As the U.S. witnesses a cascade of new laws that lift the prohibition of cannabis for medical and recreational purposes, more people have made an exodus from their prescription drugs to the counters of their local dispensaries. This trend is only expected to gain momentum as medical cannabis users testify to the glowing results of their substituting marijuana for traditional pharmaceuticals, according to data released in a new report published by the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs.
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A new bill introduced in the Senate would legalize marijuana, and it’s not just the text of the bill that’s a nod to marijuana culture. The bill, introduced by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), is labeled with a conspicuous number: S.420.
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The new bill would give the Drug Enforcement Administration 60 days to remove the drug from its list of controlled substances, while also barring the sale of marijuana in states where it’s still illegal. S.420 would also require merchants to add an excise tax to marijuana, an indirect tax that’s added to the price of the product, similar to how tobacco and alcohol are taxed.
The bill would also require businesses to register for special permits to start selling weed. Cannabis products would also face labeling and advertising requirements similar to those required for alcohol.
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The first piece of cannabis reform legislation introduced in the 116th Congress is H.R.127– Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act of 2019. Sponsored by Cannabis Caucus Chair Rep. Don Young (R-AK) and Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN), this year marks the third time that the CARERS Act has been filed since its first introduction in 2015. The bill includes several provisions: it protects cannabis patients and businesses in compliance with their state laws from federal prosecution; excludes cannabidiol (CBD) from the federal definition of ‘marijuana’; compels the Attorney General and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to license additional medical cannabis cultivators and researchers; and authorizes doctors in the Department of Veterans Affairs to recommend medical cannabis to veteran patients in-line with respective state law.
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For the past eight years, the Scottsdale Research Institute (SRI) in Arizona has fought to fulfill their FDA-approved mission to determine what role, if any, cannabis can potentially play in the lives of U.S. military veterans suffering from PTSD.
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One of Congress’ most powerful and vocal marijuana prohibitionists, Republican Pete Sessions of Texas, failed in his re-election bid for Congress’ 32nd District. Sessions was defeated by Democratic challenger Colin Allred.
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As voters countrywide head to the polls on Tuesday for the heated midterm elections, a handful of states will also be deciding whether to pass marijuana legislation that would legalize the drug for medicinal or recreational use.
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