Canadian marijuana company has been granted permission by the U.S. federal government to export medicinal cannabis to California for scientific research.
A cannabidiol oil study authorized by the Nebraska Legislature in 2015 has shown the majority of 23 patients in the study have benefited from the cannabis derivative.
Patients in the study were ones diagnosed with intractable or treatment-resistant seizures.
The study was authorized by a bill (LB390) introduced by Sen. Sue Crawford of Bellevue, and was passed the same year a bill (LB643), introduced by Sen. Tommy Garrett of Bellevue, got through a first round of debate, then was withdrawn at the end of the session by its sponsor.
Garrett's bill would have legalized medical cannabis for a variety of illnesses and conditions. While a medical cannabis bill has been introduced in most sessions since then, it has not moved successfully through three rounds of debate.
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More than two months after recreational marijuana sales became legal in Massachusetts, the first wave of retailers is still working to open to the public.
But the first sales could happen soon.
Eleven potential marijuana shops are awaiting site inspections, the last step before they can seek final approval of their business license applications from the Cannabis Control Commission, Massachusetts’ marijuana authority.
The soonest a marijuana shop may get its final business license is Sept 20, at the next public meeting of the commission. The body will vote on applications of any businesses that have already completed physical site inspections and staff fingerprinting.
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State regulators on Monday (Sept. 17) got rid of a rule that limited the number of patients Louisiana doctors can recommend medical marijuana to.
The Louisiana Board of Medical Examiners met Monday to consider changing several rules that currently place restrictions on patient access to medical marijuana. That included a patient limit rule that prevented Louisiana doctors licensed under the state's medical marijuana program from recommending the drug to more than 100 people at a time.
In addition to lifting the patient cap, the board agreed to remove a restriction that would have required patients to see their doctor every 90 days in order to renew their order for medical cannabis.
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Gov. Ralph D.L.G. Torres said he may come to a decision on Sept. 23 on whether to sign or veto the marijuana legalization bill.
“This is a critical bill. This will definitely change our lives if it becomes law,” the governor said when asked about House Bill 20-178.
He said this week more information about marijuana legalization should be made available to the public—“what to expect if it does go through,” and what the experience has been so far in states and territories that have legalized recreational and/or medicinal marijuana use.
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