Ohio Board Of Pharmacy Publishes Updated Patient & Caregiver Numbers For January 2020

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OHIO: The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy today published updated patient & caregiver numbers for January 2020.

These numbers include:

  • 94,771 Recommendations
  • 84,023 Registered patients
    • 6,163 Patients with Veteran Status
    • 5,382 Patients with Indigent Status
    • 473 Patients with a Terminal Diagnosis
  • 60,260 Unique patients who purchased medical marijuana (as reported to OARRS by licensed dispensaries)
  • 9,153 Registered Caregivers

For the full list of program numbers, please visit the Program Update page.

Border Officials: Canadians Involved In Legal Marijuana Industry To Be Barred Entry To The United States

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: A top official from the US Customs and Border Patrol has affirmed that the agency will enforce a federal policy prohibiting those involved with the Canadian marijuana industry from entering the United States.

Section 212 of the US Immigration and Nationality Act states that foreigners are ineligible to enter the US if they are “determined to be a drug abuser” or if they have assisted in the trafficking of an illicit substance. A US Custom representative told Politico that the agency is broadly interpreting the statute to include those who work or have financially invested in Canada’s legal marijuana industry, or who acknowledge personal use of the substance.

Canada legalized the regulated production and distribution of medical cannabis nearly two decades ago. In June of this year, Canadian lawmakers gave final approval to separate legislation regulating the adult use marijuana market. The new law takes effect on October 17, 2018.

NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano strongly criticized the US enforcement policy, stating: “This is an irrational and discriminatory policy that unduly penalizes tens of thousands of Canadians who pose no health or safety risk to the United States. At a time when public opinion and the culture surrounding marijuana is rapidly shifting, not just in the United States but around the world, it is inane for US border officials to maintain such a draconian and backward-looking policy.”


For more information, contact Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, at: paul@norml.org or NORML Political Director, Justin Strekal, at (202) 483-5500.

Marijuana Business Association Is Media Sponsor Of First Oklahoma Hempfest

MJBA Founder David Rheins Is Featured Speaker At Historic Hemp Festival

WASHINGTON: The first Oklahoma Hempfest  is shaping up to be enormous. Promoter Scott McKinley has assembled a world-class lineup of major talent for the FREE event, including DJ Snoopadelic (Snoop Dogg), Kokane, GapX The Band, Twista, Ryan Upchurch “The Redneck” and many more, and has now enlisted the support of the Marijuana Business Association, and its founder David Rheins, the cannabis industry’s unofficial business ambassador.

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MJBA Is A Proud Sponsor of Oklahoma Hempfest Sept 7-9th

MJBA, which publishes the popular MJ News Network — The Voice of Legal Cannabis — whose properties include MJ Headline News on Facebook and Marijuana Channel One on YouTube, will serve as media sponsor for Oklahoma Hempfest bringing to bear the resources of its more than 300,000 subscribers to promote the event.  MJ Headline News and MJ Channel One will field reporting teams on site to provide live coverage and conduct exclusive interviews with event speakers, performers and VIPs.  Rheins, a renowned expert in media, marketing and branding, will address the opportunity that awaits Oklahoma’s nascent legal cannabis community.

“The MJBA has been a staple in our industry. It’s Executive Director David Rheins has traveled to each legal market speaking to each community about the new growth and challenges of our emerging market,” McKinley told MJNN. “From his background as President of the trendsetting Spin Magazine, to his groundbreaking work in the digital media space, David definitely understands the dynamics of a developing market and its growing pains. We are very excited to have the MJBA team on board with Oklahoma Hempfest — bringing this knowledge to Oklahoma is paramount.”

I’m thrilled to be a part of this historic hemp festival,” said David Rheins. “MJBA has long been a supporter of Seattle Hempfest, and it is an honor to open yet another legal cannabis marketplace. Oklahoma has passed medical marijuana, and it looks like the voters will demand adult-use cannabis as well this November. Scott and his team have brilliantly created this free event as a rallying point, and Oklahoma Hempfest will be a ground zero mobilization point for the legalization and cannabis communities just prior to the important elections.”

The 7th CannaGrow Expo Is Headed To Palm Springs, CA May 19-20

CALIFORNIA: The 7th CannaGrow Expo will be hosted May 19-20, 2018 at the Palm Springs Convention Center & Renaissance Hotel.

The CannaGrow Expo is a two-day educational event dedicated to the art & science of cannabis cultivation and extraction. Designed to provide cannabis growers and extractors from around the world an opportunity to network, share strategies, learn from experts, and find the products and services to bring their cannabis operations to the next level.

1200+ commercial growers & extractors, home growers & processors, grow store managers, dispensary owners & managers, investors, and those just interested in learning about cultivating and extracting cannabis will attend this two-day event in Palm Springs, CA.

Detailed agenda & tickets available at CannaGrowExpo.com

Major Developments In Cannabis Industry Today Including Significant License Developments

FLORIDA: Canadian and North American Cannabis companies are quickly ramping up operations getting ready to meet the anticipated surge in demand when recreation customers could start ordering across Canada.

Bill C-45, which will legalize cannabis across the country, largely leaves it up to the provinces and territories to determine how marijuana can be sold and used. Canada’s Cannabis Act was introduced in the Canadian Senate this week, its last legislative stop. It appears the bill enjoys wide public support and the backing of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Retailers have been preparing to start selling legal marijuana in July, so the timing could be tight. But Canada’s recreational marijuana market is expected to mean big dollars. Deloitte estimates the market will be at least $5B in sales in 2018, with an ancillary market of associated goods and services that could add another $20B. Current legalization efforts could be a wakeup call to all investors who were sitting on the sidelines as Canada is setting up and ready to make billions from legal marijuana operations.

Digipath’s Chief Science Officer Calls For Cannabis Testing Science Standardization

NEVADA: Digipath, an independent cannabis testing laboratory and media firm, announced that its Chief Science Officer, Dr. Cindy Orser, has been invited to present on the science of cannabis at two upcoming events occurring in Nevada and California.

The first event will be at the Annual meeting of the California Association of Toxicologists entitled A House Full of Tox, being hosted by the Henderson Police Department’s and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s forensic laboratories, and will take place Monday, November 6 and Tuesday, November 7 at the Golden Nugget hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. From 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm on Tuesday, November 7, Dr. Orser will present on the current state of cannabis science in Nevada to enable California Toxicologists to get a snapshot of what’s to come in California with the role of a regulated cannabis industry.

The second speaking invitation came from the Genetic and Environmental Toxicology Association (GETA) of Northern Californiai. The event is entitled, The Science of Cannabis: Endocannabinoid Signaling and Pesticides in Cannabis Cultivation, and will take place Thursday, December 7 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Elihu M. Harris State Office Building in Oakland, California.  Dr. Orser will present on the need for standardization in the cannabis industry as a prelude to the ensuing regulatory challenges ahead for the State of California under a newly regulated cannabis industry.

Dr. Cindy Orser, Chief Science Officer of Digipath, commented, “Digipath Labs is enthusiastic about participating in the scientific discussion regarding California’s burgeoning cannabis industry.”

 

State Tax Revenues Benefit From Legalized Cannabis Market

NEW YORK:  The legal cannabis market is expected to generate more tax revenue for states in the U.S, according to a report from New Frontier Data.

The U.S. cannabis market could generate $2.3 billion in state tax revenue from retail sales by 2020. The projection is based on the assumption for projected growth in all states currently legal for medical and recreational use of cannabis. According to the Colorado Department of Revenue tax data, dispensaries in Colorado, the first state in the United States to legalize cannabis, sold a record of $1.3 billion of legal cannabis in 2016.

New Frontier Data CEO Giadha Aguirre De Carcer. Said: “During this tough economy states are looking for any way to close their budget shortfalls and it appears that cannabis may hold an answer for them. New Frontier Data looked at the potential revenues that could be generated from state cannabis taxes and found that in this year alone, states could raise nearly $750 million and triple that number by 2020. These revenues will have a meaningful impact on state programs and provide governors with much needed breathing room in their budgets,”

 

Cannabis Industry Expects to Become the Next Biggest Market

NEW YORK: After historical elections earlier this month, other states may be reconsidering their stance on legalization of Cannabis for medical or recreational use. Currently, there are gaps among states concerning cannabis legalization reform and the difficulties for both the government and the businesses involved as 20 percent of Americans can now lawfully use Cannabis.

The largest recreational usage of cannabis is now the state of California. According to Gallup polls, public support for legalizing cannabis has reached 60%, its highest level in Gallup’s 47-year trend. The market for both recreational and medicinal cannabis is projected to grow to $22 billion by 2020 according to ArcView Market Research.

 

Colorado Tourism Survey Shows Legal Pot’s Influence

COLORADO: Marijuana businesses have long proclaimed that cannabis is drawing visitors to Colorado. Now they have proof.

A study commissioned by the Colorado Tourism Office and presented to the office’s board of directors on Wednesday shows legal weed as a growing motivator for trips to Colorado — conflicting with the mantra of tourism officials statewide that savvy marketing alone is responsible for record visitation and spending in the last two years.

While the state’s “Come to Life” ad campaign is certainly successful, surveys in October and November of potential summertime visitors who were exposed to the state’s tourism ads revealed that the marijuana laws influenced vacation decisions nearly 49 percent of the time.

“I think it is rearing its head as a significant travel and tourism amenity for visitors coming to Colorado,” said Al White, who retired as boss of the Colorado Tourism Office in August and now serves on the board of a cannabis tourism company.

Oregon Marijuana Industry Targets Tourist Market

OREGON: With its rough-sawn cedar walls, burled maple counters and muted colors, William Simpson’s upscale shop in downtown Dundee could easily be mistaken for a wine tasting room.

Thing is, Simpson’s not selling Oregon pinot. He’s selling pot.

The recent opening of Simpson’s store in Oregon wine country signals the latest evolution in an industry going mainstream. The Portland market is saturated with marijuana dispensaries, prompting a handful of entrepreneurs to set their sights on a different crowd: tourists.