Illinois Judge Orders State to Add PTSD for Medical Marijuana

Illinois Judge Orders State to Add PTSD for Medical Marijuana

Military veteran Daniel Paul Jabs won his lawsuit against the state of Illinois to include post-traumatic stress disorder as a qualifying medical marijuana condition.

On Tuesday, an Illinois judge ruled in favor of Jabs and demanded that the state accept the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board’s recommendation to include PTSD to the state’s list of qualifying medical marijuana conditions. Illinois now has 30 days to amend its qualifying conditions with PTSD and must comply with Cook County Circuit Court Judge Neil Cohen’s stern order.

The ruling will forcibly expedite the state’s delayed inclusion of PTSD patients in its medical cannabis program by either making Governor Rauner sign the state’s stalled expansion bill or forcing the state’s medical board to add PTSD to its list. Either action would have the same outcome: PTSD patients (see: Veterans) in Illinois will finally have safe access to medical cannabis.

Moreover, the ruling’s ramifications may go way beyond just PTSD and could severely bolster Illinois’ lagging medical cannabis program. In May, Illinois’s Medical recommended expanding the state’s program to include PTSD and a variety of other conditions to the state’s list of qualifying medical conditions.

Those conditions include chronic pain and osteoarthritis; those are just two of the seven pending, similar lawsuits against Illinois to expand its medical marijuana program. The exact same judge, Neil Cohen, will preside over those similar cases.

Illinois’ stalled medical marijuana program fought the law–and the law clearly won.

Bernie Canter

Ohio Officially Becomes America’s 25th Medical Marijuana State

Ohio Officially Becomes America’s 25th Medical Marijuana State

Governor John Kasich signed Ohio’s medical cannabis bill into law yesterday making the midwest state America’s 25th official medical marijuana state.

An outspoken critic of medical marijuana, Kasich waited two weeks to sign the bill which was approved by both the state’s House and Senate in late May. The governor likely approved this bill since it’s a restrictive one that prevents Ohio’s medical cannabis patients from inhaling marijuana smoke.

As is the case in similar restricted medical marijuana states like New York and Minnesota, the law permits patients to vaporize and ingest edibles, tinctures, and cannabis pills. Qualifying patients are prohibited from growing cannabis in their homes.

In response, a more liberal bill spearheaded by the Marijuana Policy Project that hoped to make November’s ballot recently ended its own campaign. While this decision will prevent Ohio’s patients without chronic health issues from accessing medical marijuana, at least some patients in the state will see safe access.

The program expects to begin serving patients in two years after the licensing and regulatory process has been completed.

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Billionaire Who Hates Marijuana Endorses Donald Trump

Billionaire Who Hates Marijuana Endorses Donald Trump

US gaming tycoon Sheldon Adelson gestures during a press conference at the Marina Bay Sands complex in Singapore on June 23, 2010.  Asians' love of gambling is so strong that the equivalent of five Las Vegases in the region will not be enough to satisfy demand, US gaming tycoon Sheldon Adelson said.    AFP PHOTO/ROSLAN RAHMAN (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Sheldon Adelson is one of America’s wealthiest people. Adelson owns the Las Vegas Sands Corporation and his casino interests place him as the 18th richest man in the world, worth around $28 billion.

The 82-year-old Adelson also vehemently opposes cannabis legalization and single-handedly defeated Florida’s medical marijuana bill two years ago. With legal marijuana very much on the nation’s (and Nevada’s) agenda this fall, Adelson just gave Donal Trump his firm endorsement.

That endorsement could mean very little, or, as Attn points out, could be Adelson’s way of impacting Trump’s stance on marijuana. While Trump has, in the past, stated his cautious support for medical marijuana and state-by-state legislation, Trump’s true feelings on the cannabis industry remain somewhat unknown.

The man that sits behind Trump at his speeches, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, is arguably the only person who despises the marijuana revolution more than Sheldon Adelson. Adelson’s endorsement of Trump may not mean much in the way of marijuana, but if he is donating funds to Trump’s campaign (a likelihood), Adelson will surely occupy real estate in Trump’s ear.

That means marijuana’s two most dangerous and powerful opponents would literally be right behind Donald Trump during his presidential campaign. Along with his effort in Florida, Adelson has also forced the Las Vegas newspaper he owns to retract its pro-cannabis stance.

Given that over 80% of Americans support medical marijuana in the United State, Donald Trump will likely say all the right things leading up to November’s vote and continue to seem like he’s for medical marijuana. But no one truly knows whether or not that voiced stance is reality or a mirage.

Bernie Canter

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Hillary Clinton Reinforces That She Would Reschedule Marijuana

Hillary Clinton Reinforces That She Would Reschedule Marijuana

Presumed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton appeared on late night show Jimmy Kimmel Live last night where she was grilled by the host about her stance on cannabis legalization.

Kimmel casually asked Clinton why her approach on legalization isn’t quite as liberal as Bernie Sanders’ approach. Here was Clinton’s response in which she tells Kimmel that if made president she would let states continue to regulate themselves and would reschedule marijuana:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-cOmrBWydA

Bernie Canter

Watch a Congressman Hit a Vaporizer During a Congressional Hearing

Watch a Congressman Hit a Vaporizer During a Congressional Hearing

Vaporizers have been wreaking havoc on the aviation industry, so Congress held a hearing yesterday to debate “an amendment to the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill” that would ban vaporizers and e-cigarettes on commercial flights.

While cannabis wasn’t the clearcut topic of for this debate, the ban would put a universal ban on any vaporizer, no matter if it’s filled with tobacco juice or hash or grass. The ban was verbally and vaporly opposed by California Representative Duncan Hunter, who revealed a sleek vaporizer, took a drag, and blew smoke in the face of his Congressional constituents:

https://vine.co/v/inbm9L3VBnt

“So, this is called a vaporizer”

As you can see, Ms. Candice Miller did not take kindly to this plume of smoke and tried to extinguish the cloud. But Hunter’s point was already made as the smoke quickly evaporated.

It’s unlikely that Hunter, a former cigarette smoker who quit thanks to this vaporizer, will get his way. But he does make a pretty decent point and one that’s worth exploring, because vaporizers on a plane are a dual-edged sword.

People drink on planes, and people pop pills on planes. While neither of those vices present any carcinogens or smoke in the air, both are far more mind-altering than a little tobacco juice or vaporized cannabis. One could also argue that certain approved vaporizers in a vapor section, like old-school smoking sections, would be a fun compromise.

But vaporizers certainly infringe upon the will of people who do not want vapor clouds or the smell in their personal spaces. Moreover, vaporizers in the last couple of years have been exploding intermittently, even putting some people in the hospital with severe burns and injuries.

Needless to say, the world doesn’t need vaporizers exploding in the sky.  The world has enough explosions going on without vaporizers. It should probably stay that way.

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