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Oregon SB 863 Moving to Governor’s Desk Will Protect Marijuana Users’ Personal Info
On Monday, Oregon legislators sent Senate Bill 863 to Gov. Kate Brown’s desk, with a strong message – “being necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health and safety, an emergency is declared to exist.” The bipartisan proposal would shield information identifying marijuana consumers from federal officials, as well as preventing retailers from selling consumers’ info to third parties. Senate Bill 863 Senate Bill 863 (SB 863-A), sponsored by Sen Prozanski, Rep Lininger, Sen Beyer, Sen Burdick, Sen Ferrioli, Sen Kruse, Rep Fahey, Rep Helm, Rep Olson, and Rep Wilson, was introduced earlier this year …
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Medical Marijuana Bill Headed to West Virginia Governor Justice’s Desk
The West Virginia legislature has approved a bill to make medical marijuana legal in the State and it’s now on Gov. Jim Justice’s desk to be signed into law. Senate Bill 386, known as the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Act, was introduced by Sen. Richard Ojeda, and after some amendments, the bill passed both the Senate and the House. Gov. Justice has publicly supported the measure and is expected to sign, making West Virginia the 29th state to enact a medical marijuana law. Senate Bill 386 No one was certain how far SB 386 would get. Similar …
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New Unemployment Drug Testing Law Unfair to Medical Marijuana Patients
Last week, President Trump signed into law H.J.Res. 42 undoing a regulation finalized by the Obama administration for drug testing the jobless. The Joint Resolution, rolling back the Obama-era provision, was introduced by U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady and sponsored by Sen. Ted Cruz. Unemployment insurance was created by the Social Security Act of 1935, and forbade states from drug testing unemployment compensation applicants. But in the final months of the Obama administration, rules were put into place that allowed states do so under two circumstances: (1) when an applicant lost employment because of illegal drug use; and …
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Delaware Could Become The First State To Legalize Adult Use Marijuana Through Legislation
As the first state to ratify the United States Constitution, Delaware officially became known as The First State. Now, six years after approving a state-wide medical marijuana program, and two years after passing a bill to decriminalize cannabis possession, Delaware could become the first state to legalize adult use marijuana through legislation. As of today, the District of Columbia and eight other states have legalized adult use through ballot measures. Initiatives and referendums — collectively known as ballot measures, propositions, or simply questions, differ from most legislation passed by representative democracies. Ordinarily, an elected …
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The Journey of Joey and Mieko Hester-Perez: Where Are They Now?
In 2011, we covered the story of an incredible and dedicated mother, Mieko Hester-Perez, and her son, Joey. Joey was diagnosed with a severe form of autism at 16 months old. You may have seen their journey featured on a number of shows such as NBC, CBS, ABC’s 20/20, and Vice Media, just to mention a few, as well as internationally in several countries. We wondered what was happening in their lives now, so we reached out to Mieko, and here is what we learned. After co-founding Unconventional Foundation for Autism (UF4A.org), an informational site that is …
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April 2: Light It Up Blue in Recognition of World Autism Day
Join us on Sunday, April 2nd, in celebrating the 9th annual World Autism Awareness Day. Every year on the second day of April, Autism Speaks celebrates the start of its signature campaign, Light It Up Blue, along with the international autism community in recognition of UN sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day. To increase understanding and acceptance to those living with autism, thousands of iconic landmarks and buildings join the hundreds of thousands of homes and communities around the world to “light blue” on April 2nd. People around the globe wear the color blue in honor of those …
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March 30: Celebrate and Help Spread Awareness on World Bipolar Day
World Bipolar Day (WBD) is celebrated this Friday, March 30, 2017 and its goal is to educate the masses about the disorder to improve sensitivity towards the illness. The stigma of bipolar disorder is a reality and can hinder one’s ability to stay on track to living a full, healthy life. A strong support system is essential to anyone suffering from this illness. WBD is an initiative of the Asian Network of Bipolar Disorder (ANBD), the International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF), and the International Society for Bipolar Disorders (ISBD), and is celebrated on the birthday of …
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Oxford University To Launch Multi-Million Dollar Medical Marijuana Research Project
Oxford University, the oldest university in England, will be at the forefront of a new global center of excellence set up to carry out a £10 million dollar research program to study cannabis. The initial investment, which equates to about $12.36 million US, is being provided by the private equity company, Kingsley Capital Partners, and will be funded through its new biopharmaceutical firm Oxford Cannabinoid Technologies (OCT). This venture is expected to bring together Kingsley’s financial backing and Oxford’s clinical expertise and research to find ways of developing new treatments for those suffering with pain, cancers, and inflammatory diseases. Researchers …
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Top 6 Marijuana Bills to Follow
Lawmakers have been busy introducing a variety of marijuana bills since the election. While there is no guarantee that any of these bills will actually become laws, a perusal of the bills introduced offers useful insight into how the decisions made regarding cannabis might affect our lives more immediately than the slow churn of Washington, D.C. In the current political climate, it is more important than ever to spend some time getting familiar with these bills. Please click on the links below to get more information about each proposed bill. We strongly encourage you to get in touch with your …
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Medical Marijuana Conference to Offer Continuing Medical Education (CME) Credits
The World Medical Cannabis Business Conference & Expo (WMCCExpo), hosted by Compassionate Certification Centers (CCC), will be held Apr 21-22, 2017, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In a press release by CCC, they say the motivation behind this conference is “to establish a more inclusive and progressive healthcare dialogue by incorporating medical marijuana resources and patient care into mainstream medicine.” The program has been devised to apply to several states, and invites healthcare professionals to gain a comprehensive introduction to medical cannabis, all the while earning up to 22.5 CME credits …
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Iowa Lawmakers Work To Create Workable Medical Marijuana Program for Patients
DES MOINES, IA — Lawmakers in Iowa have filed multiple proposals that would establish a more comprehensive statewide medical marijuana program than the limited CBD-only law currently on the books. The bills, while not perfect, would provide some improvement to the state’s existing CBD-only medical marijuana law, which only applies to patients suffering from intractable epilepsy. Not only is the current law extremely limited, but it also fails to provide an in-state supply source for CBD derived medications. Multiple polls conducted in recent years have found overwhelming support for medical marijuana in Iowa. A Des Moines Register/Mediacom …
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Several Bills Filed to Improve New Hampshire’s Medical Marijuana Program
Nearly a dozen new bills have been filed in New Hampshire that are designed to vastly improve the state’s medical marijuana program. Changes include everything from adding additional qualifying health conditions to allowing patients to grow their own cannabis in the comfort of their own home. Below you’ll find a quick rundown of what is being considered in Concord. Home Cultivation in New Hampshire House Bill 472, co-sponsored by four Democrats and one Republican, would allow registered patients and caregivers to cultivate limited amounts of marijuana. The bill allows for two mature cannabis plants and 12 immature …
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Arkansas Lawmakers Pass Bill to Delay New Medical Marijuana Law
Implementation of a new law to legalize medical marijuana in Arkansas is likely to face delays, as an emergency measure to change key dates in the voter-approved measure is quickly moving through the state legislature. Issue 6, the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment, was approved by voters on November 8, garnering more than 53 percent of the vote. The measure became effective the following day. As approved by voters, Issue 6 granted state regulators 120 days to develop rules and regulations for the medical marijuana program, but a fast moving bill seeks to increase that window to …