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New York Finally Adds PTSD as Qualifying Condition for Medical Marijuana

Approximately 8 million adults suffer from PTSD, including many military veterans. (WikiMedia Commons/USMC)

ALBANY, NY — On Veterans Day, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law that will finally allow patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to access medical marijuana in New York.

The bill (A.7006/S.5629), which was passed by the legislature earlier this year, adds post-traumatic stress disorder as a qualifying condition for New York’s medical marijuana program. The bill was part of a package of five bills signed by Gov. Cuomo aimed at assisting veterans.

“Our veterans risked their lives in order to defend the ideals and principles that this nation was founded upon and it is our duty to do everything we can to support them when they return home,” Governor Cuomo said in a signing statement. “From improving access to healthcare treatments and services, to removing barriers to employment, all five of these bills take important steps to ensure that veterans have every opportunity to continue succeeding when they return home.”

Advocates and patients across the state have been keeping the pressure on state lawmakers to add PTSD as a qualifying condition since the Governor signed the Compassionate Care Act into law in July of 2014.

“After years of hard work, patients have finally won access for veterans and others suffering from PTSD to receive the benefits of medical marijuana,” said Chris Alexander , New York Policy Coordinator for the Drug Policy Alliance. “This victory for PTSD patients is a great step forward and will impact 1,000’s who are suffering. But the New York medical marijuana program remains one of the most restrictive in the country and we will continue to push for increased patient access, affordability, and an end to marijuana arrests in this state.”

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DC Councilmember Looks to Medical Marijuana to Help Fight Opioid Crisis

WASHINGTON, DC — District of Columbia Councilmember David Grosso introduced improvements to the nation’s capitol’s medical marijuana program Tuesday, recognizing the power of cannabis to fight the opioid crisis.

The Medical Marijuana Improvement Amendment Act of 2017 reduces major barriers that previously existed in D.C.’s medical cannabis program. Councilmember Grosso is joined by Councilmembers Vincent Grey, Robert White, Jr., and Brianne Nadeau in introducing this important bill.

The legislation, which shares components of model legislation drafted by Americans for Safe Access, increases access to medical cannabis for the residents of the District of Columbia – particularly those who struggle with chronic pain.

Significantly, it allows a patient to receive cannabis on the same day a patient is issued a doctor’s recommendation, like any other medicine, and allows for delivery of medical cannabis. It also allows a patient without a primary care physician to self-certify a medical condition through a signed affidavit.

Low income patients who struggle to pay for doctor’s visits will particularly benefit from these provisions.

“We are thrilled with Councilmember Grosso’s leadership in fighting the opioid crisis. Although President Trump has delayed in formally declaring the opioid epidemic a national emergency, it is clear that we can fight the epidemic on a local level. Medical cannabis is a critical tool in combating the opioid epidemic and we should lower the barriers to access. The District of Columbia is one step closer to reducing the number of preventable deaths that relate to the opioid crisis, “ said Steph Sherer, Executive Director of Americans for Safe Access.

“Medical marijuana has been shown to be a viable alternative to the prescription of opioid painkillers, which can set people down the path to addiction,” said Councilmember David Grosso. “While we have made significant improvements to our medical marijuana program here in D.C., there is more we can do to improve access for patients and reduce opioid reliance and overdose.”

Grosso also introduced the Safe Access for Public Health Amendment Act of 2017, which allows for access to new technology that allows intravenous drug users to test their own drugs, removes criminal penalties for personal use of drug testing kits, and expands safe injection sites.

Medical cannabis has the potential to be a powerful tool in combating America’s opioid epidemic. Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has shown that in states with medical cannabis programs, there has been a 25% reduction in opioid deaths.

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Gaetz Introduces Amendment for Medical Marijuana Research

Gaetz Introduces Amendment for Medical Marijuana Research | NORML

WASHINGTON, DC — Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL) has introduced an amendment to the appropriations bill that, if passed, would not allow the Department of Justice to use funds from the bill to prevent or delay the approval of an application to research medical marijuana. This past year, the DEA moved to create a new procedure […]

Gaetz Introduces Amendment for Medical Marijuana Research | The Daily Chronic


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US House Committee Blocks Veterans Equal Access Amendments

Two weeks ago, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted 24-7 to include the Veterans Equal Access amendment, introduced by Senator Daines (R-MT) as part of the 2018 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, which would expand much needed medical marijuana access to our nation’s veterans.

Yet House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX) decided that he did not want the full House to be able to vote on this critical amendment.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), the amendments lead sponsor, testified before the committee that it was “a critical area of literally life and death.”

Veterans are increasingly turning to medical cannabis as an effective alternative to opioids and other conventional medications to treat conditions like chronic pain and post-traumatic stress. A retrospective review of patients’ symptoms published in 2014 in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs reported a greater than 75 percent reduction on a scale of post-traumatic symptom scores following cannabis therapy. This is why, in recent months, two of the largest veterans’ rights groups — AMVETS and the American Legion —  have resolved in favor of patients’ access to cannabis therapy.

Last year, majorities in both the US House and Senate voted to include similar language as part of the Fiscal Year 2017 MilCon-VA bill. However, Republicans sitting on the House Appropriations Committee elected to remove the language from the bill during a concurrence vote.

It is time that lawmakers stop playing politics with veterans’ health and pass and enact this amendment. There is still the possibility of the Senate’s amendment making it through the conference committee so make your voice heard.

You can send a message to your elected officials in support of veterans having access to medical marijuana by clicking HERE.

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Economic Stimulus Package: Marijuana Legalization Bill Filed in Wisconsin

MADISON, WI — With a state budget talks at a standstill, a Wisconsin state representative has introduced a bill to create a “true economic stimulus package” for the state: legalizing and taxing marijuana sales.

Wisconsin state Rep. Melissa Sargent (D-Madison) introduced the bill Thursday. This is Sargent’s third attempt to legalize marijuana in Wisconsin, having watched her previous two legalization bills die without a legislative hearing.

Sargent hopes the third time is a charm, telling reporters at a press conference Thursday that legalizing marijuana in Wisconsin has “never been more worthy of consideration.”

Sargent’s bill would authorize both the medical use of marijuana by those who qualify, as well as recreational use of marijuana by adults. Marijuana sales would be regulated, with recreational consumers paying a sales and excise tax.

Under the proposal, Wisconsin residents 21 or older would be allowed to possess up to two ounces of marijuana.  Non-resident visitors to the state who are at least 21 years old would be allowed to possess up to a quarter ounce.

Patients 18 or older suffering from a debilitating medical condition would be allowed access to medical marijuana. Minors under 18 with qualifying medical conditions would be allowed to participate in the medical marijuana program with the consent of their parent or guardian, as well as doctor approval.

Medical marijuana patients would be allowed to possess up to three ounces of marijuana. The proposed law would require medical insurance to cover medical marijuana for qualified patients.

Home cultivation of up to six cannabis plants for personal use would also be allowed, and the bill would prohibit employers from discriminating against marijuana users unless the substance interfered with work.

Driving under the influence of marijuana would be treated similarly to alcohol. The bill would also exempt marijuana from recently enacted laws requiring drug testing for some public benefits.

The bill requires schools to teach children about marijuana similarly to the way they teach about alcohol and tobacco use. .

“I’m a mom of four,” Sargent said. “I’m also someone who has never chosen to use marijuana. I’m not saying by legalizing marijuana in the state of Wisconsin that I think everyone should go out and get high tomorrow, or the day after we get the bill.”

But, she added, “the most dangerous thing about marijuana in Wisconsin is that it remains illegal.”

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Delaware Governor Signs Bill Making it Easier to Get Medical Marijuana for PTSD

DOVER, DE — Delaware residents suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, will now have an easier time obtaining medical marijuana to treat their symptoms.

While PTSD was already a qualifying condition for medical marijuana in Delaware, Senate Bill 24, which was signed into law Wednesday by Governor John Carney, removes a requirement that patients needed to visit a psychiatrist in order to be certified for medical marijuana use.

Now, like patients suffering from other qualifying conditions, patients suffering from PTSD can now get their medical marijuana certification from any physician.

Senate Bill 24, also known as the Bravery Bill, was sponsored by Sen. Margaret Rose Henry (D-Wilmington).  As introduced, the will would have also allowed patients suffering from anxiety disorders access to medical marijuana, but that language was removed from the final bill.

The change to Delaware’s medical marijuana law takes effect immediately.

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New Hampshire Adds New Conditions to Medical Marijuana Program

New Hampshire Adds New Conditions to Medical Marijuana Program | NORML

CONCORD, NH — New Hampshire’s Republican Gov. Chris Sununu has signed legislation, House Bill 160, to expand the pool of patients eligible to engage in cannabis therapy. The new law, which takes effect August 27, 2017, permits physicians to recommend medical marijuana to patients with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and/or moderate to severe post-traumatic stress. The Governor had previously signed legislation […]

New Hampshire Adds New Conditions to Medical Marijuana Program | The Daily Chronic


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West Virginia’s Medical Marijuana Law Takes Effect

“Welcome to West Virginia” sign along westbound U.S. Route 48 and West Virginia Route 55 east of Wardensville in Hardy County, West Virginia (Wikimedia/Famartin)

CHARLESTON, WV — West Virginia’s limited medical marijuana law officially took effect this week, although patients will not benefit from the new law for two more years.

Passed earlier this year and signed into law by Governor Jim Justice in April, Senate Bill 386, also known as the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Act, will allow seriously ill patients to access medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it once the program is up and running.

Qualified patients will be allowed to access cannabis-infused products, such as oils, pills and tinctures, but will not be allowed to grow their own cannabis or possess marijuana in herbal form, similar to medical marijuana programs up and running in Minnesota and New York, as well as those that are coming soon in LouisianaPennsylvania and Ohio.

Patients may qualify for medical cannabis if they have a terminal illness or if they suffer from cancer, HIV/AIDS, ALS, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord damage, epilepsy, neuropathies, Huntington’s disease, Crohn’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, intractable seizures, sickle cell anemia, or “severe chronic or intractable pain in which conventional therapeutic intervention and opiate therapy is contraindicated or has proved ineffective as determined as part of continuing care.”

Once the program is operational, patients will be allowed to possess a 30-day supply of medical marijuana products, although state regulators have yet to define what constitutes a “30 day supply.”  The only types of medical cannabis allowed initially are pills, oils, gels, creams, ointments, tinctures, liquid, and non-whole plant forms for administration through vaporization.

Dispensaries will not be allowed to sell marijuana-infused edibles, but cannabis products could be mixed into food or drinks by patients themselves. Vaporization f oils) is allowed, but smoking is prohibited.

Under the new law, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Bureau for Public Health will be charged with oversight of the program, including by developing rules, inspecting medical cannabis businesses, processing applications, and issuing patient ID cards and business licenses.

The state will issue up to 10 medical cannabis grower permits, with up to two locations each, up to 10 processor permits, and no more than 30 dispensary permits.  Applicants will pay $2,500 per dispensary application and $5,000 per grower or processor application. Registration fees are $10,000 for each dispensary location and $50,000 for grower and processors.

The state is required to begin issuing patient identification cards by July 1, 2019. Patients will be charged $50 for an identification card, but the fee can be waived for those with financial hardships.

Full text of the law is available here.

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Hawaii Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Expansion Bill

Hawaii Governor David Ige

HONOLULU, HI — Hawaii’s Democrat Governor David Ige has signed legislation into law expanding the state’s medical cannabis program.

House Bill 1488 expands the pool of patients eligible for cannabis therapy to include those with epilepsy, lupus, multiple sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis.

The measure also explicitly permits patients to legally transport cannabis to a certified lab for testing.

The new law takes effect on June 29, 2017.

Governor Ige previously signed legislation in 2016 and in 2015 expanding the state’s medical cannabis program, which was initially enacted in 2000.

The state’s first licensed dispensaries are anticipated to be operational later this summer.

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Louisiana Medical Marijuana Access Program Moves Forward

Louisiana Medical Marijuana Access Program Moves Forward | NORML

BATON ROUGE, LA — Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has signed legislation, Senate Bill 35, providing explicit legal protections for those involved in activities related to the state’s nascent medical cannabis access program. Lawmakers passed legislation in 2016 establishing a framework for the program, which allows physicians to recommend non-smoked preparations of cannabis to patients […]

Louisiana Medical Marijuana Access Program Moves Forward | The Daily Chronic


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