Medical Marijuana and Cannabis News
After spending their summer recess learning about how other states have done it, West Virginia lawmakers may be ready to consider legalizing medical cannabis.
A state Joint Health Committee (no pun intended) were given copies of the 50-page plan last night in advance of the 2014 legislative session.
A bipartisan pair of Pennsylvania state senators introduced legislation this week legalizing medical marijuana in that state. Sort of.
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Senate Bill 1182 would legalize the production, possession and use of CBD-rich plants oils, tinctures, but otherwise leaves all other cannabinoids basically illegal. Still, the state governor says it won't happen while he's in office.
Sick medical marijuana patients in New Mexico are finding it harder and harder to get access to medical cannabis, according to a newly released information from a survey conducted by the New Mexico Department of Health. Medical marijuana producers have also begun rationing to the patients they do serve.
The Albuquerque Journal, which first received the report after filing a records request with the state, says that some patients have been turning back to non-medical and less-legal cannabis providers.
An Arizona judge yesterday ruled that medical marijuana patients in that state essentially do not have the right to grow their own medicine anymore.
Judge Katherine Cooper in Maricopa County (yes, that Maricopa County) made the decision yesterday in response to two men filed a challenge to rules in the 2010 medical marijuana laws saying that patients could only grow their own if they lived more than 25 miles from a dispensary.
Fifteen years ago, voters in the state of Washington passed into law one of the nation's first state-level medical marijuana programs. While certainly flawed, as most of those early laws were, the pioneering program has produced a robust network of doctors, growers, dispensaries, and patients in the Pacific Northwest.
Last year, in the 2012 elections, Washington joined Colorado as the first two states to legalize recreational marijuana use for adults, enjoying an easy 55-45 victory at the polls. More recently, a memo was sent out by Attorney General Eric Holder and the U.S. Department of Justice, essentially giving the two states the feds' blessing to move ahead with their experiments with legal weed. It's all good in Washington, then, right? Unfortunately, no.
As we told you earlier this month, a number of Republican Michigan state lawmakers have begun drumming up support for a bill that would allow medical marijuana to be sold through licensed pharmacies. All of that is dependent on the long shot that feds would reschedule cannabis. We called the bill a "load of crap" since it would force patients to give up their right to cultivate cannabis at home and said the whole thing reeks of big, corporate lobbying from pharmaceutical companies wanting to cash in on cannabis in a state that recently banned dispensaries.
Michigan state capitol.
Physicians in Utah, including one of the leading child neurologists in the state, have urged officials in that state to pass legislation that would allow access to high-CBD oils for Utah children. High CBD oil has gained a lot of attention and momentum lately for the way it curbs the seizures associated with certain conditions like Dravet syndrome.
Health officials in Arizona say they want more detailed information on medical marijuana patients claiming "chronic pain" on their state applications in an effort to cut down on falsified recommendations, they say.
We say they're sticking their noses where they shouldn't be.
Could medical marijuana be sold through actual pharmacies in Michigan? That's the hope of a few Michigan lawmakers, who say that the plant should be rescheduled to include it along with other beneficial medicines and have it sold over-the-counter in licensed pharmacies.
The only catch: the feds would have to give their okay first.
Senate Bill 660, written by Michigan state Sens. Roger Kahn and Randy Richardville, would reschedule marijuana as a Schedule II drug, alongside drugs like morphine and OxyContin. Cannabis is currently a Schedule 1 drug, which means it has no medicinal value whatsoever in the eyes of the (clearly shortsighted) federal government.
Bree Green has been terrorized by marijuana. Not by the plant itself, mind you. Nor by her two state-legal medical marijuana patient parents. No, Bree Green was terrorized by a senseless war on cannabis that had state officials in Michigan heartlessly tearing the baby away from her family back on Sept. 13 because of their personal health choices.
But this morning, Bree Green is back with her mom and dad just in time to go trick-or-treating.