‘Safer’ marijuana, less expensive, more accessible, legal for medical use
Chattanooga, Tennessee (CNN) — “Safer, more affordable, more access,” that is the mantra being used to push Tennessee marijuana dispensaries to open their doors to patients and the public.
A new study finds that the state’s new medical marijuana law, which takes effect in March, will have little effect on the amount of marijuana in the market.
The new study from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and the University at Buffalo also found that Tennessee’s new marijuana law is a significant factor in the price of pot, which has gone up about 50% from what it was just two years ago.
The study, published in the journal Addiction, looked at a variety of retail prices and sales, including prices for medical marijuana and wholesale prices, to see how marijuana prices change during a year in which the medical marijuana program is open.
While the study found that the medical pot program has made a significant impact on the market, it is not enough to determine the cost of the state medical marijuana laws.
The researchers found that because there is so much variation in marijuana prices, it will be difficult to accurately predict how much a consumer is paying for marijuana.
The study’s authors, Dr. Andrew Tash, professor of public health at the University College of New Jersey, and Dr. Matthew O’Donnell, assistant professor of sociology at the university, say that the price increases were the result of factors that could have occurred during the implementation of the medical-marijuana law.
They said it’s important to look at how much people are paying and how much of that comes from other factors, like retail prices.
They also said the state of Tennessee needs to understand how much it is costing to produce medical marijuana.
In the study, Tash and O’Brien looked at prices of medical marijuana at a number of dispensaries throughout the state, including at dispensaries owned by three medical-law organizations, as well as at wholesale prices of marijuana from one retailer.
The price of marijuana produced by each dispensary was compared to retail prices for other recreational marijuana.
They found that when medical marijuana dispensaries are in the process of opening, prices are lower than they would have been if the dispensaries had not opened.
The researchers found, for example, that prices at one dispensary in Nashville, Tenn., are more than four times the retail prices of the same amount of medical-quality marijuana in Tennessee, and prices at two dispensaries in Knoxville, Tenn.
are about 10 times the prices in Tennessee.
In other words, the prices of those dispensaries are almost double what they would be if they had not been opened.
Other findings from the study showed that in 2015, prices at the same number of dispensary locations were about four times what they were in 2016.
But, in 2019, prices were less than half of the price they would normally be if the businesses were not operating.
The price of recreational marijuana has gone from about $40 to $60 per gram, and the retail price has gone to about $50 per gram.
The state’s medical marijuana dispensary regulations prohibit medical marijuana retailers from charging higher prices than they charge retail marijuana stores, and it is illegal for dispensaries to raise prices more than 30% above the retail average.
But in Tennessee there are still many dispensaries that are operating, selling recreational marijuana to the public and selling marijuana to licensed patients.
In addition, medical-pot patients are not allowed to buy recreational marijuana in retail stores.
For more than two years, a number toggles between the two types of stores, with medical-legal marijuana dispensaries selling to the general public and retail stores selling to people with medical conditions.
The current medical-possession law allows medical-only dispensaries, which are licensed to sell recreational marijuana, to sell to the people with prescriptions.
Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery and the state Senate passed the law last summer to legalize medical marijuana in 2015.
That legislation also made it illegal for medical-medication-only shops to increase prices.
The state medical-laboratories and the medical board of trustees, which regulate medical-home care in Tennessee and determine whether people can get prescriptions for medical drugs, also voted last year to allow marijuana dispensaries and other medical-treatment-only businesses to operate.
The medical board, however, voted in May to allow the medical dispensaries and medical-care providers to operate without the requirement that they be registered as dispensaries.
They are allowed to sell pot and other products to patients.
The Tennessee General Assembly passed a bill in June that would allow the state to open its medical marijuana programs to the adult-use recreational market, but it would still require that the dispensaries operate as medical-practice-only or retail stores, as the state has for the past several years.
The bill also would make it easier for people to buy marijuana online through a state-run online pharmacy, and would allow doctors to prescribe medical marijuana if they can obtain a doctor’s recommendation.
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