NORML’s Weekly Legislative Round Up

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director April 6, 2011

    Marijuana law reform legislation is pending in over twenty states, and liberalization measures have been pre-filed in many more. Below is this week’s edition of NORML’s Weekly Legislative Round Up — activists’ one-stop guide to the latest statewide votes and happenings relevant to marijuana law reform.

    For a listing of all of the pending marijuana law reform proposals that NORML is tracking, please visit NORML’s ‘Take Action Center’ here. (For a map of pending legislation, please visit here.)

    Arizona: The Arizona Department of Health Services last week finalized rules for the Arizona Medical Marijuana Program. Patients may begin qualifying for the program next week, and dispensary applications will be accepted beginning June 1. Program rules, physician certification forms, and answers to frequently asked questions are all available online here. Arizona is the fifteenth state since 1996 to allow for the use of medical cannabis by qualified patients.

    Connecticut: On Tuesday, members of the Joint Judiciary Committee overwhelmingly voted in favor Governor’s Bill No. 1015, which seeks to allow qualified patients to use and cultivate marijuana for medical purposes. The Committee is expected to act on separate decriminalization legislation (See NORML’s recent op/ed in favor here) imminently. You can support both proposals via NORML’s ‘Take Action Center’ here and here. You can get involved with Connecticut NORML here.

    Delaware: On Thursday, March 30, members of the Delaware Senate voted 18 to 3 in favor of Senate Bill 17, The Delaware Medical Marijuana Act. The measure now awaits action from the House of Representatives. You can contact your House member in support of this effort via NORML’s ‘Take Action Center’ here.

    Montana: Members of the Montana Senate last week resurrected and then passed House Bill 161, which repeals the state’s six-year-old, voter-approved medical marijuana law. Senate lawmakers voted 29 to 21 in favor of the GOP-backed measure, which had previously stalled in committee. The bill is now expected to go before Gov. Brian Schweitzer, a Democrat, who has voiced support for the state’s medical cannabis program. You can contact the Governor and urge him to veto this draconian legislation here. Additional information is available from our allies Montana NORML and Patients & Families United.

    North Carolina: Legislation that seeks to legalize the physician-supervised use of medical marijuana has been reintroduced in the North Carolina legislature. House Bill 577 amends state law to “authorize an individual to use marijuana for medical purposes as directed by a physician.” HB 577 would allow patients both the ability to cultivate their own cannabis at home or to purchase it at state licensed distribution centers. This proposal has been referred to the House Committee on Rules, Calendar, and Operations, but has yet to be assigned a hearing. You can urge your lawmakers to support this proposal here.

    Vermont: Senate lawmakers are expected to act this week on SB 17, which seeks to allow for state-licensed facilities to provide medical marijuana to authorized patients. Similar legislation is already in place in several states, including Colorado, Maine, New Mexico, and Rhode Island. You can contact your state Senator about SB 17 via NORML’s ‘Take Action Center’ here.

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

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    2. Rebel with a Cause says:

      Arrr maties! Be sharp on ye toes, or I’ll throw ye bones the sharks – Arrr!

      These “pot-phobic prohibs” are nothing more than “political privateers.” They ought to wear a bandana on their head, a patch over their eye, have a scar on their cheek, and a dagger between their teeth so we can identify them. Where’s the cops when we need them? Oh that’s right! – they’re screaming, sword waving robots. Well! – We’re on the frigate U.S.S. Constitution – so – let’s see who rules the high seas – 4-20 @ 4:20.

    3. Aiki says:

      DON’T FORGET about Illinois House Bill 30, which just passed the last committee vote 6-5 last week and now awaits a full house vote! The companion Senate bill has already passed, so there truly is this final vote that will bring MMJ into Illinois: Governor Quinn already said he would sign the law if it was brought to him.

      [Paul Armentano responds: Illinois NORML has been longtime advocates on the ground for medical marijuana reform in Illinois. You can get involved with them at: http://illinoisnorml.org/.%5D

    4. Manny - Genesis - San Diego Colony says:

      P.S to Rebel

      How prohibs ever got elected to office is one of life’s great mysteries.

      It’s been said – “Past behavior is an indication of future behavior.‘ It’s also been said – “Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future.” With these two points in mind – it’s absolutely unimaginable how prohibitionists ever got elected to office. As a personal note – I would die defending my freedom from prohibitionists – but – that’s a personal choice – not to allow prohibs to run my life. Thank God – I still have a personal choice.

    5. hippie dude says:

      what is all this crap? all we want is to get stoned legally, PERIOD!!!!!

    6. NC NORML says:

      For all NC residents, write your legislators! http://www.ncleg.net

      Follow “NC NORML of Raleigh” on facebook!

    7. Nic says:

      The High Seas and The Deep Waters, Obama wants another ‘chance, in some subterranean place, I will forget Obama, I will forget all those sound bites, the newts and the loud speakers under the lamp posts, Is there one man who will testify that Cannabis has not killed any man?

      The next President of These United Free States must commit to dissolve the dea, the controlled substance act, here in the USA.

    8. Nic says:

      In that meantime while the new budget is forming, and the chance of shutting the government rests in the balance, as a sovereign citizen in The US, I say shut it down, no more money GOD BLESS YOU

    9. Conservative Christian says:

      In just about every state, you can google the terms “statename” and “campaign finance” and you’ll find a database of all the campaign finances to every elected official. Check out your state, and look for contributions from “alcohol” “beverage” “hospitality” “beer” “liquor” “wine” “spirits” (and other alcohol-related terms) and see who they’re giving money to. Or simply search for the politician’s name and see who the contributors are. Publicize the info! It’s amazing how many “safety” politicians are actually taking campaign contributions from the alcohol and prison industries. Check in your state and post what you find!