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Tagged With: Legislation

New York: Legislation Introduced To Expand Patients’ Medical Marijuana Access

Legislation is pending in the Assembly, A. 8598, to expand the pool of patients eligible for medical cannabis therapy. The measure eliminates the state’s limiting list of qualifying conditions. Rather, it leaves the decision of whether to recommend medical cannabis entirely up to the discretion of each individual physician.  It states, “[M]edical marihuana may be … Continue reading »

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Federal: Legislation To Protect Medical Marijuana Patients Pending In Senate (CARERS Act)

Legislation has been reintroduced in the Senate, The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States (CARERS) Act of 2017, to strengthen protections for those compliant with their state’s medical marijuana laws and to impose various changes to federal law.  Passage of CARERS 2017 exempts from federal prosecution those who are engaged in the “production, possession, … Continue reading »

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Illinois: Legislation Pending To Expand Industrial Hemp Cultivation

Update: SB 1294 passed the Illinois Senate on May 4 and is now pending in the House Legislation is pending to regulate the commercial cultivation of industrial hemp. The Industrial Hemp Act, SB 1294 seeks to license farmers to “grow, process, cultivate, harvest, process, possess, sell, or purchase industrial hemp or industrial hemp related products” for … Continue reading »

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California: Legislation To Bring Clarity And Protections For Marijuana Industry

Update: AB 1159 passed the Assembly on 5/15 AB 1159, would bring much-needed clarity to the medical and recreational cannabis industry and extend protections for individuals and businesses in their dealings with their legal advisors  The current conflict between federal and California law regarding the legality of cannabis creates problems for businesses that are unlike … Continue reading »

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Federal: Legislation Pending To Halt Forfeiture Actions Against Marijuana Facilities

Update: HR 331 was referred to committee. Legislation is pending before Congress, HR 331, to halt the federal government from taking civil forfeiture action against properties involved in state-sanctioned, medical marijuana-related conduct. If approved, it would “amend the Controlled Substances Act … to exempt real property from civil forfeiture due to medical marijuana-related conduct that … Continue reading »

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New Jersey: Legislation Introduced to Legalize Marijuana

Legislation has been introduced by State Sen. Nicholas Scutari to legalize and regulate the adult use, production, and retail sale of marijuana. In his announcement, Scutari stated: “(T)he negative impacts of the failed “War on Marijuana” cannot be overstated. New Jersey spends more than $ 100 million a year on enforcement of marijuana laws, and possession … Continue reading »

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Delaware: Legislation To Improve and Expand Medical Marijuana Pending

Update: An amended version of SB 24 passed the Senate on May 18 and now heads to the House for consideration. Unfortunately, the bill no longer contains language to add anxiety as a qualifying condition.  Senate Bill 24 has been introduced by Senate Majority Leader Margaret Rose Henry to expand the list of qualifying conditions … Continue reading »

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New York: Senate Legislation Pending To Expand Patients’ Access to Medical Cannabis

A pair of bills are pending in the Senate to expand patients’ access to medical cannabis. Senate Bill 6092 expands the pool of patients eligible for medical cannabis access to include those with Alzheimer’s disease, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and a number of other debilitating diseases. It also removes arbitrary caps imposed on the amount of … Continue reading »

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Nevada: Legislation Pending To Permit Social Use

Update: SB236 passed out of the Assembly Government Operations Committee on May 16. Update: SB 236 passed the Senate by a margin of 21-12. It will now be sent to the house. Update: SB 236 was amended in the Senate Judiciary Committee on 4/12 and it passed as amended. Update: SB 236 was heard in the … Continue reading »

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California: Oppose Legislation To Ban Vaping In Public Housing

Update: The Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee voted in favor of AB 62 by a vote of 7-0 on April 27 and now heads to the full Assembly.  Legislation introduced by Assemblyman Jim Wood, AB 62, would ban smoking and vaping of tobacco, cannabis, and other medicinal herbs in public housing.  Cal NORML opposes … Continue reading »

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