Pennsylvania Senate passes medical marijuana bill
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HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania State Senate passed Senator Mike Folmer’s (R – Lebanon, Dauphin, York) Senate Bill 3 to allow the use of medical cannabis in the Commonwealth: 40-7. Folmer’s legislation would allow thousands of ill and suffering Pennsylvanians the ability to utilize cannabis, a natural plant from God, to treat their ailments.
Senate Bill 3 provides access to regulated medical cannabis for patients with certain qualified medical conditions and establishes the State Board of Medical Cannabis Licensing under the Department of State to provide regulatory oversight and licensing. The bill was unanimously reported from the Senate State Government Committee on April 21 with a comprehensive amendment, including: adding a “real time” registry to track the validity of medical cannabis cards and the growth, production and distribution; eliminating production of edible medical cannabis products – although patients would be allowed to mix prescribed medical cannabis into their foods; adding nebulization as a delivery method; and expanding the list of covered diseases to include HIV/AIDS and glaucoma.
“This bill has had many individuals working hard to help the broadest group of people we possibly can without further delay,” said Folmer. “I am so thankful for the additional amendments offered by my colleagues to expand the bill even further to help Pennsylvania’s suffering patients.”
The amendments approved by the full Senate and are now included in Senate Bill 3 are:
- Vaporization for cancer, PTSD and seizures (Senator Camera Bartolotta)
- Chronic or intractable pain (Senator Camera Bartolotta)
- Diabetes (Senator Mike Folmer on behalf of Senator Don White)
- Crohn’s Disease (Senator Mike Folmer)
The bill now goes to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for further consideration.
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Tennessee – House committee approves bill to legalize cannabis oil
A bill to legalize cannabis oil in Tennessee for medical purposes passed its first legislative hurdle Tuesday, but it did so with a slight change.
The bill, from Rep. Jeremy Faison, R-Cosby, passed the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee with a few amendments. It now requires someone who wants to use the oil to have a letter from a doctor saying the person who needs the oil suffers from seizures.
Several weeks ago, families pleaded with the committee to support the bill. The families have children who suffer from, at times, thousands of seizures every day.
The bill advances to the full House Criminal Committee. Committee Chairman William Lamberth, R-Cottontown, said during the subcommittee meeting that he supports the bill.
But the blue-eyed, rambunctious little girl has exceeded doctors’ expectations.
“The majority of the progress I’ve seen in her, physically, mentally and emotionally” is due to cannabis, Barnhart told CNBC.
Moriah is one of four mothers who refer to themselves as the Cannamoms, advocating for medical marijuana to be legalized in all states so that their critically ill children, and others like them, can have access to a drug that is still illegal on the federal level.
Throughout her chemotherapy and beyond, Moriah said cannabis had helped Dahlia tremendously, but she can’t get access to marijuana legally in Florida, where she lives.
Moriah and three other mothers made the journey from Florida to California to try cannabis for a protracted stay. All four at some point have given their children marijuana, and they say they witnessed an improvement in their well being afterward.
By Jeff Mapes
Oregon — After voters in Washington and Colorado voted to legalize marijuana in 2012, Alison Holcomb would tell pot activists it was too early to say that the rest of America was ready to accept the drug.
Holcomb, an American Civil Liberties Union official who managed Washington’s legalization campaign, recalled that nearly a dozen states – including Oregon – decriminalized possession of small amounts of the drug in the 1970s.
“And then the ’80s came and the pendulum swung back hard,” she said, as President Ronald Reagan called marijuana “probably the most dangerous drug in America” and stepped up federal enforcement against all illegal drugs.
Holcomb now feels more confident that marijuana will be widely legal after watching Oregon and Alaska voters approve the possession and retail sales.
Legalization in two more states — in a non-presidential year when fewer younger people vote – marks an important milestone in the drive to sweep away criminal penalties against a drug routinely used by millions of Americans, Holcomb and other activists say. On top of that, in Washington, D.C., voters said adults should be able to grow and possess the drug.
“A decade or a generation from now, people will look back on the marijuana wars and say, ‘What the hell was that about,” said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, the group that primarily funded Oregon’s marijuana initiative.
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Support For Marijuana Legalization Is Rapidly Outpacing Opposition
It wasn’t that long ago that supporting marijuana legalization was considered political suicide. There have always been a few politicians that publicly supported the idea like Earl Blumenauer, but those politicians were considered to be anomalies. That seemed to change after 2012, when not only did Colorado and Washington legalize marijuana, but anti-marijuana Attorney General candidate Dwight Holton was defeated handily. Holton thought he would campaign on an anti-marijuana platform like many had done before him, and that he would sail to victory as a result. However, an overwhelming majority of voters rejected such tactics, and instead embraced Holton’s pro-marijuana competitor Ellen Rosenblum. Many political analysts looked at that victory and saw the writing on the wall – publicly supporting marijuana reform was now a political boost, not a liability.
This is a view that is held by a majority of Americans, and support for that view is growing everyday. Per the Pew Research Center:
Attitudes about marijuana have undergone a rapid shift in public opinion, paralleled by few other trends in the U.S. Our recent data, along with historical figures from Gallup and the General Social Survey, reveal how views have shifted about the drug over time. Earlier this year, our survey found that many more Americans now favor shifting the focus of the nation’s overall drug policy.
Support for marijuana legalization is rapidly outpacing opposition. A slim majority (52%) of Americans say the drug should be made legal, compared with 45% who want it to be illegal. Opinions have changed drastically since 1969, when Gallup first asked the question and found that just 12% favored legalizing marijuana use. Much of the change in opinion has occurred over the past few years — support rose 11 points between 2010 and 2013 (although it has remained unchanged in the past year). Separately, 76% in our February survey said people convicted of minor possession should not serve time in jail.
On ‘Election Day Eve’ I’m hopeful that we see even more marijuana reform victories across America. Hopefully the 2014 Election sees Alaska, Oregon, and Washington D.C. join Colorado and Washington and legalize marijuana. By this time Wednesday morning, we should know most of the results, with the exception of probably Alaska. Alaska is hard to tally votes for, especially if the results are close, due to Alaska’s population being spread out over such a large area.
Cannabis to make more money than the NFL – Powered by Cannabis Jobs!
Marijuana is the new big business in the US. Its turnover is expected to grow to three times that of the professional football league (NFL) by 2020. According to the study by Greenwave Advisors, a research and financial analysis institute, the cannabis industry could generate revenues of $35 billion within five years, compared to the $10 billion currently produced by the NFL. It will equal other giants of the US economy, such as publishing ($38 billion in revenue) and the confectionery industry ($34 billion). Greenwave calculated this figure based on the 23 states where the use of marijuana for medical purposes is already legal and those where it’s permitted for recreation (Colorado and Washington). Its figures were based on the assumption that other states will follow the same path.
by Mattia Rosini