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Utah Congressman Introduces Bill To Protect Medical Marijuana Patients Using CBD

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, March, 17th 2016 by THCFinder

Congressman Jason Chaffetz medical marijuana cbdToday, Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) introduced H.R. 4779, the CBD Oil Act of 2016, which would bar prosecution of individuals who use cannabidiol (CBD) oil for medical purposes as permitted by existing state law. Fifteen states, including Utah, have passed legislation permitting use of CBD oil for medicinal purposes. This legislation is supported by Utah Governor Gary Herbert.

Chaffetz: ”The use of CBD oil to treat epilepsy, cancer, and other intractable diseases has been successful for many patients including children. Patients who qualify to receive treatment should not have to fear prosecution by the federal government. States have taken the lead on this issue and the federal government should follow.”

Gov. Herbert: “I support Rep. Chaffetz in his effort to alleviate the fear that many Utah families face over conflicting state and federal laws regarding cannabis oil. This legislation resolves that concern by respecting decisions made at the local level.”

CBD oil is a naturally occurring substance derived from cannabis and, as a Schedule I substance, it falls under the definition of “marihuana” in the Controlled Substances Act. Consequently, the purchase or possession of the substance could subject a patient to federal prosecution. This bill defers to states on the legality of prescribed medicinal CBD oil use.

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/utah-congressman-introduces-bill-to-protect-medical-marijuana-patients-using-cbd/


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Pennsylvania House Approves Medical Marijuana, Final Vote Coming Soon

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, March, 16th 2016 by THCFinder

After an excruciating year of political sandbag tactics, it seems that Pennsylvania is finally on the verge of legalizing a decent medical marijuana program.

On Monday evening, the House of Representatives gathered for several hours to discuss a number of proposed amendments to Senate Bill 3, a measure intended to give patients suffering from a handful of qualified conditions access to cannabis products. In a vote of 152-38, the House managed to reach an agreement on an updated version of the bill. It is expected to go before the House for a final vote later this week. 

The latest draft of Senate Bill 3 would allow patients with conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder, cancer, chronic pain, AIDS and epilepsy to get their hands on non-smokable forms of marijuana. It was previously suggested that the pot products manufactured and sold in Pennsylvania would contain no more than 10 percent THC, but an amendment approved in a vote of 97-91 eliminated this restriction altogether.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/pennsylvania-house-approves-medical-marijuana-final-vote-coming-soon


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Ohio Medical Marijuana Initiative Resubmitted To AG’s Office

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, March, 16th 2016 by THCFinder

ohioans for medical marijuanaBackers of a proposed 2016 ballot measure to establish a comprehensive medical marijuana program in Ohio resubmitted their initiative petition to the Ohio Attorney General on Tuesday with more than 2,800 signatures.

The office has 10 days to examine the official summary of the initiative and confirm the petition contains at least 1,000 valid signatures of Ohio voters. The petition will then be sent to the Ohio Ballot Board, which will have 10 days to review the measure and confirm it complies with Ohio initiative laws. Initiative backers will then need to collect an additional 305,591 valid signatures of Ohio voters by early July in order to qualify for the November ballot.

Attorney General Mike DeWine notified Ohioans for Medical Marijuana on Friday that he had rejected the group’s initial submission because he found three deficiencies in the official summary of the initiative.

In addition to addressing the attorney general’s comments in the summary, initiative backers amended the initiative to include additional debilitating medical conditions that would be covered by the program. Specifically, the new version includes autism with aggressive or self-injurious behaviors, sickle cell anemia, severe fibromyalgia, spinal cord disease, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury or post-concussion syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, muscular dystrophy, and Huntington’s disease. It would also make Ohio the first state to allow medical marijuana as a treatment for chronic traumatic encephalopathy, also known as CTE, a degenerative brain disease found in professional football players and others who have experienced repetitive brain trauma.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/ohio-medical-marijuana-initiative-resubmitted-to-ags-office/


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Michigan Dispensary Raids Generating Some Controversy

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, March, 14th 2016 by THCFinder

Several weeks after a city in Northern Michigan passed a zoning ordinance in support of local medical marijuana dispensaries, a number of federal and state law enforcement agencies descended upon two counties to bring down the heat on 12 dispensaries that they claim had been selling weed to people without a medical marijuana card.

Last Thursday, U.S. Homeland Security teamed up with the Michigan State Police and a number of sheriff's offices to conduct a massive raid on dispensaries and patients in the cities of Gaylord and Vanderbilt. Reports indicate that the search warrants were the result of a lengthy investigation into the unauthorized sale of medicinal cannabis products prohibited under state law. 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/michigan-dispensary-raids-generating-some-controversy


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Sanders Leaves Michigan, Cops Begin Raiding Medical Marijuana Shops Next Day

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, March, 12th 2016 by THCFinder

bernie sanders marijuanaIf you were looking for an example of how the Michigan government has politicized every aspect of state authority, you just found it.

Homeland Security, Michigan State Police and other agencies raided nine medical marijuana distribution centers in the town of Gaylord, Michigan Thursday night, just weeks after the City Council passed an ordinance in support of dispensaries.

Not only did they hit those nine, they have swept out a total of at least a dozen mid-Michigan dispensaries within 48 hours. The raids began less than 24 hours after liberal candidate Bernie Sanders won Tuesday’s Democratic presidential primary election.

The primary election was called by news media in favor of Bernie Sanders at 11:00 pm on March 8. By 6:00 pm on March 9, the raiding of medical marijuana patient homes and businesses had begun.

Governor Rick Snyder strikes again, this time with a blue fist.

Read More:xhttp://www.theweedblog.com/sanders-leavesmichigan-cops-begin-raiding-medical-marijuana-shops-next-day/


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Senator Graham Lends Support To Comprehensive Medical Marijuana Bill

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, March, 11th 2016 by THCFinder
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Yesterday, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) joined the bipartisan Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States (CARERS) Act (S. 683) as a co-sponsor. The support of Senator Graham coincides with the one-year anniversary of the bill’s introduction by Senators Cory Booker (D-NY), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Rand Paul (R-KY).  The CARERS Act is the most comprehensive piece of medical cannabis legislation ever introduced in the U.S. Congress and would remedy the state-federal conflict over medical cannabis law.

“Graham’s support of CARERS Act is a significant step for patients” said Americans for Safe Access Executive Director, Steph Sherer. “This development should finally compel fellow Republican and Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley to allow the bill a vote. This is the only way to respect the 40 states that have laws recognizing medical use and the more than 80% of voters who support it.”

The passage of the CARERS Act  would allow state medical marijuana programs to continue without federal interference, move marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule II of the Controlled Substance Schedule, remove the marijuana compound Cannabidiol (CBD) entirely from the schedule, create access to banking services for marijuana businesses in legal states, eliminate the DEA-mandated “NIDA-monopoly” that prevents researchers from obtaining marijuana for clinical studies, and allow Veterans Health Administration physicians to write recommendations in states that have established a medical marijuana program.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/senator-graham-lends-support-to-comprehensive-medical-marijuana-bill/


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