Laura Hamilton

Health department attorneys in Florida oppose medical marijuana ruling

Florida Department of Health lawyers asked an appeals court to overturn a circuit judge’s ruling they say “injected confusion and uncertainty” into licensing of medical marijuana businesses in the state. That judgment could lead to more MMJ licenses for the Sunshine State’s plant-touching companies. The case centers on a 2017 law, passed during a special […]

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More medical cannabis dispensary permits approved by Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is giving out another 23 permits to sell medical marijuana through dispensaries for an MMJ program that opened for business last February. The state Department of Health said the 23 remaining permits will bring the number of dispensaries to 79 in Pennsylvania, once each location meets the state’s standards to open. More information on […]

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Hemp legalization clears House, off to president for final approval

Hemp legalization awaits the pen of President Donald Trump after the U.S. House on Wednesday followed the Senate and approved a 2018 Farm Bill that removes hemp from the U.S. Controlled Substances Act. The House voted 369-47 to agree to a Farm Bill compromise that includes redefining cannabis plants with no more than 0.3% THC. […]

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Maryland’s medical cannabis sales hit $96 million in first year

Maryland’s medical marijuana industry brought in $96.3 million during its first year of operation. MMJ sales began in December 2017, and there are currently nearly 52,000 patients, according to The Baltimore Sun. The newspaper also reported between 250 and 350 people a day are applying to become certified by the state to buy medical cannabis. […]

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Arkansas medical marijuana growers aim to have product ready by spring

Two of the businesses licensed by Arkansas to grow medical cannabis say they expect to have product available for dispensaries as soon as April. Arkansas voters approved a constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana in 2016, but the state’s MMJ industry has been beset by legal challenges and licensing delays. Officials with the five licensed cultivation facilities updated the […]

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Challenges – and controversy – swirl around marijuana social equity programs in California

In a bid to reverse the fallout from the war on drugs, California is hoping to bring more minorities and economically disadvantaged individuals into the state’s cannabis industry through so-called social equity programs. The new initiatives are generating high hopes among supporters – and harsh criticism from marijuana industry insiders who believe the programs have […]

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New Jersey lawmakers unveil legislation proposing legalizing adult-use cannabis

New Jersey lawmakers released their latest proposal to legalize recreational marijuana in the state. A joint Democrat-led Assembly and Senate committee is expected to discuss the package of measures on Nov. 26. It’s the latest draft in a long-running effort to legalize recreational cannabis in New Jersey, where the effort has stalled, despite support from […]

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