Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-California) has long since been an advocate of legalization, both medically and recreationally, and he just made history as being the first Republican representative to openly admit to medical marijuana use.
While addressing NORML, the 69-year-old congressman said the pain from his arthritis made his favorite pastime of surfing an actual past-time; the discomfort even made it difficult for him to sleep. That is, until Rohrabacher tried medical marijuana salve.
Officials in the city of Aurora, Colorado say they will be directing some of the tax revenue from recreational marijuana toward programs designed to help the homeless.
In all about $1.5 million in revenues will be used for homeless programs, including some money to local groups to buy vans for homeless outreach as well as $200,000 to a nonprofit organization that assists homeless people living in hotels.
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.”
Funding for pro pot-prohibition groups has seen a dramatic increase since the beginning of 2016. The anti-legalization movement has already raised a whopping $60,000 this year, before even finishing the second quarter of 2016. This is quite a feat considering the previous year only garnered $13,000 in donations.
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.
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.