Virginia: Gov. Youngkin Moves to Re-criminalize Personal Possession of Marijuana

Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin is seeking to re-criminalize certain activities specific to the possession of marijuana in Virginia.  The Governor has proposed an amendment in the nature of a substitute to SB 591 which would create two new misdemeanors for personal marijuana possession.  Currently, the personal possession of more than one ounce of marijuana by […]

Virginia: Governor Youngkin Signs Legislation to Improve Medical Cannabis Program

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin has signed HB 933 and SB 671, to provide numerous operational improvements to the state’s medical cannabis program, including eliminating the requirement that patients register with the Board of Pharmacy after receiving their written certification from a registered practitioner.  “These legislative improvements will bring great relief to the thousands of Virginians […]

State Policy Update 4/8/2022

This week’s update highlights important legalization advancement in Maryland, medical cannabis advancement in South Carolina, and additional important movements in Delaware, Illinois and other states.  California  Twenty-five years after the passage of Prop. 215, California still has many regions lacking access to medicinal cannabis on account of the enactment of local bans on licensed providers. […]

Status Update: 2022 Ballot Initiatives and Referendums

Voters in several states are anticipated to decide on marijuana-related ballot measures in November. Here is where those efforts stand…  Arkansas The group Arkansans for Compassionate Care has withdrawn its 2022 ballot initiative effort. The group says that it intends to refile for the 2024 ballot. A second statewide group, Arkansans for Marijuana Reform, is […]

House Lawmakers Advance Bipartisan Bill Facilitating Clinical Cannabis Research, Allowing Scientists to Access State-Approved Marijuana Products

Members of the US House of Representatives today approved legislation, HR 5657: The Medical Marijuana Research Act, facilitating clinical cannabis research by establishing a process whereby authorized scientists may access flowers and other products manufactured in accordance with state-approved marijuana programs. The bill also expedites the timeline during which federal officials must either approve or […]

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