South Dakota: Lawmakers Reject Legislative Efforts to Restrict Medical Cannabis Access

State lawmakers have rejected a series of legislative proposals that sought to curtail how and where patients could access and use medical cannabis. Specifically, members of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee voted 4 to 2 against House Bill 1004, which sought to repeal provisions from the state’s voter-approved medical cannabis law that permit qualified patients […]

Minnesota: Patients’ Access to Herbal Cannabis Products Begins March 1

Qualified patients will be able to access cannabis flowers at state-licensed dispensaries beginning on March 1, according to changes finalized yesterday by the state Department of Health. Minnesota is one of the few states that limits patients’ access to herbal formulations of cannabis — instead mandating them to obtain cannabis extracts or infused products. State […]

Ohio: Activists Place Adult-Use Marijuana Initiative Before Lawmakers

The Secretary of State’s Office has affirmed that activists have collected a sufficient number of signatures from registered voters to place a marijuana legalization measure before lawmakers. On Friday, the Office validated over 10,000 outstanding signatures. Advocates with the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol initially turned in over 200,000 signatures in December, but it […]

South Dakota: House Lawmakers Move to Repeal Citizen-Initiated Home Cultivation Rights

A majority of House lawmakers have advanced legislation, HB 1004, to repeal provisions from the state’s voter-approved medical cannabis law that permit qualified patients to home-cultivate personal use quantities of cannabis. House members decided by a vote of 41 to 29 to advance the legislation to the Senate for further consideration. The vote is simply the latest […]

New York: Regulators Expand Medical Cannabis Eligibility to Include “Any” Patient for Whom a Practitioner Believes Will Benefit From It

Amended regulations that took effect today greatly expand the pool of patients who are eligible to access medical cannabis products. Under the new rules, announced by the Office of Cannabis Management, patients are no longer required to be diagnosed with one of a limited number of eligible ailments. Rather, going forward, the law “will allow […]

Oregon: New Rules Increase the Amount of Cannabis Adults Can Purchase Per Transaction

Adults can now purchase up to two ounces of cannabis flower from licensed retailers, under amended rules issued by the Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission. The updated purchasing rule, which increases the quantity of cannabis flower a customer can buy per transaction from one ounce to two ounces, took effect on January 1. Last year, […]

Ohio: Citizens’ Petition Seeks to Compel Lawmakers to Hold Marijuana Legalization Vote

Advocates with the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol have turned in over 200,000 signatures from registered voters in an effort to compel state lawmakers to decide on a proposal that would allow adults to possess, grow, and purchase marijuana and marijuana-related products. Following the validation of 132,887 signatures by state officials, lawmakers will have […]

Missouri: St.Louis Lawmakers Repeal Local Marijuana Possession Laws

The mayor of St. Louis (population 308,000) has signed municipal legislation into law eliminating local penalties for activities involving the possession of marijuana for personal use. Under the newly signed law, the possession of up to 35 grams of cannabis by adults will no longer be subject to civil penalties. Furthermore, police may no longer […]

New Jersey: Regulators Approve Provisional Licenses for 30 New Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

After months of delay, state regulators on Tuesday provided provisional licenses to 30 applicants seeking to operate medical cannabis facilities. Currently, only 23 medical cannabis facilities are operational in the state. That low total has led high prices and low supplies for the state’s estimated 120,000 registered medical cannabis patients. Under the state’s medical marijuana […]

CBD Products Commonly Flagged by FDA for Making Unsubstantiated Claims About Treating COVID-19

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the US Food and Drug Administration has sent numerous warning letters to companies for misrepresenting their CBD products as treatment options for patients. According to an analysis published in the Journal of Cannabis Research, cannabidiol products were among those most frequently cited by the FDA for violations. Authors […]

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