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South Carolina: Mom Legally Making, Selling Medical Marijuana CBD Extract

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

A mother in South Carolina is manufacturing cannabis oil, legally. The oil is high in cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive but medicinal component of marijuana that is now legal in the state under S. 839, which allows for consumable hemp products with less than .3 percent of THC.

"I'm building my company here," said Janel Ralph, reports Molly Grantham at WISTV.com. "I think it'll be up and running in maybe six months. But I'm an optimist. I guess I can't say exactly on the timeline."

Janel's company, Palmetto Synergistic Research, will specialize in CBD oil.

Because of the controversy surrounding marijuana, Ralph is keeping her location secret.

"There will be people who would intentionally try to steal it not knowing that it's hemp," she said. "Criminals could hear I'm manufacturing medical marijuana and think they could take it.

"They wouldn't understand that what I'm making has such a low THC, that even if they took they plants they couldn't smoke it or sell it as marijuana," she said. "You can't get high on what I'm making."

Ralph started it all last year because of her five-year-old daughter, Harmony, who has a genetic condition called lissencephaly. Harmony's brain is missing one of her chromosomes, and she has lots of seizures. Multiple pharmaceuticals didn't work.

Texas: House Approves Flawed Medical Marijuana Bill; Will Go To Governor For Signature

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Bill is intended to allow access to low-THC marijuana extracts for qualifying seizure patients; House fails to pass amendment to fix major problem

The Texas State House on Monday approved a bill 96-34 intended to allow qualifying patients with intractable seizure conditions to access a marijuana extract containing high levels of cannabidiol, or CBD, and only trace levels of THC. SB 339, sponsored by Sen. Kevin Eltife (R-Tyler), is extremely unlikely to provide patients with relief because it requires doctors to engage in conduct that is prohibited by federal law.

SB 339 previously passed the Senate on May 7. It now heads to Gov. Greg Abbott.

“On a certain level, the legislature should be commended for acknowledging the medical value of marijuana, and it is an historic vote in that sense,” said Heather Fazio, Texas political director for the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP). “Lawmakers missed several opportunities to amend the bill in ways that could have provided real relief to countless Texans. Not a single patient will be helped by this legislation.”

SB 339 requires doctors to “prescribe” marijuana to patients, which exposes doctors to federal criminal sanctions. By contrast, doctors “recommend” medical marijuana or “certify” patients to use medical marijuana in the 23 states with comprehensive medical marijuana laws and the District of Columbia. Unlike “prescriptions,” recommendations and certifications are federally legal and protected under the First Amendment.

Texas: House Approves Flawed Medical Marijuana Bill; Will Go To Governor For Signature

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Bill is intended to allow access to low-THC marijuana extracts for qualifying seizure patients; House fails to pass amendment to fix major problem

The Texas State House on Monday approved a bill 96-34 intended to allow qualifying patients with intractable seizure conditions to access a marijuana extract containing high levels of cannabidiol, or CBD, and only trace levels of THC. SB 339, sponsored by Sen. Kevin Eltife (R-Tyler), is extremely unlikely to provide patients with relief because it requires doctors to engage in conduct that is prohibited by federal law.

SB 339 previously passed the Senate on May 7. It now heads to Gov. Greg Abbott.

“On a certain level, the legislature should be commended for acknowledging the medical value of marijuana, and it is an historic vote in that sense,” said Heather Fazio, Texas political director for the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP). “Lawmakers missed several opportunities to amend the bill in ways that could have provided real relief to countless Texans. Not a single patient will be helped by this legislation.”

SB 339 requires doctors to “prescribe” marijuana to patients, which exposes doctors to federal criminal sanctions. By contrast, doctors “recommend” medical marijuana or “certify” patients to use medical marijuana in the 23 states with comprehensive medical marijuana laws and the District of Columbia. Unlike “prescriptions,” recommendations and certifications are federally legal and protected under the First Amendment.

Illinois: Desktop Cannabis Potency Measurement System To Be Unveiled At Marijuana Business Expo

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Sage Analytics, developers of portable laboratory quality cannabis potency measurement systems, on Wednesday announced that they will introduce their newest product, the Luminary™ Beacon, at the Marijuana Business Conference and Expo, to be held in Chicago, May 19-21.

Unlike any other product on the market, according to Sage, "the Beacon provides instant, on-the-spot feedback, and is expected to be a vital tool toward standardization in cannabis potency profiling, and accuracy in consumer information and labeling."

"The Luminary™ Beacon is a small, portable desktop system that is simple to use in any location and requires little training to obtain on-site, instantaneous, laboratory-grade accurate measurement of THC, CBD, and CBN," the company's press release states. "Unlike gas chromatography (GC) or high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), the Luminary™ Beacon uses optical spectroscopy (light) to instantly measure the potency of cannabis products at the molecular level.

Spectroscopy offers a number of distinct advantages over alternative methods, according to Sage Analytics: It is portable and can be used virtually anywhere, it is easy to use and requires just minimal training to become proficient, requires no toxic chemicals for preparation or analysis, and it leaves the sample intact for future use.

Texas: Senate Approves Unworkable Medical Marijuana Bill

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House will now consider measure that is intended to allow access to low-THC marijuana extract for qualifying seizure patients

The Texas State Senate on Thursday approved a bill 26-5 that is intended to allow qualifying patients with intractable seizure conditions to access a marijuana extract containing high levels of cannabidiol, or CBD, and only trace levels of THC. SB 339, introduced by Sen. Kevin Eltife (R-Tyler), will now be considered by the state House of Representatives.

“We’re pleased to see a majority of the Senate recognizes the medical benefits of marijuana, but it’s of little comfort if patients aren’t able to experience them,” said Heather Fazio, Texas political director for the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP). “Texas needs a comprehensive medical marijuana program that allows patients to take full advantage of the various compounds found in different types of marijuana.”

SB 336 requires doctors to “prescribe” marijuana to patients, which exposes doctors to federal criminal sanctions. By contrast, doctors “recommend” medical marijuana or “certify” patients to use medical marijuana in the 23 states with comprehensive medical marijuana laws and the District of Columbia.

Unlike “prescriptions,” recommendations and certifications are federally legal and protected under the First Amendment.

California: Twyns CBD and THC Mixing Kit Introduced

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Created for creating a personalized, therapeutic blend of liquid Cannabidiol and THC, the makes of Twyns say it helps people make the best use of cannabis for personal health and wellness

Hemp Health Inc., maker of hemp cannabidiol (CBD) products, on Tuesday released Pharma-CBD Twyns, which the company describes in a press release as "the first legal CBD and THC mixing kit."

Designed for sale at medical marijuana dispensaries, Twyns allows cannabis users to create a therapeutic blend of CBD and THC – without smoking anything.

Twyns will help patients and everyday users personalize cannabis supplementation to meet their health and wellness goals, according to the company.

THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) is a principal compound in medical marijuana, and while patients normally get THC by smoking the plant, this presents three problems.

First, many patients would prefer not to smoke. Second, most medical marijuana is rich in THC but very low in CBD. Third, individuals react differently to various levels of CBD and THC, but normally they can't choose the proportion of each compound.

According the Hemp Health, Twyns addresses all three problems by allowing users to ingest THC and custom blend both compounds in one liquid solution.

"Twyns" refers to the two bottles contained in the mixing kit. One bottle comes filled with Hemp Health Inc.'s pharma-grade CBD. The second bottle is for liquid THC, and law requires that it be filled by a local dispensary.

Canada: CannTrust Launches New Line of Patient Ready Medical Marijuana Strains

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CannTrust develops new line of products in a ready to use format at $3.50/gram

CannTrust, "Canada's only pharmacist-controlled and operated producer of medical cannabis," has launched of its own product line of "patient ready strains" at just $3.50 a gram, delivered. "Patient ready," in this context, means that the weed arrives in a pre-ground state, ready for your vaporizer, pipe, bong or paper.

"We are pleased to offer this new format of products carefully selected from our most popular strains of premium cannabis," reads a prepared statement from the company. "The cannabis is from the same harvest and lots as the original bud form of these same strains and is then refined into an already prepared version of medical cannabis that is easy to use by patients, especially in a vaporizer."

"We are very excited about the launch of these products for several reasons that we feel will be beneficial to both patients and their doctors," the company announced.

Each of the three strains are only $3.50/gram, "making this an affordable and easy to use option for medical cannabis," the company announced.

Supreme Formula - Patient Ready
THC: 8.5% • CBD: 0.2%
Indica/Sativa Hybrid
Supreme Formula 8.5 percent THC is a unique blend of the best THC strains. This was specially formulated to meet the recommendations of the College of Family Physicians of Canada's recommendation of up to 9 percent THC, according to CannTrust.

Original Cheese - Patient Ready
THC: 11.4% • CBD: 0.1%
Indica 50% • Sativa 50%

Ohio: New Video Tells Story of Young Epilepsy Patient Without Safe Access To Medical Marijuana

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Moving Video Features Struggle and Frustration of Ohio Family That Has Run Out of Treatment Options for Their Daughter

The Drug Policy Alliance and Learn Liberty have teamed up to tell the emotional story of Sophia Nazzarine, a 7-year-old girl suffering from uncontrolled epilepsy, in a new video.

Between clips of Sophia singing and playing with her parents in her hometown of Cincinnati, the audience is shown saddening footage of Sophia seizing as a newborn, while her parents describe their discovery of Sophia’s epilepsy and their exhaustive struggle to find an effective treatment.

“We’ve tried everything else that they could possibly come up with to try and stop these seizures,” says Scott Nazzarine, Sophia’s father. “None of it has worked. We need legislation that allows our child to get the medicine she needs. But with or without it, we will continue to give our child what she needs to reduce her dangerous seizures.”

Sophia’s story is complemented by interviews with doctors, explaining her condition and the strong potential for its treatment with marijuana.

“The belief is that it’s the cannabidiol portion of [the marijuana plant] that seems to have less intoxicating effects and more of the anti-seizure effects,” explained Dr. Michael D. Privitera, professor of Neurology at the University of Cincinnati.

Georgia: Medical Marijuana Bill Signed By Governor

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed a medical marijuana bill into law on Friday in a ceremony on the Capitol steps.

The bill cleared its final legislative hurdle on Thursday when the Georgia House voted 160-1 to approve a Senate compromise that only slightly tweaked the original House version by state Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon), reports Bill Hendrick at the Associated Press.

After an emotional debate which had lasted, all told, for two years, House Speaker David Ralston hugged Janea Cox, 33, mother of 5-year-old Haleigh Cox, who has intractable epilepsy and is one of the half-a-million Georgians Peake said should benefit from the new law.

"Some days make it all worthwhile," Ralston said.

Peake's bill had already passed the House by a huge margin. It originally called for people with nine medical conditions to be eligible for treatment with cannabis oil that has only minimal amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which producers marijuana's characterisic "high."

Colorado: Marijuana Often Laced With Pesticides, Heavy Metals and Fungus

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Lab tests from Colorado indicate that while the legal cannabis on store shelves is more potent than the marijuana of 30 years ago, it is often contaminated with fungi, pesticides and heavy metals.

"There's a stereotype, a hippy kind of mentality, that leads people to assume that growers are using natural cultivation methods and growing organically," said Andy LaFrate, founder of Charas Scientific, one of eight labs in Colorado certified to test marijuana. "That's not necessarily the case at all."

LaFrate presented his findings this week at a meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in Denver.

LaFrate said his group has tested more than 600 strains of marijuana from dozens of producers. Potency tests looked at tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the principal psychoactive component responsible for the high. They found that modern cannabis contains THC levels of 18 to 30 percent, double to triple averages from the 1980s.

Breeding for more THC has led to less cannabidiol (CBD), a compound which is also medically beneficial in treating anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, Huntington's, Alzheimer's, epilepsy, seizures and other conditions. Much of the commercial marijuana tested had very little CBD.

"A lot of the time it's below the detection level of our equipment, or it's there at a very low concentration that we just categorize as a trace amount," LaFrate said.
"I've heard a lot of complains from medical patients because somebody claims that a product has a high level of CBD, and it turns out that it actually doesn't."

Texas: Lawmakers Hold News Conference On Medical Marijuana Legislation

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State Rep. Marisa Márquez (D-El Paso) and other Texas legislators will hold a news conference Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. CT in the Speaker’s Committee Room to discuss HB 3785 and SB 1839. They will be joined by Fort Worth cancer patient Barbara Humphries and other seriously ill Texans.

HB 3785, introduced by Rep. Márquez in the House, and SB 1839, introduced by Sen. José Menéndez (D-San Antonio) in the Senate, would allow patients with cancer, seizure disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other debilitating conditions to access medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it. It would also allow the Department of State Health Services to establish a tightly regulated system of licensed marijuana cultivators, processors, and dispensaries.

The bills differ from previously introduced legislation that would allow access to CBD oils with little or no THC. Many patients have found that THC and other components of whole marijuana are needed in addition to CBD in order to effectively treat their conditions. Some have relocated to states with more comprehensive medical marijuana laws so that they can access whole marijuana and oils that include a more balanced ratio of CBD and THC.

“Thousands of Texas veterans use medical cannabis to treat PTSD, chronic pain, and other service-related disabilities,” said retired U.S. Army Major David Bass. “Veterans should not have to flee the state or depend on the criminal market to access the medication that best fits their needs. Now is the time for Texas to approve safe and legal access to therapeutic cannabis.”

Texas: Lawmakers Introduce Comprehensive Medical Marijuana Bill

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Measures introduced in the House and Senate on Friday would allow patients with debilitating conditions — including veterans with PTSD — to access medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it

Texas state lawmakers on Friday introduced legislation that would allow patients with cancer, seizure disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other debilitating conditions to access medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it.

HB 3785, introduced by Rep. Marisa Márquez (D-El Paso) in the House, and a companion bill that will be introduced later Friday by Sen. José Menéndez (D-San Antonio) in the Senate, would create a program through which individuals with qualifying medical conditions would receive licenses allowing them to possess limited amounts of medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it. It would also direct the Department of State Health Services to establish a tightly regulated system of licensed marijuana cultivators, processors, and dispensaries.

“The law currently does not reflect marijuana’s legitimate medical use and denies access to patients, such as veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, citizens suffering with cancer, and severe aliments of the aging,” Rep. Márquez said. “By continuing to deny access to patients, we limit the rights of families to seek the best possible treatment for conditions that do not respond to other drugs or therapies.

New Mexico: Steep Hill Receives First Provisional Approval For Lab Cannabis Testing

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Steep Hill, which specializes in cannabis testing and analytics in the United States and internationally, has announced intends to open a full service medical cannabis quality assurance laboratory in Albuquerque, New Mexico, bringing advanced scientific tools and methodology to the state, for regulatory oversight of cannabis.

Steep Hill is currently the only laboratory licensed by the New Mexico Department of Health to conduct potency and contaminant testing in order to meet the recently adopted regulatory requirements pertaining to cannabis safety for medical patients in New Mexico, according to a prepared statement from the company.

"We are excited to bring our entire suite of products to New Mexico, including our QuantaCann2™ - an advanced cloud-based potency monitoring system," said David Lampach, CEO and cofounder of Steep Hill. "This will enable the state to meet its THC and CBD testing requirements, while also providing regulators with a real time window into the marketplace."

The State of New Mexico requires regular testing be done in a Department of Health approved laboratory as the only acceptable method to determine the quality, purity and potency required for the sale of medical cannabis products.

For more information about cannabis testing, you can visit the Steep Hill website: http://steephill.com

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U.S.: Company Announces Pure CBD Available To The Public

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CBDpurUS.com, a supplier of pure natural CBD isolate (not a synthetic) in the United States, on Thursday announced that the medical and research community, as well as members of the public, can order CBD isolate from the company in 1 gram, 5 g, 10 g, 25 g and 50 g sizes. Delivery normally takes 72 hours.

Because this isolate is pure CBD, it is normally diluted by dissolving it in canola oil, sunflower oil, hemp seed oil, etc. The oil is heated to 155 degrees and the Pure CBD is dissolved therein.

Dosages of 10 mg to 25 mg are the most common. The individual's body naturally determines the amount of strength needed daily for relief. Thus we see 1g of CBD isolate will produce forty 25 mg doses when diluted in oil. This equates to a huge savings for patients in addition to research, manufacturing, etc.

Oregon Analytical Services has tested the CBD to be 99.8 percent pure, according to CBDpurUS.com. They suggest the oil be delivered in a eye dropper that can be obtained from any pharmacy.

The drops should be placed under the tongue and held there for maximum delivery via the sublingual, buccal, and Peroral membranes of the the body.

U.S.: Organic Cannabis CBD Infused Fitness Drink Now Being Distributed Nationwide

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PyoorCBD on Wednesday announced they will begin to distribute their Cibamine Xtra CBD Infused Drink Additive and 7 Hour Sleep CBD Formula for the United States market.

Both formulas are PassionFruit flavored all natural, zero calorie, sugar free, gluten free, GMO free drink shots/additives that uses Carlsbad Alkaline Water as their water source for their formulas. The company already has these available for sale in THC Formulas in more 200 medical marijuana dispensaries throughout California.

In the company's product line are Energy Drinks CBD and THC Infused, a complete pre- and post- workout supplement line infused with CBD Cannabinoids and Hemp to assist with muscle fatigue, rehabilitation from inflammation and extreme workout overload.

PyoorCBD says its products are herbicide and pesticide free, peanut-free, vegetarian approved, kosher certified, THC-free (NO THC, 100 percent legal), and tryspin inhibitor free.

PyoorCBD has developed a line of cannabis infused products targeting the health and fitness conscious consumer. The product line includes products developed in-house as well as products from partners that compliment the overall product line.

In partnership with an established health and fitness recognized brand name partner, PyoorCBD has a pilot retail store in San Diego to market cannabis infused beverages and food supplements. The products are infused with Hemp to include CBD, which is legal in all 50 states. Formulas that include THC are for when and where laws permit.

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