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Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt (Photo courtesy Stitt’s workplace)

Okla. guv indicators health-related marijuana measure 

OKLAHOMA CITY — Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt has signed legislation, HB 2612, clarifying regulations and patient protections precise to the health-related use of cannabis. A majority of voters final June approved a statewide initiative authorizing the plant’s use, cultivation, and dispensing.

The new legislation codifies the regulatory bureau, the Oklahoma Health-related Marijuana Authority, inside the State Division of Wellness, establishes a registry for certified sufferers and their caregivers, and establishes a revolving fund to address oversight matters.

It strengthens patient protections by explicitly stipulating that registered cannabis customers may possibly not be denied public help, access to firearms, or employment solely primarily based upon their patient status. It additional states, “No employer may possibly refuse to employ, discipline, discharge or otherwise penalize an applicant or employee solely on the basis of a optimistic test for marijuana elements or metabolites.”

The bill seeks to facilitate requirements for banks who want to companion with health-related cannabis companies, and prohibits regional governments from enacting “guidelines which restrict or interfere with the rights of a licensed patient or caregiver to possess, buy, cultivate or transport health-related marijuana.”

Members of the Home voted 93 to five in favor of the legislation. Senate members voted in favor of the bill by a margin of 43 to five. The new law requires impact 90 days following the adjournment of the 2019 legislative session.

An estimated 55,000 Oklahomans are registered with the state to access health-related cannabis.

Cannabis use linked to decreased BMI

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The use of cannabis more than time is inversely connected to obesity, according to data published in the International Journal of Epidemiology.

A group of Michigan State University researchers assessed the connection in between cannabis use and physique mass index (BMI) more than time in a nationally representative sample of 33,000 subjects.

Investigators reported that cannabis-making use of subgroups exhibited “appreciably attenuated BMI gain” more than the trial period as compared to non-customers and quitters, “with the biggest attenuation noticed in the ‘persistent use’ group.”

They concluded: “This new potential study builds from anecdotes, pre-clinical research and cross-sectional proof on inverse associations linking cannabis use and obesity and shows an inverse cannabis–BMI boost association. Confirmatory research with rigorous cannabis and BMI assays will be required.”

A number of prior population-primarily based research, such as these right here, here, and right here, have similarly reported an inverse connection in between cannabis use and obesity.

Fla. repeals health-related cannabis smoking ban

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis final week signed legislation, Senate Bill 182, repealing the state’s blanket ban on the inhalation of herbal types of health-related cannabis. Upon taking workplace, DeSantis demanded lawmakers rescind the ban, which he stated was contrary to the provisions of the 2016 voter-initiated health-related cannabis access law.

The new law took instant impact.

Below the law, certified sufferers are permitted to possess up to 4 ounces of herbal cannabis if a recommending doctor opines “that the advantages of smoking marijuana for health-related use outweigh the dangers for the certified patient.

Lawmakers had previously banned the act of smoking health-related cannabis or possessing herbal cannabis flowers, except in situations exactly where they are contained “in a sealed, tamper-proof receptacle for vaping” in 2017.

N.M. approves decriminalization bill

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — House and Senate lawmakers have authorized legislation, Senate Bill 323, decriminalizing minor marijuana possession offenses. The proposal now awaits action from Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.

The bill reduces initially-time penalties for the possession of up to 1-half ounce of cannabis from a criminal misdemeanor — punishable by up to 15 days in jail — to a ‘penalty assessment,’ punishable by a $50 fine. Subsequent offenses, or in circumstances exactly where the defendant possesses higher amounts of marijuana, will stay punishable by the possibility of jail time.

Police in New Mexico produced more than three,600 marijuana possession arrests in 2016.

If signed into law, the decreased penalties take impact on July 1, 2019.

Twenty-1 states have either legalized or decriminalized the adult possession and use of cannabis.

Broader legislation that sought to legalize the possession of marijuana by adults and regulate its industrial production and sale passed the Home, but stalled in the Senate Finance Committee simply because the Chair failed to call the bill for a vote. Nonetheless, the Governor has announced that she will add the challenge to the agenda of the 2020 legislative session.

Cannabis Culture news in the Blade is offered in partnership with NORML. For additional information and facts, go to or make contact with Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, at [email protected].


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