Below is this week’s summary of pending state legislation and tips to help you become involved in changing the laws in your state.
California: While early returns indicate a narrow margin of victory for Mendocino’s Measure B — which seeks to repeal the county’s eight-year-old law allowing adults to possess up to 25 marijuana plants — final results may not be available for several weeks. Opponents of the measure are expected to challenge Measure B. They argue that the provision directly conflicts with a recent state District Court of Appeals decision that prohibits municipalities from imposing limits on the quantity of marijuana patients may possess under state law.
Rhode Island: State activists are encouraged to attend a lobby day at the State House on June 11. The lobby day is sponsored by The Rhode Island Patient Advocacy Coalition, which is backing legislation to establish state-licensed medical cannabis distribution centers. The Rhode Island Senate previously approved the measure, and advertisments in support of the House bill are now playing in various markets. To learn more about this effort, please visit NORML’s online advocacy system.
New York: Television ads in favor of pending medical cannabis legislation began airing this week in select markets of New York state. To view the ad, click here. To learn more about what you can do to support efforts to legalize medical marijuana in New York, please click here.