More Medical Marijuana Patients Than Expected in Missouri
MO – Close to 22,000 medical marijuana cards have been issued to MO residents since July 4, reported the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. This amount of registered card holder was not expected to get that high before 2021.
Amendment 2 passed in early 2018, making cannabis legal for medical use. To qualify, patients with Crohn’s Disease, Glaucoma, HIV, IBS and several other qualifying medical conditions can visit with a qualified doctor and if eligible receive a Missouri medical marijuana cards. The state issued a qualifying conditions list, although they also left it up to the doctors discretion for weather medical marijuana will help other conditions not on the list.
Licenses for cultivation, processing, and Missouri dispensaries should be awarded by the Missouri department of Health by January 2020. Over 600 groups filed for 2,163 marijuana businesses applications to date. The state will issue 60 licenses to grow pot, 86 to make THC and CBD-infused products, and 192 dispensary licenses.
About time to get growing…
One of our readers wants to know: “Will President Trump will legalize marijuana on a federal level?”
We’re sure many of you are chomping at the blunt to get an answer to this question as well. Let’s examine what we know so far.
A Little Back Story On Marijuana Legalization Efforts
If you had told someone back in the year 2010 that within 10 years marijuana would be legal for recreational use in at least 11 US states and the District of Columbia, a lot of folks would have called you delusional. Nonetheless, going on 2020, that’s exactly where we find ourselves, with Illinois recently becoming the 11th US state to end the prohibition of marijuana.
Furthermore, we now have 30-something states in which medical marijuana is more or less legal, including former zero-tolerance conservative states such as Florida, Ohio, and even Texas (to some extent) have open dispensaries. More than half of US citizens now live in states where marijuana is legal in some form or another for medical patients and/or adults.
HOWEVER, even if you have a medical marijuana card, if you buy and use marijuana in ANY state or territory of the US of A, you are, in fact, breaking the law.
Wait. What? How can that be? The twist, as you’ve probably guessed, is that marijuana is still illegal on the federal level, so you would be breaking federal drug laws. Even in states where marijuana is legal, you can be…
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Cannabis legalization is a hot topic. With the sudden boom in the cannabis industry, legalization at the national level is vital. Last week, President Trump might have dropped a hint about cannabis legalization.
President Trump and cannabis legalization
We all know that President Trump loves discussing and tweeting about topics, especially tariff-related topics. However, he hasn’t really discussed cannabis legalization. Previously, I discussed how cannabis could be an important topic in President Trump’s reelection campaign.
Last week, President Trump might have dropped a hint about his thoughts on cannabis legalization. On August 30, Marijuana Moment reported that President Trump expressed his views. DC Examiner reporter Steven Nelson asked him about federally legalizing marijuana while he is in office. President Trump said, “We’re going to see what’s going on. It’s a very big subject and right now we are allowing states to make that decision. A lot of states are making that decision, but we’re allowing states to make that decision.”
Why is cannabis legalization important at a federal level?
Currently, recreational marijuana is legal in ten states and Washington DC. Notably, 33 states have legalized medicinal marijuana, while 14 states have decriminalized marijuana…
We Recently Received This Question From Mary Regarding Her Mom, So We Had This Written…Not Medical Advice:)
“My mother is 80 yrs old and has Alzheimer’s, and I have heard about CBD oil being beneficial to slowing disease progression. I don’t need medical marijuana services or a card but would like to understand how CBD is used dosed and benefit/risk. I would rather speak to clinicians than dealers or enthusiasts. If you can advise or even send me where I can get safe advise please let me know.
Thank you for your time.
Dear Mary, thanks for your question. We’ll do our best to provide you with actionable answers.
Before we delve into this, we’d like to say that we have readers in a similar situation who are also interested in the potential of medical cannabis to treat Alzheimer’s disease, so we’re not only going to talk about clinical and lab studies related to CBD but to THC as well. Some of the studies mentioned herein involved a combination of THC and CBD.
First off, we’d like to start with a caveat…
This is an interesting twist to the avalanche of states passing legislation legalizing and decriminalizing marijuana nationwide. It seems Texas lawmakers have inadvertently made it damn near impossible to file charges against those found to be in possession of marijuana — which, in some counties, at least, is as good as legalizing it.
Texas is renowned for its harsh drug laws. In fact, more than sixty thousand Texans were arrested on charges related to marijuana possession in 2017 — a whopping eight percent of total arrests. Now, thanks to new hemp legislation, that number is dropping fast.
So it’s a hemp bill. What’s the harm?
In 2018 U.S. lawmakers passed a federal Farm Bill which removed hemp from the Drug Enforcement Agency’s list of Schedule I controlled substances. Hemp, as you probably know by now, is the same plant as marijuana, but hemp is bred to be essentially devoid of THC, the intoxicating compound found in pot.
In an effort to take advantage of the situation and begin building a hemp market in the state (after four score decades of prohibition), Texas lawmakers passed bill H.B. 1325, legalizing the cultivation, processing, sale, and possession of hemp. However, they never dreamed that they would be causing such…
How To Get Started Growing Your Own Medical Marijuana In MO
Growing marijuana in Missouri can get you in super big trouble — that is unless you’re a card-holding medical marijuana patient or caregiver.
In this post, we’ll talk about the conditions under which you can legally grow marijuana in Missouri. We’ll also cover the stiff penalties you could face if you grow your own pot without meeting those conditions or if you exceed the limits set by law. And finally we’ll talk about actually getting growing.
The short of it is that medical marijuana patients in Missouri are permitted to have up to 18 plants growing on their own property — six flowering plants, six non-flowering plants, and six seedlings or clones. Frankly, there’s no reason anyone should need to exceed that limit if they’re doing a proper job of growing cannabis.
To put things in context, let’s look at a little backstory to see how we got here.
Medical Marijuana In Missouri
The clear winner in the November 2018 nationwide midterm elections was cannabis. The election brought the number of states with medical marijuana programs up to 32 (now 34). That day, Missouri residents passed a ballot measure known as Amendment 2 with a two-thirds mandate officially establishing a medical marijuana program in the state…
When purchasing vape cartridges and pens, people who enjoy vaping aren’t usually concerned about crazy situations such as their face getting blown off or their lungs filling with fluid. But, maybe they should be.
It’s not just a pipe dream — or should we say nightmare. Vaping is sickening and even killing people — not a lot of people, but enough to cause serious concern among state and federal health officials who are now asking emergency rooms to ask lung patients if they had been vaping before the incident and to report back to the agency.
According to the CDC, the agency is tracking “94 possible cases of severe lung illness associated with vaping reported in 14 states from June 28, 2019, to August 15, 2019 (this includes 30 cases in Wisconsin).”
What Are The Symptoms Of Vape Poisoning?
The symptoms being reported include:
- Shortness of breath
- Inflamed lungs
- Fluid in the lungs
- Tightness in the chest
In some cases, rather than heading directly to the emergency room, patients have gone to see their primary physician or….
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Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow? Is Mary’s operation applying horizontal or vertical integration in order to grow? What’s the difference between the two? And why would she want to employ one or the other?
In this brief article, we’ll go over the differences between horizontal and vertical integration as well as discussing the benefits and drawbacks of each system of expansion.
Understanding Horizontal and Vertical Integration Is Especially Crucial In the Cannabis Industry
Understanding the difference between vertical and horizontal integration is especially important in the cannabis industry. This is because each state’s cannabis regulations are different. And even within each state, sometimes counties or individual municipalities have their own rules and regulations to follow.
Some states require vertical integration. In these states, retailers must grow and manufacture their own products. And some states actually forbid vertical integration. If you own dispensaries in these state’s, you’re not allowed to operate a cultivation facility.
A good example of a cannabis company that is growing horizontally is Ohio based dispensary chain Terrasana Labs who currently has three open locations in Ohio and are slated to expand.
A good example of vertical integration is Florida where cannabis companies were originally required to be vertically integrated — that is to grow, process, and manufacture all products that they sell in their dispensaries. (The vertical integration requirement may be changing due to legal challenges.) The three top licensed producer/dispensary retailers in Florida are Trulieve, Curaleaf, and Surterra Wellness.
Can smoking marijuana be good for you?
When the good people of the state of Florida voted to expand their medical marijuana program to actually include marijuana there was no question in anyone’s mind at the time that this included smokable forms of marijuana — eg. dried flower (aka bud), hashish, rosin, and cannabis oil. However, when lawmakers got their hands on the constitutional amendment (no less), they decided that they know better than the majority of their constituents and that it was their job to protect the public by prohibiting the sale and use of smokable forms of marijuana because, well, smoking is bad for you, right? But is it really?
Before we answer that question, let us point out that the Florida situation actually has a happy ending. Florida attorney, John Morgan, who bankrolled the voter initiative to expand access to medical marijuana took it upon himself to put together a case against the state to overturn the smokables ban. The courts agreed that the intention of the measure was to include smokables as a form of administering medicinal cannabis. So did the incoming governor who insisted that lawmakers regroup on the matter and legalize smokables. They did so in short order by a unanimous vote.
Is smoking marijuana bad for you?
Let’s start out by stating the obvious: all things in moderation. If you’re spending the bulk of your days huffing on a bong or lipping blunts, you’re probably going to mess up your lungs. In fact, there is evidence that excessive pot smoking can cause chronic bronchitis. What there is not is evidence that smoking weed causes lung cancer. In fact, cannabis might even prevent lung cancer.
In the spring of 2005, Donald Tashkin, a professor of pulmonology at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine claimed that….
Is CBD oil legal in Florida?
Historically, Florida has been one of the strictest states in the U.S. when it comes to both hemp and marijuana — both of which are sources for CBD-rich cannabis oils. However, in recent years, Florida has undergone a sea change in its acceptance of cannabis as a medicinal plant.
Recently instituted legislation has created a full-blown medical marijuana industry minus smokables. This means that both CBD oil from marijuana and CBD oil from hemp are accessible to Floridians with a medical marijuana card. Other than that what about Floridians without a marijuana card? Because hemp CBD oil is not made from marijuana, can anyone in Florida buy it? What exactly are Florida’s laws when it comes to hemp CBD oil?
What are Florida’s CBD Laws as of 2019?
Back in November of 2016, Florida approved a constitutional amendment which gave patients suffering from a list of serious medical conditions access to medical marijuana, including both high-THC cannabis oil, and low-THC CBD-oil. Passing by a landslide margin of 71 percent, Amendment 2 superseded an older law which made legal the use of only low-THC CBD oil, and only….
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