CANNABIS BILL TRACKER
Weekly Legislative Updates On Active Cannabis Bills From All 50 States
As the cannabis industry anxiously awaits direction from the White House, it appears that states are not going to be as patient. As more states move forward with cannabis bills, we’ll continue providing relevant updates on the latest cannabis laws and legislation that affect our industry and your business. Something we missed? Let us know here and we’ll make sure to include it in next week’s update!
New Hampshire legislators filed a bill that would create a cannabis control commission. If passed, HB1768 would likely be implemented in preparation of expanding the states’ medical market, or perhaps full adult use.
A bill in Virginia would increase the threshold for possession with intent to sell from a half ounce to a full ounce. SB40 would also reduce the penalties for intent to distribute.
November 20, 2017
Several Federal bills received new co-sponsors last week:
- HR 1820- Veterans Equal Access Act: John Yarmuth (Dem-KY)
- HR 3530- Industrial Hemp Farming Act: Rodney Davis (Rep-IL), Paul Tonk (Dem-NY)
In Florida, legislation that would allow judges to break from mandatory minimums has been postponed. S0602 was to be heard on the 13th, a new date has not been set. Also happening in Florida, Republican Representative Matt Gaetz has filed an amendment to the VA infrastructure bill designed to increase participation by Veterans seeking medical cannabis.
Wisconsin legislators received the fiscal impact reports for their proposed cannabis legalization bill, AB 482. The Department of Revenue predicts almost $150million in taxes by 2021. The full reports and estimates can be found here.
November 13, 2017
Illinois Senator Don Harmon is joining a growing body of legislators that are willing to explore cannabis as an alternative to opiates. If passed, the Alternatives to Opioids Act would allow people prescribed opiates to apply for a temporary cannabis card instead.
A bill to require health warnings labels on cannabis products sold in Michigan was introduced last week. In addition to labeling, HB 5222 would establish standards for cannabis storage, transportation, and maximum potency levels.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed NY A07006 today. The Act will add PTSD as a qualifying condition for medical cannabis.
The Congressional act to eliminate the tax penalty associated with cannabis businesses gained a new cosponsor last week. Ken Buck, R- CO, is the newest cosponsor bringing the total to 39.
Wisconsin’s bill to legalize and create a rulemaking committee for industrial hemp is nearing passage- SB 119 passed through the Assembly with nearly 60% support.
November 6, 2017
A new bill to allow smoking cannabis for medical use was introduced in Florida. Under the current regulations dictated by Amendment 2- combusting cannabis is illegal. SB 726 was introduced by Democratic Senator Gary Farmer.
Maine’s cannabis legalization efforts took a blow this week when Governor LePage again vetoed an implementation bill. Citing fear of federal intervention, LePage will now hope that the veto is not overridden by a majority vote.
Oklahoma may vote on medical cannabis as early as June 2018. There are rumors that Governor Mary Fallin might move to hold the vote for SQ788 before the general election but it is yet to be determined how that may impact voter turnout and initiative outcome.
In federal news, the House’s Industrial Hemp Farming Act received 2 new co-sponsors. Mike Coffman (R-Co) and Dwight Evans (D-Pa) bring the total to 33 supporters.
October 30th, 2017
A new bill in Illinois seeks to increase expungement eligibility for individuals convicted of lower-level crimes, like cannabis, who have been crime free for 3 years. If passed, HB 4139 would allow people to petition the court and have their records sealed.
A bill in Michigan, HB 5189, would authorize the following plant counts based on license class:
- Class A- 500 plants
- Class B- 1,000 plants
- Class C- 1,500 plants
DC’s Medical Marijuana Improvement Amendment Act of 2017 announced a public hearing for November 9th, 2017. The seeks to establish Safe Use Treatment Facilities that would be operated by registered dispensaries and provide medical cannabis.
Lou Correa, a Democrat from California, is calling on the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to conduct a clinical study regarding the effectiveness of cannabis use for chronic pain. HR 590 will go to the House Committee on Veterans Affairs for review.
The US House bill addressing Industrial Hemp Farming received a new co-sponsor bringing the total to 31. Peter Welch, of Vermont, is the latest Representative to put his support behind the bill originally introduced by Kentucky’s James Comer in July.
October 16th, 2017
California Governor Jerry Brown vetoed 2 bills designed to restrict cannabis businesses and decrease social use. AB1120 and AB350 were struck down last Friday.
A Colorado bill to exempt retail cannabis sales from the 2.9% general sales tax failed last week. The Senate Committee on Transportation has postponed further evaluations of SB 001 indefinitely.
The District of Columbia is considering reciprocity rules for medical cannabis. PR22-0526 was introduced last week and has been referred to the Health Committee for review.
Legislation impacting how physicians and patients in Florida interact might have major repercussions for the cannabis industry. S 0280, which would establish telehealth standards, is under review in the state’s Health and Human Services Subcommittee.
Legislators in Massachusetts have introduced a new version of S819, which would eliminate mandatory minimums for drug-related offenses. The efforts are in direct contrast with Attorney General Sessions recent suggestion of increasing enforcement.
Check back next Monday for our Cannabis Bill Tracker updates!