Ohio Board of Pharmacy Announces First Week Statistics For Patient And Caregiver Registry

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OHIO: After accepting patient registrations for one week, the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program has 1,948 recommendations in the Patient and Caregiver Registry. Of those with a recommendation, 1,062 have activated their Registry Card. The State Board of Pharmacy will continue to provide weekly updates through December after which a monthly report will be available.

Aurora Cannabis to Acquire Mexico’s Farmacias Magistrales S.A.

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First License to Import, Manufacture, Store, and Distribute Medical Cannabis Containing THC in Mexico CANADA: Aurora Cannabis has announced that the Company has entered into a Letter of Intent to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of Farmacias Magistrales, subject to customary due diligence provisions, the completion of definitive agreements, and regulatory and government Read the full article…

Report: More Banks Providing Services To Cannabis-Specific Businesses

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: A growing number of banks and credit unions are providing financial services to marijuana-related businesses, according to data released by FinCEN (the US Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network) and first publicized by the news portal MarijuanaMoment.net. The report acknowledged that the number of financial institutions actively banking with marijuana-related businesses rose from 401 in October Read the full article…

Have A Heart Makes Its Debut In Iowa With Two New Medical Cannabis Dispensaries

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Cannabis retailer arrives in the quad city with grand openings in Council Bluffs and Davenport IOWA: This weekend, Have a Heart celebrates the grand openings of its first stores in Iowa. The company will bring its deep expertise in the medical cannabis industry to the Council Bluffs and Davenport communities. “We started as a medical dispensary many Read the full article…

Cannabis Activist Partners with Washington Traffic Safety Commission for Impaired Driving Awareness Campaign

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WASHINGTON: Vivian McPeak, the executive director of Seattle Hempfest, has joined voices with Darrin Grondel, the director of the Washington State Traffic Safety Commission, to get a holiday season message out about the dangers of impaired driving. The pair participated in the production of a video promoting safe driving through awareness about the dangers of driving impaired on Read the full article…

Administration of Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Program To Transfer To Cannabis Control Commission

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MASSACHUSETTS: On December 23, 2018, administration and oversight of the Massachusetts Medical Use of Marijuana Program will transfer from the Department of Public Health (DPH) to the Cannabis Control Commission (CCC), a change that is mandated by Massachusetts law, Chapter 55 of the Acts of 2017, AN ACT TO ENSURE SAFE ACCESS TO MARIJUANA. The law requires Read the full article…

Reconciled Farm Bill To Include Provisions Lifting Federal Hemp Ban

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  House and Senate lawmakers have agreed in principle to a reconciled version of H.R. 2: The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (aka the 2018 Farm Bill), which includes provisions lifting the federal prohibition of industrial hemp. The hemp-specific provisions – which Senate Majority Speaker Mitch McConnell (R-KY) included in the Senate version of the bill, but were Read the full article…

Altria to Make Growth Investment In Cronos Group

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Altria to Invest USD $1.8 Billion (CAD $2.4 Billion) for 45% Ownership Interest in Leading Global Cannabinoid Company with Warrant to Increase Ownership to 55% Over Next 4 Years VIRGINIA: Altria Group today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire newly issued shares in Cronos Group, a leading global cannabinoid company, headquartered in Read the full article…

Cresco Labs Acquires Assets In Massachusetts With First Cannabis Harvest Planned For Spring 2019

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ILLINOIS: Cresco Labs, one of the largest vertically integrated multi-state cannabis operators in the United States, announced a definitive agreement to acquire 100% of the shares and membership interests of Hope Heal Health, Inc. and an affiliated real estate entity. The HHH assets include state registration and licensing that will allow for cultivation, manufacturing, processing, and Read the full article…

Tilray Announces Support For Study Examining Effects Of Driving Under The Influence Of Cannabis

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CANADA: Tilray, a global leader in cannabis research and production, announced that it has partnered with researchers at the Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics at the University of Sydney to complete a study examining the effects of cannabis on driving and cognitive function. “The Effects of Medicinal Cannabinoids on Driving” study was a double blind, placebo-controlled Read the full article…