Oregon Expands Marijuana Product Access
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Oregon Expands Marijuana Product Access (Cannabis Radio News) – Oregon Governor Kate Brown has signed Senate Bill 1511, expanding access to marijuana products at state medical marijuana dispensaries to all adults 21 and older. Oregon passed marijuana legalization as Measure 91 in 2014. That law made possession and cultivation of cannabis by adults legal as of July 1, 2015. However, the law did not foresee the opening of legal marijuana shops until September of 2016. Last year, the legislature passed an early sales law that allowed all adults to shop at existing medical marijuana dispensaries starting October 1, 2015. But that law only allowed for the sales of 7 grams of marijuana flower to adults, leaving edibles, tinctures, salves, concentrates, and extracts restricted to medical marijuana patients only. This led many adults in Portland to cross the river into Vancouver, Washington, where adults can purchase those items in legal pot shops. Senate Bill 1511 now allows for the sales of all cannabis products to all adults, though the Oregon Health Authority still has to write the regulations for those sales. The bill also mandates that adult pot shops can sell products to medical marijuana patients free of taxation. Critics maintain that allowing adult shops to sell tax-free to patients and allowing dispensaries to sell all products to adults foreshadows an eventual merging of both medical and recreational marijuana programs.
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Like Snoop Dogg, Willie Nelson, and Roseanne Barr, Whoopi Goldberg is the latest pot-friendly celebrity to try her hand at cannabusiness. Goldberg is partnering with Maya Elisabeth, the owner of Om Edibles in Northern California, to create a line of products designed to help women alleviate menstrual cramps. Goldberg says she was rebuffed by men in the marijuana industry who said that her product was aimed at too much of a niche market. “Hey, this niche is half the population on the earth,” Goldberg tells Vanity Fair. “This seems to be people flippantly blowing you off, which is what you get whenever you start talking about cramps. They weren’t thinking how do you target this? I have grown granddaughters who have severe cramps, so I said this is what I want to work on.”
Maine’s Senate has passed LD 1628, a bill that would enshrine the same unscientific 5ng/mL “stoned driving” limit used in Washington State. The senators voted 19-14 to advance the bill to the Democratically-controlled Maine House. Maine has legalized medical marijuana and an initiative to legalize recreational marijuana is tied up in appeals concerning the validity of one signature gatherer who recorded 17,000 of the almost 100,000 signatures to put the measure on the ballot. Maine, like every state in the US, already has a law against operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs. Law enforcement wants the 5ng per se DUID limit to make it easier to convict marijuana-using drivers found to be impaired, but scientists explain that a 5ng reading on a blood test tells the court nothing about whether a driver is actually impaired. Tragically, many of the state’s medical marijuana patients would have baseline levels above that legal limit even if they abstain from ingesting cannabis for 24 hours.
West Michigan Women Grow will be holding a public panel discussion in Grand Rapids next Monday that will discuss the use of medical marijuana for autistic children. The panel includes attorney Michael Komorn, president of Michigan Medical Marijuana Association, Christian Bogner, M.D., who has a child affected by autism, along with other parents of autistic children. Tickets are $25 in advance or $35 the week of the event. To buy tickets or for more information, go to Women Grow West Michigan Chapter event page. Michigan’s regulatory department has refused a petition to add autism as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana treatment. No other medical marijuana state specifically recognizes autism as a qualifying condition, but Pennsylvania’s legislature this month has passed the first such law that would recognize autism and California’s broad law allows for such use.
A Florida police officer is off the job after a neighborhood tip led investigators to find marijuana and paraphernalia in the officer’s squad car. Officer Jeffrey Hall aroused suspicions of neighbors, one of whom told WKMG-TV, “He was here pretty much every other day in uniform, marked car. He had his gun. Didn’t really think too much about it, thought he was a probation officer for the guy who lived there.” The State Attorney’s Office will determine how to handle at least 33 cases Officer Hall was involved with.