Weekly Legislative Roundup 4/27/18

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eliminates federal criminal penalties for possessing and growing the plant. This legislation gives states the power and flexibility to establish their own marijuana policies free from federal interference.

Click here to e-mail your Representative and urge them to support this important legislation

Vermont

H. 167, which regulates the retail supply and sale of cannabis to adults, passed the Senate last year prior to stalling in the House. Lawmakers have placed H. 167 on the calendar for action for 4/17. Separate legislation, H. 490, to also regulate the retail production and sale of cannabis to adults, is still awaiting action from the House Committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs.

VT resident? Click here to email your elected officials in support of regulating the retail sale of cannabis

Pennsylvania

Senate Resolution 258 seeks to amend the Controlled Substances Act so that marijuana is no longer classified as a Schedule I controlled substance. If passed, the resolution would urge Congress to take action to amend federal law so that states could regulate cannabis absent undue federal interference.

Update: SR 258 was unanimously approved by the Senate on 4/25.

PA resident? Click here to email your elected officials in support of descheduling cannabis

Illinois

Medical
Senate Bill 336 would permit physicians to recommend cannabis therapy as an alternative to opioid treatment.

Update: SB 336 was approved by the Senate 44-6 on 4/26. It now awaits action from the House.

IL resident? Click here to email your elected officials in support of cannabis as an alternative to opioids

Expungement
House Bill 2367 provides for the automatic expungement of past marijuana possession or paraphernalia violations.

The measure mandates the automatic expungement of any citation for a civil law violation of either: subsection (a) of Section 4 of the Cannabis Control Act, or subsection (c) Section 3.5 of the Drug Paraphernalia Control Act. It also would allow those with certain past criminal marijuana convictions — those that occurred prior to the decriminalization of such offenses — to ask a judge to have the conviction expunged.

Update: HB 2367 was approved by the Restorative Justice Committee on 4/24 by an 8-2 vote. It is expected to be considered by the full House on 4/27.

IL resident? Click here to email your elected officials in support of expungement

California

Assembly Bill 2069 would explicitly bar employers from discriminating against workers solely because of their status as a medical cannabis patient, or due to testing positive for medical marijuana use on a workplace drug test.

Update: The Assembly’s Labor And Employment Committee held a hearing on AB 2069 on 4/25, and then approved the bill. It now heads to the Appropriations Committee.

CA resident? Click here to email your elected officials in support of patient employment protections

 

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New Hampshire

House Bill 1476 seeks to permit qualifying patients to cultivate small quantities of cannabis for their own therapeutic use. The bill already passed the House last month.

Update: The Senate Health and Human Services Committee voted 3-2 on 4/25 to recommend that HB 1476 be sent to ‘interim study,’ but the bill is still expected to receive a vote in the full Senate sometime in the next few weeks.

NH resident? Click here to email your elected officials in support of home cultivation rights

Iowa

Senate File 2372 seeks to expand the state’s medical cannabidiol (CBD) law. The measure will remove the arbitrary 3 percent cap on THC content, and would allow doctors to recommend CBD to those suffering from chronic pain as well as to any other patient for whom they believe it would benefit.

Update: The Iowa State Senate Ways and Means Committee voted 13 to 3 to approve the bill on 4/23.

IA resident? Click here to email your elected officials in support of medical CBD expansion

Illinois

Senate Bill 2298 would expand the state’s industrial hemp law by allowing individuals to cultivate hemp with a state license even if they are not part of the state’s Agriculture Department pilot program. That program only permits hemp cultivation as part of a state-sponsored research program.

Update: SB 2298 was unanimously approved by the Senate on 4/24.

IL resident? Click here to email your elected officials in support of industrial hemp expansion

California

Senate Bill 930 seeks to assist financial institutions in safely conducting transactions with licensed cannabis businesses.

Update: SB 930 was heard by the Senate Governance and Finance Committee on 4/25, and was then approved by the committee. The bill now heads to the Appropriations Committee.

CA resident? Click here to email your elected officials in support of banking access

That’s all for this week, check back next Friday for more legislative updates!

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Add Your Comment 17 responses to “”Newer Comments »TheOracle says:April 27, 2018 at 4:54 pm

Pennsylvania, you can do better than just a senate resolution. I mean, come on! Pennsylvania can just go ahead and de-schedule cannabis as a state WITHOUT waiting for the feds.

Grow some freakin’ ballz, Legislature! Cannabis is still listed in Pennsylvania’s schedule: Section 4, Schedule 1, paragraph (iv) Marihuana.

http://www.health.state.pa.us/pdf/ddc/ddcAct.pdf

WTF!

“Senate Resolution 258 seeks to amend the Controlled Substances Act so that marijuana is no longer classified as a Schedule I controlled substance. If passed, the resolution would urge Congress to take action to amend federal law so that states could regulate cannabis absent undue federal interference.

Update: SR 258 was unanimously approved by the Senate on 4/25.”

The Democratic Governor just plans to crack down on the opioid epidemic WITHOUT legalizing cannabis, WITHOUT taking it out of the state’s schedule?

Tom Wolf, attention, Tom Wolf. Make sure one of your executive orders is to de-schedule cannabis in the state immediately. Make another executive order to expunge people’s records of past cannabis offenses like New Jersey.

Pennsylvania Governor Proposes Plan To Curb Opioid Overprescription

When Pennsylvania legalizes, it needs to keep Big Weed from elbowing all the little folks out. Please remember that.

ReplyEvening Bud says:April 27, 2018 at 10:41 pm

Sounds like Wolf needs to get a few phone calls.

ReplyTheOracle says:April 27, 2018 at 5:04 pm

Jeff Sessions’ understanding of cannabis is evolving far too slowly. He can’t keep up and needs more special education from Dr. Gupta.

Do NOT wait for Sessions to evolve. He’s a pitiful, hopeless case. Legalization is coming before that. Keep this summer’s July legalizationdeadline.

https://www.leafly.com/news/politics/3-things-we-learned-about-jeff-sessions-today

ReplyJulian says:April 27, 2018 at 10:59 pm

Republicans are going to lose small rural farmers to Democrats as these farners collectively figure out that Big Agribusiness and the Koch brothers have more power in a Republican controlled government than the President, the Senate Majority Leader and the House Speaker. And thats why Repubs cant even pass a job saving conservative Hemp Bill. Guess McConnell will be in Italy looking for Hemp seeds, Gone till November…

ReplyJulian says:April 30, 2018 at 2:44 pm

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/congress/article209912974.html

The above article mentions movement especially by Representative Comer in the House to get a hemp amendment to the Farm Bill, but although Pete Sessions remains a threat, the real threat is when

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