5. Indiana lawmakers pass resolution to study medical cannabis
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This article is about Indiana lawmakers taking a step forward by unanimously agreeing to study the possibility of legalizing medicinal cannabis ahead of next year’s legislative session. More specifically, the House had voted 94-0 in favor of a resolution presented by Rep. Matt Lehman calling for an interim study of weed’s therapeutic benefits by a legislative commission.
While passing the resolution is not an endorsement of cannabis, many consider this a baby step that could eventually lead to Indiana joining the list of states that have already legalized medical cannabis.
The top comment for this shared article on Reddit pointed out that there are already studies proving that medical cannabis is beneficial for certain types of diseases, so it is a waste of money to study it further. Other users chimed in that this was just a stalling tactic, and that as politicians, the lawmakers are really more intent on sticking to the established ideals rather than rocking the boat. They can keep cannabis illegal yet still live with the ire of citizens who want it legalized. Others say that the goal was not to learn more about medical cannabis, but money.
6. Court allows 11-year-old girl with leukemia to use medical cannabis at school
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This story is about a federal judge in Chicago allowing an 11-year-old leukemia patient to use medical cannabis at her suburban elementary school. Ashley Surin suffers from seizures as a result of chemotherapy.
Ashley’s parents, Jim and Maureen, had earlier sued the Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 and the state of Illinois for not allowing their daughter to take her cannabis medication at school. The girl wears a medical patch with a small amount of THC on her foot and, from time to time, she uses cannabis oil drops when the patch couldn’t prevent her seizures.
The top comment for this share clarified that the girl was using a low-THC patch that is administered under her tongue or on her wrist. This should help quell the concerns that allowing a sick child could mean others who are not sick would be following suit.
It was noted, though, that the girl is sick. And the medicine she’s using is not addictive nor does it induce any high. Plus, the only way she could share it was if she takes off the patch and sticks it on another student.
On a lighter note, /u/I_munch_butts_AMA remarked, “I’m imagining an 11-year-old casually sparking a blunt in class.”
7. What You Need to Know About Cannabis Refugees
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This is one of the most discussed shares we had on Reddit. It’s about how persons or families needed to move from one state or one country with strict cannabis prohibition laws to another state or another country where cannabis is legally available because they need to access to medical cannabis for treatment. These people are called cannabis refugees. There are also cannabis refugees who just make the move to another state or country because they desire to consume cannabis for other reasons.
Most of the comments were from cannabis refugees themselves, moving to another state because of laxer cannabis laws. For instance:
- DJWalnut: There are plenty of good colleges in legal states.
- _Relaxed: Moved from Indiana to Iowa. Even small changes are good. After I graduate (I’m) moving to San Diego, now THAT will be an adventure.
- minman0071: My family is actually a cannabis refugee family. We moved from Maryland to Colorado to get treatment for my older brother who has epilepsy.
- Wafflebot17: I’m trying to find a way to get to Colorado. I have pain issues and it genuinely helps me be productive.
- PM_ME_CLASSIC_VANS: This is me and my fam….moved from Michigan to Washington state…then Michigan oks medical…friggin crap!
- PowerBooty: I went from Nevada to California…I feel you!