survey data published in the journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research. New York University investigators surveyed the attitudes of practicing physicians in New York State. Seventy-one percent of respondents said that cannabis ought to be legal for medical purposes, Read the full article…

Senator Diane Savino to Lead “New York State of Cannabis” Panel at CWCBExpo NY

CWCBExpo NY

NEW JERSEY:  New York State’s recently announced study of legalizing marijuana will be discussed in a high level panel, “New York State of Cannabis,” at the 5th Annual Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition, May 30 – June 2, at the Javits Center in New York. The panel will feature New York State Senator Diane Read the full article…