Texas Children’s Hospital Part of First Clinical Trial for Epidiolex in Children with Dravet Syndrome

HOUSTON, TX -- Texas Children's Hospital is a site for the first worldwide clinical trial testing the safety and efficacy of Epidiolex in children and adolescents with Dravet syndrome, a catastrophic form of intractable epilepsy that begins in early infancy. The trial will have two parts, with the first part determining ideal dosage for the drug, and the second part evaluating the drug's safety and efficacy. Beginning this month, the trial will enroll 30 patients worldwide to determine the correct dosages for Epidiolex, and later, with a second set of patients, to determine if the drug helps to reduce or eliminate their seizures. The drug, which is a highly purified extract of the cannabis plant, containing pure Cannabidiol (CBD) by the UK's GW Pharmaceuticals, is a first-of-its-kind form of CBD. Although derived from the cannabis plant, Epidiolex does not contain any tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the major psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. GW Pharmaceutical is funding the trial of Epidiolex, which is administered orally as a suspension or via feeding tube. Texas Children's first began using Epidiolex in April 2014, under compassionate use protocols for select patients with catastrophic forms of epilepsy who were not responsive to other drugs. Dr. Angus Wilfong, pediatric neurologist and principal

Texas Cop Arrested for Telling Woman He’d Drop Marijuana Charges if She Let Him Smell Her Feet

HOUSTON, TX — Texas prosecutors said a former school district officer told a woman she could go if she let him smell her feet or handed over her underwear. The Harris County District Attorney’s Office said 26 year old Cypress-Fairbanks School District Officer Patrick Quinn, who has since been fired,

Federal Court to Hear Evidence on Whether Marijuana is Misclassified as a Dangerous Drug with No Medical Value

SACRAMENTO, CA — The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California will hold rare formal hearings beginning Monday, October 27th to determine whether an indictment against Brian Justin Pickard and others for conspiracy to grow more than 1,000 marijuana plants violates the U.S. Constitution, and whether marijuana is

Draft Regulations Released for Maryland’s Medical Marijuana Program

ANNAPOLIS, MD — On April 14, 2014, the Governor of Maryland signed Senate Bill 923 and House Bill 881 into law. These bills allow medical marijuana growers and dispensaries to open in Maryland to provide medical cannabis to patients who receive written certifications from their physician. Before these bills were

New Mayor, Same Problems: Low-Level Marijuana Arrests Still on the Rise in New York

NEW YORK, NY — Bill de Blasio, as candidate for New York City mayor last year, promised to end marijuana arrests, noting that they have “disastrous consequences for individuals and their families.” As mayor, however, de Blasio is not living up to his promise. According to a report released this

Marijuana Decriminalization Takes Effect in Philadelphia

Marijuana Decriminalization Takes Effect in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA, PA — The City of Philadelphia’s new fine structure for handling marijuana possession charges takes effect today. This will largely stop the procedure of using custodial arrests — handcuffs and holding cells — for small amounts of cannabis. Philadelphia Police will begin issuing civil citations instead — $25…

D.C. Council Approves Sealing Court Records for Marijuana Offenses

D.C. Council Approves Sealing Court Records for Marijuana Offenses

WASHINGTON, DC — Residents of the nation’s capital who have been convicted of nonviolent marijuana offenses could apply to have those criminal records sealed under a bill granted initial approval by the D.C. City Council on Tuesday. D.C. Council member David Grosso (I-At Large) introduced the record-sealing bill. He…

D.C. Council Votes Unanimously to Strengthen Record Sealing Laws to Relieve People with Prior Marijuana Possession Arrest

D.C. Council Votes Unanimously to Strengthen Record Sealing Laws to Relieve People with Prior Marijuana Possession Arrest

WASHINGTON, DC — The D.C. Council voted unanimously Tuesday in favor of a bill that would improve the process by which a person can seal criminal records pertaining to conduct that has since been decriminalized or legalized. The D.C. Council is expected to take a final vote on the…

Philadelphia Becomes Largest US City to Decriminalize Marijuana Possession

Philadelphia Becomes Largest US City to Decriminalize Marijuana Possession

As anticipated, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter signed municipal legislation this week removing criminal penalties for the possession of minor quantities of cannabis by adults. The new measure amends citywide penalties pertaining to the possession of up to approximately one ounce of cannabis (30 grams) from a criminal misdemeanor to…

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter Signs Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter Signs Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

PHILADELPHIA, PA — On Wednesday, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter signed Councilman Jim Kenney’s bill that replaces criminal penalties for the possession of small amounts of marijuana with a civil fine, similar to a traffic ticket. The bill is set to go into effect on October 20, 2014. The initial…

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Pennsylvania House Adjourns Without Considering Medical Marijuana Bill

Pennsylvania House Adjourns Without Considering Medical Marijuana Bill

HARRISBURG, PA — The Pennsylvania House adjourned for the year without considering a proposal to protect seriously ill patients who find relief from medical marijuana. Last month, the Senate overwhelmingly approved SB 1182, the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act, in a 43-7 bipartisan vote. Despite overwhelming popular support, the…

Too Many Patients Left Out of Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Bill

Too Many Patients Left Out of Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Bill

In a landmark vote last week, the Pennsylvania Senate passed a limited medical marijuana bill that would provide some limited cannabis products to certain qualifying patients in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvanians suffering from epilepsy, seizure disorder, PTSD, MS and cancer patients will have limited access to medicinal cannabis products. Senators Mike…

Wisconsin Marijuana Activists Erect Billboard Calling Out Senators’ Obstruction of Medical Marijuana

Wisconsin Marijuana Activists Erect Billboard Calling Out Senators’ Obstruction of Medical Marijuana

MADISON, WI — The League of Marijuana Voters launched a billboard Monday that highlights two Wisconsin state senators’ obstruction of medical marijuana legalization. The first ever billboard advocating for medical marijuana legislation in Wisconsin is part of a new campaign targeting Senators Leah Vukmir (R-Wauwatosa) and Mary Lazich (R-New…

Bill to Add PTSD to New Jersey Medical Marijuana Program Filed in Assembly

Bill to Add PTSD to New Jersey Medical Marijuana Program Filed in Assembly

TRENTON, NJ — A bill to add post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, to the list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana in New Jersey was filed Monday. The bill, Assembly Bill 3726, is sponsored by Vincent Mazzeo (D-Atlantic) and Linda Stender (D-Middlesex, Somerset and Union). Post-traumatic stress disorder is…

Pennsylvania Senate Approves Limited Medical Marijuana Bill

Pennsylvania Senate Approves Limited Medical Marijuana Bill

HARRISBURG, PA — Pennsylvania state senators approved legislation Wednesday that, if enacted, would make several forms of medical marijuana legal, including extracted oil, edible products, and ointments and tinctures, to patients with debilitating medical conditions. According to the proposal, Pennsylvania residents would need an access card from the health…

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Bipartisan Bill Introduced to Stop Militarizing U.S. Law Enforcement

Bipartisan Bill Introduced to Stop Militarizing U.S. Law Enforcement

WASHINGTON, DC — On Tuesday, Reps. Hank Johnson (D-GA) and Raul Labrador (R-ID) introduced legislation to reform the Pentagon’s Military Transfer Program, which transfers military equipment to law enforcement. The program has come under increased scrutiny from lawmakers after images from Ferguson, Missouri, showed law enforcement dressed like combat soldiers,…

Federal Bill to Legalize CBD Oil Introduced by Pennsylvania Republican

Federal Bill to Legalize CBD Oil Introduced by Pennsylvania Republican

WASHINGTON, DC — A Republican Congressman from Pennsylvania will introduce a bill to Congress that would make cannabidiol legal under federal law.  Also known as CBD oil, the marijuana-based oil has been shown to reduce seizures in children with debilitating epilepsy. US Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) announced the bill at a press conference…

Sen. Rand Paul Proposes Amendment to Protect Marijuana Laws

Sen. Rand Paul Proposes Amendment to Protect Marijuana Laws

WASHINGTON, DC — On Thursday, Sen. Rand Paul proposed an amendment that would keep the federal government from prosecuting medical marijuana patients and physicians as well as interfering with states that implement medical marijuana laws. The amendment was added to a jobs bill currently being heard on the Senate…

US House Votes to Limit Restrictions on State-Approved Marijuana Commerce

US House Votes to Limit Restrictions on State-Approved Marijuana Commerce

WASHINGTON, DC — A majority of members of the US House of Representatives voted last week in favor of an amendment that restricts the Treasury Department‘s ability to take action against financial institutions that possess relations with businesses engaged in state-sanctioned activities specific to cannabis commerce. The amendment, offered…

Medical Marijuana Patients Hail Landmark Victory with Another Unprecedented Vote in Congress

Medical Marijuana Patients Hail Landmark Victory with Another Unprecedented Vote in Congress

WASHINGTON, DC — Medical marijuana patients hailed another landmark victory Wednesday when Congress voted 231-192 to restrict Department of Treasury funds from “being used to prohibit or penalize a financial institution from providing services to a marijuana-related business that engages in activities permissible under state or local laws.” The amendment…

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