Medical Marijuana and Cannabis News
After decades of the war on drugs, countless efforts to decriminalize dope, and tens of thousands of drug arrests, Florida has finally reached a turning point. The marijuana movement has reached critical mass.
In January, the state supreme court ruled that voters can decide whether or not to legalize medical marijuana in November. Some Floridians may not even have to wait that long. Yesterday, one of the legislature's most conservative committees voted overwhelmingly to approve a bill allowing certain strains of marijuana for epilepsy patients. The Miami New Times has the rest.
Maria Botker throws her arms forward and droops her head, mimicking, in slow-motion, the way in which her seven-year-old daughter wilts daily. She calls the worst of these "drop seizures." The Botkers live a fragmented life between Minnesota and Colorado so they can get access to Charlotte's Web -- a strain of marijuana that, when ingested as an oil, has been shown to control epilepsy and help children like theirs regain cognitive functions.
"This is not the way we want to live," Botker says.
A Georgia bill that would (sort of) legalize medical cannabis for children only has gained overwhelming approval from the state House yesterday and now heads to the state Senate for approval.
CBD-rich hash oil.
House Bill 1107, also called the "Therapeutic Cannabidiol Research Act of 2014", would allow for clinical trials on CBD for children suffering from severe forms of epilepsy. The bill does not legalize CBD for adults, nor does it come anywhere close to legalizing medical cannabis as a whole.
Rarely does a week go by without a new headline, from a respected publication, coming out highlighting another of the amazing benefits of responsible cannabis use. While critics of medical marijuana ignorantly, and incessantly, argue that a majority of medicinal weed smokers have no real physical ailment, every day more and more people across the country are stepping out of the cannabis closet to treat their illnesses.
JoelK75/Flickr A handful of herbal healing
The headlines regarding cannabis and health benefits have become so commonplace, that we as advocates need to constantly remind ourselves that while it is a miraculous plant, marijuana is not a "miracle drug". Still, it comes as a bit of a shock when otherwise respected scientists and researchers rush so quickly to condemn pot as a useless form of pseudo-medicine, as a recent article in the journal of Arthritis Care and Research unfortunately did.
A bill that could legalize medical use of marijuana in Minnesota undergoes its first test this morning. It's scheduled for conversation at the House Health and Human Services Committee, and both sides of the debate have begun preparing their people.
At the moment, the list of speakers remains hush-hush as committee administrators want to avoid the possibility that either side will try to stack the room. It'll be made public about two hours before the meeting. Minneapolis City Pages has the complete story.
Thanks to a lot of hard workers hawking petitions in parking lots, not to mention the shifting pop cultural sands, it looks like Florida has a fighting chance for legalizing medical marijuana. Come November, we'll find out. But as with any political movement, despite best intentions and hopes, it's money that's really powering the show. And the funding trail behind the legalization effort leads right back to South Florida.
Yet another compassion club in the Phoenix area has been raided by police. This time, it was a place called Delta 9, located in a strip mall at Broadway Road and Hardy Drive in Tempe.
For those who don't know, the compassion club model has been a method used to provide medical-marijuana users with their medicine. They were more common before dispensaries were allowed to open, the concept being is that a donation -- as opposed to a direct purchase -- to the club gets a patient the pot. Phoenix New Times has the full story.
A bill legalizing just CBD and only for seizure disorders was unanimously sent to the Georgia state House this week, advancing what would arguably be the country's most restrictive medical cannabis laws to date.
CBD-rich oil from Colorado's Kind Love dispensary.
The bill, sponsored by Georgia Republican state Rep. Allen Peake, is aimed at helping the families of children suffering from rare disorders. Peake says he wrote the bill after meeting several sick Georgia children.
Medical marijuana supporters in Kentucky are celebrating a small victory this week, as a compassionate medical cannabis bill made it's way out of a Democrat-controlled Health and Human Services Committee meeting. The bill will now go before the House for consideration.
United we stand, divided we fall my arse.
Sadly, that might be about as far as House Bill 350 will move in the otherwise conservative House and Senate.
Be careful what you wish for. That is the lesson being realized today by pro-cannabis advocates and activists in America's Finest City.
San Diego, California
Yesterday, on a nearly unanimous 8-1 decision, the San Diego City Council finally cast a meaningful vote on establishing an official medical marijuana business ordinance in the city, laying down a law on pot shops for the first time since the California Compassionate Use Act, commonly referred to as Prop 215, was passed nearly 18 years ago.