US Senate to say No to Legal Marijuana

US Senate to say No to Legal Marijuana

US Senate to say No to Legal Marijuana

  • US Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R;KY) just says No
  • A House committee advances a VA medical marijuana bill
  • Pennsylvania’s Governor and Attorney General are not ok with a Philadelphia safe injection site

US Marijuana Policy

Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is ‘down’ with Hemp, not with MaryJane

Mitch McConnell Confirms GOP Still the Party of “No” on Legal Marijuana, he said he is not interested in legalizing marijuana, even though his Democratic counterpart, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has endorsed it.

“I do not have any plans to endorse legalization of marijuana,” Senator McConnell said.

Senator McConnell is pushing for the legalization of hemp, though: “These are 2 entirely separate plants,” he said. “I hope everybody understands that. It is a different plant. It has an illicit cousin which I choose not to embrace.”

Medical Marijuana

House Committee Advances Veterans Affairs Medical Marijuana Research Bill. The House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Tuesday unanimously approved a measure that aims to increase VA research on medical marijuana. The bill would specify that the agency has the ability to research the herb for conditions including PTSD. The measure is part of a package of bills lawmakers hope to pass this month.

Missouri Senate Gives Initial Approval to Medical Marijuana Bill. The Senate Tuesday gave initial approval to House Bill 1554, which would allow people suffering from specified serious illnesses to use non-smokeable medical marijuana. The bill has already passed the House and now goes to the Senate Committee on Health and Pensions for a second reading. If it survives that, it then goes to the full Senate for a floor vote.

Utah “Right To Try” CBD Medical Marijuana Law Now in Effect. A limited medical marijuana law is now in effect. Under House Bill 195, which passed in March, terminally ill patients will be able to access CBD cannabis oil under a provision that expands the state’s 2015 Right to Try Act. Also now in effect is House Bill 197, which establishes a medical marijuana cultivation program in the state. Both of these laws could soon be irrelevant, though: A much broader medical marijuana initiative will be on the ballot in November.

By Phillip Smith

Paul Ebeling, Editor

Permission to Reprint: This article is licensed under a modified Creative Commons Attribution license.

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