Cannabis Meets Nanotech, while SCOTUS Upholds Federalism

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Cannabis Meets Nanotechnology

The Cannabis Industry has evolved extremely rapidly, and this is before the federal government has legalized the plant. It is evident that there are real and tangible medical benefits to cannabis, or else there would not be so much investment into research and development into different delivery methods.

The usual delivery method for THC and CBD is inhaling smoke or vaping. Many are also ingesting cannabinoids with edibles, and some take drops under the tongue for more rapid delivery. But now there is a delivery system developed by Nanosphere Health Sciences, that uses nanotech to deliver THC and CBD quickly and efficiently. The company calls it the Nanosphere Delivery System.

Nanosphere (Nanotech) Delivery System

The Nanosphere Delivery System is truly revolutionary, especially for medicine that usually needs to be smoked for quick delivery. With the rise of no smoking housing complexes and work areas, this is an excellent solution for those patients requiring to stay discreet and also take care of their ailments.

According to Nanosphere Health Sciences,

“NanoSerum™ immediately penetrates the skin to deliver direct-focused relief from pain, inflammation, and anxiety and intelligently carries a full spectrum of cannabinoids and phytochemicals to receptors through the body for systemic healing.”



Federal WeedUpdate

Supreme Court Upholds Federalism – Big win for State Cannabis Laws.

The Supreme Court just reversed a judgment 6-3 which upholds Federalism and state rights. We covered the case of Christie V. NCAA last December and predicted that the court would rule in favor of Federalism. This ruling is excellent news for the legal cannabis industry in every state because now they are allowed to make laws within their own states despite federal law not allowing it. Congratulations are in order for all stakeholders in the US cannabis industry.

Schumer’s April 20th (420) Announcement

In true Schumer fashion—as in trying to take the limelight away from Donald Trump— he announced on 4/20 that he would be introducing legislation to decriminalize marijuana. Just days before the announcement, we reported that Senator Gardner of Colorado told the media that Trump would support legislation that will protect states that legalized cannabis from federal crackdowns. Nonetheless, the bill will be introduced this week, and its goal is to remove marijuana from the DEA’s list of controlled substances. This announcement is fantastic news, and we have been waiting for this type of legislation for so long. And now we know (and so does Schumer) that if it reaches the president’s desk, he will sign it.

Update: As of May 14, 2018, Schumer has yet to introduce any legislation legalizing cannabis at the federal level.

Senator Cory Booker’s Marijuana Legalization Bill

Senator’s Sanders and Booker join forces to support a bill that legalizes cannabis. However, it also includes language that penalizes states that do not decriminalize cannabis. Now, federalism is one thing, but commandeering is another. Trump (and now SCOTUS) supports federalism, which is the concept of allowing states to decide for themselves what to do. However, Sanders and Booker seem to support commandeering, which is forcing states to obey the federal government. To be fair, if this were Trump supporting commandeering, the media would be up in arms. But because it’s socialists Sanders and Booker, it’s OK. Commandeering is not OK, even if it is about supporting sound policy regarding cannabis. According to Forbes,

The legislation would also direct federal courts to expunge prior marijuana convictions and would allow people punished under disproportionately enforced cannabis laws to file civil lawsuits against those states

Update: Kamala Harris, Senator from California, announced that she would also be backing the bill.


WeedUpdate from Across the Country

Connecticut

Legalizing recreational marijuana will not be happening this year in Connecticut and is officially off the table until next year. Activists in the state say that tens-of-millions of dollars could be raised in new tax revenue, in addition to thousands of new jobs.

Illinois

In some sensational news coming out of Illinois, a K9 academy trainer told the press that if cannabis is legalized in the state, then they would have to euthanize/replace all the K-9s. This comes after the Senate overwhelmingly passed legislation that would expand the medical marijuana program for medical issues that are usually prescribed Opioids, which is a step in the right direction. And in regards to the euthanizing K9 story, experts have said that it is not true and that these dogs are trained for a multiple of jobs.

Louisiana

Two house bills passed the Louisiana Senate that would expand the medical marijuana program to include people with autism, glaucoma, Parkinson’s disease, PTSD, and others. We must thank the lawmakers for passing such empathetic and compassionate public policy.

Maine

As expected, Maine governor Paul LePage, vetoed a bill allowing for the legal sales of recreational cannabis (which voters voted for in 2016). However, the House and Senate overturned his veto by a large margin. That’ll show him to be an obstructionist and ignoring the will of the voters.

Michigan

Senator Rick Jones wants to pass legislation that bans cannabis-infused alcoholic drinks. One of the reasons Jones mentions is that he is protecting bars from serving customers these drinks without knowing the actual effects. This proactive behavior must mean that recreational cannabis will pass in Michigan.

New Jersey

Last Saturday marked the final public hearing regarding cannabis legalization in the Garden State. Governor Murphy has announced significant reforms to the existing medical marijuana program, such as reducing the fee from $200 to $100 and only charging $20 for Veterans and seniors. Murphy is also planning unlimited supply of cannabis to those under hospice care.

Ohio

The Ohio AG has certified another petition to legalize recreational cannabis. Once the petition is approved by the Ohio Ballot Board, supporters would need to garner at least 305K signatures to get it on the ballot in 2019.

Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania State Health Secretary announced that opioid addiction would be added to the list as qualifying for medical marijuana. Also, dispensaries will be able to sell cannabis in leaf or flower form, which should help with supply issues dispensaries are facing.

Utah

The Mormon Church weighed in on the state’s medical marijuana ballot initiative with a memo detailing 31 legal issues with the ballot. One of the problems they mention is that the initiative allows for individuals 100 miles or more away from a dispensary to grow cannabis without any language that would allow for the state to monitor the household. You can read the rest of the memo here.

Wisconsin

An advisory referendum question might be added to the Milwaukee County November ballot regarding legalizing cannabis. The question will be worded as follows, “Do you favor allowing adults 21 years of age and older to engage in the personal use of marijuana, while also regulating commercial marijuana-related activities, and imposing a tax on the sale of marijuana?” The referendum is non-binding, but it indicates to lawmakers what the voters are thinking.


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Founder of WeedUpdate, Cannabis legalization advocate.

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