(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) The medical marijuana industry is trying to blaze a trail through St. Joseph as product sales hit an all time high in Missouri.

Missouri legalized medical cannabis in 2018. The state began selling the product in October 2020. In the last ten months from October to July, Missouri medical marijuana sales grew from roughly $350,000 to $91.36 million which is an increase of 26,000%.

July saw its single highest month of sales at $21.03 million, the first time sales have topped $20 million.

The numbers show the budding business is growing fast and so is St. Joseph.

“We had a big line waiting for us on the very first day we opened, which was super awesome. I think it was a Wednesday, so in the middle of the week to have such a large audience just waiting for us to be here was a really special thing,” said Jericho Heese, Director of Marketing for Fresh Karma Dispensaries.

St. Joseph is going green.

This year, the city saw two medical marijuana joints pop up: Vertical Enterprise and Fresh Karma.

Fresh Karma was the first dispensary to open in…..

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Law expanding Texas medical marijuana program takes effect September 1st

MCALLEN, Texas (ValleyCentral) — A law that will expand the use of medical marijuana in Texas is going into effect on Sept. 1.

“Every condition being treated with medical marijuana is dosed very differently, its consumers very differently,” said Dr. Sujan Gogu a Family, Sports, and Pain Medicine Doctor at South Texas Health System Clinics.

The expanded law under the Compassionate Use of Medical Marijuana will now be open for people like veterans who suffer from PTSD, cancer patients, and other medical conditions. According to Dr. Gogu, there is still a process that has to be followed.

Current TX Qualifying Conditions List | TXD

“You’d go to your primary care physician and you’d talk about the condition you have and see if it’s a viable option for you, it may or may not be a viable option for you,” he said.

What happens after the MMJ doctor approves your use of medical marijuana with other specialists?

Considering there isn’t a Texas dispensary in the Rio Grande Valley and only a few in the state of Texas, Dr. Gogu said the process could take…

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Medical marijuana legalization keeps advancing in North Carolina Senate

A bill legalizing marijuana for medical use in North Carolina and developing a system to grow and sell it cleared two more legislative hurdles this week in the Senate.

The Senate Health Care Committee voted for the measure on Thursday, two days after the judiciary committee approved an updated version compared to what it originally recommended in late June. The measure could be on the Senate floor as soon as next week.

The measure would let patients purchase and use marijuana from medical cannabis centers if their physician declares in writing they have one of more than a dozen “debilitating medical conditions” listed and that cannabis could bring health benefits. An amendment approved Thursday increases the amount of a prescribing physician’s required training from three to 10 hours.

A new state commission would issue 10 medical cannabis supplier licenses, each of which would allow the opening of four sales centers. Additional restrictions would prevent centers from locating near churches or…

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Agriculture Commissioner wants no part of Mississippi medical marijuana

Lawmakers are still working out the details of a medical marijuana program in Mississippi.  They’re considering having the Dept. of Agriculture license and regulate growers and processors.  Agriculture and Commerce Secretary Andy Gipson made it clear this morning during an interview with SuperTalk Mississippi that he wants no part of it.  Gipson worries it will distract the agency from their primary focus, which is to support the farmers.  He’s also concerned about what it would cost to run the program.

“Our farm groups do not want this program under the Department of Agriculture.  We gotta stay focused on supporting our farmers and legal agriculture, not this illegal substance that they’re basically asking me to bless.  I’m not ready to do that,” Gipson stressed during an interview on The Gallo Show.

Gipson says he has legal concerns, as well.  “They’re asking the Dept. of Agriculture to license something that is illegal under federal law.”  He says marijuana is a drug, it’s not an agriculture product.  “Agriculture is the production of….

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Missouri Medical Marijuana Edibles. Here’s how to use them.

Edibles manufacturers in Missouri are now churning out marijuana-infused chocolate bars, bonbons, beverages, and gummies for distribution at local dispensaries. Initially, the only product available for purchase was cannabis flower, cannabis concentrates, and marijuana edibles remained on the illicit list. However, in late December 2020, Missouri dispensaries were finally given the green light to sell medical marijuana edibles.

Edibles, if taken responsibly offer a safe, discreet, and convenient way to ingest marijuana. Edible marijuana products are considered to be the most potent, long-lasting, non-invasive form of cannabis consumption.

However, edibles take considerably longer to take full effect than smoked or vaped cannabis flower. Moreover, smoking is not an option for all patients, especially those with lung problems of high blood pressure. Edibles are an excellent option for Missouri Marijuana Card Patients with heart and respiratory issues.

What Medical Conditions Are Commonly Treated With Marijuana Edibles?

Marijuana edibles are ideal for conditions of the stomach, small intestine, and colon. Cannabinoids absorbed into the bloodstream may alleviate symptoms of not only gastrointestinal disorders but other medical issues such as chronic pain, insomnia, anxiety, depression, seizure disorders, neurodegenerative disorders, inflammation, and many other conditions….

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Who Wants To Go On Vacation To Florida And Be MISERABLE?

Amy and Mark Anderson and their two kids are coming to Florida for a nice, expensive, Disneyworld vacation and to spend some quality time at the nation’s best beaches. Back home in Ohio, Amy is a cardholding medical marijuana patient who uses cannabis to relieve chronic pain from an old injury, as well as having mild Chron’s Disease, and Mark, who suffers from PTSD generally carries a cannabis-infused vape pen for anxiety relief, also has his medical card. By using medical marijuana, both have been able to lead happier lives, raising their kids in todays world while getting off some of the drugs prescribed by doctors. 

The fact of the matter is, if they want to enjoy their Florida vacation, they’re going to have to either smuggle in their cannabis and risk ending up in prison or they’ll have to carry an array of pharmaceuticals to deal with their medical issues. Some of those drugs are toxic and come with side effects that could make it difficult to be a normal family.

It’s highly likely that this family — or any medical marijuana patient — will have to seriously think twice about coming here on vacation.

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Branson Missouri’s first marijuana dispensary

BRANSON, Mo. – After a few months of anticipation, Green Light Dispensaries is officially the first medical marijuana facility in Branson. Travis Harp, a retail general manager for Green Light, said he hopes to expand on the former location of Lone Star Steakhouse by possibly adding a farmers market in the future.

“Here off Green Mountain Drive, so it’s a beautiful facility. We’re only using part of the potential that it could possibly be,” said Harp.

Inside the first hour of their grand opening today, lines were so long that some patients were waiting in line outside. Lance T. Brown spoke about his family after he made his first visit to the dispensary.

“Having gone through some experiences of loss with family and watching them suffer through cancer and different disease,” said Brown. “Everybody can use a little Green Light today.”

Medical marijuana card patients voiced how happy they were to have a new facility closer to home.

Studies by Harvard Health have shown that marijuana can help with various medical conditions such as anxiety, glaucoma and general pain. Harp hopes this new….Read More

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Ohio quietly OKs three new medical marijuana conditions

Three proposed additions to Ohio’s medical marijuana condition list were quietly OK’d by the Ohio State Medical Board earlier this year.

The board’s medical marijuana committee in February determined that three conditions were already covered by the existing qualification of pain that is chronic and severe or intractable.

Those conditions are: arthritis, chronic migraines and complex regional pain syndrome.

The medical board issued a memo two weeks ago confirming the conditions qualify under the existing list but hasn’t yet sent it to physicians. The memo will be shared in the monthly newsletter for physicians who have registered to recommend medical marijuana.

Committee members drew a distinction between occasional migraines and migraines that happen several days a month.

“It’s not like someone has a migraine once a year and it self-resolves and would be a candidate,” board member Dr. Amol Soin said in February. “I don’t think that’s the intention here.”

Every year, the medical board accepts submissions for new qualifying conditions to add to Ohio’s list of 22. Submissions must include evidence cannabis can be used to treat or alleviate the disease or condition and letters of support from physicians. The board has added just one…Read More

Can CBD Help Stop Snoring?

Can CBD oil be used to effectively stop snoring? There is some evidence that suggests that CBD might at least help to reduce snoring. In this post, we’ll talk a little bit about what causes snoring and how CBD might help.

Cannabidiol, aka CBD, is an active compound produced in the resinous flowers of the cannabis plant. A wide range of medicinal benefits has been attributed to CBD oil from reducing pain and anxiety to reducing seizures, and many more. What about snoring? Can CBD reduce snoring or eliminate it altogether?

Nearly half of all adults snore. And half of those suffer from chronic snoring. Even dogs and cats snore. And snorers are not the only ones suffering. Snoring also disturbs the slumber of bed partners.

There are often two victims of this exhausting condition — snorers themselves and their sleep mates. Worst affected are the partners who are constantly having to nudge their bedmate back to consciousness: Honey! You’re snoring AGAIN!! But we can even lose sleep if the snorer is down the hall. And, sadly, some snorers are near impossible to wake from their cacophonic symphony.

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Minnesota Lawmakers Approve Smokable Medical Marijuana As Broader Legalization Stalls

Over the weekend, a bicameral conference committee approved the reform, in addition to several other marijuana-related changes, as part of an omnibus health bill. The House adopted that report on Monday in a 77-57 vote, and the Senate followed suit in a 66-1 vote, sending it to the governor’s desk.

The most significant change to Minnesota’s medical cannabis program would allow adults 21 and older to access smokable marijuana products. If the final legislation is signed by the governor, that policy would have to take effect by March 1, 2022, or earlier if rules are developed and the state’s cannabis commissioner authorizes it.

Can smoking whole flower marijuana actually be good for you?

There are few remaining states that have medical cannabis programs in place but where smokable products are still prohibited. The Louisiana House approved a bill to allow access to flower products, and it’s heading to the Senate floor. In Alabama, the governor has a medical marijuana legalization bill on her desk that would include a ban on smokable cannabis.

Back in Minnesota, dispensaries could also provide a curbside pickup option for patients under the proposed omnibus legislation. The report further removes restrictions for designated caregivers and allows them to… Read More