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Illinois: Legislation Pending To Expand Industrial Hemp Cultivation

Update: SB 1294 passed the Illinois Senate on May 4 and is now pending in the House Legislation is pending to regulate the commercial cultivation of industrial hemp. The Industrial Hemp Act, SB 1294 seeks to license farmers to “grow, process, cultivate, harvest, process, possess, sell, or purchase industrial hemp or industrial hemp related products” for … Continue reading »

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Delaware: Legislation To Improve and Expand Medical Marijuana Pending

Update: An amended version of SB 24 passed the Senate on May 18 and now heads to the House for consideration. Unfortunately, the bill no longer contains language to add anxiety as a qualifying condition.  Senate Bill 24 has been introduced by Senate Majority Leader Margaret Rose Henry to expand the list of qualifying conditions … Continue reading »

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New York: Senate Legislation Pending To Expand Patients’ Access to Medical Cannabis

A pair of bills are pending in the Senate to expand patients’ access to medical cannabis. Senate Bill 6092 expands the pool of patients eligible for medical cannabis access to include those with Alzheimer’s disease, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and a number of other debilitating diseases. It also removes arbitrary caps imposed on the amount of … Continue reading »

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Vermont: Support Measure to Expand State’s Medical Cannabis Program

Update: Members of the House Human Services Committee voted 10-0 in favor of SB 16 on April 27. Update: Members of the Senate approved the bill on February 17. It now awaits action from the House. Legislation is pending, SB 16, to expand the pool of patients eligible for cannabis therapy. If approved, SB 16 … Continue reading »

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Federal: House Bill Introduced to Expand Veterans’ Access to Medical Marijuana

Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), along with five co-sponsors, has reintroduced H.R. 1820, the Veterans Equal Access Act, which expands medical cannabis access to eligible military veterans. Presently, V.A. doctors are forbidden from providing the paperwork necessary to complete a recommendation, thus forcing military veterans to seek the advice of a private, out-of-network physician. Passage of … Continue reading »

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New York: Support Legislation To Expand State’s Medical Marijuana Law

Legislation is pending, Senate Bill 1087, to expand the state’s medical marijuana law by removing the existing prohibition on herbal cannabis preparations. Under existing law, qualified patients are forbidden from obtaining whole-plant cannabis. Instead, they are required to access only cannabis-infused oral products such as oils, pills, or extracts prepared from the plant. “Smoking” or … Continue reading »

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New Hampshire: Legislation Pending To Expand Patients’ Medical Marijuana Access

Multiple bills are pending before lawmakers to expand the pool of patients eligible to qualify for medical marijuana therapy.  In particular, these measures would permit patients with conditions like chronic pain and post-traumatic stress to obtain legal access to marijuana. Most recently, an exhaustive report released by the National Academies of Sciences determined that there is … Continue reading »

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New Mexico: Legislation Pending to Expand Medical Cannabis Program

Legislation is pending, Senate Bill 8, to amend the state’s medical cannabis program in a manner that would better serve patients’ needs. Specifically, the measure would amend patient possession limits so that qualified persons may possess up to five ounces of herbal cannabis per month, and it would mandate the Health Department to issue identification cards … Continue reading »

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Florida: Legislation To Expand Medical Marijuana Access Tabled

Legislation that sought to repeal Florida’s unduly restrictive 2014 Compassionate Use Act and replace it with a more expansive medical marijuana law was not heard by lawmakers this legislative session. Senate bill 852, the “Florida Medical Marijuana Act,” would have permitted patients with either a specified medical condition or a specified symptom to use medical marijuana … Continue reading »

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New York: Measure Seeks To Expand Access To Medicinal Cannabis

Legislation is pending the the Assembly to increase patients’ ability gain access to medicinal cannabis. Assembly Bill 9151 calls on the Department of Health to double the number of state-licensed medical cannabis producers and dispensaries. These new facilities will be located in underserved regions of the state. At present, only a total of 20 dispensaries are permitted, … Continue reading »

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