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Never say never to medical marijuana, Gov. Abbott

Gov. Greg Abbott signs a bill to allow cannabis oil for some medical treatments but says he opposes
legalizing marijuana for medical or recreational use. Office of the Governor

Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law a bill allowing epilepsy patients to use medicinal oils containing a therapeutic component found in marijuana. Could this be the toe in the water for legal medical marijuana use in Texas?

Not as long as Abbott is governor, he vows. How disappointing.

If you had asked me at the start of the session whether this bill had a chance, I would have said “no.” Texas and 15 other states have archaic laws to prohibit both medicinal and recreational use.

Mon
01
Jun

New Zealand: Dunne states reality on decriminalising cannabis – no chance

In response to Family’s desperate quest for cannabis oil Peter Dunne was engaged in a Twitter exchange. In this he made it clear there has been no chance of successive New Zealand governments decriminalising cannabis.

In response to 

Good to hear
Decriminalisation!
Way to go

Mon
01
Jun

Israeli Army considers easing up on soldiers caught smoking marijuana off base

Currently, soldiers caught using or possessing drugs, even on leave and only once, are prosecuted and, if convicted, given a criminal record - a much harsher policy than that of police toward civilians.

Army policies regarding consumption of light drugs are being re-evaluated, with an eye toward softening them, by military prosecutors. Particular attention is being given to light drugs consumed off base. Haaretz has learned that the possibility of softening army attitudes towards soldiers who are caught using light drugs on a one-time basis in civilian settings is being considered. Prevailing opinion is that such cases should no longer be automatically and indiscriminately transferred to military courts for prosecution.

Mon
01
Jun

Congress Considers Medical Marijuana for Veterans

Marijuana policy is changing the way Congress thinks and acts.

Like most new areas of policy—or policies new to Congress—it is not happening through a ground-breaking, fast moving, all-encompassing policy shift. Instead, through small steps—small victories for marijuana supporters—Congress is showing signs of change, at least in regard to medical marijuana, that depart dramatically with the institution’s historical support for the war on drugs.

Sun
31
May

Oklahoma Group wants medical marijuana measure added to the ballot

If at first you don't succeed, try and get medical marijuana legislation on the ballot a second time.

The group Oklahomans for Health is trying to make that happen.

FOX25 News reports the group will be launching a petition to allow the use of medical marijuana in our state.  This would be for people with documented proof they need the drug.

A similar petition failed, last year.

FOX25 News reports the group would need to get around 130,000 signatures in order to get the measure on the ballot.  The signatures need to come from registered voters.

Oklahoma for Health will start gathering signatures in August.  The group will have until October to get the necessary signatures.

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31
May

Legal highs: 'Banning things does not stop people taking things'

Dr Christian Jessen tells Cathy Newman a proposed ban on "legal highs", aimed at protecting young people, is fundamentally flawed. 
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31
May

Jailed cannabis farmer Kristian Roulet continues to puzzle police - from behind bars

Who is the real Kristian Roulet and where on earth does he come from?

The shadowy figure snared at a major cannabis farm in a sleepy, idyllic corner ofWarwickshire remains a mystery man – even after being jailed.

Police are still not certain Kristian Roulet is who he claims to be – or about where he comes from.

The 18-year-old claimed to be French, but an interpreter pinpointed his accent to south-east Europe, possibly Albania.

Roulet has no documents revealing his identity.

What is known is that he was caretaker of a £66,000 cannabis crop that filled a modest, three-bedroomed home in Long Itchington.

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31
May

Australia: Medical cannabis supplier charged with trafficking

One of Victoria's largest suppliers of medical cannabis has been charged with serious trafficking offences, despite a push by federal and state governments to decriminalise the drug for those suffering from terminal illnesses and chronic pain.

 Police raided the Carrum Downs home of Matthew and Elizabeth Pallett on May 20 and seized more than five kilograms of marijuana and derivative products, before charging the couple with possession, cultivation and trafficking offences.

The disabled pensioners have openly provided cannabis-based tinctures, chocolates and butters to about 80 regular clients, who suffer from medical conditions including multiple sclerosis, cancer, epilepsy and Crohn's disease.

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31
May

Cops Raid Medical Marijuana Patient, Take Her Vibrator in Asset Forfeiture

When the cops raided Ginnifer Hency’s home in Smiths Creek, Michigan, last July, “they took everything,” she told state legislators on Tuesday, including TV sets, ladders, her children’s cellphones and iPads, even her vibrator. They found six ounces of marijuana and arrested Hency for possession with intent to deliver, “even though I was fully compliant with the Michigan medical marijuana laws,” which means “I am allowed to possess and deliver.” Hency, a mother of four with multiple sclerosis, uses marijuana for pain relief based on her neurologist’s recommendation. She also serves as a state-registered caregiver for five other patients.

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31
May

Marijuana decriminalization faces key vote in NH Senate

The battle to decriminalize marijuana in New Hampshire faces a key test this Thursday when the state Senate is expected to vote on a bill that overwhelmingly passed the N.H. House earlier this year.

While the bill has a better chance of passing than previous decriminalization efforts, passage is not a slam dunk. In fact, the bill as originally proposed is unlikely to pass the Senate, let alone be signed by Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan. Last Tuesday, Sen. Jeb Bradley, R-Wolfeboro, offered alternative language for the bill when it was discussed by the Senate Judiciary Committee. His amendment was voted down 4 to 1.

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