N.Y. Senate Passes Bill Adding PTSD to List of Accepted Conditions for MMJ Treatment

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Albany, NY — The New York State Senate on Tuesday passed legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Savino (D-SI/Brooklyn) to add Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to the list of qualifying conditions treatable with medical marijuana in New York State, according to a press release from Senator Jeffrey D. Klein. 

“This bill will bring real relief to the many New Yorkers suffering from PTSD. Veterans, victims of violent crime, police and firefighters and others can all potentially benefit from PTSD being added to the list of medical conditions eligible for the State’s medical cannabis program. This will help ensure that more of those suffering are eligible to become certified medical cannabis patients, and will allow each doctor to treat their patients as they see fit. I thank my colleagues in both Houses for passing this on a bipartisan basis,” said Senator Savino.

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Marijuana Policy Reform Advocate Mason Tvert to Join VS Strategies as VP of Public Relations and Communications

<![CDATA[DENVER — VS Strategies announced Wednesday that nationally recognized marijuana policy reform advocate Mason Tvert will be joining the firm next month as vice president of public relations and communications, according to a press release.

Tvert will come to VS Strategies from the Marijuana Policy Project, the nation’s largest marijuana policy organization, where he has served as director of communications since December 2012. He will officially leave MPP in July.

During his time with MPP, Tvert co-directed the successful legalization initiative campaign in Colorado and worked on the successful legalization initiative campaigns in Alaska, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada. He also provided communications support for several successful marijuana policy reform efforts in state legislatures. He frequently appears in the media discussing marijuana and marijuana policy, and The Denver Post named him Colorado’s “Top Thinker” in politics and government in 2013.

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Massachusetts House Approves Revised Recreational Marijuana Law

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BOSTON (AP) —The Massachusetts House approved a bill Wednesday that would repeal and replace the recreational marijuana law approved by the state’s voters in November.

The House approved the measure 126-28. Critics who lashed out at the proposal accused lawmakers of ignoring the will of the electorate and taking a hostile approach to the legal cannabis industry.

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Contaminated Marijuana Still Reaching Consumers in Oregon

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Nine months after Oregon issued the toughest rules in the nation to keep pesticide-tainted marijuana off store shelves, the state acknowledges that some contaminated products continue to reach consumers.

The admission underscores the tricky work of effectively regulating a plant long tied to illegal pesticide use.

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PA's Department of Health Releases 12 Medical Marijuana Permits for Growers/Processors

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Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Health today released information on the issuance of 12 permits for medical marijuana growers/processors in the state. The permittees will now have six months in which to become operational before they can begin growing medical marijuana. Entities receiving permits were notified by mail.

“With today’s announcement, we remain on track to fulfill the Wolf Administration’s commitment to deliver medical marijuana to patients in 2018,” said John Collins, Director of the Office of Medical Marijuana. “The applications from the entities receiving permits were objectively reviewed by an evaluation team made up of members from across commonwealth agencies. Any letters of recommendation or support for an applicant were not considered during the evaluation.”

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Vermont Senate Passes Compromise Bill to Make Marijuana Legal for Adults

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MONTPELIER, Vt. — Another bill that would make marijuana legal for adults in Vermont was approved by the Senate on Wednesday, the first day of a two-day veto session, according to a press release from Marijuana Policy Project. H. 511 reflects a compromise between legislative leaders and Gov. Phil Scott, who vetoed a similar bill, S. 22, in late May. It will now go the House, where it is unclear if a substantial number of House Republicans will agree to waive rules and allow its consideration during the veto session.

A three-quarters vote of the House will be required for the bill to be taken up on Thursday. If the House does not pass the bill during the veto session, H. 511 could receive a vote when the House next convenes.

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HelloMD Announces Partnership with Medical Cannabis Provider PharmaCannis

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SAN FRANCISCO, June 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — HelloMD, the nation’s largest community of medical cannabis patients, experts, and trusted brands, announced today that they have partnered with PharmaCannis, a multi-region, vertically integrated medical cannabis provider. The two companies will work together to provide a complete end-to-end medical cannabis solution to existing and new patients.  This collaboration will result in expanded access to cannabis expertise, physicians, education, and medical cannabis products. Effective immediately, HelloMD and PharmaCannis will focus on providing services in New York, with other states to follow.

In the past year, New York State has experienced significant and challenging growing pains since opening its program to patients. However, the recent addition of chronic pain to the list of qualifying conditions, coupled with a growing supply of certified healthcare practitioners who are qualified to make a medical cannabis recommendation, the program has seen a spike in demand.

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WeedMD Secures Health Canada License to Produce Cannabis Oils

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TORONTO (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — WeedMD Inc. (TSX-V:WMD) (“WeedMD” or the “Company”), a federally licensed producer of medical cannabis, is pleased to announce that on June 16, 2017, the Company received a supplemental license from Health Canada for the production of medical cannabis oils.

The Company has imported a purpose-built high-throughput ethanol extraction machine from Germany, with the goal of starting R&D and production of cannabis oils immediately. After thorough analysis, WeedMD concluded that ethanol extraction is capable of producing a clean product that meets and exceeds the regulator’s strict guidelines, while providing a scalable and low-cost platform to service the future demand for oil and other extracted products. Once the Company has produced and inventoried saleable batches of oil, it will invite Health Canada to conduct a final inspection to secure an amendment permitting the sale of cannabis oils.

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