Right now, NORML is tracking twelve different states that are considering cannabis legalization legislation, plus nine pondering decriminalization and another nineteen writing or rewriting state medical marijuana programs. While the vast majority of those bills will never see the light of day, some pro-cannabis legislation is making its way through committees and some will see soon governors’ desks.
After years of work, Indiana’s John Kasich has a cannabis oil bill awaiting his signature right now. The House approved the bill 98-0. The law will allow patients with epilepsy to use low TH cannabis oil if recommended by a doctor. While the bill is extremely restrictive, it should still provide relief to thousands of sick Hoosiers. This is the farthest any Indiana pro-cannabis bill has ever gotten.
Kansas’s Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee approved the lengthy Senate Bill 155, which establishes a state medical program complete with home cultivation rights. Among the qualifying conditions are “Cancer, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, agitation of Alzheimer’s disease, and nail patella.” Supporters say the state’s lack of medical marijuana protections cause sick Kansans to move away to find treatment. While the bill has the support of the ACLU, predictably law enforcement lobbyists contend approving the program would simply create, “false front of head shops.”
“They are playing games with our kids’ lives. The Senate is trying to create a solution to a problem that does not exist.”— Sebastien Cotte, father of a young Georgia cannabis oil patient
In Georgia, the old adage one step forward and two step back has rarely seemed more poignant. After much stalling over THC levels and filing bills with conflicting interests, a Georgia House panel approved a much-needed expansion of the state medical program to include “AIDS or HIV, Alzheimer’s disease, autism, autoimmune disease, the painful skin disease epidermolysis bullosa, peripheral neuropathy, Tourette’s syndrome or are in a hospice program.” Just mere hours afterwards however, it was announced that same panel also cut provisions to include PTSD.
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Indiana House passes bill allowing marijuana derived medicine by Associated Press
Lack of medical marijuana causing Kansans to leave state by Bryan Ramsdale, KAKE.com
PTSD cut from Georgia medical marijuana debate by Beau Cabell, Macon Telegraph