Cannabis Updates; GOP Senator Wants Marijuana Legalization To Be Voted, Doctors Can’t Discriminate Against Pot Users

Senator from Minnesota wants marijuana legalization to be on the ballot.

Former Republican state senator and gubernatorial hopeful Scott Jensen said the state should legalize "trivial quantities" of marijuana and erase the records of people imprisoned for it in the past, according to Marijuana Moment.

Jensen recently told The Star Tribune that the legalization of recreational marijuana, which has been delayed in the GOP-controlled Senate, should be put to voters as a constitutional amendment.

"I believe that makes a lot of sense if we can have a conversation and then put it on the ballot as an amendment," he added.

Medical Discrimination Against Marijuana Users Now Unlawful In CA

In California, a bill that protects patients' right to medical treatment if they use cannabis and the right of physicians and clinics to provide them with therapy has become law. According to Kron 4, Governor Gavin Newsom signed the law on Friday.

Assemblymember Bill Quirk's (D-Hayward) proposal, supported by California NORML, had bipartisan support as it moved through the assembly.

"Many physicians are mistakenly assuming that they cannot administer medicine to patients who test positive for cannabis," said Dale Gieringer, executive director of California NORML. The new rule clarifies that doctors cannot be prosecuted for treating patients who use or test positive for cannabis, even though it is illegal under federal law.

Panama Legalizes Marijuana for Medical and Therapeutic Purposes

According to The Brazilian Report, Panamanians can now legally use cannabis for medical, scientific, and therapeutic purposes after President Laurentino Cortizo signed two laws last week.

Cortizo stressed that plant-based product production will be subject to "tight import restrictions."

Meanwhile, the government established the National Directorate for Monitoring Medical Cannabis Activities, entrusted with "monitoring and oversight." The Panamian Public Security Ministry would be in charge of the regulating body.

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