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  • by Carly Wolf, NORML State Policies Coordinator June 23, 2019

    Welcome to the latest edition of NORML’s Weekly Legislative Roundup!

    This week, history was made. For the first time ever, the U.S. House of Representatives just voted to restrict the Department of Justice from interfering with the states that have legalized adult-use marijuana.

    Also this week, the House Committee on Small Business held a hearing to discuss the economic and employment opportunities in the emerging legal cannabis industry and the challenges that federal prohibition and criminalization pose in regards to the Small Business Administration.

    New York state lawmakers approved legislation on Friday to further expand cannabis decriminalization and expunge certain records. The bill now heads to the Governor.

    Governor Kate Brown (D) signed legislation into law to to automatically conduct a review of past misdemeanor cannabis convictions, and to “set aside” offenses that are no longer a crime under state law.

    Governor John Bel Edwards (D) of Louisiana signed legislation into law to deschedule hemp and hemp-derived CBD from the state’s list of controlled substances.

    Activists in Nebraska working to qualify a 2020 medical cannabis ballot initiative are almost 10,000 signatures deep.

    At a more local level, the district attorney for Monroe County, New York will no longer prosecute cases involving low-level cannabis possession.

    California

    Legislation is pending, Senate Bill 223, to allow medical cannabis to be administered to patients at school.

    Update: SB 223 was heard and approved by the Assembly Education Committee on 6/19/19. The bill is scheduled for a hearing in the Judiciary Committee on 6/25/19.

    CA resident? Click here to email your lawmakers in support of medical cannabis access at school

    Legislation is pending, Senate Bill 34, which would exempt compassionate care programs from paying state cannabis taxes when they are providing free medical cannabis to financially disadvantaged people living with serious health conditions.

    Update: SB 34 is scheduled for a hearing in the Assembly Revenue And Taxation Committee on 7/2/19.

    CA resident? Click here to email your lawmakers in support of compassionate care programs

    Legislation is pending, Senate Bill 51, to assist financial institutions in safely conducting transactions with licensed cannabis businesses.

    Update: SB 51 is scheduled for a hearing in the Assembly Business And Professions Committee on 7/9/19.

    CA resident? Click here to email your lawmakers in support of banking access

    Delaware

    Bipartisan legislation is pending, Senate Bill 37, that would reform the expungement processes for individuals convicted of non-violent marijuana-related offenses.

    If enacted, the bill would expand the pool of those eligible to seek expungement to include those convicted of a single misdemeanor or felony charge related to marijuana.

    Update: SB 37 was reported out of the House Appropriations Committee on its merits (recommending that action be taken, without specifying what that action should be).

    DE resident? Click here to email your lawmakers in support of expungement

    Legislation is pending, Senate Bill 45, to amend certain marijuana penalties for juvenile offenders.

    Under state law, adults face civil penalties for minor marijuana possession offenses. Senate Bill 45 would make this policy consistent for juvenile offenders.

    Update: SB 45 was approved by the Senate on 6/20/19, and now heads to the House. The bill is scheduled for a hearing in the House Health & Human Development Committee on 6/27/19.

    DE resident? Click here to email your lawmakers in support of juvenile decriminalization

    Legislation is pending, Senate Bill 24, to expand access to medical cannabis in the state.

    The measure would give doctors the discretion to recommend medical cannabis to any patient for whom they believe will benefit from its therapeutic use.

    Update: SB 24 was reported out of the Senate Health and Social Services Committee on its merits on 6/20/19.

    DE resident? Click here to email your lawmakers in support of letting doctors, not politicians, decide

    Massachusetts

    Legislation is pending, S. 978, that would prohibit employers from arbitrarily discriminating against employees who legally consume marijuana off-the-job in accordance with state law.

    Update: S. 978 was heard by the Joint Committee on The Judiciary on 6/17/19.

    MA resident? Click here to email your lawmakers in support of consumer employment protections

    North Carolina

    Legislation is pending, Senate Bill 315, to amend the state’s existing industrial hemp law to be in compliance with the new federal hemp regulations.

    Update: S. 315 was approved by the Senate on 6/17/19, and now heads to the House. The bill is scheduled for a hearing in the House Agriculture Committee on 6/25/19.

    NC resident? Click here to email your lawmakers in support of industrial hemp production

    New Jersey

    Recently introduced legislation, A20, seeks to significantly expand the state’s medical cannabis program.

    The measure facilitates the expansion of additional medical cannabis providers, while also expanding the amount of cannabis a patient may legally purchase and possess. It allows limited social consumption spaces, reciprocity for out-of-state patients, shields registered patients from employment discrimination and the loss of child custody, and phases out retail sales taxes on medical cannabis, among other changes.

    Update: A20 was approved by the Assembly and Senate on 6/20/19, and now heads to the governor’s desk.

    NJ resident? Click here to email your lawmakers in support of medical cannabis expansion

    Wisconsin

    Legislation is pending, AB 206 / SB 188, to amend the state’s existing industrial hemp law to be in compliance with the new federal hemp regulations.

    Update: The Senate Agriculture, Revenue and Financial Institutions Committee held a work session in SB 188 on 6/19/19.

    WI resident? Click here to email your lawmakers in support of industrial hemp production

  • by Carly Wolf, NORML State Policies Coordinator June 14, 2019

    Welcome to the latest edition of NORML’s Weekly Legislative Roundup!

    The U.S. House of Representatives’ Small Business Committee will hold a hearing on Wednesday on the challenges and opportunities small businesses face in the cannabis industry. Another hearing is scheduled for Thursday, where the Veterans Affairs Committee will discuss various bills that are pending regarding medical cannabis programs and veterans access.

    Governor John Bel Edwards (D) of Louisiana signed legislation into law giving patients the option to inhale medical cannabis through vaporization.

    Governor Doug Ducey (R) of Arizona signed legislation into law to establish medical cannabis testing standards.

    Governor Janet Mills (D) of Maine signed legislation into law facilitating reciprocity for out-of-state medical cannabis patients visiting Maine.

    Governor Kay Ivey (R) of Alabama signed legislation into law to create a commission to study medical CBD.

    Activists in Mississippi have collected approximately two thirds of the needed signatures to qualify a medical cannabis ballot initiative in 2020.

    Ohio’s State Medical Board denied petitions to add depression, insomnia and opioid use disorder to the state’s list of medical cannabis qualifying conditions. The Board delayed consideration of adding autism and anxiety.

    At a more local level, the Cincinnati, Ohio city council approved a measure to decriminalize up to 100 grams of cannabis possession.

    Following are the bills that we’ve tracked this week and as always, check NORML’s Action Center for legislation pending in your state.

    Don’t forget to sign up for our email list, and we will keep you posted as these bills and more move through your home state legislature and U.S. Congress. Another great way to stay up to date is Marijuana Moment’s daily newsletter, which you can subscribe to HERE.

    Your Highness,
    Carly

    Actions to Take

    Federal

    The Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act and to provide funding for the expungement of criminal records for those with past marijuana convictions.

    Send a message to your federal lawmakers in support of this important legislation

    California

    Legislation is pending, Senate Bill 34, which would exempt compassionate care programs from paying state cannabis taxes when they are providing free medical cannabis to financially disadvantaged people living with serious health conditions.

    Update: SB 34 was heard and approved by the Assembly Business And Professions Committee on 6/11/19.

    CA resident? Click here to email your lawmakers in support of compassionate care programs

    Legislation is pending, Senate Bill 305, to permit qualified patients the ability to access medical cannabis preparations while in health care facilities.

    Update: SB 305 is scheduled for a hearing in the Assembly Health Committee on 7/2/19.

    CA resident? Click here to email your lawmakers in support of expanded medical access

    Legislation is pending, Senate Bill 51, to assist financial institutions in safely conducting transactions with licensed cannabis businesses.

    Update: SB 51 is scheduled for a hearing in the Assembly Banking And Finance Committee on 6/24/19.

    CA resident? Click here to email your lawmakers in support of banking access

    Delaware

    Legislation is pending, Senate Bill 24, to expand access to medical cannabis in the state.

    The measure would give doctors the discretion to recommend medical cannabis to any patient for whom they believe will benefit from its therapeutic use.

    Update: SB 24 is scheduled for a hearing in the Health & Social Services Committee on 6/17/19 at 2:30pm in the Senate Hearing Room.

    DE resident? Click here to email your lawmakers in support of letting doctors, not politicians, decide

    New Hampshire

    Legislation is pending, House Bill 459, to amend the state’s existing industrial hemp law to be in compliance with the new federal hemp regulations.

    Update: The House disagreed with the Senate’s amendments to HB 459, so the bill now heads to conference committee for reconciliation.

    NH resident? Click here to email your lawmakers in support of industrial hemp production

    North Carolina

    Legislation is pending, Senate Bill 315, to amend the state’s existing industrial hemp law to be in compliance with the new federal hemp regulations.

    Update: S. 315 was heard and approved by the Committee on Judiciary on 6/11/19, and was then heard by the Committee on Finance on 6/12.

    NC resident? Click here to email your lawmakers in support of industrial hemp production

  • by Carly Wolf, NORML State Policies Coordinator June 7, 2019

    Legalize MarijuanaWelcome to the latest edition of NORML’s Weekly Legislative Roundup!

    This week, the Appropriations Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives has for the first time included limited protections for cannabis businesses engaged in the legal marketplaces in 33 states.

    Governor Steve Sisolak (D) of Nevada signed legislation into law that prohibits certain employers from refusing to hire a worker because he or she tested positive for cannabis, as well as legislation encouraging financial institutions to work with licensed marijuana businesses and to process financial transactions and separate legislation to allow industrial hemp production.

    Governor Kate Brown (D) of Oregon signed legislation into law that prohibits landlords from arbitrarily refusing to provide housing access to an individual based solely on their status as a medical cannabis patient, or based solely on an individual’s prior cannabis conviction.

    Governor John Bel Edwards (D) of Louisiana signed legislation into law to allow the production of industrial hemp and hemp-derived CBD products.

    Nebraska activists are almost 1,400 signatures deep in hopes of qualifying a 2020 medical cannabis ballot initiative.

    Connecticut physicians can now recommend medical cannabis to those with five additional conditions, after the Board of Physicians recommended adding interstitial cystitis; medial arcuate ligament syndrome, or MALS syndrome; and vulvodynia and vulvar burning; Tourette syndrome; and intractable neuropathic pain that is unresponsive to standard medical treatments.

    Similarly, New Mexico’s Department of Health added Alzheimer’s disease, autism spectrum disorder, Friedreich’s Ataxia, Lewy Body Disease, and Spinal muscular atrophy to the state’s list of medical cannabis qualifying conditions.

    Following are the bills that we’ve tracked this week and as always, check NORML’s Action Center for legislation pending in your state.

    Don’t forget to sign up for our email list, and we will keep you posted as these bills and more move through your home state legislature and U.S. Congress. Another great way to stay up to date is Marijuana Moment’s daily newsletter, which you can subscribe to HERE.

    Your Highness,
    Carly

    Actions to Take

    Federal

    The Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act and to provide funding for the expungement of criminal records for those with past marijuana convictions.

    Send a message to your federal lawmakers in support of this important legislation

    California

    Legislation is pending, Senate Bill 223, to allow medical cannabis to be administered to patients at school.

    The measure permits a parent or guardian to administer medical cannabis to their child patient on school grounds in a non-smoking and non-vaping form.

    Update: SB 223 is scheduled for a hearing in the Assembly Education Committee on 6/19/19.

    CA resident? Click here to email your lawmakers in support of allowing medical cannabis access at school

    Legislation is pending, Senate Bill 34, which would exempt compassionate care programs from paying state cannabis taxes when they are providing free medical cannabis to financially disadvantaged people living with serious health conditions.

    Update: SB 34 is scheduled for a hearing in the Assembly Business And Professions Committee on 6/11/2019 at 9:30am in the State Capitol, room 4202.

    CA resident? Click here to email your lawmakers in support of compassionate care programs

    Delaware

    Lawmakers in Delaware are considering legislation, House Bill 110, to legalize and regulate adult marijuana use.

    Update: HB 110 was approved by the House Revenue and Finance Committee on 6/5/19.

    DE resident? Click here to email your lawmakers in support of this effort

    Louisiana

    Legislation is pending, House Bill 358, to give qualified patients the option to inhale cannabis for medical purposes through vaporization.

    Update: HB 358 was approved by the Senate on 6/3/19, and now heads to the governor’s desk.

    LA resident? Click here to email your governor in support of medical cannabis inhalation

    Legislation is pending, House Bill 507, to exempt “marijuana recommended for therapeutic use” from state and local sales and use taxes.

    Update: HB 507 was approved by the Senate an House on 6/4/19, and now heads to the governor’s desk.

    LA resident? Click here to email your lawmakers in support of medical cannabis tax exemptions

    Legislation is pending, House Bill 138, to remove hemp and “cannabidiol when contained in a drug product approved by the FDA,” from the list of controlled substances.

    Update: HB 138 was approved by the Senate on 6/3/19, and now heads to the governor’s desk.

    LA resident? Click here to email your governor in support of descheduling hemp

    North Carolina

    Legislation is pending, Senate Bill 315, to amend the state’s existing industrial hemp law to be in compliance with the new federal hemp regulations.

    Update: S. 315 was approved by the Agriculture/Environment/Natural Resources Committee on 6/6/19.

    NC resident? Click here to email your lawmakers in support of industrial hemp production

    Ohio

    Legislation is pending, Senate Bill 57, to establish an industrial hemp pilot program to be in compliance with the new federal hemp regulations.

    Update: SB 57 was heard and approved by the House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee on 6/4/19.

    OH resident? Click here to email your lawmakers in support of industrial hemp production

    Oregon

    Legislation is pending, Senate Bill 420, to expand upon Oregon’s expungement law.

    The measure would direct the Department of Justice to automatically conduct a review of past misdemeanor cannabis convictions, and to “set aside” offenses that are no longer a crime under state law.

    Update: SB 420 was approved by the House of Representatives on 6/3/19, and now heads to the governor’s desk.

    OR resident? Click here to email your lawmakers in support of expungement

  • by Carly Wolf, NORML State Policies Coordinator May 31, 2019

    Welcome to the latest edition of NORML’s Weekly Legislative Roundup!

    This week, the US Food and Drug Administration is taking in-person public testimony with regard to the “manufacturing, product quality, marketing, labeling, and sale” of CBD-infused retail products.

    Governor Jared Polis (D) of Colorado signed multiple cannabis reform bills into law that regulate cannabis delivery services and social consumption spaces, and reduce criminal penalties for the possession of large quantities of cannabis.

    Governor Steve Sisolak (D) of Nevada signed legislation into law this week to allow individuals to get their records vacated for offenses that are no longer a crime in the state.

    Members of the New Hampshire Senate voted to delay consideration of a House-passed legalization bill until later this year.

    Following are the bills that we’ve tracked this week and as always, check NORML’s Action Center for legislation pending in your state.

    Don’t forget to sign up for our email list, and we will keep you posted as these bills and more move through your home state legislature and U.S. Congress. Another great way to stay up to date is Marijuana Moment’s daily newsletter, which you can subscribe to HERE.

    Your Highness,
    Carly

    Actions to Take

    Federal

    The Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act and to provide funding for the expungement of criminal records for those with past marijuana convictions.

    Send a message to your federal lawmakers in support of this important legislation

    Alabama

    Legislation is pending, Senate Bill 236, to allow qualifying patients with certain debilitating conditions to use and safely access medical cannabis.

    Update: A substitute version of SB 236 that would create a commission to study the use of medical CBD was approved by the House of Representatives on 5/29/19. The bill now heads to the governor’s desk.

    AL resident? Click here to email your governor in support of medical cannabis access

    Legislation is pending, Senate Bill 225, to amend the state’s existing industrial hemp law to be in compliance with the new federal hemp regulations.

    Update: SB 225 was approved by the House of Representatives on 5/29/19, and now heads to the governor’s desk.

    AL resident? Click here to email your governor in support of industrial hemp production

    Arizona

    Legislation is pending, Senate Bill 1494, to require the Department of Human Services to establish standards related to testing medical cannabis products.

    Update: SB 1494 was approved by the House and Senate on 5/27/19, and now heads to the governor’s desk.

    AZ resident? Click here to email your lawmakers in support of testing standards

    Legislation is pending, Senate Bill 1286, to expand patient access to medical cannabis in Arizona.

    The measure would allow additional dispensaries to operate in unincorporated areas of the state that are not within 25 miles of an existing dispensary.

    Update: SB 1286 was approved by the House of Representatives on 5/27/19, and now will go to a conference committee to reconcile amendments made to the bill.

    AZ resident? Click here to email your lawmakers in support of expanded patient access

    Illinois

    Legislation is pending, The Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act, to regulate the use, possession, cultivation, and retail sale of adult use marijuana.

    Update: The bill was approved by the Senate on 5/29/19, and the House of Representatives on 5/30. The bill now heads to the governor’s desk.

    IL resident? Click here to email your governor in support of legalization

    Legislation is pending, House Bill 2980 / Senate Bill 2023, to amend the Illinois Banking Act and the Illinois Credit Union Act in a manner that facilitates banks and other financial institutions to safely conduct transactions with licensed marijuana businesses.

    Update: SB 2023 was approved by the House Judiciary Criminal Committee on 5/29/19.

    IL resident? Click here to email your lawmakers in support of banking access

     Louisiana

    Legislation is pending, House Bill 138, to remove hemp and “cannabidiol when contained in a drug product approved by the FDA,” from the list of controlled substances.

    Update: HB 138 was heard and approved by the Senate Committee on Judiciary on 5/28/19.

    LA resident? Click here to email your lawmakers in support of descheduling hemp

    Nevada

    Legislation is pending, SB 430, that would expand the pool of individuals eligible for medical cannabis.

    The measure would permit physicians to recommend cannabis therapy to those diagnosed with anxiety, autism, opioid addiction or dependence, anorexia nervosa, among others.

    Update: SB 430 was approved by the Assembly on a concurrence vote on 5/28/19, and now heads to the governor’s desk.

    NV resident? Click here to email your governor in support of medical expansion

    Legislation is pending, AB 132, to protect cannabis consumers from employment discrimination.

    This measure prohibits employers from arbitrarily discriminating against prospective employees who legally consume cannabis off-the-job in accordance with state law.

    Update: AB 132 was approved by the Assembly on a concurrence vote on 5/28/19, and now heads to the governor’s desk.

    NV resident? Click here to email your governor in support of employment protections

    New Hampshire

    Legislation is pending, House Bill 399, to permit those convicted of past marijuana offenses to seek an expungement of their criminal records.

    Update: HB 335 was approved by the Senate on 5/30/19, and now heads to the governor.

    NH resident? Click here to email your lawmakers in support of expungement

    Legislation is pending, House Bill 335, to expand access to medical cannabis in New Hampshire.

    The measure would allow the Department of Health and Human Services to authorize additional dispensary licenses in certain geographic areas of the state.

    Update: HB 335 was approved by the Senate on 5/30/19, and now heads to the governor.

    NH resident? Click here to email your lawmakers in support of medical expansion

     New Jersey

    Senate Bill 10 and Assembly Bill 10 would expand patients’ access to medical cannabis.

    The measure facilitates the expansion of additional medical cannabis growers and providers, while also expanding the amount of cannabis a patient may legally purchase and possess. It further expands the pool of licensed health professional who may recommend medical cannabis, and shields registered patients from employment discrimination and the loss of child custody. It also phases out retail sales taxes on medical cannabis, amongst other changes.

    Update: A10/S10 was approved by the Senate on 5/30/19, and now heads to the governor’s desk.

    NJ resident? Click here to email your governor in support of medical expansion

    North Carolina

    Legislation is pending, Senate Bill 315, to amend the state’s existing industrial hemp law to be in compliance with the new federal hemp regulations.

    Update: S. 3156 was heard by the Senate Agriculture/Environment/Natural Resources Committee on 5/30/19, and is scheduled for another hearing in the committee on 6/5.

    NC resident? Click here to email your lawmakers in support of industrial hemp production

    Oregon

    Legislation is pending, Senate Bill 420, to expand upon Oregon’s expungement law.

    The measure would direct the Department of Justice to automatically conduct a review of past misdemeanor cannabis convictions, and to “set aside” offenses that are no longer a crime under state law.

    Update: SB 420 was approved by the House Judiciary Committee on 5/30/19.

    OR resident? Click here to email your lawmakers in support of expungement

    Legislation is pending, Senate Bill 970, to protect state-sanctioned medical cannabis patients, as well as those with prior or pending cannabis convictions, from housing discrimination.

    Update: SB 970 was approved by the House of Representatives on 5/28/19, and now heads to the governor’s desk.

    OR resident? Click here to email your lawmakers in support of housing protections

    Rhode Island

    Legislation is pending to facilitate equity among those licensed to operate in the medical cannabis industry.

    H. 6069 would require the Department of Business Regulation to prioritize licensing applications submitted by those who live in communities disproportionately impacted by marijuana prohibition, and create an economic opportunity fund to provide loans to qualifying businesses.

    H. 6073 and H. 6070 seek to implement policies that would ensure the equitable distribution of medical cannabis business licenses and create an economic opportunity fund to provide loans to qualifying businesses.

    H. 5795 would create funds to offer technical assistance to economically disadvantaged individuals who wish to enter into the medical cannabis industry.

    Update: All four bills were heard by the House Finance Committee on 5/29/19, and then held for further study, killing the bills for this session.

    RI resident? Click here to email your lawmakers in support of equity in the medical cannabis industry

  • by Carly Wolf, NORML State Policies Coordinator May 24, 2019

    Welcome to the latest edition of NORML’s Weekly Legislative Roundup!

    An activist group in North Dakota filed paperwork to begin petitioning for another adult use marijuana legalization ballot initiative in 2020. The group then withdrew the measure so they can amend the language.

    Members of the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission have decided to advance plans to regulate social marijuana use facilities.

    Governor Jared Polis (D) of Colorado signed legislation into law that allows physicians to recommend medical cannabis for any condition for which an opiate would otherwise be prescribed.

    Legislation that would have removed the threat of jail time for low-level possession in Louisiana was defeated on the House floor this week.

    Legislation that would have significantly expanded patient access to medical cannabis in Rhode Island was held in a senate committee for further study, ultimately killing the bill.

    At a more local level, county commissioners of Macon-Bibb County, Georgia approved an ordinance that removes the threat of jail time for low-level marijuana possession.

    Following are the bills that we’ve tracked this week and as always, check NORML’s Action Center for legislation pending in your state.

    Don’t forget to sign up for our email list, and we will keep you posted as these bills and more move through your home state legislature and U.S. Congress. Another great way to stay up to date is Marijuana Moment’s daily newsletter, which you can subscribe to HERE.

    Your Highness,
    Carly

    Actions to Take

    Federal

    The Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act and to provide funding for the expungement of criminal records for those with past marijuana convictions.

    Send a message to your federal lawmakers in support of this important legislation

    Alabama

    Legislation is pending, Senate Bill 236, to allow qualifying patients with certain debilitating conditions to use and safely access medical cannabis.

    Update: A substitute version of SB 236 that would create a commission to study the use of medical CBD is scheduled for a hearing and vote in the House Committee on Health on 5/28/19.

    AL resident? Click here to email your lawmakers in support of medical cannabis access

    California

    Legislation is pending, Senate Bill 34, which would exempt compassionate care programs from paying state cannabis taxes when they are providing free medical cannabis to financially disadvantaged people living with serious health conditions.

    Update: SB 34 was approved by the Senate on 5/20/19, and now heads to the Assembly.

    CA resident? Click here to email your lawmakers in support of compassionate care programs

    Legislation is pending, Senate Bill 305, to permit qualified patients the ability to access medical cannabis preparations while in health care facilities.

    Update: SB 305 was approved by the Senate on 5/20/19, and now heads to the Assembly.

    CA resident? Click here to email your lawmakers in support of expanded medical access

    Legislation is pending, Senate Bill 51, to assist financial institutions in safely conducting transactions with licensed cannabis businesses.

    Update: SB 51 was approved by the Senate on 5/21/19, and now heads to the Assembly.

    CA resident? Click here to email your lawmakers in support of banking access

    Illinois

    Legislation is pending, Senate Bill 455, to allow medical cannabis to be administered to patients at school.

    Update: SB 455 was approved by the House of Representatives on 5/21/19, and now heads to the governor.

    IL resident? Click here to email your governor in support of medical cannabis access in schools

    Louisiana

    Legislation is pending, House Bill 358, to give qualified patients the option to inhale cannabis for medical purposes through vaporization.

    Update: HB 358 was heard in the Senate Committee on Health and Welfare on 5/22/19.

    LA resident? Click here to email your lawmakers in support of removing the ban on inhalation

    Legislation is pending, House Bill 507, to exempt “marijuana recommended for therapeutic use” from state and local sales and use taxes.

    Update: HB 507 was approved by the Senate Committee on Revenue and Fiscal Affairs on 5/13/19.

    LA resident? Click here to email your lawmakers in support of tax exemptions

    House Bill 491 would regulate industrial hemp production as well as allow the production and retail sale of hemp-derived CBD products.

    Update: HB 491 was approved by the Senate Committee on Finance on 5/23/19.

    LA resident? Click here to email your lawmakers in support of regulating hemp and CBD

    Legislation is pending, House Bill 138, to remove hemp and “cannabidiol when contained in a drug product approved by the FDA,” from the list of controlled substances.

    Update: HB 138 is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Committee on Judiciary on 5/28/19.

    LA resident? Click here to email your lawmakers in support of descheduling hemp

    Nevada

    Legislation is pending, Assembly Bill 192, to allow individuals to get their records vacated for offenses that are no longer a crime in Nevada.

    Update: AB 192 was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on 5/20/19, and was then unanimously approved by the Senate on 5/21/19. The bill now heads to the governor.

    NV resident? Click here to email your governor in support of vacating records

    Legislation is pending, AB 132, to protect cannabis consumers from employment discrimination.

    This measure prohibits employers from arbitrarily discriminating against prospective employees who legally consume cannabis off-the-job in accordance with state law.

    Update: AB 132 was approved by the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee on 5/20/19 and was amended on the Senate floor on 5/21.

    NV resident? Click here to email your lawmakers in support of employment protections

    Legislation is pending, SB 430, that would expand the pool of individuals eligible for medical cannabis.

    The measure would permit physicians to recommend cannabis therapy to those diagnosed with anxiety, autism, opioid addiction or dependence, anorexia nervosa, among others.

    Update: SB 430 was approved by the Assembly Health and Human Services Committee on 5/21/19.

    NV resident? Click here to email your lawmakers in support of medical expansion

    Legislation is pending, Senate Bill 347, to amend the state’s existing industrial hemp law to be in compliance with the new federal hemp regulations.

    Separately, Senate Bill 209 would establish testing standards for industrial hemp products.

    Update: SB 209 was heard by the Assembly Judiciary Committee on 5/21/19.

    NV resident? Click here to email your lawmakers in support of industrial hemp testing standards

    New Hampshire

    Legislation is pending, House Bill 335, to expand access to medical cannabis in New Hampshire.

    The measure would allow the Department of Health and Human Services to authorize additional dispensary licenses in certain geographic areas of the state.

    Update: HB 335 was approved by the Senate Executive Departments and Administration Committee on 5/22/19.

    NH resident? Click here to email your lawmakers in support of medical expansion

    Legislation is pending, House Bill 459, to amend the state’s existing industrial hemp law to be in compliance with the new federal hemp regulations.

    Update: HB 459 was approved by the Senate on 5/23/19, and now heads to the governor.

    NH resident? Click here to email your governor in support of industrial hemp production

    New Jersey

    S3205 / A4498 would make more crimes eligible for expungement — including offenses involving controlled dangerous substances — and cut the wait time down to five years. It also includes a “clean slate” process that will wipe away all offenses at once for anyone who has a clean record for 10 years after their last offense.

    Update: A4498 was approved by the Assembly Appropriations Committee on 5/20/19.

    NJ resident? Click here to email your lawmakers in support of expungement

    Senate Bill 10 and Assembly Bill 10 would expand patients’ access to medical cannabis.

    The measure facilitates the expansion of additional medical cannabis growers and providers, while also expanding the amount of cannabis a patient may legally purchase and possess. It further expands the pool of licensed health professional who may recommend medical cannabis, and shields registered patients from employment discrimination and the loss of child custody. It also phases out retail sales taxes on medical cannabis, amongst other changes.

    Update: A10 was approved by the Assembly Appropriations Committee on 5/20/19, and was then approved by the full Assembly on 5/23. The bill now heads to the Senate.

    NJ resident? Click here to email your lawmakers in support of medical expansion

    North Carolina

    Legislation is pending, Senate Bill 315, to amend the state’s existing industrial hemp law to be in compliance with the new federal hemp regulations.

    Update: S. 315 was heard by the Agriculture/Environment/Natural Resources Committee on 5/23/19, and is scheduled for another hearing in the same committee on 5/30.

    NC resident? Click here to email your lawmakers in support of industrial hemp production

    Oregon

    Legislation is pending, Senate Bill 420, to expand upon Oregon’s expungement law.

    The measure would direct the Department of Justice to automatically conduct a review of past misdemeanor cannabis convictions, and to “set aside” offenses that are no longer a crime under state law.

    Update: The House Judiciary Committee held several hearings and work sessions on SB 420 this week.

    OR resident? Click here to email your lawmakers in support of expungement

    Texas

    Legislation is pending, HB 3703, to expand access to medical CBD in Texas.

    The measure expands qualifying conditions to include all epilepsy and seizure disorders, multiple sclerosis, spasticity, terminal cancer, incurable neurological disorders (Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, etc.), autism, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

    Update: HB 3703 was approved by the Senate on 5/22/19, and will now go back to the House for concurrence on Senate amendments.

    TX resident? Click here to email your lawmakers in support of medical expansion

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