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Tagged With: Lawmakers

Vermont: Governor Vetoes Marijuana Depenalization Measure; Says He Remains Open To Working With Lawmakers This Summer

Update: Lawmakers have sent a revised depenalization bill to Gov. Scott for his consideration during a special legislative session. The bill would eliminate criminal and civil penalities regarding the possession of up to one ounce of cannabis and/or the cultivation of two mature plants. The bill also imposes civil fines for marijuana use while in a … Continue reading »

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New Mexico: Tell Lawmakers to Override Governor’s Hemp Veto

Update: Lawmakers have introduced a third hemp research bill, House Bill 530. This bill was passed by the House on March 14 by a vote of 65 to 1, and now awaits senate action. Update: Governor Martinez has vetoed the second hemp bill on March 12th.  Governor Susana Martinez has vetoed House Bill 144, which … Continue reading »

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Indiana: Lawmakers Approve Dueling CBD Exemption Measures

House and Senate lawmakers have approved separate versions of legislation (House Bill 1148 and Senate Bill 15) to exempt criminal penalties for the possession of CBD extracts by qualified patients. Both bills seek to exempt penalties for the use of CBD extracts by patients with treatment resistant epilepsy. The bills differ regarding whether or not … Continue reading »

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West Virginia: Lawmakers Approve Amended Medical Marijuana Measure

West Virginia legislators on Thursday approved a significantly amended version of Senate Bill 386, which seeks to establish a state-regulated medical cannabis program. The measure now awaits action from Democrat Gov. Jim Justice, who has previously expressed support for permitting qualified patients access cannabis therapy. If signed into law, West Virginia will become the 30th … Continue reading »

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New Mexico: Tell Lawmakers to Override Governor’s Hemp Veto

Update: Lawmakers have introduced a third hemp research bill, House Bill 530. This bill was passed by the House on March 14 by a vote of 65 to 1, and now awaits senate action. Update: Governor Martinez has vetoed the second hemp bill on March 12th.  Governor Susana Martinez has vetoed House Bill 144, which … Continue reading »

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New Hampshire: Marijuana Legalization Legislation Pending Before House Lawmakers

Legislation is making its way through the New Hampshire House, HB 656, to legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana for adult use. Members of the House Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety heard testimony regarding the bill on Wednesday, February 2, at 2pm.  Police in New Hampshire arrest some 2,900 individuals annually for simple marijuana … Continue reading »

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We Must Demand Lawmakers Respect the Will of the Voters

Voters in eight states decided on Election Day to radically amend their longstanding marijuana policies. But many lawmakers in these states still aren’t getting the message. Despite these voter mandates, many lawmakers remain reluctant to move forward with the legal reforms that the public has demanded. In some cases, legislators and regulators are outright defying … Continue reading »

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Wisconsin: GOP Lawmakers Consider Support for Marijuana Law Reform Legislation

GOP lawmakers in Wisconsin have a track record of opposing efforts to reform marijuana laws in the Badger State, but a recent comment from Assembly Speaker Robin Vos has some marijuana advocates hopeful for progress during the 2017 legislative session. “If you get a prescription to use an opiate or you get a prescription to … Continue reading »

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Massachusetts: Lawmakers Amend Voter-Initiated Marijuana Legalization Measure

With little debate, House and Senate lawmakers voted today to significantly amend Massachusetts’ voter-initiated marijuana law. The vote sets the stage to delay the establishment of state-licensed marijuana retail facilities from January 1, 2018 to July 1, 2018. Governor Charlie Baker, who campaigned against the initiative, must still sign off on the law change. Separate … Continue reading »

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New Jersey: Two Legalization Measures Now Pending Before Lawmakers

New legislation has been introduced for the 2016/2017 legislative session that seeks to regulate the adult use and retail sale of marijuana.  Assembly Bill 4193 permits marijuana to be sold at convenience stores to adults aged 19 and older in unlimited amounts. The legislation also seeks to expunge the criminal records of past marijuana offenders.  … Continue reading »

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