California CBD Bill Passes Two Committees Unanimously

Cannabidiol (CBD) legislation in California has been passed by two Assembly committees, both unanimously.

Assembly Bill 845 was passed earlier this month by the Assembly Health Committee, and on Wednesday was given approval by the Assembly Appropriations Committee; both committees passed the bill unanimously with a combined vote of 30 to 0.

According to the proposal; “Existing law, the California Uniform Controlled Substances Act, classifies controlled substances into 5 designated schedules, with the most restrictive limitations generally placed on controlled substances classified in Schedule I, and the least restrictive limitations generally placed on controlled substances classified in Schedule V. Existing law places marijuana in Schedule I. Cannabidiol is a compound found in marijuana.” Existing law also “restricts the prescription, furnishing, possession, sale, and use of controlled substances, including marijuana and synthetic cannabinoid compounds, and makes a violation of those laws a crime, except as specified.”

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Tennessee CBD Bill Signed Into Law by Governor

Tennessee’s governor has signed into law a bill that allows the medical use of cannabidiol (CBD) after FDA approval.

Senate Bill 385 was signed into law today by Governor Bill Haslam. The measure was approved unanimously through both the House of Representatives (90 to 0) and Senate (33 to 0); it took effect immediately upon receiving Governor Haslam’s signature.

According to its official summary, Senate Bill 385; “Exempts cannabidiol products approved as prescription medications by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from the definition of“marijuana” under title 39, chapter 17, part 4.”

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Indiana CBD Bill Approved Unanimously by House of Representatives, Already Passed Senate

A bill to allow for the medical use of cannabidiol (CBD) has been approved by Indiana’s House and Senate.

CBD tincture.

The Senate gave approval to Senate Bill 15 back in February with an 108 to 32 vote. Today, it was passed by the full House of Representatives with a unanimous 95 to 0 vote. Given it was amended slightly in the House, it will need to go back to the Senate for one final vote before it can be sent to Governor Eric Holcomb for consideration.

The proposed law allows “Cannabidiol for the treatment of epilepsy”.  It “Defines “cannabidiol” and provides an affirmative defense to possession of cannabidiol if the person or the person’s child has been diagnosed with certain medical conditions, the cannabidiol contains not more than 0.3% THC and at least 10% cannabidiol, and other specified conditions are met.” In addition, it provides “civil immunity for a health care provider if the patient who possesses the cannabidiol is a part of a clinical trial.”

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South Dakota Governor Signs Bill Making CBD a Schedule IV Substance

Legislation that excludes cannabidiol (CBD) from the definition of marijuana and makes it a Schedule IV drug has been signed into law by Governor Dennis Daugaard.

Senate Bill 95, “An Act to add cannabidiol to the list of Schedule IV controlled substances and to exclude it from the definition of marijuana”, was passed by the South Dakota Senate last month with a 27 to 7 vote; it passed the House of Representatives a couple weeks later with a 54 to 13 vote. Now, it has been signed into law by Governor Daugaard.

Senate Bill 95 was filed by Senator Richard Curd and cosponsored by a bipartisan group of eight senators. With its passage South Dakota joins nearly 20 states that have passed laws recognizing the medical value of CBD, one of the primary compounds found in cannabis.

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Virginia Governor Signs Bill Legalizing Pharmacy Distribution of CBD and THC-A Oil

Legislation legalizing the production and distribution of CBD and THC-A oil has been signed by Governor Terry McAuliffe.

Senate Bill 1027 was signed into law by Governor McAuliffe on Thursday. His signatures comes after a unanimous vote in the state’s Senate and House of Representatives (137 to 0).

Senate Bill 1027 “Authorizes a pharmaceutical processor, after obtaining a permit from the Board of Pharmacy (the Board) and under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist, to manufacture and provide cannabidiol oil and THC-A oil to be used for the treatment of intractable epilepsy.” The measure is an expension of a law passed in 2014 that legalized the medical use of CBD and THC-A oil, but without authorizing a legal means of obtaining it.

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Kansas Bill Legalizing Cannabinoid Medicines Passes Senate Committee

A Kansas Senate committee has passed a bill to legalize cannabinoid (CBD) medicines.

Senate Bill 151 was approved Thursday by the Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee, moving it towards a full Senate vote. Under the proposed law; “a person shall not be subject to arrest, prosecution or penalty in any manner for possessing, utilizing, dispensing or distributing any non-intoxicating cannabinoid medicine or any apparatus or paraphernalia used to administer such medicine pursuant to a physician recommendation.”

The proposal makes it clear that; ‘a physician shall not be subject to arrest, prosecution or penalty in any manner, including any form of professional discipline by the state board of healing arts, for issuing a recommendation order, with the same intent, force and effect as a prescription order, to a patient for the use of non-intoxicating cannabinoid medicine.”

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Study: Cannabidiol (CBD) May Help Treat Anxiety-Related and Substance Abuse Disorders.

Cannabidiol (CBD), a cannabis compounds, may be useful in treating anxiety-related disorders as well a substance abuse disorders, according to a new study,

“[C]annabidiol, the main non-psychotomimetic phytocannabinoid found in Cannabis sativa, reduces anxiety”, states the abstract of the study, published by the British Journal of Pharmacology and the U.S. National Institute of Health. “There is also accumulating evidence from animal studies investigating the effects of cannabidiol on fear memory processing indicating that it reduces learned fear in paradigms that are translationally relevant to phobias and post-traumatic stress disorder.”

The abstract continues; “Cannabidiol does so by reducing fear expression acutely and by disrupting fear memory reconsolidation and enhancing fear extinction, both of which can result in a lasting reduction of learned fear. Recent studies have also begun to elucidate the effects of cannabidiol on drug memory expression using paradigms with translational relevance to addiction.

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Virginia Legislature Passes Bill Allowing Use and Distribution of CBD and THC-A Oil

Virginia’s full legislature has given approval to legislation allowing for the production and distribution of medical oil made from cannabidiol (CBD) or THC-A (tetrahydrocannabinol acid).

Under current Virginia law, oil made from CBD or THCA (both compounds found in cannabis) is legal to possess and use for medical purposes, but only for those with intractable epilepsy. There also isn’t a safe, legal means for patients to access the oil.

The newly-approved measure would greatly expand the list of conditions that makes someone eligible to use these medicines to include HIV/AIDS, cancer, Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis and several others. The proposal also allows pharmacies to manufacture and distribute the medicines to qualified patients (those with a qualifying condition who receive a recommendation from a physician and register with the state).

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Tobacco Producer Quitting Tobacco, Switching to Hemp

A major producer of tobacco has decided that they’re quitting the industry to instead grow hemp.

The 22nd Century Group has helped design over 50 varieties of tobacco, all of which have been modified to be less addictive; certain brands of their tobacco contain up to 97% less nicotine than most cigarettes. Currently the New York-based biotech company is valued at over $60 million.

Now, after years of working with tobacco, the company is switching gears; going forward they will be growing and producing hemp for industrial and medical use. The company plans to use the tools at their disposal to help produce hemp that consistently grows without tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active ingredient in cannabis (hemp plants also tend to have THC, but minuscule amounts).

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Indiana Legislature Passes Bill to Legalize Medical Use of CBD, Now Goes to Governor

Legislation to legalize the medical use of cannabidiol (CBD) has been approved by Indiana’s full legislature.

CBD tincture.

The measure was approved 98 to 0 by the state’s House of Representatives on Tuesday, following approval from the Senate. It now goes to Governor Eric Holcomb for consideration.

Under the proposed law, it would be legal for those with a seizure disorder to possess and use medicines that contain marijuana-derived CBD, given they receive a recommendation from a physician. Tinctures, oils and pills would all be allowed, given they contain little virtually no tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

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