Louisiana: Governor Signs Bills Into Law Facilitating Expanded Cannabis Access for Patients

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John Bel Edwards has signed a series of bills into law greatly expanding patients ability to access medical cannabis products. Late last week, the Governor signed House Bill 819, which expands the discretion of physicians so that they can recommend cannabis therapy for “any condition” that he or she “considers debilitating to an individual patient and is qualified through his [or her] medical education and training to treat.” Democratic Gov.

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Louisiana: House Lawmakers Advance Measures to Greatly Expand Medical Cannabis Access

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House lawmakers have overwhelmingly approved two bills to amend the state’s medical marijuana program in a manner that significantly expands patientsaccess to cannabis products. ” Under the current law, doctors may only recommend medical cannabis products to those patients with a limited number of select conditions, such as HIV and cancer. The measure establishes regulations permitting the home delivery of medical cannabis products to registered patients.

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Oklahoma: Governor Vetoes Measure Expanding Medical Cannabis Access, Reducing Possession Penalties

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Kevin Stitt has vetoed legislation, House Bill 3288 , which sough to expand patientsaccess to medical cannabis and make other amendments to the state’s marijuana laws. ” The bill sought to allow operators to engage in the home delivery of medical cannabis products to authorized patients who live within a ten-mile radius of a state-licensed facility. 2020 Medical Marijuana decriminalization home delivery medical access OklahomaRepublic Gov.

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Pediatric Medical Cannabis Access in Schools

Americans for Safe Access

A national perspective on safe access for students. At ASA, our goal is to ensure that every state has sensible cannabis policies that create safe and legal access for all patients. Many of which have been pediatric patients.

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Alabama: Senate Advances Medical Cannabis Access Measure

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Senate lawmakers approved legislation yesterday that seeks to regulate patientsaccess to select medical cannabis products. Senators voted 22 to 11 in favor of SB 165 , which licenses dispensaries to provide qualified patients with non-herbal cannabis preparations, such as marijuana-infused tablets or pills. Last year, members of Senate similarly approved medical cannabis access legislation, but that effort was opposed by the House.

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Louisiana: Governor Signs Bills Into Law Facilitating Expanded Cannabis Access for Patients

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“This is common sense legislation that provides physicians, not lawmakers, the ability and discretion to decide what treatment options are best for their patients.". The post Louisiana: Governor Signs Bills Into Law Facilitating Expanded Cannabis Access for Patients appeared first on NORML. Medical Marijuana Uncategorized Louisiana qualifying conditions

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Bill to Provide Greater Access for Virginia Medical Cannabis Patients Succeeds

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SB1719 allows “registered agents” for those patients physically unable to pick up or receive delivery of their medical cannabis, like those in hospice, assisted living facilities, and those who rely on home healthcare providers. “This law will ensure that patients who may be physically incapable of picking up these life-changing medicines on their own will have access to them from throughout the Commonwealth,” said Senator Marsden, of Fairfax County.

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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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Congressional Action for Veteran Medical Cannabis Patients

Americans for Safe Access

In the wake of the election many patients have questions about the priorities of the incoming Congress. million cannabis patients across the country are stuck under conflicting federal and state cannabis policy, with veterans comprising the largest contingent of them.

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. Investigators reported that pain patients were the group most likely to report health benefits following medical cannabis enactment.

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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. We commend the House of Representatives for listening to their constituents and standing up for patients in passing this bill. ” Under the plan , which now awaits Senate action, qualified patients would be able to obtain cannabis products from state-licensed dispensaries.

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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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In the majority of jurisdictions that regulate cannabis marketplaces, state policymakers have designated these operations to be ‘essential’ to the health and well-being of the patient community. 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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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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More States Taking Action to Ensure Uninterrupted Retail Access to Medical Cannabis During COVID-19 Outbreak

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In several jurisdictions, lawmakers have designated these operations to be ‘essential’ to the health and well-being of the patient community. 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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Congressional Action for Veteran Medical Cannabis Patients

Americans for Safe Access

In the wake of the election many patients have questions about the priorities of the incoming Congress. million cannabis patients across the country are stuck under conflicting federal and state cannabis policy, with veterans comprising the largest contingent of them.

Louisiana: Medical Cannabis Access to Begin Next Week

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Qualified patients are anticipated to finally begin accessing medical cannabis products next week, according to a statement issued by regulators at the state’s Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF). Lawmakers initially approved the establishment of the state’s medical cannabis access program in 2015, but its rollout has faced numerous delays. The first products to be available to patients are cannabis-infused tinctures.

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Updated: More States Taking Action to Ensure Uninterrupted Retail Access to Medical Cannabis During COVID-19 Outbreak

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In several jurisdictions, lawmakers have designated these operations to be ‘essential’ to the health and well-being of the patient community. 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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Participate in a Confidential Survey Assessing Cannabis Use Patterns During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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A team of researchers affiliated with the University of Miami School of Nursing are collecting epidemiological data to better evaluate how cannabis consumers, and patients in particular, are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. In recent weeks, health officials in some two-dozen states have enacted emergency rules to ensure that state-qualified patients have uninterrupted access to cannabis products. 2020 COVID-19 access patients survey

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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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Louisiana: Bills Facilitating Expanded Cannabis Access Sent to Governor’s Desk

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House and Senate lawmakers have approved a series of bills to facilitate patientsaccess to medical cannabis products. On Sunday, legislators finalized HB 819 , which expands the discretion of physicians so that they can recommend cannabis therapy for “any condition” that he or she “considers debilitating to an individual patient and is qualified through his [or her] medical education and training to treat.”

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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?

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

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Delaware cannabis patients and advocates will gather in Dover on Wednesday to rally support for The Delaware Patient Right to Grow Act, House Bill 243. This change would allow registered patients and registered caregivers to grow medical cannabis at home. 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.

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Veterans Medical Marijuana Access Legislation Introduced In House and Senate

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Today, Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA) introduced legislation, The Veterans Medical Marijuana Safe Harbor Act , to expand and facilitate medical cannabis access to military veterans suffering from chronic pain, PTSD, and other serious medical conditions. ” “As the daughter of a veteran, I am committed to ensuring that our veterans have access to the quality and comprehensive medical care they deserve – including medical marijuana.

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Argentina to Give Some Patients Free Access to Medical Cannabis

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According to a report in Ganjapreneur… Argentina officials are moving forward with a planned overhaul of the country’s medical cannabis system; the new rules would … Read More. Medical Cannabis News

Is legalization bad for medical cannabis patients?

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Patient advocates say increased costs and access issues are a blow to medical cannabis patients' rights now that all adults can legally consume cannabis in Canada. The post Is legalization bad for medical cannabis patients? Canada Industry Politics medical cannabis patientsappeared first on Leafly.

Full Report Now Published: “Current barriers to patient access to medicinal cannabis in Australia”

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Over the past decade, there has been an increasing demand for access to medicinal cannabis by patients and their families. As the social and political … Read More. Medical Cannabis News

Texas NORML: Patient Lobby Day Recap

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In the Texas State Capitol Building, dozens of patients joined us to ask their legislators to coauthor legislation that makes the Texas Compassionate Use Program more inclusive and effective. HB 1365 (authored by Rep Lucio, III) and SB90 (authored by Sen Menendez) would allow patients with debilitating conditions access to medical cannabis to therapeutically treat the symptoms of their condition.

Patients In Florida Can Finally Smoke Medical Cannabis

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Newly sworn-in Governor Ron DeSantis officially ended the statewide ban on smokable forms of medical cannabis in Florida, making good on the promise he made to patients. In doing so, medical cannabis patients are finally legally permitted to smoke dried cannabis flower if their doctor recommends that specific method of administration. Previously, it was illegal for patients to smoke their cannabis medication, according to the law.

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

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This year, we can and must succeed in passing this essential legislation and protecting the rights of veterans to access medical treatment and serving those who served us. It is my determination that this legislation will allow those veterans who can benefit from the medicinal use of cannabis to have a safe and regulated way to access their treatment. Barbara Lee is a member of Congress representing California’s 13th District.

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Medical Cannabis Patients and Adult-Use Consumers Won Big on Election Night: But What Does This Really Mean for Patients

Americans for Safe Access

While many 2020 general election results remain a mystery until all votes are counted, voters were clear in expressing their support for all five statewide cannabis ballot initiatives offered this cycle.

The Latin American Cannabis Landscape – Part Two: Regulated Markets and Patient Access

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Thanks to the recent emergence of regulated medical cannabis markets, the success of this versatile plant can be followed from farm to pharma and prescriber to patient, however, the origins of cannabis as medicine cannot be as simply traced as the plant is today from seed to sale. Of course, patients need product and product costs money. Patients, and their treatment, therefore, are the priority. The availability of medications for patients varies from country to condition.

Oklahoma: Expanded Protections for Cannabis Patients to Take Effect

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Legislation will take effect next week expanding protections for state-qualified medical cannabis patients. It strengthens patient protections by explicitly stipulating that registered cannabis consumers may not be denied public assistance, access to firearms, or certain types of employment solely based upon their patient status. Over 146,000 Oklahomans are registered with the state to access medical cannabis therapy.

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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Israel Reaches Over 60k Cannabis Patients But Struggles to Satisfy Them

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Israel has been on the must-watch list in terms of cannabis research and medicinal innovation and now they have made headlines for reading a record high of over 60,000 medical cannabis patients. The main sections of the reform were designated for business and patients.

FDA Expands Epidiolex Access for Those with Tuberous Sclerosis Complex

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Epidiolex was approved specifically for treating patients suffering from seizures associated with Dravet Syndrome, which is a severe form of epilepsy that affects between 20,000 and 40,000 people worldwide.