Monday, May 23, 2022

Politics

Ohio Missed the Boat to Legalize in 2022, Will Try Again in 2023

Ohio has once again missed the boat to legalize marijuana in the year 2022. According to Cincinnati.com, members of the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol filed a lawsuit in Franklin County accusing GOP lawmakers of trying to delay...

Nearly a Quarter of Senate Members Send Bipartisan Letter Urging Congressional Leadership to Keep SAFE Banking in Pending Legislative Package

A bipartisan group of 24 Senators stood up for public safety and for greater economic opportunities for legal cannabis businesses by sending a letter to leadership in both chambers of Congress asking them to include cannabis banking reform language...

State Policy Weekly Update 5/13/2022

This week’s update highlights legislative advancement in California, Delaware, Louisiana, New Jersey, and more! California  Pain patients rights legislation, AB 1954, passed through the committee process and now heads to the Assembly floor. This bill prohibits a physician and surgeon from...

Delaware Legislature Approves Legislation to Remove All Penalties for Adult Marijuana Possession

The Delaware State Senate approved legislation to remove all criminal and civil penalties for adult possession of marijuana. In a 13-7-1 vote, the state’s upper chamber voted to pass HB 371, which legalized the possession of up to one...

For Second Year, Overdose Deaths Surpassed 100,000

The opioid epidemic continues in the US, with the amount of overdose deaths reaching a new height of 108,000 in 2021. This is the second year in a row that deaths have surpassed 100,000. New data has just been published...

Austin Texas Has Voted to Decriminalize Marijuana

Austin Texas just voted to decriminalize marijuana. 85% of voters showed up and voted in favor of passing Proposition A which would immediately decriminalize marijuana in the capital. There were also some other pieces of legislation included within the...

Legalization Advocates in Missouri, South Dakota Turn in Signatures for November Ballot Campaigns

Activists behind proposed citizens’ initiatives to legalize marijuana in Missouri and in South Dakota have provided officials with the requisite number of signatures to qualify their campaigns for the November ballot. In Missouri, the group Legal Missouri 2022 turned in...

Texas: Austin Voters Decide in Favor of Municipal Ballot Initiative Eliminating Local Cannabis Penalties

Voters in the city of Austin, Texas have overwhelmingly approved a local ballot measure, Proposition A, depenalizing marijuana possession and prohibiting police from executing ‘no knock’ warrants. The language of the measure stipulates that Austin police officers “shall not issue...

Sweeping Marijuana Reform Gaining Momentum in the Senate

Major cannabis reform in the Senate may be gaining momentum. Initially thought to be dead when pushed into the Senate, the SAFE Banking Act is slowly gaining bipartisan support from lawmakers across the US. The Safe Banking Act, works...

State Policy Weekly Update 5/6/2022

This week’s update highlights legislative advancements in several states, including Colorado, Delaware, Louisiana, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, and South Carolina.  Colorado Senate Bill 099 streamlines and expands the record sealing process for those with marijuana-related records. This legislation also provides employment...
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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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