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California: Governor Signs Emergency Legislation to Discourage Enactment of Local Medical Marijuana Bans

Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday, February 3, signed legislation that seeks to dissuade California cities and counties from enacting municipal restrictions on the cultivation and dispensing of medical marijuana. The measure takes immediate effect. Assembly Bill 21 amends a drafting error in the The Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act by removing an apparent March 1, 2016 deadline … Continue reading »

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Maryland: Governor Signs Industrial Hemp Legislation

Governor Larry Hogan has signed legislation, House Bill 443, to permit the Department of Agriculture to authorize institutions of higher education to cultivate industrial hemp for academic research purposes. Members of the Senate voted 45 to zero in favor of the bill. House members voted 136 to zero in favor of the measure. Members of Congress recently approved … Continue reading »

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Maine: Governor Signs Measure Permitting Patients to Use Medical Cannabis in Hospitals

Governor Paul LePage has signed legislation, LD 726, into law permitting qualified patients to use medical marijuana while admitted in Maine hospitals.  This measure does not require hospital staff to administer medical marijuana to a patient and will only allow for patients to consume cannabis preparations in a smokeless form. The law states, “If the … Continue reading »

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Rhode Island: Governor Signs Legislation To Provide PTSD Patients With Medical Marijuana Access

Governor Gina Raimondo has signed legislation, House Bill 7142, to make post-traumatic stress patients eligible for medical cannabis treatment and to accelerate access to those patients in hospice care.  Members of both chambers previously overwhelmingly approved the measure. Full text of the bill is available here.  The law takes immediate effect.  Post traumatic stress patients and those … Continue reading »

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Virginia: Governor Signs Measure Seeking To Permit Production Of CBD Oil

Governor Terry McAuliff has signed legislation, Senate Bill 701 into law to establish regulations governing the in-state production of therapeutic oils high in cannabdiol and/or THC-A (THC acid). NORML would like to thank Governor McAuliffe, an early supporter of SB 701, for his continued dedication to advancing this measure, as well as to those in the … Continue reading »

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Florida: Governor Signs Measure To Permit Medical Marijuana Access To Terminally Ill

Governor Rick Scott has signed legislation, House Bill 307, into law to permit medical marijuana access to people diagnosed with terminal illnesses. House members overwhelmingly voted on Thursday, March 3, in favor of the measure. Senate lawmakers approved the bill by a vote of 28 to 11 on Monday, March 7. NORML would like to thank … Continue reading »

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Oklahoma: Governor Signs Sentencing Reform Measure For Subsequent Marijuana Violations

Governor Mary Fallin has signed legislation into law decreasing criminal penalties for certain marijuana violations. House Bill 2479 reduces sentencing guidelines involving a second marijuana related offense from a maximum penalty of up to ten years in prison to no more than five. It also reduces the existing mandatory minimum penalty from two years in prison to … Continue reading »

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Oregon: Governor Signs Marijuana Banking Reform Measure

Governor Kate Brown has signed legislation into law that seeks to encourage financial institutions to engage in financial relationships with state-compliant marijuana businesses.  The emergency legislation, House Bill 4094, “exempts financial institutions that provide financial services to marijuana related businesses, researchers and laboratories from any criminal law of this state” if it can be substantiated … Continue reading »

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Oklahoma: Governor Signs Law Expanding Patient Pool Eligible For CBD Therapy

Governor Mary Fallin signed legislation into law on Friday, May 13, to expand the pool of patients eligible to possess cannabidiol (CBD) under a physician’s authorization. Presently, Oklahoma law exempts patients with intractable forms of pediatric epilepsy from state criminal penalties if they possess liquid preparations containing CBD and no more than three-tenths of one percent THC. The … Continue reading »

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Delaware: Governor Signs Medical Cannabis Expansion Measure

Governor Jack Markell has signed legislation into law permitting terminally ill patients to access medical cannabis. House Bill 400 (aka ‘Bob’s bill’) permits physicians to recommend cannabis therapy to terminally ill adults. It also permits those under 18 to access CBD products if they are suffering from “pain, anxiety, or depression” related to a terminal illness. The … Continue reading »

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