Medical Marijuana Update

Florida is about to get smokable medical marijuana, Earl Blumenauer reintroduces his perennial veterans medical marijuana bill, a New Mexico medical marijuana expansion bill is moving, and more.

National

Earl Blumenauer Reintroduces Veterans Medical Marijuana Bill. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) is back once again with a bill that would allow doctors at the Veterans Administration to recommend medical marijuana to veterans. HB 1647 is similar to bills that Blumenauer has sponsored for the past several years but were blocked by intransigent House Republican leaders. This year, though, the Democrats control the House.

Arkansas

Arkansas Senate Committee Votes to Restrict Edible and Drinkable Medical Marijuana. The Senate Public Health Committee voted Wednesday to approve SB 440, which was originally written to ban the manufacture or sale of medical marijuana edibles or potables. But the bill as passed by the committee was amended to not ban such products, but to require legislative changes that will mandate a cumbersome regulatory process the industry doesn’t want.

Florida

Florida Senate Approves Bill Allowing Smokable Medical Marijuana. The Senate last Thursday overwhelmingly approved SB 182, which would repeal the legislature's ban on smokable medical marijuana. The effort is being pushed by Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), who has vowed to act if the legislature fails to. The measure now goes to the House, which must approve it by Friday or DeSantis will drop the state's appeal of a lower court ruling ending the ban.

Florida Bill to Allow Smokable Medical Marijuana Heads to Governor’s Desk. With a final vote in the House Wednesday, the legislature has approved SB 182, which repeals a prior legislative ban on smokable medical marijuana. Former Gov. Rick Scott (R) had supported the ban, appealing a lower court decision to end it, but current Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) had urged the legislature to end it, vowing to end the state’s appeal if lawmakers didn’t act by the end of this week.

Kentucky

Kentucky Medical Marijuana Bill Advances. The House Judiciary Committee voted last Wednesday to approve HB 136, which would legalize the use of medical marijuana in the state, but not in its smokable form.

Michigan

Michigan Adds Cerebral Palsy to List of Qualifying Conditions. The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs announced Monday that it had added cerebral palsy to the list of qualifying conditions to use medical marijuana. It rejected adding chronic aggressive behavior after panel members unanimously recommended denial.

New Mexico

New Mexico Medical Marijuana Access Expansion Bill Passes Senate. The Senate on Monday approved SB 406, which would allow for onsite consumption of medical marijuana at dispensaries, allow people living on Indian land to grow their own, and create civil protections for patients for schooling, child custody, and medical care. A similar bill was vetoed by Gov. Susana Martinez (R) last year, but she’s gone now.

[For extensive information about the medical marijuana debate, presented in a neutral format, visit MedicalMarijuana.ProCon.org.]

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Gov. Ron DeSantis gets no medal for being a white supremacist

Governor Ron DeSantis,  a Republican white supremacist, gets  NO POINTS for "monkeying around" with Florida's smokable medical marijuana ban. 

What do you want, a medal?  For not fucking up one time?

Hell no.

There is no reason to treat these goddamn Republicans politicians like fucking heroes whenever they manage to pull off a stunt that doesn't fully and completely SUCK ASS!!

The basic standards for civilization are higher than knuckle-dragging Ron DeSantis can reach.

Ron DeSantis is nothing but a disgusting Trump surrogate; the marijuana legalization community must reject the imaginary crumbs being tossed to us by duplicitous envoys of the GOP, which has no intention of ending the War On Drugs, now or ever.  

Trump and Ron DeSantis are white supremacists, as the entire GOP is now openly white supremacist -- it is their only consistent guiding principle.  But MAGA marijuana legalization is white supremacist marijuana legalization.  (Remember AG Jeff Sessions saying that the only problem he had with the KKK is that they smoke pot?)

Marijuana legalization for "whites only" is not marijuana legalization at all; rather, it is blatant fascism.

Ron DeSantis implied, in public, that blacks are monkeys.  But Ron DeSantis is the animal here.

 

And as far as I know, we don't give medals to animals.

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