April 2: Light It Up Blue in Recognition of World Autism Day

Join us on Sunday, April 2nd, in celebrating the 9th annual World Autism Awareness Day. Every year on the second day of April, Autism Speaks celebrates the start of its signature campaign, Light It Up Blue, along with the international autism community in recognition of UN sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day. To increase understanding and acceptance to those living with autism, thousands of iconic landmarks and buildings join the hundreds of Read entire story

Oxford University To Launch Multi-Million Dollar Medical Marijuana Research Project

Oxford University, the oldest university in England, will be at the forefront of a new global center of excellence set up to carry out a £10 million dollar research program to study cannabis. The initial investment, which equates to about $12.36 million US, is being provided by the private equity company, Kingsley Capital Partners, and will be funded through its new biopharmaceutical firm Oxford Cannabinoid Technologies (OCT). This venture is Read entire story

Arkansas Lawmakers Pass Bill to Delay New Medical Marijuana Law

Implementation of a new law to legalize medical marijuana in Arkansas is likely to face delays, as an emergency measure to change key dates in the voter-approved measure is quickly moving through the state legislature. Issue 6, the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment, was approved by voters on November 8, garnering more than 53 percent of the vote. The measure became effective the following day. As approved by voters, Issue 6 granted state Read entire story

North Dakota Lawmakers Push to Delay Safe Access to Medical Marijuana

Lawmakers in North Dakota are considering an emergency measure to delay implementation of the state’s voter-approved medical marijuana law, saying they were caught off guard by the measure’s passage and need “time to get this right.” North Dakota was one of four states to approve medical marijuana referendums in November, when nearly two-thirds of voters approved Question 5 — an underfunded grassroots effort that Read entire story

Common Sense Improvements Proposed for New Mexico’s Medical Marijuana Program

A lawmaker in New Mexico wants to make some minor, yet important changes to the state’s longstanding medical marijuana law. New Mexico’s medical marijuana program was first approved in 2007, but has seen very little changes or improvements to the program in the ten years since. But now, State Senator Cisco McSorley (D-Albuquerque) has filed a bill, Senate Bill 8, for the state’s 2017 regular legislative session, which starts Read entire story

PTSD Added as Qualifying Condition for Minnesota Medical Marijuana Program

Minnesota will soon allow those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) access to medical marijuana under the state’s medical cannabis program. Petitioners in Minnesota pushed a total of nine new health conditions for consideration this year including PTSD, schizophrenia, acquired absence of limb (phantom limb syndrome), arthritis, autism, depression, diabetes, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and insomnia. Dr. Ed Ehlinger, the Minnesota Read entire story

Illinois Cancer Patient Denied Bank Account For Using Medical Marijuana

A medical marijuana patient has been refused service at an Illinois bank because of his status as a legal medical marijuana patient. Darren Steven Miller suffers from terminal lung cancer and stage three multiple sclerosis (MS).  When Illinois began implementing their medical marijuana program, he was one of the first patients to register. “This is between me and my doctor, not between me and my bank.” – Darren Miller According Read entire story

New York to Allow Medical Marijuana to Treat Chronic Pain

Patients suffering from chronic pain will soon be eligible to participate in New York’s medical marijuana program state officials announced Thursday. “After conducting a thorough review of the scientific literature, it became clear that there may be certain benefits in the use of medical marijuana by patients suffering from chronic pain,” New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard A. Zucker said in a statement announcing the Read entire story

Medical Marijuana Wins Big on Election Night; MMJ Initiatives Sweep in Four States

On Tuesday, eight out of nine states voting on marijuana referendums approved their measures, including all four states considering medical marijuana initiatives. “This is the most momentous Election Day in history for the movement to end marijuana prohibition.” – Rob Campia, Marijuana Policy Project The states of Arkansas, Florida and North Dakota all voted to enact comprehensive medical marijuana laws, and voters in Montana Read entire story

The Accepted Medical Use of Marijuana: States Need To Take Action Now To Protect Patient Rights

After the recent rejection of the Rhode Island-Washington Marijuana Rescheduling Petition, it is easy to point fingers at the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and proclaim how corrupt and inept they must be to uphold the position that marijuana still has no medical use. [1][2][3] However, once we see that the DEA and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) both believe that the only way a drug substance can have medical use is for it to pass Read entire story

Report: More Than 60% of Weedmaps Reviews Are Fake; Real Reviews Most Likely Incentivized

If you are a legal MMJ patient living in a cannabis friendly state, you are most likely already familiar with the process of using some of the more popular dispensary locator tools like Weedmaps and Leafly. Gone are the days of sneaking into the shadows to quickly exchange money for a bag of weed, or hoping a friend’s friend’s cousin can come through for you. Times change, businesses change, and patient’s needs change, but internet magnates such Read entire story

Autism, PTSD Top List of Conditions Being Considered for Minnesota’s Medical Marijuana Program

The Minnesota Department of Health is currently considering adding several qualifying conditions to the state’s medical marijuana program including autism and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). “The Department has held two meetings to consider conditions thus far, with a third meeting scheduled for Thursday, September 22.” Under Minnesota’s medical marijuana law, which was passed in 2014 and went into effect last year, Read entire story

Lawsuit Pushes Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Vote Back to 2018

Supporters of a proposal to legalize medical marijuana in Oklahoma have filed a lawsuit calling anti-pot Republican Attorney General E. Scott Pruitt’s rewriting of their ballot question misleading, effectively ending their long-shot attempt at placing the measure before voters in November. “No elected official has the right to rewrite these ballots in such a way that he would try to unfairly influence voters. Scott Pruitt has a habit, Read entire story

Massachusetts Dept. of Health Proposes Changes to State Medical Marijuana Program

The Massachusetts Department of Public Heath (DPH) could be making a couple of noteworthy amendments to the Bay State’s medical marijuana program — changes designed to make it easier for patients to be certified for medical marijuana use. Among the proposed changes unveiled earlier this month are two key improvements to the program that will, if ultimately included in state regulations, have a direct impact on patients. The first is a Read entire story

Growing Marijuana In Michigan

In this article we will cover: Michigan laws Medical marijuana Growing in MichiganGrowing your own weed in Michigan won’t send you to jail, as long as you are an approved medical marijuana user. The only real challenge is finding high quality marijuana seeds. You may find some clones in a dispensary, but your choices will be slim.  Instead of searching for a place that will sell you seeds, choose exactly what you want by buying marijuana seeds Read entire story

Growing Marijuana In Nevada

In this article we will discuss:Medical marijuanaNevada lawsSmoking in NevadaNevada is known for legalizing many things, such as prostitution and gambling, but unlike its neighbors, it is not known for legalizing marijuana. Even in Sin City, locating marijuana can be a challenge because of marijuana tax stamps, anti-growing laws, and misdemeanor possession charges. So how do you legally grow marijuana in Nevada? It only requires a doctor’s Read entire story

Growing Marijuana In New Mexico

In this article we will discuss:Medical marijuanaGrowing in New MexicoJust below Colorado is the last of the mountain states, New Mexico. Now, you’d think this Western state would be marijuana friendly simply because of where it is located, but not actually. Although it borders Colorado, it also borders Arizona and Texas. While Arizona allows medical marijuana and welcomes patients from other states, that is all it does. Texas, on the other hand, Read entire story

Growing Marijuana In North Dakota

In this article we will discuss:North Dakota lawsGrowing in North DakotaNorth Dakota weed growing may not be at the top of your to-do list, but if you are in North Dakota and are looking to grow your own marijuana, you might be curious how to do it. The first thing to keep in mind is that North Dakota is pretty harsh when it comes to marijuana. It arrests those with even ½ oz of marijuana in their possession, and it only increases with the amount Read entire story

Growing Marijuana In South Carolina

In this article we will discuss:Marijuana lawsGrowing in South CarolinaTechnically, growing marijuana in South Carolina is not legal, but recent laws are getting closer.  South Carolina currently considers it a misdemeanor to be in possession of up to 1 oz of marijuana- meaning you will have to pay some money if you get caught with it. If they think your growing it, you could face some prison time, but the charge is for up to 100 plants. Even I Read entire story

Growing Marijuana In Texas

In this article we will discuss:Texas lawsGrowing in TexasTexas is a very influential state for many reasons. It’s large. It borders Mexico, and traditionally it is quite conservative. This includes Texas drug policy. Frankly speaking, Texas is pretty hard on marijuana.  Possession of even the smallest amount of marijuana is a misdemeanor, and there is no medical marijuana program.If you are considering growing weed in Texas, I’d suggest the Read entire story