Welcome to the latest edition of NORML’s Weekly Legislative Roundup!
Two pieces of legislation were reintroduced at the federal level this week, one to provide marijuana businesses with access to banking and other financial services (SAFE Banking Act), and a separate bill to provide these businesses with greater access to insurance coverage (CLAIM Act).
At the state level, Governor Spencer Cox (R) of Utah signed two pieces of legislation into law to expand medical cannabis access in the state.
New data provided to NORML upon request by the Pennsylvania State Police shows that state and local law enforcement made 20,200 marijuana-related arrests in the Commonwealth in 2020, that’s about 55 Pennsylvanians arrested every day.
Following are new legislative developments from the past week, and as always, check NORML’s Action Center for legislation pending in your state, and the NORML blog for regular updates.
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Actions to Take
Representatives Ed Perlmutter (D-CO), Steve Stivers (R-OH), Nydia Velazquez (D-NY), and Warren Davidson (R-OH), along with over 100 additional co-sponsors, have reintroduced The Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act in the US House of Representatives, to allow state-licensed marijuana-related businesses to engage freely in relationships with banks and other financial institutions.
Legislation is pending to establish a medical marijuana access program for qualified patients with a physician’s recommendation to access medical marijuana from licensed retail outlets.
Senate Bill 46 would not allow patients to smoke herbal marijuana or vape, but would allow forms including pills, oils, lozenges patches, nebulizers and inhalers.
Update: Senate-approved SB 46 was heard by the House