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Congress passes farm bill to legalize hemp

The U.S. Congress on Wednesday gave final approval to a provision of the Farm Bill that removes hemp from the list of federally controlled substances, according to an Associated Press report. The Farm Bill, which was introduced by Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell earlier in 2018, allows hemp farmers to buy crop insurance, apply […]

Lawmakers introduce bill to allow medical marijuana for military veterans

Military veterans would be legally allowed to use medical marijuana under newly filed legislation. Sens. Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) on Wednesday introduced the Veterans Medical Marijuana Safe Harbor Act that would give Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) physicians the power to issue medical marijuana recommendations in accordance with state laws, reports Forbes’ […]

Illinois governor approves marijuana as an opioid alternative

(Photo via Drug Policy Alliance) Illinois lawmakers have expanded medical marijuana access to patients seeking a non-lethal alternative to prescription painkillers. The state’s Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill on Tuesday making cannabis an official replacement to opioids and easing the application process to qualify, reports the Chicago Tribune. “We’ve got to do everything we […]

California lawmakers approve bill to dismiss old marijuana convictions

(Photo via Flickr jessepoole w/ CC license) Californians with prior marijuana-related criminal convictions could see their history erased, thanks to a newly approved bill. The state’s Senate passed Assembly Bill 1793 on Wednesday, requiring California’s Department of Justice to review all records of pot convictions eligible for “recall or dismissal of sentence, dismissal and sealing, […]