Ohio medical cannabis inches towards beginning
In Ohio, it’s been a slow, stalled-out process for residents looking to become medicinal cannabis patients. While legislation was approved in 2016, doors at dispensaries have remained closed.
Businesses were hoping to offer product by September 8th, but officials recently delayed the process, leading experts to believe that an industry launch won’t happen until late-fall of 2018.
The Buckeye state cannabis program could exceed national averages, recent research suggests that as many as 3 out of 10 Ohioans could qualify for one of the 21 qualifying medical conditions.
Cannabis support increases in New Zealand
New Zealand parliament is debating the best time to hold a referendum on legalizing cannabis for adult use.
Curia Market Research, a local firm spearheaded by David Farrar recently polled kiwis’ attitudes and beliefs surrounding the drug; positive attitudes were reported across the board, with 89% supporting cannabis for pain-relief.
“If Parliament is worried about levels of political support they only need to look at this poll to see there has been a huge shift in support for medical cannabis, not just for people with a terminal illness, but for people in pain as well,” said Ross Bell, director of New Zealand Drug Foundation.
A referendum will come no-later than 2020, but many believe with applied public pressure that a ballot measure could take place as soon as next-year.
Ohio college introducing canna-majors & testing lab
This fall, Hocking College will start testing medicinal cannabis in its new laboratory.
In the near-future, students will be able to choose from a variety of majors that are focused on the cannabis industry. Those that are pursuing laboratory science degrees will have direct access to the lab that is set to receive 2$ million in funding.
“For us at Hocking College, being able to bring laboratory science jobs to southern Ohio allows us to fulfill a piece of our economic-development strategy,” said Betty Young, president of Hocking College.
The lab is expected to employ 5-6 workers, who will test for potency, pesticides, mold, and fungus.
Mayor of Mobile, Alabama pushes for decriminalization
Sandy Stimpson, mayor of Mobile, Alabama, recently pushed for a city ordinance that would decriminalize several minor cannabis offenses.
At the recent council meeting, Mayor Stimpson stated the ordinance would free-up law enforcements time, allowing them to focus more resources on crimes that involve actual violence.
Previous laws intended to reduce cannabis-convictions have met opposition in the state of Alabama, but progressive candidates continue to push towards legalization.