Oklahoma House Passes Medical Cannabis Protection Bill

Oklahoma’s medical marijuana program has divided patients and health professionals, voters and their elected officials. But a new bill, which cleared the House floor Thursday with a 93-5 vote, aims to create unity on the issue. The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana and Patient Protection Act represents a bipartisan effort to craft new rules for the state program. It also marks the culmination of a working group’s efforts to create a framework based on input from proponents and opponents of State Question 788.

Oklahoma’s New Medical Marijuana Rulebook Just Passed in the House

Jon Echols (R-Oklahoma City), Oklahoma’s House Speaker and co-chair of the working group behind HB 2612, said the goal of the Medical Marijuana and Patient Protection Act “is not to fix every issue or deal with every issue that will pop up.”

Instead, Echols said the goal was to establish a framework for the booming industry and move on from there. That framework came as a result of 13 meetings group members held with pro-legalization advocates who helped craft SQ 788 and the law enforcement and medical trade groups who opposed the ballot initiative.

Here’s How Oklahoma’s “Unity Bill” Protects Patients

Among the most important provisions of HB 2612

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Martha Stewart Joins Canopy Growth to Develop Line of CBD Products

Who would have ever guessed that Martha Stewart and Snoop Doggy Dogg’s brownie moment would be the harbinger of massive careers for both in the cannabis industry? Stewart just joined her infamous co-host in partnering with Canopy Growth Corp., one of Canada’s biggest weed corporations. Through her parent company Sequential Brands Group Inc., Stewart will be helping Canopy to develop a line of CBD products, starting with remedies for animal companions.

In a press release announcing the new partnership, Stewart said she was eager to share with the Ontario company the knowledge she’s “gained after years of experience in the subject of living.”

Canopy supplies one-third of the country’s 250,000 medical marijuana patients, according to some sources. It was also the first cannabis company to enter the New York Stock Exchange, and has announced several high profile partnerships in addition to Stewart and her pet aids. Last spring, the company gained exclusive rights to the bud line of Stewart’s mogul, Leaves By Snoop.

Snoop and Martha have long been a favorite pop culture pairing, ever since the emcee made a 2008 appearance on Stewart’s TV show to make mashed potatoes while they talked about Snoop’s then-upcoming Christmas album. A surprising

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Pharm to Table? Martha Stewart to Become Cannabis Adviser

Stewart co-hosts a show with rapper Snoop Dogg, who made headlines last year for smoking pot in front of the White House.

Marijuana producer Canopy Growth has roped in lifestyle guru Martha Stewart as an adviser to help develop and launch a line of pot-based products for both humans and animals, it said on Thursday.

Stewart, a 90s icon who became a household name through her cooking and lifestyle shows, co-hosts a show with rapper Snoop Dogg, who made headlines last year for smoking pot in front of the White House.

The deal between Canopy and Sequential Brands Group, which owns the Martha Stewart brand, will seek to leverage Stewart’s knowledge of consumer products in the launch of products based on CBD, the non-psychoactive chemical found in marijuana.

– Read the entire article at NBC News.

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Cory Booker Re-Introduces the Marijuana Justice Act in Congress

Democratic Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey just re-introduced the Marijuana Justice Act on Thursday, a bill that would legalize cannabis at the federal level if passed. A companion measure will be introduced in the House by Reps. Barbara Lee and Ro Khanna, both Democrats from California. Booker first introduced the bill in the Senate in 2017, but the measure was never taken up for a vote by the body. Booker said in a statement announcing the re-introduction of the bill that cannabis prohibition has had a devastating effect on minority communities.

“The War on Drugs has not been a war on drugs, it’s been a war on people, and disproportionately people of color and low-income individuals,” Booker said. “The Marijuana Justice Act seeks to reverse decades of this unfair, unjust, and failed policy by removing marijuana from the list of controlled substances and making it legal at the federal level.”

In addition to exempting cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act, Booker’s bill would expunge the records of those convicted of federal charges for marijuana use or possession. The Marijuana Justice Act would also provide resources for community re-entry and job training programs.

“It’s not enough to simply decriminalize marijuana,” Booker

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Indiana Gov. Holcomb Ran Frat, Smoked Pot in College

The governor of one of the most conservative states, Indiana’s Eric Holcomb, admitted that he smoked marijuana in college during a February 27 press conference in Indianapolis.

“Have you ever used marijuana?” he was asked.

“Yes,” the Republican governor tersely replied.

“Even though it’s illegal?”

“Yes.”

“When did you use it?”

“College.”

Holcomb was born in 1968 and attended Hanover College in Hanover, IN from 1987-1990 where he was chapter president of Phi Gamma Delta.

He went on to say about legalizing marijuana in the Hoosier State:

“I’d like to be in line with federal. And if federal law changed… it should change from being informed itself, not allowing some hodge-podge national effort to organically spring up because folks are looking the other way. This would require medical research and science to give us the true evidence on both the medicinal value and the efficacy of recreational use. That’s not here yet. As I understand it, there’s a 12-acre farm in Mississippi that’s responsible for doing the research. I’m not against that research being done. Quite frankly, just the opposite. The sooner the better. This is a message I delivered over the last four days to our nation’s leaders.

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New Hampshire House Green Lights Marijuana Legalization Bill

New Hampshire could be moving closer to legalizing the recreational use of cannabis. Yesterday, lawmakers in the New Hampshire House approved a legalization bill. Although this is in many ways a big step forward for the state’s legalization movement, there are still a number of potentially big roadblocks before full-scale legalization becomes a reality.

House Approves Legalization Bill

Yesterday, the New Hampshire House voted in favor of a bill to legalize the use of marijuana. Specifically, the bill won by a 207-139 margin.

Now, the bill will move on the New Hampshire House Ways and Means Committee. And then after that, it will also have to move on to additional rounds of review, voting, and approval.

The question of cannabis legalization has become increasingly important in New Hampshire in recent years. One reason for the growing sense of urgency on this issue is that many of New Hampshire’s neighbors are either legalizing or considering legalizing marijuana.

This includes states like Massachusetts, Maine, and Vermont, that have legalized recreational marijuana in one form or another.

In any case, lawmakers in New Hampshire have been seriously considering the question in recent months. The bill approved by the House this week would make it

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Study: Cannabinoids May Be An Effective Adjunct Treatment for D

Cannabinoids “may be an effective adjunct for the treatment of pancreatic cancer”, according to a new study.

The study, titled Potential Use of Cannabinoids for the Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer, was published by the Journal of Pancreatic Cancer, and has been epublished by the National Institute of Health.

“Cannabinoid extracts may have anticancer properties, which can improve cancer treatment outcomes”, begins the study’s abstract. “The aim of this review is to determine the potentially utility of cannabinoids in the treatment of pancreatic cancer.”

For the study, “A literature review focused on the biological effects of cannabinoids in cancer treatment, with a focus on pancreatic cancer, was conducted. In vitro and in vivo studies that investigated the effects of cannabinoids in pancreatic cancer were identified and potential mechanisms of action were assessed.”

According to researchers, “Cannabinol receptors have been identified in pancreatic cancer with several studies showing in vitro antiproliferative and proapoptotic effects. The main active substances found in cannabis plants are cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).” There effects are “predominately mediated through, but not limited to cannabinoid receptor-1, cannabinoid receptor-2, and G-protein-coupled receptor 55 pathways.” In vitro studies consistently demonstrated tumor growth-inhibiting effects with CBD, THC, and synthetic derivatives.

“Synergistic treatment effects have been shown in two studies with the combination of CBD/synthetic cannabinoid receptor ligands and chemotherapy in xenograft

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Virginia Senate Passes Bill to Allow School Nurses to Administer Medical Cannabis

Virginia lawmakers approved a bill last week that will allow school nurses in the state to administer medical cannabis to students on campus and at school events. The bill, SB1632, also protects students with the proper medical certification from suspension or expulsion for possessing THC-A or CBD oil. The bill was passed on February 23 in the House of Delegates by a margin of 95-1 and unanimously in the Senate by a vote of 40-0.

Under current laws, possession of all forms of cannabis is prohibited and can result in expulsion and referral to law enforcement for prosecution. The measure was introduced in January by Sen. Glen Sturtevant, a Republican from Richmond, who said then that young people should have the same opportunity to use cannabis medications as other prescription drugs.

“Virginia students and their families depend on new, safely produced and regulated cannabidiol and THC-A oils to treat a host of potentially debilitating conditions,” said Sturtevant.

A staffer from Sturtevant’s office said that the bill had the support of teachers and school administrators.

“Both the Virginia School Board Assn. and the Virginia Education Assn. spoke in favor of the bill in subcommittee,” said legislative aide Nikki Thacker.

Under the bill, the Virginia Department of Health Professions

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Analysts Predict Starbucks Will Be First Major Chain to Offer CBD-Infused Drinks

Times are such that no beverage executive is spared from speculation about their conglomerate’s future in selling cannabis products. At the end of January, the CEO of Starbucks, Kevin Johnson, was posed the question by a CNBC reporter, “Can I get a cannabis triple venti?”

Johnson played it coy. “Well you know, Jim, you can’t get a cannabis triple venti today and certainly—but you know, we’re well aware of what’s been happening around CBD, THC, and all the trends in the industry,” the executive said, a lesson in corporate speculative etiquette.

The statements did not throw analysts off of tracking the company’s future plans. Quite the opposite—investment banking firm Cowen and Co. released a 100-page report on Monday in which it pinpoints the coffee and beverage giant as the likely first major chain that will market products featuring CBD.

What’s perhaps even more startling is the report’s conclusion on the ubiquity of CBD in US culture. 6.9 percent of the respondents to Cowan’s 2,500-person US consumer survey said that they currently use CBD, reports Bloomberg. That figure compares to 4.2 percent who said they use e-cigarettes, and 19.6 percent who identify as tobacco users.

Legally, CBD is available in far

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Tilray to Acquire Hemp Food Company Manitoba Harvest for Up to $419 Million

The market for hemp-derived CBD was estimated at US$591 million in 2018 and is expected to balloon to US$22 billion by 2022.

Cannabis producer Tilray Inc. has signed a deal to acquire Hemp Hearts-maker Manitoba Harvest for up to $419 million in cash and stock as the two companies look to launch CBD-infused products where permissible in the U.S.

The acquisition accelerates the Nanaimo, B.C.-based pot grower’s entry into the U.S. market as the hemp food manufacturer’s products are already on the shelves of retailers such as Wal-Mart, Costco and Whole Foods on both sides of the border, said Tilray chief executive Brendan Kennedy.

– Read the entire article at Business Insider.

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