Missouri Grants Medical Marijuana Licenses

According to the Associated Press Missouri health officials on Friday posted the list of recipients of the first 192 licenses to operate medical marijuana dispensaries, “bringing the state closer to joining the many others that allow at least some form of marijuana use.”

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is giving 24 licenses in each of Missouri’s eight congressional districts. Officials say recipients were the top-scoring applicants that met the program’s eligibility requirements., and the state received nearly 1,200 applications for dispensary licenses.

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Study Finds Marijuana Helps Those with Chronic Pain Sleep

Marijuana use is associated with improved sleep in those with chronic pain, according to a new study published in the journal BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care. For the study researchers examined the association between sleep problems and marijuana use in those 50 and older who are chronic pain patients. 128 patients took part in the study: 66 of these had used medical marijuana for at least a full year, with 62 being non-users.

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Study Examines “Encouraging” Evidence on Medical Marijuana Treating Psychiatric Disorders

Marijuana may be use “in the treatment of a range of psychiatric disorders”, according to a new study published in the journal BMC Psychiatry. The study is titled “Medicinal cannabis for psychiatric disorders: a clinically-focused systematic review.”

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Hemp Legalization Bill Filed in Idaho, Committee Votes to Approve Hearing

Legalization to legalize hemp was filed this week in the Idaho Legislature by sponsor State Representative Dorothy Moon (R). The Senate Health and Welfare Committee quickly voted to clear the way for a public hearing.

According to the Associated Press, the legislation aims to align state law with federal law contained in the 2018 Farm Bill, changing Idaho law to allow the growing and selling of hemp products containing 0.3% or less of THC. Moon said the legislation has an emergency clause that would allow Idaho farmers to grow hemp this year if signed into law.

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Mexico Senate Announced Draft Marijuana Legalization Bill

Mexico Senate published a draft of legislation that would legalize marijuana, including allowing marijuana retail outlets to sale the plant to anyone 21 and older.  The proposal was put forth by members of the justice and health committees. The Senate hopes to debate and pass the legislation during its next session, according to a High Times report, which will take place from February to April.

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Italy’s Supreme Court Rules Personal Marijuana Cultivation Legal

In a decision that has massive, long-lasting implications Italy’s Supreme Court has ruled that growing a small amount of marijuana for personal use is legal.

As reported by Reuters, the Court of Cassation decreed that the crime of growing narcotic drugs should exclude “small amounts grown domestically for the exclusive use of the grower”.

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Touretty Syndrome Patients Report Subjective Benefits From Marijuana Use, Finds Study

Marijuana use is associated with subjective benefits in patients with Tourette Syndrome (TS), according to a new study published in the journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research. The study is titled Treatment of Gilles de la Tourette Syndrome in cannabis-based medicine: Results from a retrospective analysis and online survey.

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North Dakota Governor Pardons 16 Cannabis Convictions, Potentially Thousands More Coming

North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum announced on Friday that he has officially pardoned 16 people convicted of low-level marijuana crimes. The Associated Press is reporting that these are just the first wave in what may be thousands under a new policy the first-term Republican said gives former offenders a second chance.

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