2017 Enacted Legislation

Arkansas: House Bill 1580
Summary: The measure, now Act 1098, amended the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment of 2016 to allow for a special 8 percent statewide "special privilege" tax on medical marijuana sales. This tax is in addition to the already existing state and local taxes placed upon these facilities by the Amendment.

Arkansas: House Bill 1400
Summary: This bill, now Act 740, amended the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment of 2016 to prohibit the smoking of marijuana in any location in Arkansas where smoking tobacco is prohibited. Additionally, the law prohibits the smoking of medical cannabis in the presence of a child under the age of 14, in the presence of a pregnant woman, in a motor vehicle, and in a place where it could affect a person not authorized to use marijuana.

Arkansas: House Bill 1778
Summary: Act 981 establishes the Arkansas Industrial Hemp Research Program to assess the agricultural and economic potential of industrial hemp production.

California: Senate Bill 94
Summary: This bill, entitled the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act, imposes various regulatory changes surrounding the licensing of medical and retail marijuana facilities.

Colorado: House Bill 1266
Summary: This bill permits "persons who were convicted of misdemeanors for marijuana-related behaviors that are no longer illegal to petition for the sealing of criminal records relating to such convictions.”

Colorado: Senate Bill 17
Summary: Senate Bill 17 adds PTSD to the list of debilitating conditions eligible for medical cannabis treatment.

Colorado: Senate Bill 178
Summary: Senate Bill 178 permits registered medical cannabis patients to legally use marijuana while on bond in a criminal case. The text states "The court shall not require as a condition of any bond that person...with a valid registry identification card...abstain from the use of medical marijuana."

Colorado: Senate Bill 192
Summary: This legislation protects the state's adult use marijuana industry in case of a potential federal crackdown. The bill permits adult use growers and sellers to reclassify their recreational marijuana inventory as medical marijuana based on changes in state, local, or federal law.

Delaware: Senate Bill 24
Summary: Senate Bill 24 adds PTSD to the list of debilitating conditions eligible for medical cannabis treatment.

Florida: Senate Bill 8A
Summary: Senate Bill 8A amends the state's voter approved medical cannabis law by prohibiting the possession of marijuana "in a form for smoking" and bars the use of herbal cannabis except in instances where it is contained "in a sealed tamper-proof receptacle for vaping," among other significant changes.

Florida: Senate Bill 1776
Summary: Senate Bill 1776 directs the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to authorize and oversee the development of industrial hemp pilot projects at certain universities. These pilot projects may be developed in partnership with public, nonprofit, and private entities.

Georgia: Senate Bill 16
Summary: Senate Bill 16 expands the pool of patients eligible to possess CBD extracts under state law to include those with autism, epidermolysis bullosa, AIDS, Tourette's Syndrome, severe peripheral neuropathy, or those in hospice care. The law also exempts qualified patients registered to use CBD in other states from criminal prosecution in Georgia. The measure does not provide a regulated, in state source where patients may legally obtain CBD.

Hawaii: House Bill 1488
Summary: The legislation expands the pool of patients eligible to receive cannabis therapy to include those with lupus, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, and autism. It also permits caregivers to engage in medical cannabis cultivation.

Iowa: House File 524
Summary: House File 524 expands and continues the state's CBD exemption law, which was set to sunset in 2017. The measure permits patients to possess CBD extracts that also possess up to three percent THC. It also expands the pool of patients eligible to possess CBD to include those with Parkinson's disease, cancer, multiple sclerosis, seizures, AIDS and HIV, Crohn's disease and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.

Indiana: House Bill 1148
Summary: The law exempts qualified patients who possess cannabidiol from criminal penalties. The measure does not provide a regulated, in state source where patients may legally obtain CBD.

Louisiana: Senate Bill 35
Summary: The law expands upon the state's existing medical marijuana law to provide explicit legal protections for registered patients, including immunity from arrest for engaging in activities related to the purchase or transportation of medical marijuana related products.

Maine: House Bill 88
Summary: The law delayed the implementation of voter-approved regulations overseeing the commercial production and retail sale of marijuana until February 1, 2018. It also delayed the implementation of regulations overseeing the commercial production and retail sale of marijuana until February 1, 2018.

Maine: House Bill 764
Summary: HB 764 prohibits medical cannabis patients from being denied organ transplants.

Maryland: Senate Bill 949
Summary: Senate Bill 949 allows for those with certain, minor criminal marijuana convictions to have those records expunged if their conviction was prior to October 1, 2014.

Massachusetts: House Bill 3818
Summary: The legislation amends The Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act (Question 4) by imposing a new statewide excise tax of 10.75 percent on top of a 6.25 percent sales tax. It also authorizes cities to impose an additional 3 percent tax. It limits the ability of local communities to ban retail facilities if a majority of voters approved Question 4, but it makes it easier for communities to do so if they opposed the initiative.The law also expands patients' access to medicinal cannabis by permitting nurses and physicians' assistants the ability to recommend cannabis therapy.

Montana: Senate Bill 333
Summary: SB 333 makes minor amendments to Initiative 182 and imposes new taxes on medical marijuana gross sales.

Nevada: Assembly Bill 135
Summary: This legislation eliminated statutes criminalizing the operation of a motor vehicle if the driver has detectable levels of carboxy THC in his/her urine. It does not amend statutes criminalizing driving a motor vehicle with trace levels of THC present in one's blood.

Nevada: Senate Bill 487
Summary: Senate Bill 487 imposes a new excise tax of 15 percent on wholesale cannabis sales, and imposes an additional 10 percent retail sales tax on marijuana or marijuana-related products sold at retail (non-medical) facilities.

Nevada: Senate Bill 396
Summary: SB 396 expands the state's 2015 hemp law to permits licensed growers to engage in hemp cultivation and to produce edible products derived from hemp.

New Hampshire: House Bill 640
Summary: This legislation reduces penalties specific to the possession of up to 3/4 of an ounce of marijuana and up to five grams of hashish from a criminal misdemeanor to a non-criminal violation.

New Hampshire: House Bill 157
Summary: House Bill 157 adds "moderate to severe chronic pain" as a qualifying illness for medical cannabis therapy.

New Hampshire: House Bill 160
Summary: House Bill 160 adds PTSD and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome as qualifying illnesses for medical cannabis therapy.

North Dakota: Senate Bill 2154
Summary: Senate Bill 2154 delayed implementation of the North Dakota Compassionate Care Act.

North Dakota: Senate Bill 2344
Summary: 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.

Oregon: Senate Bill 863
Summary: 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.

Tennessee: House Bill 173
Summary: This legislation nullified the enactment of citywide marijuana decriminalization ordinances in Nashville and Memphis and prohibits municipalities from enacting similar marijuana reform measures in the future.

Vermont: Senate Bill 16
Summary: Senate Bill 16 amends the state's existing medical cannabis law by allowing physicians to immediately issue medical cannabis recommendations for patients suffering from cancer, a terminal illness, or under hospice care supervision. It also expands the pool of patients eligible for cannabis therapy to include those with post-traumatic stress, Crohn's disease, or Parkinson's disease.

Virginia: Senate Bill 1027
Summary: This law seeks to establish a legal, in state supply source for CBD-derived products.

Virginia: SB 1091 and HB 2051
Summary: This legislation amends state law so that minor marijuana offenses are no longer punishable by a mandatory driver's license suspension. Juvenile offenders still face an automatic license suspension for any drug related conviction.

West Virginia: Senate Bill 386
Summary: The West Virginia Medical Cannabis Act establishes regulations for the state licensed production and dispensing of medical cannabis products to qualified patients.

Washington: House Bill 2064
Summary: This legislation amended the state law so that industrial hemp is no longer classified as a controlled substance under the state's uniform controlled substances act.

Washington: Senate Bill 5131
Summary: Senate Bill 5131 amends the state's medical cannabis law. Specifically, it permits "Qualified medical marijuana patients and designated providers to purchase immature plants, clones, or seeds from a licensed producer." It also calls for a study committee to consider amending state law so that non-patients may cultivate personal quantities of cannabis at home.

Wisconsin: Senate Bill 10
Summary: This legislation exempts the use of non-psychoactive CBD products for any "medical condition" for which a physician recommends it. The measure does not provide a regulated, in state source where patients may legally obtain CBD.