Big Changes for MMJ in Washington

Yesterday’s News – April 27, 2015


Washington to Overhaul Medical Marijuana System

Washington’s medical marijuana program will see major changes after Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill that will align the state’s medical system with the voter-approved recreational cannabis laws. Though medical cannabis has been legal in Washington since 1998, the program is largely unregulated, which has allowed for an abundance of medical dispensaries and collective gardens. With recreational marijuana such a tightly controlled and highly taxed industry in Washington, the state legislature sought to resolve the major discrepancies between the two sectors. The law will have potentially huge impacts on patients: it will eliminate dispensaries and collective gardens (though some may receive licensing priority), replacing them with recreational shops that have a medical endorsement and cooperatives that can serve up to four patients. Possession and homegrow limits will be reduced, and patients will only be able to legally possess medically acceptable amounts of cannabis if they join a voluntary registry. Washington has faced a bumpy road throughout the implementation of I-502, and this move will no doubt contribute to discord among the various cannabis communities in the state. Read more in the AP report at The New York Times:



Texas Cannabis Industry Association Launches Incubator

Though medical and recreational cannabis are both still illegal in Texas, that’s not stopping entrepreneurs from dipping their toes into the marijuana industry. The Texas Cannabis Industry Association has accepted nine marijuana startups into its first incubator, which will provide the companies with legal assistance and help building business plans. While Texas has a reputation for being business-friendly, its relationship with cannabis is not quite so warm; the TCIA hopes that their efforts will ensure that once legalization comes to their state, they will be ready. The International Business Times has the story:



Cannabis and Cannabinoid Science Journal Coming This Fall

We all know our antiquated drug laws have created a dearth of acceptable medical research on cannabis. Due to the plant’s Schedule I status, which suggests it has no medical value, real, substantive scientific evidence has been hard to come by in the US. Now, a new peer-reviewed, open access scientific journal, Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, aims to close the gap between anecdotal evidence and actual scientific research. The interdisciplinary journal will publish “fully peer-reviewed, evidence-based original articles, review articles, and perspectives on cannabis, cannabinoids, and the endocannabinoid system” and will launch in the fall. News-Medical has full details:



Medical Marijuana For Diabetes and Other Research from Israel

Israel, on the other hand, has made a name for itself in medical cannabis research and continues to generate important discoveries about the healing properties of marijuana. Diabetes is not a condition people usually associate with medical marijuana, but ISA Scientific, an Israeli biopharmaceutical company, is using cannabinoids to create medicines that treat diabetes, inflammatory diseases, and other cardiovascular conditions. Check The Tower for more information:


Meanwhile, scientists at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have been conducting a study on the effects of cannabis on cancer cells. Their findings indicate that “cannabinoids specifically inhibit cancer cell growth and promote cancer cell death.” It’s too early to draw conclusions from this data, but there is certainly reason to be optimistic. Leafly has more:



Nevada Lawmakers Visit Colorado Cannabusinesses

As Nevada considers legal recreational cannabis, a delegation of state leaders headed to Denver to learn about the consequences of regulation. Colorado has become a laboratory for other states, such as Vermont, who are contemplating a policy change and regularly opens industry doors in order to educate others about cannabis, responsibility, and revenue. The Nevada group met with Colorado lawmakers and toured several cannabis businesses, including Medicine Man’s 40,000-square foot grow, and seemed to come away with a favorable impression. USA Today has complete coverage:



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