Sep 212014
 September 21, 2014
Nevada Could Eventually Have The Largest Medical Cannabis Industry In America

Nevada is going to launch it’s medical cannabis industry in just a few months. Nevada has had a medical cannabis program for a long time, but dispensaries weren’t approved until recently. One major detail of the recently passed legislation that legalized medical cannabis dispensaries is that Nevada will allow out of state patients to purchase medical cannabis at licensed dispensaries. Nevada of course is a top tourist destination, so this could turn into a very, very lucrative industry. Per Marijuana Business Daily: It’s called “reciprocity,” and only a few other [...]

Sep 212014
 September 21, 2014
Illinois Governor Candidate Wants To Auction Off Cannabis Business Licenses

Getting a cannabis business license is no easy task. For starters, your state has to allow cannabis licenses in the first place, which is obviously not always the case. You also have to be able to afford the cost of the cannabis license, which is not always refundable if your application is denied. And of course there is still the application itself, which can be confusing, and usually require the assistance of an attorney. There is also license quantity limitations to consider. For instance, Illinois is in the process of [...]

Sep 182014
 September 18, 2014
Family Doctors In Israel To Prescribe Medical Marijuana

When it comes to medical marijuana, Israel is very much ahead of the curve. In America, medical marijuana is considered by the federal government to have ‘no medical value.’ The sad irony being that the United States government holds medical marijuana patents, grows medical marijuana at the University of Mississippi, and supplies that medical marijuana to four federal medical marijuana patients. Compare that to Israel, where medical marijuana research is conducted above board, and the research is embraced. Recently the Health Ministry in Israel announced plans to expand who can [...]

Sep 182014
 September 18, 2014
Florida's NAACP Endorses Medical Marijuana Initiative

The Florida medical marijuana initiative (Amendment 2) received a very significant endorsement yesterday. The Florida chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) endorsed Amendment 2. The endorsement came on the same day that a poll was released showing the Amendment with 56% support from voters. The initiative needs at least 60% of the vote on Election Day to pass. Below is a press release from the NAACP in regards to the endorsement: Today, the Florida State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of [...]

Sep 182014
 September 18, 2014
Latest Poll Shows Florida Medical Marijuana Initiative Losing

Florida is the only state in the 2014 Election that is voting on medical marijuana. The campaign there has done a fantastic job of getting donations, getting the word out, and dealing with attempts by the opposition to spread anti-medical marijuana propaganda. Dealing with the opposition has not been easy, as they are very well funded thanks to a hefty donation from conservative funder Sheldon Adelson. Florida’s election requirements are different than most other states, in that the Florida medical marijuana initiative (Amendment 2) has to get 60%+ of the [...]

Sep 172014
 September 17, 2014
No Changes To Colorado Medical Marijuana Caregiver Rules

The Colorado Board of Health held a public testimony session yesterday which dealt with proposed rule changes to medical marijuana caregiver rules. Under current law, a person can be a caregiver for five medical marijuana patients, but can apply for an exemption if they want to grow for more patients. The exemptions are needed because not everyone knows how to grow medical marijuana properly, and the exemptions allow true cultivation experts to grow for as many patients as needed. The proposed changes would have capped the number of patients someone [...]

Sep 172014
 September 17, 2014
Delaware Medical Marijuana Dispensaries To Open Early 2015

Medical marijuana patients in Delaware have been waiting a long time for safe access to medical marijuana. It appears that the wait will finally be over in early 2015. Per Delaware Online: There are now 166 Delawareans registered for state-regulated medical marijuana identification cards per the law, many of whom have eagerly awaited for a dispensary for three years. “So that will be nice. There won’t be any shortages,” said Todd Kitchen, a patient advocate with fibromyalgia who pushed for the state’s medical marijuana legislation in 2011. But in the [...]

Sep 152014
 September 15, 2014
Iowa Committee Votes To Reschedule Marijuana

I have been closely watching Iowa ever since I co-founded this blog in 2010. The biggest reason is because early on in my blog pursuits, I met a guy online named Carl Olsen. Carl has been fighting for marijuana reform in Iowa for many, many decades. I have seen him do more as one person in an unfriendly marijuana state than probably any other person, in any other state. Recently a committee in Iowa voted to reschedule marijuana. Per The Joint Blog: Iowa’s bipartisan, bicameral Cannabidiol Implementation Study Committee has [...]

Sep 142014
 September 14, 2014
Berkeley To Provide Free Medical Cannabis To Low-income Patients

The Berkeley City Council has unanimously approved an amendment to their medical marijuana program – starting next August, Berkeley’s three medical marijuana dispensaries will be required to donate at least 2 percent of their cannabis to low-income residents. Residents will be able to receive free, high quality medical marijuana from dispensaries to help with the list of ailments for which California allows cannabis to be prescribed. Candidates for the free cannabis must be Berkeley residents and show proof of income of less than $32,000 a year. This decision has caused a bit [...]

Sep 132014
 September 13, 2014
Workers' Compensation To Cover Medical Marijuana In New Mexico

According to the Courthouse News Service, medical marijuana recommended by a physician for an injured patient’s pain must be paid for by the patient’s employer and insurer, the New Mexico Court of Appeals ruled. Despite marijuana’s federal classification as a controlled substance, the court concluded that New Mexico law grants Gregory Vialpando reimbursement for medical marijuana to treat the high-intensity pain that followed failed spinal surgeries caused by a workplace back injury. As the ruling states, Vialpando met the required threshold for payments under New Mexico’s workers’ compensation laws when [...]