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  • by Carly Wolf, NORML State Policies Coordinator May 3, 2019

    NORML's Legislative Action CenterWelcome to the latest edition of NORML’s Weekly Legislative Roundup!

    Governor Jay Inslee (D) of Washington signed legislation into law allowing medical cannabis to be accessed by patients on school grounds, and separate legislation allowing the production of industrial hemp in accordance with new federal hemp regulations.

    Governor Larry Hogan (R) of Maryland also signed industrial hemp production legislation into law.

    At a more local level, members of Las Vegas, Nevada’s city council approved legislation to allow cannabis consumption lounges.

    The district attorney for Philadelphia, PA testified during a cannabis legalization hearing that he will not pursue cannabis DUI cases unless “people show active—I repeat active—psychoactive amounts of cannabis in their system.”

    The Cedar Park, Texas police department will implement a cite and release program for those caught with possessing up to two ounces of cannabis.

    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

    End Prohibition: The Marijuana Justice Act would (1) remove marijuana from the US Controlled Substances Act, thereby ending the federal criminalization of cannabis; (2) incentivize states to mitigate existing and ongoing racial disparities in state-level marijuana arrests; (3) expunge federal convictions specific to marijuana possession; (4) allow individuals currently serving time in federal prison for marijuana-related violations to petition the court for resentencing; (5) and create a community reinvestment fund to invest in communities most impacted by the failed War on Drugs.

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

    Alabama

    Legislation is pending, House Bill 96 / Senate Bill 98, to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.

    The measure would reduce the penalty for the possession of one ounce of marijuana from a criminal misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in prison and a maximum fine of $6,000, to a non-criminal violation punishable by a maximum fine of $250.

    Update: HB 96 was heard in the House Committee on Judiciary on 5/1/19. The bill is scheduled to be considered by the Judiciary Committee again on 5/8/19.

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

    Colorado

    Legislation is pending, House Bill 19-1230, to allow the social consumption of cannabis by adults in licensed and regulated establishments.

    The measure would establish a license permit process for hospitality spaces to allow cannabis products to be legally purchased and consumed on site.

    Update: HB 19-1230 was approved by the Senate on 5/1/19, and now heads back to the House for concurrence on Senate amendments.

    CO resident? Click here to email your lawmakers in support of social consumption sites

    Legislation is pending, House Bill 19-1234, to allow licensed marijuana businesses to deliver both medical and adult use marijuana to private residences.

    The measure would establish a licensing system for such delivery services and also require training for delivery permit holders.

    Update: HB 19-1234 was approved by the Senate on 5/1/19, and will now head to the Governor’s desk.

    CO resident? Click here to email your governor in support of cannabis delivery services

    Senate Bill 19-013 would permit physicians to recommend cannabis therapy for any condition for which an opiate would otherwise be prescribed.

    Update: SB 19-013 got final approval by the Senate on House amendments on 5/1/19. The bill now heads to the Governor’s desk.

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

    Legislation is pending, Senate Bill 19-220, to amend the state’s existing industrial hemp law to be in compliance with the new federal hemp regulations.

    Update: SB 19-220 was approved by the House of Representatives on 4/29/19, and will now go back to the Senate for concurrence on House amendments.

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

    Hawaii

    Legislation is pending, House Bill 1383, that would decriminalize certain marijuana possession offenses.

    The bill would impose a civil penalty for the possession of up to three grams of marijuana, punishable by a $30 fine.

    Update: HB 1383 received final approval from the House and Senate on 4/30/19, and will now head to the Governor’s desk.

    HI resident? Click here to email your governor in support of decriminalization

    Iowa

    HF 732, would remove the cap on allowable THC, and allow physicians assistants and advanced registered nurses to recommend medical cannabis to patients.

    Update: HF 732 was approved by the Senate on 4/27/19, and will now be transmitted to the Governor.

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

    Louisiana 

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

    Update: HB 358 was approved by the House Committee on Health & Welfare on 5/1/19.

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

    Maine

    Legislation is pending to mandate that state agencies review and expunge prior marijuana convictions.

    Under LD 846, those convicted of marijuana-related activities that are no longer defined as criminal will have their records automatically sealed and no longer disseminated.

    LD 991 also seeks to expunge the records of those convicted of marijuana related offenses that are no longer defined as criminal under state law.

    Update: Both LD 846 and LD 991 are scheduled for hearings in the House Committee on Judiciary on 5/7/19 at 1:30pm in room 438.

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

    Missouri

    House Bill 238 seeks to prohibit the state government from sharing medical marijuana user or registry information with the federal government.

    Update: HB 238 was heard by the House Committee on Downsizing State Government on 5/1/19.

    MO resident? Click here to email your lawmakers in support of confidentiality

    New Hampshire

    Legislation is pending, House Bill 364, to permit qualifying patients to cultivate personal use quantities of cannabis for therapeutic purposes.

    The measure would permit patients to grow up to three mature plants and 12 seedlings, and to possess up to two ounces of home-grown medical cannabis.

    Update: HB 364 was approved by the Senate on 5/2/19, and now heads back to the House for concurrence on Senate amendments.

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

    Nevada

    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 is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor on 5/6/19 at 1:30pm.

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

    Senate Bill 228:

    • Allows service providers such as massage therapists and reflexologists to administer hemp and CBD products for therapeutic purposes; and
    • Allows veterinarians to administer hemp and CBD products to animals

    Update: SB 228 is scheduled for a hearing in the Assembly Committee on Commerce and Labor on 5/6/19 at 1:30pm.

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

    Oklahoma

    Legislation is pending, House Bill 2614, to amend the possession penalties for individuals who use cannabis for a qualifying condition, but are not in possession of a medical marijuana identification card.

    The measure would reduce the penalty for this offense from a criminal misdemeanor to a citation, punishable by a maximum fine of $400.

    Update: HB 2614 was approved by the Senate on 4/25/19, and was sent to the House on 4/29 for concurrence on Senate amendments.

    OK resident? Click here to email your lawmakers in support of penalty reductions

    Oregon

    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: The House Human Services and Housing Committee held a work session on SB 970 on 4/29/19.

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

    Legislation is pending, House Bill 2655 / Senate Bill 379, to protect responsible adult cannabis consumers from employment discrimination.

    The measure would prohibit employers from discriminating against employees who legally consume marijuana off-the-job in accordance with state law.

    Update: SB 379 was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on 4/29/19.

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

    Texas

    House Bill 63 is pending to remove the threat of jail time for up to one ounce of cannabis possession.

    Update: HB 63 was approved by the House of Representatives on 4/29/19, and will now head to the Senate.

    TX resident? Click here to email your lawmakers in support of penalty reduction

    House Bill 1365 is pending to provide qualified patients access to medical cannabis via licensed providers.

    Update: HB 1365 is scheduled to be considered on the House floor on 5/6/19.

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

    Vermont

    S. 54 is pending to establish a regulatory framework for the regulation of a commercial, adult use marijuana market.

    Update: S. 54 was heard by the House Committees on Government Operations; Human Services; and Judiciary this week. The bill was approved by the Committee on Government Operations on 5/2/19.

    VT resident? Click here to email your lawmakers in support of regulation

    Legislation is pending, Senate Bill 58, to amend the state’s existing industrial hemp law to be in compliance with the new federal hemp regulations.

    Update: S. 58 was heard by theHouse Committee on Ways and Means on 5/1/19 and again on 5/2.

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

    Washington, DC

    Legislation is pending, B23-0266, to protect adult cannabis consumers from employment discrimination.

    This measure prohibits employers from arbitrarily discriminating against employees who legally consume cannabis off-the-job in accordance with the district law, with an exception for those in safety-sensitive positions.

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

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director May 2, 2019

    Members of the House and Senate have approved versions of House Bill 364, which allows qualified patients the option to grow marijuana at home. Members of both chambers must now finalize the language in conference committee before sending the bill to Republican Gov. Chris Sununu.

    The Governor has not publicly commented on the bill, but has previously spoken out against broader legalization efforts.

    The measure permits registered patients (or their designated caregivers) to cultivate up to three mature plants in a private location that it not subject to public view.

    An estimated 6,500 patients are authorized with the state to access medical cannabis via one of the state’s four operational dispensaries. In 2018, lawmakers passed legislation to raise the cap on the total number of dispensaries statewide.

    NORML has long opined that patients ought to have the legal option grow their own cannabis as an alternative to purchasing it from licensed commercial producers.

    For additional information on pending legislation, visit NORML’s ‘Take Action Center’ here.

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

    Marijuana HempLegislation is before Democratic Gov. Jared Polis to regulate the home delivery of cannabis and cannabis-infused products.

    House Bill 1234 establishes regulations for the delivery of cannabis products from state-licensed retailers. Under the plan, deliveries are limited to one per day per household, and are only permitted in municipalities that explicitly allow such activities. Deliveries to college campuses are prohibited.

    The delivery of medical cannabis products would begin on January 2, 2020, while retail cannabis sales would begin on January 2, 2021.

  • by Kevin Mahmalji, NORML Outreach Director May 1, 2019

    NORML Chapters from around the country invest countless hours in advocating for meaningful marijuana law reforms on the local, state and federal level! Below is a brief rundown of some of their most recent accomplishments.

    NORML Announces Plans for 2019 Conference and Lobby Day

    “This September, we invite you to join NORML members from across America to learn effective strategies, hear the latest scientific and political advancements, and meet in person with influential members of Congress.”

    Read more from NORML.org!

    Follow NORML on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and become a member today!

    DFW NORML Builds Community Support for Upcoming Rally

    “Shortly after the decision, East found new support in the DFW NORML group, which expressed interest in supporting the protest. East planned to officially join the group over the weekend, plus participate in their Marijuana March on May 11 to meet other members and get them involved in his own protest.”

    Read more from the Statesman!

    Follow DFW NORML on Facebook and Twitter and become a member today!

    Southeastern Wisconsin NORML Rallies with State Lawmakers for 4/20

    “The restaurant will also host speakers who advocate for the decriminalization and  legalization of marijuana, including state Sen. Lena Taylor and Eric Marsch, executive director of Southeastern Wisconsin’s chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.”

    Read more from the Journal Sentinel!

    Follow Southeastern Wisconsin NORML on Facebook and Twitter and become a member today!

    Virginia NORML Hosts Marijuana Decriminalization Panel Discussion

    “As advocates across the commonwealth push for the legalization of marijuana, officials are taking a look at what that could look like.”

    Read more from NBC 29!

    Follow Virginia NORML on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and become a member today!

    NORML Students at the University of Wyoming to Host Mario Kart Fundraiser

    “We hosted a super smash tournament back in February. It was a fun way to raise money, so the group decided to host another tournament based around a popular game,” she said. “We are trying to raise money for the club and awareness about our club.”

    Read more from the Branding Iron!

    Follow NORML Students at the University of Wyoming on Facebook and become a member!

    NORML Leaders in the Media

    Radio: Alan Robinson, Executive Director, Wisconsin NORML

    Radio: Jax Finkle, Executive Director, Texas NORML

    Radio: Jeff Reidy, Executive Director, Lehigh Valley NORML

    Radio: Jenn Michelle Pedini, Executive Director, Virginia NORML

    Radio: Mary Kruger, Executive Director, Rochester NORML

    Video: Mary Kruger, Executive Director, Rochester NORML

    Radio: Steve VanDeWalle, Deputy Director, Rochester NORML

    Alan Robinson, Executive Director, Wisconsin NORML

    “Alan Robinson, executive director of the Wisconsin chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), said he uses cannabis to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression and post-traumatic stress order.”

    Read more from The Post-Crescent!

    “When you meet somebody who has been an outstanding member of the community, who is an adult and who uses cannabis for their own purposes, and you find them getting prosecuted like violent criminals, you see that as a miscarriage of justice, and you must act.”

    Read more from the Door County Pulse!

    Follow Wisconsin NORML on Facebook and become a member today!

    Dale Geringer, Executive Director, California NORML

    “To invalidate home delivery of any legal product whatsoever is really well beyond the line,” he said. “I think they are stretching local authority to an outrageous and unprecedented extent.”

    Read more from The Orange County Register!

    “California is regulating and taxing the hell out of cannabis, which makes it hard for legal suppliers to compete with the state’s longstanding, extensive, and highly developed black market.”

    Read more from Reason!

    Follow California NORML on Facebook and Twitter and become a member today!

    Dan Linn, Executive Director, Illinois NORML

    “Allowing people to grow cannabis at home. If it is legal for adults to buy and consume, but not to grow, that is an injustice.”

    Read more from Crain’s Chicago Business!

    “Linn contends that studies show experienced marijuana users do not experience significant deterioration in driving skills after consuming pot.”

    Read more from 98.7 WNNS!

    “Prices are so high in Colorado that there’s more than enough room for a middle man. Don’t get me wrong, the weed man is gonna be grinding a little harder and charging less, but still.”

    Read more from the Chicago Tribune!

    Follow Illinois NORML on Facebook and Twitter and become a member today!  

    David Phipps, Communications Director, Indiana NORML

    “PTSD is not the only neurological disorder CBD can assist with. David Phipps, communications director of Indiana Norml, said CBD oil can help with epilepsy, noting cases where some child patients went from over 100 seizures a day to near zero when they started taking CBD.”

    Read more from the Indianapolis Recorder!

    Follow Indiana NORML on Facebook and Twitter and become a member today!

    Doug Greene, Board Member, Empire State NORML

    “Nassau will lose out on tax revenue and that many people will likely drive into Queens or other parts of New York City to buy marijuana, since he says the city “definitely” won’t opt out.”

    Read more from News 12!

    Follow Empire State NORML on Facebook and Twitter and become a member today!

    Edie Moore, Executive Director, Chicago NORML

    “Chicago NORML supports a direct redistribution of cannabis tax dollars into the communities most impacted by the drug war, along with automatic expungement of all cannabis-related misdemeanors.”

    Read more The Chicago Sun-Times!

    “It really makes sense that you have a safe space to go and consume it. Now we’re talking about consumption lounges … like a cigar lounge or a hookah lounge.”

    Read more from WTTW – Chicago PBS!

    Follow Chicago NORML on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and become a member today!

    Frank Latta, Executive Director, Wyoming NORML

    “Recent legislation at the federal and state levels, House Bill 171 in particular, has the two men excited for the future of hemp as an agricultural crop and product, particularly because of the potential it has to stimulate a state economy in need of diversification.”

    Read more from PC Record Times!

    Follow Wyoming NORML on Facebook and become a member today!

    Jax Finkle, Executive Director, Texas NORML

    “We need to work out what issues there might be so that we can make sure we have some kind of quality policy that’s helping Texans right now, not in another two years.”

    Read more from Fox 7!

    Follow Texas NORML on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and become a member today!

    Jenn Michelle Pedini, Executive Director, Virginia NORML

    “It’s encouraging to see municipalities taking action in the absence of legislative progress from Richmond. We look forward to these municipalities including decriminalization in their legislative priorities and joining us in the General Assembly to lobby for the substantive marijuana policy reforms Virginians demand.”

    Read more from WAVY TV 10!

    “Virginia NORML said way too many lives have been severely altered just because you’re caught with a little weed, something that’s recreationally legal in eight states as well as Washington D.C.”

    Read more from 13 News Now!

    “The unfortunate thing is that investigation after investigation show that many of these products don’t contain the amount of CBD that they claim to,” Pedini explained. “Or they contain adulterants like dextromethorphan, melatonin, arsenic, heavy metals, or pesticide residue.”

    Read more from 13 News Now!

    Follow Virginia NORML on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and become a member today!

    John Conroy, Executive Director, Canada NORML

    “The illicit market is still thriving in Canada.”

    Read more from Newsweek!

    Follow NORML Canada on Facebook and become a member today!

    Kebra Smith-Bolden, Executive Director, Connecticut NORML

    “The cannabis nurse educator also takes time each week to speak to church groups and traditionally underserved communities – including people on probation and parole – about marijuana, its benefits and how to get access to it without breaking the law.”

    Read more from News One!

    Follow Connecticut NORML on Facebook and become a member today!

    Keith Fagan, Regional Director, Canada NORML

    “You know, I was lied to when I was a kid and I believed the ‘reefer madness.’ But then when I saw for myself that it wasn’t true, well, everything else wasn’t true. I didn’t believe the government. I didn’t believe the teachers.”

    Read more from the Calgary Herald!

    Follow NORML Canada on Facebook and become a member today!

    Keith Caughran, Board Member, Charlotte NORML

    “What’s going to get the Republicans to change their mind on this – I would say it would be a fiscal conservative argument that around North Carolina, a lot of the municipalities and counties, the police are spending tens of thousands of hours either on arresting people or issuing citations.”

    Read more from ABC 11 WTVD!

    Follow Charlotte NORML on Facebook and Twitter and become a member today!

    Kevin Oliver, Executive Director, Washington NORML

    “This measure is designed to protect larger local cannabis players who have violated regulations in the past, says Kevin Oliver, co-founder of Washington’s Finest Cannabis in Spokane and the director of the Washington chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).”

    Read more from the Inlander!

    Follow Washington NORML on Facebook and become a member today!

    Lee Otts, Executive Director, Memphis NORML

    “You shouldn’t be locking people up for a plant,” Otts said. “It’s such a racial thing. Minorities are four times more likely to be arrested for cannabis use than non-minorities, despite the same statistical usage. That’s not right.”

    Read more from WREG News!

    Follow Memphis NORML on Facebook and Twitter and become a member today!

    Madeline Martinez, Board Member, Oregon NORML

    “This is about equal rights, because whenever you pick a certain group and treat them differently, that is discrimination.”

    Read more from Portland Mercury!

    Follow Oregon NORML on Facebook and Twitter and become a member today!

    Mary Kruger, Executive Director, Rochester NORML

    “These conversations have been happening and our allies are willing to negotiate with the governor, but he needs to do just that — negotiate.”

    Read more from The Daily Star!

    Follow Rochester NORML on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and become a member today!

    Matthew Abel, Executive Director, Michigan NORML

    “We spoke with Detroit-based criminal defense lawyer Matthew Abel, one of 15 people to sit on the drafting committee for Proposal 1. Abel also serves as executive director of the Michigan chapter of NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.”

    Read more from the Detroit Metro Times!

    “To a great extent, I think their opting out is about fear. I think these boards are out of touch with the public they serve. But that’s nothing new.”

    Read more from the Detroit Free Press!

    “He said the government — both former Gov. Snyder and the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, which has continued to change rules and first oversaw the medical marijuana licensing process — are to blame for the system’s continuing chaos.”

    Read more from the Bridge!

    Follow Michigan NORML on Facebook and Twitter and become a member today!

    Melissa Villars, Executive Director, NORML Tallahassee

    “She said the measure would hike costs for medical-marijuana users and drive many of them to seek the drug on the black market.”

    Read more from Florida Phoenix News!

    Follow NORML Tallahassee on Facebook and become a member today!

    Mikel Weisser, Executive Director, Arizona NORML

    “He regularly receives calls from people who’ve been arrested for marijuana possession, he said. Many of them are patients, and more than a handful have been in Maricopa County.”

    Read more from the Phoenix New Times!

    Follow Arizona NORML on Instagram and Twitter and become a member today!

    Neal Smith, Executive Director, Indiana NORML

    “The interim study commission was nothing more than a sham,” said Neal Smith, executive director of Indiana NORML. “The final result was, as this and the last General Assemblies have been, not accomplishing much in any area.”

    Read more from the Pharos Tribune!

    Follow Indiana NORML on Facebook and Twitter and become a member today!

    Patrick Nightingale, Executive Director, Pittsburgh NORML

    “Patrick Nightingale, executive director of the Pittsburgh chapter of NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws), said defendants often aren’t aware of expungement procedures and filing fees.”

    Read more from the Observer-Reporter!

    Follow Pittsburgh NORML on Facebook and Twitter and become a member today!

    Rick Thompson, Board Member, Michigan NORML

    “These extensive financial and background checks, exhaustive cannabis testing and transport procedures, seed-to-sale tracking and compliance protocols have extended the time needed to approve candidates for one of these businesses.”

    Read more from Michigan Capitol Confidential!

    “If your pricing is not in line with the typical price these patients are used to paying, stores will be empty and rooms full of pricey, unsold cannabis will be the norm. … Seducing those people into brick-and-mortar stores will take time, marketing money and high-quality, inexpensive cannabis.”

    Read more from the Lansing City Post!

    “The medical business infrastructure is being built at a slow pace and for 300,000 patients. There are 7 million adults in Michigan and this is a popular tourist state. If the medical side is underdeveloped when retail sales of adult-use cannabis come online, industry-crippling product shortages will happen.”

    Read more from The Marijuana Times!

    Follow Michigan NORML on Facebook and Twitter and become a member today!

    Roger Green, Executive Director, Hudson Valley NORML

    “President Roger Green said that in the ten states that have legalized pot, there has been no significant increase in drug use by minors.”

    Read more from Yonkers Times!

    Follow Hudson Valley on Facebook and Twitter and become a member today!

    Steve VanDeWalle, Deputy Director, Rochester NORML

    “There’s a lot of cannabis users, there’s a lot of people that use but are afraid to come out of the cannabis closet. Come out of the closet, be loud, be proud, because it’s coming.”

    Read more from WXXI News!

    Follow Rochester NORML on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and become a member today!

    Tom McCain, Executive Director, Peachtree NORML

    “I see it as a step forward for the possibility of getting some type of cannabinoid medicine to patients in Georgia who have been authorized to have it since 2015 but have had no way to legally get it.”

    Read more from the Daily Caller!

    “We advocate for the freedom of adults in the United States to make their own decisions about cannabis,” said Tom McCain, executive director for the state group. “It’s not the dangerous thing that ‘Reefer Madness’ and all of the hype makes it out to be.”

    Read more from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution!

    Follow Peachtree NORML on Facebook and Twitter and become a member today!

    Marijuana Hemp

    For more than 45 years NORML chapters have been the driving force behind policy decisions on the local and state level. Have you connected with your local NORML chapter? If there isn’t one in your community, please email NORML Outreach Director Kevin Mahmalji at KevinM@NORML.org for help with starting your own! 

    Ready to start a NORML chapter in your hometown? Click here to find out how!

     

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

    House and Senate lawmakers this week approved legislation, Senate Bill 5605, facilitating the expungement of past low-level marijuana convictions. The legislation now awaits action by Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee, who has previously called for pardoning those with criminal records for marijuana violations.

    The measure provides the courts with the discretion to vacate any misdemeanor marijuana conviction. Those seeking to have their records expunge will need to petition the sentencing court for the vacation of their records.

    Governor Inslee has previously stated that he “believes that forgiving these convictions will allow people to move on with their lives without these convictions causing additional burdens on people, their families, their employers and their communities.”

    Once signed, the new law goes into effect on July 27, 2019.

    For additional information on pending marijuana legislation, visit NORML’s ‘Take Action Center’ here.

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