Germany to Legalize Medical Cannabis by Next Year

(Photo: metro.co.uk)

(Photo: metro.co.uk)

Germany will legalize will legalize medical cannabis by the end of next year, Federal Health Minister Hermann Gröhe has announced.

The German cabinet agreed Monday to pass a measure to allow the medical use of cannabis for seriously ill patients who have consulted with a doctor and “have no therapeutic alternative,” according to a press release from the Health Ministry.

“Our goal is that seriously ill people are looked after to the best of our ability,” Gröhe said.

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Colorado Legislature Passes Legislation Allowing Medical Cannabis Use in Schools

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Cannabis tincture.

Colorado’s full legislature has given overwhelming approval to legislation that would allow students who are medical cannabis patients to use their medicine while at school. The vote in the House of Representatives was 56 to 9, while the vote in the Senate was unanimous, 35 to 0.

Colorado lawmakers last year passed a measure allowing school districts to create policies allowing the use of medical cannabis on school premises. However, the law didn’t require districts to allow its use, and currently just one school district in Colorado (Falcon School District 49 in El Paso County) has begun the process of enacting a medical cannabis policy.

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Enough Signatures Collected to Put Cannabis Legalization on November Ballot in California

califlagAdvocates of an initiative to legalize recreational cannabis in California for everyone 21 and older have collected over 600,000 signatures, well more than the 365,000 needed to put the measure to a vote of the people this November.

“This November, California voters will finally have the opportunity to pass smart marijuana policy that is built on the best practices of other states, includes the strictest child protections in the nation and pays for itself while raising billions for the state”, says Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, one of the measures most prominent supporters.

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Bill to Defelonize Drug Possession Passed Into law in Maine

MaineLD 1554, a proposal to defelonize the personal possession of drugs such as cocaine and heroin, has been passed into law in Maine. The measure has become law without the signature of Governor Paul LePage.

Under the proposed law, the personal possession of small amounts of drugs such as cocaine, heroin, meth and oxycodone would no longer carry with it a potential felony charge, but instead would be punishable by a much less severe misdemeanor. The vote for the bill in the House of Representatives was 132 to 17, while support in the Senate was unanimous, 35 to 0. It was introduced by Republican Senator Kimberley Rosen, with five bipartisan cosponsors.

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Connecticut Legislature Passes Measure to Legalize Medical Cannabis for Children, Governor to Sign

Cannabis tincture.

Cannabis tincture.

Just a couple days after the Connecticut House of Representatives voted 129 to 13 to pass a bill to legalize the medical use of cannabis medicines for those under 18, the state’s Senate has voted 23 to 11 to pass the same measure. It now goes to Governor Dannel P. Malloy, who introduced the bill.

Under the proposal, children with a wide variety of ailments would be allowed to use non-smokeable forms of cannabis (such as tinctures) for medical use, so long as the child has approval from their parent or guardian and receives a recommendation from a physician and a specialist.

Qualifying conditions include cancer, glaucoma, HIV, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, uncontrolled intractable seizure disorder, cachexia, wasting syndrome, Crohn’s disease, post traumatic stress disorder,irreversible spinal cord injury with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, any terminal illness requiring end of life care and “any medical condition, medical treatment or disease approved for qualifying patients by the Department of Consumer Protection”

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Louisiana Hemp Bill Passed by House of Representatives

12-11-08hempLegislation to establish an industrial hemp pilot program has been given approval by Louisiana’s House of Representatives. The bill’s passage is the first step towards the state’s full acceptance of hemp as a legal agricultural commodity, according to the bill’s primary sponsor, State Representative Jack Montoucet.

House Bill 1085 was given approval on Tuesday with a 67 to 25 vote, sending the measure to the Senate with strong bipartisan support. Specifically, the measure would allow either public higher education institutions or the Department of Agriculture to set up a pilot program to explore whether Louisiana should make hemp cultivation legal for commercial purposes statewide. Montoucret argues that legal hemp cultivation would give farmers another viable option for making a living.

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Alabama’s Full Legislature Votes 124 to 7 to Legalize Medical Cannabis Oil

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Two containers filled with cannabis oil.

Alabama’s full legislature has passed a measure to legalize the medical use of low-THC cannabis oil for those who receive a recommendation from a physician.

The proposal was approved with overwhelming bipartisan support: the vote was 95 to 4 in the House of Representatives, and 29 to 3 in the Senate. The bill now goes to Governor Robert Bentley for consideration.

“This is an opportunity to give some sunlight to families,” said Senator Paul Sanford, who sponsored the bill in the Senate. “They don’t want to feel like criminals, but they know they need to try something like this.”

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Kansas Legislature Passes Bill to Reduce Penalties for Cannabis Possession

Kansas-FlagThe Kansas House of Representatives on Friday gave approval to legislation that would reduce penalties for the possession of cannabis. The measure has already been passed by the state’s Senate with a unanimous 38 to 0 vote, meaning it will now go to Governor Sam Brownback for consideration; the vote in the House was 96 to 23.

Under the proposed law, the first-time possession of cannabis would be reduced to a minor misdemeanor punishable by up to 6 months in jail, down from a serious misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail. Second offenses will be reduced from a felony punishable by up to 3.5 years in prison, to a misdemeanor punishable by a jail term of up to a year. All subsequent offenses would remain felonies.

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Tips and Tricks to Prevent Cannabis Odor

By Robert Bergman, ILoveGrowingMarijuana.com

smellMarijuana has an undeniably, strong, unique smell that anyone can recognize. How many times have you been out and suddenly you were hit with it? I am pretty sure you were 100% aware of what it was you were smelling.

This odor is appealing to some, however, it can completely blow up your spot in the wrong way if the wrong people catch a hint of it coming from your grow room.

With each passing day,  marijuana is becoming more and more popular worldwide as people begin discovering its medical benefits or enjoy it for a real high. We now have more people growing marijuana indoors than ever before so there is a pressing need to help growers learn to cover up the odor these plants give off. The smell while growing marijuana is what makes the practice so risky since the last thing you need is this to get the attention of people living in your area.

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Bill to Study Drug Decriminalization Passed by Full Hawaii Legislature

hawaii2Hawaii’s House of Representatives voted 44 to 6 yesterday to pass a bill that would study the potential decriminalization of drug possession. The measure has already been passed by the full Senate; it does not need approval from the governor to take effect, as it’s a concurrent resolution

HCR 127 directs the state’s Legislative Research Bureau to “conduct a study on the feasibility and advisability of decriminalizing the illegal possession of drugs for personal use in Hawaii” so that it would “constitute an administrative or civil violation rather than a criminal offense.” Unfortunately the bill was amended in the Senate so that the study will only examine the potential decriminalization of offenses that “pertain to the illegal possession of a harmful drug, detrimental drug, marijuana or marijuana concentrate.” This dis-includes most Schedule 1 and 2 drugs such as psilocybin, LSD and cocaine.

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Poll: Strong Majority of Utah Residents Support Legalizing Medical Cannabis

utahThe vast majority of those living in Utah support the move to legalize the medical use of cannabis, according to a new poll commissioned by UtahPolicy and conducted by Dan Jones & Associates.

According to the poll, 66% of those in Utah support legalizing medical cannabis – given it’s prescribed by a doctor – with just 28% opposed to the move. 5% of those in Utah have either no opinion on the issue, or have yet to make up their mind about whether or not they support allowing cannabis to be used medicinally.

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Over $37 Million in Legal Cannabis Sold on 4/20 in the U.S.

money2There was $37.5 million spent on the legal purchase of cannabis and cannabis products on April 20 this year, a roughly 30% increase from April 20 of last year. April 20 (4/20), of course, is the unofficial cannabis holiday, celebrated by cannabis consumers and supporters worldwide.

According to MJ Freeway, which tracks the legal cannabis industry in the United States, the sales figures were compiled through an analysis of 40% of the cannabis retail market.

“As the leading provider of cannabis software solutions, MJ Freeway has the largest and most representative retail data in the cannabis industry”, says Jessica Billingsley, MJ Freeway’s COO. “We have an unmatched vantage point from which to view trends and changes in the industry.. This data is a powerful tool for understanding real-time cannabis industry changes and for predicting future trends.”

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Legislation to Legalize Hemp Given Approval by Missouri Senate Committee

Sprouting hemp plants.

Sprouting hemp plants.

Missouri’s Senate Agriculture, Food Production and Outdoor Resources Committee has given approval to House Bill 2038, a proposal to legalize the cultivation and production of industrial hemp.

The measure, introduced by Representative Paul Curtman, would remove hemp as a controlled substance, instead designating it as an agricultural crop. The bill was given approval earlier this month by the state’s House of Representatives with an overwhelming 123 to 29 vote.

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Connecticut House of Representatives Passes Measure to Legalize Medical Cannabis for Children

medcanConnecticut’s House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to expand the state’s medical-cannabis program – established in 2012 – to include those under the age of 18.

Under the proposed law, which now heads to the Senate for consideration, it would allow children with seizure disorders such as epilepsy and other severe neurological conditions and terminal illnesses to use non-smokeable forms of cannabis such as tinctures for medical use, given their child receives a recommendation from their physician and a specialist (such as a neurologist), and has approval from their parents or legal guardians.

The measure was passed overwhelmingly, 129 to 13.

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Bill That Would Remove Criminal Penalties for Cannabis Possession Passed by New Hampshire Committee

newhampshireNew Hampshire’s House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee voted 12 to 7 on Tuesday to approve an amended version of Senate Bill 498, a sentencing discretion bill that was amended to also decriminalize the possession of up to a quarter ounce of cannabis.

Under the approved amendment, the possession of up to 7 grams of cannabis would be punishable by a civil infraction, with no possibility of arrest or a criminal charge. Under current law the possession of even a gram of cannabis is punishable by a misdemeanor and up to a year in jail.

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