Kentucky House votes to legalize medical marijuana

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – After years of setbacks, medical marijuana advocates cleared a historic hurdle Thursday when the Kentucky House voted to legalize the use of cannabis for medical purposes.
The measure won House passage on a 65-30 vote after an emotional debate, sending the proposal to the Senate. Both chambers are controlled by Republicans. The House vote marked the first time a medical marijuana bill passed either legislative chamber in Kentucky, supporters said.
“We have momentum but we’re not there yet,” Republican Rep. Jason Nemes, the bill’s lead sponsor, told reporters after the vote.
Senate President Robert Stivers told reporters Thursday that he believes the measure has a “narrow path” to Senate passage, the Courier Journal reported. But he raised concerns about the lack of conclusive studies by federal entities such as the Food and Drug Administration.
Nemes said he assumes the Senate will consider some changes to the bill. Revisions will be acceptable, he said, as lo..

Kentucky Residence votes to legalize scientific marijuana

Kentucky Residence votes to legalize scientific marijuana

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – After years of setbacks, medical marijuana advocates cleared a historic hurdle Thursday when the Kentucky House voted to legalize the use of cannabis for medical purposes. The measure won House passage on a 65-30 vote after an emotional debate, sending the proposal to the Senate. Both chambers are controlled by Republicans.…

Cuomo to tour legal marijuana states ahead of legalization fight

New York State Capitol in Albany, New York state capital, USA.
NEW YORK – Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that he will embark on a cross-country tour of legal marijuana states as part of his effort to legalize the drug in New York.
At a press event in New York City, Cuomo said he plans to visit Massachusetts, Illinois and either California or Colorado – three states that have “different versions” of legalized recreational marijuana programs. He said the goal is to find out what’s worked for them, what hasn’t, and what they’ve learned in the process.
“Everybody has goals,” he said. “We want a goal of social equity, we want to make sure young people can’t get it, et cetera. We want to make sure there are advantages to communities that have been oppressed. But then you look at the aftermath and many of those goals haven’t been met, right?”
He said he and “his team” will meet with the other states to explore how the social equity and law enforcement pieces of their programs have p..

Laws require warning labels on Michigan marijuana product

LANSING (AP) – Marijuana sold in Michigan shops will have to have labels warning pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers about the health risks for their fetuses and infants under newly enacted laws.
Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist signed the two bills Wednesday because Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was out of the state.
The labels must be placed on legal recreational and medical marijuana products and warn that use by pregnant or breastfeeding women may result in fetal injury, preterm birth, low birth weight or development problems for children.
The laws also require that an informational pamphlet be made available at every point of sale. It must include safety information related to use by minors and include the poison control hotline number – in case children accidentally eat candy or brownies that contain marijuana.
One of the bill sponsors, Republican Rep. Thomas Albert of Lowell, said the industry has changed people’s perceptions of the drug.
“Many people believe it’s perfectly safe, and..

Guidelines require warning labels on Michigan marijuana product

LANSING (AP) – Marijuana sold in Michigan shops will have to have labels warning pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers about the health risks for their fetuses and infants under newly enacted laws. Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist signed the two bills Wednesday because Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was out of the state. The labels must be placed…

How Does The FDA’s E-Cig Crackdown Affect The Cannabis Industry?

The FDA kicked off the new decade with a priority announcement. In response to a ballooning youth epidemic of Juul addiction, the FDA is poised to go after all Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) and “other deemed products” in the tobacco market. “In late 2017, FDA started to see a marked increase in complaints about ENDS products,” the statement says.…

How Does The FDA’s E-Cig Crackdown Impact The Cannabis Industry?

The FDA kicked off the new decade with a priority announcement. In response to a ballooning youth epidemic of Juul addiction, the FDA is poised to go after all Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) and “other deemed products” in the tobacco market.
“In late 2017, FDA started to see a marked increase in complaints about ENDS products,” the statement says. “FDA initiated an investigation of these complaints, the majority of which pertained to minors’ access to and use of these products. This new information indicated an alarming increase in the use of ENDS products by middle and high school students.”
How does this impact the cannabis industry?
While the FDA’s statement makes no explicit reference to banning cannabis products, the cartridges, delivery systems, and advertising methods used for many cannabis products are very likely to come under the microscope -particularly in the e-commerce market.
A potential extension into cannabis looms The FDA concludes the opening section ..

New Mexico backtracks on cannabis cards for nonresidents

A stock photo of some Medical Marijuana Buds.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – New Mexico has moved to phase out medical cannabis cards for nonresidents starting at mid-year, under a bill approved by the Legislature on Monday and supported by the governor.
More than 600 people from Texas, Arizona and beyond have enrolled as patients in New Mexico’s medical marijuana program since September based on a change in state statute signed into law last year by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.
State health officials backtracked and said the residency requirement was dropped unintentionally from that legislation. They urged legislators this year to reinstate the requirement, arguing that opening up the program to states without legal marijuana might prompt federal intervention and tempt out-of-state patients to illegally transport marijuana across state lines.
House lawmakers voted 44-19 on Monday to restore the residency requirement, over the objections of the state’s largest medical marijuana dispenser, ..

University to consider proposed vaping ban

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) – Indiana State University’s trustees will consider a proposal to add electronic cigarettes to the western Indiana school’s ban on tobacco-related products.
The Terre Haute campus is largely tobacco free under a policy that took effect in 2009, although the school has some designated outdoor smoking areas and it allows people to smoke in private vehicles.
But a draft policy that would ban vaping will be presented to ISU’s trustees this week. A final policy recommendation will be submitted for May’s trustees’ meeting. If it’s adopted, the vaping ban would be implemented on July 1, the Tribune-Star reported.
The school’s trustees could suggest changes prior to adoption of any final policy.
The current draft policy would prohibit electronic smoking devices, hookah, smoking and tobacco product use on property owned, operated or leased by the university.
Their use would still be permitted in “the enclosed cabin” of privately owned vehicles, while designated campu..

University to desire into consideration proposed vaping ban

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) – Indiana State University’s trustees will consider a proposal to add electronic cigarettes to the western Indiana school’s ban on tobacco-related products. The Terre Haute campus is largely tobacco free under a policy that took effect in 2009, although the school has some designated outdoor smoking areas and it allows people…

1,400 marijuana plants seized in California grow house raid

Close-up shot of a cannabis plant growing
WEST POINT, Calif. (AP) – Authorities seized more than 400 pounds (181 kilograms) of illegal marijuana during a raid in a Northern California grow house.
The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office discovered more than 1,400 marijuana plants in the West Point grow house, about 70 miles (113 kilometers) southeast of Sacramento, on Thursday, according to a statement.
Zhong Li, 36, of West Point, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of illegal marijuana cultivation, possession of marijuana for sale and maintaining a drug house. Li was being held on $100,000 bail; it was not immediately clear if he had an attorney who could speak on his behalf.
The grow house additionally had dangerous electrical modifications and structural changes, the sheriff’s office said.
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