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Nevada: Senate Passes Four Cannabis-related Bills, One Banning Candy

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

Nevada's Senate passed four marijuana-related bills recently: one that would allow cannabis clubs, one dealing with cannabis product packaging, one that would allow the governor to work with state tribes interested in the cannabis industry, and a measure that would allow medical marijuana to be used to treat opioid addiction, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal.

Provisions in the packaging bill would ban cannabis-infused products containing sugar, except for baked goods. Industry leaders argue that the bill's definition of "candy" is too broad.

“Candy,” according to the bill text, is defined as “a product which contains sugar and is produced in the shape of a cartoon, character, mascot, action figure, human balloon (sic), fruit or toy or any other shape determined by the Division [of Public and Behavioral Health] to be likely to appeal primarily to children.”

The packaging bill also includes a requirement for childproof containers and requirements for THC content labeling.

The bill dealing with state tribes would require that tribal cannabis regulations be as strict as state regulations. The cannabis club legislation would allow businesses and special events to apply for a license to allow marijuana on their premises, subject to some zoning restrictions.

Greece: Health Officials Set To Introduce Medical Marijuana Proposal

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

Health officials in Greece are set to propose legislation that would allow the cultivation and use of medical marijuana, according to a report from Ekathimerini.com. The Health Ministry came to this decision following a scientific study on the effectiveness of medical marijuana for treating chronic illnesses.

Health Minister Andreas Xanthos, said that the agency is close to proposing the measure that would allow physicians to prescribe medical marijuana for a limited number of conditions such as chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, and glaucoma.

The use of medical cannabis is legal in several European countries, including Germany, Austria, Spain, Finland, Italy, Portugal, and the Czech Republic.

A letter was sent to Health Minister Panagiotis Kouroumblis last June from 36 members of Greek’s Parliament that outlined the benefits of medical cannabis legalization.

“The financial benefits of cultivation of our own cannabis in Greece for medicinal/pharmaceutical purposes and for use in research would be multi-faceted (rejuvenating our agricultural economy and processing, resumption of export of hemp products after many years of stagnation, strengthening insurance funds to escape the burden of expensive prescription pharmaceutical products.),” the letter states.

Iowa: Legislature Passes Expanded Medical Marijuana Bill, Moves To Governor

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

Lawmakers in Iowa passed legislation Saturday that would improve the state’s limited medical marijuana program, allowing in-state cultivation of plants with less than 3 percent THC and expanding the qualifying condition list.

The current law only allows CBD oil possession for epilepsy treatments, but it is set to expire in July.

If signed by Republican Gov. Terry Branstad, the low-THC cannabis oils produced in Iowa would be available to patients suffering from cancer, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, AIDS and HIV, seizures, Chron’s disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, and most terminal conditions with untreatable pain that have a life expectancy of less than one year.

The measure would also create a Medical Cannabidiol Advisory board that could issue recommendations to expand the qualifying conditions approved for medical cannabis use and has the authority to issue a recommendation to the legislature to raise the 3 percent THC limits.

Sen. Joe Bolkcom said that the plan approved early Saturday morning does little to help treat ailments covered by the measure.

Washington, DC: Activists Arrested Again At Pro-cannabis Rally

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

At least four activists were arrested yesterday at a "smoke-in" at the Capitol held by members of D.C. Marijuana Justice, a pro-cannabis activist group. DCMJ co-founder Adam Eidinger was among those arrested, the Associated Press reports. He also was one of eight arrested during last week’s Apr. 20 joint giveaway at the Capitol, in which only two were charged.

Ricardo Harven had a message during the smoke-in for the more than 20 Capitol Police who came to crackdown on the event.

“Congress approved our federal law, it is federally legal [to possess] marijuana in the District of Columbia,” Harvin said, “So remember that as you come in to arrest us.”

Capitol Police Spokesperson Eva Malecki said that the four people charged with possession, two women and two men, were violating federal law.

Eidinger said the activists are urging lawmakers to reject an amendment introduced by Republican Rep. Andy Harris that would prevent the city from passing local laws to legalize marijuana regulation and sales.

“One of the reasons we are fighting so hard to overturn this Andy Harris rider is because there’s unfinished business here in the nation’s capital,” Eidinger said in a Washington Post report. “Basically, we have legalization without commercialization.”

Maine: Bills Would Allow Medical Marijuana Dispensaries To Begin Recreational Sales Early

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

Medical marijuana dispensaries in Maine are pushing state lawmakers to allow them to open up recreational sales before those sales are set to begin next year, as it was done in both Oregon and Colorado.

Paul McCarrier, president of Legalize Maine, wants to ensure that both dispensaries and caregivers would be able to sell products to anyone over the age of 21 while the state develops the rules and regulations for its program making adult recreational use legal.

Two bills have been introduced in the state's legislature that would allow dispensaries to begin recreational sales early. The “Act to Clarify Certain Provisions of the Marijuana Legalization Act and To Deter the Use of Marijuana by Minors” (LD.1448) was introduced by Republican Matthew Harrington as emergency legislation, while LD.1491, “An Act to Provide for Safety, Quality and Transparency in the Retail Marijuana Industry” was introduced by Republican Sen. Roger Katz. The bills have been sent to the Legislature’s Marijuana Legalization Implementation Committee, which Katz chairs.

A third bill (LD.1499) was sponsored by Democratic Sen. Troy Jackson. It would allow “provisional” licenses for medical marijuana dispensaries to sell marijuana to adults while the state develops regulations.

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