Cannabis Bill Tracker
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!
On Friday, Trump signed an amendment to a $1 trillion spending bill that indicated the Administration’s anxiously awaited stance on the medical cannabis industry. In the amendment, it specifies that, “the Department of Justice (DOJ) may not use any funds to prevent implementation of medical marijuana laws by various States and territories.” At a quick glance, it sounds like the federal government will leave medical marijuana alone, but that’s not the whole story.
California is taking action to protect its’ established medical and soon to be historic adult use cannabis industries. By advancing AB 1578, which would preclude local law enforcement from aiding federal authorities seeking to interfere with state-sanctioned legal cannabis businesses, the California Assembly has taken a firm stance amongst uncertainty from the White House.
This does not necessarily create a safe haven for California businesses, but it is a significant measure toward protecting businesses from federal enforcement in pursuing local cannabis businesses without the aid of local authority.
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Delaware’s efforts to legalize cannabis use for adults 21 and over may hit resistance from opposition groups at this Wednesday’s House Revenue and Finance Committee meeting. Individuals representing hospitals, police and some of the state’s largest employers plan to testify against the proposed Marijuana Control Act.
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A bill that would allow recently relocated individuals to more quickly enter Colorado’s cannabis industry is heading to the Governor’s desk for signature. Once signed, SB 187 will create an exemption for the residency requirements currently in place and allow individuals to apply and gain employment prior to establishing residency. Current law requires proof of Colorado residency prior to applying for a MED badge. Also pending signature, SB 017 would add PTSD as a qualifying condition.
In an effort to protect the recreational cannabis industry, Colorado officials have introduced SB 192. The bill would permit adult-use cannabis business owners to instantly reclassify their recreational inventory as medical. a. significant step towards protecting businesses given the looming threat of federal crackdown and the administration’s recently announced stance on medical cannabis.
For official licensing information check out our Colorado page!
In a major blow to Florida’s medical cannabis program, politicians failed to pass an amended version of SB 1388. As such, the bill has been pulled from consideration leaving the creation and implementation of Amendment 2 up to the state’s Department of Health.
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Legislation to allow home cultivation for medical patients has been referred to Committee. If passed, HB 472 would permit patients to have 2 mature plants and up to 10 seedlings in no more than 50 square feet of canopy.
For official licensing information check out our New Hampshire page!
The New York Assembly passed A 70006 last week. Once signed, the bill would expand the state’s medical cannabis program to include patients with PTSD. Last week, the state announced the addition of over 3,000 certified patients as a result of adding Chronic Pain as a qualifying condition.
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HB 1070 narrowly passed the House 74-71 last week. However, with the state’s legislators going on break, it is difficult to determine when the next significant step forward will be. The bill would allow individuals 21 and over to cultivate and possess cannabis for adult use.
For official licensing information check out our Vermont page!
Texas’s Public Health Committee passed HB 2107 7-2 in an unexpected vote last week. The House has until May 11th to hear and debate the legislation that would allow the state to establish a medical cannabis program.
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