A different kind of medical marijuana bill has been filed in Texas. Senator Kevin Eltife (R-Tyler) filed SB 339 and Representative Stephanie Klick (R-Fort Worth) filed HB 892, both relating to the medical use of low-THC cannabis.
Alan Caruthers, of Waco, says he was 18 years old the first and last time he tried marijuana. It didn’t do much for him. Until this year, he saw no reason to try it again, and he dismissed arguments for decriminalizing it as pothead talk.
**This article is posted in remembrance of Alan, who recently lost his battle with cancer. Read his obituary here.
It took a four-year struggle with myelofibrosis to change his mind. His leukemialike bone marrow disease gives him constant bone pain. The chemotherapy gives him nausea that makes him vomit daily. The Vicodin, Ativan and other drugs he’s taking to relieve those symptoms are losing their effectiveness, and he’s afraid of getting addicted to them.
The U.S. government has announced a ban on the seizing of assets by local and state police through the use of federal law.
Attorney General Eric Holder issued the order, saying “with this new policy, effective immediately, the Justice Department is taking an important step to prohibit federal agency adoptions of state and local seizures, except for public safety reasons.”
Mothers Advocating Medical Marijuana for Autism (MAMMA) will be a guest of PACT, the Patient Alliance for Cannabis Therapeutics, on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at their inaugural “PACT Patient Lobby Day” at the Texas state capitol.
As the 2015 Oregon legislative session begins, the issue of implementing regulations for the marijuana industry looms large. Lobbying groups have formed representing the interests of growers, retailers, medical marijuana patients, industrial hemp farmers, and the cities and counties, but until now no group has stepped up to represent the interests of the adult marijuana consumers.
The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) has worked for over forty years to represent the interests of responsible adults who enjoy marijuana. The Washington DC-based non-profit has given the go-ahead for the formation of a Portland, Oregon-based chapter, known as Portland NORML, to lead lobbying efforts to represent the interests of cannabis consumers. Continue reading Marijuana consumer advocacy group green-lighted for Portland→
In a major milestone for the entire legal cannabis industry, Privateer Holdings today announced that Founders Fund, one of the world’s top venture capital firms with more than $2 billion in assets under management, has made a multi-million dollar investment in Privateer Holdings’ Series B round.
Paul Armentano took the time to tackle some anecdotal claims made by Susan Shapiro who described her previous use of marijuana as “an extreme addiction.”
Touching first on the subject of addictiveness, he states “most people who experiment with pot do not become dependent upon it. In truth, most users who try marijuana voluntarily cease their use as they grow older, enter the workplace or start a family.”
Over 200 events in 2014 set the stage for activists to head into 2015 with momentum to change Texas’ marijuana laws. It was a year of many firsts, and will be remembered as a turning point for those involved.
After voting in July of last year to officially oppose marijuana legalization, the Texas Sheriff’s Association has now come out against pending legislation for both medical marijuana and penalty reductions for small amounts.