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Michigan recreational marijuana retail sales to begin Dec. 1

By Gus Burns | [email protected] LANSING, MI — Michigan residents will be able to legally purchase marijuana from stores beginning Dec. 1, the state Marijuana Regulatory Agency announced Wednesday, Nov. 13. Any businesses seeking a recreational license to grow more than 1,000 plants, process or sell recreational marijuana must currently be licensed under the state’s medical marijuana licensing rules. The state announced existing medically licensed businesses that are pursuing equivalent recreational licenses may transfer up to half their inventory, which is already deemed legal and has been tested for the medical marijuana market, to the recreational side for general sales. Any finished products currently for sale in medical dispensaries must have been in the business inventory for 30...

It’s Not Pot: What Senior Living Providers Should Know About CBD

It’s Not Pot: What Senior Living Providers Should Know About CBD By Tim Regan | April 8, 2019  WPD | CC BY 2.0 Original Copy: Senior Housing News While it doesn’t get you high and may not treat as many conditions as advertised, CBD could have an even larger immediate impact on senior living than marijuana. For one, CBD is everywhere these days, including in cookies, coffee and even dog treats. And in a sign of the times, pharmacy giants CVS (NYSE: CVS) and Walgreens (NASDAQ: WBA) are both planning on rolling out CBD-infused products in many of their stores across the U.S. At the same time, CBD products have seen growing appeal among older adults seeking relief from inflammation, insomnia, anxiety, aches and pains or other common maladies. Additionally, recent legislation has legalized hemp...

What Was Said at Yesterday’s Congressional Hearing on Federal Marijuana Law Reform

The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security held a hearing today on the impact of marijuana laws in America. Despite the wave of cannabis progress, and products, sweeping the country coast to coast, marijuana arrests rose in America last year for the second year in a row. Are we generally down from the most horrifying arrest numbers seen when prohibition was at full blast? Yes. Are communities of color still impacted the most by cannabis enforcement? That’s going to be a big yes. The committee noted in announcing the hearing that of the 660,000 arrests for marijuana last year, 600,000 were for simple possession. The Committee leadership was hoping to give the reps taking part an opportunity to consider the wider issues around the importance of reforming mari...

Doctor Sues State Over Medical Marijuana Laws

An Oklahoma doctor is suing the state over medical marijuana rules he claims are blocking patient access to the drug. Dr. Scott Evans says the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority is denying his patients’ medical cannabis applications, deeming Evans’ recommendations invalid. Evans’ lawyer, Chad Moody, says the denials are hurting his client’s reputation and causing him to lose business. At the root of the problem, at least according to the OMMA, is vague wording in S.Q. 788, the state’s medical cannabis bill. But Evans maintains the state is playing semantics at the expense of patient access to medical cannabis. Doctor Says Oklahoma Officials Are Using “Poison Pills” to Defeat Legal MMJ In July, Oklahoma voters approved State Question 788, legalizing cannabis for medical use. Despite vocal...

Michigan Approves 11 New Conditions for Medical Marijuana Program

Michigan has a relatively strong and active medical marijuana scene. Now, patients in the state will enjoy expanded access with the 11 new qualifying conditions. Michigan’s New Qualifying Medical Conditions Prior to the new expansion, patients in Michigan could qualify for medical marijuana if they had one of several conditions. These included illnesses like PTSD, cancer, glaucoma, HIV, Hepatitis C, ALS, and several others. While that list covered numerous patients in the state, many have been calling for extending access to a larger number of patients. It appears that the state government listened. The new health conditions that qualify for medical marijuana in Michigan are: Arthritis Autism Chronic pain Colitis Inflammatory bowel disease Obsessive-compulsive disorder Parkinson’s Rheumato...

New York Report Says Recreational Marijuana Is A Big Winner

Various moves have built momentum toward cannabis legalization in New York. From Mayor Bill de Blasio telling the New York Police Department to stop arresting people for smoking weed to Gov. Andrew Cuomo encouraging banks to work with cannabis businesses, all signs point toward an embrace of cannabis in the Big Apple. The state’s Health Department continued the trend on Friday. In a report the Health department stated that the “positive effects” of legalization “outweigh the potential negative impacts.” In addition, the report recommends expunging the criminal records of New Yorkers in any cannabis-related convictions. “Numerous NYS agencies and subject matter experts in the fields of public health, mental health, substance use, public safety, transportation, and economics worked in develo...

How Does a Newly Approved Medical Cannabis Patient Know Which Strain to Try?

So, you have just been diagnosed with a medical condition you’ve been worried about. Here are two possible scenarios. One, your general practitioner or specialist diagnoses a specific medical condition or syndrome. On your own, you do some web research and find a cannabis strain that has proven effective for relief from that medical problem. Two, you work out a therapy plan that includes medical cannabis with that doctor or a medical cannabis-informed professional. Then, you follow the advice of that doctor to select and dose the most effective strain. Most users fall into scenario one. While scenario two is preferable, it is an ideal situation in a world without enough marijuana doctors. So, how does a newly approved medical cannabis patient know which strain to try? 1. Research first-tie...

9 Life-Improving Ways to use CBD

Cannabidiol (CBD) is all the rage in alternative treatment, and tons of people are using CBD products as an alternative to prescription medications and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs. But what is CBD? CBD is a natural cannabinoid compound found in the hemp plant, although, unlike other cannabinoids, CBD is non-intoxicating. That means, it doesn’t produce a “high” or impair motor functions. It does, however, have many medical benefits by interacting with the body’s own, natural endocannabinoid system (ECS). What are some of the benefits of CBD oils? Check out nine of the most popular ways people are replacing harmful prescription drugs with cannabidiol. 1. CBD For Anxiety and Depression Anxiety and depression are some of the most common disorders affecting North Americans. Millions of people ...

BREAKING NEWS: New Health Benefits of Cannabis

New Health Benefits of Cannabis   For a long time, it wasn’t easy to study cannabis and what it does for health. Recently, now that we can observe how cannabis impacts patients, we have learned a lot more. Here are a few recent findings about the miracles of cannabis.   Cannabis Use Probably Doesn’t Increase the Risk of Lung Cancer According to Business Insider, cannabis can have harmful effects on the lungs if smoked, and it is better to vape or ingest. However, it is probably not linked with lung cancer risks, the way cigarette smoking is.   Cannabis Helps Relieve Pain This one may be old news, especially to those who have been medicating with cannabis forever. But now that we are doing more studies and tests, according to Business Insider, it is clear that cannabis really...

Cannabis and Mental Health

Cannabis and Mental Health   Often, we spend tons of time tending to our physical health, dieting, grooming and exercising. But with hectic schedules that balance work and social lives with self-care, it can be easy to neglect mental health. Here are a few ways to make sure you are tending to that aspect of self-care as well.   Depression If you notice you are feeling depressed for longer periods of time, and for no reason at all, you may be suffering from depression. If you are over or under-eating or having issues with too much or too little sleep, this may especially be the case. See a doctor if you are suffering, and talk to them about trying medication or seeking permanent therapy. Leafly suggests that mild cannabis use can also help some with their depression symptoms. Make...

Rhode Island Voters Will Get to Tell Lawmakers their Opinion on Legalization

Rhode Island Voters Will Get to Tell Lawmakers their Opinion on Legalization     Voters in Rhode Island may just get the opportunity to tell lawmakers their opinion on legalization in the next election. A new bill filed in the state’s House of Representative earlier in March would put a non-binding ballot measure on the ballot asking voters whether they support legalization of cannabis or not. Filed by Representative Scott Slater (D), the referendum would be meant only to poll the states voters and see what their thoughts on the subject are. However, if a landslide majority were to answer “yes” to this ballot question then lawmakers would have little choice at that point other than to take a serious look at legalizing cannabis in 2019. While many states are able to petition for b...

80 Percent of CBD Users Claim it to be Extremely Effective

80 Percent of CBD Users Claim it to be Extremely Effective   As the scientific data finally starts catching up to patients anecdotal stories it begins to prove that cannabidiol, or CBD, is beneficial for those suffering from a number of medical ailments. A survey conducted as a collaborative effort from HelloMD and Brightfield Group researched 2,400 of HelloMD’s 150,000 members to get their opinions on whether CBD is an effective alternative to other medications – and the results they got were surprising to some, while not so much to those who already reap the benefits of CBD. According to their research, 80 percent of CBD consumers found that the products they used were “very or extremely effective” with fewer than 3 percent finding the products to be “slightly effective or ineffectu...