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Federal ban on marijuana has created ‘regulatory vacuum’ says new study

Reliance on the Controlled Substances Act has led to “patchwork” of state cannabis regs that, if successful, could redefine federal oversight powers

U.S. medical marijuana laws are like snowflakes — no two state regulatory regimes are exactly alike.

A “regulatory vacuum” has resulted from marijuana’s Schedule I status, according to a new study conducted by Temple University researchers. While the resulting “patchwork of regulatory strategies” is hindering full understanding of the potential benefits and harms of cannabis for medical uses, it could provide a chance to redefine federal oversight of research efforts, according to the study.

“If we’re serious about marijuana as a therapy, as a drug, if we mean it’s medicine, then we need to do research on it. We need to do trials,” said Scott Burris, director of Temple’s Center for Public Health Law Research. “Until the federal government drops it from Schedule I, we’re going to be (researching) this with our scientific and regulatory hands tied behind our back.”

Disparate state medical marijuana laws should be considered a call to action for the federal government to weigh in on the topic beyond the Controlled Substances Act, he added.

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California Treasurer on Cannabis Banking: “There May Be Some Magic in Our Efforts”

In December, 2016, California State Treasurer John Chiang created a cannabis banking working group of members who hail from business and government – Lori Ajax, chief of the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation; David Haithcock, executive director of the California Community Banking Network; Courtney Jensen, California and Nevada Credit Union League and 13 others – that just wrapped up their fifth meeting since their first meeting on December 19th in Sacramento.

A sixth meeting is planned in August in Los Angeles.

The topic? Banking in general, and California’s increasingly important role as one of the largest states to have legalized both medical and recreational cannabis, and the first state with perhaps the right catalyst for getting the federal government to act.

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Marijuana farmers market shut down in Humboldt County, California

“If you’re selling cannabis right now, you fall under the dispensary ordinance,” Planning and Building Director John Ford said. “The dispensary has to be within a building. It requires brick and mortar.”


A medical marijuana farmers market held several times since March 2016 and planned for this Sunday was canceled after the Humboldt County Planning Department sent a cease and desist letter.

Planning and Building Director John Ford said that the event, known as the Casual Crop Exchange, held at Trim Scene Solutions in Redway was violating the county’s cannabis dispensary ordinance because it involved cannabis sales.

“If you’re selling cannabis right now, you fall under the dispensary ordinance,” Ford said Friday afternoon. “The dispensary has to be within a building. It requires brick and mortar. It requires a permanent location. To do it without a permit is not legal.”

Ford said his department sent the cease and desist letter on June 13 after it received a complaint, though Ford said he did not have specific information on the complaint available at the time.



Bevin and Beshear ask judge to dismiss medical marijuana lawsuit 




Quality, Safety, Transparency…

Maine Professionals for Regulating Marijuana (MPRM) is a coalition that supports robust regulation of legal medical and adult use marijuana.

We are a collection of Maine professionals who advocate for quality, safety and transparency in the marijuana industry in Maine.

Despite the adjournment of the full legislature, the MLI Committee continues to forge ahead with its agenda. For the remainder of July, the committee will continue to meet two to three times a week to finalize provisions of the expected omnibus bill.

This week, the committee met to discuss tax issues, seed-to-clone tracking, public safety and law enforcement, and general licensing criteria. Next week, the committee will hear from industry expert Andrew Freedman, the former Director of Marijuana Coordination for Colorado, and will discuss cultivation issues for both cultivators and personal use, and will further discuss public safety.

Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter for up-to-date information on committee activity in the coming weeks. If you’re interested in providing testimony or expertise on any of the issues, let us know. You can always contact the members by finding their contact information on the MLIC page.


Card denied: Marijuana advocacy group’s bank account terminated


Marijuana legalization advocate Cher Neufer queued up at a Cincinnati post office in mid-June expecting to mail a t-shirt to a donor.

Instead, she was met with the message every shopper dreads: card denied.

A few phone calls later, Neufer discovered that PNC had closed the account for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana’s Ohio branch without notice, leaving all seven of its regional chapters without access to funds.

Over the next several weeks, Neufer – the organization’s director – approached five banks, including Chase Bank, Huntington and Farmers National Bank, before finding a Wells Fargo branch over two hours from her hometown of Lodi that would accept NORML’s business.

Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program Rule Revisions – July 2017


The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program agencies submitted changes to program rules that are currently pending before the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR). These changes are in response to public feedback obtained during the Common Sense Initiative (CSI) review and the recent public hearings. The CSI and JCARR reviews followed an initial public comment period that took place after presentation to the Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee. The rules are currently slated to be on the JCARR agenda for Monday, July 31 at 1:30 p.m. The rule revisions are posted in the Proposed Rules section under “Control Program Rule Revisions” and can also be accessed here.