NORML’s Weekly Legislative Round Up

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director January 31, 2012

    January 2012 marks the beginning of a new legislative session in all 50 states. Already, marijuana law reform legislation is pending (or has been pre-filed) in over a dozen states. To keep up to date with what’s pending, and how you can support marijuana-friendly reform measures in your state, please visit NORML’s ‘Take Action Center’ here.

    You can also stay abreast of 2012 statewide ballot initiative efforts, such as those ongoing in Colorado and elsewhere, via NORML’s Legalize 2012 Facebook page here.

    Below is this week’s edition of NORML’s Weekly Legislative Round Up — where we spotlight specific examples of pending marijuana law reform legislation from around the country.

    ** A note to first time readers: NORML can not introduce legislation in your state. Nor can any other non-profit advocacy organization. Only your state representatives, or in some cases an individual constituent (by way of their representative; this is known as introducing legislation ‘by request’) can do so. NORML can — and does — work closely with like-minded politicians and citizens to reform marijuana laws, and lobbies on behalf of these efforts. But ultimately the most effective way — and the only way — to successfully achieve statewide marijuana law reform is for local stakeholders and citizens to become involved in the political process and to make the changes they want to see. Get active; get NORML!

    ALABAMA: The Michael Phillips Compassionate Care Act (HB 25) which seeks to enact legal protections for authorized medical marijuana patients, has been marked for reintroduction in the Alabama Legislature for the session starting on February 7th. It is currently assigned to the House Committee on Health. A separate medical cannabis bill, House Bill 66, has also been prefiled in the House and is also before to the House Committee on Health, while a third measure that seeks to reduce penalties on adult cannabis possession is anticipated to be introduced shortly. You can learn more about these efforts via NORML’s ‘Take Action Center’ here.

    INDIANA: Senate lawmakers heard testimony on Tuesday, January 24, in favor of legislation, SB 347, to decriminalize marijuana possession penalties in Indiana. Lawmakers on Senate Committee on Corrections, Criminal, and Civil Matters did not vote on the measure. Therefore, there is still time for constituents to contact their Senate members and encourage them to support marijuana law reform. You can do so via NORML’s ‘Take Action Center’ here. A separate House measure, HB 1370, that seeks to legalize the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes, is pending before the House Committee on Public Policy.

    KANSAS: House Bill 2330, which seeks to enact legal protections for authorized medical marijuana patients, was heard by the House Committee on Health and Human Services on Tuesday, January 24th. You can read media coverage of the hearing here and here. You can track the progress of this measure and contact your state elected officials regarding HB 2330 here.

    NEW HAMPSHIRE: Members of the House Criminal Justice Committee heard testimony on Thursday, January 25, in favor of House Bill 1705, which seeks to allow adults age 21 or over to use marijuana legally in their home. The measure also seeks to establish a regulated cannabis market governing the wholesale production and sale of marijuana. Non-commercial transactions involving less than one ounce of cannabis would not be subject to state taxation or regulation under the measure. You can watch clips from the hearing here and you can contact your elected officials in support of the measure here.

    The House Criminal Justice Committee is also scheduled to hear testimony this Thursday in favor of separate legislation, HB 1526, which seeks reduce the penalties on minor marijuana possession offenses (up to one ounce) from a criminal misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a $2,000 fine to a nominal monetary penalty of no more than $100.00. To contact your House representative regarding HB 1526, please visit NORML’s ‘Take Action Center’ here.

    VIRGINIA: Legislation seeking to establish a joint study committee to investigate the fiscal impact of regulating the production and sale of marijuana to adults 21 and over is anticipated to be heard by the Virginia House Committee on Rules as soon as this Thursday. You can read NORML’s published op/eds in support of this measure here and here. To learn more about House Joint Resolution 140, please visit Virginia NORML or contact your state officials here.

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

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    2. Kristie Bradley says:

      It’s about time. The government is finally listening to the people that put them in power and pay their paychecks.

    3. The Oracle says:

      I’d like to be able to use your capitalwiz email finder and sender to email politicians canned letters or my own letter about legalizing cannabis anytime, not just when I get a Take Action letter link. Just check off a box for pols I want to send to. Also, send them a gift, like everybody on Valentine’s Day action to send politicians the message on a heart or in chocolate, whatever is in compliance with sending a gift. Figuratively killing them with kindness.

      How much chocolate would they get? And how much weigh would they have put on over the weeks by the time they got done eating it all.

      I feel the same way about people in Pennsylvania having to register as Nol van Schaik does about people having to register for the wietpas in the Netherlands. It has people come out of the shadows, out of the closet, under the guise that there is no danger, and then the feds swoop in on their prey. There’s a whole concatenation of negative results being in the establishment’s system that can be exercised against you by agencies of the government and by insurance companies, banks. And who knows who else who is out to get you that could and would use it against you? It’s what they’re doing right now to folks in California and Colorado, Montana, you know, letting them think they’ll be left alone and then go in an round em all up.

      It’s a type of exclusion, an Ausschluss, a forced banishment and shunning.

      The feds are just plain sick, politicians worse so to understand the problem and still not legalize cannabis

    4. riverman says:

      Kentucky is on the verge of having industrial hemp. As a taxpayer besides calling my rep or legislation can I propose a bill or law to the state?

    5. Hopefully it will change I saw an article on yahoo that looked like things are starting to look good!

    6. NYresident says:

      And what about NEW YORK CITY you ask?

      BEDFORD PARK (WABC) — At 382 East 197th Street, members of a multi-agency drug task force loaded bags full of marijuana plants into a minivan.

      It’s part of a drug investigation that on this day netted 1.5 million dollars worth of marijuana.

      All of it was stashed in two apartments in one building.Literally, neighbors could see a bright light coming from in the two apartments. Authorities say someone had set up a hydroponics lab.

      They were growing the marijuana right here on the 4th and 5th floors of the building with children and families in nearby apartments.

      Law enforcement officials tell us there are more of these marijuana labs in city apartments than you might think.

      Law enforcement says the price of marijuana has gone up and as a result more indoor labs like these are sprouting up in the city.

      So while it is significant, officials say it is only the tip of the iceberg. In this case, members of the NYPD, DEA and New York State Police seized about 200 marijuana plants.

      Now that they have the drugs, they say the arrests are pending.

      (Copyright ©2012 WABC-TV/DT. All Rights Reserved.)

    7. Mike says:

      Why should we / anyone vote to reelect President Obama it he does Not legalize and end prohibition? That is the question to be asked.

    8. David Price says:

      Ohio actually has 2 ballots having thier signatures being collected.

    9. Fed-Up says:

      and you ask the stepford wifes…

      Its …very…evil,Bro.

      I love … i still love…You

      Ron Paul….dude you are the man.