Medical Cannabidiol Act Brings Change & Optimism To Iowa

This is a mock-up of the card the Iowa Department of Transportation will issue to those who can obtain cannabidiol in the state (Photo: Iowa Department of Transportation)

This is a mock-up of the card the Iowa Department of Transportation will issue to those who can obtain cannabidiol in the state (Photo: Iowa Department of Transportation)

The Iowa Legislature passed, and Gov. Terry Branstad signed, a bill permitting individuals with intractable epilepsy and their caregivers legal use and possession of cannabidiol.

On Monday, Iowans suffering from chronic epilepsy were able to apply for a medical cannabidiol registration card. These cards provide documentation that patients and primary caregivers have met the requirements of the Medical Cannabidiol Act and are authorized to legally possess medically necessary cannabidiol.

The Iowa Department of Public Health worked with the Iowa Department of Transportation to put together a process to approve and generate cannabidiol registration cards and developed an application form now available on the Iowa Department of Public Health’s website.

The law allows only for the oil’s usage and does not permit the product to be produced in Iowa, which advocates told The Gazette-Lee Des Moines Bureau in November can cause a problem because similar programs in other states do not recognize out-of-state patients.


A Call To Action For Marijuana Reform In January

Lawmakers in Virginia are joining the growing movement to address the state’s outdated marijuana laws. Sen. Adam Ebbin, an Alexandria Democrat, has introduced a bill that would eliminate jail time for possession of marijuana and make it punishable by a maximum $100 civil penalty. At an emotional committee hearing Thursday, four mothers of epileptic children Read more about A Call To Action For Marijuana Reform In January[…]

Hurry Up And Wait: CBD Legislation In 2015

Gov. Rick Scott signed the bill

Gov. Rick Scott signed Senate Bill 1030, which approves the CBD medication, nicknamed Charlotte’s Web, and SB 1700, which protects the identities of the patients who use it.

Last year, Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill that legalizes the use of a noneuphoric, high CBD strain of marijuana to treat conditions such as epilepsy, Lou Gehrig’s disease, and cancer. He signed Senate Bill 1030, which approves the high CBD medication, nicknamed Charlotte’s Web, and SB 1700, which protects the identities of the patients who use it. This was seen as a huge victory and step forward for the state of Florida. However, there has yet to be a single patient helped by the legislation so far.

This has been yet another example of a state where they have allowed the use of CBD, but have created no means by which patients can legally acquire it.

In Georgia, Gov. Nathan Deal and Rep. Allen Peake were hit with the frustration of citizens last week concerning House Bill 1, the medical marijuana bill. Deal, instead of allowing marijuana production in the state, has decided to form a commission that would be charged with figuring out the best way to manufacture and distribute medicinal marijuana.

That kicks the can of production down the road for a year. […]

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner

New Year Ushers Is More Waiting For Parents Eager To Obtain Cannabidiol

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, a Republican who said he opposes medical marijuana, being sworn in has Illinois families thinking hard about their next move.

2014 was a landmark year for the acceptance of cannabidiol and medical marijuana across the US. In Kentucky, legislature unanimously passed a law last spring ushering in cannabidiol oil with legislators cheering on with excited families. This same scene has been replicated in city after city as families with their ailing children optimistically embraced each other and the elected officials that carried their cause.

When the celebrations finally end, however, a troubling trend has emerged and parents are getting anxious and frustrated with the outcome of this newly passed legislation. In Kentucky, it’s been nearly a year, and not a drop of the oil has been produced in the state. There are currently no manufacturers for the oil in the state, and it’s illegal to transport it across state lines.

Sen. Perry Clark, a Louisville Democrat and long-time advocate for the oil, said he’s been contacted by numerous constituents who can’t find the treatment they need, and whose children are still suffering while they wait.

“I’ve had several of them come to me and say ‘Where is it? Where is it?’” said Clark. “People are leaving to go to where this efficacious medicine is available to them.”


Hemp Industry To Join Medical Marijuana Push In Pa.

An example of a health drink that includes hemp seeds. (File photo)

An example of a health drink that includes hemp seeds. (File photo)

The hemp industry was once thriving in Pennsylvania and is looking to make a comeback as it once again gains ground throughout the US.

With last year’s federal farm bill reauthorizing hemp farming in the states under certain conditions, Sen. Judith Schwank and Sen. Mike Folmer—who also back a medical marijuana bill—plan to introduce a bill that would fully legalize hemp farming in Pennsylvania.

Schwank and Folmer will introduce Senate Bill 50 which, if adopted into law, would create the “Industrial Hemp Act.”

“The 2014 federal Farm Bill authorizes pilot programs for industrial hemp, and SB 50 provides oversight for growing, harvesting and marketing a traditional commonwealth crop while providing new opportunities for Pennsylvania farmers,” Schwank said.

In recent decades, hemp has made a comeback; due in part by imports from Canada. This has led to a boom in the use of hemp in everything from cooking oils and protein supplements to building supplies and the growing popularity of CBD oil.

Some states have also lifted restrictions because of how much more money struggling farmers can charge for the crop. On Saturday, it will be the subject of a conference at the Pennsylvania Farm Show, at which Folmer and Schwank will discuss their plan for its return.

Adam Thompson is one of the entrepreneurs anticipating its revival. […]

Start Of CBD Clinical Trials Offer Global Impact And Renewed Hope

Valerie and Preston Weaver with Preston's doctor Dr. Yong Park (Georgia Regents University)

Valerie and Preston Weaver with Preston’s doctor Dr. Yong Park (Georgia Regents University)

As initial misplaced fears and apprehension of cannabidiol subside, clinical trials have been launching not only throughout the US but also in countries throughout the world. In Georgia, 7 year old Preston Weaver was chosen as one of the first children in the US to undergo trials of the drug Epidiolex, whose main component is cannabidiol.

Preston suffers from a more severe form of epilepsy known as Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, which has rendered him nearly paralyzed. Preston is unable to walk, talk, or see, and has up to 100 seizures a day, most of which take place in the brain and are not physically apparent to observers.

Although Epidiolex has yet to be approved by the FDA, it is hoped that if clinical trials involving Preston and up to 50 other children show promise, there may be hope for others with debilitating conditions.

Throughout Georgia, local lawmakers support the concept of medical marijuana and the start of clinical trials at Georgia Regents University — tests that potentially could lead to the passage of a bill that would legalize medicinal cannabis in the state.

“In substance, I’m very supportive of these goals,” said state Rep. Eddie Lumsden, R-Armuchee. “In principle I’m supportive.”