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Daines/Merkley Veterans Equal Access Amendment

Permits physicians affiliated with the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to recommend cannabis therapy to veterans in states that allow for its therapeutic use. More info

Mikulski Amendment Protecting State Medical Marijuana Laws

Limits the Justice Department’s ability to take criminal action against state-licensed operations that are acting in full compliance with the medical marijuana laws of their states. More info

Merkley Marijuana Banking Amendment

Prohibits the US Treasury Department from using federal funds to take punitive actions against banks that provide financial services to marijuana-related businesses that are operating legally under state laws. More info

'N/A' means that the Senator did not have the opportunity to vote on this amendment.

Governors

  • Susana Martinez (R)

    New Mexico

    Took OfficeJanuary 1, 2011
    Seat Up2018 (term limited out)
    NORML Grade: F

    Enacted Legislation

    None

    Vetoed Legislation

    HB527: Legislation to expand the pool of patients eligible for medical marijuana and to permit reciprocity for patients from other states. (2017)
    HB144 and Senate Bill 6: To permit the Department to license the cultivation of industrial hemp for research and development purposes (2017)
    Senate Bill 94: Sought to provide the statutory framework to permit hemp cultivation. (2015)

    Comments

    Governor Martinez opposes reducing penalties for the possession of small amounts of marijuana, saying such decriminalization attempts are a "horrible, horrible idea." Martinez made the comments at a law enforcement conference in Santa Fe, telling those in attendance she will remain opposed to legislative decriminalization and legalization proposals. "In New Mexico, as long as I'm governor, I'm not signing that bill," said Martinez. (9/16/14) (Link)
    She also opposes the medical use of cannabis. "I would work to repeal the state's medical marijuana law," a statement sent to Santa Fe Reporter by Adam Deguire, Martinez' campaign manager, reads. "It is against federal law to distribute marijuana and there are alternative medications that meet the medical needs of patients." (7/3/10) (Link)

  • Andrew Cuomo (D)

    New York

    Took OfficeJanuary 1, 2011
    Seat Up2018
    NORML Grade: C-

    Enacted Legislation

    Assembly Bill 7006: The law allows patients with post-traumatic stress eligible for medical cannabis therapy. (2017)
    S 6787: Ensures that industrial hemp will be considered an agricultural product and that it be treated the same way as other crops and seed (2017)
    Senate Bill 7047: Authorizes the growth of industrial hemp to provide research for farmers and businesses (2014)

    AB 7060, SB 5086: Requires the Commissioner of Health to establish emergency access to medical cannabis access for patients with conditions for whom a delay would pose a serious risk to the patient's life or health. (2015)

    Compromised Medical Marijuana Measure (A6357E/S7923): Under the law, state regulators may license no more than five producers of cannabis-based preparations and up to 20 dispensing centers. The program does not permit qualified patients to possess or obtain whole-plant cannabis. Instead, the program mandates that state-licensed distribution centers provide oils, pills, and/or extracts prepared from the plant. (2014)

    Vetoed Legislation

    None

    Comments

    In an address to the state legislature regarding a proposed study committee, Gov. Cuomo said "New Jersey may legalize marijuana. Massachusetts already has. On the other hand, Attorney General Sessions says he's going to end marijuana in every state. So you have the whole confluence of different information. I think we should fund [the Department of Health] to do a study. Let them work with state police and other agencies. Look at the health impact and economic impact," he said during his address. (1/17/18) (Link)
    "It's a gateway drug, and marijuana leads to other drugs and there's a lot of proof that that's true," the Democratic governor said before attending the grand opening of a new casino. "There's two sides to the argument. But I, as of this date, I am unconvinced on recreational marijuana." (9/16/14) (Link)

  • Roy Cooper (D)

    North Carolina

    Took OfficeJanuary 1, 2017
    Seat Up2020
    NORML Grade: D

    Enacted Legislation

    None

    Vetoed Legislation

    None

    Comments

    North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told WXII news he did not think the time was right for the state to consider legalized recreational pot. (2/01/18) (Link)
    According to the 2016 Nonpartisan Candidate Guide, on the question of whether or not to decriminalize or legalize marijuana, Cooper expressed the desire "to move slowly and study the impact in states that have legalized it." (10/31/16) (Link)

  • Doug Burgum (R)

    North Dakota

    Took OfficeDecember 15, 2016
    Seat Up2020
    NORML Grade: D

    Enacted Legislation

    Senate Bill 2154: Delayed implementation of the North Dakota Compassionate Care Act. (2017)
    Senate Bill 2344: The law amends the North Dakota Compassionate Care Act. Specifically, it allows only two state-licensed manufacturing facilities and up to eight dispensaries statewide, and it removed provisions permitting patients who do not reside near a dispensary to cultivate their own cannabis. It also prohibits smoking medical cannabis by those under the age of 19. (2017)

    Vetoed Legislation

    None

    Comments

    2017: Asked by a reporter whether he had ever smoked marijuana, Burgum said he did while hitchhiking to Alaska in the summer of 1976…. "Everybody that picks you up when you're hitchhiking to Alaska in 1976 generally wants to share some company and share some other things while you're driving." (4/13/17) (Link)
    Burgum said the so-called war on drugs has been ineffective, citing societal costs. "Simultaneously, while we're taking a step forward here around legalizing medical marijuana in our state, we also have to take a hard look at ourselves as a society and say what are the real costs of addiction and what can we do to try to prevent the tragedies that often come with addiction," he said. (4/13/17) (Link)

  • John Kasich (R)

    Ohio

    Took OfficeJanuary 10, 2011
    Seat Up2018 (term limited out)
    NORML Grade: C-

    Enacted Legislation

    House Bill 523: Established regulations for the licensed production and dispensing of medical cannabis formulations to qualified patients. This narrow program does not permit patients to grow their own marijuana, nor does it allow for for patients to inhale herbal cannabis. (2016)
    Senate Bill 204: Amended criminal laws so that certain drug offenses are no longer punishable by a mandatory loss of one's driver's license. (2016)

    Vetoed Legislation

    None

    Comments

    Kasich was asked at a news conference announcing new opioid prescription limits what role medical marijuana might play in addressing the growing number of opiate overdose deaths in Ohio. Kasich said telling kids not to do drugs but that marijuana is OK sends a mixed message. "I know it's not recreational marijuana, not recreational use, but I don't see a role for it in this at all," Kasich said.
    "I don't like the whole thing -- medical marijuana," Kasich said. "It got passed because somebody was going to have a broader law." (3/30/17) (Link)
    While campaigning for the Republican Presidential nomination in 2015, Kasich was asked his feelings about legalizing the adult use of marijuana. He responded, "Sending kids mixed signals about drugs is a disaster." (10/28/15) (Link)

  • Mary Fallin (R)

    Oklahoma

    Took OfficeJanuary 10, 2011
    Seat Up2018 (term limited out)
    NORML Grade: D+

    Enacted Legislation

    House Bill 2913: The Oklahoma Industrial Hemp Agricultural Pilot Program Act permits farmers working in conjunction with universities to cultivate certified hemp seed for research and development. (2018)

    HB 2479: Reduces sentencing guidelines involving a second marijuana related offense from a maximum penalty of up to ten years in prison to no more than five. It also reduces the existing mandatory minimum penalty from two years in prison to one year. (2016)
    HB 2835: Extends existing legal protections regarding the possession of CBD products to the following patients: those with "spasticity due to multiple sclerosis or due to paraplegia, intractable nausea and vomiting, appetite stimulation with chronic wasting diseases." The measure also removes the age requirement limitation from existing law so that adults with various forms of epilepsy are eligible for CBD therapy. (2016)

    House Bill 2154: States that physicians may recommend liquid preparations containing CBD and no more than three-tenths of one percent THC to patients with pediatric epilepsy. The measure also encourages clinical trials assessing the use of CBD in adolescent subjects. (2015)

    Vetoed Legislation

    None

    Comments

    Oklahoma voters are set to decide on the legalization of medical marijuana in a June 26, 2018 vote.
    Fallin's Jan. 4 executive proclamation placed State Question 788 on the June primary election ballot as opposed to the upcoming November general election ballot. After a 2016 petition from Oklahomans for Health, the state question received 67,762 signatures of support from Oklahoma citizens, enough to warrant a statewide referendum.
    "Backers of this proposal to legalize medical marijuana followed procedures and gathered the more than 66,000 required signatures to submit the issue to a vote of the people," Fallin said in the press release. "I'm fulfilling my duty as governor to decide when that election will occur this year." (1/4/18) (Link)
    Chris Stanford, the host of Good Day OK asked the following,"We asked our viewers on Facebook what they wanted to talk to you about this morning, and there were two overwhelming themes…The first was legalizing marijuana. They think that could be a huge revenue generator here in the state…Is that even something that's on the table right now?"
    "No, it's not on the table for me," said Fallin. "I've been trying to get people to stay off drugs, and don't get high, and as we have seen in Colorado and in other states that have legalized marijuana there have been huge problems. I mean, can you imagine driving with your children or having your children in a school bus driving somewhere on a road and someone is driving along beside you or turning in front of you that's high on marijuana? Or driving a school bus that's high on marijuana, I mean, is that what you really want," explained Fallin in the interview. "Or, do you, as an employer, want someone coming to work that's high, I mean just think about that." (5/5/17) (Link)

  • Kate Brown (D)

    Oregon

    Took OfficeFebruary 18, 2015
    Seat Up2018
    NORML Grade: A

    Enacted Legislation

    SB 863: This legislation limits the ability of the federal government from acquiring data regarding adults and patients who legally purchase marijuana under state law by mandating retailers to destroy their customer records 48 hours after a purchase is made. (2017)

    SB 1511: Allowed adults 21 and older to immediately become eligible to purchase marijuana extracts and marijuana infused edibles from Oregon dispensaries. (2016)
    HB 4904: Exempts financial institutions that provide financial services to marijuana related businesses, researchers and laboratories from any criminal law of this state" if it can be substantiated that their clients are engaging in state-compliant behavior. (2016)

    SB 460: Expedited adult use retail marijuana sales. (2015)
    SB 364: Allows for expungement of some past marijuana convictions. (2015)

    Vetoed Legislation

    None

    Comments

    Gov. Kate Brown mounted a vigorous defense of the state's regulation of cannabis against federal interference. She said that reports of Sessions' policy "are deeply concerning and disruptive to our state's economy."
    "States are the laboratories of democracy, where progressive policies are developed and implemented for the benefit of their people," she said in a statement. "Voters in Oregon were clear when they chose for Oregon to legalize the sale of marijuana and the federal government should not stand in the way of the will of Oregonians." (1/04/18) (Link)
    In August 2017, Brown sent an open letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions defending marijuana legalization in Oregon. It was a response to previous criticisms form Sessions.
    "Despite the concerns surrounding legalization of marijuana, there can be no denying that Oregon has benefitted from this industry. Oregon has already realized $60.2 million in revenue and created over 16,000 jobs for Oregonians. Tax revenue from the marijuana industry is used to fund schools, to provide mental health and drug treatment and to assist both state and local law enforcement. This does not even take into account cost savings to the criminal justice system."
    The full letter can here found here: (8/22/17) (Link)

  • Tom Wolf (D)

    Pennsylvania

    Took OfficeJanuary 20, 2015
    Seat Up2018
    NORML Grade: B-

    Enacted Legislation

    HB 967: The bill allows for registered individuals to grow, cultivate, and/or market industrial hemp. Agencies, colleges, and universities are permitted to grow industrial hemp for research purposes. It also creates the Hemp Research Board, which is responsible for developing regulations, applications for registration, inspections, a database of registered persons, registration fees, and guidelines for labeling and testing. (2016)
    SB 3: Permits regulators to license up to 25 marijuana cultivators and processors, and up to 150 dispensary locations to provide cannabis products to qualified patients who possess a recommendation from select physicians. This narrow program does not permit patients to grow their own marijuana, nor does it allow for for patients to inhale herbal cannabis. (2016)

    Vetoed Legislation

    None

    Comments

    Gov. Tom Wolf vowed to protect Pennsylvanians from what he called "backwards attacks" by the federal government on the state's new medical marijuana program.
    Wolf's stance came following U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announcement that he is doing away with the Obama-era policy that had paved the way for legalized marijuana to flourish in states across the country. (1/04/18) (Link)
    Although a supporter of medical marijuana, Wolf is still unsure about full scale legalization in Pennsylvania.
    "I don't think Pennsylvania is ready for it," Wolf told NBC10 Wednesday. "I think that's important. This is a democracy and you can't move ahead of the electorate."
    "How do you do it?" Wolf continued. "How do you regulate it? Who can buy it? How do you tax it?" (3/08/17) (Link)
    Rather, Wolf has publicly expressed support for decriminalizing marijuana (3/7/17) (Link)

  • Gina Raimondo (D)

    Rhode Island

    Took OfficeJanuary 6, 2015
    Seat Up2018
    NORML Grade: B

    Enacted Legislation

    HB 7142: Makes post-traumatic stress patients eligible for medical cannabis treatment and accelerates access to those patients in hospice care. (2016)
    HB 8232: Creates the "Hemp Growth Act" to treat hemp as an agricultural product that may be legally produced, possessed, distributed and commercially traded. The Department of Business Regulation will be responsible for establishing rules and regulations for the licensing and regulation of hemp growers and processors. The Department is also authorized to certify any higher educational institution in Rhode Island to grow or handle or assist in growing or handling industrial hemp for the purpose of agricultural or academic research. (2016)

    Vetoed Legislation

    None

    Comments

    In her 2018 proposed budget, Gov. Raimondo proposed increasing in the number of medical marijuana dispensaries from three to 15. (1/18/18) (Link)
    "The governor's primary concerns are safety and proper regulation, and she will give strong consideration to legalization legislation that adequately addresses these concerns, whether a bill reaches her desk this year or in the future," Raimondo spokesman David Ortiz said. (4/17/17) (Link)

  • Henry McMaster (R)

    South Carolina

    Took OfficeJanuary 24, 2017
    Seat Up2018
    NORML Grade: D

    Enacted Legislation

    H 3559: To permit the Department of Agriculture to license the cultivation of industrial hemp for research and development purposes (2017)

    Vetoed Legislation

    None

    Comments

    In an interview with ABC Columbia, McMaster was asked about legalization in South Carolina. "From what I have learned about, and what I know and what I've seen, it's a bad idea to legalize marijuana. It would hurt the people, particularly the young people." (2/16/17) (Link)

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