Kansas House Approves Bill to Reduce Cannabis Penalties, Legalize Medical Cannabis Extracts, Study Hemp

Kansas-FlagThe Kansas House of Representatives has passed an amended version of House Bill 2049, a proposal that initially would have simply reduce the penalties associated with cannabis possession, but was altered to make several other changes.

The bill, which now moves towards a full Senate vote, would reduce the penalty for the first-time possession of cannabis for personal use from a Class A misdemeanor, to a Class B misdemeanor, reducing the potential jail sentence from a year to six months. This would also reduce the fine from $2,500, to $1,000. The proposal would also reduce the charge for someone’s second offense from a felony to a misdemeanor.

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Tennessee Governor Signs Medical Cannabis Bill Into Law

Thepl medical use of cannabis extracts for those with epilepsy is now legal in Tennessee, after Governor Bill Haslam signed House Bill 0197 into law Monday.

The bill allows those with seizure disorders to possess and use cannabis extracts – such as tinctures and oils – if they receive a recommendation from a physician. The law requires that the THC percentage in the extracts be no higher than 0.9%. The law unfortunately doesn’t establish a legal means for patients to obtain the medicine.

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Oklahoma Senate Unanimously Approves Medical Cannabis Oil Bill

Oklahoma’sok full Senate, with a unanimous 46 to 0 vote, has passed House Bill 2154, a proposal to legalize the medical use of cannabis extracts. The measure has already passed the state’s House of Representatives with a 99 to 2 vote, and now heads to Governor Mary Fallin for consideration.

Under the proposed law, a child with epilepsy who receives a recommendation from a physician would be authorized to possess and use cannabis extracts such as tinctures and oils that have low amounts of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). University medical centers would be allowed to produce, dispense and study the medicine.

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Medical Cannabis Bill Approved by Florida Senate Committee

Florida’sLos Angeles To Not Enforce Ban On Marijuana Dispensaries Senate Regulated Industries Committee has voted 11 to 1 to pass a bill that would expand upon a medical cannabis extract bill approved by lawmakers in 2014.

In July, Governor Rick Scott signed into law a proposal that legalized the possession, use and state-licensed distribution of low-THC cannabis extracts for the treatment of cancer, epilepsy and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). This new proposal, Senate Bill 7066, would add multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, paraplegia, quadriplegia and terminal illness to the list of conditions that qualify an individual to purchase, possess and use cannabis-based medicines.

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Georgia: Medical Cannabis Bill Approved by Senate Committee

Legislationmedcannabis to allow those with a variety of medical conditions to possess and use cannabis extracts to treat their ailment has been approved by Georgia’s Senate Health and Human Services Committee. The measure has already been approved by the full House of Representatives, and a more restrictive bill passed the Senate with a 54 to 1 vote earlier this month.

House Bill 1, titled the Haleigh’s Hope Act, would legalize the possession and use of up to 20 ounces of cannabis extracts (such as tinctures and oils) for those with certain medical conditions – such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease and epilepsy – who receive a recommendation from a physician, and subsequently register with the Department of Public Health. The cannabis extracts must contain no more than 5% THC.

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Cannabis Oil Bill Approved by Tennessee House Committee

Legislation thattennessee would allow for the possession and use of low-THC cannabis oil has been approved by Tennessee’s House Criminal Justice Committee.

House Bill 109, filed by Representative Jeremy Faison (R-Cosby), would allow for the use of low-THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), high-CBD (cannabidiol) cannabis oil for those with seizure disorders such as epilepsy who receive a recommendation from a physician. The proposal unfortunately wouldn’t establish a legal means for patients to obtain the medicine.

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Bill to Allow Medical Use of Cannabis Extracts Passes Idaho Senate Committee

Cannabis tincture.
Cannabis tincture.

Idaho’s Senate State Affairs Committee has approved an amended version of Senate Bill 1146, a proposal to allow for the possession and use of low-THC cannabis extracts for medical purposes.

The proposal, which is sponsored by Senator Curt McKenzie, Chairman of the Senate State Affairs Committee, was approved narrowly with a 5 to 4 vote.

Senate Bill 1146 would allow those with ailments such as cancer, Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy who receive a recommendation from a physician to use cannabis extracts that have low amounts of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol).

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Tennessee Bill to Legalize Cannabis Oil for Medical Purposes Approved by Subcommittee

oilTennessee’s House Criminal Justice Subcommittee has given approval to House Bill 109, a proposal to legalize cannabis oil for medical purposes. The measure was filed by Representative Jeremy Faison (R-Cosby).

Under the proposed law, the possession and use of low-THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) cannabis oil will be legal for those with seizure disorders who receive a recommendation from a physician.

House Bill 109 now moves to the House Criminal Committee; the chairman of the Criminal Committee, William Lamberth (R-Cottontown), says he supports the measure.

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Kansas House Committee Votes to Legalize Medical Use of Cannabis Extracts

Kansas’ Kansas-FlagHouse Bill 2282 has been passed by the House Committee on Health and Human Services, setting it up for a full House vote.

House Bill 2282 would legalize the possession and use of low-THC cannabis extracts (such as tinctures, oils and lotions) for those who have seizure disorders and receive a recommendation from a physician. The cannabis extracts would be required to have no more than 3% THC, making CBD (cannabidiol) oil the most likely option for patients.

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Virginia Legislature Approves Bill to Legalize Medical Use of Cannabis Extracts

Cannabis tincture.
Cannabis tincture.

Virginia’s Legislature has given approval to House Bill 1445, a proposal that legalizes the use of cannabis extracts (such as oils and tinctures) for the treatment of epilepsy. The measure was approved unanimously by the state’s House of Representatives, and 37 to 1 by the state’s Senate.

The proposal will now go to Governor Terry McAuliffe for consideration. McAuliffe will have the option of either signing it into law, allowing it to become law without his signature, or vetoing. However, given there was such strong consensus in the Legislature, there would be more than enough support to override a veto if McAuliffe goes that route.

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