Legislation that would alter the Colorado Food and Drug Act to allow products containing industrial hemp has been passed through its second reading in the state’s Senate.
House Bill 1295 was passed today through its second reading in the Senate, roughly two weeks after it was passed unanimously (62 to 0) in the House of Representatives. The measure will need to be passed through one more reading in the Senate before it can be sent to Governor John Hickenlooper for consideration.
According to its official summary; “The bill establishes that food and cosmetics are not adulterated or misbranded by virtue of containing industrial hemp. The bill also sets forth the department of public health and environment’s powers with regard to applicants and registrants engaged in, or attempting to engage in, the wholesale food selling, manufacturing, processing, or storage of an industrial hemp product, as that term is defined in the bill.”
Pennsylvania State Sen. Daylin Leach speaking at right.
The good news is cannabis flower will eventually be available in dispensaries that opened throughout the Keystone State earlier this year. The bad news is it will only be allowed for vaping purposes. According to Dr. Levine, smoking medical-grade marijuana would be a criminal offense. Currently, cannabis is available in Pennsylvania as a concentrated oil or tincture. “I really do think this is the right thing to do,” she stated. The health department has a 90-day comment period before it can effect changes in the program.
Levine also approved the board’s recommendation to add cancer remission therapy to the list of accepted conditions and changed the definition of chronic intractable pain. Leach would like to go further (such as including insomnia as a condition), but said he was “happy about this expansion.”
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Pennsylvania’s full Senate has unanimously passed a resolution urging the federal government to remove marijuana as a schedule 1 controlled substance.
Senate Resolution 258, filed by Senator Anthony Williams (D), was given approval today by the Pennsylvania Senate in a unanimous 46 to 0 vote. The resolution urges the Congress of the United States “to amend the Controlled Substances Act to remove marijuana as a Schedule I controlled substance and to recognize the proven medical purposes of marijuana.”
The official text of the resolution states:
RESOLVED, That the Senate of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania urge the Congress of the United States to amend the Controlled Substances Act to remove marijuana as a Schedule I controlled substance and to recognize the proven medical purposes of marijuana; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this resolution be transmitted to the President of the United States, the presiding officers of each house of Congress and to each member of Congress from Pennsylvania.
The full text of Senate Resolution 258 can be found by clicking here.
Missouri’s full House of Representatives has passed legislation that would legalize medical marijuana.
The House approved House Bill 1554 today after hours of debate. Filed by Representative James Neely, the measure would expand “the definition of investigational drug, biological product, or device so that it can include medical cannabis.” Under this provision, “a dispensing organization or manufacturer of an investigational drug, biological product, or device that has successfully completed phase one of a clinical trial but has not been approved for general use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and remains under investigation in a clinical trial can be made available to certain eligible patients who have terminal illnesses.”
This bill also “changes the law regarding the use of hemp extract to treat intractable epilepsy to authorize the legal use of medical marijuana to treat terminal illnesses”, and “authorizes the Department of Health and Senior Services to issue medical cannabis registration cards to any Missouri resident, 18 years old or older, who can provide a statement signed by a doctor stating that the individual suffers from a terminal illness and may benefit from treatment with medical cannabis and that the individual has considered all other treatment options currently approved by the FDA and all relevant clinical trials conducted in Missouri.”
Parents of minor children suffering from intractable epilepsy or a terminal illness or condition “can also obtain medical cannabis cards on behalf of their children. These registration cards will only be valid for one year but can be renewed.”
If the bill is passed by the Senate and signed into law (or allowed to become law without a signature) by Governor Eric Greitens, “the department will publish a list of debilitating diseases or conditions for which a medical cannabis or hemp extract registration card can be issued. A medical cannabis registration card may only be issued for terminal illnesses and a hemp extract registration card may only be issued …
Enough valid signatures have been gathered in Michigan to place a marijuana legalization initiative on this November’s general election ballot.
The Committee to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol has submitted an estimated 277,370 valid signatures for their marijuana legalization initiative, according to the Bureau of Elections. This is well more than the 252,523 needed to place the proposal on the November ballot. The Board of State Canvassers is expected to officially certify the signature count later this week.
If passed into law by voters, the initiative would legalize the possession and personal cultivation of marijuana for those 21 and older, while establishing a system of licensed marijuana retail outlets. Marijuana would be taxed with a 10% excise tax and a 6% sales tax, with funding going towards schools, local governments and road repairs.
The Committee to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, which put forth the initiative, is a partnership between the Marijuana Policy Project, the ACLU of Michigan, the Drug Policy Alliance, the National Patients Rights Association, Michigan NORML, MI Legalize, the Michigan Cannabis Coalition, and lawyers from the State Bar of Michigan Marijuana Law Section.
For more information on the Committee to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, and to view the full text of their initiative, click here.
The Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine announced the department will implement all of the advisory board’s recommended changes to the medical marijuana program. They include:
Allowing patients to use whole plant, flower cannabis via vaporization.
Rewording the qualifying condition “severe chronic or intractable pain” to delete the phrase “in which conventional therapeutic intervention and opiate therapy is contraindicated or ineffective.”
Allowing patients to qualify if they are undergoing “addiction substitute therapy — opioid reduction.”
Adding the following conditions to the program: cancer while in remission therapy, neurodegenerative diseases, dyskinetic and spastic movement disorders, and terminal illness.
Eventually requiring minor patients to have recommendations from a pediatrician or other pediatric or adolescent health specialist. (This could be problematic due to the very small number of pediatricians who are recommending cannabis.)
The department will promulgate regulations with these changes on May 12, and they will then undergo legislative review.
These changes would have a major impact for Pennsylvania patients. Allowing cannabis in its flower form is crucial to affordability. And with the revised wording for severe pain, Pennsylvania will no longer steer pain patients to more dangerous medications, such as opiates.
The New Hampshire Senate Health and Human Services Committee is expected to vote on HB 1476 next Tuesday, April 24.
The bill, which has already passed the House in a voice vote, would allow home cultivation of up to two mature cannabis plants and 12 seedlings by registered patients and caregivers. Many patients are unable to afford the products that are available at dispensaries, which are not covered by health insurance. Others have to drive long distances in order to reach a dispensary. For some patients, home cultivation is simply the best, most affordable option.
If you are a New Hampshire resident, please call or email your state senator’s office today and urge them to support allowing limited home cultivation.
The House version of the South Carolina Compassionate Care Act, H 3521, emerged from committee today in a landslide 14-3 vote.
Unfortunately, a key deadline has passed, and it’s too late for the medical cannabis bill to become law this year. However, it’s important to remind lawmakers that patients and those who care for them are counting on their support.
There is much to be done before the bill becomes law, but today’s vote marks a big step forward for patients. Both the House and the Senate versions made it through their committees, and the bills were sent to the full bodies in both chambers.
Thank you to bill sponsors, Sen. Tom Davis and Rep. Peter McCoy, and the many supporters who have been active behind the scenes and at the hearings, including those who attended an educational symposium for lawmakers yesterday evening.
Have you ever mixed Cheetos and Sour Straws? Have you ever covered spicy pickles with whipped cream for an afternoon treat? Have you ever emptied the contents of your refrigerator into the kitchen sink and eaten it with a large spoon?
If you can answer yes to any of these questions, you’ve experienced (maybe “enjoyed” is a better word) the munchies. Having the munchies is an integral part of the marijuana experience, and every cannasseur has their own hilarious story to tell (peanut butter/marshmallow fluff/caramel corn sandwich, anyone?).
But why does weed make you hungry? What’s going on in your body that makes any and every combination of food sound like the best thing ever? The experts at Honest Marijuana are here to peel back the foil, remove the plastic, and pop the top, if you will, to reveal the chemistry and biology that causes you to become ravenous after toking a doobie.
Before we get to that, it’s essential that you understand the natural feeling of hunger (without the influence of weed). That’s what we’ll focus on in the next section.
Why Do You Get Hungry?
The simple answer is that you feel hungry because your stomach is empty. But that’s much too basic an explanation for our readers, so let’s break it down. Stand back—we’re going to do some science!
Think of your stomach like the fuel tank on your car. You don’t want to run out of gas because that would be a major pain and seriously cut into your social life. So as the needle on your dashboard moves closer and closer to E, you become more and more motivated to stop and fill up your tank.
A similar thing happens in your stomach. Your body doesn’t want to run out of energy (calories) because that would be a major pain (e.g., eventual death). So as your body’s energy stores decrease, your stomach and gastrointestinal tract …
Alaska’s full legislature has passed a resolution urging the federal government to respect their marijuana laws, and to consider a change in federal law.
House Joint Resolution No. 21 was passed unanimously by both the House and Senate. The House concurred with the Senate’s version on April 20.
The resolution urges the federal government” to respect the authority of the state to regulate marijuana use, production, and distribution and to honor previous federal guidance on marijuana policy”, and urges them “to reconsider its listing of marijuana as a schedule I controlled substance.”
Alaska is one of nine U.S. states where marijuana is legal, thanks to a citizen’s initiative passed in 2014. The law allows those 21 and older to possess and use up to an ounce of marijuana, which they can purchase from a state-licensed marijuana retail outlet.
The full text of House Joint Resolution No. 21 can be found by clicking here.
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Sen. Chuck Schumer on state marijuana legalization: “The experiment has been a success.” (Photo by Getty Images)
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) thinks it’s time to federally decriminalize marijuana because “it’s the right thing to do—freedom.” The Senator’s surprising support for cannabis comes at a time when numerous bills in Congress would do just that.
But Schumer says he’ll be introducing his own legislation “to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level from one end of the country to the other. The legislation is long overdue… If smoking marijuana doesn’t hurt anyone else, why shouldn’t we allow people to do it and not make it criminal? Each state can decide on their own.”
Schumer explains that he too has “evolved” on this issue: “I studied the issue. We’ve now had some evidence. In Washington and other states, t’s done lots of good and no harm. Justice Brandeis said let the states be laboratories. Now’ve have had a few states, we’ve had a few laboratories. The experiment has been a success. Let’s nationalize it… Legalization is just fine… All the parade of horribles that people talked about didn’t occur. Crime did not spike in any place. There’s no evidence that young people are using drugs of any type more. The pathway issue hasn’t proven to be true. So it all makes sense. When you get evidence, you act on it.”
It’s 4/20, marijuana’s unofficial worldwide holiday! It’s a time to celebrate the plant, especially for those in areas where it’s legal. But amidst the fun, let’s not forget about those still suffering from the longstanding war on marijuana.
Despite marijuana reform hitting like a tsunami across the world (Uruguay has legalized, Canada is close, etc.) and the U.S. (it’s now legal recreationally in nine states), there remains thousands of people currently imprisoned simply for possessing marijuana. Even in states where it’s currently legal, many sit in prison this 4/20, away from their family and friends, all for breaking an unjust law that’s no longer in place.
Hundreds of thousands of people are arrested each year in the U.S. for marijuana prohibition, and although some get off without jail time, many aren’t as lucky. In some cases they’re sentenced to numerous years in prison. We must regularly take the time (and especially so on 4/20) to really breath in just how absurd and ugly this situation is; people are having years of their lives wasted away all for using/possessing a nonlethal plant – a plant that’s now legal in many places.
These “marijuana POWs” are why marijuana reform advocates must demand that the plant not only be legalized, but that the laws be applied retroactively in order to free those currently in prison. Not only must laws be passed to free current prisoners, but to expunge their records (and the records of those previously charged but not currently in jail) so that the marijuana charge/s doesn’t haunt them for the rest of their lives.
All of this said, we’re not telling you not to enjoy 4/20, but while we contemplate and celebrate this amazing plant, let’s retain and build upon a passion for true, unequivocal change. We must never be complacent!
An ordinance decriminalizing the possession of personal amounts of marijuana has officially taken effect in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The new law coincidentally (or maybe not!) takes effect on 4/20, the unofficial cannabis holiday (the law officially took effect as the clocks hit midnight MDT). The law taking effect comes a little over two weeks after it was passed by the city council in a 5 to 4 vote, and eight days after it was signed into law by Mayor Tim Keller (D).
Under the new law, the possession of up to an ounce (28 grams) of marijuana is a simple $25 ticket, rather than a misdemeanor punishable by jail time as it was before. The measure was filed by Councilmembers Pat Davi and Isaac Benton.
“At the end of the day, our police officers have more important things to do”, says Davis.
Albuquerque is by far the most populated city in New Mexico with roughly 560,000 residents, roughly a fourth of all residents in New Mexico (which has a population of slightly over 2 million).
In 1996, with California’s vote to legalize medical marijuana—followed shortly thereafter by Arizona and Oregon—we moved into a new period of activism driven by the will of the voters, not the politicians. Victories for medical marijuana and decriminalization began piling up in state after state.
The adult-use victories of 2012 and 2014 in Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and the District of Columbia signaled the shift to broader acceptance and increasingly sophisticated campaigns. The wins in eight of nine states’ elections in 2016 cemented the revolution.
The winner of the next presidential election will be a candidate who embraces our cause to finish the job of ending the failed federal prohibition of marijuana.
The public, and some politicians, finally understood that it was time to end the failed prohibition of cannabis. …
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D) announced today that he will soon be introducing legislation that would decriminalize marijuana across the United States.
In an interview with VICE News Schumer called the legislation “long overdue”, and said that “too many people” have been effected by the plant’s prohibiton.
“I’ll be introducing legislation to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level from one end of the country to the other,” said Schumer, who is the leading Democrat in the Senate. Schumer’s announcement comes just weeks after the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) announced legislation that would legalize hemp.
“I’ve seen too many people’s lives ruined because they had small amounts of marijuana and served time in jail, much too long”, says Schumer. “Ultimately, it’s the right thing to do. Freedom.” Schumer adds; “If smoking marijuana doesn’t hurt anybody else, why shouldn’t we allow people to do it and not make it criminal?”
Schumer’s commitment to file marijuana decriminalization legislation comes just days after President Trump made a commitment to respect state marijuana laws, and to support efforts to change federal law.
According to new polling a strong majority of Texas voters support legalizing cannabis for all uses.
The poll, conducted by Quinnipiac University, finds that 61% of voters in the state are in favor of ending cannabis prohibition, with 39% opposed. Democrats support the measure at a much higher rate – 69% – whereas Republican support is 50%, but still significant (43%). Among Independents, support was the same as for Democrats at 69%.
“Texans are not much different than voters in other parts of the country”, states a Quinnipiac University press release announcing the new survey. “They support almost 2-1 the idea of allowing small amounts of marijuana for personal use”.
The poll found that although men support legalization at a higher rate than women (65% are in favor with 31% opposed), women still support the move with a clear majority, 57% to 36%.
Among every age group only those 65+ oppose legalization (40% to 51%), with those 18-34 having the highest level of support (79% to just 16%).
South Carolina’s House Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs Committee overwhelmingly approved a medical cannabis legalization bill on Thursday.
The South Carolina Compassionate Care Act (House Bill 3521), was passed by the committee in a 14 to 3 vote. The bill would allow those with certain medical conditions who receive a doctor recommendation to use medical cannabis and cannabis products. A companion measure in the Senate was passed through the Senate Medical Affairs Committee late last month.
“The diligent work of patients, advocates, and supportive lawmakers is paying off, and South Carolinians are closer to finding relief with medical cannabis than ever before,” says Janel Ralph, executive director of Compassionate South Carolina, which has been working to legalize medical cannabis in the state for years. “This issue needs to stay at the forefront of the legislature’s attention, and we will continue working to educate them about the need for a compassionate medical cannabis program in our state. Patients will continue to suffer until this bill is passed and implemented. We commend lawmakers for allowing the Compassionate Care Act to progress this far, and urge them not to delay taking it up when the next session begins.”
The South Carolina Compassionate Care Act, introduced last year by Senator Tom Davis and Representative Peter McCoy, would allow patients with certain debilitating conditions to access medical cannabis if their doctors recommend it. The Department of Health and Environmental Control would regulate and license medical cannabis cultivation centers, processing facilities, dispensaries, and independent testing laboratories. Qualifying conditions would include cancer, PTSD, Crohn’s disease, glaucoma, HIV, autism, Hepatitis C, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and any condition causing debilitating pain, severe nausea, and seizures.
According to a statewide Winthrop Poll, 78% of South Carolina adults support legalizing medical cannabis.
According to an October 2016 Winthrop Poll, 78% of South Carolina residents approve of making cannabis legal for medical purposes.
Location: Annenberg Theater at the Newseum, Washington, DC
Description: A full day of panel discussions and keynotes, including Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), DC Attorney General Karl Racine and Ben Jealous. The next day, the National Cannabis Festival, featuring Cypress Hill, will take place at RFK Stadium.
A resolution urging the federal government to respect Alaska’s marijuana legalization law, and to consider a change in federal law, has been passed by the state’s full Senate.
House Joint Resolution No. 21 urges the federal government” to respect the authority of the state to regulate marijuana use, production, and distribution and to honor previous federal guidance on marijuana policy”, and urges them “to reconsider its listing of marijuana as a schedule I controlled substance.” The House of representative has already approved the resolution in a unanimous vote last month.
Alaska of course is one of nine U.S. states where marijuana is legal. Passed in 2014, Alaska’s marijuana law allows those 21 and older to possess and use up to an ounce of marijuana, which they can purchase from a state-licensed marijuana retail outlet. The law also allows for the personal cultivation of marijuana.
For the full text of House Joint Resolution No. 21, click here.
Louisiana’s full House of Representatives has given approval to legislation that would make the state’s medical cannabis law permanent.
House Bill 823, filed by Representative Vincent Pierre (D), was passed by the House yesterday in a 69 to 23 vote. According to its official text, the measure; “Repeals the termination date of laws authorizing the recommendation or prescription of medical marijuana in the treatment of certain debilitating medical conditions”.
Louisiana’s current medical marijuana law, passed in 2016, allows those with a qualifying medical cannabis condition to purchase and use medical cannabis products, given they receive a recommendation from a physician. Qualifying conditions include cachexia/wasting syndrome, cancer, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy, HIV/AIDS, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis and seizure disorders/spasticity. This law is set to expire in 2020, but would become permanent under House Bill 823.
Earlier this month the House voted 60 to 39 to expand the list of qualifying medical marijuana conditions to include intractable pain, glaucoma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), severe muscle spasms and Parkinson’s disease.
A bipartisan group of U.S. representatives have filed legislation that would facilitate government-sponsored research on the use of medical cannabis by veterans.
The VA Medicinal Cannabis Research Act of 2018 (HR 5520) was filed by representative Timothy Waltz (D) with 34 bipartisan co-sponsors. The measure states that; “In carrying out the responsibilities of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.. the Secretary may conduct and support research relating to the efficacy and safety of forms of cannabis.. on the health outcomes of covered veterans diagnosed with chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other conditions the Secretary determines appropriate.”
The measure authorizes “the Secretary to conduct and support research on the efficacy and safety of medicinal cannabis.”
According to recent polling published by The American Legion, 39% stated that they “know a veteran” who is using medical cannabis, with 21% saying they themselves “use cannabis to treat a mental or physical condition.”
If you support this proposal you can click here to urge your federal lawmakers to do the same.
Sex appeal. That’s what it’s all about with the PAX 3. It’s sleek, it’s compact, it’s minimalist… the iPhone of vaporizers. But where did this unique design come from? Why does it give off this feeling of style? The Californian based PAXLabs has got the branding for the PAX 3 spot on, and it is a pleasure to use. But how did they get to this stage? How did they come up with the most distinctive design on the market and inspire a generation of would-be dry herb vapers? Read on to find out more.
1) Apple Inspired Vape Design
There’s no doubt about where the inspiration for the PAX 3 comes from – just one glance at that matte finish and the distinct lack of any noticeable buttons exudes Apple, and by association, California. What a perfect companion for all you Apple fans out there who like a little bit of dry herb vaping in your life – hell, why not download the corresponding PAX app from the Apple App Store? 😉 In fact, the inspiration is so obviously taken from Apple it doesn’t just stop with the vape itself, let’s consider the packaging for a moment – an unnecessarily large white box with a hefty padded base protecting all the vital components of the PAX 3 (don’t go damaging those cleaning brushes!), ring any bells?
But seriously, when you see your PAX 3 sitting there on the living room table don’t you just dream of driving down the magnificent California coastline in the glorious sunshine, the waves breaking invitingly against the shore, vaping your PAX 3 just before an awesome surf sesh? I know this guy is…