Oct 252014
 October 25, 2014
Don't Prosecute Medical Marijuana Related Offenses, Pennsylvania Lawmaker Says

By Alizeh Siddiqui As reported by PennLive.com, Sen. Daylin Leach has asked the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association not to prosecute offenses related to the medical use of marijuana. “Given the likelihood that using lifesaving medical cannabis will not be a legal issue in Pennsylvania for much longer, I ask that you consider using your prosecutorial discretion,” wrote Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Montgomery, in a letter today to the association’s president, Peter Johnson. Last month, the Senate approved SB 1182, the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act — a bill that would have [...]

Oct 242014
 October 24, 2014
Putting Statewide Marijuana Initiatives Over The Top

By Phillip Smith It’s now less than two weeks until Election Day, and statewide marijuana initiatives are on the ballot in four states. All have a shot at winning, and as the clock ticks down, all of them are seeking last minute help to get them over the top. The Chronicle talked this week to people in the various campaigns, and all of them have concrete ideas on what people can do to help — whether in-state or not — in the final days. But before we get to what [...]

Oct 232014
 October 23, 2014
TIME's Red Border Film: "A Journey For Oil" On Medical Marijuana For Children

I was contacted by the nice people at TIME who informed me that they created a new documentary about medical marijuana and children. I haven’t had time to watch it yet due to my work schedule, but I encourage readers to check it out and leave a comment below this article with your reviews. More information about the documentary: Today TIME releases the Red Border Film– “A Journey for Oil,”a short documentary looking at the quasi-legal, science-free world of medical marijuana for children. The film, along with an extensively reported [...]

Oct 222014
 October 22, 2014
Seattle Sends Warning Letters To 330 Marijuana Businesses

It could be the end of medical marijuana dispensaries in Seattle, Washington. A letter, dated in September, was recently sent out to roughly 330 medical marijuana businesses in the Seattle area telling them to either get a license to operate, or close. One of the licenses that the letter is calling for is a state license. The sad irony being that the state won’t issue licenses to those businesses because there aren’t any to issue. It has been a long time coming for these businesses, many of which fought a patient [...]

Oct 202014
 October 20, 2014
AmeriCann Partners With Medical Marijuana Applicants In Illinois In $9 Million Alliance

AmeriCann, Inc. (ACAN OTCQX), a company that develops cannabis cultivation facilities and provides capital for cannabis entrepreneurs, has partnered with local medical marijuana applicants in the state of Illinois. “AmeriCann’s management team members have had extensive first-hand experience with compassionate medical marijuana programs for many years,” AmeriCann CEO Tim Keogh stated.  “We have seen the tremendous benefits that patients have received from medical cannabis and, as an organization, we are proud to play a role in helping to potentially bring an important medicine to patients in Illinois.” In Illinois, the [...]

Oct 202014
 October 20, 2014
Oregon Court Rules That Local Governments May Ban Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

It has been a wild ride for medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon. Medical marijuana dispensaries have been around for a long, long time in Oregon. However, until late 2013 they were illegal, and it wasn’t until this year that licenses were issued to make some of them completely legal. Ironically, even though the dispensaries were illegal for so long, it was only after they became legal that local governments started to crack down on some of them. Some local governments issued moratoriums prohibiting them from opening until rules could be [...]

Oct 202014
 October 20, 2014
Vote Medical Marijuana Ad: Get Educated

Americans for Safe Access created a site to track where candidates stand on the issue of medical marijuana, and I encourage readers to check it out. If you get a chance to meet with a candidate, make sure to ask where they stand on this very important issue. If a candidate has expressed support in the past, but their actions don’t match their words, feel free to call them out on their empty rhetoric. Below is an ad created by Americans for Safe Access talking more about the issue. “This [...]

Oct 192014
 October 19, 2014
Regulations For CBD Oil Proposed By Missouri Department Of Health And Senior Services

By John Payne Last Thursday, October 9, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services proposed regulations for the recommendation and distribution of CBD oil to patients with intractable epilepsy. The proposed regulations explain the requirements and process by which patients can apply for a “Hemp Extract Registration Card” that allows each patient to possess up to 20 ounces of CBD oil. These regulations are not finalized. The general public can comment on them until November 8. If you would like to submit a comment, mail it to the Missouri [...]

Oct 182014
 October 18, 2014
Israeli Researchers To Study Anti-Tumor Effects Of CBD In Cancer Patients

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director Israeli investigators intend to evaluate the potential anti-tumoral effects of the canabinoid cannabidiol (CBD) in select cancer patients. Researchers at the Hassadah Medical Center in Jerusalem will conduct a Phase II clinical trial to assess the impact of CBD as single treatment in cancer patients who have failed to respond to conventional therapies. Participants in the trial will receive CBD therapy for a period of eight weeks. Data documenting the potent anti-cancer activity of various cannabinoids – including THC, CBD, and CBG – both [...]

Oct 172014
 October 17, 2014
Can You Bring Your Medical Marijuana To Other States?

By John Knetemann Would you believe me if I told you that your medical marijuana permit or card is constitutionally valid in every state you enter? That if you have a medical card from Colorado that you have a constitutional right to bring your marijuana into Wyoming? You probably don’t believe me because it is only technically true, but not true in practice. If you are familiar with the Constitution of the United States you may be familiar with Article IV Section 1 of the Constitution, also known as the Full Faith and Credit [...]