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SMPL is an organization dedicated to statewide coalition building, sound policy research, education and advocacy for substantive drug law reform. We are headquartered in the capitol of Baton Rouge where we lobby at the local and state level, but have affiliates in every major city throughout Louisiana. The SMPL board is a dynamically diverse mix of professionals who share one passion in common for making our laws for marijuana both modernized and civilized. We bring to the task a varied mix of seasoned and younger advocates, different political orientations, ethnicities, sexes, socio-economic backgrounds, birthplaces and skill sets or expertise. By going public with our growing coalition and amplifying publicly available information, we seek to help expose the ulterior motives of the vested drug warriors and undo some of the deep damage that results from the stigmatism of any non-violent fully consenting private consumption of a naturally occurring medicinal plant. learn more

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Illinois became the 11th state in the U.S. to legalize recreational marijuana on Tuesday after Governor J.B. Pritzker signed the regulatory bill legislators passed at the end of May. Legal recreational marijuana sales will begin in Illinois on January 1, 2020. While many other states have legalized marijuana through voter referendums that can leave details to be agreed upon after the fact, Illinois became the first state in the country to legalize through the legislative process. “We did something that … read more

U.S. congressional amendments to protect state-legal marijuana businesses are gaining unprecedented traction.  For the first time, an amendment to protect medical marijuana businesses from Justice Department interference recently was included in a spending bill.  And the full House on Thursday passed by a 267-165 vote a broader amendment to protect all state-legal MJ businesses, including adult-use companies. The amendment is part of the fiscal year 2020 Commerce-Justice-Science spending bill.  Looking ahead, it’s unclear whether the provision will receive support in the Senate. MJBizDaily takeaway: For … read more

Read full article at: Marijuana Business Daily A key legislative panel advanced an amendment to the full House for consideration that would protect all state-legal cannabis programs from interference by the U.S. Department of Justice. The U.S. House Rules Committee cleared the amendment for a full House vote as it passed the fiscal year 2020 Commerce-Justice-Science spending bill by an 8-4 margin late Tuesday. The spending bill also includes a provision that would prohibit the Justice Department from using funds to … read more

Original article by Mark Ballard at TheAdvocate.com With an amendment, the Senate Monday reversed its opposition to allowing patients to inhale medical marijuana. Senators voted 21-14 Saturday to strike inhalation, then killed the bill. On Monday the Senate included inhaling then advanced the legislation on a vote of 31-7. St. Martin Parish Republican Sen. Fred Mills brought House Bill 358 back up Monday and added language that dosage could only be taken using a metered dose inhaler. “You’re not smoking … read more

Original article by Sam Karlin at TheAdvocate.com   Louisiana lawmakers have agreed to legalize the growth of hemp and allow the sale of some CBD products, sending two pieces of legislation to the governor’s desk that would lay out a highly-regulated program in line with the federal farm bill. State Rep. Clay Schexnayder’s House Bill 491, which was heavily rewritten in the Senate, won final approval from the House Monday. The bill lays out a tightly-regulated program for growing hemp, … read more

URGENT: This morning (Tuesday) 05.21.19, at 10a CST in Room C of the Senate, the Senate Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture and Rural Development Committee will meet.  HB 491 is the only bill on the agenda. Supporters, Friends and Allies-  We need your assistance on one of the most important Cannabis-related bills of the 2019 LA Legislative Session, HB 491.  We’ve come to you before on this bill and your responsive effort absolutely made the difference.  So we return to ask more of you, the difference-makers.  … read more

Far from a perfect bill, Representative Clay Schexnayder’s HB 491 sets up a hemp growing program under the Louisiana Department of Agriculture that would take advantage of the US Congress’ passage of the 2018 Farm Bill that laid the foundation for nationwide trade in industrial hemp.  Hemp, the name for a low THC (0.3% or less) cultivar of the otherwise identical plant species to “marijuana” goes by the scientific name, Cannabis sativa.  Hemp is an excellent source of food, fiber, oil … read more

Medical marijuana sales there are expected to begin this Sunday, May 12, 2019.  Arkansas voters approved therapeutic Cannabis on November 8, 2016.  Louisiana’s legislature approved of the modern therapeutic Cannabis program by passage of SB 143 in the summer of 2015 and signature of then Governor Bobby Jindal on June 29, 2015.  So it looks like Arkansas is going to beat Louisiana to implementation by at least a full year.   Read the full article at: https://mjbizdaily.com/marijuana-business-this-week-mmj-sales-in-arkansas-mjbizdailys-first-euro-symposium-cbd-and-epilepsy/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=mjbiz_daily&utm_campaign=MJD_20190506_NEWS_Daily%20%20_05062019

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – A simmering feud between one of Louisiana’s medical marijuana growers and the program’s regulator has spilled into the Legislature. Lawmakers are considering reworking oversight of therapeutic cannabis to end disagreements that have slowed release to patients. Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain and Louisiana State University’s grower GB Sciences aired ongoing disputes Tuesday in the House health committee. The hearing was contentious, with the two sides trading accusations. It wrapped up with lawmakers voting 6-4 for a … read more

https://www.washingtonpost.com By Sari Horwitz and Scott Higham April 17 at 3:59 PM Dozens of medical professionals in five states were charged Wednesday with participating in the illegal prescribing of more than 32 million pain pills, including doctors who prosecutors said traded sex for prescriptions and a dentist who unnecessarily pulled teeth from patients to justify giving them opioids. The 60 people indicted include 31 doctors, seven pharmacists, eight nurse practitioners and seven other licensed medical professionals. The charges involve more than 350,000 … read more

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