Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News in Other Regions

Week in Review: Cannabis Election Map Set, Credit Unions Get Serious, Puerto Rico Fight

John Schroyer  | September 23, 2016

By John Schroyer and Omar Sacirbey

The November cannabis election map is essentially finalized, credit unions get serious about marijuana businesses, and a Denver attorney weighs in on the MJ software battle in Puerto Rico.

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

Israel to Begin Exporting Medical Cannabis Overseas

Roger Fillion  | August 29, 2016

Israel plans to begin exporting medical marijuana overseas, the nation’s agriculture minister said, a decision that comes soon after the government approved steps to make MMJ more widely available to patients in the country.

The Times of Israel reported the shipments would begin “soon.”

Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel told Israel Radio over the …

Puerto Rico MMJ Sales Could Start in Early 2017

John Schroyer  | August 2, 2016

Puerto Rico’s emerging medical marijuana market could be up and running as soon as January, with dispensaries on the island being allowed to cater to tourists.

The general counsel for Puerto Rico’s health department, Mayra Maldonado, told the Denver Post that the territory is moving quickly on licensing and infrastructure, and that sales …

ResponsibleOhio Effort Over, Co-Founder Joins MMJ Task Force

Omar Sacirbey  | January 15, 2016

The group behind last year’s failed bid to legalize marijuana in Ohio will dissolve completely, despite vowing to take another shot at legalization in 2016.

ResponsibleOhio co-founder Jimmy Gould said the group’s leaders have determined that the best way to legalize marijuana in the state is via the legislature.

Gould and Chris Stock, …

Florida, Massachusetts MJ Initiatives Move Closer to Ballot

John Schroyer  | December 18, 2015

Two state-level cannabis legalization proposals have moved a big step closer to getting in front of voters next year.

In Florida, United for Care received clearance from the state Supreme Court for a 2016 ballot measure that would legalize medical marijuana. The group nearly succeeded in legalizing medical marijuana in 2014.

The state still has to validate roughly 280,000 …

MMJ Vaporizer Firm Lands $1.65M From Dutch Province

Omar Sacirbey  | October 30, 2015

A provincial council in the Netherlands will invest about $1.65 million in a company that is working on a vaporization system involving cannabis-impregnated pads.

The company, Spirocan, hopes to complete development next year and then begin clinical trials on patients, company spokesman Pieter Andre de la Porte told the Financieele Dagblad.

The product is expected …

Mexican Supreme Court Delays Cannabis Hearing

Omar Sacirbey  | October 29, 2015

Mexico’s Supreme Court has postponed a landmark hearing on marijuana that could eventually help pave the way for cannabis legalization in the country.

The court was scheduled to begin discussions this week on a recommendation from a judge to allow members of a particular group – the Mexican Society for Tolerant and Responsible Personal Use – to grow and …