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Pot for pets: Owners treat sick animals with cannabis

Pot for pets: Owners treat sick animals with cannabis

The Columbian / Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — Michael Fasman’s 12-year-old dog, Hudson, limps from pain caused by arthritis and an amputated toe, but Fasman doesn’t want to give her painkillers because “they just knock her out.”

So the San Francisco resident has turned to an alternative medicine that many humans use to treat their own pain and illness: marijuana.

On a recent morning, Fasman squeezed several drops of a cannabis extract onto a plate of yogurt, which the Portuguese water dog lapped up in seconds. It’s become part of Hudson’s daily routine.

“We think it’s really lifted her spirits and made her a happier dog,” Fasman said. “It’s not that she’s changed. She’s just back to her good old self.”

As more states legalize marijuana for humans, more pet owners are giving their furry companions cannabis-based extracts, ointments and edibles marketed to treat everything from arthritis and anxiety to seizures and cancer.

Most of these pet products, which aren’t regulated, contain cannabidiol or CBD, a chemical compound found in cannabis that doesn’t get pets or humans high. They contain little or no tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, the cannabis compound known for its psychoactive effects.

But veterinarians say there isn’t enough scientific data to show cannabis is safe and effective for treating animals. Although medical marijuana is legal in 28 states, it remains illegal under federal law, so there has been relatively little research into its potential medical benefits for humans or animals.

Veterinarians in California and other states are legally barred from prescribing or recommending cannabis. They risk losing their veterinary licenses if they do.

“Our hands really are tied,” said Ken Pawlowski, president of the California Veterinary Medical Association. “Definitely we’re getting more questions from clients asking about it for their pets, but unfortunately we don’t have any answers for them.”

Karl Jandrey, a veterinarian who teaches at the University of California, Davis, said he tells his clients they “use them at their own risk with the potential to spend money for no improvement, or a risk of adverse side effects.”

Despite the lack of scientific data or veterinary guidance, many pet owners are convinced cannabis has improved their animals’ health and well-being, based on their own observations.

Lynne Tingle, who runs a pet adoption center and animal sanctuary, regularly gives cannabis edibles and topical ointments to older dogs with health or behavior issues, including her own elderly dogs Chorizo and Alice.

“You just see a real difference in their spirit. They’re just not in pain, so they’re happier and they’re moving better,” said Tingle, who founded the Richmond-based Milo Foundation. “They just get a new lease on life.”

San Francisco-based TreatWell Health is one of a growing number of companies marketing cannabis products for pets despite questions over their legality.

TreatWell sells cannabis tinctures — extracted from marijuana plants in Humboldt County — that can be added to food or dropped directly into an animal’s mouth. Co-founder Alison Ettel works directly with clients and their pets, recommending different formulations based on the animals’ ailments.

TreatWell pet tinctures can help treat anxiety, poor appetite, pain, inflammation and seizures, as well as kidney and liver problems, cancer and glaucoma, according to its website. They also are used in end-of-life care.

“What we find is a lot of the animals are coming to us when there are no other options and pharmaceuticals haven’t worked for that animal,” Ettel said. “They’re at that last resort, and cannabis is really good for those types of situations.”

Barbara Stein is one of TreatWell’s most enthusiastic customers. She said the cannabis tinctures helped treat anxiety and digestive problems in her 13-year-old cat, Willie. And she believes the drug helped Willie’s sister Prudence maintain her weight and stay comfortable when she was battling cancer.

Stein, a retiree who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Concord, said she got a medical marijuana card so she could buy cannabis for her cats. She has since recommended cannabis to many friends with aging and sick pets.

“All I know is that none of the traditional medications she got from the vet worked, but the cannabis did,” Stein said. “I swear by the stuff.”

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Published at Wed, 08 Mar 2017 14:40:29 +0000

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Mettrum sued by MMJ customer

Mettrum sued by MMJ customer

Organigram isn’t the only Canadian LP being sued this week.

Toronto law firm Roy O’Connor LLP issued a proposed class action lawsuit yesterday on behalf of proposed representative plaintiff  Erin Christiansen of Thunder Bay against licensed medical cannabis producer Mettrum Ltd.

The lawsuit alleges that Mettrum used unauthorized pest control products in the production of some of its products between September 2014 and November 2016. The lawsuit also alleges that, while Mettrum recalled the products in question and the CEO of its parent Canopy Growth Corporation stated that the use of unregistered pest control products was “inexcusable,” Mettrum has failed to pay refunds to its customers for all of the marijuana products in question.

“Various individuals have clearly expressed their concern and disappointment over this situation and the recalls,” said lead counsel David F. O’Connor. “This proposed class action can provide those individuals with an efficient avenue to have their claims addressed in court.”

The lawsuit seeks millions in damages for the proposed class of individuals who purchased the affected products.

“I was disturbed to learn that unapproved pest control products were used on Mettrum’s medical marijuana plants,” said Christiansen. “If I had known there was a risk that Mettrum’s plants had been treated with an unapproved pesticide, I would never have purchased their products.”


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Published at Wed, 08 Mar 2017 00:20:26 +0000

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'Something's going to have to give': An untenable conflict between feds, legalized states

'Something's going to have to give': An untenable conflict between feds, legalized states

Legal weed is at a crossroads.

While some cannabis legalization proponents claim their movement has grown too big to fail, it has also proved too significant for the federal government to ignore.

The Trump administration is mulling its approach to the state-regulated systems that conflict with federal law. On Capitol Hill, conversations about legal cannabis have picked up steam.

Amid a time of unknowns surrounding federal marijuana policy, one thing is certain: The status quo is no longer sustainable.

State-legal marijuana is a multibillion-dollar business with varied regulations and no firm banking and taxation rules. Regulated sales of cannabis have trended favorably among the American public, but high-ranking federal officials have questioned the effects legal marijuana programs have on public health and safety.

“This whole situation is untenable,” said Zachary Bolitho, a former federal prosecutor who now is a professor for the Campbell University School of Law in Raleigh, N.C. “It cannot continue the way that it is.

“Something’s going to have to give at some point.”

Operating in the unknown

Uncertainty is nothing new for legal weed.

State-sanctioned sales of the Schedule I drug have occurred in the shadow of federal law since California legalized medical marijuana in 1996.

And while a lot has changed in 20 years — more than two dozen states have established medical cannabis programs, several others allow the limited use of non-psychoactive cannabis oil, and eight have OK’d recreational marijuana — those states remain “infinitely vulnerable” to federal intervention, said Mark Kleiman, professor of public service at New York University’s Marron Institute of Urban Management.

“They can easily destroy the state-regulated systems,” Kleiman said in the days following remarks coming out of the Trump administration about marijuana. “But they can’t mount the enforcement effort to fend off the illegal system that replaces (those programs).”

Kleiman, who expresses concern that legalized recreational marijuana could lead to heavier use rates, said he would favor a waiver-based system where states could be granted the ability to legalize if they met and were evaluated on certain public-health and public-safety criteria.

But for now, the genie can’t be put back in its bottle, he said.

“Start a fight or start a negotiation”

Some in the industry have grown used to the limbo — they hope for the best and prepare for the worst.

“If I change my plans every time I heard that news (of a looming federal crackdown), I wouldn’t get anywhere,” said Andy Williams, co-founder of the Medicine Man cannabis dispensary in Denver.

The shadow of uncertainty is no place for a growing industry, Williams said, noting that some entrepreneurs and investors alike have been spooked.

“It certainly harms the industry as a whole” to not know the extent of federal enforcement, he said.

Others in the industry say it’s a call to action.

“As an industry, we have an opportunity right now to either start a fight or start a negotiation,” said Justin Henderson, owner of Peak Dispensary in Denver.

Henderson said big money, as well as more seasoned executives, continue to flow into the industry.

California marijuana industry pioneer Steve DeAngelo, who started the massive Harborside Health Center dispensary in Oakland and co-founded cannabis research and investment firm the Arcview Group, said he’s not backing down.

“It’s a fight to the death for me,” he told The Cannabist.

That fight includes adapting strategies around federal law reform to the priorities of the new administration.

While the new head of the Department of Justice, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, holds an unfavorable view toward legalization, pro-marijuana individuals such as Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-California, and investor and entrepreneur Peter Thiel, have the ear of President Donald Trump, said DeAngelo.

DeAngelo, a board member for the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA), also said the shift to Republican-controlled branches of government shouldn’t hinder lobbying efforts — it just changes the tone of the pitches.

The talking points for marijuana legalization under the Obama administration were focused on claims that cannabis prohibition contributed to mass incarcerations, racial disparities in cannabis-related enforcement, the “corrosive effect” on civil liberties and how it brought law enforcement into unnecessary conflict with the community, he said.

“Those issues resonated well under Obama,” DeAngelo said. “We don’t anticipate those issues to resonate well with the Trump administration.”

Under Trump, the talking points now emphasize how cannabis legalization takes power and dollars away from international drug smuggling operations, and how it builds American jobs, contributes to tax reform, brings in revenue used for infrastructure and allows law enforcement to concentrate on other issues such as violent crime.

“We have an equal ability to speak to the left or the right,” he said.

Cannabis on the Hill

Capitol Hill is seeing a bubbling up of activity around legal cannabis that has been simmering for many years, said the NCIA’s Taylor West.

“This moment of uncertainty about how marijuana is going to be treated at the federal level is exactly what NCIA was created for and has been preparing for,” said West, deputy director of the D.C.- and Denver-based organization. “The entire reason for the creation of NCIA was recognizing how important it was going to be to have an active presence and advocacy voice at the federal level.”

But West said she’s well aware of the barriers that exist. A coalition of cannabis businesses may not get get the ear of an attorney general who opposes legalization.

“We have these lawmakers who are standing up,” West said. “That carries a lot more weight.”

New this year is an official Congressional Cannabis Caucus, a bipartisan collective of lawmakers who aim to advance marijuana-related legislation. In the Senate, close to a dozen lawmakers sent a letter to Sessions last week urging the Justice Department to uphold the current marijuana enforcement approach established by the Obama administration.

West said: “Those are big pieces of support that we wouldn’t have seen happen even a few years ago. … The threat is more imminent, given there’s a lack of clarity. There’s more potential urgency on the part of members of Congress to stand up for their constituents.”

She noted the actions of Rep. Thomas Garrett, a freshman Republican lawmaker from Virginia, who introduced a bill to end the federal prohibition of marijuana and allow for state-regulated systems. Garrett was not a target lawmaker of the NCIA, she said.

“To me that was a really interesting indicator of how this issue is starting to break out of its traditional lanes,” she said.

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Published at Mon, 06 Mar 2017 19:15:13 +0000

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11 senators call on Trump team to allow sale of recreational pot

11 senators call on Trump team to allow sale of recreational pot

The Columbian / Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Eleven senators asked the Trump administration Thursday to allow states to tax and sell recreational marijuana.

The senators wrote a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, reminding him that President Donald Trump said on the campaign trail that the issue of legalization should be left up to states.

Eight states that have legalized recreational marijuana. Washington’s Democratic governor, Jay Inslee, has vowed to go to court if necessary to fight any plans by the Trump administration to shut down the state operations.

In their letter, the senators said states should be allowed to enforce their policies in “thoughtful, sensible” ways without federal interference, following the lead of former President Barack Obama’s Justice Department.

Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska signed the letter, along with 10 Democrats: Washington’s Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell; Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey of Massachusetts; Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley of Oregon; Brian Schatz of Hawaii; Catherine Cortez Mastro of Nevada; Cory Booker of New Jersey; and Michael Bennet of Colorado.

Fears of a pending crackdown are growing after Sessions said Tuesday that he was “dubious about marijuana.”

“States, you know, can pass whatever laws they choose, but I’m not sure we’re going to be a better, healthier nation if we have marijuana being sold at every corner grocery store,” he said in a speech at the winter meeting of the National Association of Attorneys General.

“We’ll have to work our way through that.”

Sessions made his remarks only days after White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters that the Department of Justice would use the federal law banning marijuana to crack down on recreational pot sales while allowing states to regulate the drug for medical use.

“I do believe that you’ll see greater enforcement,” Spicer said.

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Published at Fri, 03 Mar 2017 03:50:48 +0000

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U.S. attorney snuffs pot fans’ plan for festival

U.S. attorney snuffs pot fans’ plan for festival

The Columbian / Associated Press

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A federal prosecutor has snuffed out plans by pot fans to celebrate Nevada’s new recreational marijuana law by lighting up on a Native American reservation near Las Vegas.

U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden took a hard line in a letter to organizers of a cannabis festival this weekend, saying federal law applies and pot smokers could be prosecuted.

Bogden’s warning raised concerns about a possible Trump administration crackdown on marijuana.

Bogden said a 2013 Obama administration directive that was seen as relaxing enforcement on tribal lands in states where pot is legal might have been misinterpreted. He said pot is still illegal on tribal lands and on federal land.

Organizers of the High Times Cannabis Cup festival said there will still be music, T-shirts and souvenirs at the event at a Moapa Band of Paiutes festival site.

But spokesman Joe Brezny said it’ll essentially be just a concert this year.

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Published at Sat, 04 Mar 2017 06:20:05 +0000

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Dancing but no dank: fed threat means toned-down Cannabis Cup

Dancing but no dank: fed threat means toned-down Cannabis Cup

LAS VEGAS — A federal prosecutor has snuffed out plans by pot fans to celebrate Nevada’s new recreational marijuana law by lighting up on an Indian reservation near Las Vegas.

U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden took a hard line in a letter to organizers of a cannabis festival this weekend, saying federal law applies and pot smokers could be prosecuted.

Bogden wouldn’t comment Friday beyond referring to the Feb. 16 letter he sent to the Moapa Band of Paiutes.

The warning from the top federal prosecutor in Nevada came while several U.S. senators are airing concerns about the possibility of a Trump administration crackdown on marijuana in states that have legalized pot for recreational or medicinal purposes.

Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada joined nine other Democrats and one Republican, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, in signing a Thursday letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., sent a similar letter to Sessions on Wednesday.

Organizers of the High Times Cannabis Cup festival said there will still be music, T-shirts and souvenirs at the event at a Moapa Band of Paiutes festival site.

But spokesman Joe Brezny said it will essentially be just a concert this year.

“We’ve removed the marijuana,” he said. “There will be no smoking area, no edibles competition, no cannabis topicals or lotions.”

Brezny said more than 10,000 tickets were sold this week for the two-day event Saturday and Sunday at a site about 35 miles north of the Las Vegas Strip. The concert is headlined by hip-hop artist Ludacris.

Robert Capecchi, federal policies chief at the Marijuana Policy Project advocacy group in Washington, D.C., said a lot of attendees might be disappointed or upset that they can’t smoke on site.
But he noted that laws are different in federal areas within the eight states that have legalized recreational marijuana and the 28 states and the District of Columbia where medical marijuana is legal.

“There’s a different balance between the federal government and Indian tribes and the federal government and the states,” Capecchi said.

Nevada is still getting its enforcement footing after recreational marijuana became legal Jan. 1. Voters approved allowing adults to possess and use up to an ounce of pot, but consumption isn’t allowed in casinos or public places.

Bogden said a 2013 Obama administration directive that was seen as relaxing enforcement on tribal lands in states where pot is legal might have been misinterpreted.

Pot is still illegal in Indian Country and on federal land, he said.

The sentence in his letter to the tribe was underlined, along with the warning that “federal investigation and prosecution may still be appropriate.”

That was enough to prompt the tribe to declare that its police and event security won’t allow smoking, selling or transporting marijuana at its festival grounds near its fireworks stand, liquor outlet and smoke shop just off Interstate 15.

“We hope that attendees enjoy themselves and comply with applicable law,” Darren Daboda, chairman of the tribe with about 350 members and a sprawling 112-square-mile reservation, said in a statement.

The festival is modeled after a Cannabis Cup event held since 1988 in Amsterdam, which now has offshoots in pot-friendly states including Washington, California, Oregon, Colorado and Michigan.


The 2017 High Times Cannabis Cup – Nevada is scheduled for March 4-5. The Cup will be held across the street from the Moapa Paiute Travel Plaza:



U.S. Attorney letter to the Moapa Paiute Tribe about the Cannabis Cup:

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Published at Fri, 03 Mar 2017 21:28:20 +0000

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Arizer Air

Arizer Air

Arizer Air, New style of Vaping

Bottom line:Arizer dreams up an effective new design for vaporizing on the go with the simple, sleek and durable Air, featuring an all-glass vapor path. And with standard glass stems, the Air is infinitely customizable.

The Arizer Solo has been one of the best-selling and most-loved first generation vaporizers, Arizer being the quickest manufacturer to offer anything near Volcano functionality for about half the price.

There have been rumours for years of a more portable successor, and here it finally is: the Air, a radically different vape design that is sure to be popular, with an all glass air path and great potential for customizing and accessorizing.

WHAT’S IN THE BOX?

The Arizer Air package includes the heating unit and battery, a charger/power adapter,
3 x glass stems
(2 of them short, with plastic mouthpieces, one an inch longer without), a glass aroma dish, a nylon carrying case,
and a protective silicone skin. There’s a stainless Steel stirring tool, and 2 rubber caps for pre-loading the stems with herb and securing the load for travelling.

Out of the box, the first impression is of a sleek and compact design concept looking like a cordless microphone. The Arizer Air measures 122mm in height and 29mm in diameter, conveniently fitting in the palm of your hand, in a pocket, or purse.

RUGGED BUILD

A hard shell protects the Arizer Air from general wear and tear and a vented top keeps the surface temperature of the body cool.  Internally, a solid foundation surrounds the ceramic heating element adding an extra layer of durability.

arizer_air011THE HEAT IS ON

The Air has a 1-2 minute warm up time, a 5 setting temperature control system operated by the on-off button, and built-in automatic shut off safety setting after 10 minutes of operation.

The temperature levels are indicated by a tiny LED: Level 1 (Blue) – 180°C / 356°F;
Level 2 (White) – 190°C / 374°F;
Level 3 (Green) – 200°C / 392°F;
Level 4 (Orange) – 205°C / 401°F
Level 5 (Red) – 210°C / 410°F.


ORIGINAL PACKING

Uniquely, it’s the glass stem that is loaded with herbs (the glass chamber at one end, with holes in), inverted and the power unit lowered onto it and pushed into place, before popping the whole thing stem-side up again for use.

It looks weird first time but it works really well: the Air delivers great draw and taste, even with the plastic mouthpiece (this can be screwed off for even less resistance).

The oven chamber is identical to that of the Solo; the mouthpieces are interchangeable too, and all glass is standard size so it’s easy to add your own bubbler (note to self: must get one of these soon).

APPLYING THE HEAT

I started at white (2nd colour) for a couple of tokes and moved up to green and yellow to finish off the bowl. The vapor was cool and flavorsome, although when I tried the hottest (red) setting, the herb tended to scorch and tasted pretty bad.

But like I said, the draw is excellent at any temperature; very little resistance for such a compact design.

SWAPPABLE POWER

The Air arrives with one battery, but this is easily swappable (the base unscrews for a standard 18650 Lithium ion). Which is just as well because their life is not great (40-60 minutes per charge depending on temp used).

The carry case clips onto a belt and has 2 small pouches for a couple of extra batteries and/or loaded stems.

Cleaning is simple; glass parts can be simply soaked in ISO and thanks to the stem packing there is no tricky airpath to keep clean.

arizer_air016CONCLUSION:

The Arizer Air is ultra-compact and lightweight, easy to operate and maintain, and completely portable. The sturdy (not cheap looking) plastic outer casing and optional skin make it very durable, and a wide range of parts and accessories lets you customize and protect your Arizer Air.

Offering up to an hour of continuous use per charge, plus the ability to use the unit while charging the battery, and the option to have spare batteries fully charged, the Arizer Air is ideal for day-to-day use at home and on the go.

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Published at Mon, 23 May 2016 08:55:53 +0000

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Marijuana-Themed Memorials

Marijuana-Themed Memorials

Friday, February 24th, 2017

Marijuana Inlay Heart Sterling Silver Memorial Jewelry

Marijuana-Themed Memorials Are Here for Your Coolest Departed Loved Ones

Disclaimer: This blog starts out as a bummer, but picks up quickly afterwards.

A memorial for a loved one is meant to serve as a testament to their memory. It’s common, then, for people to be interred in a way that displays their personality. Maybe they’re buried with copies of their favorite music, or maybe their tombstone displays their unending wit. But what if Grandma’s favorite hobby was of a, ahem, “higher” calling? The answer, of course, is found in the internet. Perfect Memorials, an e-commerce business focused on cremation urns and jewelry, has released a line of marijuana-themed memorial products.

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Perfect Memorials Makes Marijuana-Themed Memorials to Remember Your Awesome Grandma By

Perfect Memorials’ cannabis line has made it possible to cherish the memories of your awesome, pot-smoking Grandma. Their product line includes a wide selection of urns and cremation jewelry that all contain beautiful engravings of pot leaves. If your loved one has been cremated, you can keep a portion of their ashes in a memorial that will be an important and valuable aspect of their personality. A couple examples of Perfect Memorial’s marijuana-themed products are below.

Small Marijuana Leaf Book Cremation Urn - EngravableMarijuana-Themed Memorials: Urns — Funeral urns are vessels that hold the ashes of the deceased. Their small size makes them easy to keep in the home, remaining close to loved ones. Perfect Memorial’s selection of urns varies in size and complexity, from this small box with a simple engraved pot leaf, to an extra-large chest with a field of cannabis on the front.

Marijuana Inlay Heart Sterling Silver Memorial Jewelry

Marijuana-Themed Memorials: Cremation Jewelry — Cremation jewelry includes pendants and other pieces of jewelry that are designed with a hollow body to hold a portion of the deceased’s ashes. This jewelry is the perfect way to carry the memory of your loved ones with you, and Perfect Memorial’s marijuana leaf-engraved jewelry can help you remember a favorite hobby that you shared! Cremation jewelry typically has space for a small amount of ash, or other substances, to help you remember a dear friend or relative.

It’s a Budding Market

If pouring out a drink can become a cultural idiom for remembering a loved one, then it’s no surprise that puffing one out, so to speak, can become one too. On a larger scale, this is just another tangible sign that pot is becoming more and more acceptable in American culture. We know that 60% of US adults believe that marijuana should be legalized and one in eight say that they currently smoke it, double from what it was just 3 years ago. On a more personal scale, this growing level of acceptance means that you can honor your loved ones’ memory openly, publicly, and as they would want to be remembered.

You can check out all of Perfect Memorial’s marijuana-themed urns and memorial jewelry on their website. Feel free to comment with ideas for how to best remember your pot-smoking loved ones below.

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Published at Fri, 24 Feb 2017 05:38:21 +0000

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New Marijuana Policy Takes Effect Tomorrow in Texas’ Most Populous County

New Marijuana Policy Takes Effect Tomorrow in Texas’ Most Populous County

Harris County’s Misdemeanor Marijuana Diversion Program takes effect tomorrow, March 1st.

The new program – put forth by Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg – makes it so that those caught possessing up to four ounces of cannabis within the county will no longer be arrested or charged with a criminal misdemeanor in most instances. Instead they will be mandated to take a four-hour drug education class.

Harris County is by far Texas’ most populated county with over 4.5 million residents. The county includes Houston, the most populated city in the state and the fourth most populated city in the country; its 2 million residents is more than the population of 15 states.

Under current Texas law, possession up to two ounces of cannabis is punishable by a misdemeanor and up to 180 days in jail. Possession two to four ounces is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail.

As part of the new Misdemeanor Marijuana Diversion Program, those who decide not to take the mandated four hour class will be charged with a marijuana possession misdemeanor.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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Published at Tue, 28 Feb 2017 09:19:16 +0000

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WA Bill to Allow Medical Cannabis On School Grounds Passes Second Committee With 26 to 6 Vote

WA Bill to Allow Medical Cannabis On School Grounds Passes Second Committee With 26 to 6 Vote

A Washington measure that would allow the administration of medical cannabis on school grounds has been approved by its second House committee.

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The House Appropriations Committee gave approval to House Bill 1060 on Friday with a 26 to 6 vote (with 1 voting to pass but without recommendation). The vote comes 18 days after the bill was passed by the House Healthcare and Wellness Committee with a 13 to 3 vote. It’s now been sent to the House Rules Committee where it can be scheduled for a vote by the full House of Representatives.

Under the proposed law, schools would be required to adopt policies that allow for the administration of cannabis-based medicines to qualified patients by a parent, guardian or primary caregiver. The measure specifically covers all “school grounds”, which includes school buses and school-sponsored events.

According to its legislative digest, House Bill 1060:

Requires a school district to permit a student who meets certain requirements to consume marijuana for medical purposes on school grounds, aboard a school bus, or while attending a school-sponsored event. Requires the board of directors of a school district to adopt a policy that authorizes parents, guardians, and primary caregivers to administer marijuana to a student for medical purposes while the student is on school grounds, aboard a school bus, or attending a school-sponsored event.

If House Bill 1060 passes through the House of Representatives, it will be sent to the Senate, where passage would send it to Governor Jay Inslee for final consideration.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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Published at Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:27:24 +0000

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