To Our Valued Customers, Clients and Communities

At Medicine Man Technologies, we continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely. This is a rapidly evolving situation and, as such, it can cause uncertainty. We wanted to reassure you of our ongoing efforts to protect the safety of our customers, our employees and the communities in which we operate.

While health and safety standards and procedures are followed on a daily basis by Medicine Man Technologies and the businesses we operate, we wanted to make you aware of the extra precautions we’re taking to ensure everyone stays healthy during this time of heightened concern.

Our enhanced safety measures include:

  • Closely and consistently monitoring daily updates and recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
  • We are still operating and ensuring we are meeting the needs of our customers while also implementing measures to ensure our employees are safe and healthy.
  • We have added CDC-recommended cleaning measures targeting high-traffic areas to our current cleaning protocol at all of our business segments – Medicine Man Technologies, Success Nutrients and The Big Tomato.
  • Employees have been provided CDC guidelines about the importance of proper handwashing techniques. Best practices in virus prevention have also been shared, including the need to cover coughs and sneezes and most importantly, to stay home if they or someone in their household are feeling sick.
  • All of our employees have been asked to reconsider nonessential domestic and international business travel. Additionally, for employees that are able to work remotely, we have placed restrictions on in-person meetings, company events, and more.
  • We are encouraging our employees and our customers to follow the CDC’s suggested hygiene practices to reduce the spread of the virus.

Our goal during this time is enact measures to ensure we don’t perpetuate the spread of the virus while minimizing the impact to our customers. Medicine Man Technologies is committed to taking care of our employees, our customers and our communities. On behalf of the entire Medicine Man Technologies team, thank you for the opportunity to serve you.

Thank you,

Justin Dye
Chief Executive Officer, Medicine Man Technologies

Colorado’s Cannabis Laws Are About to Change…Big Time

In November 2012, Colorado residents voted to pass Amendment 64, but now in 2019, we are seeing momentous changes that will play a massive role in evolving the cannabis industry. Let’s take a look at some of the new laws and what that will mean for the state.

House Bill 1230 & 1234

On May 2, HB 1230 was passed through Colorado’s Legislation after The House approved the technical amendments made by the Senate. House Bill 1230 is by far one of the most expansive bills to affect the current cannabis laws.

Under HB 1230, dispensaries would be able to apply for a tasting room license similar to the one used for breweries in Colorado. Businesses such as hotels, restaurants, music venues, art galleries, and yoga studios could apply for private consumption licenses and limited pot sales. However, another component of the bill states that no establishment will be allowed to sell alcohol and allow the use of marijuana.

With the approval of HB 1234, Coloradans will also be able to have cannabis delivered within the next two years. Cannabis delivery will only be for medical marijuana patients to start with, but recreational delivery could begin as early as 2021.

At this point, Governor Jared Polis has not signed either bill yet, though most proponents believe he will provide his official approval. In addition, local governments will have to opt into both programs.

Senate Bill 13

The legislature also passed Senate Bill 13, which is known as the MMJ for opioids bill. If Governor Polis signs the bill, this will allow doctors to prescribe medical marijuana instead of opioid medication which can potentially lead to helping curb Colorado’s opioid epidemic.

An amendment has also been added to the medical marijuana bill that would allow MMJ recommendations from medical personnel with “a valid license to practice within his or her scope of practice.” This will allow physicians, dentists, advanced nurse practitioners, and other advanced healthcare specialists to recommend medical marijuana if it is within their field of practice.

House Bill 19-1090

Although it was passed in May, talks continue in regards to HB 19-1090 which will allow outside investors and publicly traded companies to enter the adult use cannabis market (and hold a license) here in Colorado. By opening this door, supporters state that local companies will have easier access to the funding needed to evolve their businesses and compete within the expanding U.S. cannabis market.

Stakeholders have met to discuss various proposals to shape the details and implementation of HB 19-1090. One area being considered is increasing the amount of securities exchanges open to cannabis companies in Colorado. As for licensing, some workgroup participants want to remove requirements such as applicants showing their last federal income tax return. Others want to go a step further and only require the submission of cannabis-related tax forms and liens. Talks will continue this week.

With Colorado going through many legislative changes that will open the industry to a new level with doctors, recreational use, and out-of-state investors, the Medicine Man Technologies team will be sure to provide updates on the changes in cannabis law.

If you are looking for professional consulting help in regards to the changing Colorado cannabis legal landscape contact Medicine Man Technologies today.

Numerous Bills Passed to Improve Cannabis Laws in New Mexico

Cannabis Laws in New MexicoBack in 2007, New Mexico became the 12th state to legalize medical cannabis and create a sustainable state-wide system. Since its implementation, areas for improvement were identified and House Bill 527 was approved by the legislature in 2017. Although the measure easily passed with bipartisan support, Republican Governor Susan Martinez vetoed the bill once it arrived at her desk.

Fast forward to 2018 and the state’s registry has grown to nearly 60,000 patients. Democrat Michelle Luján Grisham, who supports both medial and adult use cannabis, has taken office as Governor. Changes happen quickly, including Albuquerque decriminalizing the possession of under an ounce of cannabis to a mere $25 civil fine. To improve the shortfall of medical cannabis for the program, a judge removes the 450-plant cap on licensed cannabis producers and the Department of Health ups the count to 2,500.

While the 2018 legislative session ended before a vote on measures to further decriminalize cannabis and regulate adult use cannabis (HB 312), it seems that New Mexico was far from done with improving cannabis laws in New Mexico.

New Laws Approved During the 2019 Session

This year, several bills focused on improving cannabis laws in New Mexico were once again introduced and passed during the legislative session. Governor Luján Grisham is expected to sign them any day, and the new laws will go into effect on July 1, 2019.

Here’s a quick rundown of the bills that were passed to improve cannabis laws in New Mexico:

  • Senate Bill 406 expands the current medical cannabis program to offer treatment for patients who suffer from PTSD, Crohn’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease, sleep apnea, severe chronic pain and more. It also provides legal protection for employees based only on their medical cannabis status and failure to pass a drug test. In addition, SB 406 lifts limits on the percentage of THC and other cannabinoids allowed in commercial products.
  • In tandem to SB 406, Senate Bill 204 establishes rules and guidelines for public schools to store and administer medical cannabis products to students during school hours.
  • Senate Bill 323 was passed to more broadly decriminalize cannabis in the state. It will no longer be a criminal misdemeanor for first-time possession of up to one-half ounce of cannabis which previously carried a possible punishment of up to 15 days in jail. It will be considered a “penalty assessment” subject to a $50 fine. However, multiple offenses and larger quantities will still be punishable with a jail sentence.
  • Finally, House Bill 581 sets out to create a regulatory structure allowing New Mexico to engage in the hemp industry in accordance with the 2018 Federal Farm Act. The framework would cover research, production, testing, manufacturing and the transport of hemp and hemp products.

As for a bill to legalize, regulate and tax adult use cannabis, a narrowly-passed House measure made its way to the Senate during the 2019 session. While it passed one Senate Committee, HB 356 stalled and once it reached the Senate Finance Committee where the Chair, conservative Democrat John Arthur Smith, failed to call the bill for a vote. He stated that an appropriations bill was his committee’s priority.

However, all hope is not lost for cannabis laws in New Mexico. Governor Luján Grisham has already stated that she will place adult use on the agenda for next year’s legislative session.

The Medicine Man Technologies team will be sure to provide updates on New Mexico – stay tuned.

If you wish to start your own legal enterprise in the U.S. or anywhere across the globe, please contact us for private consulting, as well as help with licensing, cultivating, dispensary operations and more.

Texas Looks to Expand & Improve 2015 Compassionate Use Act

2015 Compassionate Use ActIn Texas, the current medical cannabis system is one of the most limited out there. Patients must be permanent residents of the state, and intractable epilepsy is the only qualifying condition. Right now, there are just three dispensaries operating, smoking is outlawed along with home cultivation, and only CBD oils with minimal levels of THC are available for treatments.

As State Senator José Menéndez says, “The current Compassionate Use Act in Texas is worthless. We say to cancer patients, ‘I’m sorry, you’re not worthy of it. HIV patients, sorry. Glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, cystic fibrosis, cerebral palsy, Alzheimer’s, hepatitis C, you name it, you’re just not worthy.’”

New Measures and Potential Hope for Patients

The limitations of the 2015 Compassionate Use Act are finally being addressed by state lawmakers. Its original author, Republican State Representative Stephanie Klick, has now introduced House Bill 3703 to expand qualifying conditions to include broader forms of epilepsy and spasticity, plus multiple sclerosis.

In addition, 12 other bills have been brought to the table during the current legislative session in Texas. Most promising among them are companion bills, SB 90 and HB 209. Authored by Senator José Menéndez and Representative Eddie Lucio III respectively, these measures take things even further than Klick:

  • Qualifying conditions would include autism, Crohn’s disease, PTSD, cancer, HIV, AIDS and more.
  • It would allow doctors to treat medical cannabis as a standard option just like other available medicines as well as recommend it for chronic medical conditions and severe pain or nausea.
  • The measure would raise the low-level THC requirement, currently 0.5 percent per weight.

During the 2017 legislative session, Menéndez introduced a similar bill that failed to receive a Senate committee hearing. Meanwhile in the House, Lucio’s companion bill garnered extensive, bi-partisan support and had 80 co-sponsors, but time ran out before the measure made it to the floor for a vote.

One bill to watch is HB 63, filed by Representative Joe Moody and aimed at decriminalization. If passed, possession of an ounce or less of cannabis would no longer be considered a criminal offense and only be subject to a maximum civil fine of $250. This bill has already received a hearing, but there is no vote yet.

Do These Bills Have What It Takes in 2019?

The 2015 Compassionate Use Act faced fierce criticism and Klick was even booed by fellow lawmakers, so it’s no surprise that these current measures will face an uphill battle. The biggest obstacle will likely be Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick who presides over the Texas Senate and has the power to prevent any bill from reaching the upper chamber for a vote.

In regards to Patrick’s stance on medical cannabis, spokesperson Alejandro Garcia has stated that he is, “strongly opposed to weakening any laws against marijuana [and] remains wary of the various medicinal use proposals that could become a vehicle for expanding access to this drug.”

Some see his stance as out of step with public opinion. In fact, according to a 2018 poll conducted by the University of Texas and Texas Tribune, 84% of Texans support cannabis legalization for certain uses. On the flipside, only 16% want it to remain illegal under any conditions.

According to Menéndez, Democrat and especially Republican supporters of medical cannabis should get in contact with their representatives, as well as Lieutenant Governor Patrick and Governor Greg Abbott. He implored, “Voters who identify as Republicans who agree, which I know there are many, we need to have them reach out to our elected officials and say, ‘Hey, I’m a Republican primary voter, and I need you to get on board with this. This is not a partisan issue. You’re way off base.’”

Because Texas is one of the few states where the legislature only meets every other year, there’s a lot at stake in 2019. If an expansion of the 2015 Compassionate Care Act doesn’t happen now, an opportunity for medical cannabis reform will have to wait until 2021.

Our team here at Medicine Man Technologies will be sure to keep you in the loop.

If you wish to start your own legal enterprise in the U.S. or anywhere across the globe, please contact us for private consulting, as well as help with licensing, cultivating, dispensary operations and more.

South Carolina Compassionate Care Act Could Be Passed in 2019

South Carolina Compassionate Care ActIn January, South Carolina lawmakers, Senator Tom Davis and State Representative Peter McCoy, once again introduced the South Carolina Compassionate Care Act to the General Assembly. While a similar bill was introduced during the 2018 session and passed by several committees, it never made it to the House and Senate floor for a final vote before the legislative session concluded in May of last year.

The Compassionate Care Act would vastly expand upon Senate Bill 1035 which was passed in 2014 but only gave patients with severe and rare forms of epilepsy the legal protection to use CBD oil to control their seizures if a doctor recommended it and other treatments proved ineffective. Known as Julian’s Law, it did not establish any type of infrastructure to dispense medical cannabis. This forced patients, caregivers and parents of minor patients to travel out of state or turn to the black market.

A key advocate of the legislation is the South Carolina Compassionate Care Alliance which was founded by Jill Swing whose daughter suffers from intractable epilepsy and cerebral palsy. Due to the lack of a full-fledged medical cannabis program, she states, “It forces moms like us onto the black market to get medicine for our kids. That’s just not the way you want to access your child’s medicine.”

Swing and her group support, “in-state cultivation and a truly state-regulated product so we will know that it is what it says it is and that it’s grown under specific requirements. We want to know that what we’re giving our children – if nothing else – a safe and consistent product.”

What’s Included in the South Carolina Compassionate Care Act

Like many other medical cannabis programs, patients will need to apply for a registration card through the state’s health department (DHEC). To be approved, they must have at least one qualifying medical condition and a recommendation from their physician with whom they have a bona fide relationship. All patients between 18 and 23 years of age are required to have certification letters from two doctors.

Eligible illnesses include cancer, a neurological disease or disorder, multiple sclerosis, sickle cell anemia, glaucoma, PTSD, cachexia or wasting syndrome, epilepsy, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, conditions causing a patient to be home-bound due to severe or persistent nausea, and terminal illnesses (with less than one year to live). Over time, more conditions may be added by a Medical Cannabis Review Board.

Now, here’s an overview of the program according to the South Carolina Compassionate Care Act in its current form:

  • It would be managed by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and monitored by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED).
  • A Medical Cannabis Review Board would be formed and include representatives from the SLED, DHEC and eight other members chosen by the governor and approved by the state senate.
  • Licensing through the DHEC will be available for 15 cannabis cultivators, 30 processing facilities and 5 testing laboratories. Fees are yet to be determined.
  • The DHEC would also license at least one privately owned dispensary in each county and at most one dispensary for every 20 pharmacies in the state.
  • Dispensaries must not be located within 1,000 feet of a school (specific exceptions apply) and employ a pharmacist, physician assistant or licensed practical nurse.
  • Medical cannabis can be used in forms such as vaporized oil, gel caps, suppositories, patches or topical creams. It cannot be sold or smoked in leaf form and violations are subject to $150 fine.
  • Registered patients and caregivers will be allowed to purchase and possess up to two ounces of dried cannabis (per patient) every two weeks. How that translates to approved products will be determined by the DHEC.
  • Patients and caregivers will not be allowed to grow their own cannabis.
  • Doctors, patients, caregivers, medical cannabis businesses, accountants, lawyers and any other entities associated with the program will have legal protection against arrest or prosecution for activities allowed under the Compassionate Care Act.

With the ban on smoking and a need for young adults to obtain two recommendations, the program has been designed to prevent recreational use of cannabis. According to Senator Davis, “It is, I am confident to say, the most strictly regulated, socially conservative medical cannabis bill in the United States.”

The Final Hurdle and Wildcard, Governor Henry McMaster

At this point, it’s not just lawmakers that are on board with the South Carolina Compassionate Care Act. During the Democratic primary held in June of 2018, voters overwhelmingly approved a non-binding measure allowing doctors to prescribe medical cannabis for their patients. The final vote was 82% in favor.

It appears that the biggest challenge will be Gov. McMaster. At this point, there’s no indication that he would sign a medical cannabis bill into law. In a 2017 interview with ABC Columbia News, he made the following statement, “From what I have learned about, and what I know and what I’ve seen, it’s a bad idea to legalize marijuana. It would hurt the people, particularly the young people.” He also told the reporter that he doubted a medical cannabis bill would ever make it to his desk.

It’s now possible that we’ll see if the governor will change his stance or impede the will of the people. And Medicine Man Technologies will be keeping a close eye on the South Carolina Compassionate Care Act progresses.

If you wish to start your own legal enterprise in the U.S. or anywhere across the globe, please contact us for private consulting, as well as help with licensing, cultivating, dispensary operations and more.


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