North Carolina Marijuana News

The next state to legalize marijuana for adults may well be Pennsylvania, where two top state lawmakers introduced a bipartisan legalization bill on Wednesday.

Past proposals to legalize in the state have stalled in the Republican-controlled state legislature. This latest proposal, introduced by state senators Shari Street (D-Philadelphia) and Dan Laughlin (R-Erie), is bipartisan.

It would legalize adult-use cannabis for adults 21 and over, decriminalize a yet-to-be-determined amount of marijuana, and could raise as much as $1 billion in tax revenue for the state, the pair said in a statement.

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In 1974, High Times published its first marijuana centerfold in its Fall issue, only the second edition ever of the groundbreaking magazine covering all things cannabis. Depicting a 20-pound brick of Colombian pot on a white silk sheet, the image was the first in a series of iconic marijuana photographs that continues to this day. Since that popular debut, cannabis photography has advanced, both technically and artistically, with the launch of myriad other publications dedicated to the plant. And with the flood of cannabis marketing brought about by legalization coinciding with explosive growth in social media, a new day has dawned in the era of weed porn.

Photographer Curtis Taylor (Instagram: @curt_ice) got his first dose of cannabis photography as a boy growing up in Oklahoma. For him, the images in the issues of High Times he found on supermarket magazine racks hinted at a different world far away. So, when he found himself as an adult working in Portland’s legal cannabis industry, those images were still burning in his mind.

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The Alabama state Senate approved a bill to legalize the medicinal use of marijuana on Wednesday, after spending only about 15 minutes to debate the measure. The bill, SB46, was approved by a vote of 21 to 10. The legislation must also be passed by the Alabama House of Representatives and signed by Republican Gov. Kay Ivey to become law.

Under the measure, physicians would be permitted to recommend cannabis for their patients with one of more than a dozen serious medical conditions including seizures; spasticity associated with certain diseases or spinal cord injuries; anxiety or panic disorder; and terminal illnesses. Qualifying patients with a doctor’s recommendation would receive a medical marijuana identification card from the state.

The bill would also establish a state Medical Cannabis Commission, which would be tasked with issuing licenses for the cultivation, processing, distribution, transporting, lab testing, and dispensing of medical marijuana. The commission would also maintain a seed-to-sale tracking system to monitor the production, distribution, and sale of regulated cannabis products.

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The medical marijuana products permitted by the measure are tightly controlled. Oral tablets and tinctures, topicals, transdermal

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Cassville Dispensary, a patients-over-profits model medical cannabis dispensary in southwest Missouri, gave out over $34,000 in discounts to patients in need in 2020. The dispensary provides relief to low-income patients, veterans, senior citizens, terminally ill, and special circumstance patients through a variety of programs to help make their cannabis medicine affordable.

Dr. Lisa Roark, MD, owner and medical director of Cassville Dispensary, said, “My dream was to open a medical cannabis dispensary that would take care of patients over everything else. This shows the hard work and dedication of all of our staff at the dispensary and how much we care about our patients. I’m incredibly proud of the work we are doing.”

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Cassville Dispensary was one of the first medical cannabis dispensaries open in the state of Missouri. The dispensary opened to the public on September 28 and began carrying cannabis THC products on October 29.

Cassville Dispensary General Manager Charlea Estes-Jones said, “With only being open with cannabis products beginning October 29, we are incredibly proud of the discounts we’ve been able to provide patients on top of our already low prices. Over $34,000 in just over two months of

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The marijuana business has been booming in Arizona especially after the legalization of pot. While many Maricopa County dispensaries are expanding, and hiring more staff, in some rural parts of Arizona that is not the case.

ABC15 has learned that thousands of medical marijuana cardholders are still struggling to get access to the products, almost ten years after it was legalized. That is because dispensaries that once held licenses in these areas have closed up shop and moved to more populated communities. Several years later, the state has still not opened up the application process to allow prospective business owners to apply for licenses to establish new dispensaries in these communities.

Ivan Riesgo used medical marijuana oils and topicals for back and knee pain. What was once a 5-minute drive to the dispensary had now turned into an almost hour-long drive to Tucson, to get access to his choice of medicine, for his pain and discomfort.

In other parts of Arizona like La Paz, Greenlee, and Apache counties, cardholders were driving 2-3 hours to get to the closest dispensary.

“We are talking about veterans, we are talking about people with cancer, people with other disabilities, and they have

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GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The company that held the first sales of recreational marijuana in Michigan is opening its first dispensary in Grand Rapids.

On Friday, Feb. 26, Exclusive Brands will hold a grand opening for its dispensary and medical marijuana provisioning center at 2350 29th St. SE

The cannabis retail store, which will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, is the sixth recreational dispensary to open in Grand Rapids.

“We are very excited to announce the opening of this new retail store location in Grand Rapids and to work with the local community on helping with the economic rebound in a troubling time — and on new social equity programs and other initiatives,” Narmin Jarrous, chief development officer at Exclusive Brands, said in a statement.

“For Exclusive Brands, our role in helping and contributing to the local community is always our top priority, and we’re excited to open up access to top industry brands like Kushy Punch and Platinum Vape.”

Exclusive Brands has two other dispensaries in Michigan — one in Kalamazoo and another in Ann Arbor. The Ann Arbor location held the first sales of recreational marijuana in Michigan in December 2019.

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New Jersey this week became the latest northeast state to legalize marijuana for adult use, joining Massachusetts at the New York border.

Advocates hope this will New York to follow suit after the measure has stalled for years in the state Legislature. 

“The fact the governor signed it immediately, basically, I think should push New York to passing our own legalization bill this year,” said Melissa Moore of the Drug Policy Alliance. 

But there could be major differences between the two states’ laws, skewing what would be competing markets as cross-border sales are inevitable. 

“Broadly speaking at a very high level, they’ll be quite similar,” said Jennifer Cabrera, an attorney with Vicente Sederberg, a firm that has helped shape marijuana legalization laws and regulations. “When you look at the details, not all that similar.”

New Jersey’s law has taken an even more serpentine path than the debate across the river. Voters last year approved of the move through a constitutional referendum, and a series of measures were approved in the Legislature, culminating with “clean up” bill approved this week by Gov. Phil Murphy. 

Both states will likely have limits on where retail outlets can be placed and social equity funds

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Surterra Wellness—a Florida-based marijuana company with a dispensary in Austin— launched its line of cannabis-infused edibles in the Lone Star state at the end of January, in hopes of providing their patients with increased amounts of THC in a less intimidating form, said president of Surterra Texas Marcus Ruark.

One of the state’s three dispensaries is now offering medical marijuana in the form of gummies.

Surterra Wellness — a Florida-based marijuana company with a dispensary in Austin — launched its line of cannabis-infused edibles in the Lone Star state at the end of January to provide patients with increased amounts of THC in a less intimidating form, said Marcus Ruark, the company’s president.

“Gummies are a popular dosing form in medical markets across the United States and we thought it would be beneficial to bring it to patients here,” Ruark said.

Ruark said the gummies contain terpenes, a naturally occurring compound in the cannabis plant that provides a variety of therapeutic benefits. They also give medical marijuana users a new way in ingest THC. For some, the flavors make it an easier option, Ruark said.

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Space Coast area residents will now have access to premium medical cannabis therapies and customer care that is unrivaled. We are proud to bring new jobs and contribute to the growth of Merritt Island’s vibrant business community

Verano Holdings Corp. (CSE: VRNO) (“Verano” or the “Company”), a leading multi-state cannabis operator, today announced the upcoming opening of its newest MÜV™ Dispensary located at 925 N Courtenay Pkwy, Merritt Island, Florida. It is scheduled to open February 27, 2021 at 10am-ET (pending all required approvals).

Verano’s 31st MÜV Medical Cannabis Dispensary in Florida is conveniently located central to the Kennedy Space Center, Cocoa Beach, Port Canaveral and Interstate 95.

“Space Coast area residents will now have access to premium medical cannabis therapies and customer care that is unrivaled,” said John Tipton, President of Verano. “We are proud to bring new jobs and contribute to the growth of Merritt Island’s vibrant business community.”

During the opening, staggered over three-days (Feb.27-Mar.1) for crowd mitigation, all licensed Florida medical cannabis patients will receive a one-time use only, one per patient, 25 percent off their entire first purchase. Patients are also encouraged to order at

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Verano now has four MÜV™ Dispensaries in northeast Florida. The new Merritt Island location is just 15 miles south of the Kennedy Space Center

CHICAGO (PRWEB) February 25, 2021

Verano Holdings Corp. (CSE:VRNO) (“Verano” or the “Company”), a leading multi-state cannabis operator, today announced the upcoming opening of its newest MÜV™ Dispensary located at 925 N Courtenay Pkwy, Merritt Island, Florida. It is scheduled to open February 27, 2021 at 10am-ET (pending all required approvals).

Verano’s 31st MÜV Medical Cannabis Dispensary in Florida is conveniently located central to the Kennedy Space Center, Cocoa Beach, Port Canaveral and Interstate 95.

“Space Coast area residents will now have access to premium medical cannabis therapies and customer care that is unrivaled,” said John Tipton, President of Verano. “We are proud to bring new jobs and contribute to the growth of Merritt Island’s vibrant business community.”

During the opening, staggered over three-days (Feb.27-Mar.1) for crowd mitigation, all licensed Florida medical cannabis patients will receive a one-time use only, one per patient, 25 percent off their entire first purchase. Patients are also encouraged to order at muvfl.com for express pickup or delivery.

Deemed an essential service during the pandemic, Verano’s MÜV Dispensaries have been busier

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