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Tue
08
Mar

Florida Senate Approves Medical Marijuana Expansion Bill

A bill expanding medical marijuana now heads to the governor, after state lawmakers spent hours debating the merits of the proposal.

The state Senate voted 28-11 to approve a bill (HB 307) that expands the Right to Try Act to include medical marijuana. Among other things, the bill allows eligible patients — defined as someone with one year left to live — can purchase medical marijuana from dispensing organizations.

Tue
08
Mar

Hemp Manufacturing Legalized in the Commonwealth

RICHMOND, Va. (WSET) -- The Manufacturing of Industrial Hemp for commercial purposes was approved according to Virginia's Legislation Information System.

Governor Terry McAuliffe signed the bill after it passed the General Assembly 138 - 0.

This bill will allow farmers to legally manufacture industrial hemp products. The law will go into effect July 1, 2016 according to the Virginia Industrial Hemp Coalition (VIHC).

Mon
07
Mar

Florida Senate to vote on Medical Marijuana bill

The State Senate is expected to make a final vote Monday on medical marijuana. If the bill goes through, it will make full-strength medical marijuana legal for terminally ill people.

Nearly two years after passing a law to allow limited types of medical pot like non-euphoric cannabis, the House approved a more far-reaching plan on Thursday.

This new plan would revamp the 2014 law and be more involved.

"There are alternatives to doing what we've done that work. They have been proven to work in 20-something states across the U.S. We here in Florida, at the behest of the House, decided to do something different," said Senator Jeff Clemens from Palm Beach County expanding on the bill.

Mon
07
Mar

Has DARE Gone Soft on Marijuana?

Like other Americans who came of age in the 1980s or '90s, I associate Drug Abuse Resistance Education, a.k.a. DARE, with the mindless "Just Say No" propaganda of that era. I was therefore startled to hear that DARE had endorsed marijuana legalization. But that turned out to be a mistake. Likewise recent reports that DARE no longer considers marijuana a "gateway drug" and has excised the perils of pot from its curriculum.

Mon
07
Mar

Cannabis Grower, Dispensaries To Donate One-Tenth Of Sales To Bernie Sanders' Campaign

Two affiliated Oregon-certified, OMMP-compliant marijuana dispensaries, along with a cannabis grower, have reportedly teamed up to donate 10 percent of their sales of a particular cannabis product to Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign.

Mon
07
Mar

Bernie Sanders: I've Done Marijuana Twice..it Made Me Cough a Lot' – Video

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says, on Monday during a campaign rally in Michigan, that he has tried marijuana twice in his life when he was very young. He adds that the drug made him cough a lot. Sanders also said Heroin addiction must be tackled but dismisses comparisons between the “killer drug” and marijuana.

 

Sun
06
Mar

Hawaii Lawmakers Unanimously Pass Bill to Legalize Hemp

Hawaii’s full House of Representatives has given unanimous approval to legislation that woud explicitly legalize the cultivation, production and distribution of hemp in the state. The measure – House Bill 2555 – now heads to the Senate, where it’s expected to pass.

Under the proposed law, introduced by Representative Kaniela Ing (D-Kihei) with 34 cosponsors, those wanting to cultivate hemp will be legally authorized to do so, as long as they receive a license from the state’s Department of Argiculture.

“Farmers called for the legalization of industrial hemp, and I am ecstatic to help answer that call”, says Rep. Ing, who calls the measure “the most robust industrial hemp bill being considered this year,” saying it follows models in Kentucky and Colorado.

Sat
05
Mar

Africa: Outflanking the War on Drugs?

New York — It's widely acknowledged that the "war on drugs" has failed. A militarised approach based on prohibition and incarceration has stoked staggering levels of violence and misery, cost billions of dollars, and failed to reduce either supply or demand.

In April, the UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) will adopt a consensus position on drug control, but few are expecting a shake-up to the current, conservative, global framework.

That's why some reformers are turning to the Sustainable Development Goals as a blueprint for the future.

Critics of the "war on drugs" campaign have long evoked the term "harm reduction" to lobby for a more humane approach that treats addiction as a health problem rather than a crime.

Sat
05
Mar

Ghana moves to decriminalize marijuana use

Ghana is gradually moving towards decriminalizing the use of marijuana.

A process has begun towards crafting legislation to decriminalize the use of marijuana and other narcotics.

This will ensure that attitudes to drug addicts move away from shaming them to helping them.

A new report by the International Narcotics Control Board lists the drug as the most abused substance in West Africa.

According to the report, only one out of 18 addicts gets help as a result of the criminalization.

Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan recently called for the decriminalization of cannabis to help tackle abuse of the substance.

Fri
04
Mar

Medical marijuana bill faces a rough road in the Utah House

 A House committee will hear debate next week on a pair of medical marijuana bills, but one faces a tough battle.

Sen. Mark Madsen, R-Saratoga Springs, told FOX 13 that he has been meeting with members of the House Health & Human Services Committee to persuade them to vote for his bill, SB73. It would allow for cannabis oils, edibles and extracts to be used to treat a long list of conditions, from chronic pain and cancer to AIDS and epilepsy.

The committee will hear SB73 and a competing bill, SB89 (which allows for an extract to be used).

"If we can get it to the floor, I'm very optimistic. Right now, I'm mostly concerned about the committee," Madsen said Thursday. "That committee is daunting and we have our work cut out for us."

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