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South Dakota Bill to Expand Medical Marijuana Program Signed Into Law by Governor

A bill that greatly expands the list of conditions that qualify an individual to become a medical marijuana patient in South Dakota has been signed into law by Governor Kristi Noem. Senate Bill 1 was passed by the state’s Senate in January by a vote of 20 to 15 and was approved by the House …

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Colorado House Passes Bill Allowing for Overdose Prevention Centers (aka Safe Injection Sites)

Colorado’s full House of Representatives has voted 43 to 21 to pass legislation that would allow localities to operate overdose prevention centers (aka safe injection sites). Colorado House Bill 1202 was filed by State Representative Judith Amabile along with a massive list of 38 cosponsors (all Democrat). The bill specifies that “a city may authorize …

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Legislation to Legalize Medical Marijuana Filed in Idaho

Idaho is one of just 12 states that have not legalized medical marijuana, but that would change under a new bill filed today in the state’s legislature. “In enacting this bill, it is the intent of the legislature to authorize the use of medical cannabis for persons diagnosed with a substantial health condition”, states House …

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New Mexico Committee Approves Legalizing Safe Injection Sites

A bill that would establish an overdose prevention program to allow for safe injection sites has been passed by its initial House committee. House Bill 263 has been passed by the House Judiciary Committee, moving it closer to a vote by the full House. According its official synopsis the bill would amend the Harm Reduction …

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Group of Rhode Island Lawmakers File Bill to Legalize Psilocybin

Legislation that would legalize the possession and personal cultivation of psilocybin has been filed in Rhode Island. Rhode Island Senate Bill 806 would amend the state’s law on controlled substances “to permit a person to possess less than 1 ounce of psilocybin and would allow psilocybin to be cultivated at a person’s residence for personal …

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Study: CBD Can Mitigate Opioid Cravings

Administering marijuana-derived CBD significantly reduces opioid cravings in animals, according to a new study published in the journal Addiction Neuroscience. For the study researchers from Washington State University and Legacy Research Institute in Portland examined the efficacy and safety profile of vaporized CBD in female rates. They found that rats provided with CBD were less likely to …

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Rhode Island Bill Would Allow Animals to Join Medical Marijuana Program

Legislation to add animals to Rhode Island’s medical marijuana program has been introduced in the state’s Senate. Legislation to expand the definition of “qualifying patient” to include “any animal having a debilitating medical condition as determined by a veterinarian for purposes of a recommendation for medical marijuana”, has been filed in the Rhode Island Senate. …

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Medical Marijuana Expansion Bill Becomes Law in Washington D.C.

In January Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser signed legislation to significantly expand the district’s medical marijuana program. After a required congressional review period, the proposal is now officially law. The legislation (Bill 24-0113) was first introduced by Council Chair Phil Mendelson on behalf of Mayor Bowser back in February, 2021. In December, 2022 it passed …

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Missouri Bill to Study Medical Use of MDMA, Psilocybin and Ketamine Passes Second House Committee

Two legislative committees in Missouri have voted “Yes” on a measure that would require a study on the efficacy of using alternative medicines and therapies including, but not limited to MDMA psilocybin, and ketamine. Missouri House Bill 1154 was passed on March 7 by the Veterans Committee in a unanimous vote (11 to 0), and …

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Michigan Bill Would Lower Age to Work at Marijuana Stores to 19

A legislative proposal that would lower the age to work or volunteer at a licensed marijuana retail outlet was filed today in the Michigan House of Representatives. “A person who is 19 years of age or older may manufacture, purchase, distribute, and sell marihuana accessories if the person is an agent acting on behalf of …

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