Welcome to the latest edition of NORML’s Weekly Legislative Roundup!
At the federal level, the SAFE Banking Act was reintroduced this week by Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Steve Daines (R-MT), along with 27 other members of the Upper Chamber. The House companion was already reintroduced last week.
Senate lawmakers in Tennessee defeated a bill that would have provided medical cannabis access to qualifying patients.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed legislation into law amending the state’s medical cannabis access law to allow for the production and dispensing of botanical cannabis products. An operational improvements bill was also signed by Governor Northam, to ensure patients in hospice and other residential facilities are able to access medical cannabis, and makes permanent improved telehealth allowances adopted during the public health crisis. Meanwhile, Gov. Northam is considering moving the effective date of marijuana legalization legislation up to this summer, instead of 2024.
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed legislation into law to facilitate social equity in the state’s marijuana industry.
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
President Biden was crystal clear on the campaign trail when he stated: “I think we should decriminalize marijuana, period. And I think everyone – anyone who has a record – should be let out of jail, their records expunged, be completely zeroed out.” Now, as President, he has the power to do just that.