NORML’s Weekly Legislative Round Up

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director May 28, 2009

    Yesterday’s NORML blog post notwithstanding, a number of state legislatures continue to move forward in support of sensible marijuana law reform.

    Here are some highlights and ways you can help.

    Rhode Island: House members overwhelmingly approved legislation last week regulating the establishment of state-licensed ‘compassion centers’ to manufacture and provide medical marijuana to authorized patients. Rhode Island’s legislature is the first state on the east coast to move forward with such legislation, which was approved by a vote of 63 to 5 in the House and 35 to 2 in the Senate. The margins are large enough to override a veto from Republican Gov. Donald Carcieri, who has voiced opposition to the measure. If you live in Rhode Island and want to learn more about this effort, please visit: http://ripatients.org.

    Illinois: On Wednesday members of the Illinois Senate passed SB 1381, the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act. UPDATE! On Thursday, members of the House Human Services Committee also passed the bill, and the full House is expected to act on it imminently. If you live in Illinois, you can voice your support in favor this legislation by going here and here. UPDATE#2! The House convened for its summer session without taking a floor vote on SB 1381. House members may decide to take up the issue later this fall or next spring.

    New Hampshire: As we reported yesterday, lawmakers are still trying to negotiate a compromise with Democrat Gov. John Lynch, who has threatened to veto medical marijuana legislation recently passed by the House and Senate. Our allies on the ground, NH Compassion, are encouraging voters to contact Gov. Lynch and urge him not to stand in the way of medical marijuana law reform. You can contact the governor by going here and here.

    New Jersey: Members of the state assembly Health and Senior Services Committee are scheduled to hear testimony in favor of A 804, the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act, on Thursday, June 4, at 10am. (Full details available online here.) A companion bill, S 119, has already been approved by the Senate, and Democrat Gov. John Corzine has promised to sign medical marijuana legislation into law if it reaches his desk. You can help support this campaign by going here and by contacting your member of the assembly here.

    Delaware: Members of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee are considering legislation, SB 94, to allow for patients with a debilitating medical condition to grow and possess cannabis. The proposal is the first marijuana law reform bill to be before lawmakers in recent memory. Proponents can contact their senate members in support of the measure here.

    For information on additional state and federal marijuana law reform legislation, please visit NORML’s Take Action page here.

    66 responses to “NORML’s Weekly Legislative Round Up”

    1. Luke says:

      Great news from Illinois!!

      The governor said he won’t veto it, correct ?
      I think we got this!!

    2. wolf says:

      one by one, state by state, things are changing, america.
      so for all of you prohibitionists with a major stick up your ass, you are progressively losing this battle.
      its been a long time coming, and we will have our say, and our way in this war.
      Smokers of this great nation of ours, as long as we keep fighting like this we will win.


    3. carlos says:

      If people really want to do something then whenever you’re brought for jury duty keep in mind that you ARE supposed to judge guilt based on whether or not YOU think the law is just in the first place. Towards the end of prohibition on alcohol half of all cases ended in ACQUITTAL even when the law was blatantly broken. This is the TRUE trial by jury: all cases are by jury no matter severity, there is no selective picking to avoid people who know their rights, A guilty verdict must be unanimous, 12 people selected for a variety of views and backgrounds make up the jury, ONLY the jury can find guilt. It is against the law for a lawyer to tell a jury, or mention anytime especially in court, this is their RIGHT. Neither are judges to be allowed to exclude evidence pertaining to the WHOLE TRUTH nor should they misinform jurors of their right and DUTY to determine the legality of the law. Do we not live in a country with constitutional common law with trial by jury? DEMOCRACY means POWER in the hands of the PEOPLE. How can we be guaranteed to live in a democracy when our government sabotages our right and duty to see the ultimate application of the law? TRUE Trial by jury is the ONLY way to guarantee democracy and freedom, anything less will eventually fall into despotism. If the government was not inclined to create and enforce injust laws than they would not fear a true trial by jury. Try to say as little as possible interviewed for court, you do not have to EXPLAIN why you chose not guilty it’s one of your rights that has been trampled on. If Trial by jury was never tampered with marijuana wouldn’t have been made illegal, because no 12 could possibly see the danger of cannabis if they were told the WHOLE TRUTH. Our feedom is under attack and only TRUE TRIAL BY JURY can save it.

    4. Zeriam says:

      In addition to voting YES to http://opengov.ideascale.com/akira/dtd/3191-4049 and/or http://opengov.ideascale.com/akira/dtd/2762-4049 vote NO to http://opengov.ideascale.com/akira/dtd/3161-4049 as it is not only a terrible idea, but the only issue with more votes than either of these two marijuana policy change topics.

    5. carlos says:

      If brought up on marijuana cahrges represent yourself, request a jury, and ask counsel to be amicus curae, then hand them an issue of THE REPORT: Cannabis; Fact, Human Rights, and the Law. you must hand them the actual book the court will not accept any other kind of copy and while you’re at it read the book it is very enlightening.

    6. Craig says:

      Let’s say it loud and clear to the law enforcement and prohibitionists.

      If you support prohibition then you support TERRORISM.

      It’s as simple as that folks. They are keeping the market in the hands of the cartels and terrorists instead of American business.

      Next time you see someone against legalization, let them know that they support terrorism. Because it’s true.

    7. JediMonk says:

      Do your part, lazy stoners! Take 5 minutes and send the Reps an email; literally it takes 5 minutes and if you dont act now then you’re full of sh!t and have no reason to b!tch about the government!

    8. The Skeptical Floridian says:

      Still nothing in Florida that I know of yet. Really sad state of affairs. I think lawmakers think this is a joke; we will see who has the last laugh….

    9. Jeff says:

      All 50 States shoulD Legalize Marijuana!!!!!!

    10. Anonymous says:

      “New Jersey: Members of the state assembly Health and Senior Services Committee are scheduled to hear testimony in favor of A 804, the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act, on Monday, June 4.”

      um… dont you mean either monday, june 1, or thurday, june 4th?