3 House Bills Put Marijuana Laws In Perspective

Legislators have been busy with marijuana laws across the country. Here’s a recap, in case you missed it.

When it comes to the cannabis industry, numerous changes occur at the state and federal levels — often in a short amount of time.

Here’s a look at the latest legislation news to come out of the U.S. House of Representatives.


On Sunday, the Minnesota Senate voted to eliminate the previously passed provision that allowed medical marijuana patients to buy raw and whole-plant forms of cannabis.

Since the endorsement of medicinal cannabis in Minnesota, sales of the flower are not allowed. Only the sale of extracts is supported, undermining the rights of marijuana users.


Louisiana House votes to expand medical marijuana program

Friday was a busy day at the Louisiana House of Representatives, though most of the bills lawmakers sent to the state Senate were approved without controversy.

Perhaps surprisingly, given the vigorous debate on the subject during past sessions, a measure to expand the state’s medical marijuana program was swiftly approved by a 76-15 vote. House Bill 819 by Rep. Larry Bagley, a Stonewall Republican, adds nine conditions for which doctors can recommend medical marijuana products; Louisiana’s program does not include raw marijuana that can be smoked.


Louisiana State Congress Considering Two New Medical Marijuana Bills

Louisiana lawmakers advanced a pair of bills on Thursday that would significantly expand the state’s medical marijuana program.

The separate legislation was passed out of a Louisiana state House committee will now   head to the full House chamber for a debate and vote. One bill aims to broaden the potential pool of eligible medical cannabis patients by permitting a physician to prescribe such a treatment to someone suffering from what the doctor “considers debilitating.” 


Michigan is smoking more marijuana than any other state during coronavirus pandemic, survey says

Quarantine caused by the global outbreak of COVID-19 is forcing people across the world to find ways to entertain themselves.

In Michigan, people are lighting up.

According to a Twitter survey conducted by the health blog bodynutrition.org, Michigan residents are smoking marijuana more than any other state during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Analysts used trends software with direct access to geotagged twitter data to arrive at the conclusion.


Is Cannabis Legalization Finally Easing Into The South?

Of the potential markets left untapped in America's legal marijuana industry, The South is the biggest of them all. A collective 125.5 million people live in the Southern United States, and only a fraction of them have access to medical marijuana. None of those 125.5 million Americans have access to recreational or adult-use marijuana.

That’s 38 percent of the country, a vast market for cannabis entrepreneurs. But social conservatism and a reluctance to change marijuana policy have kept this market from getting developed. That could change soon.


Louisiana Lawmaker Wants Local Elections To Decide Marijuana Laws

A bill filed in the Louisiana legislature would empower local governments in the state to hold elections on marijuana laws.

The legislation, filed by Democratic state Rep. Cedric Glover, would “authorize local governing authorities of the state to call an election for the purpose of authorizing the sale, possession, distribution, and use of marijuana.” 


Louisiana licenses issued allowing farmers to grow hemp

Louisiana started handing out its first licenses to farmers to grow industrial hemp this month, after lawmakers legalized the crop in a bid to start a new agricultural industry in the state.

“Our industrial hemp program administrators worked hard to ensure the regulatory framework was in place as soon as feasibly possible and in time for the 2020 planting season,” Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain, a Republican, said in a statement Thursday.

Strain’s office told The Advocate that it gave the first hemp grower's license to Nanette Noland, the president of the Powell Group, an investment firm that owns several agricultural businesses.


Louisiana Supreme Court to hear arguments against life sentence over $30 weed sale

The Louisiana Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on behalf of a military veteran sentenced to life in prison for selling $30 of weed.

Derek Harris sold handed an undercover law enforcement officer who knocked on his Abbeville, La. door in 2008 exactly 0.69 grams of cannabis. Thanks to the efforts of a zealous Vermilion Parish prosecutor and Louisiana’s habitual-offender law, the transaction landed Harris a life sentence in prison with no chance of parole.


USDA Approves First State Hemp Plans

Three state hemp plans have been approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture so far – and what’s surprising is the state that isn’t among them.

State and tribal hemp production plans that are pending approval or have been approved can be found here. Last updated on December 27, the states to get a green light at this point are Louisiana, New Jersey and Ohio.

Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Commissioner Mike Strain welcomed the approval.


Louisiana readying the rules for industrial hemp farming

With industrial hemp promoted as a new cash crop for struggling farmers, Louisiana's agriculture department is fast-tracking the regulations for the newly legal commodity, with the first grower licenses expected to win approval in February.

Interested farmers are packing orientation sessions to learn about the lengthy paperwork, licensing, testing and reporting requirements the state Department of Agriculture and Forestry is enacting to govern industrial hemp production in Louisiana, under a program overwhelmingly backed by lawmakers earlier this year.


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