The week ending Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, was a busy one for marijuana reform. Oklahoma walked again some draconian medical marijuana coverage, however will it stick? Yet one other research finds that legalized marijuana doesn’t improve youth’s hashish use. And a congressman lastly throws a bone to federal staff who use medical marijuana.
Here’s a better take a look at the headlines for the week.
Governor’s Reprieve is Not a Sign that Oklahoma’s Medical Marijuana is OK
Republican Gov. Mary Fallin signed a revised set of emergency guidelines for Oklahoma’s medical marijuana program. Under the brand new emergency guidelines signed on Monday, Aug. 6, 2018, a number of of the controversial guidelines authorised by the Oklahoma State Department Of Health (OSDH) in late July 2018 have been eradicated.
Fallin referred to as the brand new guidelines “very basic” in a press launch. Fallin additionally said that the laws have been “the best option in developing a popular regulatory framework.” The new emergency guidelines successfully revokes a number of the restrictive guidelines that Fallin initially backed in early July 2018, together with:
- A ban on smokable marijuana
- A mandate requiring all dispensaries to have a pharmacist onsite
- A THC-limit on state-sanctioned marijuana
- Women “of childbearing years” be subjected to a being pregnant check as a prerequisite for a medical marijuana license
Good information, proper? Unfortunately, not a lot.
The following Wednesday, Aug. eight, 2018, Interim Health Commissioner Tom Bates informed a bipartisan group of lawmakers that a particular legislative session is required to repair the state’s revised medical marijuana guidelines earlier than the common legislative session in February 2019.
This is hardly democracy. Oklahoma’s voters forged their poll for State Question 788 in an effort to have ease of entry to medical marijuana.
And Oklahomans are uninterested in prohibition — 56.86 % of the state’s voters forged their ballots in help of being allowed to legally eat smokable marijuana, possess as much as three ounces, or 85 grams, of hashish, domesticate six mature crops and six seedlings, and keep not more than eight ounces, or 226.eight g, of dried marijuana of their houses. But the voters are once more being outflanked by political forces inside the OSDH underneath the guise of understanding what’s greatest for the general public. While the state’s new emergency laws have pacified the voters for now, likelihood is that may change dramatically after the November 2018 election.
Study Finds Proximity of Dispensaries Inconsequential to Teen Use
Medical marijuana is authorized in 29 states and the District of Columbia, and gee, fewer youngsters general are utilizing marijuana, in accordance with a report in Marijuana Moment. But whereas prohibitionists have regularly insisted that leisure and medical marijuana attain school-age youngsters, a brand new research exhibits in any other case.
A workforce of researchers from the University of California, San Diego Department of Family Medicine and Public Health analyzed the info of 46,000 college students from 117 randomly chosen faculties in California and concluded: “There was no evidence supporting the association of medical marijuana availability, price, or product variety around schools with adolescents’ marijuana use and susceptibility to use.”
Prohibitionists will assert in any other case, however because the Washington Post’s Wonkblog reviews, research have persistently discovered that teen marijuana use decreases in legalized states.
At this level, prohibitions have to discover a new argument for holding marijuana use unlawful. Each time prohibitions cry that regulated grownup entry encourages teen marijuana use, they’re pushing propaganda.
Florida Congress Member Wants Protection for Federal Employees Who Use Medical Marijuana
Florida Democratic US Rep. Charlie Crist appears to know that drug testing insurance policies for federal staff are antiquated and an actual drawback for authorities staff who medicate with hashish. Crist launched laws on July 26, 2018 to make sure federal staff’ and veterans’ employment alternatives are protected.
“Medical marijuana is a matter of compassion, and within the veterans’ group, entry is much more essential as extra and extra veterans are turning to hashish to deal with persistent ache and PTSD,” Crist wrote in a press launch. “Our bipartisan bill would protect federal employment for those in compliance with their state’s cannabis laws. Because our veterans shouldn’t have to choose between treatment options or job opportunities.”
Co-sponsored by Georgia Republican US Rep. Drew Ferguson, the Fairness in Federal Drug Testing Under State Laws Act, was launched as a way of defending all federal staff, of which “one third” are veterans.
“We appreciate your bipartisan leadership on this issue because it is so essential. Self-care and gainful employment are critical components of lifelong success for not just veterans but all Americans,” wrote Veterans Cannabis Coalition co-founders Eric Goepel and Bill Ferguson in a letter of help.
Allowing for accountable hashish use by adults is a commonsense difficulty. Marijuana is much less dangerous than alcohol or opioid-based treatment. Today’s medical marijuana sufferers must be permitted the identical liberty and alternatives as those that drink off-hours, or take prescription treatment to take care of a façade of normalcy and decorum.