RI safe consumption bill passes; NM legalization takes effect; Mexican president floats marijuana referendum; CA psychedelics decrim advances
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The House Appropriations Committee approved a report that calls on federal agencies to reconsider policies on “hiring and firing of individuals who use marijuana in states where that individual’s private use of marijuana is not prohibited under the law of the state.” The attached spending bill, which was also approved, contains additional provisions protecting banks that work with state-legal cannabis businesses and letting Washington, D.C. legalize marijuana sales.
Rhode Island lawmakers approved a bill to legalize safe consumption sites for illegal drugs. One more vote in the Senate, which passed an earlier version, is needed to send it to Gov. Dan McKee (D). Separately, a House panel held a hearing on legislation to legalize marijuana.
New Mexico’s law legalizing possession and home cultivation of marijuana officially took effect. Later this week, new cannabis policies in Connecticut, South Dakota and Virginia come online as well.
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is floating the idea of putting a marijuana legalization referendum on the ballot following a ruling from the nation’s Supreme Court that struck down cannabis criminalization.
The California Assembly Public Safety Committee approved