Arizona Supreme Court: Maternal Use of Cannabis for Morning Sickness Doesn’t Constitute Child Neglect

The Arizona Supreme Court has declined to hear any further challenges to an appellate court ruling which determined that child welfare officials acted inappropriately when they placed a woman on a state registry for having consumed medical cannabis while pregnant. The Court’s order, issued Thursday, removes the mother’s name from appearing on the state’s registry, […]

Kentucky: Governor Beshear Calls for Legalization of Medical Cannabis

During his State of the Commonwealth Address delivered Wednesday evening, Democratic Governor Andy Beshear called for the legalization of medical cannabis in Kentucky: “Treating people right also dictates that in this session, this General Assembly finally legalize medical cannabis. Far too many Kentuckians are suffering from life-threatening and chronic conditions, like our veterans with PTSD, […]

Ohio: Governor Signs Sentencing Reform Legislation Into Law

Republican Gov. Mike DeWine has signed comprehensive sentencing reform legislation, Senate Bill 288, into law. Marijuana-specific provisions in the bill amend state law so that that the arrest or conviction for the possession of marijuana paraphernalia no longer qualifies as part of a person’s criminal record and doesn’t need to be disclosed “in response to any inquiries […]

Will Oklahoma Be the Next State to Legalize Marijuana?

Oklahoma voters will decide on a citizens’ initiated measure (State Question 820) legalizing the adult-use marijuana market in a special election to be held on Tuesday, March 7, 2023.  “Voters in both traditionally ‘red’ and ‘blue’ states have historically cast their vote in favor of ending the failed policy of cannabis criminalization,” NORML’s State Policies […]

Virgin Islands: Lawmakers Advance Legislation Legalizing Cannabis Use, Expunging Past Convictions

Lawmakers have advanced legislation to regulate the adult-use marijuana market in the territory of the US Virgin Islands (population: 106,000). Senators overwhelmingly approved amended legislation, ‘The Virgin Islands Cannabis Use Act,’ which seeks to “establish a regulated system for the cultivation, manufacture, and sale of cannabis for adult, medical, and sacramental use.” The proposed measure, […]

Connecticut: Officials Expunge 40,000+ Marijuana-Related Convictions

State officials have completed the process of reviewing and vacating the criminal records of over 40,000 residents with prior marijuana-related convictions. As of January 1, “our administration has erased 42,964 cannabis convictions,” Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont announced on twitter. Legislation signed into law in 2020 regulating the adult-use cannabis market contained provisions providing for the […]

Maryland: Civil Penalties Take Effect for Cannabis Possession

The possession of up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis is no longer subject to criminal penalties, under legislation (HB 837) that took effect of January 1, 2023. Under the new law, adults who possess up to 1.5 ounces of cannabis (and/or up to 12 grams of cannabis concentrates and/or any cannabis product containing up to […]

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