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New Jersey medical marijuana panel proposes 43 conditions

New Jersey’s Medicinal Marijuana Review Panel has recommended that the state’s health department add 43 conditions to the list of illnesses that would qualify patients to receive medical cannabis cards.

Many of the suggested additions are variations of the same condition, Philly.com reported. For example, there are several categories of chronic pain, anxiety, migraines and fibromyalgia, among others.

Other conditions recommended by the panel include arthritis, autism, asthma, opiate-use disorder and irritable bowel syndrome.

New Jersey currently has 12 qualifying conditions, including terminal cancer, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, Crohn’s disease, glaucoma and the

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Gaming industry seeks clarity on handling cannabis-derived money

Nevada marijuana business owners pay attention: The gaming industry has appealed to the U.S. Treasury Department for clarity on how casinos should deal with money connected to the cannabis sector.

The American Gaming Association sent a letter to federal regulators asking for guidance in a situation where cannabis is federally illegal but legal in certain states, the National Law Journal reported.

According to the letter, the discrepancy “continues to present complexities and challenges for many types of financial institutions, including casinos.”

Casino owners are seeking advice on how to handle high-rollers who are gambling with money

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Week in Review: Hawaii MMJ sales are near, Florida’s patient growth rate & New Jersey’s final license

By John Schroyer, Bart Schaneman and Omar Sacirbey,

Hawaii approves its first medical marijuana testing lab, Florida’s MMJ program adds 10,000 patients in less than two months, and New Jersey awards its final dispensary license.

Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

Hawaii closer to MMJ sales

Hawaii is inching closer to medical cannabis dispensary sales with the news this week that the state’s first testing lab, Steep Hill Hawaii, has received provisional certification to begin operations.

Although regulatory hoops remain for the lab – and dispensaries and

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Delaware awards fourth medical marijuana business permit

Citing increasing demand for medical marijuana, Delaware officials have awarded a fourth MMJ production and distribution license, surpassing the three permits mandated by the state’s 2011 law.

But the most recent – given to New Jersey-based Compassionate Care Research Institute (CCRI) – was awarded without the competitive bidding process the state used in choosing the first three licensees, the News Journal reported.

State law allows the Division of Public Health to award MMJ business licenses “to at least three of the highest-scoring applicants” in the previous bidding process, according to the newspaper.

CCRI applied for permits in

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Manitoba MMJ firms urge province to give locals a role in rec market

Manitoba’s medical marijuana businesses want to ensure that local MJ businesses get a crack at participating in the province’s emerging recreational cannabis market.

MMJ retailers and licensed producers (LP) in Winnipeg are urging the provincial government to adopt a “made in Manitoba” business model to prevent large, established MJ companies from monopolizing the market after the planned legalization of adult-use cannabis next summer, CBC News reported.

The request came after Manitoba’s government reached out to potential cannabis producers and retailers as it considers how adult-use marijuana should be produced, distributed and sold in the province.

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Minnesota medical cannabis market opens to PTSD patients

Minnesotans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder are now permitted to start buying medical marijuana from the state’s dispensaries, potentially providing a boost to the state’s sluggish MMJ program.

Minnesota approved PTSD as a new qualifying condition late in 2016, but patients weren’t permitted to obtain medical cannabis to treat the illness until Aug. 1.

Despite the addition of the illness to Minnesota’s list of qualifying conditions, only 105 patients with PTSD had started or completed the registration process in the month leading up to legal sales, according to state data.

Last summer, patients suffering from chronic

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Florida issues two more medical marijuana licenses 

Florida has licensed two more medical marijuana treatment centers.

Plants of Ruskin and 3 Boys Farm – both based in Ruskin, Florida, have received their letters of approval, a health department spokeswoman said.

The businesses won an administrative challenge in May when a judge ruled that the winning nursery in the region should have been ineligible due to ownership changes.

The Florida legislature approved the issuance of 10 new licenses by the end of the year as part of a bill implementing rules for the state’s MMJ constitutional amendment.

Three more licenses are expected to be issued soon and the

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Arkansas medical cannabis trade group creates physician locator

In an effort to help Arkansas medical marijuana businesses drum up patients, the state’s cannabis industry trade association has compiled an online map listing doctors in the state who are willing to write MMJ certifications.

The Arkansas Cannabis Industry Association created the map, which currently includes nine doctors, according to Fort Smith TV station KFSM.

An Arkansas cannabis advocate emphasized that the physicians on the list won’t write MMJ recommendations but merely will certify that a patient meets one or more of the state’s 18 qualifying conditions to use marijuana.

Arkansas officials have estimated that 20,000-40,000

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Judge allows case with ex-execs at marijuana firm Vireo to proceed

A Minnesota judge has given the green light green light for an interstate marijuana smuggling case to move forward.

Judge Kathleen Mottl denied legal motions filed on behalf of two former employees of Vireo Health – a multistate medical marijuana producer – seeking the dismissal of criminal charges in the illegal cannabis transportation case, The Journal News of New York reported.

The case could be groundbreaking, as it involves one of the largest state-licensed marijuana companies in the nation and comes at a time when federal cannabis policy is in flux.

The judge

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Maryland rejects special session to boost medical cannabis diversity

Presiding lawmakers in Maryland’s General Assembly have rejected a request from black lawmakers to hold a special legislative session that would have tried to address allegations that African-Americans and other minorities are not fairly represented in the state’s new medical marijuana industry.

Instead, Senate President Thomas Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch said they would support “emergency legislation” to expand the marijuana industry when lawmakers reconvene for their annual legislative session in early 2018, the Baltimore Sun reported.

Miller had floated the idea of a special session earlier this year, but that idea died when Busch had

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