Hashish Information – 08/01/2021
As we will be slowing down the production of our potcast on Youtube, we will instead provide written content about news and research related to marijuana. This is posted on our blog at NaturesWayMedicine.com most Fridays.
The House passed the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, but it was changed by rules that violate equality and justice for all. The new language requires people to get federal approval to start a cannabis business. The cost of this permit isn’t certain, but it can be tens of thousands of dollars if the federal government bases its requirements on state law.
The law also now prevents people with previous convictions for marijuana crimes from running or operating such a business. This goes against the purpose of the law, which is to counter the war on drugs and help people who are negatively affected by it.
Patients struggle to obtain cannabis in Pennsylvania, where marijuana is only medically legal and not allowed in recreational use. This creates a lot of problems for patients, especially during this economic struggle due to the coronavirus lockdowns (PA has strict lockdown requirements compared to other states).
The problem with this is that patients tend to buy cannabis from the black market. The high costs are likely due to a lack of supply. Because the PA’s medical marijuana program allows only a small number of licensees to manufacture cannabis products and the facilities need to grow indoors, the amount of cannabis produced is small. The small amount of cannabis products can be charged at very high prices as demand outweighs supply. If the program allowed more growers to operate, or if growers could produce larger quantities of cannabis, the products would decrease in price. This would lead to patients going to pharmacies instead of the black market. Currently, it is difficult for patients to justify buying an eighth of cannabis from a pharmacy for $ 65 instead of an eighth of cannabis for $ 30, which is illegal.
Clearly, a lot has to change in Pennsylvania, and this is an example of what happens when cannabis product production is limited and prices rise: patients take to the streets to buy their drugs.
Mississippi mayor Mary Butler files a lawsuit for dislike of the Medical Marijuana Act (Initiative 65) that was passed in Mississippi last fall. Their complaint is that this does not limit cities’ ability to regulate the locations of medical marijuana dispensaries and grow ops.
The Mississippi Attorney General argues against her lawsuit. The marijuana law states that the Mississippi Health Department has until mid-2021 to establish rules for a medical marijuana program. The health department supports Butler in their lawsuit. The department says the new Mississippi marijuana law makes it too thin by requiring it to address appropriations, farming, packaging, transportation, advertising, marketing and other practices it is unfamiliar with.
The big picture in Mississippi is that despite the citizens who voted for their marijuana bill by a wide margin on November 2nd, lawmakers there oppose it. They are trying to stop the democratic process and prevent patients from getting the medicine they deserve. Hopefully this lawsuit is going nowhere and the cannabis program will start without any delays. Something to be prepared for.
One of the legal problems encountered in states that legalize marijuana is that prisoners and those on parole or parole are not allowed to use cannabis by their probation officers and guards. Since they can have access to other drugs such as pain relievers or anxiety pills, there is no reason to ban cannabis use if they are medical marijuana patients. Unless they live in federal prison, inmates and probation officers should have equal access to any medicine that the state in which they live allows.
In a facility in Albuquerque, New Mexico, a man named Joe Montano was held for using cannabis as a medical marijuana patient while under house arrest. A judge knocked this down, saying that just because he was under house arrest does not mean he cannot use medicinal cannabis like other patients. District attorneys said he broke federal law but did not do so in court. The old excuse that marijuana is “nationwide illegal” doesn’t hold up when patients are in state facilities and following state laws. Nice job New Mexico!
Texas medical marijuana program is a false hope for patients right now. Their Compassionate Use Program only allows 0.5% THC in cannabis that is sold to patients. This is just a little more than the 0.3% federally allowed in hemp. Because of this, there are only 3,519 (disappointed) patients in Texas, and advocacy group NORML doesn’t even consider the Texas program to be a true medical marijuana program. It is more of a CBD program and is pointless as CBD is already legal and does not have the same medicinal value as THC.
Hopefully, Texas will expand its laws in the future to allow normal THC cannabis products and more diagnoses to be allowed for a medical marijuana card.
We published a few articles this week that are worth reading for new users of medicinal cannabis.
The first concerns the differences between recreational and medical marijuana.
The second concerns the differences between the terms cannabis, marijuana, and hemp.
These articles are the first in a series of cannabis articles as we seek to make natureswaymedicine.com a comprehensive source of information about cannabis. Stay tuned for more!