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Texas: Veterans To Gather At Capitol On Veterans Day To Demand Medical Marijuana


Texas Veterans to Gather at State Capitol on Veterans Day to Launch ‘Operation Trapped;’ Group Wants Legal Access to Medical Marijuana — a Safer Alternative to Many Prescription Drugs — for PTSD, TBI, and Other Service-related Conditions

News Conference Wednesday at 1 p.m. CT in front of the Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument

Veterans are beginning a collection of supportive veterans’ prescription pill bottles to highlight the need for legal access to medical marijuana

Texas veterans and their supporters will gather in front of the Vietnam Veterans Monument at the Texas State Capitol at 1 p.m. CT on Wednesday, November 11, Veterans Day, to announce the launch of Operation Trapped. The monument is located on the northeast side of the Capitol grounds near the corner of 14th Street and Brazos Street.

Operation Trapped, backed by Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy, is a veteran-based campaign intended to build support for legislation allowing access to medical marijuana — a safer alternative to prescription drugs — for treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), chronic pain, and other service-related conditions.

Alabama: Medical Marijuana Advocates Rally At State Capitol


By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Medical marijuana advocates rallied at Alabama's Statehouse in Montgomery on Tuesday, calling on the Legislature to make cannabis available to the patients who need it.

More than 30 activists rallied at the capitol in support of a bill that would authorize a marijuana-based treatment for seizures, reports Charles Molineaux at WAFF.

Rep. Mike Ball, who wrote the law and sponsors it in the House, spoke at the rally as residents from across the state showed their support for medical marijuana, reports the Alabama News Network. Sen. Paul Sanford sponsors the bill in the Senate.

Ball said he originally thought a medical marijuana-related bill would face tough going in the Legislature, but said he's been pleasantly surprised at support. Families like Charlotte Dalton's in Madison, or Carly Chandler's in Shelby County, deserve a chance to at least try cannabidiol (CBD) oil, which is derived from marijuana. Unlike THC, CBD doesn't have psychoactive effects.

Washington: Medical Cannabis Patients To Rally At State Capitol To Protect Safe Access


By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Residents who use cannabis as medicine, angry about an amendment that was quietly slipped into the state Senate and House budget bills, will be gathering from all over the state of Washington in Olympia at the Capitol Campus Wednesday, June 19. They say the rally is to "save medical cannabis in Washington."

The patients are upset about an amendment that would put the control of their medical fate in the hands of the state Liquor Control Board. This amendment could fundamentally change every section of the state's current medical cannabis laws, according to patient advocates.

These regulations would include limits on age, the amount of medication a patient could have, which conditions would qualify, where they could get their medication and who could actually grow it.

The Liquor Control Board has already stated publicly that they believe that the tax-free status of cannabis as a medication would be a ‘threat’ to the LCB’s projected revenue stream from recreational marijuana sales. Current state law does not tax medications that require a health care provider's signature. This law could single out cannabis as the only medication in the state targeted for taxation.

“I have a brain tumor and they’re going to decide how much medicine I need and then they’re going to tax it," said Ken Martin, a medical marijuana patient from Seattle. "I don’t pay tax on any of my other medications. This is nothing more than greed on the part of the LCB and the state Legislature.”

Colorado: Two Shot At Denver 4/20 Rally

(Photo: The Denver Channel)By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Colorado's first legal 4/20 ended badly on Saturday as two people were shot and wounded at a rally in Denver, disrupting the first celebration of marijuana's symbolic holiday since voters approved legalization last November.

A man and a woman, each between 20 and 30 years old, were each shot in the leg, reports Keith Coffman of Reuters, but those wounds weren't life threatening, Denver police said on Twitter. A third victim, a juvenile, was grazed by a bullet and walked into a nearby hospital, police tweeted.

Officers were looking for two suspects in the shootings, which happened as the Civic Center Park rally was drawing to a close, causing thousands of people to flee the area.

The investigation into the shootings during Saturday's rally is being turned over to the Denver Police Department's Gang Unit, according to a tweet the department posted on Sunday, reports Kim Nguyen at The Denver Channel.

Police described the first gunman as a light complexioned black man, about 6 feet tax and weighing about 180 pounds. He was wearing a gray hoodie, black pants and a Carolina blue baseball cap.

Washington: Inaugural Cannabis Awareness Event Set For State Capitol

There is a truth that must be heard!By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

The first-ever Hempseed Festival, a cannabis awareness event at Heritage Park in Washington's state capitol city of Olympia, will be held August 3.

"Now that cannabis has been legalized for adults 21 and older, SONshine Organics has decided to do their part in helping to entertain and educate people on the benefits of this plant becoming legal," said Sarena Haskins of SONshine Organics.

To do so, Haskins and the rest of the SONshine crew have put together Hempseed, a cannabis music, education and awareness event.

Featured will be speakers from the Cash Hyde Foundation, Sarena Haskins, Lacey City Councilman Ron Lawson, Hemp News and Toke Signals Editor Steve Elliott, Cat Jeter, and Grandma Hemp.

"There will be local bands, vendor booths, tons of great speakers, and lots more!" Haskins said. "This is the first event of its kind and something that SONshine Organics is working to make a yearly fun/walk fundraising event."

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