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by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, March 22, 2019 (an hour ago)

SANTA FE, N.M. (BP) — Legislation decriminalizing basic possession of recreational marijuana in New Mexico is awaiting Gov. Michelle Grisham’s signature, days just after Florida lifted a ban on health-related marijuana cigarettes.

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In connected corporate news, CVS Pharmacy announced it will start promoting overall health and beauty solutions containing cannabidiol oil (CBD) from the hemp plant, a close relative of marijuana legalized nationally in December 2018 that does not make marijuana‘s characteristic euphoria.

New Mexico lawmakers authorized a bill March 15 to permit 1st-offense possession of a half-ounce of marijuana with no criminal penalty, but enabling fines of up to $50 on a case-by-case basis. Possession of bigger amounts remains topic to jail time, but possession is only deemed a felony at eight ounces or far more, according to the legislation, Senate Bill 323, posted at nmlegis.gov. Grisham is anticipated sign the bill into law.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill March 18 lifting a ban on smokable health-related marijuana. Florida voters authorized health-related marijuana use in 2016, but the state enacted a ban on smokable health-related marijuana the following year. A circuit court judge mentioned the ban was illegal in June 2018.

With the legislative advances, recreational marijuana is legal in at least 11 states and Washington D.C. At least 14 states have decriminalized its use.

In 2018, according to the National Council of State Legislatures (NCSL), 21 states viewed as bills to legalize recreational marijuana use amongst adults. In September 2018, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, exactly where 50,000 people today reside, became the 1st U.S. territory to legalize marijuana use and industrial sales by way of the legislative course of action, MedicalMarijuanaInc.com reported.

Health-related marijuana is legal in 33 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands, which legalized the solution in January, according to MedicalMarijuanaInc.com.

CVS announced March 20 it will start promoting solutions created with CBD from hemp at 800 of its pharmacies in eight states, namely Alabama, California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland and Tennessee.

Products will contain creams, sprays and roll-ons marketed “as an option supply of relief,” CVS told NBC News. Hemp has been touted as an productive remedy for many ailments which includes anxiousness, discomfort, inflammation and even cancer, but no claims have been verified by the FDA.

“We are carrying hemp-derived CBD solutions in choose states to assistance meet customer demand for option care choices,” NBC quoted CVS overall health spokesperson Mike DeAngelis as saying March 21.

According to the most up-to-date poll from Pew Analysis, 62 % of Americans mentioned in 2018 that marijuana use need to be legalized. Only 31 % favored legalization in 2000, Pew mentioned.

Legalized marijuana for recreational and health-related use is advancing at the state level, even as marijuana remains illegal in federal law for all purposes. Typically, the U.S. government has not imposed the federal criminalization of marijuana on states.

As of December 2018, recreational marijuana use was legal in Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oregon and Vermont, according to NCSL, but new legislative initiatives are fluid.

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