Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News in Other Regions

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 …

MMJ Efforts Advance in Australia, New Zealand Next?

Omar Sacirbey  | October 26, 2015

Marijuana entrepreneurs interested in tapping the newly announced Australian market may want to start their reconnaissance in the state of New South Wales – and keep New Zealand on their radars as well.

The New South Wales government has been ahead of Australia’s legalization curve, establishing the Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research and Innovation …

Mexico’s Top Court to Weigh Limited Marijuana Legalization

Omar Sacirbey  | October 21, 2015

Mexico’s Supreme Court will consider a case next week that may help marijuana legalization efforts in the country.

Judge Arturo Zaldivar, one of five Mexican Supreme Court Justices, recently made a recommendation to allow personal cultivation and use of marijuana. The court will take up the issue at a hearing on Oct. 28.

Optimism should be tempered, however, as …

Guest Column: Cannabis Industry Must Dominate Discussion About MJ’s Impact on Young People

John Conlin  | October 20, 2015

By John Conlin

The legalization of medical and adult-use marijuana in the United States appears to be a force that can’t be stopped.

As this occurs, we can expect more scientific research into the biological impacts of cannabis consumption, particularly on young people. This is valuable research, but it also could create major challenges for our nascent industry.