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Federal Bill Would Legalize CBD Nationwide

Category: News | Posted on Fri, April, 17th 2015 by THCFinder

Folks suffering from seizure disorders all across the United States could soon have access to medical marijuana. Earlier this week, a piece of legislation with bipartisan support was introduced in the House of Representatives that aims to legalize cannabidiol or CBD, which has been shown effective in calming the severity of a number of medical conditions.

The proposal, aptly deemed the Compassionate Access Act, was submitted by Congressman Morgan Griffith, a Republican from Virginia, and Congressman Earl Blumenauer, a Democrat from Oregon on Tuesday, in hopes of reforming federal statutes surrounding the plant. The primary goal of the bill is to get the Drug Enforcement Administration to downgrade marijuana from a Schedule I to a Schedule II drug, and in doing so, allow the medical community more flexibility to prescribe and dispense the medicine without risking the wrath of federal prosecution.
Similar to the CARERS Act, which is currently gaining some support in both chambers of Congress, the latest proposal would also completely remove cannabidiol from the Controlled Substances Act, and allow CBD oil to be prescribed and distributed in states that have established medical marijuana programs.

“There are countless reports of marijuana’s medicinal benefits in treating conditions including cancer, epilepsy, and glaucoma,” Griffith said in a statement. “It is time to research this further, and, where legal, to allow real doctors and real pharmacists to prescribe or dispense marijuana for legitimate medical reasons for real patients.”

Interestingly, the bill has managed to garner the support of two influential medical societies, the Epilepsy Foundation and the American Academy of Neurology, both of which want to make cannabis available to patients suffering from debilitating disorders, while also eliminating the federal barriers that prevent them from conducting research.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/federal-bill-would-legalize-cbd-nationwide


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Blast Off!

Category: Fun | Posted on Thu, April, 16th 2015 by THCFinder


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Obama States Full Support Of Medical Marijuana, Alternative Drug Treatment Models

Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, April, 16th 2015 by THCFinder

In a CNN special to be aired on Sunday, not only will President Barack Obama state his full support of medical marijuana, he’ll also advocate for alternative models of drug abuse treatment which don’t involve incarceration.

The television special, called “Weed 3,” features CNN’s chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta, a neurosurgeon who came to support medical marijuana after reviewing the evidence. This time around, he’ll be delving into the politics of medical marijuana research and interviewing President Barack Obama, according to an email obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Obama has previously predicted that more states will follow the lead of Washington and Colorado in legalizing recreational marijuana, and confirmed that although marijuana is still illegal on the federal level, the Department of Justice will look the other way. 

Gupta and Obama briefly discussed the recent bipartisan bill on the Senate floor introduced by Democratic Sen. Cory Booker, which proposes to reschedule marijuana from Schedule 1 to Schedule 2.

 

Gupta wanted to know directly if Obama supports Booker’s bill.

“You know, I think I’d have to take a look at the details, but I’m on record as saying that not only do I think carefully prescribed medical use of marijuana may in fact be appropriate and we should follow the science as opposed to ideology on this issue, but I’m also on record as saying that the more we treat some of these issues related to drug abuse from a public health model and not just from an incarceration model, the better off we’re going to be,” Obama responded.

Read More:http://dailycaller.com/2015/04/15/breaking-obama-comes-around-states-full-support-of-medical-marijuana/


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House Oversight Committee Condemns DEA Chief Michele Leonhart

Category: News | Posted on Thu, April, 16th 2015 by THCFinder
 
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Yesterday DEA Chief Michele Leonhart testified in front of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in regards to DEA agents participating in sex parties in Columbia with prostitutes that were paid for by cartel members. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee issued the following statement today, condemning DEA Chief Michele Leonhart:

Today, after listening to testimony during yesterday’s House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on “DOJ IG: Handling of Sexual Harassment and Misconduct Allegations,” Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) joined with fellow committee Members in expressing no confidence in DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart.

“After over a decade of serving in top leadership positions at DEA, Administrator Leonhart has been woefully unable to change or positively influence the pervasive “good old boy” culture that exists throughout the agency. From her testimony, it is clear that she lacks the authority and will to make the tough decisions required to hold those accountable who compromise national security and bring disgrace to their position . Ms. Leonhart has lost the confidence of this Committee to initiate the necessary reforms to restore the reputation of a vital agency.”

Members joining the statement include: 

Rep. Amash (R-MI)
Rep. Boyle (D-PA)
Rep. Carter (R-GA)
Rep. Connolly (D-VA)
Rep. DeSaulnier (D-CA)
Rep. Duncan (R-TN)
Rep. Farenthold (R-TX)
Rep. Hice (R-GA)
Rep. Kelly (D-IL)
Rep. Lawrence (D-MI)
Rep. Lujan Grisham (D-NM)
Rep. Lynch (D-MA)
Rep. Maloney (D-NY)
Rep. Meadows (R-NC)
Rep. Mulvaney (R-SC)
Rep. Norton (D-D.C.)
Rep. Palmer (R-AL)
Rep. Plaskett (D-VI)
Rep. Walberg (D-MI)
Rep. Welch (D-VT)

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/house-oversight-committee-condemns-dea-chief-michele-leonhart/


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