Welcome to the latest edition of NORML’s Weekly Legislative Roundup!
This was a HUGE week for marijuana. New York became the 16th state to legalize marijuana for all adults. Virginia and New Mexico are likely to join this growing list shortly, as Govs. Northam and Lujan Grisham are both expected to sign legalization measures into law imminently.
Additionally, Governor Ralph Northam signed House Bill 1862 into law, which provides employment protections for state-registered medical cannabis patients.
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.
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 scheduled for a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee on 3/31/21, and once again consideration was delayed another week to 4/7.
Legislation is pending