Welcome to the latest edition of NORML’s Weekly Legislative Roundup!
The Mississippi Supreme Court ruled 6 to 3 in favor of overturning a November 2020 vote legalizing the production and dispensing of medical cannabis to qualified patients.
The Democratic-controlled Minnesota House of Representatives approved an adult use marijuana legalization bill, sending it to the Republican-majority Senate.
Nebraska’s medical cannabis access bill failed to gain enough votes in the unicameral legislature to pass this year. Activists will take the issue to the 2022 ballot instead.
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
Republican Representatives David Joyce (OH) and Don Young (AK) have introduced legislation to remove marijuana from the federal Controlled Substances Act, thereby repealing the federal prohibition of cannabis and making states the primary regulators of the plant.
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 was approved by lawmakers on 5/6/21, and now heads to the Governor’s desk.
Legislation is pending, House Bill 1058, which seeks to promote social distancing in the marijuana industry by allowing telehealth and other services.