Florida Bill Would Make Kratom a Controlled Substances

Legislation has been filed in Florida’s Legislature to make kratom illegal.

State Representative Kristin Jacobs (D-Coconut Creek) filed House Bill 183 on Friday. It would add Mitragynine and Hydroxymitragynine, compounds found in Kratom, to the state’s list of controlled substances.

Recently the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced it was making kratom a Schedule 1 drug at the federal law; however, public backlash caused them to take a step back and open up a public comment period. That period recently ended, but as of now kratom is still legal in all but a few states.

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Rhode Island Lawmakers Announce Legislation to Legalize Cannabis: “We Should Pass it This Year”

Rhode Island State Senator Joshua Miller and Sate Representative Scott Slater have announced that they will soon file companion bills to legalize cannabis.

“We have a responsible, fine-tuned bill, and we should pass it this year,” Miller, chairman of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, said at a Wednesday news conference. “This year’s bill addresses the issues that have been raised by the governor and stakeholders; it is streamlined to work effectively with the regulatory structure in place for medical marijuana.”

Miller continued; “Polls of residents in towns across Rhode Island show a majority of voters in our state support this proposal. Our constituents think it is time for lawmakers to pass this legislation, and we should listen to them.”

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Guam Governor Introduces Legislation to Legalize Marijuana

Guam Governor Eddie Calvo on Tuesday introduced legislation to legalize marijuana for those 21 and older.

According to Calvo the law is modeled after Colorado’s Amendment 64; however, it has been “heavily vetted and changed” to Guam.

It would allow for the possession and use of up to an ounce of cannabis, and the personal cultivation of up to six plants.

It would also legalize a system of licensed cannabis retail outlets and cultivation centers, similar to Colorado’s system. Cannabis would be taxed at 15% at the point of sale.

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DC Lawmakers File Ordinance to Legalize Cannabis Retail Outlets

Washington D.C. Council Member David Gross has filed an ordinance that would legalize cannabis retail outlets in the district.

The Marijuana Legalization and Regulation Act of 2017 is co-sponsored by Council Members Robert White and Brianne Nadeau. It would establish a system of licensed and regulated cannabis retail outlets; they would be supplied by cannabis cultivation centers, which would also be licensed.

“It would be a violation of federal law to move this bill forward,” acknowledges Grosso. “But I believe, quite passionately, that is what is called for in the District of Columbia when our rights are trampled on a regular basis.”

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Bill to Legalize Marijuana Growing for Everyone 21+ Filed in Washington Legislature

Washington State Representative Sherry Appleton has filed legislation to legalize marijuana growing for everyone 21 and older.

Marijuana GrowingHouse Bill 1092 would allow anyone in Washington to grow six cannabis plants for personal use, at a private residence. The measure allows up to two people to grow in the same place at once; this means a total of 12 plants can be grown per residence.

Currently Washington’s possession limit for cannabis is one ounce. Given six plants will typically result in much more than this, the bill would alter the law to allow up to 24 ounces to be harvested from these plants; or up to 48 ounces per residence.

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Missouri Secretary of State Gives Approval to Cannabis Legalization Initiative

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander has given approval to an initiative that would legalize cannabis for those 21+.

In addition to legalizing cannabis for those 21 and older, the initiative would legalize medical cannabis for minors; given they have a qualifying condition and receive a recommendation from a physician.

The approval gives advocates the go-ahead to begin collecting signatures in an attempt to put the measure to a vote of the people in the 2018 general election. They must collect 82,000 valid signatures by May of next year to accomplish this.

A similar measure fell just 23 signatures short last year of being on the November ballot.

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Pew Poll: Only 30% of Cops Believe Cannabis Should be Illegal for All Reasons

A new Pew Research Center poll has found that a minority of police officers in the United States support a full-blown prohibition on cannabis.

According to the survey of almost 8,000 active-duty police officers; 32% believe that cannabis should be legal for both recreational and medical purposes; an additional 37% believe that it should be legal for medical use only. Just 30% – less than 1 in 3 – believe cannabis should remain illegal for all uses.

By comparison, the survey found 49% of the public to be in support of legalizing medical and recreational cannabis; 35% support legalizing medical cannabis only, with just 15% supporting full prohibition.

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Companion Bills to Legalize Medical Cannabis Filed in South Carolina

Companion bills to legalize medical cannabis have been filed in South Carolina.

Senator Tom Davis and Representatives Peter McCoy held a press conference this morning to formally introduce the companions bills that have been filed simultaneously in the state’s House and Senate.

If approved into law, the South Carolina Compassionate Care Act would allow those with a recommendation from a physician to possess and use cannabis and cannabis products, given they have a qualifying condition.

Qualifying conditions include; glaucoma, cancer, hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Crohn’s disease; HIV/AIDs, ulcerative colitis, agitation of Alzheimer’s disease, PTSD, autism, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis; Parkinson’s disease and neural-tube defects.

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Sessions Won’t Commit to Not Going After Sick People Using Marijuana Legally Under State Law

During his confirmation hearing for Attorney General of the United States, Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions made it clear that if confirmed, he may very well go after states that have legalized cannabis, including medical cannabis.

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) asked Sessions during the hearing; “Would you use our federal resources to investigate and prosecute sick people using marijuana in accordance with state law; even though it might violate federal law?”

Sessions responded by saying; “I won’t commit to never enforcing federal law, Senator Leahy; but absolutely it is a problem of resources for the federal government. The Department of Justice under Lynch and Holder set forth some policies that they thought were appropriate to define what cases should be prosecuted in states that have legalized, at least in some fashion marijuana, some parts of marijuana.”

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Norman Reedus Helps CannaKids Raise Thousands of Dollars

Norman Reedus Norman Reedus, known for playing Daryl on the wildly popular TV series The Walking Dead, has joined forces with CannaKids in a fundraiser that has already raised over $13,000.

CannaKids is an organization out of California that uses cannabis oil therapy to treat patients with serious diseases, with a focus on pediatrics. The goal of their current fundraiser is $15,000 by January 11th. At the time of publication they’ve raised $13,253 from 798 donors.

“Norman Reedus typically spends his days entertaining his fans slaying zombies as Daryl Dixon on the hit TV show The Walking Dead, but now he’s asking those same fans to help him give back this holiday season!”, CannaKids says on their fundraising page. “For every $5 you donate you’ll get 1 entry into this raffle for a chance to win 1 of 10 amazing prizes chosen & autographed by Norman himself!!!  Once the campaign ends on January 11th, 2017, the 10 lucky winners will be chosen at random, and Norman will announce them on his Facebook page that week.”

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