Cannabis legalization Week updates - Big changes are coming!

Cannabis law reform legislation has begun to be pre-filed in many states. Legislative developments include Alaska, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

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The bill seeks to reduce barriers to cannabis employment for people who have been convicted of low-level minor marijuana possession crimes.

All criminal history records of an alleged arrest, charge not initiated by arrest, order of supervision or order of qualified supervision for any person who has been formally convicted of or is currently serving an order of supervision will be expunged. You can send a message to your legislator.

Senate Bill 70 would decriminalize the possession of one ounce of cannabis or less of cannabis.

House Bill 1297 would decriminalize the possession of fewer than 2 ounces of cannabis. The people of Indiana are subject to some of the most severe punishments in the nation for possessing any amount of these substances. You can send a message to your legislator. 

The state of Indiana is considering establishing a medical marijuana program.

The use of medical marijuana by people with severe medical conditions would be allowed under the proposed legislation. The use of medical marijuana would be permitted by those with severe medical conditions that could benefit from the use of the drug. Patients would be allowed to possess eight ounces less of dried marijuana. The home grows up to 12 plants.

The lack of a medical cannabis program in Indiana deprives thousands of Indianans of proven effective cannabis treatments.

You can send a message to your legislator. The adult use of cannabis would be regulated under the bill. The bill would allow adults to possess up to four ounces of dried cannabis bud and 30 grams of concentrates and cultivate up to four plants at home. Equity is included in the bill. Senate Bill 0308 would allow adults to possess cannabis. Adults can buy one ounce of cannabis or five grams of cannabis concentrate per day with a possible home delivery allowed. There are provisions for minorities.

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Senate Bill 0308 would allow adults to possess cannabis.

 Adults can buy one ounce of cannabis or five grams of cannabis concentrate per day with a possible home delivery allowed. 

There are provisions for minorities. 30 days. It is a felony to possess over 30 grams of cannabis. You can send a message to your legislator. 

Marijuana possession, manufacturing, delivery, and retail sale could be legalized in Iowa. Residents over the age of 21 can possess up to 30g of marijuana flower, 5g of marijuana concentrate, and 500mg of THC. Non-residents can have up to half of that amount. Purchases of more than one ounce of marijuana or its equivalent in retail marijuana products are not allowed. 

Under current state law, possession of any amount of cannabis is a Class A felony and can lead to up to six months of imprisonment. It is a felony to cultivate and distribute any amount.

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Senate Bill 88 would require some records regarding previous or current convictions of cannabis possession that have been pardoned by the governor to be expunged. 

Statutes relating to determining reasonable suspicion and probable cause regarding cannabis in Maryland are being amended. The bill would make it clear that a finding or determination of reasonable suspicion or probable cause relating to the possession of cannabis or other drugs may not be based solely on the smell of the drug. You can send a message to your legislator. Senate Bill 73 seeks to replace criminal penalties with civil penalties for some offenses regarding manufacturing, cultivating, possessing, and distributing cannabis products outside the regulated market. Maryland voters approved a referendum requiring the legislature to hold the commercial cannabis market, but they have yet to do so. You can send a message to your legislator. 

The Committee on Commerce, Finance, and Policy will hold a hearing on January 11. Adults 21 and older can purchase up to two ounces of cannabis and home cultivates up to eight plants. The option to own and operate a government dispensary is included in the proposal to create a system of private cannabis businesses. The records of people with prior marijuana convictions would be erased. On-site consumption lounges and cannabis delivery services are allowed.

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The Board of Pharmacy rules on synthetic cannabis cannabinoids were implemented last year. 

To promote social equity and inclusion among licensees, the legislation seeks to prioritize licensure to underrepresented populations, such as people living in low-income neighborhoods and military veterans who lost their good status because of cannabis-related offenses.

The bill would allow the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana and the cultivation of no more than three plants.

The criminal penalty for possessing fewer than 2.5 ounces of marijuana in Mississippi is being removed. Under state law, possessing up to 30 grams is not a crime. Legislative Bill 22 attempts to repeal criminal penalties for most marijuana-related activities by striking references to cannabis from the state's CSA. This bill can serve as a starting point for important discussions regarding further reducing marijuana possession penalties and regulating the commercial cannabis market, even though it is unlikely that lawmakers will agree to such an option

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New Hampshire is about to become the first state to allow the use of cannabis for adults. 

A majority of Granite State voters support the legalization of marijuana. Simple possession of up to 34 an ounce of cannabis is a civil violation, with over 34 being a felony that can lead to a year in prison. Up to six plants can be grown in the home for adults 21 and older. A new, stand-alone Cannabis Commission is authorized to regulate commercial cannabis production and sales. The meals and rooms tax would be applied to sales to people over 18. Adults can possess up to 1/3 of an ounce of cannabis, 5 grams of hashish, and certain cannabis-infused products. Up to six plants can be cultivated at home. 

The Liquor Commission can regulate cannabis and sell it to people.

 Home growing would not be allowed. The possession and use of cannabis for people over 21 is no longer allowed in New Hampshire under a new law. The bill would amend the state's Controlled Drugs Act to allow for safe and legal possession and consumption for those over the age of 21. The House Labor, Industrial, and Rehabilitative Services Committee will hold a hearing on January 19th.

Medical marijuana patients have the right to employment. Employers wouldn't be allowed to refuse to hire, or fire qualified medical marijuana patients if the bill passes.

Patients and designated caregivers can grow up to six plants at home for their own use. New Hampshire has a Therapeutic Cannabis Medical Oversight Board. The bill's primary goal is to establish reciprocity between New York's medical cannabis program and those of other states, with a secondary goal of formulating regulations for the approval of pre-roll products in the medical cannabis program. 

The Senate amended and passed the bill with a vote of 33 to fourteen. The bill wanted to double the maximum amount of purchasable cannabinoids from 4,000 to 8000. The maximum amount of THC is now being raised.

Senate Bill 2068 would increase the maximum amount of products that can be used by patients. There is a maximum monthly allowance. The Senate Health and Human Services Committee will hold a hearing on January 23. The ability of medical cannabis patients and others to petition the Department of Health is being removed. New conditions can only be added by an act of the legislature. Lawmakers are not doctors, and decisions over which patients may benefit from medical cannabis should not be left up to them.