Iowa CBD Program Improvement Bill Awaiting Approval From Governor

Last week, the Iowa Legislature approved HF 524, extending and expanding the state’s existing cannabidiol program. Now, all the bill needs is a signature from the governor to become law.

Although the Senate approved a full medical marijuana bill that allowed as much THC as patients might need, the House has lagged behind. HF 524 includes a 3% cap on THC. We are disappointed at the limits of the final bill, but it is still an important step forward.

If passed, patients suffering from illnesses such as Crohn’s disease, multiple…

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Denver officials scrutinizing out-of-state CBD products sold in local pot shops

Denver is clamping down on CBD products that originate outside of Colorado.

A bulletin issued Wednesday by Denver Environmental Health’s Public Health Inspections Division outlines a policy prohibiting out-of-state-made cannabidiol (CBD) products intended for human consumption.

“It has come to DEH’s attention that some CBD products originate from unregulated manufacturing facilities, have been illegally shipped across state lines, contain unapproved ingredients, or have been made in unsafe…

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South Dakota Lawmakers Considering Marijuana Bills

Last week, the South Dakota State Senate passed Senate Bill 95, which would remove cannabidiol, or CBD oil, from the definition of marijuana and make it a Schedule IV controlled substance under state law. However, the bill included a requirement that CBD oil be approved by the Food and Drug Administration, which would indefinitely curtail access to CBD oil in South Dakota.

On March 2, the House Health and Human Services Committee approved SB 95 by a vote of 7-3 and added an amendment eliminating prior FDA approval with the goal of…

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Possible NFL marijuana policy change? Commissioner Roger Goodell chimes in.

HOUSTON — The league is listening. But it wants facetime.

The NFL Players’ Association recently announced its intent to propose to the league a “less punitive” approach to dealing with recreational marijuana use among players.

“I do think that issues of addressing it more in a treatment and less punitive measure is appropriate,” union executive director DeMaurice Smith told The Washington Post.

Smith did not specify the changes in the NFLPA’s proposal, which was expected to be…

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Marijuana Bills Moving Through the Virginia Legislature

The Virginia General Assembly is in full swing, and lawmakers have already considered several marijuana policy reform bills. Sen. Adam Ebbin’s SB 1091 — which would end the automatic six-month driver’s license suspension for first offense possession of marijuana — was approved by the Senate on Friday.
Last year, the General Assembly approved a bill to allow in-state production of cannabidiol oil for patients with intractable epilepsy. However, to become law, that bill — Sen. Dave Marsden’s SB 1027 — needs to pass again this…

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NFL takes notice as union develops pain management committee involving marijuana

In January, former quarterback Jake Plummer sat side by side with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell at Sports Authority Field in Denver to watch the Broncos defeat the Steelers in a divisional playoff game. The meeting was informal, with the real talking points — the ones that would be raised in the months ahead — put aside.

But only temporarily.

Plummer and many other active and retired players were in the beginning stages of building a campaign and raising money to spread awareness of…

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Studies: CBD Treatment Reduces Refractory Epileptic Seizures

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BOSTON, MA — Cannabidiol (CBD) administration is associated with the mitigation of treatment-resistant seizures, according to the findings of several recent clinical trials.

In one trial, investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital assessed CBD treatment over a 12-month period in 18 patients with refractory epileptic seizures due to Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC). Researchers reported that CBD treatment reduced subjects’ median weekly seizure frequency by half. Authors concluded,…

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Study: Epileptic Patients Report Subjective Benefits from Cannabis

Study: Epileptic Patients Report Subjective Benefits from Cannabis

ONTARIO, CANADA — Patients with epilepsy frequently experiment with cannabis and most report experiencing subjective benefits following their use of the substance, according to data published online ahead of print in the journal Epilepsy & Behavior.

Canadian researchers surveyed the experiences of over 300 adult patients admitted to an epilepsy monitoring unit over a 14-month period. More than half of the respondents acknowledged having tried cannabis and over a third reported having used it in the past year.

Cannabis use was associated…

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Senators Grassley and Feinstein Introduce Bill to Exempt Certain Medical Cannabis Patients From Federal Prosecution

Senators Grassley and Feinstein Introduce Bill to Exempt Certain Medical Cannabis Patients From Federal Prosecution

WASHINGTON, DC — On Friday, the Cannabidiol Research Expansion Act (S. 3269) was introduced in the United States Senate, which would ease research barriers and create exemptions from federal law for certain medical cannabis patients.

The bill was introduced by four members of the Senate Judiciary Committee – Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and Tom Tillis (R-NC). Much of the bill is focused on allowing for institutions of higher education or manufacturers to register with the federal government in…

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Oklahoma Governor Signs Law Expanding Patient Pool Eligible for CBD Therapy

Oklahoma Governor Signs Law Expanding Patient Pool Eligible for CBD Therapy

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed legislation into law on Friday, May 13, to expand the pool of patients eligible to possess cannabidiol (CBD) under a physician’s authorization.

Presently, Oklahoma law exempts patients with intractable forms of pediatric epilepsy from state criminal penalties if they possess liquid preparations containing CBD and no more than three-tenths of one percent THC.

House Bill 2835 extends existing legal protections to the following patients: those with “spasticity due to multiple…

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Alabama’s New Law Allows Patients’ Use of CBD/THC Extracts

Alabama’s New Law Allows Patients’ Use of CBD/THC Extracts

MONTGOMERY, AL — Governor Robert Bentley signed legislation into law last week expanding legal protections for qualified patients who use cannabidiol-dominant extracts for therapeutic purposes.

Under the legislation, House Bill 61, also known as Leni’s Law, patients may possess extract preparations of CBD that also contain up to three percent THC for the treatment of a seizure-related debilitating condition.

The law further states that no state agency may initiate proceedings to remove a child from a home if that child and/or his/her…

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DEA Approves Study on Treating PTSD With Marijuana

On Thursday, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) announced in a press release that they had received approval to study the effects of marijuana on treating PTSD in veterans.q4g89gcyl385qpt0vmeo

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has formally approved the first-ever randomized controlled trial of whole plant medical marijuana (cannabis) as a treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in U.S. veterans. The DEA’s approval marks the first time a clinical trial intended to develop smoked…

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Virginia Governor Signs Bill to Regulate CBD Oil Production

Virginia Governor Signs Bill to Regulate CBD Oil Production

RICHMOND, VA — Virginia Governor Terry McAuliff has signed legislation, Senate Bill 701, to establish regulations governing the in-state production of therapeutic oils high in cannabidiol (CBD) and/or THC-A (THC acid).

Under a 2015 state law, qualifying patients are provided an affirmative medical defense if they possess cannabis plant extracts that contain at least 15 percent cannabidiol, and no more than five percent tetrahydrocannabinol. However, the law provides no legal source for these products and, as a result, it has largely…

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Oklahoma House Votes to Expand Conditions Eligible for CBD

Oklahoma House Votes to Expand Conditions Eligible for CBD

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Lawmakers in the Oklahoma House have approved a proposal to expand the conditions that qualify for the state’s limited cannabidiol-only medical cannabis law.

In a bipartisan 89-6 vote earlier this week, lawmakers approved House Bill 2835, sending the bill to the Senate for further consideration.

The bill would allow the same patient protections currently available to those with intractable forms of pediatric epilepsy to those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, chronic pain, neuropathic pain, spasticity…

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Time Runs Out on Medical Marijuana Expansion in Utah; Supporters Focus on 2018 Ballot Iniatitive

Time Runs Out on Medical Marijuana Expansion in Utah; Supporters Focus on 2018 Ballot Iniatitive

SALT LAKE CITY, UT — Lawmakers in Utah have adjourned for the year without passing any of the pending proposals to expand access to medical marijuana products in the state.

Although two bills to expand Utah’s extremely limited medical marijuana program were approved by the Senate in February, those measures died in the House this week when a key committee voted to kill one, and then the clock ran out on the other when the 2016 legislative session ended Thursday.

Both bills attempted to expand 2014’s extremely limited CBD-only…

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Virginia General Assembly Passes Medical Marijuana Production Bill

Virginia General Assembly Passes Medical Marijuana Production Bill

RICHMOND, VA — Virginia’s lawmakers passed a bill Tuesday which will allow for the eventual production and distribution of low THC marijuana oils in the Commonwealth.

After lengthy discussions and negotiations in both houses, Senate Bill 701, Cannabidiol oil and THC-A oil; permitting of pharmaceutical processors to manufacture and provide, passed the House of Delegates unanimously on Monday.

The bill returned to the Senate Tuesday with amendments and passed with a vote of 39-0.

 The bill now goes to the Governor’s desk for his…

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Utah Lawmakers Kill Comprehensive Medical Marijuana Bill; Limited CBD Expansion Bill Remains Alive

Utah Lawmakers Kill Comprehensive Medical Marijuana Bill; Limited CBD Expansion Bill Remains Alive

Limited CBD expansion bill remains alive in final days of Utah’s 2016 legislative session

SALT LAKE CITY, UT — A key committee in the Utah House killed a comprehensive medical marijuana bill that had previously passed in the Senate, leaving just a CBD expansion bill alive as the final days of the 2016 legislative session near.

The House Health and Human Services Committee voted 8-4 against the passage of Senate Bill 73, the Medical Cannabis Act, on Monday.  The bill, sponsored by Sen. Mark Madsen (R-Saratoga Springs), would have…

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Latest Poll Finds 78% Support Medical Marijuana In Iowa

Latest Poll Finds 78% Support Medical Marijuana In Iowa

DES MOINES, IA — Over three quarters of Iowa residents support legalizing medical marijuana in Iowa, according to the latest poll released last week.

According to the Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll, 78% of adults support medical marijuana in the state, up from 58% support two years ago.  The poll, however, found much less support for legalizing recreational use of marijuana, with only 34% of adults in support.

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Utah Senate Passes Two Competing Medical Marijuana Bills

Utah Senate Passes Two Competing Medical Marijuana Bills

SALT LAKE CITY, UT — Two competing bills to expand Utah’s extremely limited medical marijuana program were approved by the state Senate this week. One of those bills now heads to the House for consideration, while the other awaits a final vote, which could come as soon as Wednesday.

In a vote of 18 to 8, Senate Bill 89 passed a third and final reading in the Senate on Monday, sending it to the House for consideration.  The bill would expand upon 2014’s CBD-only medical marijuana law, which allows patients suffering from…

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Virginia Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Improvement Bill

Virginia Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Improvement Bill

Parents Resuscitate Senate Bill 701 and Prepare for House Vote

RICHMOND, VA — The Virginia Senate voted 37 to 2 on Tuesday to pass Senate Bill 701, a bill that would allow the production and manufacturing of cannabidiol (CBD) oil and THC-A oil in the state.

For the past several weeks, patients, parents and advocates from across the state worked tirelessly to persuade members of the Senate to move forward on this issue, which until last year seemed out of reach for Virginia’s conservative legislature.

Last year’s passage of Senate Bill…

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Utah Senate Committee Passes Medical Marijuana Expansion Bill

Utah Senate Committee Passes Medical Marijuana Expansion Bill

SALT LAKE CITY, UT — A bill to expand Utah’s 2014 medical marijuana law received a favorable recommendation in a key Senate committee this week, setting up a possible floor vote by the full Senate.

The Senate Judiciary, Law Enforcement, and Criminal Justice Committee voted 4-1 Thursday to approve Senate Bill 73, the Medical Cannabis Act, sponsored by Sen. Mark Madsen (R-Saratoga Springs).

Madsen’s proposal seeks to amend state law to allow the state-licensed cultivation of cannabis, including strains with higher THC content, for…

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Study: CBD Oil “Highly Promising” In Pediatric Epilepsy Treatment

Study: CBD Oil “Highly Promising” In Pediatric Epilepsy Treatment

The administration of cannabis oil extracts high in cannabidiol reduces seizure frequency in children with intractable epilepsy, according to clinical data published online ahead of print in the journal Seizure.

Israeli researchers retrospectively evaluated the effects of CBD oil in a multicenter cohort of 74 patients with intractable epilepsy. Participants in the trial were resistant to conventional epilepsy treatment and were treated with CBD extracts for a period of at least three months. Extracts in the study were provided by a pair of…

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Medical Marijuana Expansion Bill Introduced in Utah

Medical Marijuana Expansion Bill Introduced in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY, UT — Utah lawmakers will debate legislation in the 2016 legislative session to expand the use and distribution of medicinal cannabis products.

Under a 2014 law, qualifying patients are permitted to possess cannabis extracts that contain more than 15 percent CBD and no more than 0.3 percent THC. However, the law provides no legal supply source for these products and, as a result, it has largely failed to meet the needs of patients.

Senate Bill 73, the Medical Cannabis Act, sponsored by Sen. Mark Madsen, seeks to amend state…

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DEA Eases Some Requirements for Clinical Trials on Cannabidiol

DEA Eases Some Requirements for Clinical Trials on Cannabidiol

WASHINGTON, DC — The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) says they are easing some of the requirements imposed by the Controlled Substances Act for researchers conducting clinical trials on cannabidiol (CBD), an extract of marijuana that has been used to reduce seizures in children, among other ailments.

According to a press release issued Wednesday by the DEA, the changes “will streamline the research process regarding CBD’s possible medicinal value and help foster ongoing scientific studies.”

Researchers who are conducting Food…

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ASA Debuts ‘Truth About Medical Marijuana’ Educational Series

ASA Debuts ‘Truth About Medical Marijuana’ Educational Series

New Campaign Aims to Deepen Public Knowledge about Medical Marijuana

WASHINGTON, DC —  Americans for Safe Access (ASA) on Wednesday launched the “Truth About Medical Marijuana” educational website and accompanying event series.

The Truth About Medical Marijuana will focus on emerging issues in the area of medical marijuana, including understanding the research behind the medicine, emerging policies issues surrounding cannabidiol (CBD) and consumer safety issues.

During each of the next three months, event hosts will focus on these issues and prepare attendees to share that information with politicians and key decision makers, as well as providing tools to counter misinformation in the media.

“With the majority of Americans living in states that allow at least some kind of medical…

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North Carolina Governor Signs Bill Improving CBD Law

North Carolina Governor Signs Bill Improving CBD Law

RALEIGH, NC — North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory (R) signed into law House Bill 766 late last week, giving final approval to a bill that makes significant changes to a law enacted last year allowing the use of some medical marijuana extracts to treat seizures associated with epilepsy.

House Bill 766, the North Carolina Epilepsy Alternative Treatment Act, was approved by the legislature earlier this month.  The new law, which takes effect August 1, amends the exemption for the use or possession of some medical marijuana extracts containing high amounts of cannabidiol, and allows neurologists to use the extracts to treat intractable epilepsy without being required to participate in a research study.

Last year, lawmakers in North Carolina approved the Hope 4 Haley and Friends…

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Senators Demand Answers on Administrative Barriers to Cannabis Research

Senators Demand Answers on Administrative Barriers to Cannabis Research

Earlier this week, Senator Elizabeth Warren (DMA) and 7 other U.S. Senators sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of National Drug Control Policy, and the Drug Enforcement Agency seeking specific answers on a number of bureaucratic barriers to medical marijuana research.

The letter comes just a few weeks after the Senate Drug Caucus hearing on cannabis-based medicines and the White House announcement to terminate the Public Health Service review process for marijuana, which had been cited by many as one of the major pieces of federal red tape standing in the way of scientists and physicians.

Joined by Senators Merkley (OR), Wyden (OR), Mikulski (MD), Markey (MA), Boxer (CA), Booker (NJ), and Gillibrand (NY), the letter acknowledges that there is a…

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Senators Press Feds for Answers Regarding the State of Medical Marijuana Research

Senators Press Feds for Answers Regarding the State of Medical Marijuana Research

WASHINGTON, DC — Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), along with seven other Senators, has directed a letter to the Obama administration demanding regulators answer questions specific to the facilitation of research into the medical benefits of marijuana.

Senators acknowledged the need for unbiased research. They wrote:

“While the federal government has emphasized research on the potential harms associated with the use of marijuana, there is still very limited research on the potential health benefits of marijuana — despite the fact that millions of Americans are now eligible by state law to use the drug for medical purposes.”

The Senators applauded a recent decision by the Department of Health and Human Services to eliminate the HHS Public Health Service…

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North Carolina Approves Changes to Limited Medical Marijuana Law

North Carolina Approves Changes to Limited Medical Marijuana Law

RALEIGH, NC — Lawmakers in North Carolina Senate have passed a bill that would make significant changes to a law enacted last year that allows the use of some medical marijuana extracts to treat seizures associated with epilepsy, sending the measure to Governor Pat McCrory for final approval.

The bill, House Bill 766, the North Carolina Epilepsy Alternative Treatment Act, was approved by the Senate in a 15-0 vote earlier this month.  The House previously approved the bill in April, but several changes made in the Senate required a final vote in the House.

On Tuesday, the House voted 112-2 to approve those changes.  The bill now heads to the desk of Governor Pat McCrory, who is expected to sign the measure into law.

Last year, lawmakers in North Carolina approved the Hope 4 Haley…

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Who Are the Next States Likely to Legalize Medical Marijuana?

Who Are the Next States Likely to Legalize Medical Marijuana?

State Advocates Push for Medical Marijuana Across The Country

Currently 40 states have at least some type of legal protection for medical use of marijuana.  23 States, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia have passed comprehensive medical marijuana legislation. 17 more states have passed restrictive cannabidiol (CBD) focused  legislation.

While the progress has been impressive activists in several states that don’t have medical marijuana (or have only highly restrictive access) have continued to push at the state level. These activists are showing they’re in it for the long haul, fighting for medical marijuana no matter how long it takes.

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By far the closest state to joining the list of medical marijuana states is Pennsylvania. Under the leadership of Sen. Mike Folmer…

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Marijuana Users Can Counteract High With THC Buzzkill

Marijuana Users Can Counteract High With THC Buzzkill

A patent-pending cannabidiol blend, THC Buzzkill is a supplement designed to alleviate the psychoactive effects of marijuana

CARLSBAD, CA — Hemp Health Inc., maker of cannabidiol (CBD) products, announced “THC Buzzkill” on Tuesday, a patent-pending CBD supplement that counteracts the ‘high’ of marijuana.

Sold as an oral spray,THC Buzzkill absorbs into the bloodstream rapidly and lessens the psychoactive effects of THC using all-natural ingredients. THC Buzzkill is the first supplement designed for marijuana users who need to sober up quickly.

“When you have things to do and places to be, being stoned usually doesn’t help you get it all done,” said Katarina Maloney, President of Hemp Health Inc. “For marijuana users who smoke too much, react strangely to a new strain, or…

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North Carolina Senate Approves Changes to State’s CBD Law

North Carolina Senate Approves Changes to State’s CBD Law

RALEIGH, NC — Lawmakers in the North Carolina Senate have passed a bill that would make significant changes to a law enacted last year that allows the use of some medical marijuana extracts to treat seizures associated with epilepsy.

House Bill 766, the North Carolina Epilepsy Alternative Treatment Act, was approved by the Senate in a 15-0 vote Wednesday.  The House previously approved the bill in April, but several changes made in the Senate will require approval by the House before the bill can be sent to Governor Pat McCrory for final approval.

Last year, lawmakers in North Carolina approved the Hope 4 Haley and Friends Act, allowing limited use of medical marijuana extracts containing high levels of cannabidiol (CBD) but only trace amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).  The…

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Senate Drug Caucus Holds Hearing on Barriers to Cannabidiol Research

Senate Drug Caucus Holds Hearing on Barriers to Cannabidiol Research

WASHINGTON, DC — The Senate International Narcotics Control Caucus held a hearing Wednesday on facilitating cannabidiol research.  Cannabidiol, or CBD, is found in cannabis and has shown great potential to treat intractable epilepsy and numerous other conditions.

According to the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) CBD is considered a schedule I substance, despite the growing body of evidence indicating therapeutic benefits to patients suffering from dravet syndrome and other severe forms of epilepsy.  The hearing also focused on regulatory oversight and reforming the process for researchers to obtain cannabis.

“During today’s hearing we heard Nora Volkow, the head of National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), acknowledge that researchers would benefit from ending the monopoly that…

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Texas Governor Signs ‘Unworkable’ Medical Marijuana Bill

Texas Governor Signs ‘Unworkable’ Medical Marijuana Bill

AUSTIN, TX — As expected, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 339 into law on Monday, a measure aimed at allowing individuals with intractable epilepsy access to cannabidiol (CBD oil) to treat seizures, although advocates say the bill is ‘unworkable’ as enacted.

“There is currently no cure for intractable epilepsy and many patients have had little to no success with currently approved drugs,” Abbott said in a signing statement issued Monday. “However, we have seen promising results from CBD oil testing and with the…

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Nebraska Senate Passes Bill to Study Cannabidiol for Seizures

Nebraska Senate Passes Bill to Study Cannabidiol for Seizures

LINCOLN, NE — Lawmakers in the Nebraska Senate have approved a measure that could soon allow residents suffering from severe seizure disorders to participate in a study on the effectiveness of cannabidiol.

Senators voted 44-2 on Thursday to approve LB 390, which would commission a University of Nebraska Medical Center study on the effectiveness of cannabidiol (CBD) in treating severe epileptic seizures.  The bill was sponsored by Sen. Sue Crawford (N-Bellevue).

Under the proposed “Medical Cannabidiol Pilot Study,” only the Nebraska…

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Texas House Passes Flawed CBD Bill

Texas House Passes Flawed CBD Bill

Monday evening, the Texas State House of Representatives approved Senate Bill 339 with a vote of 96-34. The bill seeks to allow patients with intractable epilepsy to access cannabis oil containing high levels of cannabidiol, or CBD, and only trace levels of THC.

On a certain level, the legislature should be commended for acknowledging the medical value of marijuana, and it is an historic vote in that sense.

Unfortunately, SB 339, sponsored by Sen. Kevin Eltife (R-Tyler), is extremely unlikely to provide patients with relief because it…

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‘Unworkable’ Medical Marijuana Bill Passes in Texas

‘Unworkable’ Medical Marijuana Bill Passes in Texas

AUSTIN, TX — Lawmakers in the Texas House voted 96 to 34 on Monday to approve a bill intended to allow patients with intractable seizure conditions to access some forms of medical marijuana, but advocates say the bill is unworkable.

Senate Bill 339, Texas Compassionate Use Act, was approved last week by the Senate, and now heads to Republican Governor Greg Abbott for final approval.

The bill, introduced by Sen. Kevin Eltife (R-Tyler), will only allow “low-THC cannabis” which is defined in the bill by containing less than .5%…

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Study: Parents Report CBD Extracts Reduce Seizures In Children

Study: Parents Report CBD Extracts Reduce Seizures In Children

LOS ANGELES, CA — The administration of cannabis preparations high in cannabidiol (CBD) are associated with a reduction in seizure frequency in adolescents, according to survey data published in the journal Epilepsy & Behavior.

Investigators at Mattel’s Children’s Hospital at the University of California, Los Angeles surveyed 117 parents who reported administering CBD-enriched products to their epileptic children.

Authors reported that 85 percent of respondents acknowledged a reduction in their child’s seizure frequency, and 14…

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Federal Bill to Legalize CBD-Rich Medical Cannabis Strains Filed in US Senate

Federal Bill to Legalize CBD-Rich Medical Cannabis Strains Filed in US Senate

WASHINGTON, DC — Bipartisan legislation has been filed in the United States Senate to exempt cannabidiol (CBD) and cannabidiol-rich strains of cannabis from the definition of marijuana in the Controlled Substances Act.

U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Ron Wyden (D-OR), along with co-sponsors Sens. Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and Michael Bennet (D-CO), introduced S.1333,  the Therapeutic Hemp Medical Access Act of 2015, on Wednesday.

According to a press release issued by Sen. Gardner, the…

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Texas Senate Passes ‘Unworkable’ Medical Marijuana Bill

Texas Senate Passes ‘Unworkable’ Medical Marijuana Bill

AUSTIN, TX — Lawmakers in the Texas Senate approved a bill Thursday intended to allow patients with intractable seizure conditions to access some forms of medical marijuana, but advocates say the bill is unworkable in its current form.

Senate Bill 339, Texas Compassionate Use Act, was approved Thursday by a vote of 26 to 5, sending the bill to the House of Representatives for consideration.  An identical companion bill, House Bill 892 has already received a favorable recommendation from a key House committee, which could expedite the…

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Missouri CBD Expansion Bill Close to Vote in House

Missouri CBD Expansion Bill Close to Vote in House

JEFFERSON CITY, MO — A bill that would expand Missouri’s limited medical cannabis oil program has advanced once again in the state legislature, as the end of the legislative session draws near.

On Monday, Senate Bill 386, which would allow doctors to recommend CBD oil for disorders other than intractable epilepsy, received a unanimous vote and do-pass recommendation from the House Emerging Issues Committee.

The bill has now been assigned to the Select Committee on General Laws, and if given approval will advance to the floor of the…

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Limited High-CBD/Low-THC Medical Mairijuana Bills Advance in Texas

Limited High-CBD/Low-THC Medical Mairijuana Bills Advance in Texas

AUSTIN, TX — Lawmakers in both chambers of the Texas legislature have given preliminary approval to companion legislation to allow the use medical marijuana extracts rich in cannabidoil (CBD) for patients suffering from uncontrollable epilepsy, advancing the bills out of committee and sending them to the floor of their respective chambers for a vote.

House Bill 892, co-sponsored by 11 Republicans and 5 Democrats, was approved by an 8-1 vote in the House Public Health Committee on Monday.  Meanwhile, Senate Bill 339 was approved by a…

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Tennessee Governor Signs Limited Cannabis Oil Bill

Tennessee Governor Signs Limited Cannabis Oil Bill

NASHVILLE, TN — As expected, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has signed an extremely limited medical marijuana bill that will allow cannabis oil to treat seizures.

Gov. Haslam signed the bill, Senate Bill 280, Monday morning.  The bill contains an emergency clause, making the law effective immediately.

The new law will legalize the possession — but not cultivation or sale — of some cannabis extracts to treat severe seizure disorders, such as epilepsy. Instead, the bills allow patients to bring cannabis oil in to Tennessee for…

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Oklahoma Governor Signs Bill Authorizing Clinical Trials of CBD for Children with Epilepsy

Oklahoma Governor Signs Bill Authorizing Clinical Trials of CBD for Children with Epilepsy

Gov. Mary Fallin signs bill to allow children with epilepsy access to CBD trials, but states “I will never support the legalization of marijuana in Oklahoma.”

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Oklahoma’s Republican Governor Mary Fallin signed House Bill 2154 into law on Thursday, authorizing a medical pilot program allowing the medically supervised use of cannabidiol (CBD) — a low THC non-intoxicating derivative of marijuana — for children with epilepsy.

House Bill 215, which passed the legislature earlier this month, will allow children…

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Study: Oral Cannabis Extracts Associated With Seizure Control In Children With Treatment-Resistant Epilepsy

Study: Oral Cannabis Extracts Associated With Seizure Control In Children With Treatment-Resistant Epilepsy

The administration of oral cannabis extracts is associated with the mitigation of seizures in adolescents with epilepsy, according to clinical data published this month in the journal Epilepsy & Behavior.

Researchers from the Colorado Children’s Hospital in Denver performed a retrospective chart review of 75 children provided cannabis extracts. Authors reported that 57 percent of subjects showed some level of improvement in seizure control while 33 percent reported a greater than 50 percent reduction in seizure frequency.

Researchers also…

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Feds Seek to Increase Marijuana Production Quotas

Feds Seek to Increase Marijuana Production Quotas

WASHINGTON, DC — For the second year in a row, federal officials are seeking to increase the supply of cannabis the government makes available for research protocols.

DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart filed paperwork Tuesday announcing that the agency is seeking to increase its marijuana production quota for the year 2015 by nearly three-fold.

Federal regulations permit a farm at the University of Mississippi to cultivate set quantities of cannabis for use in federally approved clinical trials.

Regulators at the DEA, the US Food and Drug…

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Study: CBD Administration Enhances Skeletal Healing

Study: CBD Administration Enhances Skeletal Healing

The administration of the non-psychotropic cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD) leads to improvement in bone fracture healing, according to preclinical data published online ahead of print in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.

Investigators at the Hebrew University Bone Laboratory in Israel assessed the ability of CBD administration to promote healing in rats with mid-femoral fractures. Researchers reported, “CBD markedly enhanced the biomechanical properties of the healing femora after 8 weeks.”

Authors also evaluated the administration…

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Study: Plant-Derived Cannabinoid Extract More Efficacious Than Isolated Compound

Study: Plant-Derived Cannabinoid Extract More Efficacious Than Isolated Compound

JERUSALEM — The administration of plant-derived cannabidiol(CBD) extracts provide greater efficacy in the treatment of pain and inflammation than does the use of a purified CBD alternative, according to preclinical data published online ahead of print in the journal Pharmacology & Pharmacy.

Investigators at the Hebrew University, Institute for Drug Research assessed the anti-inflammatory and anti-nociceptive activities of plant-derived CBD extracts in animals.

Researchers reported that extracts derived from a CBD-dominant strain of…

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Idaho Senate Passes Limited Cannabis Oil Bill

Idaho Senate Passes Limited Cannabis Oil Bill

BOISE, ID — The Idaho Senate has approved a bill to allow the use of some oils extracted from cannabis plants to treat children with severe forms epilepsy.  The bill now moves to the House for consideration.

Senators voted 22-12 on Tuesday to approve Senate Bill 1146, which if enacted would decriminalize cannabidiol oil (CBD), a non-psychotropic extract of marijuana. Proponents of cannabidiol oil argue that it reduces the amount and length of seizures in children with intractable forms of epilepsy.

Originally, the bill didn’t legalize…

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FDA Issues Warnings to Makers of ‘Legal’ CBD Hemp Oil Products

FDA Issues Warnings to Makers of ‘Legal’ CBD Hemp Oil Products

Consumers should beware purchasing and using any such products, the FDA says

WASHINGTON, DC — The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has sent letters to several makers of cannabidiol (CBD) oils derived from hemp, telling them to stop making medical claims about their products’ ability to treat disease.

Many sellers of hemp-based cannabidiol products, who advertise their products as “legal in all 50 states” because they are derived from industrial hemp, have been making claims that their products are rich in cannabidiol (CBD) and can be used for “the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of diseases,” according to the FDA.

The FDA, which considers CBD an “unapproved new drug,” says these companies are mis-branding the products and issuing false claims to…

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