WA Bill to Allow Medical Cannabis On School Grounds Passes Second Committee With 26 to 6 Vote

A Washington measure that would allow the administration of medical cannabis on school grounds has been approved by its second House committee.

Cannabis tincture.

The House Appropriations Committee gave approval to House Bill 1060 on Friday with a 26 to 6 vote (with 1 voting to pass but without recommendation). The vote comes 18 days after the bill was passed by the House Healthcare and Wellness Committee with a 13 to 3 vote. It’s now been sent to the House Rules Committee where it can be scheduled for a vote by the full House of Representatives.

Under the proposed law, schools would be required to adopt policies that allow for the administration of cannabis-based medicines to qualified patients by a parent, guardian or primary caregiver. The measure specifically covers all “school grounds”, which includes school buses and school-sponsored events.

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Washington Attorney General Vows to Use “Every Tool at His Disposal” if Trump Attacks Legal Marijuana

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson says he will do everything he can to defend the state’s legal marijuana system.

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Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson

“Attorney General Bob Ferguson has vowed to use every tool at his disposal to ensure that the federal government does not undermine Washington’s successful, unified system for regulating recreational and medical marijuana”, his Communication Director Peter Lavallee tells us.

This means potentially filing a lawsuit against the federal government if they decide to attack marijuana businesses or consumers that are following state law (though Lavellee points out that the attorney general’s office doesn’t represent individuals in their legal cases).

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Study: Kids with High Academic Scores More Likely to Use Cannabis, Less Likely to Smoke Cigarettes

New research has found that adolescents with high academic scores are considerably more likely to consume cannabis than those with low scores.

The study was published by the British Medical Journal. According to its abstract, the study’s aim “was to determine the association between childhood academic ability and the onset and persistence of tobacco, alcohol and cannabis use across adolescence in a representative sample of English schools pupils.” Researchers wanted to conduct the study because “Previous research has produced conflicting findings.”

For the study, data from “7 years of the Longitudinal Study of Young People in England (LSYPE)” was used; in total there were 6,059 participants “with information on academic ability around age 11 and health behaviours from age 13/14 to 16/17 (early adolescence) and from age 18/19 to 19/20 (late adolescence).” Researchers used “Self-completion questionnaires during home visits, face-to-face interviews and web-based questionnaires” to determine the results.

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Florida Officials Begin Issuing Medical Marijuana Cards to Patients

Florida’s Office of Compassionate Use has officially started issuing medical marijuana cards to patients and caregivers.

florida medical marijuanaAccording to Mara Gambinieri, spokesperson for the state’s Department of Health, their Office of Compassionate Use began processing patient applications once the state’s new medical marijuana rules took effect on February 19th.

Under the state’s law, those with a qualifying condition who receive a recommendation from a physician to use medical marijuana can apply with the department to do so. Qualifying conditions include HIV/AIDS, cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, chronic muscle spasms, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) and Crohn’s disease.

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South Dakota House Passes Bill to Legalize Hemp

South Dakota’s full House of Representatives has passed legislation that would explicitly legalize the cultivation and production of industrial hemp throughout the state.

south dakota hempThe House voted 51 to 16 to pass the measure, which now goes to the state’s Senate. If approved by the Senate, it would be sent to Governor Dennis Daugaard for final consideration; Daugaard would have the option of signing it into law, allowing it to become law without his signature, or vetoing it. However, the super-majority vote in the House would be enough to override a veto from Governor Daugaard (though the Senate would also need at least 2/3rds support).

If the measure is passed into law, it would allow those who register with the Department of Agriculture to grow industrial hemp. The hemp must contain no more than 0.3% THC; if it contains more than that, it would be considered marijuana and remain illegal.

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Trump Press Secretary Says He Believes We’ll See “Greater Enforcement” of Federal Marijuana Laws

During today’s White House Daily Press Briefing Press Secretary Sean Spicer was asked about marijuana.

During the briefing one of the reporters asked Spicer about how the Trump Administration will handle states that have legalized medical marijuana.

“Medical marijuana, the president understands the pain and suffering that many people go through.. and the comfort that some of these drugs can provide to them,” said Spicer. “There’s a big difference between that and recreational marijuana. When you see something like the opioid addiction crisis blossoming around so many states around this country, the last thing we should be doing is encouraging people … there’s still a federal law that we need to abide by when it comes to recreational marijuana.”

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Quinnipiac Poll Finds 93% of U.S. Voters Support Legalizing Medical Marijuana

A new Quinnipiac University Poll has found that the vast majority of American voters believe that marijuana should be legal, and that the federal government should respect states’ rights.

According to the poll, an overwhelming 93% of U.S. voters believe that marijuana should be legal for medical purposes. A strong, though obviously smaller majority (59%) is in support of legalizing cannabis for all purposes.

The survey also found that 71% of voters (including a majority of Republicans, Democrats, independents, and every age group) oppose the federal government enforcing federal marijuana laws in states where the plant has been legalized.

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New Hampshire Committee Votes to Allow Medical Marijuana for Chronic Pain and PTSD

A legislative committee in New Hampshire has given approval to two bills that would expand the state’s medical marijuana law.

The House Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee voted 12 to 6 to add chronic pain as a condition that qualifies someone to legally use marijuana for medical purposes. The committee also voted to add post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a qualifying condition, though the vote was considerably closer; 9 to 8.

The current list of qualifying medical cannabis conditions in New Hampshire includes:

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Washington House Committee Passes Measure to Legalize Marijuana Deliveries

A House Committee in Washington State has voted with an overwhelming majority to legalize marijuana deliveries by licensed retail outlets.

Marijuana DeliveriesHouse Bill 1712, which was filed by Representative David Sawyer (D) with cosponsor Representative Cary Condotta (R), was given approval by the House Commerce & Gaming Committee last Thursday. The committee voted 8 to 2, with Representatives Andrew Barkis (R) and Bill Jenkin (R) casting the sole “No” votes; Representative Jess Young (R) voted to pass the measure but “without recommendation”.

According to its legislative digest, the proposal; “Creates a marijuana delivery endorsement to a marijuana retailer’s license that authorizes the holder to deliver marijuana products to a person who is at least twenty-one years old at a private residence, hotel, motel, boarding house, resort, hostel, trailer camp, or similar lodging business.”

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Indiana Legislature Passes Bill to Legalize Medical Use of CBD, Now Goes to Governor

Legislation to legalize the medical use of cannabidiol (CBD) has been approved by Indiana’s full legislature.

CBD tincture.

The measure was approved 98 to 0 by the state’s House of Representatives on Tuesday, following approval from the Senate. It now goes to Governor Eric Holcomb for consideration.

Under the proposed law, it would be legal for those with a seizure disorder to possess and use medicines that contain marijuana-derived CBD, given they receive a recommendation from a physician. Tinctures, oils and pills would all be allowed, given they contain little virtually no tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

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