Welcome to the latest edition of NORML’s Weekly Legislative Roundup!
Montana lawmakers approved legislation this week to amend the state’s voter-approved adult use marijuana legalization law, sending the measure to Republican Governor Greg Gianforte’s desk.
The South Dakota Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in litigation challenging the state’s voter-approved adult use marijuana legalization law. A lower court already ruled the measure is unconstitutional.
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
In a bipartisan vote of 321-101, members of the US House of Representatives this week approved HR 1996, The SAFE Banking Act, which would create a legal safe harbor for financial institutions to engage in business relationships with state-licensed and regulated cannabis companies.
Senate-approved 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 prohibits patients from accessing medical cannabis in forms such as smoking herbal marijuana, vaping, and baked goods, but would allow forms including pills, oils, lozenges, patches.
Update: SB 46 could come to the floor of the House for a vote as soon as next week, according to House Speaker McCutcheon.
Legislation is pending to expand the medical use of marijuana for dogs, cats