Jun 272016
 June 27, 2016
Congress Blocks Veterans Equal Access Amendment Despite House And Senate Approval

On Thursday, news broke that the Veterans Equal Access Amendment had been stripped from the House Conference Report of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (MilCon-VA) and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017. The provision was removed from the conference version of the bill, despite passing in the Senate Appropriations Committee 20-9, and on the House floor 233-189. The removal of an amendment to an appropriations bill that has been approved in both chambers is unprecedented and defies explanation. “Blocking this amendment at the conference committee stage is an assault on democracy and those Americans who risked their lives and health

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Jun 252016
 June 25, 2016
NORML's Legislative Round Up Last Week Of June 2016

By Danielle Keane, NORML Political Director This has been an exceptionally busy week at the state and federal level for marijuana law reform. Keep reading to get the latest news and to find out how you can #TakeAction. Federal: A bipartisan coalition of House and Senate lawmakers have proposed legislation, the Medical Marijuana Research Act of 2016, to expedite clinical investigations into the safety and efficacy of cannabis. Passage of the measures —House Bill 5549 and Senate Bill 3077 — would expedite federal reviews of clinical protocols involving cannabis, provide greater access to scientists who wish to study the drug, and mandate

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Jun 242016
 June 24, 2016
Just The Beginning With Medical Marijuana In Ohio

An e-mail I received out of Ohio today: Earlier this month, Ohio became the 25th medical marijuana state, a compassionate step toward helping thousands of ill patients. But passing the law was just the beginning. While we’re happy the government passed the bill, we don’t trust the government to faithfully and speedily implement the law — unless we’re at the table with them. It’s up to us to ensure the system is fair and delivers on the promises lawmakers made to create a compassionate program. Please make a donation today, and ensure we have staff attorneys at the table in

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Jun 242016
 June 24, 2016
House Republicans Strip Veterans Equal Access Amendment In Dead Of Night

On Wednesday, in the dead of night, as House Democrats held a sit-in for gun safety, House Republicans stripped language that would make it easier for qualified veterans to access state-legal medical marijuana from legislation to fund the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). With no transparency and little opportunity for Members to review, the House passed the legislation shortly after 3:00 AM (ET) that night. The Senate will vote on the legislation next. Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) released the following statement: “Our language ensuring fair treatment for our veterans had broad, bipartisan support and passed

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Jun 222016
 June 22, 2016
Arkansans For Compassionate Care Submits More Than 117,000 Signatures

Good news out of Arkansas: On Monday, after months of hard work, Arkansans for Compassionate Care submitted more than 117,000 signatures to the Arkansas Secretary of State. The campaign is confident they’ve met the 67,887 valid signature threshold necessary to place medical marijuana on theNovember 8 ballot. After years of advocating for a medical marijuana law in Arkansas, supporters are determined to pass the compassionate initiative this year. “There are countless clinical and preclinical studies evidencing that cannabis is a safer, more effective alternative to medications such as pain pills,” Campaign Director Melissa Fults told the Times Record during Monday’s

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Jun 222016
 June 22, 2016
Update On HB 4209, 4210: Zombie Legislation Takes A Summer Break

For close to five years now the medical marijuana community has waited for the Michigan legislature to produce a set of rules governing legitimate distribution centers for medicinal cannabis. In 2013 the Court of Appeals created a need for more legislation, this time to restore the protected status of patients using or creating concentrated forms of cannabis-based medicines. A group of highly controversial bills that propose to fix these issues are pending in the Michigan legislature. Representative Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) was a guest on the Planet Green Trees Radio Show and provided an update on the various bills pending

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Jun 212016
 June 21, 2016
Medical Marijuana Research Act Removes Barriers For Research But Doesn't Protect State Programs And Patients

Americans for Safe Access (ASA) is encouraged by the introduction of the bicameral and bipartisan medical cannabis (marijuana) research bill, the Medical Marijuana Research Act of 2016. The original sponsors in the House; Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Sam Farr (D-CA), Andy Harris (R-MD), and Morgan Griffith (R-VA), and in the Senate; Brian Schatz, (D-HI), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Chris Coons, (D-DE), and Thom Tillis (R-NC) are to be commended for their sincere efforts to remove federal barriers to medical cannabis research. ASA is supportive of the objectives of the bill and agrees that it would do much to help facilitate clinical trials and

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Jun 192016
 June 19, 2016
Care By Design Prepares To Resume Operations

Early Wednesday morning the Care By Design (CBD Guild) production facilities in Santa Rosa, California and Sonoma County were searched and temporarily closed by the Santa Rosa Police Department and the DEA (Federal Drug Enforcement Administration). Law enforcement seized equipment, computers, product, payroll, payroll taxes and financial paperwork, and detained Dennis Franklin Hunter, a founding patient-member of CBD Guild. Initially, the court set Dennis’ bail at $5 million dollars. However, he was released within 48 hours and no charges have been filed at this time. Employees were granted re-entry to the facilities this morning, where an all-employee meeting was held. Nick

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Jun 172016
 June 17, 2016
Rhode Island: PTSD Bill Passes, Heads To Governors Raimondo's Desk

Good news out of Rhode Island: Following approval from the Rhode Island House and Senate, a bill that would add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana is headed to Gov. Gina Raimondo who is expected to sign the legislation into law. This is a huge victory for patients! Veterans and others who suffer from psychological trauma have fought for years to addPTSD to the list of state-approved criteria for medical marijuana. Once this bill becomes law, these patients will no longer be forced into an illegal market to access the medicine that relieves their

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Jun 172016
 June 17, 2016
Let The Senate Know That Medical Marijuana Research Is Not Enough

See the e-mail alert that I received below: More and more, Congress is talking about medical cannabis, but the conversation is largely focused on lifting research barriers. This is certainly important, but the fruit of any medical research will not come for several years, perhaps decades. That is why it’s so important for Congress to protect existing state medical cannabis programs in addition to expanding research. Thankfully, there’s a bill that does both of those things! The CARERS Act (S. 683) would protect medical cannabis patients, their doctors, and thebusinesses that manufacture, test, and sell their medicine as long as

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