At the end of every week, The Daily Leaf takes a moment to look back at the most relevant and weirdest stories of the past week in marijuana news. This is that look.
Kansas Moves Towards Legal Medical Marijuana
A Kansas State Senate panel has approved legislation that would, to a certain extent, legalize medical marijuana. The bill will move ahead, hopefully towards a vote before the full Kansas State Senate. The bill is notable for two reasons. First, after being amended in committee, the bill would only allow for “non-intoxicating” marijuana products. Though the term isn’t defined, this would appear to be a bill to allow only CBD products. Second, this bill has accomplished a rare feat: medical legalization by a Republican controlled legislature. If it succeeds, keep an eye out for more CBD bills in red states.
Virginia Republican Introduces Bill To Federally Deschedule Marijuana
Representative Thomas Garrett, a first term Republican from Virginia, has introduced a bill to federally deschedule marijuana, allowing states to form their own policies related to the plant. It’s important to recognize both what is and isn’t important about this fact. Here’s why it’s not very important: this bill stands next to zero chance of becoming law. Members of Congress introduce thousands of bills. Only a handful make it through the legislative process to become law, and this is unlikely to be one of those. But this is why it does matter: Rep. Garrett is both a Republican and a former prosecutor. Moves like this suggest that as new blood moves into Congress, cannabis may cease to be a partisan divide.
The Girl Scouts Team Up With a California Dispensary to Raise Money
For anyone looking to satisfy the hunger brought on by their fresh eighth of Girl Scout Cookies (increasingly known as GSC, for legal reasons), actual Girl Scout Cookies may be a solution. Several Girl Scout troupes have been reported selling cookies outside of dispensaries in an effort to target a dedicated clientele. But a California Girl Scout troupe took the idea one step further, teaming up with Bay Area dispensary Apothecarium to see who could raise the most money for a local education non-profit. This is the kind of community minded action from the cannabis community that we like to see.
Australian Survey Finds Cannabis Use Among Epilepsy Patients
As we frequently complain, good research on marijuana can be difficult. One Australian survey, however, attempted to quantify the use and benefit of cannabis for epilepsy patients. The survey found that 14% of epilepsy patients had tried marijuana, with 90% of adults and 71% of children reporting that the plant was effective in reducing instances of seizures.