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Colorado Lawmakers Pass Bill to Allow Medical Marijuana for PTSD

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

DENVER, CO — Lawmakers in the Colorado legislature have passed a measure to add post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, to the list of conditions that qualify for medical marijuana in the state.

The measure, Senate Bill 17, will now be sent to the desk of Gov. John Hickenlooper for final approval.  It was approved

Previous attempts to add PTSD to the conditions that qualify a patient for medical marijuana in Colorado, most recently in 2015.

The Colorado Board of Health, which oversees the state medical marijuana program, has not added any new qualifying conditions since the program began in 2001.  Colorado voters approved medical marijuana in 2000,

Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is an anxiety disorder that is estimated to affect eight million Americans annually, including many military veterans returning from combat, as well as victims and witnesses of violent crimes, such as sexual assault.

Although adults 21 or older can purchase and possess up to an ounce of marijuana for recreational use in Colorado, allowing those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder access to the state’s medical marijuana program is beneficial for several reasons, including significantly lower taxes on medical marijuana versus recreational marijuana.

Medical marijuana patients can also possess up to two ounces of marijuana, double that of recreational users.

The bill will allow medical marijuana patients under 21 who suffer from PTSD legal access to marijuana for the first time.

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Washington Lawmakers Send Marijuana Reform Bill to Governor

OLYMPIA, WA — Lawmakers in Washington state have sent a comprehensive marijuana reform bill to the desk of Governor Jay Inslee (D), making several changes to the state’s cannabis regulation policies.

The bi-partisan Senate Bill 5131 was sponsored by Sens. Anna Rivers [R] Steven Conway [D], and received overwhelming support in both chambers of the legislature.

Among the notable changes made by SB 5131 is a provision that makes it legal for adults 21 or older to share up marijuana with each other without compensation, provided it is out of public view.

Adults can share up to half an ounce of marijuana, 8 ounces of marijuana infused products in solid form, 36 ounces of marijuana infused liquids, or 3.5 grams of marijuana concentrates.

The products must still be in their original packaging and purchased from a state licensed dispensary.  While possession of up to one ounce of marijuana has been legal for adults 21 or older in the state, sharing cannabis remained a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

The bill also included language to allowing registered medical marijuana patients 18 years or older to purchase cannabis plants from dispensaries.

Under state law, home cultivation of cannabis is only allowed by registered medical marijuana patients, but state law previously did not explicitly allow the sale of seeds or clones to patients.

Non-patients, even those adults 21 or older, are not permitted to grow cannabis plants for recreational use. However, the SB 5131 instructs state regulators to study the feasibility of allowing home cultivation in the future, with a report on the findings due by December.

Advertising by marijuana retailers will be curtailed under the bill, however, including banning images of marijuana from any outdoor advertising.  Marijuana retailers will also be banned from targeting ads to people outside of Washington state, or from using any mascots or other images that could appeal to children.

The full text of Senate Bill 5131 can be found here.

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Medical Marijuana Patient Registry Opens in Maryland

ANNAPOLIS, MD — After lengthy delays, the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission has opened up the patient and caregiver registry for the state supervised medical marijuana program.

Starting Monday April 24, open enrollment for all patients and caregivers is available on the agency’s website.

The registry was opened in a three-phase roll-out earlier this month. Previously, patients and caregivers with last names starting A through L could only register in the week beginning April 10, and patients with last names M through Z could only register the week of April 17.

It is important to note that medical marijuana is not yet legally available in the state of Maryland.  The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission will make a public announcement once medical marijuana is available to the public, and dispensary locations will be posted on the agency’s website.

Dispensaries are expected to be open in Maryland by December.

Maryland lawmakers authorized medical marijuana in April 2014.

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Texas Medical Marijuana Supporters Push for Hearings on Critical Legislation

AUSTIN, TX — A group of patients, caregivers, and medical professionals will hold a rally and news conference on the north steps of the Texas State Capitol on Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. to urge lawmakers to allow hearings on critical medical marijuana legislation.

The group will call on House Public Health Committee Chairman Four Price and Senate Health and Human Services Committee Chairman Charles Schwertner to schedule hearings on HB 2107 and SB 269, respectively.

HB 2107 and SB 269 would fix the currently unworkable and unnecessarily restrictive Texas Compassionate Use Program and make it more inclusive.

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Just Say “No” to Taxpayer Funded Medical Marijuana Raids

Since 2014, the Department of Justice has been prohibited from using taxpayers’ funds to enforce federal anti-marijuana laws in states that regulate its medical use.

But that could all change this week as Congress decides how to fund the federal government for the remainder of this fiscal year. 

At issue is a provision known as the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, which maintains that federal funds can not be used to prevent states from “implementing their own state laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession or cultivation of medical marijuana.”

In December, Congress re-authorized the amendment as part of a short term spending package through April 28, 2017, at which time the budget — and the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment — will expire.

With anti-cannabis zealot Jeff Sessions now heading the Department of Justice, we can’t leave patients across the country and those who supply their medicine vulnerable to a federal crackdown on medical marijuana.

Over 90% of all Americans support the legalization of medical marijuana, according to nationwide polling data published last week. Further, 73 percent of voters oppose federal interference in states that regulate its use.

Let’s ensure that these programs and the millions of patients who rely upon them are protected. 

Tell your member of Congress to get this right. Demand that they protect patients from Jeff Sessions and his Department of Justice. 

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Vermont Moves Closer to Legalizing Recreational Marijuana for Adults

MONTPELIER, VT — The Vermont Senate approved a bill on Friday that would regulate the production and sale of marijuana and eliminate penalties for personal possession and cultivation by adults 21 and older.

The Senate amended H. 167, an unrelated House-approved bill, to replace it with a revised version of a marijuana regulation bill that passed last year in the Senate and failed in the House.

The Senate also amended H. 167 to include the same home cultivation provision that is included in H. 170, a bill that has been making its way through the House.  H. 170 would eliminate Vermont’s civil penalty for possessing one ounce or less of marijuana and remove penalties for possession of up to two mature marijuana plants and up to four immature plants.

The Senate proposal would allow unlimited small-scale cultivation licenses for producers no larger than 500 sq feet.  The marijuana regulation bill that failed in the House last year, S. 241, did not include a home cultivation provision.

The Senate-amended version of H. 167 will receive one final vote before being sent back to the House for consideration.

“Most Vermonters think marijuana should be made legal for adults, and they’re looking to lawmakers to come up with a plan, said Matt Simon, New England political director for the Marijuana Policy Project.  “We applaud the Senate for approving a thoughtful alternative to marijuana prohibition that would account for public health and improve public safety. We would love to see the House step up and join the Senate in supporting this sensible reform. If the House isn’t willing to support the Senate’s proposal, it at least needs to support its own Judiciary Committee’s plan and pass H. 170.”

Most Vermont voters are in favor of the policy changes proposed in H. 167 and H. 170, according to a survey conducted March 20-21 by Public Policy Polling. Fifty-seven percent support allowing adults 21 and older to possess and grow limited amounts of marijuana, and 54% support regulating and taxing marijuana similarly to alcohol. The results are available here.

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Study: Medical Marijuana Legalization Linked to Lower Medicaid Costs

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Patients use fewer prescription drugs in states where access to medical cannabis is legally regulated, according to data published in the journal Health Affairs.

Investigators at the University of Georgia assessed the association between medical cannabis regulations and the average number of prescriptions filled by Medicaid beneficiaries between the years 2007 and 2014.

Researchers reported, “[T]he use of prescription drugs in fee-for-service Medicaid was lower in states with medical marijuana laws than in states without such laws in five of the nine broad clinical areas we studied.”

They added, “If all states had had a medical marijuana law in 2014, we estimated that total savings for fee-for-service Medicaid could have been $1.01 billion.”

The findings are similar to those previously published by the team which reported that medical cannabis access was associated with significantly reduced spending by patients on Medicare Part D approved prescription drugs.

Separate studies have reported that patients with legal access to medical marijuana reduce their intake of opioids, benzodiazepines, anti-depressants, migraine-related medications, and sleep aids, among other substances.

An abstract of the study, “Medical marijuana laws may be associated with a decline in the number of prescriptions for medicaid enrollees,” appears here.

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Time Runs Out on Compromise to Fix Maryland Medical Cannabis Program

ANNAPOLIS, MD — After long and difficult negotiations and consultation with advocates, industry stakeholders, and the Attorney General, legislators agreed on a compromise bill, HB 1443, to address the lack of diversity in the Maryland medical cannabis industry without delaying the program.

Unfortunately, the clock ran out on the last night of session and the final vote occurred at 12:02 a.m. — just after the end of session.

This is really unfortunate for two reasons. First, because two lawsuits that would have been dismissed if the bill had passed will continue; they could derail the entire program.

Second, even though African-Americans have borne the brunt of marijuana prohibition, being almost three times more likely than whites to be arrested for possession, no African-American-owned companies received pre-approval to grow or process cannabis.  This unfairness is why the legislative Black Caucus championed the bill.

Under Maryland law, the Governor is required to call a special session if a majority of legislators in both chambers of the General Assembly petition him to do so.

It appears the speaker of the House of Delegates, Mike Busch, is the primary obstacle to this happening. If you are a Maryland resident, please call the speaker’s office and ask him to do the right thing. A good bill with overwhelming support should not fail just because the clock ran out before the final shot hit the basket.

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4/20: Leafly’s Live Cannabis Coverage

Happy 420! We’ll have live rolling coverage of the world’s cannabis festival throughout the day from Leafly News staff around the globe. Be sure to check out Leafly’s event calendar for 4/20 celebrations near you.

Beyond ‘Dark Side of the Moon’

6:38am – We just found the day’s best conversation starter: Name your top five stoner albums. Rolling Stone just resurfaced a tasty feature from 2013, “The 40 Greatest Stoner Albums.” Dr. Dre: Check. Pink Floyd: Check. Portishead: Wait, what?

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When Will the Federal Madness End, Earl?

Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenaeur, leader of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, will be celebrating 4/20 by fighting to end federal prohibition. And he’ll take time out to answer your questions. Tune in to his Reddit AMA later today at 1pm Eastern, at reddit.com/r/trees/.

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It’s an All-Week Event

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Wake n Bake, Toronto

5:59am – Good morning Toronto! You’ve got three hours to get to Yonge-Dundas Square for the start of 420 Toronto. On your way, enjoy this profile of festival organizer and longtime activist Chris Goodwin, posted this morning by Leafly contributor Randi Druzin. Did you know he got his start by selling candles?

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London Coppers Wary of the 420 Day

5:52am – It’s still early in the United States, but events are well underway in London, where thousands are gathering for the annual Hyde Park cannabis rally. That makes the Metropolitan Police a bit uncomfortable, and they’re warning enthusiasts to temper their enthusiasm. And here, courtesy of the Evening Standard, is our first favorite headline of the “420 day”:

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It’s a New Day in West Virginia

5:45am PDT – As morning breaks on 4/20, West Virginia enjoys its first full day as America’s 29th legal medical marijuana state. Yesterday, Gov. Jim Justice signed SB 386 into law, legalizing the use of cannabis (but not cannabis leaf) as medicine. It may be a while before the two million residents of the Mountaineer State enjoy the full benefits of the law–MMJ cards aren’t expected to be issued by the Bureau of Public Health until July 1, 2019–but today’s a day of celebration. Welcome to 420, West Virginians!

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CBS Poll Finds Support for Legalizing Marijuana at Record High

More than six in ten Americans believe that the social use of marijuana should be legal for adults, according to nationwide polling data provided by CBS News.

The percentage marks a significant increase since 2013, when only 45 percent of respondents endorsed legalization, and it is among the highest levels of public support ever reported in a national poll. Only a majority of those respondents over the age of 65 did not support legalization.

Source: CBS News

Pollsters also reported that 88 percent of US adults support regulating the use of medical marijuana, and that 71 percent of Americans — including majorities of Republicans, Democrats, and Independents — oppose efforts on the part of the federal government to interfere in state’s that have legalized the plant’s distribution and use. The percentage represents a blowback to the Trump administration, which in February threatened “greater enforcement” of federal anti-marijuana laws in states that have legalized its adult use.

Fifty-three percent of respondents said that they believe alcohol to be more harmful than cannabis, and a majority of those under the age of 65 acknowledged having used it.

Source: CBS News

The CBS News poll possesses a margin of error of +/- four percent.


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