Weekly Cannabis Roundup May 21


by Lo

May 21, 2021 10:39 am ET

Ohio expands its medical cannabis program to include a few more qualifying conditions, Mississippi Appeals Court decided to ultimately uphold a life sentence that was given to a man for possession, and GOP members in Congress introduced a new bill that would remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act.

The state of Ohio adds 3 more ailments to the list qualifying conditions for medical cannabis

And Republicans have introduced a brand new bill that would legalize cannabis on the federal level

This is Lo with Veriheal keeping you up to date with the latest in cannabis news

Ohio Expands Medical Cannabis Program With More Qualifying Conditions

Ohio’s state medical board recently approved 3 additional illnesses to the list of qualifying conditions for its medical cannabis program. 

Arthritis, chronic migraines, and complex regional pain syndrome are now eligible for cannabis treatment. 

Every year, the board accepts new submissions to add more qualifying conditions which can include evidence that cannabis can help treat as well as supporting letters from doctors.

This year, there were over 30 of these petitions but the board ultimately chose to approve 3.  

The board also advanced Huntington’s disease, spasticity or persistent muscle spasms and terminal illness to be considered for approval as well. 

Mississippi Appeals Court Maintains Life Sentence for Cannabis Possession Case

Next in news, 

the Mississippi Court of Appeals has chosen to uphold a life sentence for Mr. Allen Russell who was found guilty of possessing more than 30 grams of cannabis.

Russell’s appeal stated that his life sentence for cannabis possession is “cruel and unusual punishment and is grossly disproportionate” 

In Mississippi, possession between 30-250 grams carries a punishment of up to 3 years in prison, a significant fine, or even both. However, the courts ultimately disagreed after upholding the state’s habitual offender law. 

In the state of Mississippi, a life sentence without parole can be given if the person has served at least one year in prison for 2 separate felonies, one of which must be considered a violent offense. 

Unfortunately, Mr. Russell had been convicted for 2 prior felonies that included burglary, a violent offense in Mississippi, and for unlawful possession of a firearm. 

In the light of this news, we encourage all consumers to be in lawful possession of cannabis to avoid a similar situation. 

Republicans Introduce a Bill to Federally Legalize Cannabis 

And lastly, 

Republican Congress members have introduced a new bill that would remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act! 

Unfortunately, this bill does not include social equity measures that could help communities that have been harmed by the War on Drugs. 

But, the “Common Sense Cannabis Reform for Veterans, Small Businesses, and Medical Professionals Act” will detail banking protections for cannabis companies, expand access for veterans by allowing Veterans Affairs to recommend cannabis, and widen the ability for research

And within one year of enactment, the FDA will be required to introduce federal cannabis regulations.

A decade ago, no one would’ve even fathomed something like this ever happening!

Stay tuned as we watch how this pans out. 

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