Maine: 17 New Adult Use Conditional Licenses Issued

MAINE: How big is Maine’s new adult-use cannabis industry? According to the Maine Office of Marijuana Policy, there are 17 new adult use conditional licenses. The breakdown includes seven marijuana stores, five cultivation facilities, four products manufacturing facilities, and one testing facility.

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

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

  • 147,245 Recommendations
  • 116,497 Registered patients
    • 8,349 Patients with Veteran Status
    • 8,713 Patients with Indigent Status
    • 644 Patients with a Terminal Diagnosis
  • 91,330 Unique patients who purchased medical marijuana (as reported to OARRS by licensed dispensaries)
  • 13,140 Registered Caregivers

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

Pritzker Administration Announces Fourth Month Sales Totals For Illinois Adult Use Cannabis

State’s new adult-use cannabis industry generated more than $37 million in sales in April

ILLINOIS: The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation has announced preliminary numbers show statewide adult-use cannabis sales in April totaled $37,260,497.89. Dispensaries across the state sold 818,954 items over the 30-day period. Sales to Illinois residents totaled $29,735,650.41, while sales to out-of-state residents totaled $7,524,847.47. These figures do not include taxes collected. A portion of every cannabis sale will be reinvested in communities harmed most by the failed war on drugs.

Medical and adult use cannabis dispensaries remain open as part of the essential businesses and operations named in Governor Pritzker’s executive order signed on March 20, 2020. Both sides of the cannabis industry were included to ensure the cannabis supplier industry protects medical cannabis patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, the revenue generated by adultuse cannabis sales funds the important social justice and equity goals at the core of Illinois’ adult-use law.

“Our top priority is to ensure consumers are safe when they go to a dispensary to purchase cannabis,” said Toi Hutchinson, Senior Advisor for Cannabis Control to Gov. Pritzker. “The steps we’ve taken to increase social distancing at dispensaries are accomplishing that, while also enabling this new industry to continue to grow. As such, curbside pickup will remain an option for medical cannabis users to obtain the product they need through May 30.”

Dispensaries are permitted to sell medical cannabis outside of their limited access area on their property or on a public walkway or curb adjacent to the dispensary. Medical cannabis patients will be able to continue to utilize their designated caregiver to purchase medicine for them. However, dispensaries may not deliver medical cannabis to a patient or caregiver’s home. These rules do not apply to adult-use cannabis sales; those must still take place inside the limited access area. A complete list of the rules extended may be found here.

Ohio Board Of Pharmacy Releases MMJ Patient & Caregiver Numbers For March 2020

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

  • 113,359 Recommendations
  • 94,356 Registered patients
    • 7,031 Patients with Veteran Status
    • 6,990 Patients with Indigent Status
    • 544 Patients with a Terminal Diagnosis
  • 69,585 Unique patients who purchased medical marijuana (as reported to OARRS by licensed dispensaries)
  • 10,790 Registered Caregivers

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

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

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

  • 102,200 Recommendations
  • 88,306 Registered patients
    • 6,545 Patients with Veteran Status
    • 6,018 Patients with Indigent Status
    • 506 Patients with a Terminal Diagnosis
  • 64,932 Unique patients who purchased medical marijuana (as reported to OARRS by licensed dispensaries)
  • 9,793 Registered Caregivers

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

Ohio: OMMCP Issues Update On 11.15.19 Medical Marijuana Recall

OHIO: On November 17, 2019, the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program (MMCP) issued an updated mandatory product recall for three products (Pineapple Express, Blue Boi Z7, and Afghani #1). The original recall was issued on November 15, 2019.

The Ohio Department of Commerce mandated that samples of the recalled products be submitted for additional laboratory testing, and subsequently found that all products met the required testing standards for patient use.

The MMCP has completed its review of the One Orijin product recall; completing an executive summary which provides an analysis of the circumstances of the recall. The executive summary can be found here.

The full updated recall notice can be found here.

Medical Marijuana, Inc Subsidiary HempMeds Brasil Sponsors Autism Event At Rice University In Houston

 CALIFORNIA: Medical Marijuana, Inc., the first-ever publicly traded cannabis company in the United States that launched the world’s first-ever cannabis-derived nutraceutical products, brands and supply chain, announced today that its subsidiary HempMeds Brasil, in partnership with the Consulate General of Brazil in Houston, sponsored “Autism Together We Are Stronger” at Rice University on February 22.

“We see events like this one as prime opportunities to educate people on what cannabidiol, or CBD, is and its potential benefits,” said HempMeds® Brasil Vice President Caroline Heinz. “CBD can be legally imported in Brazil and is even subsidized by the Brazilian government for many indications including autism. We want to do everything we can to help bring awareness to current research that is being conducted on how CBD can be used by people around the world.”

In addition to sponsoring the event, HempMeds® Brasil shared the event stage with two researchers who the Company has worked with frequently in the past, Dr. Alysson Muotri, Professor at the School of Medicine, University of California in San Diego, and Dr. Abram Topczewski, Neuropediatrician and Enuresis Clinic Director at the Albert Einstein Hospital.

“Education is the most important thing when it comes to helping the world become more accepting of cannabis and its compounds,” said Medical Marijuana, Inc. CEO Dr. Stuart Titus. “We’re proud to be able to sponsor events like these and work with such prestigious doctors such as Dr. Muotri and Dr. Topczewski to help further medical research around the world.”

Kirkpatrick Named Director Of Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority

OKLAHOMA: Oklahoma native Travis Kirkpatrick is the new director of the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority. Kirkpatrick has served as interim director for the last 90 days. Health Commissioner Gary Cox said he made the decision based on Kirkpatrick’s leadership at the authority over the last few months.

“We are excited about the leadership of Travis and his focus on being an efficient and effective organization that serves the citizens of the state,” said Cox. “During his three months, Kirkpatrick has reopened the call center, which is now handling approximately 300 calls a day, hired a compliance manager to ensure the dispensaries across the state are in compliance with state laws, and worked to open the lines of communication with the business community and the patients.”

Kirkpatrick praised the staff for its passion and dedication saying “that is something that drives me every day as I seek to innovate and lead us toward the goals we have been provided by the Oklahoma State Department of Health leadership and the Governor. My goal is to continue to work with the patients, dispensary owners and growers as this authority meets the guidelines set out by the voters and by the Legislature.”

The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority was created by a vote of the people, July 26, 2018.  The state question allowed for both licenses to sell and to purchase medical marijuana with a physician’s certification. Additional regulatory authority was written into the “unity bill” passed by the legislature just months before Kirkpatrick’s arrival. There are currently more than 246,000 patient, caregiver, grower, processor, dispensary, and transportation licenses for marijuana in Oklahoma, all handled by OMMA.

Beneficial Medical Cannabis Goes Mainstream With Online Seed Sales

Cannabis is widely considered a medical plant because of the many significant health benefits it brings. It has long been used for medicinal purposes worldwide, and has become a very popular trend in the United States, which has resulted in its legalization in more than 30 states.

Internationally, more and more countries have legalized cannabis consumption due to its therapeutic and medical use. In fact, there has been a lot of research that has demonstrated the benefits that can be obtained by consuming it. One of its main benefits is that it helps eliminate pain, especially chronic pain. Also, smoking cannabis can lead to the complete elimination of the need for more harmful drugs.

Likewise, its use is effective in: possible treatment of glaucoma, since it helps relieve intra-ocular pressure, helping to control epileptic seizures in children and young people, minimizing the development of breast cancer, it has beneficial effects on neurodegenerative diseases, the treatment of post-traumatic stress and schizophrenia, among others.

Cannabis is a plant that offers many benefits, but it also has a potential for risk and negative effects. Like all medications, safety depends on the way it is used. It should be noted that some users report that cannabis use impacts concentration and memory. However, based on studies, it is known that these negative effects are not permanent and disappear after you stop using it.

Given the potential of the benefits that can be obtained with its use, it is no wonder that cannabis use is widespread today. In addition to the thousands of dispensaries that have sprouted across the US, many patients are also growing their own. It is easy to buy seeds online, a way to quickly and safely acquire the best cannabis and with the best degree through discreet delivery methods.

Currently, the purchase of medical cannabis is legal in 33 states, and its online purchase has become popular in several of these states. First Step: Learn about the laws that govern your country and region to verify that it is legal to order, before you to make your purchase from the comfort of your home.

Ohio Board Of Pharmacy Awards Third Dispensary Certificate Of Operation In Cincinnati

State_of_Ohio_Board_of_pharmacy_logo2COHIO:  The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy today awarded a Dispensary Certificate of Operation to Have a Heart Cincy, located at 8420 Vine St., Cincinnati.

The Board has now issued 47 Dispensary Certificates of Operation.

The interactive map of Dispensaries with Certificates of Operation will be updated within two business days.