Right here is NORML’s weekly replace on pending state laws.
Laws is pending to exempt medical marijuana from excise taxes. Senate Bill 5009 and Senate Bill 5004 present a tax exemption on medical marijuana merchandise bought by registered sufferers from a licensed dispensary. Sufferers, lots of whom are on incapacity or mounted revenue, shouldn’t be seen by lawmakers as a viable supply of recent tax income.
Senate Bill 5517 protects marijuana customers from employment discrimination by prohibiting employers from refusing to rent a person solely as a result of they use marijuana off the job or check optimistic for THC on a drug check.
Replace: The invoice was heard on Wednesday, January twenty sixth, 2022, however no additional motion was taken.
Bipartisan laws has been launched to control the retail sale of hashish to adults 21 and older.
The query is now not whether or not or not Virginia ought to legalize hashish for adults 21 and older. That query was requested and answered in 2021 with the passage of legalization laws. The time has come to be sure that Virginians have entry to hashish that’s secure, authorized, and reasonably priced.
House Bill 461 limits staff of state and native governments and companies from being sanctioned solely due to their participation within the state’s medical hashish entry program.
Laws has been launched, HB 287, to exchange all situations of the phrase “marijuana” within the Hashish Management Act with “hashish.”
NORML Opposes the next measures:
Below present regulation, police in Virginia are prohibited from stopping, looking out, or seizing any individual, place, or factor based mostly solely on the odor of hashish. Any proof seized on account of such illegal search is inadmissible. Hashish is authorized in Virginia for medical use and for adults 21 and older. These lawfully possessing hashish ought not be topic to stops and searches based mostly solely on its odor.
NORML Opposes the next measure:
House Bill 72 has been launched to forestall the sale of seeds and immature crops by licensed hashish cultivation services:
Virginia residents 21 and older are permitted to develop as much as 4 crops at their major residence. They need to subsequently be capable of buy seeds and immature crops from authorized, above-ground sources.
Laws has been proposed, House Bill 181, to repeal provisions facilitating the expungement and sealing of data associated to sure marijuana convictions.
Virginians don’t deserve for the remainder of their life to be derailed due to a hashish conviction that might not have been prosecuted in the present day.
Replace: This invoice had a listening to on Thursday, January twenty seventh, 2022, the place it was handed out of committee by a vote of 9 to 2.
Senate Bill 46 would strengthen protections for medical hashish sufferers, and make different technical modifications to the state’s nascent medical hashish entry program.
The proposed modifications:
- Present sure employment protections for a state or political subdivision worker who declines to take part in a job obligation required by the state’s medical hashish legal guidelines;
- Repeal a provision permitting courts to discriminate towards a father or mother based mostly solely upon their lawful use of medical hashish throughout a custody continuing; and
- Embody protections for fogeys and authorized guardians of sure minor sufferers.
Laws is pending in Tennessee, House Bill 1968, the “Free All Hashish for Tennesseans Act,” to determine an adult-use regulated hashish market.
If handed, this invoice would regulate the adult-use hashish market. It will additionally enable for nonviolent, non-felony marijuana offenders to be eligible for rapid launch from incarceration, probation, and parole.
Present Tennessee regulation criminalizes the possession and grownup use of marijuana as a misdemeanor punishable by as much as one yr in jail in addition to obligatory fines. As lately as 2016, on common over 18,000 Tennesseans are arrested every year as a consequence of marijuana possession.
Senate Bill 1847 and House Bill 1747, provides quadriplegia as a qualifying medical situation for the lawful possession of hashish oils.
NORML Opposes the next measures:
Laws is pending in South Dakota, House Bill 1088, to put restrictions on the efficiency of medical marijuana, limiting the focus of THC to fifteen p.c amongst all dispensary merchandise.
If handed, this invoice would considerably restrict medical sufferers’ entry to stronger types of drugs. Simply as typical medicines are available in a wide range of strengths and potencies in an effort to meet particular person sufferers’ wants, medicinal hashish merchandise must also be accessible to sufferers in various potencies and formulations.
NORML Opposes the next measures:
UPDATE: The Home voted 41-29 to repeal a medical hashish affected person’s capacity to develop their very own drugs, a follow beforehand permitted by voters by IM 26. HB 1004 now goes to the Senate.
Practically 70 p.c of South Dakota voters decided in favor of poll Measure 26 through the November 2020 election, permitting sufferers to legally receive medical hashish from state-licensed dispensaries and to develop a restricted quantity at house.
Send a message to your lawmakers in opposition to this effort, and maintain them accountable for undermining the need of voters in South Dakota.
NORML Opposes the next measures:
Laws is pending in South Dakota, House Bill 1094, would place restrictions on public college kids’s use of hashish drugs on college property. This might reverse the present protections for sufferers to have the ability to entry their drugs in school. Many of those minors must take a dose of medical hashish at common intervals, which regularly consists of throughout college hours.
Replace: This invoice had a listening to on Thursday, January twenty seventh, 2022 the place it was handed out of committee with a vote of seven to five.
EDIBLE BAN DEFEATED
HB 1058, a invoice designed to ban a wide range of types of medical hashish from being bought in South Dakota was defeated within the Home by a vote of 21 to 47!
S. 150: The South Carolina Compassionate Care Act, permits qualifying sufferers to make use of, buy, and possess medical hashish with a doctor’s suggestion. Whereas opponents of medical hashish entry have stated they are going to do every part they will to dam the invoice from receiving the consideration it deserves, Sen. Tom Davis, the invoice’s sponsor, is ready to struggle again.
Replace: HB 150 is being debated within the Senate. Additional debate is predicted on Tuesday, February 1st, 2022.
Laws is pending, Senate Bill 1024, which might enable medical marijuana sufferers within the state of Pennsylvania to develop and domesticate as much as six crops at one time in their very own residence.
At the moment underneath state regulation, medical marijuana sufferers usually are not allowed to develop their very own drugs, and should bear the excessive monetary burden of buying it from a dispensary with out the power to make the most of their medical health insurance.
Laws is pending, Senate Bill 261, to increase medical marijuana entry for sufferers in Ohio. If handed, this invoice would increase situations eligible for medical marijuana entry in Ohio to incorporate any situation from which a affected person may gain advantage or expertise aid within the opinion of a doctor.
Replace: After passing the Ohio State Senate with a vote of 26 to five, SB 261 is now up for dialogue within the Home.
Laws has been lately filed in Kansas, House Concurrent Resolution 5025, which might amend the state structure to legalize the leisure use of marijuana starting in July of 2023. If handed, the invoice would place on the poll a query relating to the leisure use of hashish, permitting Kansas voters to determine whether or not or to not legalize marijuana in November 2022.
Present Kansas regulation criminalizes the possession of any quantity of marijuana as a misdemeanor punishable by as much as six months in jail and a $1,000 effective. There are almost 5,000 marijuana-related arrests a yr, reported as present as 2016.
Laws is pending in Illinois, House Bill 4799, to allow the private house cultivation of marijuana by residents age 21 or older.
If handed, this invoice would enable Illinois adults to personally domesticate hashish crops with a restrict of 5 crops over 5 inches tall per family. It will additionally enable these people to buy secure, examined hashish seeds from a licensed dispensary.
Present regulation restricts this entry to registered qualifying medical marijuana sufferers solely , and penalizes the cultivation of as much as 5 crops by non medical sufferers with a violation and price of $200.
NORML opposes the next laws:
Laws is pending in Illinois, House Bill 4709, to impose restrictions on the efficiency of regulated marijuana, limiting the focus of THC to 10 p.c for hashish flower and fifteen p.c for concentrates and different cannabis-infused merchandise.
If handed, this invoice would considerably restrict entry to stronger types of hashish, with essentially the most detrimental impacts falling on those that depend on marijuana for its medicinal properties. Simply as typical medicines are available in a wide range of strengths and potencies in an effort to meet particular person sufferers’ wants, medicinal hashish and controlled merchandise typically must be accessible in various potencies and formulations.
Moreover, there isn’t any substantiated proof that increased efficiency hashish may cause dangerous results to its customers. Not like alcohol, THC, no matter efficiency or amount, cannot cause death by lethal overdose. Imposing THC limits on hashish merchandise not solely limits a affected person’s capacity to entry the kind of drugs they want, however it may possibly additionally bolster a bootleg market with marijuana customers unhappy with what regulated dispensaries are permitted to supply.
A number of payments are pending to legalize the use, possession, cultivation, and retail sale of small quantities of marijuana for adults.
Newly filed Senate Bill 2455 & House Bill 1907 legalize, regulate, and taxes hashish and manufactured hashish merchandise for adults.. As well as, it could lengthen medical hashish entry to out-of-state sufferers.
A number of payments are pending which search to increase medicinal marijuana entry within the state of Hawaii:
- Senate Bill 2340 permits licensed dispensaries to supply high-quality, examined plant propagules and cuttings for qualifying sufferers or their major caregivers.
- Senate Bill 2718 amends the definition of a “qualifying affected person” and makes it simpler for senior residents – anybody age 65 or older – to entry the state’s established medical hashish program.
- House Bill 2053 authorizes medical hashish dispensaries to distribute hashish propagules and cuttings to people licensed to domesticate hashish crops for medical use.
HB 305 – Delaware’s freshly revised adult-use legalization invoice has been launched within the Home of Representatives by Rep. Ed Osienski.
Replace: HB 305 superior out of the Home Well being and Human Improvement Committee with a 10-4 vote.
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