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Thu
14
May

Nevada lawmakers consider additional medical pot licenses

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada senators want to increase the number of medical marijuana licenses allocated throughout the state.

Democratic Sen. Tick Segerblom and Republican Sen. Patricia Farley presented SB276 to the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday.

The bill would raise the cap on medical marijuana dispensary licenses within the state, most of which are in Las Vegas and Reno. The measure would allow for 20 more licenses in Clark County, five more in Washoe County and an additional license in all other counties.

Proponents said it will give access to patients in underserved areas.

Opponents said Nevada should wait until dispensaries are up and running to see whether there's enough demand for more.

Thu
14
May

FBI official named to take over embattled drug agency

Atty Gen. Loretta Lynch reached into the ranks of top FBI administrators Tuesday for new leadership at the troubled Drug Enforcement Administration.

Chuck Rosenberg, currently chief of staff to FBI Director James B. Comey, is expected to shake up DEA management practices and focus less on marijuana enforcement and more on heroin and other major drugs, a senior administration official said.

Wed
13
May

Pennsylvania Senate passes medical marijuana bill

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A bill to legalize the use of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania has cleared the state Senate and now heads to the state House of Representatives.

Senate Bill 1182 would allow people with certain conditions to use medical marijuana who have a recommendation from their doctor.

This list includes people with cancer, epilepsy, post traumatic stress disorder, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, severe fibromyalgia, cachexia (wasting syndrome), Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, traumatic brain injury and post-concussion syndrome.

Wed
13
May

What's the Point of Voting When Lawmakers Ignore the Vote?

You may recall last year that we voters here in Oregon passed statewide marijuana legalization. We're one of the 26 states with some form of citizen lawmaking ability, so we crafted a marijuana legalization initiative, got it on the ballot, and passed it with a 56 percent majority.

The initiative legalized personal marijuana possession and growing and established a system for commercial production, processing, and sales. Much of what was in the initiative was copied-and-pasted from our state's liquor laws, including two key provisions: only a vote of the people in a city or county could ban commercial marijuana licenses and only the state can tax marijuana.

Wed
13
May

New Zealand follow the Australian approach, treat it as a herbal remedy

NORML, Peter Dunne and Family First all agree patients should have more access to effective medicinal cannabis. The question is How?

Instead of wasting time and money on years of pharmaceutical-level testing, NORML says we should follow the Australian approach, treat it as a herbal remedy, and immediately allow compassionate access.

Wed
13
May

Island Getaways Antigua and Barbuda Move to Decriminalize Pot

Reduced Penalties Aim to Give Youth a Second Chance

The twin-island nation of Antigua and Barbuda announced on Friday, May 8, the launch of a commission to oversee the process of decriminalizing the possession of small quantities of marijuana.+

Social Transformation Minister Samantha Marshall is to head the five-member commission made up of both ruling party and opposition lawmakers, government spokesman Lionel Hurst told media following a cabinet meeting.+

 
Antigua and Barbuda have created a commission to oversee the decriminalization of marijuana possession. 

Hurst says the government wants to give young people with a criminal drug history a second chance.+

Tue
12
May

Kentucky CBD: Back to the Future with Industrial Hemp

On May 5th 2015, James Comer, Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA), held a press conference in a Lexington-based tobacco facility belonging to G.F. Vaughan, the last remaining tobacco processor in Kentucky.

His message was historic, his location symbolic: the first year of state-sanctioned industrial hemp farming under the Farm Bill succeeded, and the pilot program’s second year promises to be bigger and better, with the potential to elevate the entire state economy by restoring industrial hemp as the new “cash crop.”

Tue
12
May

Ohio Task force to examine marijuana legalization

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters disclosed Monday that he has convened a task force to study the impact that marijuana legalization would have on the state of Ohio, its work to be funded by the organization trying to legalize pot in Ohio.

In a written announcement, Mr. Deters said the study group of policy experts and elected officials will research the public health, public safety, and economic impacts of medical and personal legalization. David Little, a spokesman for Mr. Deters, said the other members of the task force will be disclosed when the study is released.

Tue
12
May

Legalise cannabis in Luxembourg?

Luxembourg's Parliament is to debate the decriminalisation of cannabis, the health minister said while outlining a new drug prevention programme. 

On Monday, Lydia Mutsch explained that drug use in Luxembourg has steadily increased from 2009 to 2014. 

Among new measures proposed to curb its rise, the minister said that a broad debate in Parliament would take place to consider decriminalising the consumption of cannabis. 

Smoking hashish has repeatedly raised safety questions but there remains a large number of voices in favour of relaxing the law on its consumption. 

Tue
12
May

Italy: "The research on cannabis in Rovigo continues". The ministry denies the closure

"There is no threat of closure of the headquarters of the Council for Research in agricoltuta (CRA) of Rovigo, the only center in Italy authorized to produce cannabis for therapeutic use", announced the Ministry of Agriculture in a statement released to news agencies, a time to deny the news release Saturday announcing the closure of the center of Rovigo, only one in Italy where you make cannabis research.

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