FL House Passes Medical Marijuana Bill
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, May, 2nd 2014 by THCFinder
TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — The Florida House as approved bill that would allow for a strain of low-THC marijuana to be legal in the state.
Lawmakers burst into applause after the 111-7 vote that followed nearly two hours of questions and debate. In the end, some lawmakers who were torn on the issues said their hearts were swayed by the stories of parents seeking to help children with severe epilepsy.
“The compassion that was felt in the words of everyone who spoke, the sincerity of this desire to help people who need help lifted this chamber up today,” said Republican House Speaker Will Weatherford after the vote.
The bill puts some restrictions on the use of the marijuana strain known as Charlotte’s Web. It can have no more than 0.8 percent THC, the chemical that makes users feel high. On average, marijuana has about 15 percent THC, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The strain has normal levels of cannabidiol, or CBD, which is used to treat seizures.
Also, people would not be able to just walk into a doctor’s office and get a prescription. Only doctors have who have been providing ongoing treatment of a patient can prescribe it, and only as a last resort if other treatments aren’t effective.
The state would also maintain a registry of eligible patients. The marijuana can’t be smoked and would be converted into an oil. Only four dispensaries would be allowed in the state and they would be highly regulated.
Support for the bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz was questionable when it was first filed, but became overwhelming after parents of children suffering from seizures pleaded for help during committee hearings.
“In the state of Colorado we do know that 85 percent of children who are using non-euphoric marijuana to control seizures and spasms have seen a 50 to 100 percent reduction in those seizures,” said Gaetz, R-Shalimar.
Still, a handful of House members raised concerns, including a lack of U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for the drug’s use and the possibility that the bill will open the door for wider spread use of marijuana.
“This could be the rifle shot that starts a massive avalanche,” said Rep. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala. “When I look at that I simply can’t pull the trigger.”
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Marijuana: Will lawmakers limit sales of concentrates?
Category: Concentrates | Posted on Thu, May, 1st 2014 by THCFinder
Earlier this month, lawmakers in the Colorado House approved a bill that would limit the amount of hash and other cannabis concentrates that retail marijuana stores can sell to both in-state and out-of-state customers.
State representative Jonathan Singer sponsored the legislation -- partially in response to the March death of a Wyoming college student that was questionably linked to marijuana consumption. But Singer says the measure has another goal: to prevent marijuana products leaving the state by making them harder to buy in large quantities.
House Bill 1361 would charge the Department of Revenue with establishing "the equivalent" of an ounce of marijuana in hash and other concentrates, then limit the sales of such items in recreational cannabis stores to that amount. The bill would also affect the sale of edibles.
But the legislation is vague on the specifics of determining just how much hash is in an ounce of herb -- which depends on how strong the ounce of herb is to begin with. Would they base it on a 30 percent THC OG phono or a low-THC batch of something like Blueberry? And even then, it's unclear whether legislators want producers to measure total THC in an ounce or simply estimate how much hash can be produced from an ounce. All of this would widely impact the amount of concentrates that are legally approved for sale.
Representative Jonathan Singer in a photo from his campaign website.
Say, for the sake of discussion, that the DOR determines that there are five grams of pure THC in an ounce of herb. That could mean in-state residents 21 and up would be able to purchase about six grams' worth of 90 percent THC hash oil. Since out-of-state residents are currently limited to purchasing a quarter-ounce of cannabis, they'd hypothetically only be able to buy one to two grams at any one time.
But if the lab the state chooses bases its findings on how much hash can be produced from an ounce of herb, the amounts could be much lower. We've spoken with several hash makers who tell us that a 15 percent average return from bud to concentrates is reasonable for BHO extraction -- which means they get about four grams of hash for every one ounce of herb. Icewater can be even lower -- only 8 to 10 percent resulting in top-grade smokable hash and the rest suitable mostly for cooking.
Possession of up to an ounce of concentrates would remain perfectly legal under the current wording of the bill --though once limits are established in one area of the law, it doesn't seem like too much of a jump to limit possession of concentrates to less than an ounce. However, Brian Vicente, spokesman for the Amendment 64 campaign, says the proposal will not send the state down the slippery slope towards limiting the potency of cannabis itself or requiring the purchases to correspond to a certain predetermined amount of THC.
"Nothing in this proposed bill will change the protections for adults 21 and over possessing an ounce or less of concentrates," Vicente wrote in an e-mail last week. "The bill simply directs the Marijuana Enforcement Division to provide regulatory guidance to businesses on how to comply with existing law. This is simply about creating a regulatory structure that recognizes the realities of being the first marijuana state, and mimics the restrictions on purchasing retail marijuana amounts if you do not have an in-state ID. As for the slippery slope, the legislature cannot criminalize possession of less than one ounce of marijuana concentrate because Amendment 64 protects the right of an individual to possess up to one ounce of marijuana, which explicitly includes concentrates."
HB 1361, which would allocate $100,000 toward funding an analytical study determining the one-ounce equivalency, was approved by the full House and sent to the Senate Health and Human Services committee on April 21. According to the Associated Press, the bill is up for a hearing Thursday, though the state legislative site doesn't have it listed as of this morning.
Initiative Filed To Legalize Recreational Marijuana In Nevada
Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, May, 1st 2014 by THCFinder
An initiative to legalize the recreational use, possession and distribution of cannabis has been filed in Nevada by the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana. Advocates will have until November 11th to collect 101,667 valid signatures; if they’re successful, lawmakers will consider the measure during the 2015 session. If lawmakers reject the measure, it would be automatically put to a vote of the people in 2016.
Under the proposed law, the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis would be legal for everyone 21 and older. Cannabis retail outlets would be authorized to distribute the substance.
Under current Nevada law, the possession of any amount of cannabis is a misdemeanor charge with a potential jail sentence of up to a year. For someone’s 4th offense of possession of up to an ounce of cannabis, the charge is a mandatory minimum sentence of 1 to 4 years. This new initiative would make the possession of up to an ounce entirely legal for those 21 and older.
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