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Fri
28
Feb

Proposed Medical Cannabis Changes Worry Some Iowa Patients

Wendy Shoemaker has lived with chronic pain for decades, and she was prescribed opioids to treat it.

“All you do is stand there and watch your life,” she said.

Shoemaker said she couldn’t do much with her daughter when she took opioids. She has holes in her memory from that time, and she was in heart failure. But almost a year ago, she was weaned off opioids and joined Iowa’s medical cannabis program.

At her home overlooking a lake in Dexter, she held up a bottle of pills that contain chemicals found in cannabis.

“It’s so much better on this,” Shoemaker said. “I don’t know if it’s being reborn or what, but I’ll tell you what, it’s working.”

Fri
28
Feb

Texas Law Enforcement Will Not Test THC Levels in Misdemeanor Possession Cases

The ongoing dilemma over lab testing has defined the rollout of Texas’ new hemp law. This month brought another development, with the state’s Department of Public Safety informing law enforcement that state labs will not conduct testing in misdemeanor marijuana cases. 

Lawmakers in Texas passed a bill last year permitting farmers in the state to cultivate hemp, and effectively removing it from the state’s list of controlled substances and legalizes cannabidiol, or CBD, as well as products made from hemp. The measure was signed into law last June  by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott. 

Fri
28
Feb

The Complex Issue of Cannabis Business On Tribal Land

Throughout history, cannabis was regulated by federal law on reservations, so it was generally illegal. But after the 2013 Cole Memo, the topic of cannabis on tribal land and how it ties into the tribe’s government autonomy became increasingly prevalent.

Fri
28
Feb

Illinois: Frustrated with shortages, medical marijuana patients begin growing their own at home

Worried by widespread shortages of products at Illinois cannabis stores, medical marijuana patient David Kurfman took matters into his own hands. He started growing his own.

Having suffered from epilepsy most of his life, Kurfman uses medical cannabis to control his seizures without debilitating prescription drugs. But like many medical patients, Kurfman can’t take just any cannabis. He says he needs oils containing CBD, the cannabis component that prevents seizures, in a 2-to-1 ratio with THC, the part that gets users high.

Fri
28
Feb

Here Are The Changes Needed For International Cannabis Legalization

It took twelve months of research, investigations, and interviews (and about five weeks of non-stop writing with some very late nights and a lot of coffee) to produce my book on cannabis law and regulation, which is out now with Bloomsbury Professional. It is a detailed analysis of medicinal and recreational cannabis laws and regulations in the most active international jurisdictions, scoping out where change is happening.

Fri
28
Feb

Marijuana legalization pops up during messy Democratic debate

With the U.S. election season in full swing, Democratic contenders for the White House shared their views on marijuana at the debate in Charleston this week. 

Seven presidential candidates from the Democratic Party shared the stage at Tuesday’s debate ahead of the South Carolina primary this Saturday.

The issue of marijuana reform was brought up by moderator Gayle King, who asked Senator Amy Klobuchar on her thoughts about Bernie Sanders’ proposal to legalize marijuana on day one of his presidency, which was met with applause from the audience.

Fri
28
Feb

Will Kentucky Legalize Medical Marijuana In 2020?

While this issue has enough support to suggest that the land of Bluegrass is well on its way to becoming the 34th state in the nation to legalize medical marijuana, the battle is not over.  ​

After years of failed attempts, Kentucky is closer than ever to legalizing medical marijuana. 

The state’s House of Representatives recently approved a bill (House Bill 136) in a vote of 65-to-30 that is designed to give patients with a variety of health conditions access to cannabis products.  

Fri
28
Feb

Malawi legalises cannabis amid hopes of fresh economic growth

Malawi has passed a bill decriminalising cannabis for medicinal and industrial purposes, almost five years after a motion to legalise industrial hemp was adopted.

The country follows in the footsteps of Zimbabwe, Zambia and Lesotho, neighbouring south-east African states that have legalised medicinal cannabis, as well as South Africa, where medicinal and recreational use was decriminalised in 2018.

Thu
27
Feb

Mexican President Declares His Disinterest in Recreational Legalization

In front of Mexico’s Senate building, a group of cannabis activists has erected a semi-permanent protest camp meant to call attention to the Supreme Court’s impending April 30th deadline for legislators to regulate recreational marijuana. Inside the building, the chamber opened discussion on the regulatory plan today. 

But Wednesday morning, the country’s president dealt a seemingly lethal blow to hopes for a green future. 

Wed
26
Feb

Federal government OKs Wyoming's industrial hemp plan

After much anxiety from producers worried they could miss another growing season, the United States Department of Agriculture has approved Wyoming’s industrial hemp growing regulations.

“This is a brand new crop with inherent risks and a challenging regulatory structure so we encourage producers and processors to look closely at the rules and regulations if they choose to attempt growing or processing hemp in 2020,” Doug Miyamoto, director of the Wyoming Department of Agriculture, said in a news release. “With that said, we are excited to get this program off the ground and to start a hemp industry in Wyoming.”

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