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Oklahoma voters legalized medical marijuana just a few months ago, but the state has already issued licensed to thousands of patients and hundreds of businesses.

According to a recent tweet by the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA), the state has issued medical marijuana licenses to over 12,200 patients since the application process opened in late August.

In addition, the state has issued (as of November 11) licenses to 651 medical marijuana dispensaries, 1060 marijuana cultivators and 277 companies intending to process marijuana products. In total the OMMA has issued over 14,000 medical marijuana licenses.

“Thanks to the hard work of our Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) project team, we have been able to meet the required timelines of SQ 788 and provide a system that will efficiently provide for the processing of applications,” says Interim State Health Commissioner Tom Bates. “It has taken many long hours and great coordination between partners to reach this benchmark and we could not have accomplished our work without the help and expertise of the Office of Management and Enterprise Services and our software vendor, Complia Government Solutions.”

For the full text of Oklahoma’s new medical marijuana law, click here.

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Norman Reedus, who plays the motorcycle-riding, crossbow-wielding badass Daryl Dixon in AMC’s television series The Walking Dead, is kickstarting his second fundraising drive for children who use medical cannabis. After raising money for pediatric cancer patients with the CannaKids organization in early 2017, Reedus is now collecting donations for another non-profit, Saving Sophie, that works with children and adult cancer and epilepsy patients who use medical cannabis.

‘Walking Dead’ Star Norman Reedus Is Back in the Fight Against Pediatric Cancer

Running through the end of November, Saving Sophie is holding a fundraising raffle for The Walking Dead memorabilia signed by Norman Reedus. Each raffle ticket costs a minimum of $5, but participants can donate as much as they would like. Saving Sophie plans to use the money to enroll more patients in their medical cannabis research program and to expand pediatric and adult cancer research at a southern California university (TBA). Currently, Saving Sophie’s research team has 4 children and 4 adults enrolled in their cancer study. These 8 cancer patients use cannabinoid therapies alongside doctor-prescribed treatments like radiation and chemotherapy. The organization is raising funds to enroll more patients into the research program.

Saving Sophie got its start thanks to the

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Less than four months after voters in Oklahoma legalized the use of medical marijuana, more than 12,000 patients have been approved for licenses by state regulators. Nearly 2,000 more licenses have been issued to cannabis businesses, according to a tweet from the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA).

As of November 11, OMMA had issued 12,281 licenses to medical marijuana patients. Another 76 licenses were approved for patient caregivers. The agency has approved licenses for 651 medical marijuana dispensaries, 1,060 cannabis cultivators, and 277 processors of medical marijuana products. In all, OMMA has already approved 14,345 license applications.

It appears that even more applications for medical marijuana applications are yet to be processed by the state. OMMA also reported in its tweet the total number of applications the agency has received. So far, applications from 16,640 patients, 148 caregivers, and 2,221 businesses have been filed. Data on any license applications that may not have been approved was not provided.

Business Applicants Info Posted Online

Security concerns were raised by applicants for medical marijuana business licenses when their addresses were posted online by OMMA on October 31. OMMA communications manager Melissa Miller said that the agency was required to release the information.

“We were

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You can’t take the hippie out of Joy Beckerman. The Hemp Industries Association (HIA) president became a canna-activist in Grateful Dead parking lots in the early ’90s. “I learned about the social and political injustice of marijuana and of industrial hemp on Grateful Dead tour,” she tells Freedom Leaf.

With her busy schedule, Beckerman doesn’t have the time to attend Dead & Company shows these days, though she did go to the Fare Thee Well concerts in 2015. She has a trade organization to run and presentations to make. Just days before this interview, Beckerman spoke to a large group of attendees at the CannaGather event in New York. At warp-speed, she discussed every aspect of hemp, from science to laws to investment possibilities.

Several days later, Beckerman tells me why she decided to make hemp her life’s work. “If you’re going to be a professional, you’re going to have to specialize and serve your clients and the needs of building either the hemp economy or the marijuana economy appropriately,” she says. “I chose the former.”

Back in her Deadhead days, Beckerman opened a hemp store, Heaven on Earth, in Woodstock, NY. She proudly recalls that “we got a cease-and-desist

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Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker of Jackson County, Missouri announced on Tuesday that her office would no longer prosecute most cases for possession of marijuana. The change in policy comes one week after voters in Missouri approved a constitutional amendment legalizing the medicinal use of cannabis in the midterm elections. The county of nearly 700,000 residents in western Missouri includes Kansas City, the state’s most populous municipality.

Baker said in a press release that voters had not taken their responsibility lightly, approving Constitutional Amendment 2 while rejecting two other measures she characterized as “lesser proposals.”

“Voters were discerning in considering the issue,” Baker said.

Broad Support For Medical Marijuana

Amendment 2 received the approval of two out three Missouri votes statewide. Support for the initiative was even higher in Jackson County, with three out of four voters giving the nod to the measure. The amendment legalizes the medical use of marijuana in the state and sets a 4 percent tax on cannabis sales. Revenue generated from taxes generated by medical marijuana sales will be spent on health services for veterans.

Baker said that the broad support for Amendment 2 was a factor in her decision to end prosecution for marijuana possession. She

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On Tuesday, Green Thumb Industries Inc. (GTI) finalized a deal to acquire 100 percent of Integral Associates, Nevada’s top cannabis company. The move marks a major expansion for the Chicago and Vancouver-based GTI. Integral will bring onboard its operational capacity, distribution and, crucially, its significant retail footprint in Nevada. The total value of the transaction is approximately $290 million. $52 million will go to Integrated Associates in cash along with 20.8 million Subordinate Voting Shares of GTI.

Highlights of Green Thumb Industry’s Acquisition of Integral Associates

Beneath its unassuming name, Integral Associates emerged as the leader of Nevada’s rapidly-developing retail cannabis industry. The company owns and operates two cultivation and processing facilities: Desert Grown Farms and Cannabiotix NV, covering 95,000 square feet. Desert Grown Farms has gained recognition for its genetics library that houses more than 100 strains of cannabis. Cannabiotix NV is well-known to High Times readers, having earned multiple High Times Cannabis Cup awards, including a 2018 Flower of the Year award for its Kush Mountain strain.

The acquisition deal also includes the Essence retail brand. Under the brand Essence, Integral Associates owns and operates three nationally-recognized dispensaries, including the first and only dispensary on the Las Vegas

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Studies have shown that cannabis users are less obese than non-users. Scientists are trying to figure out why.

The day cannabis became legal in Canada, media coverage included jokes about grocery stores selling out of Doritos and tales about a plucky Girl Guide selling out of cookies outside of a dispensary. Amusing though they may be, wisecracks about the munchies obscured a much bigger and surprising public health note: Weed might actually help people lose weight.

The relationship between body weight and cannabis use has become clearer only in the last decade. Dr. Yan Le Strat, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Paris, in 2011 published an analysis of two sets of survey data from 2001-03 in the American Journal of Epidemiology. The first came from the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions and included 43,093 survey respondents. It showed that 16.1 percent of cannabis users were obese versus 25.3 percent of non-users. The second set came from a survey by the National Comorbidity Survey–Replication. Of the 9,283 people who responded, 17.2 percent of cannabis users were obese, versus 25.3 percent of non-users.

– Read the entire article at Vice News.

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On October 4, Floyd Landis announced that his Colorado-based cannabis business, Floyd’s of Leadville, was taking on the title sponsorship of Silber Pro Cycling, a Canadian Continental team.

On October 17, Canada enacted Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act, legalizing recreational cannabis use with caveats on how it can be promoted.

As it turns out, these two events may prove to be incompatible.

– Read the entire article at News.

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Recreational marijuana retailers in Massachusetts are slated to open shop in the near future. And with the prospects of legal weed on the immediate horizon, the University of Massachusetts Amherst is spreading the word that weed will not be tolerated on campus.

No Weed at UMass Amherst

Massachusetts is one of the newest states to legalize recreational marijuana. And while there is still no product on shelves yet, things are getting close.

In particular, one of the first weed shops scheduled to open is in Northampton. Importantly, Northampton is located near UMass Amherst. In fact, it’s only a short drive to get from campus to the dispensary.

And that has some school and city officials worried. For starters, local authorities are worried that the roads between Northampton and Amherst will see a huge increase in traffic.

This fear is apparently founded in the idea that there will be so many students traveling to the dispensary that the highways will become congested.

Beyond that, officials at UMass Amherst are making it clear that although recreational marijuana is legal in the state, it is still not allowed on the campus of UMass Amherst.

The university recently launched an aggressive information campaign about

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More fully-licensed cannabis growers and cultivation space are needed to meet a voracious demand for legal marijuana, a spokesman for the industry said last week.

That means more licences for both producers and their grow areas need to be issued by Health Canada, said Allan Rewak, executive director of the Cannabis Council of Canada.

“Absolutely, we need more licensed producers, we need Health Canada to approve more production sites,” said Rewak, adding his group represents 85 per cent of the legal cultivation space in Canada.

“We’re talking to them every day.”

– Read the entire article at Edmonton Journal.

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