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Oklahoma: Legislation Pending To Establish a Comprehensive Medical Marijuana Program

Legislation is pending in the House, HB 1877, The Medical Marijuana Act of 2017. Passage of the Act would regulate state-licensed dispensaries to provide up to two and one-half ounces of marijuana to qualifying patients.  Separate provisions protect the rights of patients from civil sanctions, stating: “An employer shall not discriminate against an individual in hiring, … Continue reading »

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Iowa: Legislation Pending to Establish Medical Cannabis Program

Legislation is pending, HF 199, to establish a statewide medical marijuana program. Under these proposals, qualified patients with intractable pain and other conditions would be able to obtain cannabis from state-licensed facilities.  A more narrow version of this program is proposed by separate legislation, HF 198. While the program proposed by the measures is a … 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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Kentucky: Legislation to Establish a Comprehensive Medical Marijuana Program

Legislation filed by Senator Perry Clark of Louisville, SB 57, seeks to establish a statewide, comprehensive medical marijuana program. Senate Bill 57, The Cannabis Compassion Act, establishes regulations overseeing the establishment of state-licensed dispensaries to provide medical marijuana to qualified patients. It also permits patients to home cultivate their own supply of medical cannabis. Senator … Continue reading »

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District of Columbia: Medical Marijuana Program Expanded

Members of the DC City Council and Mayor Vincent Gray have approved legislation amending the District’s medical marijuana program to expand physicians’ authority to recommend cannabis therapy. The Mayor signed the measure, “The Medical Marijuana Expansion Emergency Amendment Act of 2014,” into law on July 29. Under the city’s existing program, enacted in 2010, physicians … Continue reading »

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Federal: Members Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Eliminate DEA Marijuana Eradication Program

Congressmen Ted Lieu (D-CA) and Justin Amash (R-MI) have introduced legislation, HR 3518, to eliminate the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Suppression Program. The DEA program distributes funds to state and local law enforcement agencies for the purpose of locating and destroying marijuana cultivation sites. HR 3518 reads, “[B]eginning in fiscal year 2015, and for each fiscal year … Continue reading »

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South Carolina: Lawmakers Fail To Consider Medical Marijuana Program Act

Members of the Senate Medical Affairs and House Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs Committee have failed to act on legislation, SB 672 and H. 4037, the Medical Marijuana Program Act. The 2016 legislative session has now come to a close.  The legislation sought to allow the use of medical marijuana for debilitating medical conditions such as … Continue reading »

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New York: Lawmakers Approve Measures To Expand Hemp Program

Legislation has been approved, A 9310 and S 6960, to facilitate the processing and sale of hemp and locally produced hemp products. The measures expand upon New York’s existing hemp research program to permit for the sale, distribution, transportation and processing of industrial hemp and products derived from such hemp. Under existing law, licensed farmers are … Continue reading »

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New York: Legislation To Expand Medical Marijuana Program Doesn’t Garner Enough Support

Lawmakers failed to pass any meaningful legislation to significantly expand the state’s current medical marijuana program before the legislative ended on June 16th. Read below for more information on all of the legislation that was introduced this legislative session but failed to garner enough support to pass: Assembly Bill 9151 called on the Department of … Continue reading »

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Connecticut: New Measure Expands State’s Medical Cannabis Program

Democrat Gov. Dannel Malloy signed legislation on May 17 expanding patients’ access to the state’s medicinal cannabis program. House Bill 5450  permits qualifying patients under the age of 18 to possess and consume medical cannabis preparations. The proposal also expands the list of qualifying illnesses eligible for cannabis therapy to include:  ”uncontrolled intractable seizure disorder,” ”irreversible … Continue reading »

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