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PA: New Committee for Medical Marijuana Bill

Bill moves from Health Committee to Rules Committee. HARRISBURG - There was a little bit of movement, if you can call it that, on the medical marijuana bill in the state house.
 
The bill is now moving out of the Health Committee, and into the Rules Committee.
 
This comes after Representative Nick Miccarelli, R- Delaware County, tried to file a discharge resolution. A discharge resolution moves a bill out of committee and onto the floor to be considered for a vote.
 
That resolution had a number of cosponsors from both parties, but never was introduced because of the change of committee.
 
The bill could be considered this fall. 

Sat
27
Jun

WA Legislature passes recreational marijuana reform bill

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The Legislature on Saturday passed a measure that that makes several changes to Washington state’s new recreational marijuana law, ranging from revising the market’s tax structure to zoning rules.

One of the main changes to the current system would be the elimination of the three-tier tax structure and its replacement with a single excise tax of 37 percent at the point of sale.

House Bill 2136 passed the Senate on a bipartisan 36-7 vote and now heads to the governor’s desk. The House passed the measure Friday on a 59-38 vote.

An amendment that passed Friday in the House removed language from the original bill that would have required local bans on licensed marijuana businesses to be approved by the jurisdiction’s voters.

Sat
27
Jun

Pennsylvania: 5 things to know about last week's medical marijuana news

An effort to legalize some forms of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania remains underway as lawmakers attempt to pass a state budget by June 30. There are 23 states and Washington, D.C., that have legalized medical marijuana.

While the movement on the issue last week in Harrisburg wasn't tectonic, below is all you need to know from a busy couple of days.

1 Senate Bill 3 is no longer in Rep. Matt Baker's hands

The Medical Cannabis Act was removed from the House Health Committee by a unanimous vote Friday.

Rep. Matt Baker, Health Committee chair, said he would not bring S.B. 3 to a vote.

The bill, which cleared the Senate by a 40-7 margin in May, is now in the House Rules Committee, which is chaired by House Majority Leader Dave Reed.

Sat
27
Jun

How Britain's khat ban devastated an entire Kenyan town

Mild stimulant used to be Maua’s most valuable export, bringing prosperity to all involved. A year since it was outlawed, the local economy has been devastated

In a quiet and unassuming town tucked away in a hilly part of eastern Kenya, the British home secretary Theresa May’s name is spoken with barely concealed anger. Since her role in the ban of the town’s most valuable export, she’s become a universally vilified figure.

For more than two decades, Maua enjoyed booming business propelled by the growth and sale of khat, known locally as miraa, a popular herb whose leaves and stems are chewed for the mild high they offer.

Sat
27
Jun

DE: Markell enacts law allowing medical marijuana use for minors

Rylie's Law targeted at providing relief from seizures and more

Shown at the signing of Rylie's Law are in back (l-r) Speaker of the House Pete Schwartzkopf, Sen. Margaret Rose Henry, Gov. Jack Markell, Sen. Bethany Hall-Long, Sen. Ernie Lopez, Rep. Debra Heffernan, Rep. Stephanie Bolden, Sen. Brian Pettyjohn, Rep. Jeff Spiegelman, Rep. Michael Ramone and Rep. David Wilson. In front are Janie Maedler, Rylie Maedler, Gavin Maedler, Sean Maedler and Korban Maedler.

In a rare display of unanimity and harmony at Legislative Hall in Dover, upstate and downstate legislators from both sides of the political aisle gathered in Gov. Jack Markell’s office for the signing of SB90, also known as Rylie’s Law.

Sat
27
Jun

The War on Drugs: 'A Trillion-Dollar Failure'

Celebrated crime writer Don Winslow continues his secret history of the War on Drugs in his disturbing and important new novel, 'The Cartel'

Sat
27
Jun

The beginning of the end for zero tolerance in schools

Updated Colorado statute allows medical marijuana on school property

Driven by his frustration with New Jersey’s restrictive medical marijuana program, Ricardo Rivera crowd-funded a research trip to Colorado. He wanted more information about extracting cannabis oil for his daughter and a new law that means sick kids can be treated with medical marijuana on school property.

Tatyana “Tuffy” Rivera is 8 years old and completely nonverbal. At 10 months old, she was diagnosed with a severe form of epilepsy called Lennox Gastaut Syndrome that can cause up to 300 seizures a day. Her father says the side effects from two dozen pharmaceuticals only made things worse.

Fri
26
Jun

Washington: State House passes recreational marijuana reform bill

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The House on Friday passed a measure that makes several changes to the state's new recreational marijuana market, including eliminating the three-tier tax structure and replacing it with a single excise tax of 37 percent at the point of sale.

House Bill 2136 passed the House on a 59-38 vote and now heads to the Senate for consideration. An amendment that passed Friday removed language from the original bill that would have only allowed local bans on licensed marijuana businesses if approved by the jurisdiction's voters.

Fri
26
Jun

Mother who gave disabled daughter cannabis oil to stop seizures 'treated like a criminal'

Louise Bostock told doctors about using the perfectly legal oil - medics then informed police and the council and a safeguarding meeting was held

A mother says she was 'treated like a criminal' for giving her brain-damaged daughter cannabis oil to stop her having seizures.

Louise Bostock was threatened with having both her children taken away from her for using the perfectly legal oil to prevent violent epileptic fits.

Louise, aged 30, from Erdington, started using the oil to try helping three-year-old Jayla, reports the Birmingham Mail.

Fri
26
Jun

Uncle Sam Offers $3 Million to First Person Who Can Cure Marijuana Addiction

Based on the ideology that millions of Americans are grossly addicted to marijuana, the federal government has approved $3 million to facilitate the fast-track creation of a pharmaceutical drug to treat this supposed scourge on public health.

According to a report in The Washington Times, “an estimated 4.2 million Americans are hooked on cannabis,” which has spawned a nervous desire by the National Institute on Drug Abuse to spend millions of tax dollars on the development of a medication which can turn zombie stoners back into productive members of civil society. 

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