New Hampshire Senate Committee Approves Decriminalization Bill
New York MMJ Companies Sue Health Department to Keep Industry Small
New York is home to one of the most restrictive medical marijuana programs in the country—a shoddy deal that has made it difficult for thousands of patients to gain easy access to the medicine they need. But this has not stopped the companies hired to manufacture and sell cannabis products throughout the state from filing a lawsuit against the agency in charge of the program in hopes of keeping the industry small and exclusively in their hands.
According to a report from the Albany Times Union, four of New York’s five medical marijuana producers have filed a lawsuit against the Department of Health in order to stop them from licensing additional cannabis companies in their territory.
The complaint, which was filed by the Medical Cannabis Industry Association, argues the Health Department’s attempt to expand the market “will completely overstep its authority delegated by the Legislature,” as outlined in the 2014 passing of the Compassionate Care Act.
Marijuana Munchies Explained by Science
Scientific studies are beginning to successfully unravel the mystery of why we get the munchies—THC stimulates appetite by regulating a group of neurons that normally suppress the appetite—even when we’re definitely not hungry.
Hence, the use of medical marijuana in the treatment of patients dealing with a loss of appetite due to complications with chemotherapy, cancer or HIV, to name a few.
Herein lies one of the pot paradoxes—weed smokers generally have a lower body mass index (BMI) and are less at risk for diabetes.
And we should try and keep it that way, so choose your munchies well.
Studies concluded that weed helps improve insulin control and regulates body weight, which explains why stoners don’t become obese from all that snacking.
Senior Citizen Removed from Assisted-Living Facility for Smoking Pot
Paul Disnard lived in a cabin on an isolated mountain road in the Aspen, Colorado area for many years. Since December, the 68-year-old has lived with 11 other seniors in an assisted-living complex called Whitcomb Terrace—from where he’ll soon be forcibly removed. For his own health. Because he smoked weed.
As the Aspen Daily News is reporting, Aspen Valley Hospital, Disnard’s landlord, has been trying to evict him since February ever since they discovered that Disnard smoked weed.
Disnard argued that “this was all Colorado, and that it was legal to have it”—but the assisted-living facility’s director made the case that for Disnard, who uses supplemental oxygen from a tank, smoking weed is dangerous for himself and others. Because there could be an explosion.
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Federal Government Admits Marijuana Legalization Doesn’t Lead to Teen Use
On April 20, as more Americans than ever before celebrated the right to use cannabis with more freedom than ever before, the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA) released a long-awaited policy paper on marijuana in America.
The NDAA, which so far has reacted to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s old-school, hard-line approach to law-and-order in America with a welcome embrace, called for the federal Justice Department to enforce federal drug laws “consistently” across the country (a not-so-coded way of calling for a crackdown).
One reason why federal law needs strict enforcing, the prosecutors argued, is the children—who also have greater access to marijuana than ever before, they claimed.
What Really Needs to Happen for Marijuana to Be Made Fully Legal Nationwide?
There is a lot of water cooler talk going on these days surrounding the issue of marijuana legalization at the national level, but very few Americans truly have a grip on the kind of legislative magic that needs to take place on Capitol Hill to actually make weed legal in all 50 states.
In theory, the process of getting a marijuana bill passed into law is relatively simple; it involves a handful of meetings, votes and ultimately final approval from the President of the United States. Anyone who has ever seen the old School House Rock segment “I’m Just a Bill” has a basic understanding of the legislative grind, but the reality is many complicated variables must fall into place for any bill to prove successful.
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