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Ohio Ballot Board Approves Initiative to Legalize Cannabis

Ballot Board has given approval to an initiative to legalize cannabis, giving advocates the go-ahead to begin collecting signatures towards putting the proposal on the 2015 general election ballot. The initiative was approved last week by the state’s Secretary of State.

The initiative, put forth by ResponsibleOhio, would legalize the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis for those 21 and older, and would establish a system of state-licensed cannabis retail outlets. These outlets would be supplied by ten cannabis production centers located throughout the state.

The group has until July 1st to collect 305,591 signatures from registered Ohio voters to put the proposal to a vote this November.

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Georgia MMJ bill progresses, now with 8 health conditions

After more than four hours of haggling and sometimes rancorous debate, Georgia’s powerful Senate Health and Human Services Committee on Thursday passed its own version of a House bill that seeks to allow medical marijuana to be used for eight medical conditions, deleting only one diagnosis in a measure pushed by state Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon.

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Georgia: Medical Cannabis Bill Approved by Senate Committee

to allow those with a variety of medical conditions to possess and use cannabis extracts to treat their ailment has been approved by Georgia’s Senate Health and Human Services Committee. The measure has already been approved by the full House of Representatives, and a more restrictive bill passed the Senate with a 54 to 1 vote earlier this month.

House Bill 1, titled the Haleigh’s Hope Act, would legalize the possession and use of up to 20 ounces of cannabis extracts (such as tinctures and oils) for those with certain medical conditions – such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease and epilepsy – who receive a recommendation from a physician, and subsequently register with the Department of Public Health. The cannabis extracts must contain no more than 5% THC.

According to Representative Peake, it’s estimated that over half a million people in Georgia could benefit from this law.

House Bill 1 now heads to the Senate, where its passage would send it to Governor Nathan Deal for consideration.

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Missouri Bill to Legalize Hemp Approved by House Commerce Committee

to legalize the production and cultivation of industrial hemp in Missouri has been approved with a 6 to 1 vote by the state’s House Commerce Committee. The bill was approved last week with a 10 to 1 vote by the House Economic Development and Business Attraction and Retention Committee.

House Bill 830 would reclassify cannabis as a legal agricultural product in the state by removing it as a controlled substance. It would establish a system of licensing and regulations for those wishing to cultivate the crop, which would be defined as having no more than 0.3% THC.

If approved into law, the proposal would take effect on August 28th. The state would not need federal approval to begin implementation of the proposal.

According to congressional research released last year, the United States imports roughly half a billion dollars in hemp from other countries (primarily Canada and China) while retaining the illegality of its cultivation amongst its own farmers. The same research estimates the hemp market to consist of over 25,000 various products.

House Bill 830 now advances to the floor of the full House.

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