FEDERAL NEWS ROUNDUP

Top 5 marijuana moves by the feds

Plenty has been happening on the federal front in regulations and rulings related to marijuana.
1 House nixes letting vets discuss medical MJ with doctors
Doctors who participate in VA medical programs aren’t allowed to recommend medical marijuana to their veteran patients even if it’s legal under state law. In 2011, the Veterans Health Administration issued a directive banning VA providers from even filling out forms seeking recommendations or opinions about veterans using marijuana in medical marijuana states. A House bill that would have cut off funding to implement that directive in states where medical marijuana is legal—the same tactic…

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CANNABLOG

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal: Unlikely Cannabis Champion

By Glenn Demby  bio
It takes some degree of courage for a Governor to support medical marijuana legislation.
It takes principles and gumption for a Governor to actually get out ahead and lead the fight for medical marijuana legislation…

 

 

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TAXES

State Lawmakers Mull Medical Marijuana Tax

July, 2014: A Democratic state senator proposed a pair of medical marijuana tax bills. One would make…

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NEW LAWS

State Mulls New Regulations to Prevent Edible Overdoses

June 7, 2014: Fighting the PTSD listing has apparently not prevented the Arizona Health Department from finding the time to work on new regulations that would…

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COURT CASES

Court Okays Using Marijuana Extracts for Medical Treatment. . . .

Because he couldn’t swallow the applesauce and pudding concoctions containing crushed marijuana leaves, the parents of a…

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STATEWIDE RULES

California moves to overhaul state medical marijuana regulation

“Chaos” is the word most often used to describe California’s medical marijuana program which leaves local regulators free to form their own rules and exposes the state to federal intervention and enforcement. But now the first state to legalize medical marijuana is taking steps to clean up the mess. The California Assembly Appropriations Committee approved a bill that would…

 

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RESEARCH

State Moves Forward on CBD Oils Clinical Trials

Even before it adopted the new medical marijuana law, New York State announced that it was partnering with a UK company called…

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NEW LAWS

Minnesota’s New Medical Marijuana Law

On May 29, 2014, Minnesota became the 22nd state to legalize medical marijuana. Highlights of the…

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COURT CASES

Novel Lawsuit Claims Mandatory Drug Testing of Pain Patients Is Unconstitutional

In December 2013, the Medical Licensing Board of Indiana told physicians to make patients who take opioid pain medications agree to mandatory drug testing at least once a year. Physicians who failed to get patients to sign the “Treatment Agreement” risked losing their license. In January, the ACLU filed a class action lawsuit against the Board on behalf of pain patients.
What It Means: Mandatory drug testing of patients taking high doses of drugs containing opioids is fairly common for private medical practices and pain management clinics. What makes this case different…

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