Texas House passes bill to vastly expand access to medical cannabis

The bill by state Rep. Eddie Lucio III, D-Brownsville, is one of two which aim to expand the scope of the narrow Compassionate Use Act that have gained traction this legislative session.

The Texas House on Monday advanced a bill that would expand the list of debilitating conditions that allow Texans to legally use medical cannabis.

House Bill 1365 would add Alzheimer’s, Crohn’s disease, muscular dystrophy, post-traumatic stress disorder, autism and a bevy of other illnesses to an existing state program that currently applies only to people with intractable epilepsy who meet certain requirements.

The bill would also increase from three to 12 the number of dispensaries the Texas Department of Public Safety can authorize to begin growing and distributing the product and authorizes the implementation of cannabis testing facilities to analyze the content, safety and potency of medical cannabis.

After a relatively short debate, the lower chamber gave preliminary approval to Democratic state Rep. Eddie Lucio III’s bill in a 121-23 vote. But the legislation still faces major hurdles in the more conservative Texas Senate before it can become law.

“Today, I don’t just stand here as a member of this body but as a voice for thousands of people in this state that are too sick to function or that live in constant, debilitating pain,” Lucio, D-Brownsville, told other lawmakers.

The Compassionate Use Act signed into law in 2015, legalized products containing high levels of CBD, a non-euphoric component of marijuana, and low levels of THC, the psychoactive element in marijuana, for Texans with intractable epilepsy whose symptoms have not responded to federally approved medication.

Patients also must be permanent state residents and get approval from two specialized neurologists listed on the Compassionate Use Registry of Texas. While Lucio’s bill strikes the residency requirement, state Rep. John Zerwas, R-Richmond, successfully tacked on an amendment Monday saying those wanting to try the medicine only needed approval of one neurologist from the registry and a second physician who only needs to be licensed in the state of Texas and have “adequate medical knowledge” in order to render a second opinion.

Lucio’s bill is one of two which aim to expand the scope of the narrow Compassionate Use Act that have gained traction this legislative session. Another measure by Fort Worth Republican Stephanie Klick, an author of the 2015 program, is scheduled to get debated by the Texas House later in the week.

Texas is one of several states where marijuana is still illegal, and the state remains reluctant to move forward on legislation that would legalize its recreational use. More than 30 states allow the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Texas is one of nearly a dozen states that only allow for “low THC, high CBD” products for medical situations in limited circumstances.

Lucio filed a similar medical expansion bill during the 2017 session. The measure attracted nearly 80 co-sponsors — including some of the chambers more hardline conservatives — but was never scheduled for a floor vote.

HB 1365 will still need a final stamp of approval in the House before it can head to the Senate for consideration.

But despite its overwhelming support the Texas House, it’s less clear where Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick — who has already drawn a line in the sand on a bill to lessen the criminal penalties for Texans found with small amounts of marijuana — stands on expanding the existing state medical program.

Two medical expansion bills in the upper chamber by state Sens. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels, and José Menéndez, D-San Antonio, have yet to get a committee hearing. And in a previous statement to The Texas Tribune, Patrick spokesperson Alejandro Garcia said the lieutenant governor “remains wary of the various medicinal use proposals that could become a vehicle for expanding access to this drug.”

To be clear, Lucio is aware of the pushback his bill might receive in the Senate.

“We’re in a good place right now, but the fight is far from over,” he said at a press conference Friday after learning his bill had been set for a floor debate. “If we get this through the House, we have a whole other battle in the Senate.”

But expanding the Compassionate Use Act has drawn the support of some politically powerful players since the last legislative session. In March, a new group lobbying for medical marijuana, Texans for Expanded Access to Medical Marijuana, dubbed TEAMM, emerged comprising players with some serious clout in the Capitol — including Allen Blakemore, a top political consultant for Patrick.

The Republican Party of Texas also approved a plank last year asking the Legislature to “improve the 2015 Compassionate Use Act to allow doctors to determine the appropriate use of cannabis to certified patients,” and according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll, 26% of the state’s registered voters would legalize marijuana for only medical purposes.

“It’s not every day I get to carry a comprehensive bill that is a platform issue for both the Democratic and Republican parties,” Lucio told The Texas Tribune Monday prior to debate on his bill. “That helps and it’s a great talking point when I can tell members there’s no political risk for them to support this bill.”

Several marijuana advocacy groups praised the passage of Lucio’s bill.

“Texans overwhelmingly support the expansion of medical cannabis, and it’s encouraging that lawmakers have championed bills that make safety the priority, emphasize the need for scientific research, insist on the importance of the doctor-patient relationship, and create high industry guardrails to ensure quality and consistency for patients,” said Brian Sweany, a member of TEAMM’s leadership.

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CBD reduces impairment caused by cannabis

The more cannabidiol (CBD) in a strain of cannabis, the lower the impairment to brain function, finds a new UCL-led brain imaging study.

The research, published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, is the first study using fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) to gauge how different strains of cannabis impact brain function.

“Over the last two decades, rates of addiction and psychosis linked to cannabis have been on the rise, while at the same time stronger strains of cannabis with more THC and less CBD have become increasingly common,” said the study’s lead author, Dr Matt Wall (UCL Clinical Psychopharmacology Unit and Invicro).

“We have now found that CBD appears to buffer the user against some of the acute effects of THC on the brain.”

There is growing evidence that THC is implicated in addiction and cannabis-induced psychosis. CBD, on the other hand, is being researched for a range of therapeutic functions, but the interplay between THC and CBD is not yet well-known.

In the present study, the researchers monitored brain activity at rest in 17 people after taking different strains of cannabis.

The two strains have equal levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), but one of them also has high levels of CBD while the other strain, a high-strength cannabis commonly known as skunk, contained negligible levels of CBD. Both strains are comparable to the different strains of cannabis in common usage.

The researchers found that the low-CBD strain impaired functional connectivity in the brain’s default mode (particularly in the posterior cingulate area) and salience networks, while the high-CBD strain caused only a minimal disruption to the these regions, suggesting that the CBD counteracts some of THC’s harmful effects.

The salience network supports other brain networks and determines what sensory or emotional inputs we pay attention to, and disruptions of the network have previously been implicated in addiction and psychosis.

The researchers also found that the THC-induced disruption of functional connectivity in the posterior cingulate was strongly correlated with participants’ reports of subjective experiences, such as feeling more ‘stoned’ or ‘high’, suggesting that the brain area may be central to driving cannabis’ subjective effects. This relationship between the posterior cingulate and subjective effects was also blocked by CBD.

The researchers say their findings add to evidence that cannabis strains with greater CBD content may be less harmful, suggesting that CBD content of cannabis should perhaps be regulated in jurisdictions where it’s legal.

“As cannabis is becoming legal in more parts of the world, people buying cannabis should be able to make an informed decision about their choice of cannabis strain and be aware of the relative risks,” said Dr Wall.

The findings also provide insight into why CBD holds potential for medicinal uses.

“If CBD can restore disruption to the salience network, this could be a neuroprotective mechanism to explain its potential to treat disorders of salience such as psychosis and addiction,” added senior author Professor Val Curran (UCL Clinical Psychopharmacology Unit).

The study involved researchers at UCL, Invicro, King’s College London, Imperial College London, and the University of Bath and was supported by Drug Science, Channel 4 Television, and the Beckley Foundation.

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International Conference on Cannabis and Medicinal Research

 Cannabis

Cannabis is gotten from the cannabis plant (cannabis sativa). It develops wild in a large number of the tropical and mild territories of the world. It very well may be developed in practically any atmosphere and is progressively developed by methods forindoor hydroponic innovation. 

Cannabis Cultivation

Cannabis development is nothing more nor not exactly the developing of weed. In the event that you live in a state where therapeutic marijuana has been sanctioned and you have a cannabis card, you are permitted to grow a specific number of plants at home for individual use.  

Therapeutic Plant Chemistry

Extending validness and authenticity of remedial plants the nation over has made uncommon enthusiasm for qualified specific staff and mind-boggling open entryway for the skilled representative in the Neurology, home developed concentrate, and customary thing ventures.

Extraction methods

Extraction is a typical practice performed for various diverse reasons, going from expanding weed’s health advantages to creating a progressively strong recreational item.

Cannabis: Neurology and its Effects on Brain

Gotten from the hemp plantCannabis sativa – marijuana – is a psychoactive opiate drug. Its leaves and buds can be smoked, taken in sustenance, matured in tea or taken in concentrated liquid structure.

Brain Disorders and Therapeutics

Mind issue is a neurological issue of the focal sensory system. They are basic, electrical, biochemical, spinal string, variations from the norm nerves can result in a wide scope of indications. The side effects are migraine, muscle shortcoming, loss of motion, sensation misfortune, perplexity, seizures and agony.

Neuroimaging

Cerebrum imaging or Neuroimaging speaks to of different strategies to straightforwardly or in a roundabout way picture the capacity, pharmacology and structure of the sensory system. It is related with new order inside the drug, brain research and neuroscience

Cannabis and Psychiatry

Specialists and other social prosperity specialists need to all the almost certain fathom the association among cannabis and mental issue with the objective that they can respond to growing helpful and recreational pot use among their patients.

Addiction

Propensity is a disarray of the mind’s reward structure which creates through transcriptional and epigenetics instruments and occurs after some time from constantly raised proportions of prologue to an addictive lift (for instance eating sustenance, the use of cocaine, responsibility in sex, support in high-thrill works out, for instance, wagering, etc.).

Cannabis Use and Crime

High usage of alcohol and prescriptions can conversely impact all pieces of a person’s life, influence their family, partners and system, and recognize an enormous load on American culture.

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Reasons to Attend a Cannabis Marijuana 2019 Conference

Cannabis conferences and expos are not just events for consumers anymore. These events have matured greatly compared to the first consumer-oriented ones a few years ago. Conferences are now a wealth of industry knowledge and networking opportunities for cannabis entrepreneurs. Many new products and services are appearing in the cannabis space every month and conferences allow you to gain the most exposure to innovative tools and ideas that may help your business grow. Cannabis in Canada is a rapidly developing and highly innovative industry on the cusp of legal retail. It is always worth attending your local expos and conferences when you can to keep up with this Rocketship of an industry.

Learn about the market landscape

Knowledge is power and future survival in such a fluid industry. Scope out the competition and see their pricing and what they have in stock. Identify different branding messages of the businesses around you to develop your brand and marketing to stand out from the rest.
Learn about the local market to see where there is business opportunity and where there is over-saturation in your local space.

Experience new cannabis products and services

Recent changes in legal attitudes towards cannabis have allowed new cannabis products and services to explode in the past few years. Industry specific services for accounting, legal, point of sale, distribution, employee management, and more are all competing for clientele at these events. It’s a great space to find likeminded companies that can provide your business fantastic value. New product types and brands are also popping up on a monthly basis. Find and stock up on the latest items and make your business stand out among all the others.

Connect and collaborate with industry professionals

Cannabis expos and conferences provide some of the greatest opportunities for likeminded businesses to gather and collaborate. These events are great aggregators of cannabis companies and services, otherwise its extremely difficult to find cannabis professionals in such a high density elsewhere. Partnerships between companies, distribution deals, marketing and branding deals, investment seekers and providers alike can be found at expos in great quantity. The next big advancement for your business could happen on the expo floor!

Understand the standards of this industry

Make sure the way you run your business is up to industry standards. As cannabis legalizes and professionalizes as a result, cannabis companies are constantly changing the way they run their operations. A cannabis retailer operating legally today is incredibly different from a dispensary operating in conditions just last year. As people do more business in legal cannabis, the way they work is always updating for greater efficiency and accuracy. Learn from the experience of others to make your own operations shine.

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MY CANNABIS EXPERIENCE

“Is it legal here?”

“Where can I buy it?”

That question, in all of it’s innocent sincerity, can hide secret desires and hidden wishes. But it also can be an honest search to help relieve chronic pain.

Several friends have developed age related aches and pains, some severe enough to seek medical advice and treatment. Two have received prescriptions for medical marijuana for the treatment of chronic severe pain. So I am aware of the questions regarding the legality of this drug.

On my trip to California this winter I decided to get information about this strange plant with mysterious healing properties. Marijuana sales are legal in California, and sold in state approved dispensaries. I was interested in trying a balm containing cannabis to relieve pain in my hands. Can the healing claims be true?

After many telephone calls and questions, the advice I was given on the telephone, (with no medical background information requested), was that the best product for me would be an externally applied skin balm containing a three to one ratio of CBDs and THCs. CBD oil from the cannabis plant has no mind altering properties. THC is the part of the plant that does contain that property.

Armed with that advice, my husband, son, and son’s significant other embarked on  our mission to La Mesa to the store that sold a variety of products. To our surprise it was located in an ordinary industrial park along with the most ordinary of businesses and products. No sign here of anything unusual or dangerous. Until we approached the dispensary.

A frighteningly high level of security met us as we continued. We parked the car, walked to the entrance and immediately saw two heavily armed guards blocking our way. I felt as if we were approaching the border of a third world country. The first burly guard, armed with a high caliber firearm, told me to open my handbag for inspection. After passing this first step of security we were each asked for our drivers’ licenses. He took all four of them and handed them to a woman making copies of the documents. Next he placed a tray before us, airport access style, and requested that all bags be put into it. “You will get your papers back as well as the bags,” he barked in his gentlest growl.

All of us were surprised at the TSA-like security of this operation. While the items were being scanned I wondered whether similar precautionary steps were taken by NASA before sending the first man into space.

Finally, as a last precaution, we each had to pass through a metal detector.

My husband asked the guard, “Do all dispensaries have this level of security?”

“Only the legal ones!” he answered.

Finally, inside the dispensary we were met by a woman who offered a written menu of all the products that were for sale. They were arranged in categories: Edibles, vapes, lotions. She was assigned to fill our order and would get us everything we needed. We were not permitted to shop by ourselves.

The feeling inside the dispensary was one of uncomfortably watchful distrust. The woman showed us products in various strengths and combinations of CBD and THC. When I selected one of the balms and reached for my credit card to pay, I was reprimanded with, “Cash only.”

So I wondered, “If I buy this balm will I be finger printed? Will they demand that I pose for a mug shot?”

As I left the dispensary my mind swirled with images of armed guards, X-Ray machines and metal detectors. I thought again of having copies made of my drivers’ license and being assigned a watchful guard playing the role of helpful salesperson.

Is this how a bank robber feels after a successful heist?

Is this how a Brinks armored car thief feels after breaking in?

Is this how it feels to prepare for a lengthy prison sentence?

The real question is, did the Cannabis work? Did it relieve the pain?

I had only a few days to rub the balm into my painful hands before it was time to return to the illegal place I call home. After the strange interlude I do not have any conclusions about the efficacy of Cannabis for joint pain. It was not worth risking arrest for smuggling an illegal substance into New Jersey, so for the time being I will have to hope that Tylenol will suffice to mitigate sore, achy joints.

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