Kentucky Governor Signs Medical Cannabis Bill Into Law

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has signed Senate Bill 124 into law, legalizing cannabidiol (a non-psychoactive cannabis compound)plant for medical purposes.

Under the new law, which was approved unanimously by the Kentuck’ys House and Senate, universities in the state with a school of medicine will be authorized to produce and distribute the cannabis extract cannabidiol to qualified patients who receive a recommendation from one of the university’s physicians. The measure would also allow anyone enrolled in an FDA trial (two such trials were approved by the FDA last year) to be legally treated with cannabis oil. Read the rest of this entry »

U.S. Sentencing Commission Unanimously Votes To Shorten Prison Sentences for Drug Offenders

The United States Sentencing Commission (USSCvoted unanimously this week to reduce sentences for the majority of federalussc drug trafficking defendants. The move will effect up to 70% of all federal drug offenses, reducing the sentence by an average of 11 months per case.

Unless Congress votes to stop the amendment, it will go into effect on November 1st. Attorney General Eric Holder recommended that the commission vote in favor of the move. Read the rest of this entry »

Hemp Legalization Measure Unanimously Passed by Tennessee Senate

In a unanimous vote, Tennessee’s Senate has voted to pass House Bill 2445, a measure to legalize hemp. The proposal has already passed the full18-hemp House of Representatives, and now heads to the governor for consideration.

Under the proposed law, those who become licensed with the state’s Department of Agriculture would be legally allowed to cultivate and sell industrial hemp. The bill is sponsored by Representative Jeremy Faison and Senator Frank Nicely. Read the rest of this entry »

Colorado Makes $3.2 Million in Tax Revenue on Legal Cannabis in February

Legal cannabis sales has earned the State of Colorado over $3 million in tax revenue for the month of February alone. This numbercannabismoney represents an increase of roughly $300,000 from the tax revenue earned by the state in January.

Of the $3.2 million collected, $1.43 million came from a special 10% sales tax on recreational cannabis, with $438,253  coming from the state’s standard 2.9% sales tax.

The states 2.9% sales tax on medical cannabis produced $1.02 million in tax revenue in February. Read the rest of this entry »

Hemp Bill Signed Into Law by Nebraska Governor

Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman has signed Legislative Bill 1001, a proposal to legalize the cultivation of hemp for research purposesnebhemp, into law. The measure takes immediate effect.

Under the new law, the University of Nebraska and the state’s Department of Agriculture can now legally cultivate hemp for research purposes. Given the federal government recently legalized hemp research in states that have done the same, Legislative Bill 1001 is in compliance with federal law. Read the rest of this entry »

Uruguay to Allow Prisoners to Use Medical Cannabis

Uruguay will now allow prisoners in the nation to use medical cannabis to improve their physical or mental health if they have or receive a doctors’ orders, according to Julio Calzada, Secretary General of Uruguay’s National Committee on Drugs. 

Uruguay's flag.

Uruguay’s flag.

Uruguay will also be incorporating medical cannabis into their country’s public health system alongside acupuncture and homopathic remedies, according to social development minister Daniel Olesker. Read the rest of this entry »

Missouri Medical Cannabis Bill Passes House Committee Unanimously

A proposal to legalize cannabis extracts for medical purposes has been passedmedicanna with a unanimous vote by Missouri’s House General Laws Committee.

Under the proposed law – House Bill 2238 – the state’s Department of Agriculture would be authorized to produce, manufacture and distribute cannabis extract that’s low in THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and high in CBD (cannabidiol). Those who receive a recommendation from a neurologist would be allowed to possess up to 20 ounces of cannabis extract. Read the rest of this entry »

Maryland Governor to Sign Cannabis Decriminalization Measure Into Law

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley has announced that he will sign legislation to decriminalize cannabis. The proposalmarylandSenate Bill 364 - was approved by the state’s Senate today with a 34 to 8 vote, just days after the House approved the same measure.

“As a young prosecutor, I once thought that decriminalizing the possession of marijuana might undermine the public will necessary to combat drug violence and improve public safety,” Governor O’Malley said in a statement. “I now think that [it] is an acknowledgment of the low priority that our courts, our prosecutors, our police and the vast majority of citizens already attach to this transgression of public order and public health.”  Read the rest of this entry »

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