A key committee in New Hampshire’s House of Representatives has given approval to legislation that would legalize marijuana for those 21 and older. House Bill 481 was passed last week by the House Criminal Justice and …
Legislation that would protect banks who provide services to medical marijuana businesses has been passed by the full West Virginia House of Delegates. House Bill 2538 was overwhelmingly approved by the House, with 89 members voting …
Legislation to legalize marijuana for everyone 21 and older has been unanimously passed by its initial committee in Hawaii’s Legislature. Hawaii Senate Bill 686 was introduced by Senator Kalani English (D) along with 11 cosponsors. …
Oregon brought in over $107 million in taxes from the legal sale of marijuana and marijuana products in 2018. According to data released by the Oregon Department of Revenue, the state made $107,777, 721 in 2018 …
Cannabidiol shows promise as a potential treatment option for alcohol use disorder, according to a new study published by the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, and epublished by the U.S. National Institute of Health. “There …
New Frontier Data, which claims to be “the authority in data analytics and business intelligence on the global cannabis industry”, today announced new economic data detailing the potential impact of federal cannabis legalization in the United …
The administration of cannabis extracts is effective and well-tolerated in patients diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), according to a new study published in the journal Scientific Reports and published online by the National Institute of Health. The …
U.S. Virgin Islands Governor Albert Bryan Jr. signed the Medical Cannabis Patient Care Act into law Tuesday. The bill, sponsored by Senator Positive T.A. Nelson, received final approval from the Legislature on December 28. The …
CBD may “act as an adjunct to enhance treatment efficacy” in glioblastoma multiforme, which is “the most common and aggressive form of primary malignant brain tumor in adults”, according to a study published by the …
Long-term marijuana use is associated with lower BMI (body mass index) and cardiometabolic risk factors, according to a new study published by the journal Psychosomatic Medicine, and epublished by the National Institute of Health. The study, …
It’s that time again – here is our sixth annual Top Cannabis Studies of the Year list. Continuing the trend of the past several years, 2018 provided us with a massive amount of peer-reviewed research …
President Trump has signed the 2018 Farm Bill into law, which includes a provision that legalizes hemp. The 2018 Farm Bill was passed last week by the House of Representatives by a vote of 369 to 47. …
Oregon garnered over $11 million in taxes from the legal sales of marijuana and marijuana products in October. The $11,609,479 in marijuana taxes Oregon made in October is an over 10% increase from the previous …
According to a new study published by the European Journal of Pharmacology, and epublished by the U.S. National Institute of Health, cannabidiol (CBD) reduces airway inflammation and fibrosis in experimental allergic asthma. “Asthma remains a major …
SB 902 would direct the state to construct regulations and licenses for medical cannabis access points. SB 914 would significantly reduce the criminal penalties associated with possessing an ounce an a half or less of cannabis.
The bad news? Republican Senator Brian Crain, chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Select Agencies, the committee that would need to vote through either bill to get it to the senate floor, has been very clear that he will deny it a vote.
In what’s surely to be a horror story for cannabis consuming football fans, a man who lives on Vancouver Island was denied entrance in to the country – making him miss the Super Bowl he had tickets for – because of a prior cannabis possession charge. The charge was for 2 grams, and happened over 30 years ago.
Even worse, the chances of him obtaining his Super Bowl tickets to begin with were one in four million; Myles Wilkinson gained his tickets through a fantasy football contest, where over four million people attempted to win the same prize.
An update from Show-Me Cannabis, an organization working to reform cannabis policies in the State of Missouri:
We weren’t expecting an announcement about this until the bills are actually introduced next week, but it looks like the word is out. Missouri Representative Rory Ellinger will be introducing a bill to lower the maximum penalty on possession of under 35 grams of cannabis to a $250 fine and recommend a suspended imposition of sentence.
This bill would essentially extend the decriminalization reforms passed in Columbia in 2004 (and the reforms that will likely pass in Saint Louis this spring) statewide.
Sponsored by State Representative Joe Fitzgibbon, and co-sponsored by a bipartisan assortment of twenty additional legislators, House Bill 1661 was filed yesterday in Washington State.
Washington State Capitol Building.
This bill would allow individuals in the state who have been charged with a misdemeanor involving cannabis possession to have it removed from their record. Essentially, this would apply the one ounce (28 grams) decrim from Initiative 502 retroactively to those already convicted. However, rather than applying to just an ounce, it’s allowing people to remove charges from RCW 69.50.4014, which is for possession of up to 40 grams.
House Bill 699, if passed, would legalize cannabis in the State of Hawaii. Possession of an ounce or less would no longer be a crime, and the state would license growers and sellers to sell cannabis in retail outlets. The state would garner a 15% tax from these sales, and would begin accepting and processing the applications for licenses on July 1st, 2014.
This bill is one of a dozen cannabis-related measures being discussed in Hawaii.
Although a huge uphill battle is yet to be fought, the politics in Hawaii has setup the perfect situation to move the conversation forward. 57 percent in the state support legalizing cannabis (a 20 percent increase in 7 years), and the Speaker of the House supports legalization.
During the bill’s initial hearing, which took place yesterday, the opposition was filled with predictably ridiculous rhetoric and propaganda.
The simple existence of synthetic marijuana should send a loud message to the public and elected officials. When our policy pushes people to a chemically-laced alternative to a non-lethal plant, simply so that they don’t face arrest for the safer substance, we have a fundamentally flawed law.
For those who may be unaware, synthetic marijuana, commonly referred to by the brand names of Spice and K2, is a mix of dried flowers/herbs which is sprayed with a mix of chemicals that are designed to artificially stimulate the body and brain in a fashion similar to cannabis.
It doesn’t work.
Still, people have continue to use it, despite its potential health risks. In 2010, over 11,000 people were sent to the emergency room over the use of synthetic marijuana. Miscellaneous 78 percent of those were under the age of 30.
Chris Williams, a former medical cannabis provider in Montana, has been sentenced to five years in federal prison.
Williams, who was indicted by the feds on charges that could of put him in prison for life, ended up being convicted of eight charges after a September trial in which he was not allowed to use Montana’s medical cannabis law as a defense (a real “fair trial”).
Initially, Williams faced a mandatory sentence of more than 80 years in prison.
A new bill was introduced by Washington State Representative Roger Goodman (Democrat – 45th District) and others. It includes controversial language that would restrict commercial drivers from having any amount of THC in the system, or risk losing their commercial license for at least one year.
State Rep. Roger Goodman
While this might sound like a good idea on the surface, one only needs to remember that Washington State voters passed I-502, which makes it illegal to drive with more than 5 nanograms.
Rep. Goodman tried to introduce a DUI bill a few years back that would have implemented an 8 nanogram limit, but quickly withdrew it after heated debate and lack of science behind proving impairment.
This was the big issue that surrounded the 502 debate, with patients and other activists warning that the standards were not appropriate for a state that allows for the medical use of cannabis, especially when most patients would test well over that limit just from their regular use.
In an interview with Fox news, Goodman stated he has heard about the concerns “as to how reliable this 5 nanogram is. There is not much science behind it so I’m expecting challenges in the future.
Ending with over 300,000 valid signatures from Washington State residents, Initiative 522 has officially qualified for the general election ballot in November (unless legislators vote to pass it during the current legislative session).
If passed, the measure would establish mandatory labeling of foods produced through genetic engineering. It would set up legal, monetary penalties for companies who don’t abide by the new requirements.
The initiate is being spearheaded by Chris McManus, the Campaign Manager for Label It WA (the sponsor of the measure), and his wife Leah.
Prior to working on this initiative, Chris and Leah were county coordinators for the non-profit political committee Sensible Washington, working towards a repeal of cannabis prohibition. The duality between the movement to force labeling of GMOs (genetically modified organisms), and the movement to reform our cannabis policies, is clear. As cannabis inevitably becomes legal across the nation, and as big corporations try and sink their teeth into the new industry, changing society’s mindset (and laws) as it regards to genetically modified ingredients is vital.
We here at TheJointBlog may not share the same opinion as everyone else, but when it comes to legal cannabis we would much prefer the option of knowing if the cannabis we’re buying contains GMOs, and if given the choice, we’d rather buy some without.
Initiative 522 is a major step in giving us that option.
According to a new poll administered by the respected Reason Foundation, 72% of Americans believe that the federal government should not arrest people who use cannabis in states that have voted to legalize it, such as Colorado and Washington. On top of this, 68% feel that the federal government should leave growers alone in these states, and 64% oppose the feds going after those who are selling legally under state law.
The poll, which asked a plethora of questions, most unrelated to cannabis reform, found that 53% believe that cannabis should be treated the same as alcohol.
The poll surveyed 1,000 adults, and has a 3.8% margin of error.