The Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy are holding the second Texas Marijuana Policy Conference this weekend in Austin, Texas. A broad range of speakers will participate. Many of the courses will address legal issues. The schedule is here. … [Read more...] about Second Texas Marijuana Policy Conference This Labor Day Weekend
Opioid Alternative Pilot Program Offering Access to Medical Marijuana Progressing in Illinois
In August 2018, Illinois passed the Alternative to Opioids Act of 2018, allowing a treating physician to refer a patient to the Opioid Alternative Pilot Program to avoid prescribing of opioids for conditions and to allow the use of medical cannabis instead. The pilot program starts at the end of January and medical cannabis dispensaries are gearing up for it by increasing infrastructure and workforce numbers. Training is a big part of the preparation: Staff at Green Thumb … [Read more...] about Opioid Alternative Pilot Program Offering Access to Medical Marijuana Progressing in Illinois
Use of Marijuana in Nursing Homes? Obstacles to Medical Marijuana Weaken.
A nursing home in the Bronx began a cannabis program in 2016 and is having good results: The Hebrew Home at Riverdale, in the Bronx, first launched its “innovative” new cannabis program in 2016. With it, the facility provided educational sessions and a fact sheet on the often-misunderstood drug to both residents and their family members. About 10 residents have participated so far, and they have reported that cannabis has helped to lessen the severity of chronic pain and reduce opioid … [Read more...] about Use of Marijuana in Nursing Homes? Obstacles to Medical Marijuana Weaken.
Employment Issues and Medical Marijuana
Even if Texas legalizes and expands medical marijuana beyond the CBD oil issue, questions will still need to be resolved in various areas of law, including employment law. This is true, even if the State passes and anti-retaliation law to protect employees who have been prescribed medical marijuana. Employers will need to fully understand when you can and can't terminate a legitimate user. This article gives a good perspective on the issue. … [Read more...] about Employment Issues and Medical Marijuana
Medical Marijuana to be Available in Arkansas in Spring 2019
Cultivation should start in early 2019. Two of the five companies licensed to grow medical cannabis -- Bold Team of Cotton Plant and Natural State Medicinals Cultivation of Jefferson County -- testified before the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission on Wednesday that construction at both facilities was well underway, and they expected to plant the first seeds around the start of 2019. … [Read more...] about Medical Marijuana to be Available in Arkansas in Spring 2019
Epidiolex – New CBD Oil Drug Will Be Legal Under Federal Law, Classified As Schedule V for Certain FDA-Approved Drugs Containing Cannabidiol
Epidiolex is now the only legal CBD oil recognized under federal law. CBD is the non-psychoactive cannabinoid derived from the hemp plant that many people use for its supposed therapeutic properties to treat several ailments and chronic illnesses. According to reports the 2018 U.S. Farm Bill is set to remove hemp from the Drug Enforcement Administration list of controlled substances. New sources have revealed that Epidiolex was approved this summer by the FDA and the U.S. Drug Enforcement … [Read more...] about Epidiolex – New CBD Oil Drug Will Be Legal Under Federal Law, Classified As Schedule V for Certain FDA-Approved Drugs Containing Cannabidiol
Proposed Veterans Medical Marijuana Safe Harbor Act could Legalize Cannabis for Military
As the growing population of military veterans seek access and rights to use medical cannabis to treat PTSD, chronic pain and other mental and physical war wounds, new legislation has now been filed by two Democratic senators (Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) that aims to basically legalize medical marijuana for them and let government physicians enable them to have access to it. According to reports, the Veterans Medical Marijuana Safe Harbor Act, would allow veterans … [Read more...] about Proposed Veterans Medical Marijuana Safe Harbor Act could Legalize Cannabis for Military
First Marijuana Ad in Texas Paving Way for Legalization in Rural Areas
A new Texas Marijuana Ad that hit the airwaves this August could potentially signal that both the public opinion and political debate on legalization of cannabis are shifting in Texas. At a convention in June, 80 percent of Texas delegates voted for decriminalization of marijuana. Currently, medical cannabis is only available to less than 1% of Texans and according to reports, last year the Texas legislature saw 78 legislative sponsors of HB 2107—the comprehensive, medical cannabis bill and a … [Read more...] about First Marijuana Ad in Texas Paving Way for Legalization in Rural Areas