6 States Plus D.C. Sign Cannabis Bills Into Law in Less than a Month

It’s been an incredibly busy, and productive year thus far for the cannabis reform movement, and the past month has been a shining example of this progress. Here’s a look at some of what’s been accomplished.  wacanna

On March 21st, Utah’s governor signed into law a proposal which legalizes cannabis extracts (such as oils and tinctures) for medical purposes. The measure takes effect on July 1st.

On March 31st, Washington D.C.’s mayor signed a measure into law which removes criminal penalties for the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis. The new law reduces the penalty from an arrestable misdemeanor, to a $25 ticket.

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New Jersey Senator Announces Legislation to Legalize Cannabis

Support for legalization has been mounting in New Jersey, and according to lawmakers, legislation is forthcoming. State Senator Nicholas Scutari, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has announced brightbudsplans to introduce a measure to legalize, tax and regulate recreational cannabis in N.J. within the next month.

Senator Scutari says the measure “will provide us with a tremendous cost savings and time savings for our law enforcement officers”. “It’ll save our citizens from the unnecessary multiple court appearance and criminal record and it’ll provide us with much needed tax revenue.”

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Federal Bill Introduced To Restore Second Amendment Rights To Medical Cannabis Patients

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Last Friday, Colorado Congressman Jared Polis (D) introduced HR 3483, Protecting Individual Liberties and States’ Rights Act.patientsgunrights The legislation was introduced in the wake of a federal memo to licensed gun dealers circulated nationwide last year warning them not to sell guns or ammunition to customers who legally use medical cannabis with their physician’s recommendation, many of whom pay annual fees to be in state-run registries and receive state-issued identification cards.

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Measure to Legalize Medical Marijuana Filed in Puerto Rico

Lawmakers in Puerto Rico have filed a proposal aimed at legalizing the medicinal use of marijuana; the measure will be debated by the legislature in the coming days and weeks.mmmmjjjj

The measure – which is sponsored by State Reps. Jose Baez and Carlos Vargas – would allow authorized patients to possess cannabis, and purchase it through state-licensed clinics. Patients who can’t afford to purchase their medicine through clinics could apply for a special permit to cultivate their own cannabis at home.

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Wisconsin Medical Cannabis Legalization Measure Announced

State Representative Chris Taylor and Senator Jon Erpenbach have announced that they’re working on legislation to legalize medical cannabis, which they plan to have filed in the upcoming fall legislative session. marijuanawisconsin

Under the soon-to-be-filed legislation, authorized patients would be allowed to possess up to 3 ounces of cannabis, and cultivate up to 10 plants. State-licensed “compassionate care centers” would be authorized to distribute cannabis to patients.

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U.S. Government on Verge of Legalizing Hemp Research, Legislative Outreach Becomes Vital

Last month the U.S. House of Representatives approved a national farms bill which included a historic hemp amendment; an amendment which would end the federal government’s prohibition on hemp research.Industrial_Hemp

Although this isn’t what hemp legalization advocates would prefer, it’s still a huge step forward to have Congress admit that, at the very least, hemp is an issue worth studying. Given that numerous states – such as Kentucky and Vermont just this year – have legalized hemp on the state level, this new law would allow researchers in these states, such as university professors, to study the crop legally without obtaining DEA permission, which is required under current law.

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Tennessee Lawmaker Considering Legislation to Legalize Hemp

“It’s not against the law to own it. It’s not against the law to import it from Canada or China. It’shemp1 just against the law for a farmer to raise it”, states Senator Frank Niceley, noting the hypocrisy of America’s current hemp laws, “you can make thousands of products from it, and we import about half a billion dollars of it a year.”

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Activists Seek to Decriminalize Marijuana in Kansas City

In large part due to the efforts of Show-Me Cannabis, a non-profit, pro-legalization reform group working oshow-me-cannabis-regulation-missouri-smcrut of Missouri, the St. Louis Board of Aldermen recently voted 22-3 in favor of a measure to deprioritize marijuana possession. Now the group is taking aim at another major Missouri city – Kansas City. The organization is calling upon its widespread base of supporters to contact elected officials in the city, namely the city council and mayor, urging them to support decriminalizing the possession of up to 35 grams of marijuana.

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Maine Lawmakers to Hold Public Hearing on Legalization Measure

On Friday, May 3rd, Maine’s Joint Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety will be holding the firstlegalize_cannabis public hearing on LD 1229, the Marijuana Regulation Act. If passed, the measure would legalize the possession of up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis, as well as the private cultivation of up to 6 plants. In addition, it would direct the state to license and regulate retail outlets which would sell marijuana to adults in the state – the measure would also allow farmers to begin cultivating hemp.

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Industrial Hemp Officially Legal in Kentucky

As it passes midnight in Kentucky, Senate Bill 50 officially becomes law. The measure, which legalizes industrial hemp in the state, recently passed the Senate and House, giving the governor until April 6th at iENAhv8Luhy811:59PM to either sign the bill into law, veto it, or let it become law. With no veto or signature, and with it now being April 7th, the bill has officially become law.

Under this new measure, hemp production is now legal in Kentucky. However, with the federal government still seeing hemp as a schedule 1 drug next to the likes of heroin and other dangerous substances, Kentuckians will need to wait until a federal change to take place to begin production.

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