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Texas GOP Calls for More Medical Marijuana Reform

Texas GOP Calls for More Medical Marijuana Reform

Last weekend the Republican Party of Texas held its state convention in Dallas where GOP delegates met to confirm the party's position on major political issues. One of these issues was that of medical marijuana within the state, and while the GOP didn’t decide that Texas should implement an MMJ program á la California, it did make a statement.

Of all delegates, 78% voted to support the following new official stance of the Texas GOP: “We call up on the Texas Legislature to improve the 2015 Compassionate Use Act to allow doctors to determine the appropriate use of cannabis to prescribed patients.”

Health
Canadian Health Insurance Company Now Covers Medical Cannabis

Canadian Insurance Company Now Covers Medical Cannabis

Canadian Insurance company Sun Life will now cover its members’ medical cannabis costs as part of their insurance coverage, making it the first company in North America to do so.

Currently Canada has a for-profit, commercially structured medical cannabis program, thanks to the passing of 2013’s Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations. The nation’s medical cannabis program could most closely be likened to that of California, where prescriptions are written for anything from eating and sleeping disorders to cancer and epilepsy.

Business
Recreational Weed Sales Grew 232% in 2015

Recreational Weed Sales Grew 232% in 2015

Legal recreational weed sales grew 232% in 2015, making marijuana one of the nation’s fastest growing sectors, according to a report from the cannabis industry data and analysis firm New Frontier.

Coming in second was the electric vehicle industry, which grew by 222% last year, followed (by a large margin) by the solar panel installation industry, which grew 60%, and the Big Data sector, which grew 40%.

The cannabis industry as a whole (recreational and medical combined) still grew an impressive 31% in 2015.

Health
Ravens' Eugene Monroe Calls for Medical Marijuana in the NFL

Ravens' Eugene Monroe Calls for Medical Marijuana in the NFL

Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Eugene Monroe has had enough of the NFL’s antiquated stance on medical marijuana.

Over his seven-year career with the Jacksonville Jaguars, he’s suffered multiple concussions, sprains, and shoulder injuries, which cause him to be in constant pain. Currently, if marijuana — medical or not — shows up on an NFL player’s mandatory drug test, penalties include fines, suspensions, and even expulsion form the league. This policy makes it so the only option for athletes to treat their pain is the addictive opiate painkillers constantly prescribed by NFL doctors.

Politics
Louisiana House Passes Medical Marijuana Bill

Louisiana House Passes Medical Marijuana Bill

The Louisiana House of Representatives has passed a bill legalizing the use of medical marijuana for certain health issues. The bill, which passed by the surprisingly wide margin of 61-32, will now head to the Senate for debate and vote.

While this legislation would not include any smoking or growing of the marijuana plant for patients, it would allow sick patients access to CBD oil.

Katie Corkern, whose son Connor suffers from epilepsy (one of the conditions that would be allowed treatment), aided the charge for this legislation, and it was no easy fight.

Politics
Ohio House Passes Medical Marijuana Bill

Ohio House Passes Medical Marijuana Bill

The Ohio House of Representatives has passed a plan to implement a strict medical marijuana program after months of debate and years of majority dissention on the subject.

The proposal, which is now headed to the Senate, could be ready for Gov. John Kasich’s signature as soon as the end of the month. The Governor has previously said he would sign a medical marijuana proposal if it were “properly written.”

Chances are this extremely restrictive plan, which will prohibit patients from both growing their own medicine or smoking marijuana at all, will suit Gov. Kasich’s requirements.