Alabama: Senate Advances Medical Cannabis Access Measure

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Senate lawmakers approved legislation yesterday that seeks to regulate patients’ access to select medical cannabis products. Last year, members of Senate similarly approved medical cannabis access legislation, but that effort was opposed by the House. In December, the commission called for lawmakers to enact a limited legalization program.

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Kentucky: House Votes Overwhelmingly in Favor of Medical Cannabis Access

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Members of the Kentucky House of Representatives voted by a margin of more than two to one in favor of legislation, House Bill 136 , facilitating medical cannabis access. According to statewide polling compiled in January by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, 90 percent of state residents support regulating medical marijuana access. Andy Beshear , who has previously expressed a willingness to vote in favor of legalizing medical cannabis.

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The Veterans Equal Access Act Reintroduced

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1647 , the Veterans Equal Access Act, which expands medical cannabis access to eligible military veterans. Blumenauer said, “For too long, our veterans have been denied access to highly effective medical marijuana treatment for conditions like chronic pain and PTSD. Medical marijuana has shown proven benefits for treating these conditions denying our veterans access to them is shameful.

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New Legislation Would Permit Marijuana Businesses to Access COVID-19 Relief

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Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) have introduced legislation to allow state-legal marijuana businesses to apply for COVID-19 benefits through the Small Business Administration. In others, regulators have either relaxed protocols or moved forward with new, emergency rules to facilitate expanded access – such as permitting patients to seek telemedicine appointments and allowing dispensaries to permit curbside pick-up and home delivery.

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Study: Medical Cannabis Access Associated with Fewer Workers’ Comp Claims

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The enactment of state-specific medical cannabis access laws is associated with a decline in workers’ compensation claims, according to data published in the journal Health Economics. A team of researchers affiliated with Temple University in Pennsylvania and the University of Cincinnati in Ohio assessed the relationship between medical marijuana legalization laws and workers’ compensation claims over a 23-year period.

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Pennsylvania: Health Officials Expand Medical Cannabis Access Program

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Pennsylvania health officials have expanded the pool of patients eligible to receive medical cannabis access. The State Health Department Secretary publicly announced on Thursday that patients diagnosed with anxiety disorders and/or Tourette’s syndrome will be eligible to receive recommendations to legally access medical cannabis products. An estimated 110,000 patients and over 1,600 physicians currently participate in the state-sponsored access program.

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Arizona: Supreme Court Rules That Concentrates Are Legal Under State’s Medical Cannabis Access Law

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Manufacturing and possessing concentrated forms of cannabis are legally protected activities under the state’s medical cannabis access law, according to a unanimous decision issued today by the Arizona Supreme Court. The decision reverses a 2018 ruling by the Arizona Court of Appeals. Writing for the Court, justices opined : “AMMA (the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act) defines ‘marijuana’ as ‘all parts of [the] plant.’

COVID-19: Canadians having to risk exposure for access to Medicinal Cannabis

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Over 40 Members of Congress Request SBA Access For Small Marijuana Businesses

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Ten members of the Senate, led by Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and Ron Wyden (D-OR), and 34 members of the House, led by Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Tom McClintock (R-CA), have recently issued letters requesting Small Business Administration funding programs be expanded so that they may be accessed by state-licensed cannabis businesses.

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FDA Expands Epidiolex Access for Those with Tuberous Sclerosis Complex

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Though cannabis is becoming increasingly legal across the nation, both for recreational and medical purposes, there’s no sign that the US government intends to legalize cannabis on the federal level.

Rep. Lee: Fight to end restrictions on veterans’ access to medical marijuana

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Yet, even in the majority of states where medical cannabis is legal, VA physicians are prohibited by federal law from filling out a state-legal medical marijuana recommendation form. Specifically, this bill would also create a federal safe harbor protection for veterans and their doctors in using or recommending medical marijuana where it is legal in that State or Indian Tribe. Barbara Lee is a member of Congress representing California’s 13th District.

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Delaware cannabis advocates rally for increased medical access with home grow!

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Patients are legally permitted to cultivate medical cannabis in about half of the states that regulate its use and distribution. Allowing patients to grow their own cannabis at home could dramatically increase access. For some patients, proximity to a dispensary can often be a challenge as they must drive long distances to access medical cannabis.

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Study: Pain Patients Report Significant Health Improvements Following Enactment of Medical Cannabis Access Laws

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Those suffering from chronic pain report significant improvements in health following the passage of medical cannabis access laws, according to data published in the journal Forum for Health Economics & Policy. Researchers affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania and the Perelman School of Medicine assessed the impact of medical cannabis legalization laws on self-reported health outcomes. Legalization Medical Marijuana Opioids SCIENCE medical cannabis opioids pain

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Congress Should Lift the Ban on Medical Cannabis Access for Military Veterans

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Americans in 33 states and the District of Columbia have legal access to medical marijuana under a doctor’s authorization. But this same access is often lacking for many military veterans. For example, a 2014 study reported a 75 percent reduction in PTSD symptomology scores following subjects’ enrollment in a state-sponsored medical cannabis access program.

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Study: Adult-Use Cannabis Access Associated with Decreased Sales of OTC Sleep Aids

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Adult-use retail cannabis access is associated with a decline in the sales of over-the-counter (OTC) sleep aid medications, according to data published in the journal Complimentary Therapies in Medicine. … [O]ur results indicate that enough individuals are switching from OTC sleep aids to recreational cannabis that we can identify a statistically significant reduction in the market share growth of OTC sleep aids in conjunction with access to recreational cannabis using.”

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UK to allow cannabis imports—necessary step for medical access and, ultimately, legalization

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This promises the few patients with legal cannabis prescriptions in the country more reliable and affordable access to their preferred medicine. The post UK to allow cannabis imports—necessary step for medical access and, ultimately, legalization appeared first on Leafly.

New York: Empire State NORML Files Suit Seeking Patients’ Access to Medical Cannabis While on Probation

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Empire State NORML and others are suing the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Services (DOCCS) so that qualified patients may access medical cannabis products while on probation. Petitioners argue that the state’s medical cannabis access law explicitly forbids state officials from taking discriminatory actions against qualified patients.

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Virginia: Marijuana Decriminalization Takes Effect July 1

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And while we applaud Governor Northam, his administration, and the legislature for taking this step, it’s critical that they work swiftly to legalize and regulate the responsible of cannabis by adults and begin undoing the damages prohibition has waged on tens of thousands of Virginians.” “Decriminalization is an important first step on Virginia’s path towards legal, regulated adult use, and one many thought was still years away, but we cannot stop now.

South Dakota: Opposition Group’s Polling Shows Voter Support for Marijuana Legalization Initiatives

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According to the survey results, some 70 percent of respondents back Initiative Measure 26 -- which establishes a medical cannabis access program -- and some 60 percent of voters support Constitutional Amendment A, which legalizes the adult-use marijuana market.

The Battle for California Cannabis Access is a Roadmap for States Considering Legalization

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Over the last few years, California has gained a reputation of being a state where cannabis is completely legal and out in the open. Right now, there is an ongoing battle between the state and local governments for access to cannabis, which should be the first place that states (and possibly even Congress) look when considering legalization. California Federal law and policy Legal Issues

Cannabis Businesses May Soon Be Able to Access Disaster Relief Funds

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The Small Business Association or SBA for short has denied the cannabis industry access to any of these funds or programs. Cannabis farming is legal at the state level in Oregon and California. These small legal businesses employ thousands of workers and support our struggling economy.

BILL INTRODUCED TO ALLOW STATE-LEGAL MARIJUANA BUSINESSES ACCESS TO FEDERAL COVID-19 RELIEF

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Two longtime legal cannabis proponents—Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Ed Perlmutter (D-CO)—introduced a bill in the House today that would allow marijuana businesses access to … Read More. One-Hit Wonders

NORML Canada Launches Post-Legalization Platform on One Year Anniversary of Marijuana Legalization

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NORML Canada launches official Post-Legalization platform to focus advocacy efforts on reforming Canada’s legal Cannabis system. In light of the first year of legalization, NORML Canada has monitored the Canadian cannabis landscape closely, to determine the next steps for crafting achievable and functional reform of cannabis regulations. 1) Increased Access. 2) Transitioning “Unregulated Market” into the legal framework.

Hawaii: Governor Legalizes Sales of Edible Products by Licensed Medical Cannabis Dispensaries

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Patients enrolled in the state’s medical cannabis access program will be able to purchase cannabis-infused edible products from licensed dispensaries for the first time.

US States With Access To MMJ Have Seen 20% Drop In Certain Opioid Use

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However, in an effort to decrease opioid usage (mostly through legal prescriptions from physicians), some medical professionals are recommending their patients use medical marijuana (MMJ) products in place of opioid prescriptions to manage pain symptoms. A recent study indicates that US states with access to MMJ have seen up to a 20% drop in certain opioid use. The fact that MMJ products are accessible makes a huge difference.

New York: An Analysis of Governor Cuomo’s Legalization Proposal

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A complex and comprehensive plan laid out in over 200 pages of legislative text, the CRTA would implement one of the most tightly regulated, highly taxed and heavily controlled legal cannabis markets in the world. 2020 ACTIVISM Advocacy GOVERNMENT Legalization NORML Chapters Policy SOCIETY

Addiction Specialists Advocate for Easier Access to Legal Cannabis

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Unfortunately, access is an issue for some people, such as those in parts of Vancouver, where the cannabis shops are spread unrealistically thin. Access is Crucial. . Individuals looking to purchase legal cannabis will likely just continue dealing with the black market, since it could be a logistical nightmare to make the trip to a dispensary. Long before legalization, we supported cannabis for its medical benefits.

Marijuana Arrests After Legalization

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The impressive medical properties of cannabis have been a major factor in the push to legalize cannabis. But the importance of social justice, beyond medical access, can’t be overstated

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Illinois Gov. Pritzker Signs Bill to Legalize and Regulate Marijuana

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Pritzker has signed legislation legalizing the adult use of marijuana and regulating its commercial production and retail sale. Illinois is now the eleventh state to legalize adult-use marijuana, and it is the second state to legalize marijuana use via legislative action rather than by voter initiative. Patients enrolled in the state’s medical cannabis program will be legally permitted for the first time to personally cultivate up to five marijuana plants.

What Oklahoma’s Ban On MMJ Delivery Means For Patients’ Accessibility

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The accessibility of medical marijuana is an important issue for MMJ patients all over the country. In Oklahoma, accessibility has never been a problem since MMJ became legal in 2018. Image by pixundfertig on Pixabay : How do patients get access to OK MMJ while on lockdown?

U.S. Banks Pushing for Access to Legal Marijuana Industry

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Banks Pushing for Access to Legal Marijuana Industry. In yet another unprecedented leap forward, United States banks are asking Congress to protect them from federal prosecution over dealing with legal marijuana businesses, according to U.S. Under the current system, more than half of the states legalized marijuana to some degree. Banks simply want clarification as to whether they can safely do business in states where cannabis is legal.

Move Legalization Forward in New Jersey

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Several bills have been introduced in the state legislature, ranging from legalization to expungement, and the fight for freedom has never been more widely supported than now. 2318 would allow for expedited expungement of records for those previously convicted of a marijuana crime upon passage of decriminalization or legalization measures in the state of New Jersey, as long as those past violations are no longer considered a crime under state law.

Medical Cannabis is Legalized in the U.K., but Suffers from Access Issues

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But according to the Independent , the fight for access is still not over. legalized medical marijuana on November 1 st of last year – roughly 18 years after one of its closest Commonwealth allies, Canada, set up its own medical cannabis program in 2001. The Independent explains: “Since the rescheduling, many NHS patients have been frustrated by what they see as a slow and bureaucratic system that has denied them access to cannabis treatments.

Marijuana Legalization on the Ballot in Arizona

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However, a recent survey showed that over 62 percent of likely voters now support legalizing cannabis, suggesting a recent change of heart in the Grand Canyon State. 207 will do more than simply legalize cannabis in Arizona.

Federal Lawmakers Aim To Legalize Marijuana This Year

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I introduced S.420, my bill to legalize and responsibly regulate and tax marijuana,” Wyden tweeted on February 8. “It’s NEW: I introduced S.420, my bill to legalize and responsibly regulate and tax marijuana. The first one, Small Business Tax Equity Act , proposes that legal cannabis businesses should be allowed to claim tax deductions just like any other small business. It also allows legal cannabis businesses to have access to normal banking services, permits U.S.

Lawyer Heading Up Regulate Florida Wants Cannabis Legally Accessible To Eveybody Over 21

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Regulate Florida is petitioning to make marijuana legally accessible to anybody age 21 and over — and regulated like alcohol. The Miami New Times reports that Florida lawyer Mike Minardi, who heads Regulate Florida, is just one of 26 active petition drives affected by the new law. Here’s the report.

New Mexico: Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Decriminalization, Other Reform Bills

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State lawmakers have approved a series of bills reducing penalties for marijuana possession offenses and strengthening and expanding legal protections for medical cannabis patients. Senate Bill 406 expands medical cannabis access and provides important new patient protections. LEGALIZATION. ACTIVISM LEGISLATION Legislative Update Medical Marijuana access decriminalization employment hemp medical marijuana New Mexico