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Pennsylvania: Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Measure

Governor Tom Wolf on Sunday, April 17, signed legislation, Senate Bill 3, to permit the production and use of medical marijuana products to qualified patients. NORML would like to thank those of you who advocated on behalf of this effort for the past several years. NORML would especially like to acknowledge the diligent work of … Continue reading »

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Illinois: Governor Signs Marijuana Decriminalization Measure

Governor Bruce Rauner has signed legislation, Senate Bill 2228 into law amending the state’s marijuana possession penalties. The new law reduces the penalties for the possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana from a criminal misdemeanor (formerly punishable by up to six months in jail and a $ 1,500 fine) to a civil fine … Continue reading »

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New Hampshire: Governor Signs Penalty Reduction Measure Into Law

On June 21st, Governor Maggie Hassan signed legislation, Senate Bill 498, into law to reduce the penalty for first-time possession of marijuana offenses from a Class A offense to an unspecified misdemeanor.  Members of the House previously voted 298 to 58 to amend Senate Bill 498 to make first-time offenses a civil violation rather than a … Continue reading »

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Kansas: Governor Signs Marijuana Sentencing Reform Measure

Governor Brownback signed House Bill 2462 into law on Friday, May 13th 2016 to amend marijuana possession penalties.  The law reduces criminal penalties for first-time marijuana possession offenses from a Class A misdemeanor (punishable by up to one year incarceration and a $ 2,500 fine) to a Class B misdemeanor (punishable by no more than … Continue reading »

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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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