In Ohio: No last year, yes this year. The new team leading Ohioans for Medical Marijuana, the state’s medical cannabis campaign, includes Brandon Lynaugh, which may come as a bit of a surprise to those familiar with Ohio’s last cannabis campaign. In 2015 Lynaugh served as campaign manager for No On 3, which pushed against the ill-fated ResponsibleOhio initiative. It’s an interesting but not altogether surprising turn of events for Lynaugh, who supports medical cannabis access as a result of having a close family member who suffers from epilepsy. Ohioans for Medical Marijuana also hired Trevor Vessels as deputy campaign manager, Aaron Marshall as director of communications and Lee Roberts as political director.
What do you consider a household staple? One of the top-selling staples in one Washington state county was — you guessed it — cannabis. Legal cannabis sales in Spokane County outsold bread, milk, and even wine last year. Beer was the only competing product that outsold cannabis, and only barely. Each Spokane household spent an average of $225.64 on cannabis last year, while households spent an average of $232.70 on beer during the same period. By comparison, the average household in the same area spent $109.71 on bread, $154.85 on wine, and $155.37 on milk. How do you like them apples?
The government’s cannabis is schwaggy, to say the least. It may come as no surprise, but the cannabis that the National Institute on Drug Abuse legally grows at a farm in Mississippi — currently the only legal cannabis available for research purposes — is, for all intents and purposes, ditch weed. Its “high-THC” cannabis levels top out at 13.7 percent, while the average in the legal retail industry hovers around 18.7 percent and can test north of of 30 percent. The revelation came in a letter drafted in response to a group of senators’ request for information on cannabis grown at the University of Mississippi. The DEA provided the information, giving the public a peek into the strange world of federal cannabis grown behind closed doors. Time for a change?
Pennsylvania nears the finish line for medical cannabis. State Senate majority leader Jake Corman says his chamber is close to releasing changes to the states’ medical marijuana legislation, the Associated Press reports. The bill has been in the pipeline for more than a year and has undergone major changes across the board. The Senate passed a similar version of the bill last May, but gaining the necessary support from the Republican-controlled House has been challenging. The most recent changes will be technical, designed to eliminate potential glitches down the road. The bill is likely to see a vote soon and is the closest that the Keystone state has come to legalizing medical cannabis.
New Jersey lawmakers take a note from Whoopi’s book on cannabis. State Assembly Members Tim Eustace, L. Grace Spencer and Anjelica Spencer introduced a bill that would add menstrual cramps to the state’s list of qualifying conditions for medical cannabis. If it passes, this will make New Jersey the first state to allow access to medical marijuana products to women suffering from dysmenorrhea, or menstrual cramps. When Whoopi Goldberg recently introduced her new line of cannabis products geared toward easing menstrual pain, some state officials considered it a viable alternative. “One of the most underserved populations is women,” noted Assemblyman Eustace. Thanks for thinking of the ladies, NJ!