Virginia House of Representatives Unanimously Approves Bill to Legalize Cannabis Oil for Medical Use

Two containers filled with cannabis oil.

Two containers filled with cannabis oil.

Virginia’s House of Representatives has given unanimous approval to a proposal to legalize the medical use of high-CBD and high-THCA cannabis oil for those with epilepsy.

A similar measure was approved 37 to 1 in the Senate last week. Once the two chambers reconcile the technical differences of the measures, which is expected to happen this week, it will head to Governor McAuliffe for consideration. McAuliffe will have the option of signing the measure into law, letting it become law without his signature, or vetoing it. However, given there was such strong consensus in the Legislature, there would be more than enough votes to override a potential veto.

If it is approved into law, the proposal would allow those with epilepsy who receive a recommendation from a physician to possess and use cannabis oil that has at least 15% cannabidiol (CBD) or 15% THCA (tetrahydrocannabinol acid), and no more than 5% THC. The measure initial would have also authorized cancer and glaucoma as qualifying conditions, but they were removed due to concerns that the medicine would get in the hands of those attempting to use it for recreational purposes (an obviously absurd argument – even if this did happen, you don’t make patients suffer by denying them an effective medicine simply because someone who’s not authorized to use it might get a hold of it).

Those in Virginia who support this legislation, as well as further reform, should look up their district’s lawmakers by clicking here and tell them to vote in favor any proposal that will allow for the medical use of cannabis, and that will lead to the end of cannabis prohibition.

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2 comments

    • Anonymous on February 10, 2015 at 8:38 pm
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    A feel good attempt to rationalize the decades long police state propaganda exercise referred to as the War on Drugs. A social experiment meant to marginalize a segment of society thereby allowing the facist takeover of America disguised as community policing when in actuality they kill far more people then they ever expected to “save” from themselves in their attempts at self medication with this highly beneficial plant . While imprisoning millions of people and eroding civil rights they have created a highly successful prison industry where lobbyists decend upon Washington D.C. bankrolling hundreds of so called public servants to promote draconian sentencing with which to stock their prisons for profit in a modern form of slavery. This has allowed the United States formerly called “The Land of the Free” to imprison more people per capita then any other country upon the planet and /or in recorded history. Another offshoot to this facism is policing for profit where the justice system has been turned upside down allowing the personal property of its citizens to be guilty of a suspected crime. With no trial charges or evidence of actual criminal activity this property is guilty until proven innocent in a perversion for profit allowin g the police to enrich themselves on a whim cars television sets firearms e but especially peoples domiciles are subject to this whirlwind of enrichment actually reinforcing the age old adage of the police being pigs.

    • QuaxMercy on February 10, 2015 at 5:52 pm
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    Unanimous is fantastic – I’d have never expected it from this Session & any tiny help, here, for some epileptics, is a tiny bit better than nothing – but this here bill, this here piecemeal approach at this point in time ain’t gonna get us to the Coast before winter comes – knowI’m sayin?
    We need to fill up a North American Boeing/AirBus convoy of national, state & provincial representatives, tour them thru the Israeli hospitals, clinics, research centers and private practices where doctors have been alleviating their patients needs across such conditions as asthma, Crohn’s disease, psoriasis, Parkinson’s, MS, and PTSD for nigh onto 24years. We need to ketch up! We need to fold what they’ve learned into what we know and begin to contribute.
    In order to do this most efficiently, we need to keep the potshots of the KnowNothings out of the discussion, entirely. (Only until they no longer insist on being KnowNothings, which is always entirely up to them, at any time.) They get to testify like everybody else, but they don’t get to weigh policy. They are too rich with demonstrations that they have no feel for it.

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