State Bills

New Bill Would Remove Louisiana Universities’ Cannabis Cultivation Licenses

May 24, 2024 · High Times

Since 2015, Louisiana State University (LSU) and Southern University (SU) are the only two public institutions in Louisiana that can legally cultivate medical cannabis. However, if Senate Bill 228 is signed into law, it would allow private contractors to take their place instead. “They are the only two higher education systems in the country that are in the pot business right now, and it is my belief that it’s time we get them out of that business and let them focus on… Read more.

Louisiana Senate Approves Bills Allowing For Marijuana Pardons And Decriminalizing Cannabis Paraphernalia

May 24, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

Senators in Louisiana decided this week to advance two separate pieces of cannabis-related criminal justice legislation after previously voting them down. The moves breathe new life into proposals that would decriminalize cannabis paraphernalia and make certain past marijuana convictions eligible for pardons by the governor. Both measures, HB 165 and HB 391, passed out of the Senate on reconsideration votes Tuesday and next return to the House of Representatives to consider changes made to the bills by the opposite chambers.… Read more.

New Hampshire Senate Passes Amended Marijuana Legalization Bill, But Key House Lawmakers Don’t Like Recent Changes

May 24, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

For the first time ever, New Hampshire’s Senate passed a marijuana legalization measure on Thursday, returning the bill to the House of Representatives for concurrence on recent amendments before it would potentially head to the governor’s desk to be signed into law. Senators have adopted a number of major changes since the cannabis legislation passed the House last month, including in an initial floor vote last week, however, and some key representatives have already signaled they intend to reject the bill in… Read more.

California Bill to Legalize Psychedelic Treatment Centers Fails

May 21, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

The California proposal to legalize treatment centers for therapeutic psychedelics has failed for the year after Democrats in the Senate Appropriations Committee last week dropped it alongside hundreds of bills, the LA Times reports. Senate Bill 1012 or the “Regulated Psychedelic Facilitators Act,” sponsored by state Sen. Scott Wiener (D), sought to legalize treatment centers where adults aged 21+ could have supervised access to psychedelic substances including psilocybin, psilocin, DMT, MDMA, and mescaline. Weiner’s attempt this year at psychedelic reforms in California was a… Read more.

Alaska to create task force to prepare state for MDMA therapy

May 20, 2024 · Green Market Report

The Alaska legislature passed a bill to establish a task force that will help prepare the state for potential federal legalization of psychedelic therapies, officials said. The task force won’t take a stance on whether psychedelic treatments are beneficial, said Rep. Jennie Armstrong, an Anchorage Democrat who introduced the House version of the bill that passed on May 10, but it aims to ensure the state is ready if the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves such therapies, she said. The FDA is expected… Read more.

Vermont House Representatives Pass Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Working Group Bill

May 10, 2024 · High Times

The Vermont House of Representatives voted in favor of S.114 on May 8, which would create a working group to study the pros and cons of allowing psychedelic-assisted therapy, as well as determine what regulations would entail. S.114 was first read in the Senate on March 1, and passed on March 27. It was read in the House two days later, but a majority of action in the House has taken place over the past week in May. Due to a variety of changes… Read more.

Vermont Governor Signals Veto Of Drug Safe Consumption Site Bill That Passed Legislature

May 8, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott (R) says he’s “sure” he’ll end up vetoing a bill that would legalize and fund a Burlington facility where people could use currently prohibited drugs in a medically supervised environment, explaining that he’s “philosophically and pragmatically opposed” to the measure despite support from local leaders. “I’m sure I’ll end up vetoing that, and we’ll see if there’s an override,” the governor said of the bill, H.72, at his weekly press conference on Wednesday. “That one is… Read more.

Alaska House Approves Bill To Establish Task Force To Investigate Psychedelic Therapy

May 6, 2024 · High Times

On May 2, the Alaska House of Representatives recently approved House Bill 228 in a 36-4 vote, which would establish a task force to regulate various psychedelic-assisted therapies. The official name of the group will be Alaska Task Force for the Regulation of Psychedelic Medicines Approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration. Passing HB-228, according to Rep. Jenny Armstrong who sponsored the bill, is an attempt to get ahead of possible future substance rescheduling and/or federal approval. “This August, it is… Read more.

Connecticut House Approves Bill Regulating Hemp Products

May 4, 2024 · High Times

The Connecticut House of Representatives this week passed a bill to regulate ingestible hemp products, with lawmakers saying the legislation is necessary to protect the public from the potentially harmful effects of hemp-derived cannabinoids. The House approved the measure, House Bill 5150, by a vote of 130-16 on Tuesday, less than three months after it was introduced in the legislature by the House General Law Committee. The legislation now heads to the Connecticut Senate for consideration. Hemp agriculture and products… Read more.

Connecticut advances bill to restrict hemp products

May 2, 2024 · MJ Biz Daily

Connecticut’s House of Representatives voted in favor of a bill that would restrict and regulate hemp products in the state. House Bill 5150 passed by a 130-16 vote and will now go to the state Senate, according to CT News Junkie. If approved, the bill would: Amend the definition of high-THC products to include those containing 1 milligram of THC per serving and remove the differentiation of THC potency limits for various product types. Remove hemp-derived products from groceries, convenience stores and pharmacies.… Read more.

Illinois Lawmakers Seek Ban on Intoxicating Hemp Products

April 18, 2024 · High Times

Illinois lawmakers last week joined representatives of the licensed cannabis industry to call for a ban on intoxicating hemp products including delta-8 THC. Under one proposal, non-intoxicating hemp products would be regulated with rules for licensing hemp businesses and the testing and labeling of hemp products. Synthetically produced hemp products such as delta-8 THC, however, would be banned by the legislation. The 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp agriculture and hemp products, ending the prohibition of the crop that had been… Read more.

California Senators Approve Bill To Legalize Psychedelics Service Centers

April 16, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

A California Senate committee has approved a bill to legalize psychedelics service centers where adults 21 and older could access psilocybin, MDMA, mescaline and DMT in a supervised environment with trained facilitators. The Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee passed the legislation from Sen. Scott Wiener (D), with an amendment, in a 7-4 vote on Monday. The “Regulated Therapeutic Access to Psychedelics Act” has been drafted in a way that’s meant to be responsive to concerns voiced by Gov.… Read more.

New Hampshire House Passes Cannabis Legalization Bill

April 15, 2024 · High Times

The New Hampshire House of Representatives voted last week to approve a bill to legalize recreational marijuana, marking the second time the chamber has passed the legislation. Members of the House voted 239-136 on Thursday to pass the measure, House Bill 1633 (HB1633), which would legalize pot for adults and set the stage for tightly regulated cannabis sales. Bills with financial elements must be passed twice under New Hampshire state law. The first time the marijuana legalization measure was up… Read more.

As South Carolina Lawmakers Urge House Vote On Medical Marijuana Bill, New Poll Shows Strong Bipartisan Support

April 11, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

As South Carolina lawmakers and advocates put pressure on the House to advance a Senate-passed medical marijuana legalization bill, a new poll shows the reform enjoys overwhelming bipartisan support. The Mason-Dixon Poll, conducted from March 6-11, found that 83 percent of registered voters are in favor of medical cannabis legalization, including 93 percent of Democrats, 74 percent of Republicans and 84 percent on independents. To that end, Sen. Tom Davis (R) was joined by several House lawmakers, the executive director… Read more.

Florida Marijuana Initiative Will ‘Improve Quality Of Life’ By Providing Alcohol Alternative, Top Cannabis CEO Says, Pushing Back Against DeSantis

April 9, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

If Florida voters approve a marijuana legalization initiative at the ballot, that could actually “improve quality of life” for residents—in contrast with the governor’s recent comments to the contrary—the CEO of a multi-state cannabis operator that has financially supported the campaign says. “The sky has not fallen” with Florida’s implementation of medical cannabis legalization under an earlier initiative, “and folks see that choice is a good thing,” Trulieve CEO Kim Rivers said during an interview on The Dales Report’s “Trade… Read more.

Iowa Legislature Passes Bill To Cap Potency of Hemp Products

April 5, 2024 · High Times

The Iowa state Senate on Tuesday approved a bill to cap the THC potency of consumable hemp products, sending the measure to the desk of Republican Governor Kim Reynolds for consideration. The legislation, House File 2605, was passed by the Senate by a vote of 31-18 after receiving approval from the Iowa House of Representatives last month. If signed into law by the governor, the measure would amend the Iowa Hemp Act to cap the THC potency of hemp products at 4 milligrams per… Read more.

Iowa Senate Approves Bills to Add Age Restriction for THC-Hemp Products, Double Medical Cannabis Licenses

April 4, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

The Iowa Senate on Tuesday approved a bill to impose an age threshold of 21 for consumable hemp products containing THC, We Are Iowa reports. The measure also includes 4 milligram THC serving limit caps, with limits of 10 milligrams per container. State Sen. Dan Dawson (R) argued during the bill debate that the limits are necessary because products available in the state under the Iowa Hemp Act need “to be at a milligram usage less than our medical cannabidiol program, otherwise the… Read more.

Colorado Bill Banning Social Media MJ, Drug Posts Raises Constitutional Concerns

April 3, 2024 · High Times

Since states across the country first began legalizing cannabis, the ability for cannabis-related businesses to advertise on social media — or even mention or show cannabis products — has remained a contentious issue.  Many platforms will quickly remove cannabis business accounts once they catch wind of their content, leaving professionals with limited access to their audience and ultimately having to jump through hurdles like self-censorship to maintain their accounts. Some have also questioned if the consistent censorship surrounding cannabis and other drug… Read more.

Maryland Lawmakers Send Psychedelics Task Force Bill To Governor’s Desk, Teeing Up Study On ‘Equitable And Affordable Access’

April 3, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

A Maryland bill to establish a psychedelics task force to study legal access to substances like psilocybin and DMT is heading to the governor’s desk. The House of Delegates unanimously passed the Senate-approved legislation in a 137-0 vote on Tuesday. A House companion version has also received initial approval in the Senate, but it’s still pending a third and final reading before it can be sent to Gov. Wes Moore’s (D) desk. This comes just one week after committees in both chambers… Read more.

Hawaii Marijuana Activists Urge Action Ahead Of Impending Deadline For Legalization Bill

April 2, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

Following a close 25–23 vote on the Hawaii House floor last week to keep a marijuana legalization bill alive, lawmakers now face a Thursday deadline to pass a bill out of the chamber’s Finance Committee, where some observers expect the proposal to receive a chilly reception if it’s taken up later this week. Legalization advocates at the group Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) asked supporters in an email on Monday to contact House Speaker Scott Saiki (D) and Rep. Kyle Yamashita (D),… Read more.

Vermont Senate Passes Legislation To Establish Psychedelic Working Group

April 1, 2024 · High Times

Vermont is the latest state looking to further examine and embrace the potential of psychedelics, as the state Senate recently passed a measure to establish a working group to research psychedelics and confirm whether, and to what extent, they may be used in therapeutic settings. Senators approved the legislation, S. 114, on March 27, and it now heads to the House of Representatives for further consideration. Vermont Senators Recognize Psychedelic Potential Sen. Martine Gulick spoke to the potential of this research, given the… Read more.

Kentucky Budget Bill On Governor’s Desk Would Restrict Medical Marijuana Funding Ahead Of Program Launch

March 30, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

Kentucky’s legislature has delivered a budget bill to the governor that includes a provision restricting funding for a medical marijuana regulatory body overseeing the state’s forthcoming program until its advisory board determines there’s a “propensity” of research supporting the therapeutic “efficacy” of cannabis. The language represents a watered down version of what was included in the Senate budget proposal, which would have set a much stricter threshold for the availability of funding for the Office of Medical Cannabis. A last-minute… Read more.

Kansas Senators Kill Bill To Create Medical Marijuana Pilot Program

March 29, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

Kansas lawmakers have voted to table a bill to create a medical marijuana pilot program in the state that has drawn early criticism from advocates who view it as excessively restrictive. The Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee took testimony on the legislation in a hearing on Thursday, a little over a week after it was first introduced. But after members heard from supporters, opponents and neutral parties, they accepted a motion to table it until January 13, 2025 in a voice… Read more.

Nebraska Bill Aims To Increase Taxes on CBD, Hemp Products by 100%

March 27, 2024 · High Times

A recent property tax relief bill in Nebraska is seeking to create new income opportunities for the state, including a variety of sales tax exemptions. This includes adding sales taxes for products like candy and soda, as well as services such as pet care and grooming, but most importantly, adding a 100% tax to CBD and hemp products. Legislative Bill 388 was recently passed by the Nebraska Legislature’s Revenue Committee on March 21 in a seven to 10 vote. The bill was initially… Read more.

Governor Vetoes Bill That Would Protect Parents Who Use Cannabis Because, Well, That is a Nonexistent Problem to Begin With

March 22, 2024 ·

The House sponsor of legislation in Virginia aimed at safeguarding the parental rights of lawful cannabis consumers is denouncing Governor Glenn Youngkin's recent decision to veto the bill. Had it been enacted, HB 833 would have barred the state from using marijuana as sole evidence of child abuse or neglect. Additionally, it would have mandated that drug testing in child custody and visitation cases exclude substances permitted for lawful adult use under the state's alcohol, cannabis, and drug laws. Governor Youngkin's veto, issued last… Read more.

Hawaii House Lawmakers Advance Cannabis Sales Bill

March 16, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

Hawaii House lawmakers in two key committees this week voted to advance the Senate-passed cannabis legalization bill, Marijuana Moment reports. The proposal passed the Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs Committee 7-3 and the Agriculture and Food Systems Committee 5-1. The bill seeks to legalize adult-use cannabis possession starting January 1, 2026, and would regulate the cultivation, manufacturing, and distribution of cannabis products. The House amendments so far include reducing the penalty for selling cannabis to a minor from a felony to a misdemeanor,… Read more.

Utah Legislature Passes Bill To Allow Medical Use of Shrooms, MDMA

March 15, 2024 · High Times

The Utah Senate and House unanimously approved a bill that would establish a pilot program for hospitals to administer psilocybin and MDMA as alternative treatment, sending it to the governor. A bill introduced by Senate Majority Whip Kirk Cullimore (R) and House Speaker Pro Tempore James Dunnigan (R), earlier this month, Senate Bill 266, would create a pilot program to explore psilocybin and MDMA as alternative treatments in hospitals in Utah. The bill was sent to the desk of Utah Gov. Spencer Cox… Read more.

Humboldt County Voters Reject Weed Cultivation Regulation Initiative

March 13, 2024 · High Times

Voters in Humboldt County last week soundly rejected a ballot measure that would have tightened regulations on the area’s famed cannabis industry. Known as Measure A, the initiative was defeated at the polls on March 5, with more than 73% of the voters casting their ballot against the proposal. Genine Coleman, the executive director of Origins Council, a group representing California’s legacy cannabis growers, wrote in an email to High Times that the “defeat of Measure A demonstrates that the grassroots cannabis industry… Read more.

Hawaii House Passes Bill to Expunge Some Criminal Records Including Low-Level Cannabis Possession

March 8, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

Hawaii’s House on Tuesday passed a bill to create a free, state-initiated, process for expunging certain criminal records, including arrests and convictions for promoting a detrimental drug in the third degree, Honolulu Civil Beat reports. The measure could expunge charges for more than 36,000 people arrested in the state for possessing less than 3 grams of cannabis, an offense decriminalized in 2019.  There are more than 53,000 arrest records under the promoting a detrimental drug statute in the state’s criminal database but only about 10,000… Read more.

Kansas Bill Would Reduce Hemp Cultivation Fees by More than Half

March 4, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

A bill proposed in Kansas would reduce licensing fees for hemp businesses from $1,200 to $500 which would reduce the barrier to entry for farmers to cultivate the crop, KSNW reports. State Rep. Tory Marie Blew (R), the bill’s co-sponsor in the House, told KSNW that “Lowering the barrier… is really gonna be appeasing to farmers to wanna get started and learn how to grow this crop and hopefully have more acreage in it in years to come.”  State Rep. Webster Roth… Read more.

Arizona Bill Aims To Claw Back Marijuana Social Equity Licenses From Investors And Corporate Dispensaries

March 3, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

Arizona lawmakers are pushing to return social equity licenses for marijuana dispensaries to their original owners, alleging private investors and cannabis corporations used predatory tactics to seize control of nearly all the lucrative licenses. “We now have here in Arizona a situation where 24 of 26 of these social equity licenses are now fully controlled by companies or people who do not belong in these special groups to get this license.” By Natasha Yee, Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting Arizona… Read more.

Hawaii Senate Panels Approve Marijuana Legalization Bill, Sending It To Floor Vote Expected Next Week

March 2, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

A pair of Senate committees in Hawaii has advanced a bill that would legalize marijuana in the state, adopting a number of amendments to the underlying proposal before sending it to the chamber floor where a vote is expected next week. Last year the Senate passed a separate legalization bill that later stalled the House, but advocates are hopeful this year’s proposal could get further. Gov. Josh Green (D) said last month that legalization is a “big social issue that remains” to… Read more.

Virginia House, Senate Approve Separate Weed Sales Bills

February 17, 2024 · High Times

The Virginia Senate and House of Delegates have approved competing bills to regulate and tax recreational marijuana sales, more than two years after the state legalized the possession of cannabis by adults. Each bill now heads to the other chamber of the state legislature, where lawmakers are expected to make several amendments to the measures. Both bills legalize retail sales of cannabis to adults aged 21 and older with a scheduled start date of January 1, 2025, according to a report from… Read more.

Idaho Bill Would Ban Advertisements for Out-of-State Cannabis

February 9, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

Idaho lawmakers are set to consider a proposal to ban the advertising of illegal products after a state lawmaker saw billboards advertising out-of-state cannabis products, Idaho Capital Sun reports. The proposal, co-sponsored by Rep. Judy Boyle (R) and Sen. Chris Trakel (R), would allow misdemeanor charges against anyone who “willfully publishes any notice or advertisement, in any medium, of a product or service that is illegal under Idaho law,” the report said. Proponents of the bill referenced witnessing specific instances of cannabis… Read more.

Maine Lawmakers Hold Hearing On Psilocybin Bill As Committee Members Disclose Personal Psychedelics Use

January 25, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

A Maine House committee is considering a bill to legalize psilocybin, allowing adults to access the psychedelic at licensed facilities while broadly ending the criminalization of personal use and possession of psilocybin. During a hearing before the legislature’s Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee on Wednesday, members—two of whom disclosed personally using psilocybin in the past—discussed the psychedelics proposal, sponsored by Sen. Donna Bailey (D), who filed a similar version of the proposal in 2022 that passed the Senate but stalled out in… Read more.

DeSantis Says Marijuana Legalization Will Be On Florida Ballot Following Court Review

January 22, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) says a marijuana legalization initiative will be on the state’s November ballot, predicting a favorable legal outcome for activists in the Supreme Court in the face of a challenge from the attorney general who is seeking to block the vote. Days before dropping out of the race for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, DeSantis was asked about the prospect of legalization making the Florida ballot by cannabis lobbyist Don Murphy. “I think the court is… Read more.

When Conservatives Regulate Cannabis – Florida Bill Would Cap THC at 10% on Smokable Marijuana

January 18, 2024 ·

On January 5, Florida Representative Ralph Massullo introduced House Bill 1269, which underwent its initial reading on January 9. If approved, this legislation aims to establish restrictions on the potency of cannabis products, particularly in the event of the legalization of adult-use cannabis. The proposed bill outlines stringent limitations for smoking products, concentrates, and edibles. According to the original filed version, marijuana intended for personal use must not exceed a tetrahydrocannabinol potency of 10%, whether measured by weight or volume, for smoking… Read more.

Ohio Governor Demands Delta-8 Crackdown as Part of Cannabis Legislation

January 17, 2024 · Green Market Report

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine called for state lawmakers to ban “intoxicating hemp” goods, including all delta-8 products, as part of their work on amending Issue 2, the ballot measure that legalized recreational marijuana last November. On Wednesday, DeWine said at a press conference that a law enforcement sting operation had caught at least one gas station selling hemp-based delta-8 goods to minors, Fox 8 News reported. During the gathering with reporters, Ohio Department of Public Safety Director Andy Wilson showed pictures of THC-infused… Read more.

New Mexico Cannabis Bill Aims to Curtail Unregulated Market

January 17, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

As New Mexico marks the two-year anniversary of legalizing recreational cannabis, state lawmakers are actively revisiting the regulations governing its sale and use. Spearheaded by Senator Katy Duhigg (D-Albuquerque), the legislative body is set to introduce a comprehensive bill that aims to refine and enhance existing cannabis laws, according to a report from local news outlet KRQE. A key focus of the bill is the burgeoning illegal cannabis market within New Mexico. Senator Duhigg highlighted the challenges posed by illegal cannabis, particularly with products entering… Read more.

Oregon House Republicans Release Proposal To Recriminalize Drug Possession, Reversing Voter-Approved Measure 110

January 17, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

Oregon House Republican lawmakers on Thursday released details of a proposal that would end Measure 110 by mandating misdemeanor penalties for drug possession and treatment to avoid jail. House Republicans want to make possession of small amounts of fentanyl, heroin and meth a Class A misdemeanor, which carries up to a year in jail, a fine of up to $6,250, or both. Under the bill, users could avoid jail time with mandatory addiction treatment. The bill also would impose a… Read more.

Rhode Island Bill Would Allow Psilocybin Cultivation, Possession Under 1 Ounce

January 15, 2024 · High Times

Several states across the U.S. are forging ahead with their respective psilocybin reform programs, largely embracing policy changes around possession and cultivation while working to implement therapeutic practices involving the “magic mushroom” compound.  And kicking off the new year, more states are looking to join those ranks. Most recently, Rhode Island Rep. Brandon Potter (D) introduced his proposal — described in his own words as a decriminalization model — with a number of details standing apart from reform measures that… Read more.

Alaska Lawmakers File Bills To Create Psychedelics Task Force To Explore Legalization Frameworks And Therapeutic Uses

January 12, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

Alaska lawmakers have filed a pair of bills to create a state task force responsible for studying and making recommendations on psychedelic policy issues, including frameworks for legalization and licensure for therapeutic practitioners. Sen. Forrest Dunbar (D) and Rep. Jennie Armstrong (D) introduced identical companion versions of the legislation on Monday. The bills would establish an Alaska Mental Health and Psychedelic Medicine Task Force under the state Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development. The body would be comprised of… Read more.

Wisconsin Senate GOP Leaders Say Assembly Bill To Create State-Run ‘DMV For Medical Marijuana’ Is A ‘Non-Starter’

January 12, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

Top Republican Wisconsin senators are already signaling that a newly unveiled bill from their Assembly GOP colleagues to create a strictly limited medical cannabis program may be a “non-starter”—especially as it concerns its novel proposal to have state-run dispensaries that the Senate majority leader is critically comparing to a “DMV for medical marijuana.” Just days after Wisconsin Assembly Republicans held a series of press conferences across the state to announce their much-anticipated plan to legalize medical cannabis, Senate Majority Leader Devin… Read more.

California Lawmaker Revives Bill To Legalize Marijuana Cafes Months After Governor’s Veto

January 10, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

A California lawmaker is renewing his push to legalize cannabis cafes in the state, with a newly introduced bill and plans to work with the governor and regulators to address concerns that resulted in the last version being vetoed. Assemblymember Matt Haney (D) is again sponsoring the proposal, which would allow on-site marijuana consumption at licensed businesses, which could also offer non-cannabis food and drinks and host live events such as concerts if they get permission from the local government. Gov.… Read more.

Florida Bill Would Cap Adult-Use Cannabis at 10% THC

January 9, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

Florida State Representative Ralph Massullo has introduced a bill proposing limitations on the potency of cannabis in the event that adult-use marijuana is legalized in the state later this year. The proposed legislation seeks to set a maximum THC content of 10% for cannabis products intended for smoking and 60% for concentrates. Additionally, marijuana edibles would be subject to a cap of 200 milligrams of THC per package and 10 milligrams per serving. The text of the bill reads: Marijuana for personal… Read more.

New Washington Law Protects Job Applicants Who Use Weed

January 3, 2024 · High Times

Applicants for employment in Washington gained new protections on Monday as a new law barring discrimination based on a worker’s off-duty cannabis use went into effect throughout the state. The legislation, Senate Bill 5123, was signed into law by Democratic Governor Jay Inslee in May 2023 after being passed by state lawmakers three weeks earlier. Under the new law, employers in Washington are barred from taking action against newly hired workers for using cannabis off the job and away from the… Read more.

Washington Bill Would Roll Back New Marijuana-Related Employment Protections For Drug Treatment Professionals

January 2, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

As a new law in Washington State took effect this week to shield most job applicants who legally use cannabis from facing employment discrimination during the hiring process, two lawmakers have filed legislation to roll back those protections for workers in the drug treatment industry. HB 2047, sponsored by Reps. Tom Dent (R) and Lauren Davis (D), would add to the new law’s list of exemptions, which already include law enforcement, jobs requiring a federal background investigation or security clearance, fire… Read more.

NY Gov. Vetoes Bill Letting Growers Sell Surplus Cannabis to Tribal Retailers

December 29, 2023 · High Times

As the New York cannabis market continues to steadily find its footing among a number of delays, the state’s governor has vetoed a measure that would have provided solutions for growers with a surplus of product without means to sell it. The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Michelle Hinchey (D) and Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (D), would have allowed licensed growers to sell their products to tribal retailers. The sponsors, who respectively chair the state Senate and Assembly agriculture committees, shared that the… Read more.

Bipartisan Wisconsin Lawmakers Officially Introduce Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

December 28, 2023 ·

A bipartisan group of Wisconsin lawmakers have formally introduced a measure to decriminalize marijuana possession after previewing the proposal earlier this month. Sponsors hope the limited, noncommercial reform will win enough support to clear the state’s GOP-controlled legislature and become law in parallel with a separate limited medical cannabis bill that Republican leaders say will be filed in January. Assembly Bill 861, introduced by Reps. Shae Sortwell (R), Sylvia Ortiz-Velez (D) and Dave Considine (D), along with Sen. Lena Taylor (D), would remove… Read more.

New York Governor Vetoes Bill That Would’ve Let Growers Sell Bulk Marijuana To Tribal Retailers

December 23, 2023 ·

New York’s governor has vetoed legislation that would have allowed licensed marijuana growers to sell products to tribal retailers. The bills, sponsored by Sen. Michelle Hinchey (D) and Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (D), who respectively chair the state Senate and Assembly agriculture committees, would have given a release valve to hundreds of cannabis farmers who have been sitting on surpluses without any place to sell their products. “We offered a way for some of the oversupply of cannabis grown by NY’s farmers… Read more.

Voter Initiative Seeks to Let Cannabis Consumers Obtain Concealed Carry Permits

December 22, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

A Colorado voter initiative is seeking to let voters decide whether or not cannabis consumers should be allowed to qualify for concealed carry firearm permits under state law, according to a Denver7 report. Currently, state sheriffs are prohibited from issuing the permits to anyone who would be disqualified under federal law, which still recognizes cannabis as a prohibited, Schedule I substance. The initiative seeks to update state laws so that the lawful use of cannabis does not stymie one’s application… Read more.

Connecticut limits booze sales on holidays, but marijuana allowed

December 21, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

Alcohol sales aren’t permitted in some stores on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day in Connecticut, but consumers can buy marijuana and gamble. According to West Hartford TV station WVIT, package stores must remain closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day. Manufacturers aren’t permitted to sell liquor, and grocery stores cannot sell beer on the two holidays. However, restaurants and other establishments that sell food are permitted to sell alcohol on those days in Connecticut. The state launched recreational cannabis sales on Jan.… Read more.

New York Governor Vetoes Bills to Legalize Hemp for Animal Feed

December 19, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) last week vetoed a bill that would have let the state’s animal feed makers utilize hemp seeds in the production of certain animal feed products, Marijuana Moment reports. Under the bill, commercial makers of animal feed for pets, horses, or camelids would have been allowed to use hemp seed or hemp seed-derived products as ingredients for their products. Supporters of the bill had argued that the seed hulls and seed meal from hemp would be nutritious… Read more.

Pennsylvania Advances Bill to Boost Independent Cannabis Firms

December 14, 2023 · Green Market Report

This week, Pennsylvania’s legislature passed a bill to allow more cultivators and independent dispensaries to grow and sell directly to consumers in the state. Senate Bill 773, which is now awaiting Gov. Josh Shapiro’s signature, was passed by the state Senate and then altered in the House. It was at one point expected to address broader issues, such as home growing or full adult-use legalization, but the end version was more limited. Instead, it focused on allowing all 25 independent medical cannabis… Read more.

Ohio Bills To Change Voter-Approved Marijuana Law Pushed Back To 2024 As House Committee Holds Third Hearing On GOP Proposal

December 13, 2023 ·

Ohio lawmakers will not be amending the state’s voter-approved marijuana law this year despite a Republican-led push to expedite changes. The Senate has passed a bill to make changes, and a House committee has held a series of hearings on a different proposal, but the legislature will not be sending any reform measure to the governor’s desk by the time lawmakers head home for the holiday break this week. The House Finance Committee took public testimony on a cannabis legalization amendment… Read more.

Bipartisan Pennsylvania Lawmakers Seek Co-Sponsors On Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

December 10, 2023 ·

A pair of bipartisan state senators in Pennsylvania are working to garner support for a legislative proposal that would decriminalize marijuana, downgrading simple possession from a misdemeanor crime to a civil offense. Sens. Sharif Street (D) and Camera Bartolotta (R) plan to reintroduce a bill from last session, SB 107, that would remove the possibility of jail time for possession and use of marijuana and instead impose monetary fines. The penalty for possession would be $25 under the pair’s proposed… Read more.

Local Texas Lawmakers Officially Place Marijuana Decriminalization Initiative On Lubbock’s May 2024 Ballot

December 7, 2023 ·

Lawmakers in Lubbock, Texas have officially approved a resolution to put a local marijuana decriminalization initiative on the ballot next spring after declining to enact on the reform legislatively. The Lubbock City Council voted on Tuesday to schedule a special election on the issue for May 4, 2024. This comes one month after legislators unanimously rejected the decriminalization proposal that was put on the agenda after activists submitted enough signatures to force its consideration. The committee behind the marijuana initiative first filed… Read more.

Prefiled New Hampshire Bills Would Allow Medical Marijuana Homegrow And Add Eating Disorders As Qualifying Conditions

December 4, 2023 · marijuanamoment-net

Two new bills regarding medical marijuana have been prefiled for New Hampshire’s legislative session that begins in January, with at least seven others already requested by lawmakers. One of the two proposals prefiled on Friday, HB 1231, would allow patients and caregivers to cultivate marijuana for therapeutic use. It’s sponsored by Rep. Wendy Thomas (D), as well as fellow Democratic Reps. Maria Perez, Jodi Newell, Alissandra Murray and Jonah Wheeler. Thomas sponsored similar medical marijuana homegrow legislation last session. Under the new… Read more.

Wisconsin Bill Would Create Pilot Program to Study Psilocybin as PTSD Treatment

December 1, 2023 · ganjapreneur

A bipartisan bill in Wisconsin aims to make it easier for researchers to treat patients with acute post-traumatic stress disorder with psilocybin, WPR reports. The measure would create a trust fund called the “medicinal psilocybin treatment program” that would be administered by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which launched a center for studying psychedelics to treat PTSD in 2021. State Sen. Jesse James (R), one of the bill’s sponsors, told WPR that the “federal government has failed us when it comes to marijuana and the… Read more.

New York Governor Signs Cannabis Banking Compliance Bill

December 1, 2023 · cannabis-now

New York Governor Kathy Hochul recently signed a bill designed to facilitate banking compliance between licensed cannabis businesses and financial institutions. The measure, Senate Bill S1047, was sponsored by Senator Jeremy Cooney and Assemblymember Crystal Peoples-Stokes, both Democrats. Hochul signed the bill on November 17, more than five months after the New York state legislature passed the measure during the summer. “Big News!” Cooney wrote on X after the Democratic governor signed the measure into law. “This bill is an important first… Read more.

South Carolina Bill Would Tax, Regulate Delta-8 THC

November 30, 2023 · high-times

The delta-8 THC market is bigger than ever before, regulated like hemp, but South Carolina could change that if one proposal takes root. Rep. Rosalyn Henderson-Myers (D-Spartanburg) filed a bill under South Carolina’s upcoming legislative session that seeks to create regulations around delta-8 THC and similar products, which can be sold anywhere that hemp products are sold. H. 4628 was prefiled in the South Carolina House Nov. 16, and referred to the Committee on Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs. The bill would… Read more.

New Hampshire Marijuana Legalization Commission Fails To Reach Consensus, Votes Against Recommending Bill For 2024

November 29, 2023 ·

A New Hampshire commission charged with drafting legislation to legalize marijuana through a system of state-controlled stores decided at its final meeting on Monday not to issue recommendations at all. The conclusion leaves open questions about how lawmakers will proceed with cannabis reform in the coming 2024 session. After months of meetings, the 19-member panel ultimately failed to reach consensus on the issue. Adding to the disarray was a last-minute demand by Gov. Chris Sununu (R)—who has threatened to veto… Read more.

Bipartisan Wisconsin Lawmakers File Bill To Create Psilocybin Research Pilot Program For Military Veterans With PTSD

November 12, 2023 ·

As marijuana reform continues to stagnate in the Wisconsin legislature, bipartisan and bicameral lawmakers have come together to introduce a new bill that would create a psilocybin research pilot program in the state. Sens. Jesse James (R) and Dianne Hesselbein (D), as well as Reps. Nate Gustafson (R) and Clinton Anderson (D), are sponsoring the legislation, which would focus on exploring the therapeutic potential of the psychedelic in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among veterans. The pilot program… Read more.

New York Bill Would Ban Cannabis Smoking and Vaping Within 30ft of Children

October 11, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

A bill introduced in New York seeks to prohibit smoking or vaping cannabis within 30 feet of a child or 30 feet of any location in which children reside or attend for any recreational or educational purpose. The legislation, introduced by Democratic Assemblymembers Phil Steck and Marianne Buttenschon, would impose a $25 fine and no more than 20 hours of community service for a first offense, rising to a class B misdemeanor for subsequent violations.  In a statement posted to Facebook, Steck said… Read more.

California Governor Says No to Cannabis Cafes

October 9, 2023 · Green Market Report

California Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed a bill on Friday that sought to permit Amsterdam-style cannabis cafes in the state, despite widespread bipartisan support in both legislative chambers. Assembly Bill 374, championed by San Francisco Assemblymember Matt Haney, would have allowed cannabis dispensaries to transition into cafes, offering food and cannabis products, and featuring live concerts, upon receiving local government approval. The intent behind the bill was to give the legal cannabis industry, which faces stiff competition from the state’s thriving illicit market, an… Read more.

California Governor Vetoes Cannabis Cafe And Marijuana Labeling Bills, But Signs Others Into Law

October 9, 2023 ·

California’s governor has dealt the cannabis industry and marijuana reform supporters a mixed bag of actions on bills. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) over the weekend vetoed a measure to legalize cannabis cafes that supporters said would have given consumers new opportunities t0 socialize and allowed businesses to expand their operations. But he also vetoed marijuana packaging legislation that industry operators said would have burdened them with excessive restrictions. Meanwhile, he signed several other bills into law that will make changes to the… Read more.

Michigan Lawmakers Send Bills Allowing Marijuana Commerce With Tribal Businesses To Governor

October 7, 2023 ·

Bipartisan legislation that would allow Michigan’s state-licensed marijuana businesses to conduct trade with tribal cannabis entities located in the state won approval from the full House of Representatives this week. The bills, passed by the Senate in June, next proceed to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D). The pair of bills, SB 180 and SB 179, were reported out of the House Committee on Regulatory Reform on Tuesday and passed by the full chamber on Thursday. Though the two pieces of legislation… Read more.

Gov. Newsom Signs Bill Allowing MDMA, Psilocybin Prescriptions If/When Feds Reschedule

October 4, 2023 · High Times

Governor Gavin Newsom has signed a bill into law which would allow California doctors to immediately begin writing prescriptions for MDMA and psilocybin medications should the federal government choose to reschedule them. Gov. Newsom signed AB 1021 on Saturday in an effort to prepare California doctors ahead of expected federal movement regarding psychedelics like MDMA and psilocybin, which have increasingly shown effectiveness against several different mental health related issues. MDMA and psilocybin mushrooms are currently considered Schedule 1 narcotics under the Controlled… Read more.

California Governor Signs Bills To Let Doctors Prescribe Psilocybin And MDMA If They’re Federally Rescheduled And To Change Marijuana Testing Rules

October 3, 2023 ·

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) has signed a bill that would allow doctors to immediately start prescribing certain currently illicit drugs like psilocybin and MDMA if they’re federally rescheduled, and he also approved separate legislation to amend THC variance testing requirements for marijuana. The governor signed off on the measures—which are just two of more than a dozen cannabis and drug policy reform proposals on his desk—on Saturday. AB 1021, sponsored by Assemblymembers Buffy Wicks (D), Isaac Bryan (D) and Corey… Read more.

North Carolia House Passes Consumable Hemp and Kratom Regulation Bill

September 29, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

House lawmakers in North Carolina last week unanimously passed a bill to regulate hemp-derived consumables and kratom. The measure would require businesses to get licenses to sell the products, includes testing provisions, and prohibits sales to anyone under 18 years old. Eric Stahl, of The Burnt Pot Cannabis Café and Modern Apothecia, told WNCN that the law “is a perfect example” of the Legislature “trying to work on behalf of small business to create a platform” that allows current hemp industry operators to continue… Read more.

California lawmakers send wide-ranging cannabis bills to governor

September 29, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

California lawmakers approved several cannabis bills during their recently concluded session, including legislation to help social equity entrepreneurs and consumption lounge operators – plus a measure to impose major limits on labeling. Gov. Gavin Newsom has until midnight Oct. 14 to sign or veto any bill. Dozens of marijuana-related bills were introduced during the legislative session, including one to protect mainstream employees who consume cannabis. “There were the usual 40 or 50 bills that we were tracking or lobbying on… Read more.

Top Wisconsin Democratic Senator Unveils New Marijuana Legalization Bill At Hemp Farm

September 23, 2023 ·

A top Wisconsin Democratic senator has announced the filing of a new and updated bill to legalize marijuana in the state, sharing details about the latest reform push at a press conference she held while surrounded by cannabis plants at a hemp farm. Senate Minority Leader Melissa Agard (D) has long championed marijuana legalization in the legislature, and she says her new bill draws from both her discussions with Wisconsin voters as she’s led a “Grass Routes” tour across the… Read more.

Pennsylvania Senate Passes Bill Letting Medical Marijuana Growers Sell Directly To Patients, With House Considering Home Cultivation Amendment

September 21, 2023 ·

The Pennsylvania Senate has overwhelmingly approved a bill to allow all licensed medical marijuana grower-processors in the state to sell their cannabis products directly to patients—and there’s talk of potentially expanding the legislation in the House to allow for personal home cultivation as well. In a 44-3 vote on Wednesday, the Republican-controlled Senate advanced the measure from Sen. Chris Gebhard (R), who first previewed plans to file the reform bill late last year. Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana law currently says that only… Read more.

Wyoming Draft Bill Seeks to Outlaw Hemp-Derived THC Products

September 20, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

A draft bill in Wyoming aims to ban hemp-derived THC products and any other hemp products meant for human consumption, Cowboy State Daily reports. Under the proposal, “hemp with any detectable amount of natural or synthetic tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), as well as any production of hemp for human consumption,” would be banned in the state.   Justin Loeffler, CEO and founder of the Wyoming Hemp Co., told Cowboy State Daily that while he understands why lawmakers are concerned about the products, he said the measure is… Read more.

New Oregon Ballot Proposal Would Roll Back Voter-Approved Drug Decriminalization Law

September 20, 2023 ·

A group in Oregon wants to make drug possession a crime again, having unveiled two versions of a would-be ballot initiative that would undo key provisions of Measure 110, the 2020 voter-approved measure that decriminalized simple possession of all drugs. The proposal—which backers say they’ll pursue both through the state legislature and at the ballot box, if necessary—would make it a misdemeanor crime to possess certain “hard” drugs, including fentanyl, methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine and others. It would also create a… Read more.

California marijuana businesses beg gov to veto product label legislation

September 20, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

California marijuana companies are asking Gov. Gavin Newsom to veto a recently passed bill that’s meant to deter children from using cannabis products, claiming the legislation would instead ban many existing brands’ current logos while doing nothing to curb the illicit market. The California Assembly last week passed Assembly Bill 1207, which prohibits any cannabis product package or label deemed “attractive to children.” That includes any images of “including, but not limited to”: Cartoons, toys or robots. Real or fictional humans. Any fictional… Read more.

Alaska Lawmakers Considering Changes to State’s Cannabis Tax System

September 19, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

Alaska lawmakers are considering a proposal to lower the state tax on cannabis from a per-ounce tax to a sales tax, the Anchorage Daily News reports. Under the state law, enacted in 2014, cannabis is taxed at $50 an ounce.  In fiscal year 2021, the state collected more than $30 million from cannabis taxes, the report says. However, according to a 2022 report from the Tax Policy Center of the Brookings Institution, when local taxes are included, Alaska taxes cannabis more than other states. In fiscal… Read more.

California Employers Could Not Ask About Past Marijuana Use Under Bill Sent To Governor’s Desk

September 15, 2023 ·

California lawmakers have sent the governor a bill that would prohibit employers from asking job applicants about prior marijuana use. One day after the Assembly passed an amended version of the Senate bill, the originating chamber on Thursday signed off on those changes in a vote of 30-8. It now heads to the desk of Gov. Gavin Newsom (D). When employers ask applicants about past marijuana use, it “not only dissuades candidates from applying for these positions but also leads to… Read more.

Missouri Foster Parents May Now Legally Possess And Grow Marijuana In Their Homes Under New Emergency Rule

August 28, 2023 ·

Foster parents in Missouri can now legally possess and grow marijuana in their homes under an emergency rule filed last week by the state Department of Social Services. Consuming cannabis in a manner that emits smoke or vapor, however, is still not allowed inside the house. Missouri voters in November 2022 passed a ballot initiative, Amendment 3, to legalize and regulate marijuana for adults 21 and older, allowing the purchase and possession of up to three ounces of cannabis and,… Read more.

Ohio’s Abortion Rights Ballot Victory Is A Positive Signal For Marijuana Legalization This November

August 10, 2023 ·

As Ohio marijuana reform advocates await final certification of signatures for a legalization initiative they hope to place on the November ballot, an unrelated vote during the state’s special election on Tuesday is being viewed as a bellwether for the cannabis proposal’s passage. Voters turned out in impressive numbers to defeat Issue 1 on Tuesday. The GOP-backed measure would have raised the threshold to approve constitutional amendments at the ballot from a simple majority to 60 percent—a change that could… Read more.

Colorado Law Allowing Online Marijuana Sales Officially Takes Effect

August 7, 2023 ·

Colorado online marijuana sales are officially allowed as of Monday, giving consumers a new method of ordering cannabis more than a decade after the state enacted legalization. This comes two months after Gov. Jared Polis (D) signed the online sales legislation from Reps. William Lindstedt (D), Said Sharbini (D) and Robert Rodriguez (D) into law. The measure strikes language from state statute that explicitly prohibited cannabis from being sold on the internet, while adding regulations to provide for online commerce. Adults 21… Read more.

Florida Marijuana Ballot Measure Would Net Up To $431 Million In Annual Tax Revenue, Analysts For DeSantis And Lawmakers Say

July 17, 2023 ·

Officials from the Florida legislature and the office of Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) estimate that a marijuana legalization initiative that may appear on the 2024 ballot would generate between $195.6 million and $431.3 million in new sales tax revenue annually if voters enact it. And those figures could increase considerably if lawmakers opted to impose an additional excise tax on cannabis transactions that’s similar to the ones in place in other legalized states. On  Thursday, the state Financial Impact Estimating… Read more.

Cannabis Legalization Bill Introduced in Pennsylvania

July 11, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

A bill to legalize cannabis for adults was introduced in Pennsylvania last week. The bipartisan legislation would legalize cannabis possession and retail sales and includes expungement provisions for nonviolent cannabis criminal charges.  The measure was introduced in the Senate by Democratic Sen. Sharif Street and Republican Sen. Dan Laughlin.  In a press release, Street described the bill as a “singular opportunity to correct decades of mass incarceration, disproportionate enforcement against marginalized communities, the criminalization of personal choice, and the perpetuation of violence.”  “Legalizing the adult… Read more.

Week in Review: NBA, Players Agree to Terms Involving Cannabis

July 9, 2023 ·

In this week’s cannabis news round-up, NBA and the NBPA reach a ground-breaking agreement on cannabis policies; Maryland reports more than $10 million in cannabis sales during the state’s opening weekend of adult use market; New York secures $150 million for cannabis social equity investment fund and the only licensed hemp farm in the British Isles closes after UK government dispute. NBA and Players Union Reach Ground-breaking Agreement on Cannabis Policies This week, the NBA and National Basketball Players Association… Read more.

Bipartisan Pennsylvania Senators Unveil New Marijuana Legalization Bill

July 7, 2023 ·

Bipartisan Pennsylvania senators have officially introduced a new bill to legalize marijuana in the state. Sens. Dan Laughlin (R) and Sharif Street (D) filed the legislation on Thursday, about two months after first announcing their plans to team up on a reform push again after their joint cannabis efforts in prior sessions. “Legalized adult use of marijuana is supported by an overwhelming majority of Pennsylvanians and this legislation accomplishes that while also ensuring safety and social equity,” Laughlin said in a press… Read more.

Florida Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Bill Despite Opposition to Federal Reform

June 28, 2023 · Green Market Report

Provisions under the new law could more than double the number of licensees in the state. In the span of just four days, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis both nixed the possibility of federal marijuana decriminalization if he wins the U.S. presidency and also gave a significant boost to his home state’s medical marijuana market by signing a pro-cannabis legislative bill into law. DeSantis on Monday signed House Bill 387, which both makes permanent the option of renewing medical marijuana patient registrations via remote… Read more.

More states reduce 280E tax burden on cannabis industry

June 21, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

The U.S. cannabis industry is benefiting from long-desired tax relief now that an increasing number of states – 20 so far – have approved laws that exempt, or “decouple,” businesses from Section 280E of the federal tax code. This spring, legislators in Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey and New York passed legislation that will allow cannabis companies to deduct business expenses from their state income taxes, despite those companies remaining illegal under federal law. The savings could be in the millions… Read more.

Nevada Governor Signs Omnibus Marijuana Bill To Increase Possession Limits And Remove Industry Barriers

June 20, 2023 ·

The governor of Nevada has signed a large-scale marijuana reform bill that more than doubles the legal personal possession limit, consolidates licensing rules and broadens eligibility for participation in the market by people with prior felony convictions. Gov. Joe Lombardo (R) gave final approval to the legislation from Sen. Dallas Harris (D) on Wednesday, less than a week after lawmakers formally sent it to his desk. The measure makes a series of revisions to the state’s existing marijuana laws, in part… Read more.