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Nevada: Bill to Amend Traffic Safety Laws Before Governor

Legislation awaits action from Gov. Brian Sandoval to amend Nevada’s per se traffic safety laws for carboxy-THC., Assembly Bill 135 eliminates statutes criminalizing the operation of a motor vehicle if a driver has detectable levels of carboxy THC in his/her urine. Carboxy-THC is an non-psychoactive waste product of THC that may be present for days … Continue reading »

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Alaska: Bill Introduced to Protect Marijuana Industry from Federal Interference

State officials in Alaska are considering legislation, HJR 21, to urge the federal government to restrain from interfering in state marijuana laws. HJR 21 urges the current Administration to respect previous federal arrangements in regard to state laws and to continue a policy of allowing legalized states autonomy. The bill points to several reasons that … Continue reading »

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Impactful and Heartfelt Hearing Creates Historic Support for Texas Medical Cannabis Bill

By Jax Finkel Executive Director, Texas NORML Late in the evening on Tuesday, May 2nd, the House Public Health Committee held a hearing for HB 2107 which would make the Compassionate Use Program more inclusive for patients with debilitating medical conditions. Many patients stayed late into the evening to provide powerful and emotional testimony. After … Continue reading »

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Federal: Bill Introduced To End Federal Marijuana Prohibition

The Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017, HR 1227, eliminates federal criminal penalties for possessing and growing the plant. This legislation gives states the power and flexibility to establish their own marijuana policies free from federal interference.  With the recent confirmation of militant marijuana prohibitionist Jeff Sessions to the position of US Attorney General, and … Continue reading »

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Virginia: Juvenile Expungement Bill Fails In House Committee

UPDATE: SB 796 has passed the Senate but was tabled on February 15 on a voice vote by the House Courts of Justice, Subcommittee on Criminal Law. The measure will not be considered further this session. ——– Sen. Ryan McDougle has introduced SB 796, which creates a expungement by petition process for individuals under 21 … Continue reading »

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New Hampshire: Patient Cultivation Bill Pending

Update: A hearing for HB 472 was held on Tuesday 4/11 at 1:30 PM. Update: HB 472 has been introduced to the Senate and referred to committee. Update: Members of the House of Representatives have passed HB 472. It now awaits action by the Senate. House legislation is pending, HB 472, to permit qualified patients … Continue reading »

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Texas: Legislature to Grapple with Affirmative Defense Bill

HB 2200, will provide an affirmative defense regarding medical cannabis that would protect patients, caregivers, and doctors. Affirmative defense establishes a basic set of facts surrounding marijuana possession cases. If someone with a qualifying medical condition is caught possessing marijuana, an affirmative defense for the individual would likely result in a more lenient punishment. This … Continue reading »

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Louisiana: Bill Introduced to Provide Explicit Legal Protections for Medical Cannabis Recipients

SB 35, introduced by Sen. Yvonne Colomb, provides explicit exemptions from arrest and prosecution for persons lawfully in possession of medical marijuana. Presently, state regulators are finalizing rules and regulations governing its nascent medical cannabis program, which seeks to permit the production, dispensing, and use of non-herbal preparations of cannabis for qualified patients. Passage of … Continue reading »

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Hawaii: Medical Cannabis Expansion Bill Moving Forward

Legislation to expand Hawaii’s medical cannabis program has passed both legislative chambers. The bill, HB 1488, has passed both the House and Senate. Senate changes to the bill must now be approved by members of the House before it can be sent to the Governor. The bill expands the number of qualifying conditions eligible to … Continue reading »

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Georgia: Bill Expanding CBD Medical Program Sent to the Governor

Update: SB 16 has passed both legislative chambers and now awaits the signature or veto of Georgia Governor Nathan Deal. Should he fail to take action regarding the bill, SB 16 will become law absent his signature. SB 16, a bill to expand Georgia’s CBD-exemption law is awaiting action from Gov. Nathan Deal. The bill … Continue reading »

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