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Legislation to legalize the possession and cultivation of recreational cannabis has been filed in the Illinois Senate, and a measure to decriminalize cannabis possession has been filed in the state’s House.
House Bill 218, filed by Representative Kelly Cassidy, would make the possession of up to 30 grams of cannabis a $100 ticket with no possibility of arrest or imprisonment. The proposal would also change the penalty for possession of over 30 grams, but under 500, making it a misdemeanor rather than a felony.
Senate Bill 753, filed by Senator Michael Noland, would legalize the possession of up to 30 grams of cannabis, as well as the personal cultivation of up to five cannabis for plants. Senator Noland’s proposal doesn’t authorize cannabis retail outlets.
Both proposals would apply only to those 21 and older.
House Bill 218 has been assigned to the House Restorative Justice Committee, and Senate Bill 753 is currently in the Senate Assignments Committee.
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By Marijuana Policy Project
Measure co-sponsored by five Republicans and three Democrats would help veterans suffering from severe injuries, PTSD, and other chronic conditions
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A bill introduced in the House of Representatives Tuesday would allow physicians employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to recommend marijuana as a medical treatment to veterans suffering from serious injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other chronic conditions.
Current VA policy prohibits doctors from completing documentation patients must receive in order to obtain medical marijuana under state laws.
The Veterans Equal Access Act, introduced by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), is co-sponsored by three Democrats and five Republicans: Sam Farr (D-CA), Jared Polis (D-CO), Dina Titus (D-NV), Justin Amash (R-MI), Richard Hanna (R-NY), Walter Jones (R-NC), Tom Reed (R-NY), and Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA).
Approximately 20% of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are diagnosed with depression, anxiety, or PTSD, a notoriously difficult condition to treat. A study published this month in the Annals of Epidemiology found that the suicide rate among those veterans is 50% higher than the national average.
A study published last year in the American Journal of Public Health found that in states that passed medical marijuana laws there was a subsequent statistically significant reduction in suicide rates.
“The men and women who served in Iraq and Afghanistan have made tremendous sacrifices for our country,” said Dan Riffle, director of federal policies for the Marijuana Policy Project in a statement Tuesday. “They deserve every option available to treat their wounds, both visible and hidden. If VA doctors are confident that medical marijuana would improve their patients’ quality of life, they should be able to recommend it to them in states where it’s legal.
“Republicans are really stepping up on this issue, as evidenced by the list of co-sponsors. Medical marijuana is becoming a bipartisan issue on Capitol Hill, which makes sense given the level of public support behind it. This isn’t about being liberal or conservative — it’s about being sensible and compassionate.”
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Oregon’s Department of Agriculture has approved rules and regulations for the industrial hemp industry, and officially began accepting applications this week from those wanting to grow hemp. The cultivation of industrial hemp was legalized through last year’s passage of Measure 91.
Officials at the Department of Agriculture hope that with the rules being approved now, farmers will be in a position to begin planting seeds in the spring. Those wanting to do so will need to pay a $1,500 licensing fee, and will need to maintain a THC level of 0.3% or lower for all of their crops.
In addition to legalizing hemp, Measure 91 legalized the possession, private cultivation and state-licensed distribution of cannabis for recreational use. Starting July 1st, everyone 21 and older in Oregon will be legally allowed to possess up to eight ounces of cannabis, and cultivate up to six plants. Cannabis retail outlets are expected to open next year.
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