Virginia Congressman Introduces Federal Bill to Reschedule Cannabis

Compelled by news of constituents having to move out-of-state to seek medical cannabis, Virginia Congressman Morgan Griffith introduced a bill ebuds - sfgatearlier this week that would reschedule cannabis on a federal level, reducing it from a Schedule 1 controlled substance to Schedule 2, and would grant states with medical cannabis laws federal protection.

H. R. 4498, the Legitimate Use of Medicinal Marijuana Act, is intended “To provide for the legitimate use of medicinal marijuana in accordance with the laws of the various States,” by both rescheduling cannabis to a classification that concedes there is medical use for the plant (Schedule 1 substances are considered to have no known medical value), and establishing protections for people authorized under state laws to possess, grow and use medical cannabis.

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Pennsylvania Senator Threatens Sit-In At Governor’s Office Over Medical Cannabis Legalization

At a press conference on Monday, State Senator Daylin Leach, surrounded by the families of sick children seeking medical cannabis treatments, announced senator leach - pennlivehis intent to hold a sit-in at Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett’s office, unless the governor agrees to discuss legalizing medical cannabis by the end of this week.

“We are asking him to agree to a meeting by May 2nd, that’s this Friday,” said Senator Leach at the press conference. If the governor fails to schedule a meeting by the end of the week, the senator has firmly stated he plans to wait him out: “Me and the parents of these sick children, along with the children themselves, will gather in Governor Corbett’s office, and we will not voluntarily leave until a meeting is scheduled,” said Leach.

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Minnesota Senate Committee Votes to Legalize Medical Cannabis

A proposal to legalize medical cannabis has been approved by Minnesota’s Senate Health, Human Services and Housingmedcannabis Committee. The committee approved the measure with a 7 to 3 vote.

If approved into law, Senate Bill 1641 would legalize the possession of up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis to those with a qualifying condition – such as cancer, post traumatic stress disorder and chronic pain – who receive a recommendation from a physician. Dispensaries will also be legalized in order to provide safe access points for patients to obtain their medicine.

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Initiative to Legalize Medical Cannabis Filed in Oklahoma

The nonprofit organization Oklahomans for Health has submitted an initiative to Oklahoma’s Secretary of State which would legalize cannabis for medical purposes for thoseoklahoma with a qualifying condition such as  cancer, AIDS and multiple sclerosis.

If the initiative is approved by the Secretary of State, and enough signatures are collected from registered Oklahoma voters, it will be put to a vote this November. If approved into law, patients would be authorized to possess up to 3 ounces of cannabis and would be allowed to cultivate up to 6 cannabis plants. State-licensed dispensaries would also be legalized in order to provide patients with safe access to their medicine.

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Companion Measures Filed in Kansas to Legalize Medical Cannabis

Lawmakers in Kansas have filed two companion measures in an effort to legalize medical cannabis in their state.Kansas-Flag

The Cannabis Compassion and Care Act (House Bill 2198 and Senate Bill 9) is designed to provide protection for patients, caregivers and physicians from penalties surrounding medical cannabis, and to create safe access points, or compassion centers, for patients to obtain medication.

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Florida Supreme Court Gives Initiative Approval, State to Vote on Medical Cannabis Legalization This November

Today the Florida Supreme Court issued a ruling on the medical cannabis legalization initiative that is vying for this November’s ballot. In a close 4-3 medicalcannabisfamdecision, justices determined the initiative is valid, and will be put to a vote.

This ruling comes just days after campaigners received confirmation that they had collected enough voter’s signatures on the initiative to secure its place in the election (roughly 1.2 million signatures total).

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