Welcome to the latest edition of NORML’s Weekly Legislative Roundup!
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R) signed legislation into law legalizing state-regulated medical cannabis access for qualifying patients with a physician’s recommendation.
Colorado Governor Jared Polis (D) signed legislation into law this week doubling the legal marijuana possession limit from one to two ounces of either cannabis flower or concentrates.
Montana Governor Greg Gianforte (R) signed legislation into law amending the state’s 2020 voter-approved adult-use legalization law.
Minnesota lawmakers approved legislation that includes provisions permitting registered medical cannabis patients to access medical cannabis flower.
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.
House Bill 1317, seeks to place undue limitations upon patients’ medical cannabis access.
It provides overly burdensome requirements upon physicians issuing medical cannabis recommendations. For the first time ever, it requires physicians to create an explicit dosing regimen for patients. It also requires health care providers to conduct a “full assessment” of the patients’ “mental health history,” even in cases where patients have no pre-existing or underlying mental health issues.
For those patients ages 18 to 20, it requires “two physicians from two different medical practices … to diagnose the patient as having a debilitating or disabling