Nevada Hemp Legalization Bill Signed Into Law by Governor

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval has signed into law a bill legalizing hemp.

Senate Bill 396 received unanimous approval in the Senate in April, and last month was approved by the full Assembly with a 34 to 5 vote. Now, it has been signed into law by Governor Sandoval.

Senate Bill 396 expands a current law that allows hemp to be grown in the state for research purposes by creating “a separate program for the growth and cultivation of industrial hemp and produce agricultural hemp seed in this State”; this would allow hemp to be grown for commercial – and not exclusively research – purposes.

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New Hampshire Legislature Passes Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana and Hash, Sending it to Supportive Governor

New Hampshire’s full legislature has voted to decriminalize marijuana.

The House of Representatives today gave final approval to House Bill 640 to decriminalize marijuana and hash possession. The measure was initially approved by the House in March with a 316 to 38 vote, before being passed by the Senate in May 17 to 6. Given it was amended in the Senate the House needed to pass the measure through one final vote, which it did today.

The bill now heads to the desk of Governor Chris Sununu, who said recently he will sign it into law once given the chance. Once it does become law, it will no longer be an arrestable offense for adults to possess up to three-quarters of an ounce of marijuana, or up to five grams of hash.

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Legal Recreational Marijuana Sales Begin in Nevada a Month from Today

Legal recreational marijuana sales begin in Nevada in just a month.

On July 1st, medical cannabis dispensaries in Nevada will be allowed to sale marijuana to everyone 21 and older. This is due to state officials recently passing rules that allow for an early start to recreational marijuana sales, which were legalized by voters last year.

Under the new rules, dispensaries will be authorized to sell up to an ounce of cannabis to those 21+, including tourists. Once the state’s system of recreational cannabis retail outlets is up and operating sometime next year, dispensaries will go back to distributing the plant exclusively to patients who have received a physician recommendation and are registered with the state.

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Colorado Governor Signs Measure Increasing Marijuana Tax

Governor John Hickenlooper has signed into law a bill that raises Colorado’s statewide marijuana tax.

The new law increases the tax at the point-of-sale for marijuana from 10%, to 15%. The increased revenue will help to fund schools, hospitals and roads.

The tax increase approved by Governor Hickenlooper is contrary to comments he made in his February State of the State address, when he said: “I don’t think we can raise additional tax dollars for marijuana, because then it raises the price, and that means we have more black market marijuana”.

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Cannabinoids May Treat Alzheimer’s Disease, Finds New Study

Cannabinoids may provide an effective treatment option for Alzheimer’s disease, according to new research published in the European Journal of Pharmacology, and e-published ahead of print by the U.S. National Institute of Health.

“Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative disorder characterized by neuroinflammation, extensive deposits of amyloid-β aggregates, and loss of memory and cognitive abilities”, states the study’s abstract. “The brains of patients with AD [Alzheimer’s disease] show increased expression of cannabinoid receptor type 2 (CB2) receptors and glial markers. CB2 receptors act as a negative feedback regulator; when activated by a CB2 agonist, they can help limit the extent of the neuroinflammatory response and the subsequent development of neuronal damage in the central nervous system.”

In a double transgenic APP/PS1 mice model of AD, researchers evaluated the effect of a CB2 agonist (meant to mimic the effects of cannabinoids) on several neuropathological conditions of AD including “amyloid deposition, inflammatory reaction, Sox2 (sex-determining region Y-box 2) expression, and spatial memory.”

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New Hampshire Senate Committee Votes to Establish Commission to Study Marijuana Legalization

Nevada’s Senate Judiciary Committee has voted to establish a commission designed to study the legalization of marijuana.

House Bill 215 will now move towards a vote by the full Senate. Given it has already been passed by the full House of Representatives, passage in the Senate would send it to Governor Chris Sununu for consideration.

The 22-person commission would be tasked with examining “the possible impacts of changing state policy to treat marijuana in a manner similar to the way the state deals with alcohol and shall study the legalization, regulation, and taxation of marijuana including the specific issues related to growing, selling, taxing, limiting use, advertising, promoting, and otherwise regulating marijuana and marijuana-infused edible products.”

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Nevada Legislature Approves Measure to Legalize Hemp

Legislation that would legalize hemp throughout Nevada has been given approval by the state’s full legislature.

Senate Bill 396 received unanimous approval in the Senate late last month, and it has now been passed by the full Assembly with a 34 to 5 vote. With it being approved through both chambers, it will now be sent to Governor Brian Sandoval for consideration. Sandoval has the option of signing it into law, allowing it to become law without his signature, or vetoing it (if he does veto it the legislature could override it with a 2/3rds majority).

Senate Bill 396 would expand upon a current law that allows hemp to be grown in the state for research purposes by creating “a separate program for the growth and cultivation of industrial hemp and produce agricultural hemp seed in this State”; this would allow hemp to be grown for commercial – and not exclusively research – purposes.

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Maine Legislature Passes Bill to Fund Implementation of Marijuana Legalization

Maine’s full legislature has passed a bill to fund the implementation of the successful 2016 marijuana legalization initiative and change the agency that will regulate marijuana for adult use.

The Senate on Thursday passed LD 243 unanimously “under the hammer,” without debate or a roll call vote, sending it to Gov. Paul LePage for final approval. The House passed it “under the hammer” on Wednesday.

LD 243 would transfer the authority to oversee adult-use marijuana from the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to the Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations within the Department of Administrative and Financial Services (DAFS). The Bureau would be responsible for licensing adult-use marijuana businesses and creating and enforcing regulations. LD 243 also allocates $200,000 to the Joint Select Committee on Marijuana Legalization Implementation and $1.4 million to DAFS to implement Question 1.

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Vermont Governor Vetoes Marijuana Legalization Bill

Vermont Governor Phil Scott has vetoed a bill to legalize marijuana, saying it’s possible a compromise could be reached during the summer.

Senate Bill 22 would have legalized the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana, and the personal cultivation of up to two mature plants (four immature), for those 21 and older. The measure was approved by the Senate 20 to 9, and by the House of Representatives 79 to 66. The proposal is the first legalization bill to ever be approved by a state legislature (the eight states with legal cannabis did so through the initiative process).

“We are disappointed by the governor’s decision to veto this widely supported legislation, but we are very encouraged by the governor’s offer to work with legislators to pass a legalization bill during the summer veto session”, says Matt Simon, New England political director for the Marijuana Policy Project. “Most Vermonters want to end marijuana prohibition, and it is critical that the legislature respond by passing a revised legalization bill this summer. Marijuana is less harmful than alcohol, and there is no good reason to continue treating responsible adult consumers like criminals.”

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Cannabis Use Doesn’t Harm, May Improve Eyesight, Finds Study

Cannabis use doesn’t harm eyesight quality, according to a new study published by the journal Optometry and Vision Science.

According to researchers; “The aim of this study was to investigate if heavy marijuana smoking is associated with a poor quality of eyesight compared with light/no use of marijuana.”

To conduct the study, “The National Longitudinal Survey of Youths (NLSY79), a nationally representative sample of 12,686 young men and women surveyed in 1979 to 2010 was used”. The quality of eyesight of 1304 heavy marijuana users was compared with 1304 respondents with light or no marijuana use. The t test, multivariate and weighted logistic regression were used in the data analysis.

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