Expert Opinion on Medical Cannabis Industry

Drug Abuse Expert: CBD is ‘Safe,’ Has Medicinal Benefits

Tony C. Dreibus  | July 30, 2015

A  key drug abuse expert has come out publicly saying that CBD is safe and may have “therapeutic value for a number of medical conditions,” giving ammunition to advocates in favor of rescheduling or descheduling cannabis and bolstering businesses focused on cannabidiol.

Nora Volkow, …

Warming Up to the Recreational Marijuana Industry: Q&A With Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper

John Schroyer  | July 22, 2015

By John Schroyer

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has been both an enemy and an ally of the cannabis industry over the years.

He vocally opposed recreational legalization in 2012 and said last year that voters were “reckless” in approving the law, a controversial statement that gave more ammo to marijuana opponents. But he also oversaw …

Gov’t Removes MMJ Research Roadblock

Tony C. Dreibus  | June 22, 2015

The federal government has removed a big barrier to cannabis research, eliminating a 16-year-old requirement that made it difficult to study the medical aspects of marijuana.

The requirement forced all non-federally funded marijuana research to go through a Public Health Service (PHS) review, according to a U.S. Department of …

Georgia Starts CBD Registry, Doesn’t Address Access

Tony C. Dreibus  | June 17, 2015

Some lawmakers and industry experts alike are touting Georgia’s expediency in getting the state’s patient registry for high-CBD, low-THC oils up and running so quickly.

The problem, however, is there’s no way for patients who register to buy the oil, and importing it would mean breaking …

Experts: Canada Must Develop Regulations on Cannabis Edibles, Extracts Quickly

Tony C. Dreibus  | June 17, 2015

By Tony C. Dreibus

Canadian officials must craft rules on infused products quickly to ensure patients buy from federally licensed cannabis companies instead of illegal dispensaries or the black market, industry experts said.

The Supreme Court of Canada last week struck down a provision in the country’s medical marijuana law that restricted cannabis production,

Texas to Allow At Least 3 CBD Businesses

Tony C. Dreibus  | June 2, 2015

At least three dispensaries selling CBD-based oils can set up shop in Texas under a new law that cannabis advocates are calling historic yet also deeply flawed.

The state’s governor signed a bill on Monday that allows patients to purchase CBD oil to treat severe forms of epilepsy.

The new law, which goes into effect …

Error Could Force Oregon to Revoke Hemp Licenses

Tony C. Dreibus  | May 28, 2015

Oregon may revoke all 13 licenses it issued to hemp growers earlier this year after officials said they made an error by neglecting to obtain GPS locations when determining who would win permits.

Outdoor marijuana growers have complained that hemp fields near their production facilities could potentially

Gupta: U.S. Needs Medical Marijuana ‘Revolution’

Tony C. Dreibus  | April 16, 2015

CNN’s chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta gave the medical marijuana industry another shot in the arm Thursday, saying the United States needs to have a “revolution” concerning the medical use of cannabis “and should do it now.”

Bill Rolling Washington MMJ Into Recreational Program Advances

Tony C. Dreibus  | April 15, 2015

Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee will likely sign a bill passed by the Legislature that would roll the state’s unregulated medical marijuana market into its heavily regulated recreational cannabis program.

The bill would require dispensaries and MMJ cultivators to obtain licenses through a new agency called the Washington State …

Ups and Downs in the Canadian MMJ Industry

Tony C. Dreibus  | March 26, 2015

By Tony C. Dreibus

New regulations in Canada designed to improve access to higher quality medical cannabis have shaken up the market.

The rules have left some patients with few options to purchase and consume their medication, leading to several lawsuits. Meanwhile, the licensed cultivators and sellers who are now responsible for supplying safe, tested …