Ohio Finds Public University Willing to Lab Test Medical Pot

Ohio state law requires that for the first year of its medical marijuana program, a quality testing lab must be operated by a public institution of higher education, located within the state, with the resources to operate a lab. After a year of the program, private labs can be licensed.

At least one public university in Ohio is willing to test medical marijuana, for quality purposes, according to CCV Research. This was disclosed in an effort to squash concerns that a lack of labs could delay the entire medical marijuana program.

CCV Research, which understand the “monumental task of implementing an entire cannabis regulatory framework, and the difficulties faced while on-boarding an existing industry into legal compliance,” would not name the college, but announced that it meets the criteria in the state’s medical marijuana program regulations, that demands a public college or university host a laboratory to monitor the quality of plants and products sold to Ohioans.

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West Virginia Medical Marijuana Program Board Set to Meet

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A board that will help develop a medical marijuana program in West Virginia is holding its first meeting.

The advisory board is set to meet Wednesday at the University of Charleston. Among the topics for discussion is a work plan for the program’s first year. The meeting is open to the public and will include a comment period.

Gov. Jim Justice signed a law April 19 making West Virginia the 29th state to allow the use of marijuana for certain medical conditions.

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Nevada County Warns Pot Industry Against Promoting Public Use

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Officials in Las Vegas are warning the recreational marijuana industry against any advertising that can be considered promoting public consumption.

Las Vegas marijuana business owners last week received a letter from Department of Business License Director Jaqueline Holloway reaffirming marijuana regulations.

The letter issued Monday threatens to suspend or take away licenses of dispensaries for any involvement with non-licensed pot businesses and anything “that promotes public consumption.”

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Nevada Opens Pot Distribution to Non-Liquor Wholesalers

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada’s marijuana regulators have decided to start issuing pot distribution licenses to businesses other than liquor wholesalers to keep up with overwhelming demand since legal recreational sales began July 1.

The Nevada Department of Taxation voted Thursday to open up the market previously limited to liquor distributors under the state ballot measure voters approved in November.

Department spokeswoman Stephanie Klapstein said they’ll begin reviewing about 80 applications they received in May from other businesses.

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New York to Expand the Kinds of Cannabis Products Sold in Dispensaries

While New York’s medical marijuana law was, at one time, considered among the most restrictive in the nation, state health officials have been working diligently for the past year to give the program more reach.

The state has added more qualified conditions, allowed more companies to grow and sell marijuana, and now it is expanding the kinds of cannabis products that patients will have the ability to buy at their local dispensary.

Earlier this week, the New York Health Department announced a brand spanking new set of regulations that will give patients more of a variety when they go to purchase medical marijuana. The new products, which could be in dispensaries by the end of September, include lotions, ointments, patches, chewable tablets and lozenges.

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Rural California Sheriff, Auditor Spar on Pot Money Spending

BY PAUL ELIAS

ASSOCIATED PRESS

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California county auditor is accusing a sheriff of improperly spending some of the $1 million his department received in fees from legal pot growers to go after illegal operators.

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Creeper Pace for Texas Medical Marijuana Program

It has been a long, slow ride for patients hoping to get access to cannabis in the Lone Star State—and then, just special strains of low-THC cannabis and only for those suffering from “intractable epilepsy.”

Three dispensaries are hoping to get final approval from Texas authorities to start cultivating next month. Of course, it will be several more months before they can actually begin distributing—and then ambiguities in the law may mean further delays.

Activists and lawmakers are pushing both to clear things up and expand the scope of the program.

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Vermont Governor Creating Commission for Pot Legalization Issues

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Gov. Phil Scott says he’s organizing a commission to study issues related to the legalization of marijuana and will announce members in the next few days.

Vermont Public Radio reports retail outlets in Maine and Massachusetts will begin selling legal recreational marijuana in less than a year. The Republican governor says he wants the new commission to help answer questions about the arrival of legalized marijuana in neighboring states, especially concerning highway safety.

Scott says he wants to have more stringent highway safety standards in place before he’ll consider state-sanctioned recreational marijuana sales.

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Mexico Is Writing Its Rules for Medical Marijuana

Earlier this summer, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto signed an executive decree legalizing medical marijuana, then directed the country’s Health Ministry to write rules for medical marijuana use. That process is currently underway, but it might prove painful.

While legislation was being debated and many of Peña Nieto’s political allies opposed the legislation, pressure was building around the country—especially from parents of children suffering from epilepsy—to allow the import of CBD oil to alleviate their seizures.

Now, Mexican lawmakers have until the end of the year to draft rules for a medical marijuana program.

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