Oklahoma Governor Signs Medical Cannabis Bill Into law

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has signed into oklahomalaw legislation to legalize the medical use of low-THC cannabis oil.

House Bill 2835 allows those with certain medical conditions who receive a recommendation from a physician to possess and use cannabis oil, given it has no more than 0.3% THC (tetrahydrocannabinol).

Last year Oklahoma lawmakers passed a bill legalizing medical cannabis oil for those with epilepsy; House Bill 2835 expands this law to allow those with intractable nausea and vomiting, lack of appetite due to conditions such as cancer, and spasticity issues due to Multiple Sclerosis and paraplegia to use the medicine.

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Macedonia to Have Legally Available Medical Cannabis by Month’s End

Macedonia's flag.

Macedonia’s flag.

Macedonian Health Minister Nikola Todorov has announced that medical cannabis will be legally available in pharmacies across the country by the end of this month, the Chinese news outlet Xinhua reports.

Todorov told reporters that amendments to the Law on Control of Drugs and Psychotropic Substances have made the use of cannabis products for medicinal purposes possible for “people suffering from serious illnesses, such as malignant diseases, multiple sclerosis, HIV and childhood epilepsy.”

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Colorado City Giving $1.5 Million of Cannabis Tax Money to the Homeless

In an example of how taxes on legal cannabis sales can be used to help society and those in it, the Colorado city of Aurora has announced that out of the $4.5 million in taxes they’ve garnered from legal cannabis sales, they plan to put $1.5 million of it into services, programs and organization that help the homeless.

The decision was made during a recent meeting by the Aurora City Council, where they decided where to allocate the tax funding from cannabis sales.

Of the $1.5 million planned for homeless services, $220,000 will go to Colfax Community Network, a nonprofit organization that provides homeless families with basic living supplies such as toiletries, clothing, food and baby supplies.

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Legislation Legalizing Medical Cannabis Takes Effect Tomorrow in Pennsylvania

medical-marijuana-630Legislation to legalize medical cannabis was signed by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf last month, and tomorrow (May 17th) it becomes law. Senate Bill 3 makes Pennsylvania the 24th state in the U.S. to allow the medical use of cannabis, when not counting laws that only allow for the use of cannabis oil. The law was passed by the state’s legislature with a combined 191 to 53 vote.

Senate Bill 3 legalizes the use of cannabis and cannabis products for those who have a qualifying condition and receive a recommendation from a physician; qualifying conditions include cancer, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, PTSD, seizures, autism, sickle cell anemia, and intractable pain.

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Poll: 55% of Maine Voters Support Initiative to Legalize Cannabis on November Ballot

Marijuana_Plants-3An initiative to legalize recreational cannabis for everyone 21 and older in Maine was recently placed on this November’s ballot, and according to new polling voters are prepared to pass the measure into law.

According to the poll, conducted by Critical Insights and commissioned by the Marijuana Policy Project, 55% of voters in Maine support the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol initiative to legalize cannabis, which recently qualified for the November ballot despite being initially denied by the state (something a judge overruled); just 41% are opposed.

When asked; “regardless of how you feel about this specific initiative, do you favor or oppose taxing, regulating and legalizing marijuana for adults?”, support rose by 4%, with 59% in support to 35% opposed.

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Indonesia Is Preparing to Execute More than a Dozen People for Drug Crimes

By Samuel Oakford, Vice News

Indonesian police at the ferry crossing for the prison island of Nukaskambanang, March 2015 (Photo by Darren Whiteside/Reuters)

Indonesian police at the ferry crossing for the prison island of Nukaskambanang, March 2015 (Photo by Darren Whiteside/Reuters)

Indonesia is quietly preparing to execute 15 death row inmates, including 10 foreigners jailed for drug crimes, according to local media accounts, lawyers and activists. The group reportedly includes Chinese and Pakistani nationals, and inmates from three African countries: Nigeria, Senegal, and Zimbabwe.

Last year, the government of President Joko Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, executed 12 foreign citizens and two Indonesians for drug crimes, sparking international outcry and leading several countries to withdraw their ambassadors from Jakarta. The state has executed no people since then, but media reports in recent weeks suggest that officials are once again preparing firing squads on the penal island of Nusakambangan.

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Maryland Governor Signs Bill Allowing Dentists, Nurses and Midwives to Recommend Medical Cannabis

(Photo: THCFinder.com)

(Photo: THCFinder.com)

Legislation (House Bill 104) to greatly expand the type of healthcare professional that can legally recommend medical cannabis to patients has been signed into law by Governor Larry Hogan. The measure was passed by the Senate last month 36 to 10, which followed an 110 to 21 vote in the House of Representatives in February.

Under the new law, midwives, nurses, dentists and foot doctors will be allowed to certify patients to legally use medical cannabis. Under current law, that authority is restricted to physicians. The law was introduced by Delegate Dan K. Morhaim (D-Baltimore City).

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Colorado: Over a Quarter Billion Dollars in Legal Cannabis Sold in First 3 Months of 2016

cannabismoneyThere was over $270 million in legal cannabis sold in Colorado in the first three months of the year, according to the state’s Department of Revenue. At this rate, there will be roughly $1.1 billion sold throughout 2016, an $100 million increase from 2015, and a $400 million increase from 2014.

In March, the most recent month where sales data is available, there was $55 million in recreational cannabis sold, and $33 million in medical cannabis sold. This marks a 30% increase from March of last year.

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Louisiana House Approves Medical Cannabis Measure

The bill would make Louisiana the 25th state in the nation — and the first state in the South — to adopt a comprehensive medical cannabis law; Governor John Bel Edwards has indicated he will sign the bill if given the chance

louis2The Louisiana House of Representatives, in a 62 to 31 vote, approved a bill on Wednesday that would make the state the 25th in the nation — and the first in the South — to adopt a comprehensive law allowing for the medical use of cannabis. The measure has already been approved by the Senate, but will return for a concurrence vote before being sent to Governor John Bel Edwards, who has indicated he will sign the bill once given the chance.

“We commend House members for approving this sensible and compassionate legislation,” says David Brown, president of Sensible Marijuana Policy for Louisiana. “We hope the Senate will quickly concur. Many patients have been waiting a long time for this, and some can’t wait much longer.”

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New Study: CBD Prevents and Reverses Antipsychotic-Induced Catalepsy

New research published by the U.S. National Institute of Health, and published in-print by the journal Behavioural Brain Research, has foundbigstock-marijuana-12446021-300x200 that cannabidiol can attenuate catalepsy induced by haloperidol, and can prevent it if taken prior to the use of haloperidol.

Catalepsy is a trancelike state marked by loss of voluntary motion, sensations and consciousness accompanied by rigidity of the body, and haloperidol is an antipsychotic used to treat certain medical conditions such as Tourette syndrome and bipolar disorder.

“Given that CBD reduces psychotic symptoms without inducing extrapyramidal motor side-effects in animal models and schizophrenia patients, it has been proposed to act as an atypical antipsychotic”, states the study’s abstract. “In addition, CBD reduced catalepsy induced by drugs with distinct pharmacological mechanisms, including the typical antipsychotic haloperidol”

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New Hampshire House Votes 289 to 58 to Decriminalize Cannabis Possession

cannabisjointandbudIn a 289 to 58 vote, New Hampshire’s full House of Representatives has passed an amended version of a bill (Senate Bill 498) that would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of cannabis. The long-debated bill now moves to the Senate.

Under the proposed law, the possession of up to a quarter ounce of cannabis (seven grams) would no longer be a criminal penalty punishable by a misdemeanor and up to a year in prison. Last month the full House of Representatives voted to decriminalize twice this much – half an ounce – though that proposal was killed in the Senate.

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AAA Study: Cannabis Driving Limits Have No Basis in Science

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The non-profit American Automobile Association was founded in 1902.

There is no scientific basis for establishing specific limits on the amount of THC an individual can have in their system while driving, a new study from AAA (American Automobile Association) has found.

“There is understandably a strong desire by both lawmakers and the public to create legal limits for marijuana impairment in the same manner we do alcohol,” Marshall Doney, AAA president and CEO, told the Associated Press. “In the case of marijuana this approach is flawed and not supported by scientific research.”

According to the study, a blood test threshold for THC is not scientifically possible, and could lead to the potential prosecution and imprisonment of unimpaired drivers. Despite this, several states have THC driving limits, including Washington and Colorado where cannabis is legal for everyone 21 and older.

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Ohio House Passes Medical Cannabis Legalization Legislation in 71 to 26 Vote

Medical MarijuanaHouse Bill 523, a legislative proposal to legalize the medical use of cannabis medicines, has been given approval by Ohio’s full House of Representatives. The vote was 71 to 26.

The bill, which now moves to the Senate, would make the possession, use and retail distribution of cannabis and cannabis products legal for those who receive a recommendation from a physician. Smoking cannabis would remain prohibited – something which has rightfully drawn the ire of medical cannabis advocates and potential patients – though vaporizing would be allowed, as would consumption through edibles, tinctures and other methods such as topicals.

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Lawmakers in Orlando, Florida Pass Cannabis Decrim Bill, to Take Effect October 1st

denvermariA bill to establish a ticket for the possession of up to 20 grams of cannabis has been passed by the City Council of Orlando, Florida (4 to 3). The proposal is supported by Mayor Buddy Dyer and Police Chief John Mina.

Under the new law, which will take effect on October 1st, law enforcement will have the option of issuing an $100 civil citation (ticket) for those caught possessing up to 20 grams of cannabis if it’s their first offense; the ticket would be $200 for second offenses, and $500 for subsequent offenses.

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Signatures Submitted to Place Medical Cannabis Legalization Initiative on Missouri Ballot

namNew Approach Missouri has submitted roughly 260,000 signatures on their initiative to legalize medical cannabis, well more than the 167,000 needed to place the measure on this November’s general election ballot.

Under the proposed law, the medical use of cannabis would be legal for those with a variety of conditions – such as cancer, epilepsy, PTSD and migraines – given they receive a recommendation from a physician. Patients would be allowed to possess at least up to six ounces of cannabis (more if suggest by a physician), and cultivate up to six cannabis plants. The measure would also legalize state-licensed cannabis cultivation centers and dispensaries.

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