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Mar

New bill would change Utah’s medical marijuana program again

A new bill again tweaking Utah’s medical marijuana program received a favorable recommendation from a Senate committee Monday, moving it to final passage in the full Senate.

Bill sponsor Rep. Jen Dailey-Provost, D-Salt Lake City, called the bill “critical” in helping the program, which launched at the beginning of this month, run smoothly.

Wed
11
Mar

Where Is Florida In The Fight For Marijuana Legalization?

The overwhelming majority of Floridians support legal cannabis, yet the state legislature and Department of Health have done everything possible to make access to this plant as cumbersome as possible.

Florida is currently a legal medical marijuana state, but with some twists. The road to get here wasn’t easy, and there is still a long way to go before Floridians have any form of adult use or recreational cannabis available to them.   

In November of 2016 Floridians voted on a constitutional amendment to introduce medical cannabis to the state. The amendment passed with 71.3% of voters in favor of the initiative.   

Wed
11
Mar

Coming cannabis bill is good signal for South African hemp

While South African officials have said hemp may be approved as an agricultural crop as soon as May this year, some stakeholders remain skeptical of the government’s plans, questioning proposed allowable THC levels and a strategy to rely on imported seeds critics say are ill-suited to the South African environment.

Nomakhosazana Meth, a member of the Executive Council of the Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform, said recently that a cannabis bill would be brought to parliament as soon as April this year, with hemp to be classified as an agricultural crop the following month. She noted that the gap between the cannabis industry and the government is “finally closing.”

Wed
11
Mar

Trump’s new pick for chief of staff is vocal opponent of marijuana legalization

Following weeks of speculation, U.S. President Donald Trump finally replaced his acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, whose comments on the Ukraine scandal stirred controversy back in October. 

North Carolina Representative Mark Meadows was named Trump’s new top aide at the White House, a choice that advocates for the federal legalization of marijuana might be wary of as the lawmaker’s opposition to the cause is well-documented.

Meadows, along with 12 other Republican congressmen, recently sent a letter thanking the chair of the Senate Banking Committee for delaying a House bill that would help marijuana businesses gain more access to financial services.

Wed
11
Mar

UN Delays Cannabis Scheduling Vote

The United Nations’ Commission on Narcotic Drugs last week decided to put off an important vote on scheduling recommendations related to cannabis.

It decided to instead vote at its reconvened sixty-third session in December 2020, “in order to preserve the integrity of the international scheduling system”. It seems some delegations didn’t have a clear understanding on the implications and consequences of the recommendations.

Wed
11
Mar

Mississippi May Have Two Medical Marijuana Questions on November Ballot

Mississippi voters may have not one, but two medical marijuana proposals to decide on come November.

Members of the state’s House of Representatives passed a resolution on Tuesday to place another measure on this year’s ballot as an alternative to Initiative 65, which qualified for the ballot in January.

Tue
10
Mar

Tennessee Lawmakers Introduce Medicinal Cannabis Bill

Lawmakers in Tennessee’s House of Representatives have introduced a bill that would legalize the use of medicinal cannabis in the state. The measure, House Bill 637, would allow patients with one or more qualifying medical conditions to use medical marijuana and establish a regulatory framework for the production and distribution of medicinal cannabis products.

Tue
10
Mar

Missouri Senate Passes Ban on Marijuana-infused Candy

Missouri senators on Monday passed a wide-ranging bill that would ban marijuana-infused candy for medical use, an attempt to ensure children don’t accidentally eat the drug.

The measure would ban candy, lollipops, cotton candy and fruit- and animal-shaped edibles that could appeal to children. Marijuana-infused food or its packaging would have to be stamped with the drugs’ dosage.

The bill also includes stiff penalties for people caught with the lethal opioids fentanyl and carfentanil and what are commonly known as date-rape drugs.

Possessing or trying to buy more than 10 milligrams of fentanyl would mean up to seven years in prison or five to 15 years behind bars for 20 milligrams or more.

A similar bill already passed the House.

Tue
10
Mar

Possible Benefits Of Having A Medical Marijuana Card In An Adult Use State

With each state’s laws varying to some degree, medical cardholders and applicants are advised to review state and local regulations.

State medical marijuana programs tend to suffer as adult use laws are passed. While much of the purchasing shifts to what is commonly called the recreational market, the medical sector still serves its purpose. In fact, medical cardholders can continue to find benefits in being part of the program, depending on a state’s laws. 

Considering the following benefits, patients may find use in the medical cards well after adult use laws pass in a state.

Tue
10
Mar

Mexican Senate to vote on marijuana legalization bill this week

Mexico’s marijuana legalization bill is gearing up for a vote in the country’s Senate after clearing three key commissions last week.

The Senate commissions of Justice, Health and Legislative Studies approved the draft bill in a vote of 26 against 7, as the April 30, 2020, deadline for the government to legalize cannabis draws closer.

Mexico’s Supreme Court initially granted lawmakers a 6-month deadline to draft legislation for legal weed but handed an extension after the government failed to hash out the framework.

The country’s highest court ruled in October of 2018 that the current ban on marijuana is unconstitutional.

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