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Cannabis Control Commission of Massachusetts
The mission of the Cannabis Control Commission is to honor the will of the voters of Massachusetts by safely, equitably and effectively implementing and administering the laws enabling access to medical and adult use marijuana in the Commonwealth. The Commission will foster the creation of a safely regulated industry that will create entrepreneurial and employment opportunities and incremental tax revenues in and to communities across the state and which will be a best practice model for other states. The industry will be characterized by participation by small and larger participants and with full and robust participation by minorities, women and …
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New York’s Medical Marijuana Program: The Patient-Doctor Disconnect
Introduced in July 2014, New York’s medical marijuana program has been a work in progress from the get-go. The state recently announced an expansion to its program that is beginning to open the door to improved patient access. These changes included adding chronic pain and PTSD to its list of qualifying medical conditions. Chronic pain, on its own, is already responsible for more than 7,500 new patients joining New York’s MMJ program. This is a step forward for the state that was once criticized for its strict rules. Similarly so, New York recently took steps to end …
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New York State’s PTSD Expansion Analysis
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo marked this past Veteran’s Day by signing a measure that expanded the state’s medical cannabis qualifying conditions to include post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The legislation was sponsored by Senator Diane Savino, a proponent of the inclusion since the program’s infancy. The bill received near unanimous support in the Assembly with a 131-8 vote, and with a Senate approval of 50-13. Its passing expands coverage to an estimated 19,000 New Yorkers. In doing so, it is expected to bring needed relief to a series of New York residents, including its veteran population. Additionally, it could bring …
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New Regulations Are Changing the California Cannabis Industry As We Know It
While many California residents were originally happy when Proposition 64, “The Adult Use of Marijuana Act,” passed back in November, many medical patients are now left questioning how the upcoming changes to California’s legal cannabis industry are going to affect their treatment plan. Shifting to a recreational system is proving to be a very complicated and unsettling process, especially when the existing system isn’t exactly the best infrastructure to work with. This can be very frustrating for medical patients who were content with the way it was, but that’s not to say that the current legal gray …
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Congress Denies Jeff Sessions From Going After State Medical Marijuana Laws
Congress is blocking the Justice Department from spending any money that interferes with state medical marijuana laws, again. Known as the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, it is a provision included by lawmakers that allows states to continue controlling their own medical cannabis policies and agenda without fear of intervention from the federal government. The bill, which funds the government through the end of September 2017, is expected to pass this week. Here’s the full text of the new medical marijuana provision: None of the funds made available in this Act to the Department of Justice may be …
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Oregon SB 863 Moving to Governor’s Desk Will Protect Marijuana Users’ Personal Info
On Monday, Oregon legislators sent Senate Bill 863 to Gov. Kate Brown’s desk, with a strong message – “being necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health and safety, an emergency is declared to exist.” The bipartisan proposal would shield information identifying marijuana consumers from federal officials, as well as preventing retailers from selling consumers’ info to third parties. Senate Bill 863 Senate Bill 863 (SB 863-A), sponsored by Sen Prozanski, Rep Lininger, Sen Beyer, Sen Burdick, Sen Ferrioli, Sen Kruse, Rep Fahey, Rep Helm, Rep Olson, and Rep Wilson, was introduced earlier this year …
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Delaware Could Become The First State To Legalize Adult Use Marijuana Through Legislation
As the first state to ratify the United States Constitution, Delaware officially became known as The First State. Now, six years after approving a state-wide medical marijuana program, and two years after passing a bill to decriminalize cannabis possession, Delaware could become the first state to legalize adult use marijuana through legislation. As of today, the District of Columbia and eight other states have legalized adult use through ballot measures. Initiatives and referendums — collectively known as ballot measures, propositions, or simply questions, differ from most legislation passed by representative democracies. Ordinarily, an elected …
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Medical Marijuana Conference to Offer Continuing Medical Education (CME) Credits
The World Medical Cannabis Business Conference & Expo (WMCCExpo), hosted by Compassionate Certification Centers (CCC), will be held Apr 21-22, 2017, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In a press release by CCC, they say the motivation behind this conference is “to establish a more inclusive and progressive healthcare dialogue by incorporating medical marijuana resources and patient care into mainstream medicine.” The program has been devised to apply to several states, and invites healthcare professionals to gain a comprehensive introduction to medical cannabis, all the while earning up to 22.5 CME credits …
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Iowa Lawmakers Work To Create Workable Medical Marijuana Program for Patients
DES MOINES, IA — Lawmakers in Iowa have filed multiple proposals that would establish a more comprehensive statewide medical marijuana program than the limited CBD-only law currently on the books. The bills, while not perfect, would provide some improvement to the state’s existing CBD-only medical marijuana law, which only applies to patients suffering from intractable epilepsy. Not only is the current law extremely limited, but it also fails to provide an in-state supply source for CBD derived medications. Multiple polls conducted in recent years have found overwhelming support for medical marijuana in Iowa. A Des Moines Register/Mediacom …
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Several Bills Filed to Improve New Hampshire’s Medical Marijuana Program
Nearly a dozen new bills have been filed in New Hampshire that are designed to vastly improve the state’s medical marijuana program. Changes include everything from adding additional qualifying health conditions to allowing patients to grow their own cannabis in the comfort of their own home. Below you’ll find a quick rundown of what is being considered in Concord. Home Cultivation in New Hampshire House Bill 472, co-sponsored by four Democrats and one Republican, would allow registered patients and caregivers to cultivate limited amounts of marijuana. The bill allows for two mature cannabis plants and 12 immature …

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