The majority of the US Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday cast votes in favor of expanding medical cannabis access to United States veterans. The committee vote marks the first time that a majority of any body of the US Senate has ever decided in favor of increased cannabis access. Committee members voted 18 to 12 in favor of The Veterans Equal Access Amendment, sponsored by Republican Senator Steve Daines of Montana and Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon. It was added in committee to a must-pass military construction and veterans affairs spending bill (the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act). The bill is “certain” to pass on the Senate floor, according to a Drug Policy Alliance press release. Weeks ago, House members narrowly killed a similar amendment in the House version of the Appropriations Act by a floor vote of 210 to 213. Once the Senate version of the act is passed by the Senate floor, House and Senate leaders will need to reconcile the two versions.
KSAT San AntonioTexas medical marijuana bill heading to Gov. AbbottKSAT San AntonioAUSTIN, Texas – The Texas House gave final approval Tuesday to a limited medical marijuana bill that would give epilepsy patients access to trace amounts of cannabis oil. The next stop is Gov. Greg Abbott's desk, marking a milestone that marijuana …Texas Just Approved A Limited Medical Marijuana BillSan Antonio Current (blog)Gov. Wolf: Decriminalize marijuana – 'We break up families for reasons we …WPXI PittsburghMedical marijuana use in Pa. debated at governor's residencePittsburgh Post-GazetteWFAA -SFGate (blog)all 242 news articles »
The 2015 state legislative session has been the busiest on record. State lawmakers have debated nearly 100 different marijuana law reform bills this session and some 60 bills remain pending. NORML’s Take Action Center here provides you with the ability to track pending legislation in your state and to contact your elected officials and urge them to support marijuana law reform. So far this legislative session, some 65,000 letters have been sent by NORML members to their elected officials in support of pending legislation. These efforts are paying dividends.
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Cannabis Oil Now Legal For Tennesseans' Medicinal UseGreeneville SunJeremy Faison, R-11th, of Cosby, and heavily pushed by two Greene County couples who both have daughters severely afflicted by seizures. The law will now allow those who suffer from chronic epilepsy to be prescribed cannabis oil to aid their symptoms.and more »