Oklahoma State Department of Health Names Twelve Member Medical Marijuana Food Safety Standards Board

OKLAHOMA: As required by SQ788, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) has appointed all 12 Oklahoma residents to the Medical Marijuana Food Safety Standards Board. Those members will provide recommendations for food safety standards for processing and handling medical marijuana. The members include a number of representatives from state, county and tribal government, the scientific community, marijuana industry Read the full article…

Tempe AZ Weighs Changes To Medical-Marijuana Rules

ARIZONA:  Eighteen-year-olds could soon be allowed in Tempe medical-marijuana dispensaries, and stores may be allowed to lengthen their hours. The changes would be part of a series of tweaks the city could make to its medical-marijuana rules.  Dispensary operator Steve White is asking the city for some of the changes. He believes the current rules hurt his customers. For one, Read the full article…

No, Legalizing Medical Marijuana Doesn’t Lead To Crime, According To Actual Crime Stats

Opponents of medical marijuana envision all kinds of insidious ways that legalizing the drug might lead to crime. Make marijuana more accessible, and more people will use it. If more people use it, more will tumble through the weed “gateway” to cocaine, or worse. Those people will then engage in crime to fund their hard-drug habits, or Read the full article…

How An Ordinary Midwestern Dad Got Into The Pot Business: CNBC

OHIO: Andy Joseph received a welding engineering degree from Ohio State University. This clean-shaven, buttoned-down Midwestern father of five likes making things, but he never expected to be selling those things to the medical marijuana industry. How did it happen? “The cannabis industry came to me,” he said. One of the things Joseph’s 12-year-old company, Apeks Read the full article…

US Policy Clouds Approvals Of Medical Marijuana in Massachusetts

MASSACHUSETTS: Doctors at Massachusetts community health centers have been advised not to authorize any of their more than 638,000 patients to obtain marijuana for medical purposes because the centers fear they would lose their federal funding.