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

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. …

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Louisiana Hemp Bill Passed by House of Representatives

Legislation 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 …

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Alabama’s Full Legislature Votes 124 to 7 to Legalize Medical 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 …

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Kansas Legislature Passes Bill to Reduce Penalties for Cannabis Possession

The 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 …

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Bill to Study Drug Decriminalization Passed by Full Hawaii Legislature

Hawaii’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 …

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Poll: Strong Majority of Utah Residents Support Legalizing Medical Cannabis

The 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 …

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

There 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 …

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Legislation to Legalize Hemp Given Approval by Missouri Senate Committee

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 …

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

Connecticut’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 …

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

New 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 …

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Study: Opioid Abuse Rates Lower In Medical Cannabis States

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director Rates of prescription opioid abuse are significantly lower in jurisdictions that permit medical marijuana access, according to data reported by Castlight Health, an employee health benefits platform provider. Investigators assessed anonymous prescription reporting data from over one million employees between the years 2011 and 2015. In states that did …

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Initiative to Legalize Cannabis Placed on November Ballot in Maine

Maine officials on Wednesday announced that an initiative to legalize recreational cannabis for everyone 21 and older has officially qualified for this year’s general election ballot, meaning it will be voted on this November. “This November, Maine voters will have the opportunity to adopt a more sensible marijuana policy”, says David Boyer, Campaign Manager for …

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U.S. Senate Committee Passes Amendment to Prevent Federal Interference with State Hemp Laws

The United States Senate Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Committee has given approval to an amendment that would prevent the federal government from interfering with state laws that allow for the legal cultivation and production of hemp. The amendment, championed by Oregon Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wydnen, was added to a larger appropriations bill. …

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DEA Approves Study of Cannabis in Treating PTSD

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has given approval to a study examining the benefits of cannabis in treating post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). According to the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), who will be conducting the study, the DEA has given them approval to purchase whole-plant cannabis from the National Institute of Drug Abuse, …

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Study: Cannabinoids May Prevent Cartilage Breakdown in those with Osteoarthritis

A new study published in this month’s issue of the journal Molecular Medicine Reports, and published online by the U.S. National Institute of Health, has found that cannabinoids may prevent cartilage breakdown in those with osteoarthritis. According to researchers; “A central feature of osteoarthritis (OA) is the loss of articular cartilage, which is primarily attributed …

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