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Medical Cannabis Research Act of 2018

With the new legislation by two dozen different federal lawmakers, and as well as Matt Gaetz and House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, they have finally passed The Medical Cannabis Research Act of 2018. This law will assist in facilitating any clinical trials that are approved. These clinical trials will of course involved cannabis. With this law, there is no need for a manufacturer to secure a license. This also means that manufacturers can easily conduct clinical trials, not only for their benefits, but as well as for the public.

Another good thing about this law is that University of Mississippi, which is the sole marijuana provider, will have competitors. Especially that there are people who are complaining about the quality of their marijuana. To give you a clearer view, this article by Pail Armentano will tell you more about it:

Currently, the US National Institute on Drug Abuse designates the University of Mississippi to be the sole provider of marijuana for FDA-approved research. However, many of those familiar with their product have criticized its quality, opining that it possesses subpar potency, is often poorly manicured, and that it does not accurately reflect the wide variety of cannabis products and strains available to consumers.

Previous efforts to break this monopoly have so far been unsuccessful. In 2007, DEA Administrative Law Judge Mary Ellen Bittner determined that expanding the pool of federally licensed providers would be “in the public interest.” The agency ultimately rejected her decision. More recently, in 2016, the DEA changed its position and amended regulations in a manner to permit additional applicants to apply to federal licensure to grow marijuana. However, the Justice Department and the US Attorney General have thus far failed to take action on any pending applications. Continue reading here..

Hopefully, this will be a start of the wide medical marijuana use all over the world.

States Where Cannabis Is Legal

People have been waiting for cannabis to be legal for many decades now, and with the many laws that have been passed for the past years, cannabis is one of them. In fact, many states in the US is legalizing cannabis because of the many benefits that it has. Countries all over the world have been regulating the use of cannabis for medical use, which means that they are also legalizing them.

Cannabis is not only for recreational use, but as well as for medicinal use. There are also some instances where cannabis is also used for beauty products and the like. With the many uses of cannabis, it is no longer a wonder why different countries are legalizing it.

But you may be wondering as to what states in the US is cannabis legal right? Let’s all find out by reading this article from www.silive.com:

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Should New Jersey legalize recreational marijuana use, it would become the 10th state to do so.

Recreational marijuana use is currently legal in Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. A law legalizing it in Vermont will go into effect July 1. It also is legal in Washington, D.C.

Here are the medical and recreational marijuana laws — as well as the legal limits — for all 50 states and Washington, D.C. Continue reading here..

Let’s just hope that all countries will be able to follow the steps of US by legalizing the use of cannabis especially for medical use.

Catalonia Passes A Law For The Recreational Use Of Cannabis

The Parliament has today approved legislation resulting from a Popular Legislative Initiative (ILP) that regulates associations of cannabis users, as well as the cultivation and transportation of marijuana by these clubs, following a debate in the chamber on its constitutional set.

All the groups of the Catalan Chamber have voted in favor, except the PPC, which has opposed, and the non-attached deputy German Gordo (expect), who has abstained, for which the Consumer Associations Law has been approved. Of Cannabis.

A pioneering law in Europe

This law sets the general rules for the constitution, organization, and operation of these associations and their clubs, which up to now were covered by municipal regulations. The text states that club members must be adults who will have to register in a registration book to account for the quantities of cannabis purchased and the corresponding dates.

The new law also provides measures for hygienic and sanitary control of the activities of the associations and the prevention of risks. Precisely, the Constitutional Court suspended in 2015 the regional law regulating in Navarra the consumption and supply of these clubs after the appeal of unconstitutionality presented by the Government to consider that it invaded state powers on criminal legislation, public safety, and health.

Competing doubts

The criminal lawyer and promoter of the ILP Oriole Casals have ensured that the law passed today could also be appealed, although he has warned that it would be a “historical error,” since “the law is a pioneer in Europe” and “fits-its trial – within the Constitution and the Statute. “

During the parliamentary debate, the deputy Jauntspeel Yes (Jessie) Alba Verges has said she feels “proud” of the development of a law that considers “complete” and that “nothing is left”, has claimed that Catalonia has powers for this and has urged the PP not to bring the law before the TC.