Ohio Supreme Court Justice: Legalize Marijuana, Free Nonviolent Marijuana Offenders from Prison

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Ohio Supreme Court Justice: Legalize Marijuana, Free Nonviolent Marijuana Offenders from Prison

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Jim O’Neil says the state should legalize marijuana,

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Jim O’Neil.

O’Neil, who is the sole Democrat holding statewide office in Ohio, also says that the state should release those in prison who were placed there based on nonviolent marijuana-related offenses.

“The time has come for new thinking,” O’Neill said in a recent speech. “We regulate and tax alcohol and tobacco and imprison people for smoking grass.”

O’Neil says that doing this would generate roughly $350 million in new revenue for the state, which could be used to create a statewide mental health network, and to combat drug addition.

Earlier this year O’Neil announced that he may step down and run for governor in 2018. He plans to make the decision by the end of the year.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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Published at Sun, 21 May 2017 02:53:42 +0000

The Best Marijuana Beauty Products

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The Best Marijuana Beauty Products

By Amber Faust, WikiLeaf.com

Time to consider a new definition for “wake and bake.” Wake up to marijuana beauty products designed to help you look and feel your very best.

Marijuana Beauty ProductsWith it’s anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, and moisturizing properties, it’s no wonder people are jumping on the canna beauty product bandwagon! Here are a few of the best products making a splash right now.

These fresh, sensual scents have been designed to give both men and women a luxury fragrance that speaks to the most primal instincts of both sexes.

While the Cannabis Santal boasts a more musky, earthy fragrance, the Cannabis Rose is more floral

Both are lovely cannabis infused scents that will leave you wanting more.

This natural, firm-hold hair pomade features cannabis sativa seeds for moisture and overall hair health. It’s designed for all hair types and can even be used to control frizz, create messy, lived in looks, or even build stylish sleek looks. It has a crisp, clean scent that makes it suitable for everyone.

So, seriously, I can’t offer a better description of this product than it’s ingenious makers have already devised:

Cannabis beauty products “When it comes to protecting your man mane, zero bullshit is allowed.That’s why we created a hemp seed beard balm that is natural and manly. Hand Forged by a bearded mountain man, this balm contains damn fine ingredients for a superior feel. No longer will your beard feel like you’re wearing a sheep on your face. Now it can feel like the magnificent mane it deserves to be. After all, it is well known that a natural and well kept beard makes the ladies come a’callin in droves. It’s science. So balm up that beard, give life a high five and carpe diem!”

If you are looking for a great facial moisturizer that takes advantage of the numerous benefits of cannabis for your skin while maintaining a balance delicate enough for sensitive skin, this is the product for you! It’s winning combination of aloe and cannabis make it perfect for fighting both wrinkles and acne at the same time!

Who knew yummy and weed would marry to create lush, moisturized, enviable skin? Not to mention, a soak with this papaya, pineapple scented soap will help relieve insomnia, stress, pain, and arthritis! The downside? This product is only available to ship in Canada as of right now.

Spent a long day on your feet? Give them new life with this luxurious foot cream made from patented German Extraction Method CBD and rich coconut oil. Simply massage the cream into your foot to increase circulation and relieve pain while providing deep moisture at the same time!

Not only are these product sulfate free, they boast a full spectrum hemp oil that provides luxurious, manageable hair. The CBD helps to seal hair ends and repair damage, resulting in one hell of a mane!

No beauty regimen is complete without a great moisturizer! Apothecanna presents the best cannabis moisturizers have to offer in everyday formula that isn’t overbearing but still luxurious. The amazing part is that this body cream does so much more than moisturize! Just take a look at these key ingredients:

Mandarin – antiseptic, antispasmodic
Cedar – anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent
Geranium – antibacterial, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory and also antimicrobial
Calendula – analgesic, antibacterial, antiseptic, vulnerary
Sweet Orange – anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic and also mood lifting
Cannabis – antibacterial, anti-inflammatory

cannabis beauty I don’t know about you, but I adore the clean, crisp scent of citrus and mint and this rich body oil takes it to the next level! Rich with hemp seedoil, this oil is a delight for the senses as much as the skin. The smell is intoxicating and the level of nourishment this oil brings to your skin is both refreshing and energizing.

Here we go again with this crisp, clean citrus scent. I can’t get enough of it and if your legs, face, whatever are craving a comfortable, close shave with an invigorating scent, this is the shave soap for you! This trusted soap maker derives its Castile soap from hemp oil, olive oil, and coconut oil to create a moisturizing, rich soap that won’t leave your skin dry and stripped.

Bright, glowing skin start with a great exfoliant. When you combine a gentle exfoliant with the healing and restorative properties of cannabis, you have a winning combination for great skin! This entire line is expertly designed to leverage the healing power of cannabis for luminous, enviable skin.

So, this entire line of beauty products is completely amazeballs but this one, in particular, is a must try!

It combines cinnamon, caffeine,and also cannabis- the three C’s of cellulite crushing!

The smell itself is intoxicating, but this product will have you rethinking your resignation to living with cellulite! Tightening and reviving, this product is the way to go!

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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Published at Fri, 19 May 2017 22:22:43 +0000

Canada tests lower age for pot legalization

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Canada tests lower age for pot legalization

The Columbian / Associated Press

TORONTO — The most controversial thing about Canada’s move to legalize marijuana nationwide may be setting the minimum age for use at 18 — three years lower than in U.S. states that have embraced legalization — a move that is being closely watched across the continent.

Advocates for the measure, expected to pass Parliament next year, say putting the limit at 21 would encourage a black market and drive youths into the hands of criminals.

“Taking this business away from them I think is an obligation,” said former Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair, parliamentary secretary to Canada’s justice minister and the man in charge of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s plan to legalize.

The task force that drafted the measure reported that experts said “that setting the minimum age too high risked preserving the illicit market, particularly since the highest rates of use are in the 18 to 24 age range.”

But health experts are worried that the provision will encourage use of a substance that can have long-term consequences on still-maturing brains.

“Our recommendation is still to postpone as old as possible, ideally after 25,” said Dr. Granger Avery, president of Canadian Medical Association, which proposed setting the age at 21 only after it became clear that the government wanted it at 18.

Legalization will inevitably lead more young people to smoke marijuana in the mistaken belief that it isn’t harmful, said Christina Grant, a professor of pediatrics at McMaster University in Ontario. “One in seven youths who have used cannabis will develop an addiction to cannabis and that impacts your life, schooling, job prospects, social and emotional relationships,” she said.

The legislation introduced last month would make Canada the second country to have nationwide legalization, after Uruguay, which also set the minimum age at 18. While eight U.S. states and Washington D.C. have legalized marijuana, users there must be at least 21.

Colorado State Rep. Jonathan Singer, whose state became the first to legalize recreational marijuana in 2012, said it too should lower the age to 18 in order to stamp out the lingering black market.

“If you are old enough to go to war then you should be old enough to be trusted to use a recreational substance,” Singer said.

U.S. teens have long crossed the border into the province of Quebec, where the drinking age is 18, and some say a lower recreational marijuana age allowance in Canada could mean an influx of pot tourism among young Americans.

Canadian youth already have higher rates of cannabis use than their peers worldwide, with 21 percent of those aged 15-19 reporting they consumed cannabis and 30 percent of those aged 20-24, according to government figures.

The Canadian legislation would give each of the 10 provinces power to set the minimum age, with at least Quebec, Alberta and Manitoba likely to choose the younger option of 18 to match the drinking age. The drinking age is 19 in the other provinces. Anyone caught selling or providing pot to someone under the age of 18 could face up to 14 years in prison.

Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott has said “no product is without risk” and noted tobacco and alcohol are legal although both pose serious health risks.

“Just because a product is legal it does not mean it is advisable or recommended to use that product,” Philpott said.

David Hammond, a professor in the School of Public Health and Health Systems at University of Waterloo, said the government will have to do more to educate young people on the health risks. Anyone arguing for pot age restrictions until 25 should be doing the same for alcohol and tobacco, he said.

“It will be hard to argue that legalizing won’t normalize it to some extent,” he said. “You are loosening the restrictions.”

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Published at Thu, 18 May 2017 19:35:01 +0000

Hemp Legalization Bill Signed Into Law by South Carolina Governor

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Hemp Legalization Bill Signed Into Law by South Carolina Governor

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster has signed into law legislation that establishes an industrial hemp program.

House Bill 3559 was signed into law last week by Governor McMaster after receiving overwhelming support in the state’s legislature; it was passed by the House of Representatives unanimously with a vote of 105 to 0, and was approved by the Senate with just 1 “No” vote.

The new law creates an industrial hemp program, and clarifies definitions “to distinguish industrial hemp from marijuana”. The bill “allows land grant universities or research universities in the state to conduct research, contingent upon funding”, and states that; “Universities may conduct pilot programs to cultivate hemp as an agricultural commodity, and work with growers in South Carolina”.

Once engaged in research, “universities must work in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture to identify applications, applicants, and new market opportunities for industrial hemp growers.”

The bill also “provides guidelines for growers and states that industrial hemp products intended for human consumption (i.e., ingested or topically applied) must be tested by an independent testing laboratory.”

Click here for the full text of House Bill 3559.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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Published at Thu, 18 May 2017 16:06:56 +0000

Owners treat ailing animals with cannabis

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Owners treat ailing animals with cannabis

The Columbian / Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — Michael Fasman’s 12-year-old dog, Hudson, limps from pain caused by arthritis and an amputated toe, but Fasman doesn’t want to give her painkillers because “they just knock her out.”

So the San Francisco resident has turned to an alternative medicine that many humans use to treat their own pain and illness: marijuana.

On a recent morning, Fasman squeezed several drops of a cannabis extract onto a plate of yogurt, which the Portuguese water dog lapped up in seconds. It’s become part of Hudson’s daily routine.

“We think it’s really lifted her spirits and made her a happier dog,” Fasman said. “It’s not that she’s changed. She’s just back to her good old self.”

As more states legalize marijuana for humans, more pet owners are giving their furry companions cannabis-based extracts, ointments and edibles marketed to treat everything from arthritis and anxiety to seizures and cancer.

Most of these pet products, which aren’t regulated, contain cannabidiol or CBD, a chemical compound found in cannabis that doesn’t get pets or humans high. They contain little or no tetrahydrocannabinol or THC.

But veterinarians say there isn’t enough scientific data to show cannabis is safe and effective for treating animals. Although medical marijuana is legal in 28 states, it remains illegal under federal law, so there has been relatively little research into benefits for humans or animals.

Veterinarians in California and other states are legally barred from prescribing or recommending cannabis. They risk losing their licenses if they do.

“Our hands really are tied,” said Ken Pawlowski, president of the California Veterinary Medical Association. “Definitely we’re getting more questions from clients asking about it for their pets, but unfortunately we don’t have any answers for them.”

Karl Jandrey, a veterinarian who teaches at the University of California, Davis, said he tells his clients they “use them at their own risk with the potential to spend money for no improvement, or a risk of adverse side effects.”

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Published at Fri, 12 May 2017 13:00:40 +0000

Florida Moves Towards Sensible Medical Marijuana Program

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Florida Moves Towards Sensible Medical Marijuana Program

Posted by Jason Draizin on 05/12/2017 in Medical Marijuana

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There has been some potentially encouraging movement toward a somewhat legitimate medical marijuana program in the state of Florida. But, as is the case nearly everywhere else in the country, narrow-minded legislators are threatening to scuttle the entire process.

A Tale of Two Versions: The Senate

The Florida Senate received SB 406, sponsored by a Republican. Senator Rob Bradley’s bill promotes a logical way for Florida to finally make medical weed available to a large number of people who are suffering from a variety of very serious illnesses. Voters in the state approved expansion of the medical marijuana in November 2016, but they were still waiting to see the benefits nearly seven months later. The reason is because some legislators were trying to figure out how to best regulate the program, while others were working to undermine the will of the people.

The Senate’s version finally reached the floor on April 25 after being passed by the Senate Appropriations Committee. However, a final vote had not been held as of this writing.

Bradley’s bill is seen as far less restrictive than another medical pot bill being considered by the House. Bradley’s version, for example, would call for the following:

  • Expanding the number of marijuana dispensaries allowed in the state as the number of medical pot users hit certain benchmarks. The number of dispensaries would expand by five when the program has 250,000 patients, another five when the program hits 350,000 patients, then five more at 400,000 patients. Once the number hits 500,000 patients, the number would again expand by five for every 100,000 additional program participants. The law currently allows only seven dispensaries.
  • SB 406 would eliminate the 90-day waiting period for new medical marijuana patients. Participants in the program could increase their supply of cannabis from 45 days to 90 or larger if they receive approval from their doctor.
  • The proposed bill would also create a medical marijuana research program at one of Florida’s leading research facilities.
  • Visitors to Florida would be able to receive medical weed as long as they are authorized to do so in their home states.

A Tale of Two Versions: The House

While Bradley’s version offers a common-sense approach to regulating an expanded medical marijuana program, the House version is drastically different. This more restrictive proposal has the backing of anti-drug groups as well as several staunch conservatives in the House. That says all you need to know about how it would affect patients who deserve the benefits of therapeutic cannabis.

For starters, the House version would keep the 90-day waiting period intact. It would also outlaw other forms of using medical weed, such as edibles or vaping. The House bill would also prohibit pregnant women from using weed — even if their doctors suggest it.

There is at least a chance that the House version could eventually allow vaping and edibles, if negotiations allow. What’s clear is that smoking weed — through either a joint, a bong or through any other means — would not be allowed no matter what the final piece of legislation looks like.

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One of the more troubling aspects of the House version is that, as of this writing, there was no provision for expanding the number of dispensaries, as would be allowed by the Senate version. If this is not rectified, patients who need medical cannabis will more than likely eventually face extremely long wait times in order to obtain their medicine. In addition, if competition is not encouraged, cannabis will very likely be too expensive for many patients. According to U.S. News and World Report, a woman who was addressing a House committee said that medical cannabis costs $3,000 a month in Florida, compared to only $500 in Colorado.

Behind Closed Doors

It was very unclear how legislators would eventually work to come up with a modified bill that could pass both the House and the Senate. According to The Bradenton Herald, the final plan will be hashed out behind closed doors, without giving the public the ability to comment on whatever compromise is reached. There were only three public hearings regarding the legislation, and comments, the newspaper reported, were usually limited.

What It Means for Florida Medical Marijuana Patients

Again, the Senate version, while not perfect by any means, is clearly the far superior version when it comes to serving the interests of seriously ill people who need the therapeutic benefits of medicinal cannabis. Critics of expanding the medical weed program in Florida seem to be focused more on closing the door to potential abuse than opening the program to help those who need it most.

They are also opposed to adding chronic pain to the list of approved conditions. Current legislation would only allow people suffering from the following conditions to be able to access medical pot:

No matter what the ultimate bill finally looks like, it’s apparent that it will not meet the wishes of those who voted for an expanded medical weed program in November 2016. For example, voters wanted to expand access to those whose doctors determined they could benefit from medical marijuana — this would bring access to far more people than those who suffer from the relatively limited list of illnesses above.

Legislators would also change the will of the voters in regard to how doctors could recommend marijuana for their patients. Instead of allowing doctors to make recommendations at their discretion for conditions such as anxiety or debilitating pain, the Florida Board of Medicine would make that decision for an individual patient, not that person’s own doctor.

While there appears to be no “perfect” answer in terms of the different versions of the medical cannabis bill, the Senate version comes closer to establishing a common-sense marijuana program than that proposed by the House. MarijuanaDoctors.com will continue to keep you updated regarding this critically important development regarding the rights of medical marijuana patients in Florida.

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Published at Fri, 12 May 2017 04:00:00 +0000

New Jersey Officials Vote to Expand Medical Cannabis Program

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New Jersey Officials Vote to Expand Medical Cannabis Program

A New Jersey panel today approved expanding the state’s medical cannabis program by including several new qualifying conditions.

The Medicinal Marijuana Review Panel voted to approve to use of medical cannabis for those with anxiety, irritable bowel syndrome, Tourette syndrome and chronic pain related to muscular skeletal disorders. This would allow those with these conditions to legally purchase, possess and use medical cannabis products, given they receive a recommendation from a physician and register with the state.

Unfortunately the panel voted against recommending medical cannabis for those with asthma and chronic fatigue.

The New Jersey Health Department will now post the panel’s recommendations on their website for 60 days; during this time a public hearing will take place, after which point the panel will submit a final recommendation to Health Commissioner Cathleen Bennett; Bennett has the final say on whether or not the conditions are officially added to the program.

Currently the qualifying medical cannabis conditions in the state include multiple sclerosis, Lou Gehrig’s disease, terminal cancer, muscular dystrophy, inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn’s disease, and any terminal illness.

More information on New Jerseys medical cannabis program – which is widely considered one of the most restrictive in the nation – can be found on the Department of Health’s website by clicking here.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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Published at Fri, 12 May 2017 01:13:05 +0000

New Hampshire Senate Passes Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana

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New Hampshire Senate Passes Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana

New Hampshire’s Senate has just passed a marijuana decriminalization bill which has already passed the House of Representatives.

House Bill 640 was approved today by the Senate, roughly three months after it was passed by the House of Representatives with an overhwleming 318 to 36 vote. Given the proposal was amended in the Senate, it will need to receive one more vote in the House before being sent to Governor Chris Sununu for consideration.

House Bill 640 is sponsored by Representative Renny Cushing with a bipartisan coalition of sponsors. The measure would decriminalize the possession of up to three-quarters of an ounce of marijuana, reducing the charge from an arrestable misdemeanor to a simple civil infraction punishable by a fine of $100 for a first or second offense, or $300 for a third offense within three years of the initial offense. A fourth offense within three years would be a class B misdemeanor, but with no possibility of an arrest or jail time.

According to polling released last year by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center, 72% of New Hampshire adults support decriminalizing or legalizing marijuana.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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Published at Thu, 11 May 2017 19:20:53 +0000

Vermont Marijuana Legalization Bill Approved by Legislature, Sent to Governor

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Vermont Marijuana Legalization Bill Approved by Legislature, Sent to Governor

Vermont’s full legislature has passed a bill to legalize marijuana, making them the first in U.S. history to do so.

Vermont Marijuana LegalizationSenate Bill 22, which has now been approved by both the House of Representatives and Senate, would legalize the possession and use of up to an ounce of cannabis for those 21 and older. It would also allow them to legally cultivate up to two mature, and four immature cannabis plants at a private residence. Although the measure doesn’t legalize cannabis retail outlets, it does establish a study commission to consider the regulation and taxation of marijuana for adult use.

Although there are eight states in the U.S. where cannabis is legal, passage of Senate Bill 22 marks the first time ever that a state’s legislature has approved a bill to legalize marijuana; all prior legalization laws were approved through voter-initiatives. The legislation will now be sent to the desk of Governor Phil Scott for consideration; Scott has the option of signing it into law, allowing it to become law without his signature, or vetoing it.

According to a Public Policy Polling surveyreleased in March, a majority of Vermont voters support the legislature’s move to legalize marijuana; 55% are in support of legalizing marijuana possession for those 21 and older, with 54% in support of regulating and taxing the plant similar to alcohol.

If Senate Bill 22 is signed into law by Governor Scott, or allowed to become law without his signature, Vermont would join Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Massachusetts, Maine and Nevada as states with legal marijuana.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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Published at Wed, 10 May 2017 18:33:06 +0000