14 July 2016

Rhode Island:  Raimondo signs law allowing marijuana for treatment of PTSD

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Amid continuing controversy over the full legalization of marijuana, Governor Raimondo has signed a law allowing the use of medical marijuana to treat symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The signing of the bills championed by Sen. Stephen Archambault, D-Smithfield, and Rep. Scott Slater, D-Providence, marked a victory for veterans groups who lobbied hard this year, and last, for the inclusion of PTSD as one of the “debilitating medical conditions” eligible for medical-marijuana use.

Poll: Strong majority of Wisconsinites want legal marijuana

A majority of Wisconsinites want marijuana to be legal and regulated like alcohol, a new poll shows.

Results were released Wednesday for the Marquette Law School Poll, a leading measure of public opinion in the Badger State.

The poll asked registered voters: “When it comes to marijuana, some people think that the drug should be fully legalized and regulated like alcohol. Do you agree or disagree with that view?”

Fifty-nine percent of respondents said they agreed, while 39 percent disagreed.



Legal Review: Feds Fight Marijuana Laws Despite D.C. Home Rule

In the epic tug-of-war between federal and state comity, there is a third party: D.C.

While the District is the seat of the federal government, it is not a federal entity. However, it is also not a state and having to answer to federal oversight — like a child sibling watched by a big brother – can lead to conflict between federal and city-state powers.

The latest controversy between federal government and city surrounds Washington’s 2015 ballot initiative on marijuana legalization. The initiative passed with a resounding 64 percent majority, but the city faces backlash from the federal government over the autonomous law.

The problem facing the District dates back as far as the U.S. Constitution itself. In 1788, James Madison, writing for Federalist No. 43, argued against an autonomous capital city. Madison wrote of the “indispensable necessity of complete authority” over the District, and ever since the city’s charter has always been an ambiguous mix of city-state and federal authorities.


Louisiana’s New Medical Cannabis Program Moving Forward

Louisiana’s new medical marijuana program is moving ahead after two public universities opted to grow MMJ as the state’s only cultivators.

One university has even talked with law enforcement about about how to avoid breaking the law because of a legal loophole, a sign Louisiana’s MMJ program is on its way to becoming viable.

Louisiana is the first state in the South to pursue a comprehensive medical marijuana program. This also marks the first time a pair of state institutions – Louisiana State University (LSU) and Southern University – are poised to supply all the MMJ for a state’s dispensaries, which in Louisiana’s case is a maximum of 10.

Louisiana’s New Medical Cannabis Program Moving Forward

California to Regulate Water Use Among Cannabis Growers

Up to 50,000 marijuana growers in California could be required to obtain state permits to use irrigation water under a new law which spells out operating details of the state’s Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act.

The state law, SB37, calls for an unprecedented water conservation effort, KQED reported, and one that hasn’t been tried in other states with legal marijuana industries.

It’s aimed at protecting the environment and other water users given the rapid growth of the state’s cannabis industry. Cultivators – led by the California Growers Association – support the move.

California to Regulate Water Use Among Cannabis Growers