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Dozens Of States Are Considering Marijuana Law Reform This Legislative Session; Is Your State One Of Them?

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director February 22, 2012

    Marijuana law reform legislation is pending in nearly 30 states this 2012 legislative session. Is your state among them? Find out here.

    More importantly, have you taken the time to call or write your state elected officials this year and urged them to support these pending reforms? If not, NORML has provided you with all of the tools to do so via our capwiz ‘Take Action Center’ here. (FYI: NORML’s capwiz page is specific to legislation only, not ballot initiative efforts. A summary pending 2012 ballot initiative campaigns may be found at NORML’s Legalize It 2012 page on Facebook here or on the NORML blog here.)

    Below is a synopsis of statewide legislation pending in 2012. Detailed information on bill numbers, hearing dates, and how you can get involved to support these efforts is available here.

    MEDICINAL MARIJUANA

    The following 20 states have legislation pending to enact limited legal protections for medicinal cannabis users and/or to improve existing medical marijuana laws:

    Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Wisconsin, West Virginia

    DECRIMINALIZATION

    The following states have legislation pending to reduce marijuana possession penalties to a non-criminal offense:

    Arizona, Hawaii, Indiana, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont

    REGULATION

    Legislation that seeks to legalize and regulate the commercial production and distribution of cannabis to adults is before lawmakers in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Legislators in Massachusetts have scheduled a public hearing on this measure, HB 1371, to take place on Tuesday, March 6.

    (Also of note, legislation that NORML opposes is pending in Colorado and Florida.)

    If your state isn’t listed above then please consider using NORML’s ‘Take Action Center’ to send a message to your members of Congress in support of HR 2306, the ‘Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act.’ You can do so here. Then consider taking the next step and contacting your state elected officials and urging them to take action.

    Get active; get NORML!

    80 Responses to “Dozens Of States Are Considering Marijuana Law Reform This Legislative Session; Is Your State One Of Them?”

    1. Richard says:

      its already decriminalized in new york. is this referring to further decriminalization?

      [Paul Armentano responds: Yes. Read the alert:

      http://capwiz.com/norml2/issues/alert/?alertid=46258521

    2. Hi,

      I’m the Director of Communications for Arkansans for Compassionate Care, and we’re working to put medical marijuana on the Arkansas ballot in 2012, too!

      I’d be happy to talk with someone more about our program and arrange a meeting with our Campaign Director, Ryan Denham.

      Sincerely,

      Shannon Steece
      Director of Communications
      Arkansans for Compassionate Care
      shannon@arcompassion.org

    3. Please vote for HR206 Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act. I know people personally that it has helped medically. Thank You

    4. Yao Romero says:

      Its about time to tand up for OUR rights for ths God-given plnt.

    5. I would like you to vote for HR206, Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act. I believe that it helps with cronic pains.

    6. Chuck Rogers says:

      I am a med user who is slowly dying on high dose opiate therapy for some major issues nvolving Fibromyalgia x Myofascil Pain Syndrome and PTSD and cyclic vomiting that has jumped through all the hoopes medicine has offerd from nerve medicine to accupuncture.Nothing works as well as high quality cannabis,and I also have Marinol scrit..doesnt work whilest puking.Come on Ny let me grow 15 plants of 5 different strains and save my wifes insurance thousands of dollars.

    7. Jared says:

      I love my state. Live free or die.

    8. Dillon says:

      I live in Pa!?? and it doesn’t seem like anything is happening with Medical Marijuana….I live in chronic pain and it sure would be nice!

      [Paul Armentano responds: There is medical marijuana legislation before lawmakers in Pennsylvania. Check the site for details and then contact the Chairs of the legislative committees and request hearings.]

    9. Michael says:

      Too many people have to suffer due to the inadequit laws some of our states have yet to update. Legalization of medicinal marijuana would be the smartest decision our states could make. Free the Weed!

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