Legislation to Legalize Medical Cannabis Filed in Indiana

Indiana State Senator Karen Tallian (D) has filed a bill to legalize medical cannabis.

The proposal – Senate Bill 255 – would allow those who receive a recommendation from a physician to possess, cultivate and use cannabis for medical use (up to eight ounces and 12 plants). Qualifying conditions include migraines, glaucoma, anorexia, post traumatic stress disorder, arthritis and several others.

A system of regulated cannabis dispensaries and cultivation centers could be authorized as a means of safe access to the medicine. The bill would create the Department of Marijuana Enforcement (DOME), which would oversee the program.

According to a recent WTHR Howey Politics Indiana Poll, 73% of Indiana residents support legalizing medical cannabis; just 25% are opposed, with 2% undecided.

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Missouri House of Representatives Passes Hemp Legalization Bill

Missouri’sindianahemp House of Representatives has given initial approval to House Bill 830, a proposal to legalize the production and cultivation of industrial hemp. A companion bill, Senate Bill 255, has already been approved unanimously by the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Food Production and Outdoor Resources.

If passed into law, House Bill 830 would remove hemp from the state’s list of controlled substance, reclassifying it as a legal agricultural product in the state. The bill would establish a system of licensing and regulations for those wanting to grow the crop, which would be defined as having no more than 0.3% THC. The proposal explicitly states that a change in federal law – or approval from the federal government – will not be required for the state to begin implementation of the law.

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Medical Cannabis and Hemp Legalization Bills Move Forward in Missouri

By Aaron Malin, Show-Me Cannabis

Last week show-me-cannabis-regulation-missouri-smcrwas an excellent one for cannabis legalization efforts in the Missouri legislature. On Wednesday, the Senate Agriculture Committee voted 5-0 to advance SB 255, which allows licensed individuals to grow industrial hemp. Along with HB 830, this bill represents the very real prospect that Missouri could return to its rightful place as a national — or even world — leader in hemp production and processing.

A medical cannabis bill advanced in the House of Representatives, when HB 800 was approved by the House Select Committee on General Laws by a vote of 8-0 on Tuesday. It is extremely encouraging to see how much support there is for medical cannabis legislation in the legislature. However, the flaws in this particular piece of legislation are mounting.

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Hemp Legalization Proposal Given Unanimous Approval by Missouri Senate Committee

Missouri’smissouri Senate Committee on Agriculture, Food Production and Outdoor Resources has given unanimous approval to Senate Bill 255, a proposal to legalize industrial hemp. A similiar bill, House Bill 830, has already been approved by two House committee, one unanimously.

Senate Bill 255 would legalize hemp by removing it as a controlled substance and declaring it as a legal agricultural crop. It would establish a system of licensing and regulations for those wanting to cultivate the plant, which would be defined as having no more than 0.3% THC.

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Legislation to Legalize Hemp Filed in Missouri Senate

Missouri hempState Senator Rob Schaaf has filed Senate Bill 255, a proposal to legalize the cultivation and production of industrial hemp.

“Buchanan County used to be one of the main growers of industrial hemp,” Dr. Schaaf told the Saint Joseph News-Press. “We could revitalize our rural area. It grows like crazy.”

A similar bill was filed in the House last session, and received unanimous approval in the House Economic Development Committee. Unfortunately time ran out on the session before a vote was scheduled in the full House.

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