Virginia and Indiana Senates Pass Limited Medical Marijuana Bills

It seems almost every week there's another state passing a new medical marijuana law. But this week, it's actually two states doing so.

The state senates in both Virginia and Indiana recently passed limited medical marijuana laws. Both state houses previously passed versions of the bills, so it will now come down to each state's governor to sign the bill into law. And even if the governor of either state vetoes it, the bills passed by such large margins (35-13 in Indiana, 40-0 in Virginia) that those vetoes would almost certainly be overriden. 

The laws in both states are still very limited. In Indiana, patients will be allowed to purchase CBD oil for any condition that could benefit from it. Last year the state passed a law allowing CBD for treating epilepsy-related conditions. This new bill expand it to all conditions. Likewise, the Virginia bill only allows prescriptions for oils extracted from marijuana. Both states will continue to outlaw any cannabis products containing THC.

So while these may not be the resounding successes the marijuana community would like in these states, they're still important baby steps towards eventually removing all restrictions on cannabis some day.

(h/t CNED News and Cannabist)


The relationship between marijuana use and schizophrenia has been in the news lately after Malcolm Gladwell wrote in The New Yorker that cannabis can lead to the mental illness. But that's not really what science is saying about the issue. The New York Times published a lengthy article examining the idea of marijuana use and schizophrenia.

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