The Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) chapter at Virginia Tech kicked off its ReVAMP campaign on April 20, 2016, to bring to light conversations about drug policies in Virginia.
The Repeal Virginia Marijuana Prohibition (ReVAMP) event is a Virginia-wide event with the goal to end marijuana prohibition in Virginia.
We need more positive stories like this in Virginia media.
Caleb Thomas used to have seizures from epilepsy almost daily, some so severe he landed in the hospital.
But during the past year, the 13-year-old Virginia Beach boy’s seizures have dropped by half, along with his hospitalizations – an improvement he and his mother attribute to a controversial treatment: marijuana oil extract.
Senate Bill 701 passed in both houses of the Virginia General Assembly. The bill allows for the eventual production and distribution of cannabis oils, which supporters say can ease conditions for people with severe epilepsy.
The bill now goes to Governor Terry McAuliffe’s desk for his signature
State Sen. Louise Lucas has been stymied in an attempt to legalize derivatives of the marijuana plant for treating cancer.
Lucas’ legislation, which sailed through the Senate on a 38-2 vote this month, was rejected Monday by a House of Delegates subcommittee after almost no debate, halting its progress for the year.
The Virginia Senate passed a bill that will allow the production and manufacturing of two different marijuana oils for patients with epilepsy. It’s called the Medical Marijuana Program Improvement bill.
Last year, two bills gave epilepsy patients a defense if found in possession of cannabis oils. But, the law provided no way for patients to actually obtain the oils without breaking federal and state laws.
That’s where this latest bill would change things.
Many people who suffer from epilepsy report that a medication derived from the marijuana plant doesn’t get them high but does prevent seizures, and after parents lobbied for their sick children to have access, Virginia’s legislature signed off. Now, those parents want the General Assembly to legalize manufacture and distribution of cannabidiol or CBD oil as Sandy Hausman reports.
Virginia passed a law for the medicinal use of CBD oil for the use of epilepsy, now they have to figure out a way for people to get it legally.
In 2015, Smith and other families successfully lobbied state legislators to allow the medicinal use of cannabis oil to help treat severe seizures caused by epilepsy that pharmaceuticals cannot cure.
Smith’s daughter Haley had 1,200 seizures before she began using cannabis oil. Smith said Haley’s seizures have drastically decreased since last year.
Smith and Beth Collins, a mother from Northern Virginia who’s child has similar medical problems, are back at the General Assembly again this year pushing for legislation that would create and allow a regulatory process for production of cannabis oil in Virginia. Senate bill 701 would make it easier for families with children who need cannabis oil to get it Virginia.
Bill for cannabis oil production advances in General Assembly
Advocates of medical marijuana scored another small victory this week in Richmond.
A Senate committee voted to allow cancer patients to use an oil derived from the cannabis plant – a medication that can already be used, legally, in patients with epilepsy. Studies suggest cannabidiol may help to fight breast, colon, brain, lung and other cancers while reducing the side effects of conventional chemotherapy.