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2015 Enacted Legislation

California — Assembly Bill 266, Assembly Bill 243, Assembly Bill 643
Summary: The Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act, which consists of three separate bills, creates a new state agency within the Department of Consumer Affairs to develop rules and licensing procedures for authorized medical cannabis dispensaries.

California — Assembly Bill 258
Summary: Allows medical marijuana patients to receive organ transplants. Hospitals in California have frequently denied patients from receiving organ transplants solely based on their status as medicinal marijuana consumers. Passage of AB 258 ends these discriminatory practices.

Colorado — House Bill 1267
Summary: Permits qualified patients to access medical marijuana while on probation or parole. Colorado is one of the first states to permit medical marijuana use to parolees by statute.

Delaware — House Bill 39
Summary: Reduces personal use possession penalties of up to one ounce to a civil violation punishable by a $100 fine only -- no arrest, and no criminal record.

Delaware — Senate Bill 90
Summary: Expands the list of qualifying conditions for which a physician may recommend medical cannabis to include intractable epilepsy. The measure also creates a patient registry for those under the age of 18.

Georgia — House Bill 1
Summary: Permits qualifying patients to obtain a physicians authorization to possess up to 20 ounces of cannabis-infused oils. Under the law, these oil products must be dominant in cannabidiol (CBD) and possess no more than five percent THC.

Hawaii — House Bill 321
Summary: Establishes a system of medical dispensaries for the state's nearly 14,000 medical marijuana patients. Once operational, qualified patients will be able to obtain up to four ounces of cannabis or cannabis-infused products, such as oils, tinctures, or lozenges, from a licensed provider every 15 days.

Louisiana — House Bill 149
Summary: Reduces penalties for offenses involving the possession of up to 14 grams of marijuana from up to six-months in jail to no more than 15 days in jail. Second offenses would be reduced from up to five years imprisonment to no more than six-months in jail. Third offenses are reduced from up to 20 years imprisonment to no more than two years in prison.

Louisiana — Senate Bill 143
Summary: Seeks to establish rules regarding the dispensing of cannabis pills or oil products via pharmacies and seeks to establish a single, state-licensed marijuana production facility for the state.

Maine — Legislative Document 4
Summary: Seeks to permit licensed hemp cultivation by removing a legislative requirement, enacted by state lawmakers in 2009 that mandated the federal government to reclassify hemp prior to the state’s issuance of cultivation permits.

Minnesota — Senate File 5
Summary: Redefines industrial hemp as an agricultural commodity and authorizing institutions of higher learning to cultivate the plant as part of a state-approved research program.

Nevada — Senate Bill 305
Summary: Permits the limited cultivation of industrial hemp.

New Hampshire — House Bill 476
Summary: Adds epilepsy, lupus, and Parkinson’s disease to the list of state-qualifying conditions for which a physician may recommend marijuana therapy.

New Jersey — Assembly Bill 4587, Senate Bill 3049
Summary: Requires facilities providing services to persons with developmental disabilities and schools to adopt policies permitting administration of medical marijuana to qualifying patients

New York — Assembly Bill 7060, Senate Bill 5086
Summary: 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.

North Carolina — Senate Bill 313
Summary: Declares that it is in the best interest of the citizens of North Carolina to promote and encourage the development of an industrial hemp industry in the State in order to expand employment, promote economic activity, and provide opportunities to small farmers for an environmentally sustainable and profitable use of crop lands that might otherwise be lost to agricultural production.

North Carolina — House Bill 766
Summary: Amends the definition of ‘hemp extracts’ to include formulations containing less than nine-tenths of one percent THC and at least five percent CBD by weight.

North Dakota — House Bill 1394
Summary: Reduces marijuana penalties involving the possession of one-half ounce of marijuana to one ounce of marijuana from a class A misdemeanor (punishable by up to one year in prison and a $3,000 fine) to a class B misdemeanor (punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a $1,500 fine.)

North Dakota — House Bill 1436
Summary: Amends existing law by removing the requirement that state-licensed hemp growers must also be federally licensed by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Oklahoma — House Bill 2154
Summary: 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.

Oregon — Senate Bill 460
Summary: Permits state-licensed medical marijuana dispensaries to also engage in cannabis sales to non-medical persons beginning on October 1, 2015. Adults will be allowed to purchase up to one-quarter ounce of cannabis per visit per day.

Oregon — Senate Bill 364
Summary: Allows for expungement of some past marijuana convictions.

Tennessee — Senate Bill 280
Summary: Defines CBD oil as separate from marijuana under the state's controlled substances act. The measure also seeks to encourage clinical research into the use of CBD oils for the treatment of pediatric seizures.

Texas — Senate Bill 339
Summary: Seeks to allow physicians to “prescribe” low-THC (no more than 0.5 percent)/high CBD (not less than 10 percent) oil preparations of cannabis to qualified patients (those with intractable epilepsy) and permits up to three licensed facilities to produce and dispense it.

Virginia — House Bill 1277, Senate Bill 955
Summary: Redefines industrial hemp as an agricultural commodity and allows for the cultivation of industrial hemp by licensed growers as part of a university-managed research program.

Virginia — House Bill 1445
Summary: Seeks to provide legal protections for patients with intractable epilepsy who possess a written certification from their physician to possess specific cannabinoid extracts. The legislation provides no legal, in-state source for these preparations.

Washington — House Bill 1276
Summary: Defines any consumption of marijuana while in a moving vehicle as a traffic violation. The statute further requires that any cannabis possessed in a moving vehicle must be located in a sealed container in either the trunk, glove compartment, or some other area that is inaccessible to the driver or passengers.

Washington — Senate Bill 5052
Summary: Imposes the establishment of a voluntary registration system for qualified patients, reduces the number of plants that patients may legally cultivate and possess, and imposes new regulations of physicians who authorize medical cannabis.

Wyoming — House Bill 32
Summary: Seeks to allow qualified patients with “intractable epilepsy” to possess so-called “hemp extracts” when such therapy is authorized by a neurologist.