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State Policy Weekly Update 5/20/2022

This week’s update highlights legislative developments in Delaware, Rhode Island, Louisiana and Massachusetts!  California  AB 2188, which protects the employment rights of cannabis consumers, heads to the assembly floor. The bill bans employers from denying jobs or firing employees based solely...

Delaware: House Members Pause Action on Marijuana Retail Bill Until After Legislative Break

For the second time this legislative session, members of the House addressed legislation to establish a regulated, adult-use cannabis market. House Bill 372, the Delaware Marijuana Control Act, provides for commercial production and sale of marijuana by state-licensed entities.  Earlier this...

Cannabis Legalization Doesn’t Increase Alcohol, Nicotine, Pain Reliever Usage, Study Shows

Some new studies published by the University of Washington show that after marijuana legalization, consumption of other substances like alcohol and cigarettes fall significantly. This new study tested trends in alcohol, cigarettes, and non-prescribed pain reliever use amongst young...

Rhode Island: Lawmakers Advance Adult-Use Legalization Bill

House and Senate Committee members advanced legislation late yesterday, the “Rhode Island Cannabis Act,” to legalize the consumption, possession, cultivation, and retail sale of cannabis by adults. The two identical bills, S. 2430 and H. 7593, were approved by...

NORML PAC Endorsed John Fetterman Wins PA Senate Primary in Landslide

NORML PAC endorsed US Senate candidate John Fetterman won the state’s Democratic primary by a large margin.  John Fetterman has long been an outspoken advocate for marijuana legalization and has made it a central plank in his Senate campaign. “John’s overwhelming...

Ohio: No Opportunity for Voters to Decide on Marijuana Legalization Until 2023

Litigating parties have agreed to a settlement that will postpone any opportunity for voters to decide on a citizens’ initiated marijuana measure until November 2023. The measure, spearheaded by the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, seeks to permit adults to...

DOJ Warns US Supreme Court to Stay Out of Legalization

The US Justice Department is issuing statements to the US Supreme Court that they should not take up a case revolving around worker compensation for medical marijuana. The Justice Department has said that doing so would result in wide-ranging...

Study: Young Adults’ Consumption of Alcohol, Cigarettes, Other Substances Fell Following Marijuana Legalization

Retail cannabis sales are associated with decreases in the use of alcohol, cigarettes, and pain medications by young adults, according to data published in the Journal of Adolescent Health. Researchers with the University of Washington assessed trends in alcohol, nicotine,...

California Plans to Strip one Marijuana Tax to Combat Black Market

Gavin Newsom, Governor of California, has released a budget proposal for May that would strip the Cultivation Tax from being collected during the cultivation of marijuana. This would lower the overall cost of purchase once it hits retail stores...

Status Update: 2022 Ballot Initiatives and Referendums

Voters in several states are anticipated to decide on marijuana-related ballot measures in November. Here is an update of where those efforts currently stand.  Arkansas The group Arkansans for Marijuana Reform is seeking to place a constitutional amendment on the November...
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State Policy Weekly Update 5/20/2022

This week’s update highlights legislative developments in Delaware, Rhode Island, Louisiana and Massachusetts!  California  AB 2188, which protects the employment rights...
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