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Texas House Adjourns Without Floor Votes on Marijuana Reform Measures

House lawmakers adjourned on Thursday without taking floor votes on several pending bills to amend state marijuana laws. Both HB 507 (decriminalization) and HB 557 (relating to industrial hemp) were placed on the House calendar, but were never called for a vote. House Bill 557 had previously passed unanimously out of the Agriculture and Livestock … Continue reading »

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Federal: Measures Pending To Restore Financial Aid Eligibility To Marijuana Offenders

Legislation is pending in the House and Senate to restore federal financial aid eligibility to minor marijuana offenders. In the House, H.R. 3561: The Fair Access to Education Act of 2015 would “exclude marijuana-related offenses from the drug-related offenses that result in students being barred from receiving Federal educational loans, grants, and work assistance, and for … Continue reading »

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Virginia: Lawmakers Table Marijuana Decriminalization Measures

House and Senate lawmakers have set aside legislation that sought to eliminates criminal penalties for marijuana possession offenses, replacing them with civil fine-only penalties — no arrest and no criminal record.  On February 3rd, Senate Bill 104, was passed by indefinitely by the Courts of Justice Committee in an 11-4 vote. The committee failed to take … Continue reading »

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New Hampshire: Lawmakers Table Legalization Measures

Lawmakers failed to consider two pieces of legislation related to the legalization of marijuana before the end of the 2016 legislative session. HB 1610 and HB 1675 both sought to permit the personal cultivation and commercial retail sale of marijuana in the state.  Members of the House rejected a separate measure, HB 1694 in a … Continue reading »

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Tennessee: Measures To Reclassify Minor Marijuana Offenses Defeated

Legislation that sought to reduce marijuana possession penalties was unfortunately defeated this legislative session.  House Bill 873 was previously passed by members of the Criminal Justice Committee on April 1st but members of the Finance Ways & Means Subcommittee and Committee failed to ever consider it. The companion Senate bill, Senate Bill 1211, was never considered by members … Continue reading »

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Hawaii: Lawmakers Take No Action On Marijuana Decriminalization Measures

Lawmakers have failed to act on legislation to decriminalize the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana by adults.  Senate Bill 596 SD 1 sought to reclassify possession of less than one ounce of marijuana from a criminal misdemeanor, punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a $ 1,000 fine to a civil violation, … Continue reading »

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Arizona: Measures To Regulate Marijuana Retail Sales Tabled

House lawmakers failed to act on legislation to permit the personal cultivation and retail sale of marijuana by adults. House Bill 2006 and HB 2406 both sought to regulate the commercial cultivation and retail sale of marijuana to adults over the age of 21. The measures would have also permitted individuals to cultivate marijuana for their own personal … Continue reading »

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Florida: Lawmakers Table Hemp Measures

House and Senate legislation, HB 271 and SB 554, that sought to redefine industrial hemp as an agricultural crop and establish licensing regulations to allow for the plant’s cultivation died in committee this legislative session. Hemp is a distinct variety of the plant species cannabis sativa L. that contains minimal amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive … Continue reading »

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Connecticut: Lawmakers Table Measures To Regulate Cannabis Possession and Commerce

Two separate House bills were introduced this session to regulate the personal use and retail sale of marijuana by adults. Proposed Bill 5209, reintroduced by Rep. Juan Candelaria and colleagues, sought to establish regulations regarding the adult possession, licensed production and sale of cannabis. A separate, more detailed measure, proposed bill 5236, similarly sought to permit … Continue reading »

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New York: Lawmakers Approve Measures To Expand Hemp Program

Legislation has been approved, A 9310 and S 6960, to facilitate the processing and sale of hemp and locally produced hemp products. The measures expand upon New York’s existing hemp research program to permit for the sale, distribution, transportation and processing of industrial hemp and products derived from such hemp. Under existing law, licensed farmers are … Continue reading »

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