Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News in Other Regions

Week in Review: Florida’s restrictive plan, slow returns in NH & Pennsylvania app processs

John Schroyer  | January 20, 2017

By Bart Schaneman, Omar Sacirbey and John Schroyer

Florida’s draft medical marijuana rules would bar new entrants, New Hampshire dispensaries have a ways to go before breaking even, and Pennsylvania releases MMJ business applications.

Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

Canadian consumer-oriented marijuana firm raises CA$3 million

Omar Sacirbey  | January 19, 2017

A Toronto-based cannabis, coffee and clothing business, Tokyo Smoke, secured 3 million in Canadian dollars ($2.25 million) from investors, claiming it’s the first marijuana-related consumer brand in Canada to raise capital.

The company, which describes itself as a premium cannabis-oriented lifestyle brand, said in a news release that the first-round raise was oversubscribed …

Brazil allows sale of cannabis-based MS drug

Omar Sacirbey  | January 18, 2017

Brazil’s health care regulator, Anvisa, handed out the nation’s first license for the sale of a cannabis-based drug – one designed for the treatment of multiple sclerosis.

According to Reuters, U.K.-based GW Pharmaceuticals PLC developed the marijuana-based oral spray, which is known internationally as Sativex. It will be marketed in Brazil as Mevatyl.


Week in Review: Poorly trained MMJ workers, AR’s medical fees & Puerto Rico in business

Bart Schaneman  | January 6, 2017

By Omar Sacirbey and Bart Schaneman

A study shows that many dispensary employees are improperly trained, Arkansas announces fees to set up MMJ cultivation facilities, and Puerto Rico’s medical cannabis industry is open for business.

Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

Puerto Rico medical marijuana dispensaries open

Bart Schaneman  | January 3, 2017

Medical marijuana dispensaries are open for the first time in Puerto Rico and poised to serve tourists visiting the island.

The U.S. territory adopted regulations to allow for the cultivation, manufacturing and distribution of medical cannabis two years ago. And so far at least two dispensaries have opened their doors, according to the …

Medical marijuana bills filed in South Carolina

Omar Sacirbey  | December 30, 2016

A South Carolina statehouse representative has pre-filed two medical marijuana bills that his fellow legislators will consider during the 2017 legislative session.

If passed, the bills would be another major advance for cannabis legalization in the traditionally conservative South, where Florida, Arkansas and Louisiana passed medical marijuana laws in 2016. Tennessee and Kentucky …

Thailand approves hemp cultivation

Omar Sacirbey  | December 29, 2016

The cabinet of Thailand’s National Legislative Assembly has approved a proposal to permit hemp cultivation in six provinces in the country’s northern region as part of a project to explore the use of plants for medical purposes.

Officials with the Office of the Narcotics Control Board announced Tuesday said the proposal will be implemented in …