Online Medical Marijuana Evaluations Via Telemedicine – when a viral pandemic yielded smart government policy

In the Summer of 2015, a small Colorado-based group of trail blazers in the medical cannabis space launched Telerecs.com, Colorado State’s first and only online medical marijuana evaluation platform. Popularity of the service soared. Patients were intrigued by the ease of access; especially those living far away from MMJ evaluation centers or those with debilitating conditions for whom it was difficult to get around in the first place. Each day, more and more patients were flocking to the platform with virtually zero advertising; word of mouth alone drove the popularity and immediately proved the concept that this completely unmet demand […]

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Can You Fly with CBD?

If you are a person who uses cannabidiol (CBD) products and also one who travels, you may have questions concerning the rules and regulations regarding bringing cannabis hemp derived CBD products with you when you fly. Although laws are constantly changing, it’s best not to assume anything but rather know what the rules are so that you can avoid any unpleasant surprises the next time you go through security at an airport. The TSA’s Rules for FLying with CBD If you are flying with CBD products in your possession, you need to know the rules. As of May 2019, if […]

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Gov. Polis Unveils Cannabis Banking Guide

Governor Unveils Marijuana Banking Guide to Help Banks Work with Cannabis Companies Ever since medical marijuana became legal, banking has been a challenge for cannabis companies because of Federal regulations and restrictions regarding cannabis banking. Since marijuana legalization in Colorado, cannabis companies have had to operate as cash-based businesses as access to credit card processing systems for the marijuana industry is prohibited, making them targets for thieves and even resulting in employees being killed in robberies. Gov. Polis has unveiled a banking guide to allow these businesses to utilize banking services within the state, making it easier for them to […]

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New Colorado Marijuana Laws in Effect for 2020

New 2020 Colorado marijuana laws taking effect in January will see marijuana hospitality establishments and medical marijuana delivery becoming a reality for the Centennial State. Governor Jared Polis signed House Bill 1230 to regulate the social consumption of marijuana stating, “Up until this bill, there’s been no way to have safe public consumption”. Colorado marijuana dispensaries can now apply for an on-site tasting room license comparable to the one local breweries use. Other businesses such as restaurants, music venues, art galleries, hotels, yoga studios and more can apply for private consumption licenses and limited pot sales. The new law also […]

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Out of State Investors Now Able to Join Colorado Cannabis Industry

People and companies interested in Colorado marijuana investing can now join the Colorado cannabis industry, whether they are located in the state or not. Former Governor John Hickenlooper vetoed similar legislation in 2018, but a bill was signed in May 2019 that will allow outside investors to infuse cash into the Colorado marijuana market as of November 1st. Some investors wasted no time jumping in. Within the first month of this law taking effect, cannabis consulting firm Medicine Man Technologies out of Denver announced more than $300 million in acquisitions, including a chain of local dispensaries known as Strawberry Fields. […]

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Medical Marijuana for Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a complex eye condition in which the optic nerve becomes damaged over time. This serious medical condition can reduce peripheral vision and lead to blindness if untreated. Glaucoma is characterized by elevated pressure within the eye; this elevated eye pressure (intraocular pressure or IOP) can be relieved by cannabis use, but the benefits are short lived. The American Glaucoma Society, American Academy of Ophthalmology, and the Canadian Ophthalmological Society do not recommend marijuana or other cannabis products for glaucoma. Since effective treatment of this eye condition requires constant management of IOP, marijuana is not a viable option, as […]

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Corporate Gentrification: New Obstacle for the Cannabis Industry

In May of 2019, Colorado state governor and entrepreneur, Jared Polis, participated in the 72nd General Assembly alongside his fellow legislators. Taking the major forum as an opportunity to establish himself and his political stances, Polis, as well as his party members, made it a point to deliver on promises of change via new and impactful legislation. In this effort, Polis addressed and ratified laws pertaining to a wide variety of state issues, ranging from early education to LGBT+ issues to the structure of the cannabis trade. Among Polis’ new array of legislation, one bill, in particular, is sure to […]

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England and Wales to Allow Cannabis-Based Medicine

November 2019 saw another landmark decision in MMJ legalization when the National Health Service gave the green light to cannabis-based medicine in England and Wales. Northern Ireland will consider the issue on a case by case basis, while Scotland will adhere to its own system. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), which provides guidance on health care matters in the United Kingdom, outlined the parameters for when such treatment would be appropriate. The pertinent medical conditions include childhood epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and chemotherapy-induced vomiting and nausea. According to the new guidelines, the initial cannabis prescription must be […]

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Colorado Courts Deciding Details of Restricting MMJ use While on Probation

In 2015, House Bill 15-1267 was passed allowing medical marijuana patients the right to use MMJ on probation in Colorado, if the crime committed was not related to marijuana. Prior to the passing of this law, medical marijuana patients faced a difficult choice; give up their MMJ doctor’s recommended cannabis treatment or face a probation violation. The new law was supposed to provide a black and white answer on the question of using medical marijuana on probation in Colorado, but in the intervening years the issue has become unclear, with questions and arguments over the burden of proof required, as […]

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How to get a medical marijuana card in Colorado

There are several steps involved in getting a medical marijuana card in Colorado, and with the Medical Alternatives Clinics team by your side, we make the process fast and easy. Overall, there are 4 general steps in the process: Check if you qualify See a licensed physician Submit your application online Print your card! Below are the details behind each step.   Step 1 – Check if you qualify Colorado recognizes the following conditions as qualifying: Cancer Glaucoma HIV or AIDS Cachexia Persistent muscle spasms Seizures Severe nausea Severe pain Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) An Autism Spectrum Disorder Any […]

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