Medical Cannabis Bill Passes in New Zealand

On December 11, 2018, nearly a year after it was first introduced, New Zealand’s Parliament passed the Misuse of Drugs (Medical Cannabis) Amendment Bill on its third and final reading. With a vote of 63 in favor and 53 against, the bill was backed by the Labour, New Zealand First and Green Party. It received…

Voters Approve Medical Cannabis in Utah, Compromise Bill Will Replace It

On election day, Utah surprisingly passed Proposition 2, the Medical Marijuana Initiative, with nearly 53% of people voting in favor of the measure. However, before residents even headed to the polls, a compromise bill to replace Prop 2 was already in the works. And during a special session of the state’s legislature on Monday, December…

Adult Use Cannabis in Michigan Approved by Voters

During the November election, 56% of voters passed Proposal 1 making adult use cannabis in Michigan a reality. Spearheaded by the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, the effort to pass the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act (MRTMA) started with 277,370 certified voter signatures that got the proposal on the midterm ballot. What…

Medical Cannabis Makes Its Way to Eastern Europe

In October, medical cannabis in Lithuania was legalized by the country’s Parliament. While it will not go into effect until May of 2019, it will allow doctors to prescribe cannabis to treat a number of conditions. The legislation is expected to be officially signed into law by the country’s president, Dalia Grybauskaite. Medicine Man Technologies…

Medical Cannabis in the UK Inches Forward After Controversy

Drug policy reform in the United Kingdom is notoriously slow, more or less non-existent, which makes its most recent steps forward highly surprising. While change only came about after a public backlash over the confiscation of legally obtained CBD oil for a 12-year-old boy with severe epilepsy, medical cannabis in the UK is now available…

Northern Mariana Islands Legalizes Cannabis, Makes History

On September 21, 2018, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) became the first U.S. territory to legalize adult use cannabis through legislative action rather than a public ballot vote. Considering this group of small islands in the Pacific has a Republican-controlled congress and governor, Medicine Man Technologies was surprised to see such sweeping and…

Country of Georgia Legalizes Cannabis Consumption

Consumption of cannabis in Georgia, former member of the now-dissolved Soviet Union, was officially legalized in July after a ruling by the country’s Constitutional Court. This follows a 2017 decriminalization decision that abolished harsh punishments for cannabis use. At Medicine Man Technologies, we agree that it’s a step in the right direction though broader reform…

Illinois Expands Medical Cannabis with Opioid Alternative Pilot Program

On August 28, Governor Bruce Rauner signed Illinois Senate Bill 336 into law, establishing the Opioid Alternative Pilot Program. This legislation enables doctors to prescribe medical cannabis for patients with conditions that would typically qualify for opioids such as Vicodin, Oxycontin or Percocet. Here’s why Medicine Man Technologies sees the passing of SB 336 as…

Cloning Cannabis: Purchasing vs. Creating

When cultivating cannabis, preserving the genetics of a high-yield, a high-quality strain not only makes sense but can save you time, even money. Cloned plants tend to grow a bit faster, flower earlier and can even produce a solid harvest earlier than cannabis plants grown from seeds. Now, there are two methods for sourcing clones.…
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