Friday, April 26, 2019

Thank You For Your Support

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Running a non-profit is a lot of hard work everyday.  PAN is not supported by any large donors, but we piece it together with many small contributions from patients, advocates and providers like yourself.  We can’t do it without you.

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Monday, April 08, 2019

PAN Medical Cannabis News Digest - Spring 2019

Patient Advocacy Network Medical Cannabis News Digest – 

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Medical Cannabis News Around California

California’s Cannabis Marketplace is a Mess. Here’s How to Fix It

Lawmakers look to slash cannabis taxes

Judge halts licensing process for 7 commercial cannabis businesses in San Bernardino

Prosecutors Move to Clear 54,000 Marijuana Convictions in California

More Than 9,300 Marijuana-Related Convictions Will Be Expunged in San Francisco

Los Angeles Set to Reduce or Expunge 50,000 Marijuana Convictions

Medical Cannabis News Around The U.S.

Medical Marijuana ‘Can Help Everyone,’ Says Director at Maryland Cannabis Facility

Teen Pot Use Fell in States That Legalized Medical Marijuana: Study

Veterans urge Congress, VA to catch up on expanding access to medical marijuana

NFL Considers Options for Medical Use of Marijuana

Arizonans Consumed 61 Tons of Medical-Marijuana Products in 2018 – a Record High

Arkansas approves 32 medical marijuana dispensaries in state

Smoking medical marijuana is now legal in Florida

Georgia bill seeks in-state cultivation, sale of medical marijuana

Hawaii opens medical marijuana registration to visitors

Kentucky - Smoking a joint opened gateway for Republican on medical marijuana

Medical marijuana approved by Kentucky House panel. More legislative hurdles remain.

Here’s why medical marijuana in Louisiana still isn’t available

Medical Marijuana Sales Slump In Maine

Medical cannabis is a high priority in Md. Legislature

Caregiver-produced medical marijuana recalled in Michigan

Minnesota medical marijuana program nearly doubled in 2018

Missouri gets ready to grow medical marijuana

More than 400 file to grow or sell medical pot in Missouri

Montana legislature takes up revisions to medical marijuana law

New Mexico raises cap for medical marijuana producers

North Dakota’s First Medical Cannabis Dispensary Is Open for Business

Medical marijuana means new education for Ohio law enforcement

Ohio Sold $75,000 Worth of Medical Marijuana on Its First Legal Day

More than 100 medical marijuana dispensaries have opened in Tulsa

Rhode Island demand for medical marijuana skyrocketing

New bill would expand medical cannabis use for Texans

Utah medical marijuana proponents say patients running into trouble with police, prosecutors under new law

New bill would double number of medical cannabis dispensaries in Virginia

West Virginia Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Banking Bill

Wisconsin Governor Puts Marijuana Decriminalization And Medical Cannabis In Budget

New governor of the US Virgin Islands signs bill legalizing medical marijuana

International Medical Cannabis News

After A Decade Of Testing, Israeli Medical Cannabis Comes To The US

Israel - Ex-police chief takes post pushing medical cannabis worldwide

Uruguay Betting on Exports of Medical Marijuana

Medical cannabis is now in the UK, but nobody can get a prescription

UK receives initial ‘bulk’ shipment of medical cannabis

Cyprus legalises medical cannabis

Medical cannabis imports allowed only through orphan drug center

Growing our own: Inside an Australian medical cannabis farm

First medical cannabis clinic opens in the UK

Germany cautiously embraces medical cannabis regulation


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Thursday, April 04, 2019

California Cannabis Bill Watch – Spring 2019

Final Regulations for cannabis businesses were released earlier this year, but there may be more changes coming.  Below are some of the bills being watched by the California cannabis industry this legislative session.  

AB 1530 reverses the policy adopted by the BCC allowing cannabis deliveries anywhere in the state regardless of local bans. This bill states that a ‘local jurisdiction may adopt an ordinance or resolution that permits, restricts, limits, or bans the delivery of cannabis or cannabis products to a location within its jurisdictional boundaries.’  PAN supports statewide delivery as an option for patients.  The bill would also establish a grant program to expand enforcement against unlicensed cannabis businesses and increase consumer education.

PAN is closely following these tax bills:

SB 34 is the re-filed ‘Compassionate Care’ bill that was vetoed by then Gov. Brown last year.  This amended version now called ‘Cannabis Donations’ exempts from the use tax cannabis products expressly intended for compassion programs.  Strict track and trace measures will apply.  

AB 286 is the ‘Taxation: cannabis’ bill and is currently in the Assembly Revenue & Taxation Committee. This bill is intended to offer temporary relief to cannabis businesses by lowering the excise tax from 15 to 11%, and eliminating the cultivation tax until July 1, 2022.  The bill also requires reports from the various departments involved on licensing and tax revenue numbers to measure the bill’s success. The legislature wants to see if lowing taxes gets more people to apply for licenses and gets more customers to the regulated shops.  

AB 37, the ‘Personal income taxes: deductions: business expenses: commercial cannabis activity’ bill would help offset the federal 280E tax burden by allowing business deductions in California’s personal income tax for state-licensed cannabis businesses.  The bill’s authors address tax equity for licensed cannabis businesses.

Other bills that would help cannabis businesses:

AB 1420 prohibits state regulators from raising application and licensing fees past what is already established.  The nice part of this bill is that it lists every fee for every license type together in one section.

SB 51 allows for the establishment of “cannabis limited charter banks and credit unions” to serve the cannabis industry.

AB 1525 codifies that financial institutions such as banks and credit unions that work with licensed cannabis businesses are not in violation of state law.

SB 67 extends temporary business licenses until the end of 2019, for those that have already submitted Annual License Applications.

AB 953 allows licensees to pay state and local taxes with a cryptocurrency method called “stablecoin.”

Some proposed inventory, track and trace changes:

AB 1288 requires additional sales data be uploaded into California’s track-and-trace system, specifically the date of every sale and whether each sale was conducted at a shop or via delivery.

SB 475 allows the sharing of free-trade samples of cannabis products between licensees exempt of the cultivation tax.

To look up and track any of these bills, visit
and type in the bill number.

To find your California representatives, visit

Constituents can contact their representatives by phone or by using the contact page on the representative’s website to SUPPORT or OPPOSE any of these bills.

Contact PAN if you have any questions about contacting your elected representatives. Your voice matters.