by Carly Wolf, NORML State Policies CoordinatorMarch 22, 2019
Welcome to the latest edition of NORML’s Weekly Legislative Roundup!
The U.S. House Financial Services Committee has scheduled to convene a markup on The Safe Banking Act, HR 1595 on Tuesday, March 26th.
Activists in Oregon have filed a 2020 ballot initiative with the Secretary of State that, if approved, would allow social cannabis consumption sites and protect consumers from employment discrimination. Similarly, activists in Arizona are attempting to qualify a 2020 legalization ballot initiative.
Governor Ron DeSantis (R) of Florida signed legislation into law to restore patients’ right to smoke medical cannabis.
Governor Ralph Northam (D) of Virginia signed legislation into law that will allow medical cannabis oil to be administered to patients on school property.
Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) of New York announced that marijuana legalization language will no longer appear in his budget proposal.
At a more local level, city commissioners in Lawrence, Kansas voted 4 to 1 to reduce the city’s fine for cannabis possession to $1. And Steelton Borough, Pennsylvania passed an ordinance to decriminalize up to 30 grams of cannabis possession.
Following are the bills that we’ve tracked this week and as always, check NORML’s Action Center for legislation pending in your state.
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Actions to Take
End Prohibition: The Marijuana Justice Act would (1) remove marijuana from the US Controlled Substances Act, thereby ending the federal criminalization of cannabis; (2) incentivize states to mitigate existing and ongoing racial disparities in state-level marijuana arrests; (3) expunge federal convictions specific to marijuana