Apr 182014
Florida Dems Add Medical Marijuana To Ballot To Boost Voter Turnout

Florida Democrats are pushing for a constitutional amendment that would put medical marijuana on the state’s ballot this November. If the initiative passes, Florida would become the first southern state to legalize some form of marijuana usage. Recent Battleground polls have shown widespread support, especially among young voters. In a previous MPP blog post, we discussed how about 70% of voters (nationwide) would be more likely to vote this fall if marijuana was on the ballot, and how midterm elections traditionally have lower voter turnout, especially with young voters and liberals. In the 2012 elections, Washington [...]

Apr 172014
Allstar Blake Griffin Endorses Medical Marijuana Use In The NBA

In an interview with Rolling Stone yesterday, Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers voiced his support of medical marijuana use to treat pain in the NBA.  Currently, the NBA has strict penalties for drug use, which typically lead to suspensions and fines. It was only in 2011 that the NBA stopped testing for marijuana use in the off-season, but now that marijuana is in the limelight, its place in the NBA, as a form of medical treatment for pain, has come into question. Griffin was asked: The NFL might let players use medical [...]

Apr 172014
Missouri House Committee Approves Marijuana CBD Bill

By John Payne Last Tuesday, April 8, the House General Laws held a hearing on H.B. 2238. The bill would allow the state’s colleges and universities to grow strains of cannabis high in cannabidiol (CBD) and very low in THC. This cannabis could be used for research purposes but would also be used to create a CBD-rich oil to treat epilepsy that does not respond to “three or more treatment options.” The bill was introduced by Rep. Caleb Jones (R – Columbia) and is co-sponsored by leaders in both parties, [...]

Apr 172014
Alabama Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Extract Bill Into Law

Courtesy of The Joint Blog Alabama Governor Robert Bentley has signed Senate Bill 174, a medical cannabis proposal which was passed unanimously by the state’s House and Senate. Under the new law, the University of Alabama’s Department of Neurology will be authorized to prescribe, produce and distribute low-THC cannabis extracts (such as cannabis oil and tincture) to those with seizure disorders. The bill is named Carly’s Law, in honor of 3-year-old Carly Chandler who suffers from epilepsy. The measure will be funded with $1 million from the state’s Education Trust Fund. Source: TheJointBlog.Com

Apr 162014
'Oklahomans For Health' Files Ballot Initiative For Medical Marijuana

Oklahomans for Health submitted an application for petition with Oklahoma Secretary of State, Chris Benge, which proposes to add a question to the November ballot asking whether or not Oklahomans should legalize medical marijuana for serious conditions like cancer, HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, and multiple sclerosis. The initiative would call for the reclassification of marijuana as an herbal drug, which would be regulated by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. It would also create licensing and regulatory rules for cultivation and distribution through dispensaries. Patients wanting to use medical marijuana would need to pay a [...]

Apr 162014
The Number Of Cannabis Refugees Is On The Rise

For those patients who are suffering from epilepsy that aren’t in legal states, getting their hands on the seizure stopping plant can be extremely difficult, not to mention illegal. Most citizens don’t want to illegally obtain the substance, especially those who are using the CBD to treat epilepsy. This particular disorder calls for concentrated cannabis oil, which considerably decreases seizures and allows the brain to develop and form in a healthier way. There are more and more parents that are beginning to jump on the cannabis wagon for the treatment [...]

Apr 152014
Maryland: Governor Signs Marijuana Reform Measures Into Law

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director Democrat Gov. Martin O’Malley signed two separate pieces of legislation reforming the state’s marijuana laws. Senate Bill 364 amends existing penalties for marijuana possession offenses involving ten grams or less from a criminal misdemeanor (presently punishable by arrest, up to 90 days in jail, a $500 fine, and a criminal record) to a non-arrestable, non-criminal fine-only offense ($100 fine for first-time offenders, $250 for second-time offenders). The new depenalization law takes effect on October 1, 2014. House Bill 881 seeks to provide for the state-licensed production [...]

Apr 142014
Maryland To Be 21st Medical Marijuana State

Maryland is set to become the 21st state in America to authorize a medical marijuana program that distributes cannabis to patients. The new law creates a greater responsibility for physicians and less restrictions on the patients and caregivers who handle marijuana. House Bill 881 was introduced Feb. 5th and was signed into law by Governor Martin OMalley on April 14. The program officially begins on July 1. HB 881 is an expansion of a previously-passed bill, HB 1101 of 2013, that authorized medical marijuana research in hospitals. That program failed [...]

Apr 142014
D.C. Bill Lets Doctors Decide Medical Marijuana Patient Needs

On Tuesday, Yvette Alexander, District of Columbia Council member for Ward 7, introduced the Medical Marijuana Expansion Amendment Act of 2014. The bill would amend the previous qualifying conditions list restricting D.C. patients’ access to medical marijuana. Currently, a doctor can only recommend medical marijuana for four conditions (HIV/AIDS, glaucoma, cancer, and multiple sclerosis). Marijuana has been found to help treat a wide variety of conditions beyond those that qualify a patient for the D.C. program.  Alexander’s bill would strike out the qualifying conditions list altogether and permit the physician [...]

Apr 142014
Kentucky Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Extract Bill Into Law

Courtesy of The Joint Blog Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has signed Senate Bill 124 into law, legalizing cannabidiol (a non-psychoactive cannabis compound) for medical purposes. Under the new law, which was approved unanimously by the Kentuck’ys House and Senate, universities in the state with a school of medicine will be authorized to produce and distribute the cannabis extract cannabidiol to qualified patients who receive a recommendation from one of the university’s physicians. The measure would also allow anyone enrolled in an FDA trial (two such trials were approved by the FDA last year) to be legally treated with cannabis oil. With [...]