It’s that time of the year when cultivators start preparing plants for the outdoor season. Here’s what you need to do to get your cannabis garden growing.
1. Choose Your Strains Wisely
Certain strains thrive in certain climates. Sativas like Blue Dream are generally more resistant to high temperatures and humidity levels. They can take up to 14 weeks to flower in the hot climates of the Southwest or Southeast. Indicas like OG Kush, which flower in seven to 10 weeks, are more acclimated to areas like the Midwest or Northeast. They prefer dryer climates. If it rains all summer, you may want to choose a hybrid strain. It’s important to think about your local climate when deciding which strains to grow and when to bring plants outdoors.
Seeds will “pop” with 7-10 days.
2. Don’t Hate, Germinate
Start germinating seeds in early spring—April or May, depending on your climate. You can acquire them from a seed bank. To begin, take a small paper towel and dampen it. Squeeze out any excess water and lay the towel down on a flat surface. Put the seeds in the center of the towel, fold it two or three times, being careful not to lose any seeds, and then place it into a baggie or container. Leave it in a dark, warm place out of direct sunlight. Check your seedlings daily to make sure they don’t dry out. Once little white sprouts are present, they’re ready to move to small cups or pots.
Alternatively, you can start with clones from a previous crop or acquire them from a friend or a dispensary. Simply take the cuttings and place them in a soil medium of your choice (see Step 3 below) and let them take root and flourish.
John Boehner, who served as the Republican Speaker of the House from 2011 to 2015, has joined the Board of Advisors for Acreage Holdings, a multi-state corporation operating in the medical and recreational marijuana space. The company holds licenses for dozens of cannabis businesses in the United States.
Boehner is joining the group along with former Republican Governor of Massachusetts Bill Weld. Boehner, in comments to the press, made it clear that he has reversed his long held opposition to marijuana legalization. In an interview with Bloomberg news wire, he stated: “Over the last 10 or 15 years, the American people’s attitudes have changed dramatically. I find myself in that same position.”
According to NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri; “John Boehner’s evolution on marijuana legalization mirrors that of both the American public in general and Republicans specifically. Recent polling finds that over 60 percent of Americans support adult use marijuana legalization and, for the first time, this percentage includes a majority of self-identified Republicans. Allowing states the flexibility and autonomy to set their own marijuana regulatory policies is consistent with conservatives’ long-held respect for the Tenth Amendment, as well as with the party’s recent embracing of populism.”
Altieri continued, “Regardless of motive, former Speaker Boehner is still held in high regard by a large percentage of the GOP membership and voter base. We look forward to his voice joining the growing chorus calling for an end to cannabis criminalization. Anything that expedites the ability for patients to access this safe and reliable treatment alternative, and that facilitates an end to the practice of arresting otherwise law abiding citizens for the possession of a plant should be welcomed with open arms.”
Here’s a quick run-down of some of the progress MPP has made so far in 2018:
CONGRESS — In March, MPP helped coordinate the congressional advocacy effort that succeeded in renewing the federal policy that prevents Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Justice Department from interfering in state medical marijuana programs. This is an extremely important protection for patients and caregivers across the country.
VERMONT — Years of MPP-led advocacy work in the Green Mountain State yielded a major victory in January, when the legislature became the first ever to enact a marijuana legalization law legislatively (as opposed to a ballot initiative). We continue to work in Vermont with the goal of passing a law next year that will allow regulated and taxed sales (the current law only allows possession and home cultivation).
SOUTH CAROLINA — MPP, working with allied patients and loved ones, is maintaining an aggressive push for medical marijuana in the state legislature. Our bill was recently sent to the Senate floor, and we now have majority support in the House, leaving us well-positioned for passage in 2019.
MASSACHUSETTS — After winning the 2016 ballot initiative campaign and defending the law from political interference in 2017, we have remained engaged in the year-long implementation process in the Bay State. MPP has also been pushing back against local marijuana business bans. As a result of MPP’s work in Massachusetts, the licensing process for marijuana businesses just started, and the first adult-use marijuana stores in New England will open later this year.
CONNECTICUT — Since last year, MPP has led the advocacy effort to legalize and regulate marijuana in Connecticut. Last Thursday, for the first time ever, a committee approved a legalization bill, sending it to the full House.
MPP is also playing a leading role in two ballot initiative campaigns:
MICHIGAN — The Michigan marijuana legalization campaign is leading in the polls, but might face a well-funded opposition …
Among California’s bustling marijuana industry, you’ll find a wide variety of marijuana edibles. But when you want the very best – natural, top-notch products – nothing beats Kushy Punch!
Kushy Punch edibles are among the top selling edibles in all of California, despite being introduced just 3.5 years ago. Given the company’s quality products and increasingly pristine reputation, it comes as no surprise. Kushy Punch edibles are completely safe from harsh chemicals, and made using a unique method that doesn’t use starch molds or drying tunnels. Their edibles are potent, portable and crafted by professional confectionery chefs, giving them a superb quality and taste. They come in several delicious flavors such as strawberry, plum and tropical punch.
Kushy Punch’s line ofmedicated gummies come in five different varieties and potencies: Sativa, Hybrid, Indica, Recover (THC+CBD), and Kushy CBD (CBD gummies). All of their gummies are made with the terpenes inside to give the consumer a more superior experience than you will find with other edible companies.
Impressively, Kushy Punch products are located in over 1,200 dispensaries in California, and will soon will be expanding into Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Colorado and Arizona. You can find a list of dispensaries carrying their products byclicking here.
In addition to gummies, Kushy Punch recently LaunchedKushyVape, a line of vape pen products. For these products, they start with 95% pure THC and add terpenes to reconstitute a SATIVA, INDICA or HYBRID variety. They never use any cutting agents like PG, VG, PEG. They also have disposables that are also made with 95% THC oil and terpenes. Their cartridges are top flow meaning people get the biggest hits – almost like dabbing.
Kushy Punch also just launched Private Reserve, described as “a new method of using clear 90% THC oil and adding the terpenoids back in to reconstituted oil that is as close to perfection as can be.”
A key legislative committee in Missouri’s House of Representatives has approved a bill to legalize medical marijuana.
The State House Committee on Legislative Oversight voted 7 to 4 today to pass House Bill 1554, reports Eapen Thampy, a medical marijuana lobbyist. The proposed law, filed by Representative James Neely, 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 into law, “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 …
We all want thicker, longer, healthier hair. Even the guys reading this article want great hair (don’t shake your head—you know it’s true). The desire for fabulous-looking hair is so ingrained in our culture that entire (multi-million-dollar) industries have been developed to satisfy our need.
The problem is that most of the products we use contain a LONG list of chemicals you can’t even pronounce. But what if there was a product that was good for your hair and made from all-natural ingredients? Well, guess what, there is! It’s hemp oil.
In this article, the experts at Honest Marijuana reveal six amazing benefits of using hemp oil for hair. But before we get to those benefits, let’s answer two vital questions:
What is hemp oil?
Will hemp oil for hair get you high?
What Is Hemp Oil?
Hemp oil is—wait for it—an oil produced from the seeds (and sometimes plant matter) of the hemp plant. That’s why hemp oil is also known as hemp seed oil. But don’t get it confused with other cannabis oils, like THC oil or CBD oil. Those products are drastically different.
Hemp oil is primarily a foodstuff, as opposed to a recreational drug or a medicine. That means that you can bake it in your brownies, pop it in pill form (as a supplement), or rub it on your skin and hair. It also means that you can’t take hemp oil to get high or treat PTSD.
In fact, hemp oil is more like other cooking oils than it is the stuff you buy in your local dispensary. Hemp oil belongs to the same class of foods as:
Like those more familiar oils, hemp oil is produced by “pressing” hemp seeds to separate the oil from the solid matter. Now, before you run out and buy a bunch of raw hemp seeds with the goal …
Taking place July 13 to July 15, the California Chalice Festival will be the first in the state to allow recreational marijuana to be sold and consumed on-site.
The festival is slated to take place at the San Bernadino County Fairgrounds in Victorville starting July 13 and going through July 15. Launched in 2014, this year’s Chalice Festival will feature performances by Bassnectar, Ludacris, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Sizzla Kalonji, Curren$y, Cut Chemist, Pharcyde, and Thriftworks. LiveforLiveMusic.com notes that while past events have catered to medical marijuana users and paraphernalia aficionados, this year’s event will, for the first time, allow on-site marijuana consumption and purchases for adults aged 21 and older.
“On-site product vendors will be on hand to take advantage of the post-prohibition reality that legally mashes up recreational cannabis products with the large-scale music festival concept,” representatives from the festival said in a recent press release. The event will also showcase glassblowers and hash makers.
Organizers are anticipating a crowd of around 50,000 – 60,000 people for this year’s event. Those wanting to buy tickets for the marijuana-centric music festival can do so by clicking here (please note you must be 21 to attend).
Starting today, the federal government is accepting public comments regarding the potential rescheduling of marijuana as a schedule 1 controlled substances (which puts it alongside drugs such as heroin).
In response to the United Nations World Health Organization announcing that they will soon review the current international classification of marijuana, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is themselves starting a review, and are asking “interested persons” to submit comments regarding the potential rescheduling of marijuana. The public comment period will be open from today, to April 23.
The FDA is seeking input on the “abuse potential, actual abuse, medical usefulness, trafficking and impact of scheduling changes on availability for medical use of” marijuana and its compounds such as THC and CBD.
Those giving their input can submit up to 5,000 characters and can also attach relevant documents. Commenters have the option of including, or not including their contact information.
Those wanting to submit public comment can do so by clicking here.
If you’ve recently been hired for a new job or have endured some routine testing as requested by your physician, you understand what it’s like: Giving that always predictable urine specimen. While this seems to get somewhat redundant after a while, companies and doctor’s offices have their reasons for requesting urine samples. Still, some demographics are affected differently than others by these tests, including cannabis users; cannabis stays in the system for 30 to 60 days under regular use conditions, and we’ve seen a slew of people get fired from a job whether they produce a medical marijuana card or not.
Into this mix has come synthetic urine – what some refer to as “fake pee” – with various products, including our own Quick Fix 6.2 synthetic urine, offering easy ways to pass urine tests. With testing protocols looking for such elements as pH, specific gravity, creatinine, uric acid, urea and more, it’s not easy to mimic such underlying numbers, but Spectrum Labs and the Quick Fix 6.2 synthetic urine product does exactly that by ensuring everything is up to the latest standards.
The kicker? Unsuspecting and suspecting minds will never know a urine alternative has been used because Quick Fix is identical to the real thing – and toxic-free, to boot.
Pour and Go
Our synthetic urine requires no mixing, with a “pour and go” process that redefines simplicity. Medical histories can be kept private with a kit that contains everything needed to pass those dreaded urine tests, including ingredients you’ll find in natural urine such as proper pH levels, specific gravity and creatine.
With the release of the new 6.2 version, users benefit from pre-mixed uric acid in every batch, eliminating the need for mixing, and Spectrum Labs guarantees the product to pass in any condition at every lab location.
MPP members comprise the core of our supporters, providing the vital resources we need to change laws across the country. With medical marijuana likely on the ballot this year in Utah, Oklahoma, and Missouri, and an adult-use legalization initiative on the ballot in Michigan this November, the next few months are crucial for our movement.
An industrial hemp bill that’s already been passed by Maryland’s Senate has been passed through its second reading in the House of Representatives.
Senate Bill 1201 was passed Friday through its second reading in the House. The vote comes a little over two weeks after it was passed unanimously (47 to 0) by the Senate.
The proposed law would establish “an Industrial Hemp Pilot Program to authorize and facilitate the research of industrial hemp and any aspect of growing, cultivating, harvesting, processing, manufacturing, transporting, marketing, or selling industrial hemp for agricultural, industrial, or commercial purposes”. It would require “the Department of Agriculture to certify and register a site that will be used to grow or cultivate industrial hemp; etc.”.
The measure also “excludes industrial hemp from the definition of “marijuana” under criminal law provisions addressing controlled dangerous substances.”
The legislation must now be passed through one final reading in the House before it can be sent to Governor Larry Hogan for final consideration.
For more information on Senate Bill 1201, including a link to its full wording, you can click here.
A new report from the Arcview Group and BDS Analytics—“California: The Golden Opportunity?”—predicts that the state’s marijuana industry will generate more than $7.7 billion in legal sales by 2021. While some of their underlying data are a little questionable, there’s no doubt that legal marijuana will be a multibillion industry in California.
According to the report, California produced 13.5 million pounds of cannabis in 2016, of which state residents consumed only 2.5 million pounds. Arcview and BDS get that figure from a California Department of Finance report on the medical-marijuana market, “Economic Impact Analysis of Medical Cannabis Cultivation Program Regulations,” from January 2017. By using three sources of information—registered farms, eradications, and mapped but unregistered farms—the department estimated that “total statewide production equals 13.5 million pounds.”
“Assuming casual users purchase one-eighth of an ounce (3.5 grams) per month and regular users purchase three-quarters of an ounce (21 grams) per month, total annual cannabis consumption in California is between 2.2 and 2.6 million pounds,” the state report said. “This analysis assumes that the quantity consumed equals 2.5 million pounds annually in California.”
Unregulated illegal activity is notoriously hard to track, so the estimate of how much marijuana California growers illegally produce and ship out of state should be taken with a massive crystal of salt.
In the first two months of the year Oregon made over $14 million in taxes from legal marijuana sales.
According to Oregon’s Department of Revenue, the state garnered $8,001,999 in marijuana sales taxes in January of this year. This marks the largest amount of marijuana taxes the state has received in a given month since the start of legal sales a little over two years ago (beating out the previous high of $7.8 million in October, 2016). In February of this year there was a slight dip from January, but the state still brought in a considerable amount of taxes at $6,700,855.
The average of this two months puts the state on track to earn roughly $88 million in marijuana taxes for the year. This would surpass the $68,646,246 the state made in 2017, and the approximately $60 million made in 2016.
In Oregon, the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana is legal for those 21 and older. Marijuana retail outlets, licensed by the state, are authorized to sell the plant. The marijuana tax rate is 17%, with localities allowed to ad up to an additional 3%.
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has dismissed over 11,000 drug-related charges.
All of the chargers were dismissed due to evidence crossing paths with disgraced state chemist Sonja Farak, who was arrested in 2013 for stealing cocaine. Farak later admitted to spending nearly a decade stealing cocaine and other drugs that were meant as evidence. Farak also admitted to testing seized drugs (all being used as evidence in criminal cases) while under the influence of various drugs including LSD, MDMA, methamphetamine, amphetamine, phentermine and ketamine, among others.
“As an initial matter, the respondents — the attorney general and the offices of the Massachusetts district attorneys — have agreed to vacate certain convictions obtained using drug certificates signed by Sonja Farak,” wrote Justice Frank Gaziano in an April 5 declaratory judgment.
“After living with the collateral consequences of their unfair convictions, thousands of people in Massachusetts finally have the opportunity to clear their records,” says Carol Rose, executive director of the ACLU of Massachusetts. “Today is a victory for justice and fairness – and an important step toward restoring the integrity of the criminal justice system and addressing the criminalization of substance abuse.”
As part of a court order the district attorney offices put forth a list of 7,690 cases to be dismissed; this amounts to over 11,162 total dismissals, when accounting for cases with multiple defendants.
“Today, the burden of an unjust criminal conviction has been lifted off the shoulders of thousands of people, people who can now apply for jobs and housing and move forward with their lives,” CPCS staff attorney Rebecca Jacobstein said in a statement. “While we are pleased for those who have finally, after five years of litigation, obtained the relief they are entitled to, we continue to fight for those still seeking justice. We have asked the court to dismiss the remaining cases where Farak signed the drug certificate of analysis. In addition, we have asked …
This afternoon, the Connecticut Joint Committee on Appropriations voted 27-24 to approve HR 5394, a placeholder bill that would legalize and regulate the sale of marijuana to adults. The details of the legislation will be fleshed out in the coming weeks.
When the legislative session began, most doubted that any marijuana-related bill would make it out of committee in an election year. Today’s vote shows just how far we have come on this issue.
Congratulations are due to our legislative champions, members of the committee, and the dedicated advocates who have never given up and continued to push for progress.
A joint committee in Connecticut has given approval to legislation that would legalize marijuana.
House Bill 5394 was passed today by Connecticut’s Joint Committee on Appropriations. The measure would allow those 21 and older to possess and purchase marijuana, with commissioners of Mental Health and Addiction Services and Consumer Protection and Revenue Services tasked with developing regulations for possession and retail sales.
“This committee vote reiterates what most Connecticut residents already know: it is time to make marijuana legal for adults,” said Becky Dansky, legislative counsel for the Marijuana Policy Project. “The discussions that have taken place in the legislature this year have provided more than enough information to effectively move forward with legalization. Connecticut should stop punishing adults for using a substance that is safer than alcohol, and it has an opportunity to regulate marijuana before it starts losing tax revenue to other states in the region that have already started this process.”
There are nine states that have made marijuana legal for adults, as well as the District of Columbia. Neighboring Massachusetts is in the process of implementing its regulated marijuana market, and in nearby New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has made legalizing and regulating marijuana a priority this year.
A poll conducted by Sacred Heart University in October 2017 showed that 71% of Connecticut residents support regulating and taxing marijuana for adults.
Maryland has decriminalized the possession of 10 grams or less of marijuana. But 10 grams is a lower threshold than the vast majority of states that have eliminated jail time for cannabis possession, many of which use one ounce as the cutoff. As a result, in 2016 at least 4,300 people were criminally prosecuted for cannabis possession in Maryland. SB 127 would raise the threshold to one ounce.
SB 128 would address the problem that people in possession of less than 10 grams are still being criminalized in some jurisdictions by being charged with “possession with intent to distribute” — a felony — based on very limited evidence (like having their cannabis in more than one baggie). In order to address this overcharging, SB 128 would create a legal presumption that people who have less than the amount decriminalized should not be charged with possession with intent to distribute.
Both of these bills are sitting in the House Judiciary Committee, and with the legislative session ending Monday night, lawmakers need to hear from you to ensure the bills get a vote.
Since voters approved Colorado’s Amendment 64 and Washington’s Initiative 502 in 2012, the cannabis industry has experienced unparalleled economic growth. Colorado alone generated $1.5 billion in sales in 2017.
While the states approving legalization—nine, plus the District of Columbia so far—provide immense opportunities for businesses of all sizes, the legal foundation on which these programs are being built remains precarious. Until federal policies like Section 280E (no tax deductions allowed) and unfair banking laws (few accounts allowed) that negatively affect the industry are reformed, its growth will be stunted.
It’s every American’s First Amendment right to “petition the government for a redress of grievances,” and our 8th Annual Cannabis Industry Lobby Days on May 21-23 will rally more than 300 industry professionals in Washington to advocate for policy reform. At Lobby Days, National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) members get the opportunity to come together to make their voices heard in the halls of Congress, while simultaneously forging strong relationships with the most influential leaders in the industry.
“Things have shifted tremendously since I first started coming to Lobby Days six years ago,” says NCIA board member Ean Seeb. “The fact that we’re being asked questions when we go into these meetings, we’re not being pushed out of the room and people aren’t laughing at us, is a lot further than we used to be. “
Legislation to allow hemp to be legally grown in Iowa has been passed by the state’s full Senate.
The Senate approvedSenate File 2398 today in a unanimous 49 to 0 vote. Filed by Senator Tom Shipley, the measure would allow hemp to be grown by farmers and researched by state regents universities and the Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.
The proposed law would create the Industrial Hemp Council, which would consist of seven members representing the Department of Agriculture, production agriculture, the state university system, the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Public Safety, in addition to non-voting members from the legislature.
“As much paper as we go through in this place in a day’s time, there’s no reason why that paper can’t be eventually made out of hemp,” says Shipley. “There’s no reason why eventually a lot of our clothing can’t be made out of hemp. I would remind you that Henry Ford built a car out of hemp many, many years ago and fueled it on hemp oil, so there are a lot of possibilities out there. We just need to get out of our own way.”
“We need to develop new agricultural products and new agricultural markets,” says Senator Herman Quirmbach. who’s an associate professor of economics at Iowa State University. “We’re all aware that farm income is down and that the days of $7 corn have long since disappeared. The recent developments in international trade policy only serve to reinforce my view on this.”
Senate File 2398 now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration. If approved by the House, it will be sent to Governor Kim Reynolds for final consideration.
If you’re interested in concentrates, then you’ll definitely want to know more about Rosinbomb. This is a company that began life decades ago in the world of machine innovation and have, in recent years, turned their attention to rosin presses. With concentrates becoming more and more popular we should all be thankful for a company as top quality as Rosinbomb.
Two of their most beloved creations are the Rosinbomb Rocket and the Rosinbomb Super Rosin Press. These products are a little different in size and price but each one can deliver awesome amounts of concentrates and will last for a long time to come. Whether you’re already a dabber and want to be assured of a steady amount of concentrate or maybe someone who’s looking for a bit more than that, Rosinbomb have got you covered.
Perhaps the first thing you’ll notice about this range of products from Rosinbomb is their striking, cool designs. Both the Rocket and the Super Press boast stainless steel exteriors that could easily fit with any design aesthetic. These are some heavy duty pieces of equipment that perform fantastically no matter what you try throwing at it. There are so many presses out there trying to pass themselves off as high-quality these days, but they can rarely live up to their claims. That is certainly not the case with Rosinbomb, whether it’s the Rosinbomb Rocket or the Rosinbomb Super Rosin Press.
No Hydraulics or Pneumatics
Like we mentioned the Rosinbomb company started life in machine innovation and they’ve displayed those decades of experience in both the Rosinbomb Rocket and the Rosinbomb Super Rosin Press. Both of these presses are run entirely on electric power. That’s right! That means no hydraulics and no pneumatics for you to deal with. Because of that both of these machines are much easier to maintain and keep in good working order. They work soundlessly …
When deciding on a new vaporizer it can be extremely difficult to choose which one to buy. Today there are just so many available and deciding on a vaporizer that will perform as well as you want it to can be a strenuous enterprise. That’s why today we’re going to show you two vaporizers from a company that delivers a quality vaporizer each and every time.
Flowermate Technology is a company devoted to bringing the very best in vaping technology to their customers at affordable prices. Each one of their units is designed to be practical and create an unparalleled experience to other units in the industry. The Flowermate V5 Pro and the Flowermate V5 Mini are just of their units that live up to this bold mission statement.
The V5 Pro
The Flowermate V5 Pro is a wonderful choice in a vaporizer for absolutely anyone. Flowermate designed it with an eye towards simplicity and that’s just what they achieved. It’s easy to use and perfectly suitable for a first timer and would be no problem for someone with previous experience. There are just three buttons on the body of the vaporizer. One main button to powers the unit on or off and two other buttons adjust the temperature incrementally.
Controlling heat settings is of the utmost importance for any vaporizer. And by using the two smaller buttons on the Flowermate V5 Pro you can shift the temperature in tiny 1-degree increments. This level of control is what sets this vaporizer beyond others on the market. Plus, there is almost no chance of combustion, which is always a good thing.
The materials Flowermate utilize in their designs are also top of the range. Every vaporizer is made from high-quality materials. The heating chamber is entirely constructed from ceramic your material will always be evenly heated. The mouthpiece is made from Pyrex, a quality glass …
A resolution urging the federal government to legalize hemp has been signed into law by Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin.
Governor Bevin’s signing of Kentucky House Concurrent Resolution 35 comes less than two weeks after it was approved, unanimously (36 to 0), by the state’s Senate. In February it was passed by the House of Representatives in an overwhelming 93 to 2 vote.
The resolution states that the “General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky urges the United States Congress to take action by enacting legislation that:
(1) Encourages large-scale commercial cultivation of hemp by removing it from the list of controlled substances under the federal Controlled Substances Act;
(2) Prevents the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) from sending DEA agents onto farms and other sites where hemp is being grown, stored, and processed;
(3) Creates legal protections for depository institutions that provide financial services to legitimate hemp businesses; and
(4) Instructs the federal Food and Drug Administration to accelerate clinical trials and other research on the health effects of cannabidiol (CBD) and other cannabinoids found in hemp.
The Albuquerque, New Mexico City Council has passed an ordinance that would decriminalize the possession of personal amounts of marijuana.
The ordinance, which was approved by the council in a close 5 to 4 vote, would make the possession of up to an ounce (28 grams) of marijuana a simple $25 ticket. Currently possessing even a gram of marijuana can result in a misdemeanor and being put in jail for up to 15 days.
Councilmember Pat Davis, who filed the measure with Councilmember Isaac Benton, compared the ticket that would be issued for marijuana possession to a traffic ticket. He says it beats “having to check a box for the rest of your life”, referring to those filing applications (either for work, school, etc.) and being asked if they’ve ever been convicted of a drug-related crime. “At the end of the day, our police officers have more important things to do”, says Davis.
Before the proposal can become law, if must either be signed by Mayor Tim Keller (D), or be allowed by him to become law without his signature. A similar measure was vetoed in 2015, but at that point Keller wasn’t mayor; Richard Berry (R) was.
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).
A Louisiana House committee has voted in favor of a bill to add autism spectrum disorder to the state’s list of qualifying medical marijuana conditions.
The House Health and Welfare Committee voted 9 to 4 last week to pass House Bill 627, sending it towards a vote by the full House of Representatives. The bill would expand the state’s medical marijuana program, approved in 2017, by adding autism spectrum disorders to the list of qualifying conditions.
John Vanchierre, M.D., who heads up the Louisiana chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, argued in opposition to the measure, saying that there isn’t enough studies proving that marijuana can help those with autism.
“Allowing medical marijuana to be used, without FDA standards, is not appropriate”, said Vanchierre. “This is a safety issue”.
Representative Larry Bagley responded by saying that “I’ve always voted along the lines going with doctors who say it won’t work. I’m getting a little weary of waiting for these studies.”
Cardiologist Dr James Smith spoke in support of the bill; “Cannabis is a safe medicine. 900 people died last year from acetominophine. None from cannabis”.
House Bill 627 now moves towards a full House vote. If passed by the House, it will be sent to the Senate, where approval will send it to Governor John Bel Edwards for final consideration.