Nevada Senate Votes to Add Opioid Addiction as Qualifying Medical Marijuana Condition

A bill to allow those with opioid addiction to legally possess and use medical marijuana – along with some other changes – has been passed by Nevada’s full Senate.

Nevada Senate Bill 374 was given approval yesterday by the state’s Senate with a 12 to 9 vote, sending it to the House of Representatives for consideration. According to its official legislative digest, the measure would include opioid addiction within the definition of “chronic or debilitating medical condition”. Section 1.5 of the proposal “prohibits a professional licensing board from taking disciplinary action against a person licensed by the board on the basis that the person holds a validly issues registry identification card or engages in lawful activity, pursuant to the person’s licensed profession, relating to the medical use of marijuana or to a registered medical marijuana establishment”.

Section 2 of the measure “prohibits a professional licensing board from taking disciplinary action on the basis that the person engages in lawful activity, pursuant to the person’s licensed profession, relating to: (1) the recreational use of marijuana; or (2) a licensed marijuana establishment.”

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Thousands of Medical Cannabis Applications Leaked in Nevada

A government-run website in Nevada has leaked over 11,700 applications from those attempting to legally distribute medical cannabis in the state.

The applications include each person’s full name, social security number, driver’s license number, home address and even information on their physical appearance such as their weight and height.

A spokesperson for the department says that the website with the leak has been pulled offline to limit the vulnerability; they will be notifying applicants of the leak in the coming days.

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Nevada Bill Would Legalize Medical Cannabis for Pets, Remove Per Se Cannabis DUID Law

Companion Cannabis, a medical cannabis tincture for dogs and cats by Holistic Therapeutics. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
Companion Cannabis, a medical cannabis tincture for dogs and cats by California-based Holistic Therapeutics. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Legislation that would make several changes to Nevada’s medical cannabis law has been introduced in the state’s Legislature. One of the changes the bill would make is to allow pets to use medical cannabis obtained by their owners, and to alter a law that finds a person guilty of driving under the influence of drugs (DUID) if they’re caught driving with THC in their system.

Senate Bill 372, sponsored by Senator Tick Segerblom, would allow animal owners to obtain medical cannabis on behalf of their pets if a veterinarian certifies that an animal has an illness that might be helped by the medicine. This would make Nevada the first state in the nation to officially legalize medical cannabis for animals.

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Nevada to Honor Out-of-State Medical Cannabis Cards

Nevada will soon become one of the few states in the nation to allow those from out-of-state who have a recommendation for medical cannabis to purchase the medicine through state-licensed dispensaries.nevadaflag

Other states that honor medical cannabis recommendations from out-of-state include Arizona, Delaware, Maine, Michigan, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

In June, 2013, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed into law legislation which legalized medical cannabis dispensaries. The state’s first dispensaries are expected to open by early next year.

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