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State Senate Passes Marijuana Reform Law, Allows Oil for Epileptics

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, February, 21st 2016 by THCFinder

RICHMOND, Va (WVIR) -

The Virginia Senate passed a bill that will allow the production and manufacturing of two different marijuana oils for patients with epilepsy. It's called the Medical Marijuana Program Improvement bill.    

Last year, two bills gave epilepsy patients a defense if found in possession of cannabis oils. But, the law provided no way for patients to actually obtain the oils without breaking federal and state laws.

That's where this latest bill would change things.

"People suffer everyday because they don't have the proper medication or what they do have makes them more sick, and research has shown that cannabis oil can really improve their conditions and bring them on the road to recovery,” Jes Bossems, director of Jefferson Area National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), said.

Read More:http://www.nbc29.com/story/31275719/state-senate-passes-marijuana-reform-law-allows-oil-for-epileptics


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CBD Medicines Face New National Challenges

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, February, 20th 2016 by THCFinder

cbdThe Cannabis Benchmarks Weekly Report tells us that a half-dozen companies who market CBD-laden medicines and foods were sent letters this month from the FDA warning them against making claims of health benefits.

CBD is the shortened name of cannabidiol, a phytocannabinoid chemical prevalent in cannabis, especially when plants are specifically bred by master growers to express this characteristic. CBD medicines are currently available to patients in 23 licensed medical marijuana states, the District of Columbia, and 15 additional states where CBD-based treatments are the only form of medical marijuana legally available to citizens.

Six American companies that market and sell CBD products received letters from the FDA this month, warning them about language used on their websites. New Cannabis Ventures, the Benchmarks publisher, claims it is “the FDA’s opinion that even marketing CBD products as a dietary supplement is at this time against the law.”

They cite this passage from one of the letters authored by the Food and Drug Administration:

“If a substance (such as CBD) has been authorized for investigation as a new drug for which substantial clinical investigations have been instituted and for which the existence of such investigations has been made public, then products containing that substance are outside the definition of a dietary supplement. There is an exception if the substance was “marketed as” a dietary supplement or a conventional food before the new drug investigations were authorized; however, based on available evidence, FDA has concluded that this is not the case for CBD.”

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/cbd-medicines-face-new-national-challenges/


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10 top-rated states for medical marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, February, 20th 2016 by THCFinder

While it's still controversial, medical marijuana is edging toward normality. Forty states (and the District of Columbia) now have some form of law on the books that allow the drug to be used for a variety of ailments, and sales are soaring— reaching $5.4 billion in 2015.

That doesn't mean it's widely available in all of those states, of course. Some, like Alabama and South Carolina, have extremely strict circumstances under which cannabidiol products can be prescribed, and still forbid the production and distribution of the drug. And even in states where it's easier to come by, there are differences in how it's handled.

Read More:http://www.cnbc.com/2016/02/19/10-top-rated-states-for-medical-marijuana.html


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Georgia Sheriffs Are Sabotaging Medical Marijuana Bill

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, February, 17th 2016 by THCFinder

Although there was some momentum in the state legislature this session to pass a marijuana bill that would allow a statewide cultivation and distribution system to be created for patients given permission to use cannabis oil, it seems that many Georgia lawmakers are now nervous about tendering their support for the measure because state law enforcement officials have convinced them that this move will lead to an uprising in drug addiction and crime.

Testifying during a recent committee hearing on behalf of the Georgia Sheriffs Association, Catoosa County Sheriff Gary Sisk said that people would employ the same underhanded tactics they use now to con physicians into feeding them painkillers to get their hands on medical marijuana if the state decides to engage in cultivation. The veteran officer suggested that this law would create a stoned legion of drug addicts that could pose a threat to communities all over the state.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/georgia-sheriffs-are-sabotaging-medical-marijuana-bill


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Virginia Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Program Improvement Bill

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, February, 17th 2016 by THCFinder

virginia medical marijuanaYesterday, the Virginia Senate by a vote of 37 to 2 passed SB 701, a bill that would allow the production and manufacturing of Cannabidiol (CBD) oil and THC-A oil in the state.  For the past several weeks patients, parents, and advocates from across the state worked tirelessly to persuade  members of the Senate to move forward on this issue which until last year seemed out of reach for Virginia’s  conservative legislature.

Last year’s passage of SB 1235 and HB 1445 gave intractable epilepsy patients and their caregivers an affirmative defense for possession of two marijuana oils, THCa and CBD used to treat seizures.  However, the law provides no way for patients to obtain the oils without breaking federal and state laws. To help rectify this situation Senator Marsden from Fairfax introduced SB701 which, if passed, will provide a mechanism for production of these oils for patients with intractable epilepsy in the state.

“Patients and their families undergo incredible daily stress managing uncontrolled seizures. Breaking laws to obtain this treatment, is an additional stressor these families do not need.  Yesterday’s vote is a just another small victory towards ensuring these patients have safe, reliable access to this treatment”, said Beth Collins, ASA director of communications and outreach. “The passage of SB701 would have a dramatic impact on the lives of patients by further expanding the medical cannabis program to allow access within the state of Virginia to low-THC extracts.”

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/virginia-senate-passes-medical-marijuana-program-improvement-bill/


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Marijuana Policy Project Unveils Details About Ohio Medical Marijuana Initiative

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, February, 16th 2016 by THCFinder

ohio marijuana medical marijuana legalizationOhio tried to become the first state to skip legalizing medical marijuana and go straight to full recreational marijuana legalization in 2015. That effort was soundly defeated. Immediately after the recreational marijuana legalization initiative was defeated, activists were calling for organizations to step in and put together a better effort. Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) stepped up and announced that it would be pushing for a medical marijuana initiative for the 2016 ballot. Up until today, there weren’t any details available. However, today MPP released some details, per Cleveland.Com:

The amendment will establish a system where patients with certain medical conditions can apply for a medical marijuana ID card that allows them to buy and possess marijuana. The state would license businesses to grow, process, test, distribute and sell medical marijuana, and sales tax would be applied. License fees and tax revenues would pay for the program’s administrative costs.

Kampia said patients and their caregivers could grow their own marijuana as soon as the amendment becomes law.

And there will not be a monopoly, a sticking point with the recreational marijuana amendment last year.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/marijuana-policy-project-unveils-details-about-ohio-medical-marijuana-initiative/


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