Bipartisan Federal Legislation Introduced to Facilitate Medical Cannabis Trials for Veterans

A bipartisan group of U.S. representatives have filed legislation that would facilitate government-sponsored research on the use of medical cannabis by veterans.

The VA Medicinal Cannabis Research Act of 2018 (HR 5520) was filed by representative Timothy Waltz (D) with 34 bipartisan co-sponsors. The measure states that; “In carrying out the responsibilities of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.. the Secretary may conduct and support research relating to the efficacy and safety of forms of cannabis.. on the health outcomes of covered veterans diagnosed with chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other conditions the Secretary determines appropriate.”

The measure authorizes “the Secretary to conduct and support research on the efficacy and safety of medicinal cannabis.”

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Every Day Optimal CBD manufactures some of the strongest, potent CBD oil tinctures on the market.

CBD oil tinctures are an increasingly popular option for those with a variety of medical ailments (from anxiety to chronic pain), and for those wanting an effective preventative medicine. By dropping CBD oil tincture under the tongue, our bodies absorb the CBD quickly and efficiently resulting in fast acting, effective results. Tinctures is just one method for consuming CBD. There are many other ways to experience CBD as well; ranging from capsules, gummies and other candies, drinkables, crystal isolate, CBD vape liquids, topical creams, and dry herbs.

All of the tinctures available at EveryDayOptimalCBD.com are made from legal industrial hemp and contain absolutely zero THC making them accessible in every state without a prescription. Their tinctures are completely free and clear of heavy metals, pesticides and contaminants of any kind.

Every Day Optimal CBD also has a speciality line of CBD Capsules called their Total Relief CBD line. These products are formulated specifically for certain ailments, such as insomnia. This line of products “contain added vitamins and minerals designed to boost the CBD’s power and effectiveness” – vaporsmooth. The capsule form is another popular consumption method for taking CBD, they do however take a bit longer for the body to absorb.

EveryDayOptimalCBD.com offers an 100% money back guarantee on all of their products. They have a wide-range of potencies (ranging from 300mg to 4,000mg), making it easy to find the product that’s exactly right  for your needs.

CBD oil tinctures are easy to consume in a consistent manner. If you have not yet tried a CBD tincture you will be happy to know that you can do so for pretty cheap. Below are some options to help you better understand how you can use a tincture:

Sublingual Administration (dropping the tincture under the tongue)

All tincture products sold by Every Day Optimal come in the same size bottles. The difference is the varying concentrations levels of cbd oil. Inside each of the bottles you will find a applicator dropper that you can use to ensure accurate dosage. Depending on the concentration you get and your desired dosage level you will want to find the amount that works best for you. A few drops is a good starting point and you can increase or decrease from there.

Dropping CBD oil under your tongue allows the CBD to enter your bloodstream quickly and efficiently and can provide almost immediate relief. It’s best to try to keep the oil under your tongue for as long as possible before swallowing to allow the most absorption possible.

Adding the oil to food

A popular method of taking CBD tincture is by mixing it with something else that you are going to consume. Things like a milkshake or tea can be used. The oils/tinctures offered by Every Day Optimal have a light peppermint taste that make them pleasant to consume.

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Federal Legislation to Legalize Hemp Advances to Senate Floor

Federal legislation that would legalize industrial hemp across the United States has rapidly advanced to the Senate floor.

Filed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R), the proposed law (the Hemp Farming Act of 2018) would remove hemp from the federal controlled substances list, effectively legalizing its cultivation and production. In no small part due to the bill being filed by the Senate majority leader, it has been fast-tracked past the committee process and directly to the Senate floor. This is possible through the usage of a procedural move known as Rule 14. Although the move doesn’t guarantee the measure will receive a Senate vote, it makes it incredibly likely.

“By legalizing hemp and empowering states to conduct their own oversight plans, we can give the hemp industry the tools necessary to create jobs and new opportunities for farmers and manufacturers around the county,” McConnel said in a statement announcing the bill’s filing. The measure is cosponsored by Senators Ron Wyden (D), Rand Paul (R) and Jeff Merkley (D).

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Pennsyvania Officials Approve Whole Plant Medical Cannabis Use

Pennsylvania’s Department of Health has approved allowing medical cannabis patients to use whole plant cannabis, and has also agreed to expand the state’s list of qualifying conditions.

At a hearing on Monday, the Department of Health approved changes to the Pennsylvania medical marijuana program that were recommended by the Medical Marijuana Advisory Board on April 9. This includes allowing patients to access medical marijuana flowers for vaporization in addition to the more expensive processed products they can currently obtain from dispensaries. Smoking marijuana would remain prohibited. It also approved several additions to the list of conditions for which patients can qualify for the program.

The Department of Health will promulgate official regulations with the changes on May 12.

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Study: Those in the Food Services Industry Most Likely to Use Marijuana, Those in Mining, Oil, and Gas Least Likely

A new Colorado-based study released by the CDC examines the likelihood of a person being a marijuana consumer based on the industry they currently work in.

The study, titled Current Marijuana Use by Industry and Occupation — Colorado, 2014–2015, was released by the CDC on Friday.  Using the 2014 and 2015 BRFSS [Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System] data combined, “state-weighted percentages were calculated, and bivariate analyses using a Rao-Scott chi-square test were performed to compare the prevalence of marijuana use by age group, sex, and race/ethnicity.” In addition, “prevalence and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were calculated to compare the prevalence of marijuana use by industry and occupation.”

Among the combined 26,936 respondents* in the BRFSS 2014 and 2015 surveys, 18,848 (70.0%) were given the opportunity to answer the question of whether they had ever used marijuana or hashish, and 18,674 (99.1%) responded (either positively or negatively) to the question. Of those respondents, 10,169 (54.5%) indicated that they were employed or had been out of work for less than 1 year. Among the 10,169 workers responding, 14.6% reported using marijuana during the preceding 30 days.

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Washington’s Liquor and Cannabis Board’s Slow Data Reporting Leaves State’s Current Marijuana Market Unknowable

Reporting on Washington State’s legal marijuana market is slow-going, with data released by the Liquor and Cannabis Board being months behind other states.

Washington’s Liquor and Cannabis Board, which oversees the state’s legal marijuana industry, operates a neat and fairly comprehensive Marijuana Dashboard which has detailed statistical information regarding marijuana sales, licensing and production. The problem is that the Board seems be incredibly slow at collecting data, and/or reporting it.

The latest monthly sales data for Washington’s marijuana industry was released by the Board roughly two months ago. This was data for October, 2017. This means that data for November, 2017 and onward is unreported and completely unknown by anyone outside of the Board (or maybe it’s even unknown to them). By contrast, in Oregon and Colorado, states which have their Department of Revenues overseeing their marijuana markets, sales and tax data is reported through February of this year. This means that they’re four months ahead of Washington’s available data, and just one month behind current time (this makes March the only finished month where data isn’t yet available, though it will be soon).

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Trump Administration Pledges to Not Interfere With State Marijuana Laws, Support Federal Legislative Change

President Trump has pledged that the federal government won’t interfere with state laws that legalize marijuana, and says he’ll support legislative efforts to cement this.

Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) says that he has received commitment from President Donald Trump that the administration will not take action to disrupt marijuana markets in states that legally regulate it, and because of this he will stop his blocking of all Department of Justice nominees.

“Since the campaign, President Trump has consistently supported states’ rights to decide for themselves how best to approach marijuana,” says Gardner. “Late Wednesday, I received a commitment from the President that the Department of Justice’s rescission of the Cole memo will not impact Colorado’s legal marijuana industry.”

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Louisiana House Votes to Significantly Expand Medical Marijuana Program

Louisiana’s full House of Representatives has voted to expand the state’s medical marijuana program.

The House voted 60 to 39 yesterday to expand the list of qualifying  medical marijuana conditions. Filed by Representative Ted James, the House-approved legislation would add intractable pain, glaucoma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), severe muscle spasms and Parkinson’s disease to the conditions eligible for medical marijuana use. A separate measure by Representative Rodney Lyons, which has already passed the House, would also add autism to the list.

“We’ve got a lot of vets who don’t want to take drugs, the heavy drugs,” says Representative Kenny Cox, a retired Army officer who argued that the law could help military veterans suffering from PTSD. The proposal must now be passed by the Senate before it can be sent to Governor John Bel Edwards for consideration.

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Alaska Governor Signs Bill Legalizing Hemp

Alaska Governor Bill Walker has signed into law a bill legalizing industrial hemp.

Governor Walker signed Senate Bill 6 today, which was filed by Senator Shelley Hughes. The measure was passed unanimously by both the Senate (18 to 0) and House of Representatives (36 to 0).

The new law legalizes industrial hemp by separating hemp from the definition of marijuana. This effectively removes hemp from the state’s list of controlled substances, allowing it to be grown as an agricultural commodity.  Senate Bill 6 also clarifies that “cannabidiol oil is not included in the definition of “hashish oil””,and clarifies that “adding industrial hemp to food does not create an adulterated food product”.

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Study: Marijuana Legalization Associated With Reduction in Crime, Drug and Alcohol Use

The legalization of marijuana is associated with a reduction in crime, as well as drug and alcohol use, according to a new study published by the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization.

“First-pass evidence is provided that the legalization of the cannabis market across US states is inducing a crime drop”, states the study’s abstract. “We exploit the staggered legalization of recreational marijuana enacted by the adjacent states of Washington (end of 2012) and Oregon (end of 2014). Combining county-level difference-in-differences and spatial regression discontinuity designs, we find that the policy caused a significant reduction in rapes and property crimes on the Washington side of the border in 2013–2014 relative to the Oregon side and relative to the pre-legalization years 2010–2012.

Researchers found that legalization “also increased consumption of marijuana and reduced consumption of other drugs and both ordinary and binge alcohol. ”

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