Medical Marijuana and Cannabis News

California medical marijuana distributor sentenced to 22 years gets 8-year reduction
Friday, April 18, 2014 at 12:20 pm

The ringleader of a huge, Southern California medical marijuana distribution network has won a whopping 94-month reduction in his punishment, according to federal court records reviewed by our friends at the OC Weekly.

In July 2013, U.S. District Court Judge James V. Selna sentenced John Melvin Walker to a term of 262 months in prison, but this week amended the punishment to a term of 168 months for the conspiracy and efforts to evade federal tax obligations.

Wisconsin Governor signs limited CBD bill into law
Friday, April 18, 2014 at 10:20 am


Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker gave final approval to a bill that legalizes cannabis-derived CBD oil for children and adults suffering from severe seizure disorders. Sort of.

Patients don't actually get any access to the oil that many have found relief from using until doctors petition the feds for access. Read on for more.

Federal charges against ten more in Michigan caregiver case brings total to 37
Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 11:20 am


Federal officials have now brought charges against ten additional people in Michigan for allegedly using the state medical marijuana program as a front for illegal sales and cultivation, bringing the total number of people "busted" in the sting to 37.

According to the feds, the group called themselves the Medical Marijuana Team and was growing in multiple small towns in the western part of the state as caregivers for medical marijuana patients.

Illinois medical marijuana program rule change would allow gun ownership
Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 10:20 am


An updated set of rules for the fledgling medical marijuana program in Illinois that amend unpopular regulations approved in February are expected Friday, including restoring gun-owner rights at the state level and setting state application fee requirements.

The rule-changes came after the department received hundreds of letters from the public with concerns.

Colorado recreational sales down, medical sales and patient numbers rise in February
Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 8:20 am


It's been three-and-a-half months since the start of recreational cannabis sales in Colorado, but recent stats show that medical marijuana sales still far outpace recreational sales -- even with a patient base of fewer than 114,000 people.

Retail sales tax collected in the state in March for retail cannabis sales was about half that collected from medical sales, according to Colorado Department of Revenue data. Medical marijuana sales were somewhere around the $35 million mark, while retail sales totaled about $15 million.

Federally-funded study conducted by addiction specialists shows marijuana may damage youth brains
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 12:20 pm


A federally-sponsored study on the harms of marijuana found - surprise! - that marijuana is harmful to the brains of youth who smoke it, even casually.

Yes, a Northwestern University School of Medicine study funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Office of National Drug Control Policy found that marijuana use physically alters brain structures. The study didn't examine whether or not those changes caused any decline in the brains of users, but that didn't stop them from making that connection.

Montana attorney fighting to uphold state ban on caregiver limitations, retail medical marijuana sales
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 10:20 am


Back in 2011, the state of Montana saw a pretty big backlash against medical marijuana patients, caregivers and collectives and state lawmakers approved a ban on the small commercial medical cannabis industry and limited caregivers to three patients. Thankfully those laws were blocked in favor of the medical marijuana industry on appeal, however the state Supreme Court overruled that decision and has forced the judge in the case to reexamine his ruling.

Yesterday an attorney representing patients and collectives argued that the restrictions should remain blocked and that the proposed rules would keep patients from accessing something the state has deemed legal.

Colorado medical marijuana activists appeal to state Supreme Court to make medical marijuana use a right
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 7:20 am

Colorado Supreme Court courtroom.

A group of Colorado activists have filed a request with the Colorado Supreme Court to consider the rights of patients when they review -- once-and-for-all -- whether or not medical marijuana patients have a right to use cannabis and whether or not the federal controlled substances act supersedes state medical marijuana laws.

It's a complicated matter that has arisen several times, though most recently it stems from the 2012 drug-test-failure firing of a paraplegic DISH Network employee who was licensed by the state of Colorado to use medical cannabis.

Another survey says Minnesotans want medical marijuana
Monday, April 14, 2014 at 8:20 am

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A bill that would legalize marijuana for medical use has been debated and tweaked since it was first introduced late last spring. But the one thing that's held steady is popular support.

Further proof came last week when KSTP-TV released the results of polling conducted through SurveyUSA. The research firm asked 543 registered voters whether medical marijuana should be legal and found overwhelming support: 68 percent of Minnesotans said yes and 24 percent said no.

Public Health Commissioner testifies against Minnesota medical marijuana bill
Friday, April 11, 2014 at 10:20 am


The senate version of a bill that would legalize marijuana for medical use in Minnesota got its first hearing Thursday, undergoing two hours of testimony and proving that the issue is not dead. Time ran out before members of the Health, Human Services and Housing Committee could vote, but they plan to resume discussion when they return from Easter/Passover break.