February 15, 2015
Marijuana Legislation – More states will legal CBD and medical marijuana
This year, more than a dozen states are expected to consider proposed laws to legalize or expand access to medical marijuana.
Bills introduced in 10 states aim to permit some form of legal medical pot for the first time. In six states, law-makers are expected to consider measures that would expand the scope of existing medical marijuana laws.
“What we are seeing now is, governors who were once pretty hesitant about considering medical marijuana are now realizing that it isn’t the political liability they thought it was, even a year ago,” says John Hudak of the Brookings Institution. That's a nonpartisan think tank based in Washington, D.C.
In 23 states, the District of Columbia, and Guam, comprehensive medical marijuana programs are now legal. Last year, 11 other states passed limited versions of such laws. These measures allow parents of children with severe forms of epilepsy or other seizure disorders access to a form of marijuana that's low in THC (the ingredient that gives users a “high”) but high in cannabidiol (CBDs), a non mood-altering ingredient.
Over the past year, support has grown among congressional leaders, federal officials, and doctors’ groups to permit medical research on marijuana, driving continued action in the states.
In December 2014, Congress passed legislation that effectively ends the federal ban on medical marijuana in states where it is legal.
“The vote by Congress (in 2014) shows that medical marijuana has made significant strides in becoming an issue of national consideration,” says Malik Burnett. He's a policy manager for the Drug Policy Alliance, an advocacy group based in Washington, D.C. “There is a growing bipartisan consensus that states should be allowed to set their own policy on marijuana.”
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