Texas Lawmakers Consider Medical Marijuana Legislation

Earlier this week Texas lawmakers held a public hearing on House Bill 594, a medical marijuana me163552_364131693697055_1037372801_nasure which would protect qualified patients in the state by adding an “affirmative defense”. This law, which is similar to affirmative defense laws in places like Washington State, gives individuals who receive an authorization from a physician a legal defense from prosecution. `

Although in this instance patients can still be technically prosecuted, it has to be done by a jury which explicitly ignores the state’s law. Given how high support is in the public for medical marijuana, the rate of prosecution in these instances are so low that in states like Washington, it’s effectively legalized medical marijuana, eventually leading to dozens of safe access points operating throughout the state. The proposal also adds firm arrest protection to physicians who recommend that their patients use medical marijuana.

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Vermont Senate Judiciary Committee Votes to Decriminalize Marijuana

This week Vermont’s Senate Judiciary Committee voted 4-1 in favor of decriminalizing the possessing of up to an ounce of marijuana for those 21 and older, making it a civil infraction – like a traffic ticket – rather thannorml an arrestable misdemeanor that carries with it the possibility of jail time. The measure now heads to the full Senate.

For those under 21, penalties for marijuana possession would be made analogous to penalties for a minor in possession of alcohol. The proposal, House Bill 200, has obtained a coalition of 38 cosponsors. The full House voted earlier this month, 98-44, to approve the measure. If it passes the Senate, it will head to the governor for final approval.

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Colorado Lawmakers Consider Treating Marijuana Magazines Like Porn

Colorado lawmakers are considering forcing retailers to place marijuana magazines – such as High Times – 222 behind counters with Playboy and other pornographic magazines. The provision was slipped into a regulation measure currently going through the State’s Legislature. It was added by the House as an amendment to the bill, before being approved, and sent to the Senate.

According to the Associated Press, High Times Magazine is considering filing a lawsuit against the state if the law passes, claiming that it’s “patently unconstitutional”. Colorado would be the first state in the nation to approve such a ban, despite the state being one of only two which legalized marijuana possession this past November.

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Recreational and Medical Legalization Bills Filed in Ohio

Today, Ohio State Representative Robert Hagan introduced two proposals, one which would legalize marijuana as a medicine, and one which would legalize marijuana for all adults 21 and older. Ohio_State_Leaf

“With billions upon billions spent on the war on drugs with little progress to show for it, it is time for more sensible drug policy in this country,” Representative Hagan said during his announcement, “This issue deserves a ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ vote by the people.”

The first bill, House Bill 153, would allow qualified patients to legally possess and use marijuana, making Ohio the 20th medical marijuana state, if it passes.

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New Study Finds THC May Be Helpful in Combating HIV

A new study published in The Journal of Leukocyte Biology has found exciting, albeit preliminary research which indicates that THC, one of the main compounds in marijuana, may have HIV fighting capabilities. Although mmedical-marijuana-logo-hemp-beach-tv-hbtvore research is clearly needed, this study validates past research which also found marijuana’s compounds to be helpful in treating those with HIV and AIDS.

The research team which conducted the study is from the Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. Researchers infected macrophages (a type of white blood cell in our body which fights certain infections) with the HIV-1 virus, before then exposing cell cultures to a synthesized THC that specifically target the CB2 receptor.

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Hawaii Legislature Approves Measure Increasing the Quantity of Medicine a Patient May Possess and Cultivate

Today Hawaii’s House of Representatives approved Senate Bill 642, a measure which expands Hawaii’s medical cannabis program. The measure, which has already passed the Senate, now heads to the governor 3333for final approval. This bill would be the first alteration to the state’s medical marijuana law since its introduction in 2000.

The legislation would alter current law which allows a patient to possess up to 3 ounces, and cultivate up to 3 plants. It would expand this number to 4 ounces, and 7 plants, allowing qualifying patients the ability to better accommodate their medical needs.

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Minnesota Lawmakers to Consider Legalizing Medical Marijuana, Bipartisan Bill Being Filed

Tomorrow, May 2nd, legislation will be officially introduced in Minnesota which will legalize medical marijuana, allowing qualified patients to use and possess marijuana, as well as purchase it from state-licensed safe acropped-mncheaderwinter.fw_ccess points. The bill is planned to be sponsored by a bipartisan coalition of at least 40 state lawmakers, include 5 State Senators.

“People suffering from diseases such as cancer and multiple sclerosis should be able to access medical marijuana safely and use it without fear of being arrested,” stated Heather Azzi, Political Director of Minnesotans for Compassionate Care in a press release.

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Medical Cannabis Legalization Approved by New York Committee

Yesterday New York State’s Assembly Codes Committee, by a vote of 16 to 6, approved Assembly Bill 6357 which would legalize the use, possession and purchase of medical cannabis by qualified patients. The measure pamaryland-marijuanassed its initial committee, the Assembly Health Committee, by a 21-4 vote last month.

The legislation, which has an impressive list of over 60 cosponsors, now moves to the Assembly Ways and Means Committee, where its passage would put it up for consideration by the full Assembly. If it passes, which it’s expected to do, it’ll go to the Senate – according to the bill’s sponsor, there’s enough support in the Senate to get it passed. The governor isn’t in support, but has an “open mind“.

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New Poll: 85% of Americans Support Legal Medical Marijuana

Fox News has released new polling today which finds that a drastic majority of Americans – 85% – support a patients legal right to use medical marijuana, if prescribemedical-marijuana-630d by a physician, with only 13% in opposition. This poll finds that support for medical marijuana is, by far, at an all-time high.

In what may be surprising to some, the poll – which was conducted by Anderson Robbins Research and Shaw & Company Research – found that 80% of Republicans support legal medical marijuana, showing, without question, that this is not a bipartisan niche issue, but is something that nearly 9 out of every 10 Americans support.

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