Senate Gives High Sign To Limited Medical Marijuana

TEXAS:  Epilepsy patients in Texas would have access to medicinal oils containing a therapeutic component found in marijuana under legislation the state Senate passed Thursday.

Senators voted 26-5 to pass Senate Bill 339, by Sen. Kevin Eltife, R-Tyler, which would legalize oils containing cannabidiol (CBD), a component found in marijuana known to treat epilepsy and other chronic medical conditions. If the measure passes the House, by 2018, the state would be able to regulate and distribute the oils to patients whose symptoms have not responded to federally approved medication.

“While the bill is not the full-scale medical marijuana bill that many advocate for, we recognize that change takes time and this is certainly a step in the right direction,” Phillip Martin, deputy director of the liberal group Progress Texas, said in a statement. “These bills are an important step and we are eager to see them set promptly on the calendars so they can be considered by the full Texas Legislature.”

Colorado AG: Home Hash Oil Production Is Illegal

COLORADO:  Colorado’s top law enforcement official says manufacturing high-potency marijuana oil is not legal under the state’s first-in-the-nation recreational marijuana law.

State Attorney General John Suthers wrote in a court brief Tuesday that the law prohibits the dangerous production of hash oil, which has caused a number of fiery explosions and injuries this year as pot users try to make it at home. Some prosecutors have been charging individual hash-oil creators with felonies, while others have not pursued criminal charges at all.

Suthers filed a brief in response to a western Colorado man’s contention that Mesa County prosecutors improperly charged him with a crime for manufacturing hash oil. An attorney for Eugene Christenson argued in a court filing that the substance is legal under Amendment 64, which legalized marijuana.

Pennsylvania Senate OKs Medical Marijuana Bill

PENNSYLVANIA:  After an emotionally charged debate, Pennsylvania state senators passed legislation to legalize several forms of medical marijuana.

But the bill approved Wednesday, 43-7, faces opposition from House Republican leaders and Gov. Tom Corbett.

The chamber’s debate had been propelled by parents who believe a marijuana oil extract can help their seizure-wracked children.

Under the proposal, state residents would need an access card from the Health Department after proving they have a practitioner-patient relationship and written confirmation of a qualifying medical condition.