What will be the Marijuana Legalization Status After Jess Sessions Resigns?

Medical cannabis is legal in many US states, but it’s still illegal under the federal law. However, medical marijuana lovers and cannabis rights advocates are always putting efforts to legalize the herb across the country. According to a new Gallup Poll, two in three Americans now support legalizing marijuana.

The United States elections on November 06, 2018 didn’t produce the right wave towards the marijuana legalization. Aiming at loosening cannabis laws, voters have shot down some proposals on the state and local levels and rejected some federal candidates.

On November 07, 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a major opponent of cannabis legalization, resigned on the request of President Donald Trump.

Now, comes the main questions:

Will the US states continue their operations to legalize medical marijuana?

Does Sessions’ resignation enough to ease the federal laws regarding the legalization of medical cannabis or the new Attorney General will continue the same mindset to block the changes?

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States on marijuana legalization

Michigan became the first state in the Midwest to adopt the cannabis legalization allowing adults over the age of 21 to use the herb for recreational purposes. As a result of this, approximately 25% of American adults will be residents of the states where marijuana is legal.

In addition, Utah and Missouri provided legal access to medical marijuana, increasing the number of cannabis legalized states to 33.

Several other states have elected governors who have supported cannabis.

In CA, Jerry Brown will be replaced by Gavin Newsom who put efforts to pass Prop. 64. Maine, New Mexico, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, and Connecticut are some other states that will replace the leaders who aren’t supporters of cannabis.

It’s expected that more medical marijuana legalized states will go for the legalization of recreational marijuana too. However, the legalization of medical cannabis nationally is still a question.

According to the latest analysis by the Marijuana Business Daily, of the 94 cannabis-related local ballot measures, 79 were passed by the voters. Malibu voters favored recreational cannabis businesses in the region, and Santa Ana, Palm Desert, and various other communities voted for additional taxes.

Cannabis legalization at the federal level

Jeff Sessions repealed Cole Memorandum, which was issued during the presidency of Barack Obama by the then Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole. Governors and US Senators of various states have expressed displeasure to the decision.

However, Jeff’s move on the rules of Cole Memo didn’t make a significant impact on cannabis businesses in the states.

Matthew Whitaker is appointed to serve as interim Attorney General who has spoken on both the sides—prosecuting violations of federal laws for marijuana and supporting medical cannabis.

It’s expected that the industry may lose some longtime advocates such as Dana Rohrabacher. Rohrabacher wrote a budget amendment, which acts as a safeguard to state medical marijuana programs.

Marijuana lovers are excited to know what will be the decisions on federal marijuana reform in the next legislative session while Dustin McDonald, Vice President of government relations for Weedmaps, says that let’s see if it will make real changes or became a controversial topic of discussion.

Olivia–John is Set To Win Her Battle Against Cancer Via Medical Cannabis

Olivia Newton-John, the Greece celebrity of fame, is indeed, one of the few people across the countries. Near her 70th spring, Olivia has once again been diagnosed with cancer. She has already battled this disease twice and is still battling. In a span of 3 decades, this is her third cancer.Olivia-John says, she is lucky to be in America. She resides in a State where she can treat her cancer by consulting Medical Cannabis Doctors. But in Greece, her native country, medical marijuana is not legal.

In 1992, Olivia was diagnosed with breast cancer.  Again in 2013, she developed a new breast cancer that had spread over to her shoulder. And now in 2017, she was again diagnosed with tumor-related cancer at the base of the spine.

She is battling with this horrendous disease for the third time. But, like many other patients, she is neither dejected nor defeated.  Rather says with a greater degree of fortitude that she’ll win over it and that is her goal. Undeterred with the severity of the disease, she performs with the same zeal.

Her current diagnosis is related to cancer with painful conditions. Opioids are the main prescription drugs which are widely used for managing cancer-related pain. And Olivia is not unknown as to how these drugs have gripped the nation in unprecedented crisis.

She very wisely has decided to get in touch with medical cannabis doctors and prefers cannabis to opioids. Olivia-John takes cannabis oil for mitigating the pain.

Medical Cannabis & Cancer:

Beneficial effects of cannabis for relieving pain have been scientifically proven. This is one of the reasons as to why all the 30 States where medical marijuana is legal, have specified cancer related severe pain as one of the eligibility conditions.

Medical Cannabis Benefits For Cancer Patient

Besides managing severe pain and side effects of therapies and medicines used for treating cancer, there is no dearth of scientific evidence that shows that cannabis is potentially useful in eliminating all types of cancers.

A report published by the National Cancer Institute under the title “Cannabis & Cannabinoids- Patient Version” suggests that cannabis & cannabinoids may have benefits in treating the symptoms of cancer or the side effects of cancer therapies. The report further reads that the cannabis has been shown to kill cancer cells.

Cannabis is rich with a large variety of cannabinoids. These chemicals have medicinal properties. When consumed in any form, they cause drug-like effects in the body. The medicinal effects of cannabis are well recognized in the brain. THC & CBD, the main chemical compounds of cannabis have shown significant effects on the central nervous system and the immune system.

The type of cancer that Newton-John is having, relates to the tumor. It’s proved in Medical studies & researches that CBD, the second key compound of cannabis has the potentials to stop the formation of tumors. CBD blocks the vessels that supply oxygen & energy to the cancerous cells that result in their death.

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By virtue of their natural properties, cannabinoids are greater antitumor & anticancer agents. They aren’t only stopping cancer cells spreading to other areas, but also cure the disease.

A report (March 2016) titled “Anticancer Mechanism of Cannabinoids”, published by the NCBI, US National Library of Medicine, National Institute of Health, suggests that cannabinoids can decrease the growth of tumors in the animal model of cancers. Cannabinoids modulate the key cell signaling pathways which are involved in the control of cancer cell proliferation & their survival.

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We wish Olivia Newton-John a speedy recovery. Beneficial effects of cannabis on eliminating cancer from its roots & relieving pain have been scientifically proven. This is why all the 30 States where it’s legal have permitted Medical Cannabis Doctors to recommend cannabis for managing cancer-related pain.