by Carly Wolf, NORML State Policies CoordinatorMay 17, 2019
Welcome to the latest edition of NORML’s Weekly Legislative Roundup!
Medical cannabis sales kicked off in Arkansas last Friday as the first dispensary opened its doors.
Governor Jay Inslee (D) of Washington signed legislation into law to allow individuals with prior low-level cannabis convictions to apply to the sentencing court to have their record vacated.
Governor Kevin Stitt (R) of Oklahoma signed legislation into law to permit the retail sale of hemp and hemp-derived CBD products.
Governor Kim Reynolds (R) of Iowa signed industrial hemp production legislation into law.
A New Hampshire House-passed legalization bill was held in a Senate committee for further study.
At a more local level, New York City lawmakers have successfully passed a pair of municipal bills limiting situations where those seeking employment or on probation may be drug tested for past cannabis exposure. The two measures became law absent Mayor DeBlasio’s signature.
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
The Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act, to remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act and to provide funding for the expungement of criminal records for those with past marijuana convictions.
Legislation is pending, AB 1465, that would allow licensing of cannabis consumption cafés and lounges in California.
Update: AB 1465 was heard in the Assembly Appropriations Committee on 5/16/19.