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July 14, 2020

Today in cannabis news, a Bill in Hawaii is Aiming to Ban Smokable Hemp, the father of Cannabis Research explains his new discovery, and Pennsylvania is rethinking a law that restricts medical cannabis patients from driving.

The Morning Buzz presented by TRICHOMES brings you late-breaking news that tells you what’s happening within the cannabis industry.


First up today, A New Bill Sent to the Hawaii Governor wants to Ban Smokable Hemp

According to Hemp industry Daily, The Hawaii Legislature has approved a bill that aligns its hemp testing with federal law and joins other states in banning smokable hemp and CBD-infused edibles.

Lawmakers sent the bill to Democratic Gov. David Ige on Friday.
The bill also prohibits hemp from being processed within 500 feet a “of a pre-existing playground, school, state park, state recreation area, residential neighborhood, hospital, or daycare facility.”

Federal law governing hemp cultivation doesn’t include setbacks for where to grow the plant.

Hemp farmers say that smokable hemp flower commands a market premium and is popular with consumers, but several states have announced plans to ban its production, including Iowa, Texas and Louisiana.

** Next up, A new compound more potent than THC and CBD? The Father of Cannabis Research has a New Discovery

According to Forbes, Professor Raphael Mechoulam, also known as the “father of cannabis research,” revealed his latest discovery, cannabidiolic acid methyl ester (or EPM301), only a few months ago. The introduction of this new, patented compound (synthetic, fully stable acid-based cannabinoid molecules) caused a wave of excitement around the future of medicinal cannabis.

The compound in question was presented to the world in partnership with EPM, a global biotechnology company based in the U.S. that aims to bridge the gap between the cannabis and pharmaceutical industries.

“EPM developed a method to work with the original substances of cannabis,” the Professor explained. “So, while everybody is discussing THC and CBD, these cannabinoids are actually a secondary substance; they only appear later in the plant.

“Originally there is an acid that appears in the plant, and those acids are these mysterious worlds of compounds that are much more potent than cannabinoids,” he added.

However, these cannabidiolic acids were unstable, and therefore useless in pharmaceutical drug development. Until now, that is.

Mechoulam’s recent revelation stems from the development of a method that allows to modify the acids in a way that keeps them stable enough to allow for their large scale use. This opens the door for further pharmaceutical experiments, the professor explained.

For more info on Dr. Mechoulam’s Discovery check this story out on TRICHOMES.com

**And last up today, A story that says Pennsylvania is Aiming to End a Zero-Tolerance Driving Restriction for Medical Cannabis Patients

According to Ganjapreneur, a bill proposed in Pennsylvania would eliminate the zero-tolerance driving under the influence penalties for individuals legally using medical cannabis, the Times Observer reports. Under current state law, medical cannabis users are effectively breaking the law every time they operate a vehicle within one month of using their medicine because THC stays in most people’s system for about 30 days and a positive THC test while driving could lead to a DUI.

Republican State Sen. Cameron Bartolotta, the bill sponsor, said lawmakers “need to ensure that the legal use of this medicine does not give rise to a criminal conviction.”

Warren County District Attorney Rob Greene pointed out that there is no requirement in state law that a driver be determined to be impaired in order to be convicted to DUI, rather just the presence of THC. He added that an officer could use a driver’s medical cannabis card as “probable cause” to take them to a hospital and test their blood and that person could be convicted “solely based off of a test result of their blood.”

“The Commonwealth only has to prove that the defendant’s blood contained a controlled substance at the time he or she was in control of the vehicle,” Greene said in the report.

The bill would not protect non-medical cannabis users.

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