Delaware: Governor Vetoes Marijuana Depenalization Measure

Democrat Gov. John Carney has vetoed legislation, House Bill 371, that sought to eliminate penalties for the possession of up to one ounce of cannabis by adults.  His decision was not altogether unexpected, as the Governor has long expressed opposition to legalizing marijuana. “I have been clear about my position since before I took office,” he […]

Ohio: Regulators Approve Dozens More Applicants to Operate Medical Cannabis Dispensaries

Qualified patients will have significantly greater access to medical cannabis products in the coming months following regulators decision to approve 70 new medical cannabis dispensary operators. Regulators reviewed over 1,500 applications. A list of the newly approved dispensaries is available online here. Currently, there are fewer than 100 state-licensed dispensaries operating in the state. “This […]

Delta-8 THC ruled to be federally legal by court

When the Farm Bill was enacted in 2018, it seems that not all of the information on the complex cannabis plant was known, and a loophole has formed in the shape of delta-8 THC, which also contains psychoactive components and legalized along with the rest of the hemp plant via that bill. Since the discovery […]

Statement on Governor Scott Vetoing Bipartisan Legislation to Begin Addressing Overdose Crisis & Racial Disparities with ‘Drug Use Advisory Board’

Veto Reaffirms Drug War Mentality & Leaves in Place Crack Cocaine vs Powder Cocaine Sentencing Disparities Montpelier, VT – In response to Governor Phil Scott vetoing H. 505, bipartisan legislation that would have helped move Vermont toward a public health model for drug use and low-level possession and would have eliminated the state’s racist disparity […]

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 of cannabis consumers, heads to the assembly floor. The bill bans employers from denying jobs or firing employees based solely upon a positive drug test for inactive metabolites of THC. Send a message of […]

Delaware: House Members Pause Action on Marijuana Retail Bill Until After Legislative Break

For the second time this legislative session, members of the House addressed legislation to establish a regulated, adult-use cannabis market. House Bill 372, the Delaware Marijuana Control Act, provides for commercial production and sale of marijuana by state-licensed entities.  Earlier this year, House members failed to advance similar legislation by two votes. Because the measure […]

Rhode Island: Lawmakers Advance Adult-Use Legalization Bill

House and Senate Committee members advanced legislation late yesterday, the “Rhode Island Cannabis Act,” to legalize the consumption, possession, cultivation, and retail sale of cannabis by adults. The two identical bills, S. 2430 and H. 7593, were approved by lawmakers with little opposition.  Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 9 to 1 in favor […]

NORML PAC Endorsed John Fetterman Wins PA Senate Primary in Landslide

NORML PAC endorsed US Senate candidate John Fetterman won the state’s Democratic primary by a large margin.  John Fetterman has long been an outspoken advocate for marijuana legalization and has made it a central plank in his Senate campaign. “John’s overwhelming victory in the primary should send a message to candidates of all political persuasions […]

Ohio: No Opportunity for Voters to Decide on Marijuana Legalization Until 2023

Litigating parties have agreed to a settlement that will postpone any opportunity for voters to decide on a citizens’ initiated marijuana measure until November 2023. The measure, spearheaded by the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, seeks to permit adults to possess, home cultivate, and purchase limited quantities of cannabis. Earlier this year, advocates collected a sufficient […]

DOJ Warns US Supreme Court to Stay Out of Legalization

The US Justice Department is issuing statements to the US Supreme Court that they should not take up a case revolving around worker compensation for medical marijuana. The Justice Department has said that doing so would result in wide-ranging implications related to federal supremacy. They had also said that doing so would be pointless due […]

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