State Policy Weekly Update (1/10/23)

Lawmakers in many states have started to pre-file marijuana law reform legislation and some sessions have already begun holding hearings. This week’s update highlights legislative developments in Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Washington. Kentucky  House Bill 48 and House Bill 22 seek to provide […]

Connecticut: Adult-Use Cannabis Sales Begin This Week

Select retailers will begin selling cannabis products to those age 21 or older on Tuesday, January 10, 2023. To date, nine operators have received dual licensure from state officials to engage in both medical and adult-use sales. Sales will initially be limited to 1/4 ounce of cannabis flower, or its equivalent, per transaction. A map […]

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, […]

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, […]

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 […]

Kentucky NORML Meets with Governor Beshear on Medical Cannabis

Kentucky NORML Deputy Director Lauren Bratcher, Governor Andy Beshear (KY-D), Kentucky NORML Executive Director Matthew Bratcher It was a truly incredible day at the Kentucky Capitol when Kentucky NORML had the opportunity to meet with Governor Andy Beshear (D) to discuss the important topic of medical cannabis. We were honored to work with Kentucky Moms […]

Looking Ahead to 2023: NORML’s State-Level Legislative Goals and Expectations

As a patient and consumer focused advocacy organization, NORML prioritizes efforts in favor of state-level legislation that seeks to achieve the following goals:  Adult-Use Legalization – 21 states and the District of Columbia have enacted adult-use programs. Medical cannabis program creation or significant improvements to existing access programs – Alabama, Idaho and Nebraska are the […]

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