Take Action on Marijuana Law Reform in 2015

As we get further into 2015, state legislatures are convening all around the country and the issue of marijuana law reform is a hot topic in many of them. From full legalization to decriminalization to medical use, marijuana is being debated in state houses across the nation. A key component of making these reform efforts successful is the mobilization of citizens like yourself. Only so much can be done by top down lobbying and lawmakers often base their votes off of the will of their constituents.

To make this process as pain-free as possible, NORML has collected all of the currently pending legislation and provided tools for constituents to contact their elected officials in our Take Action Center. Bills currently pending in 2015 include:

You can view the full list of pending legislation here. This list is continually updated as new measures are introduced so be sure to keep checking back to see what legislation will be debated in your state this year. Be sure you take a moment of your time to use these action alerts to quickly and easily contact lawmakers in support of pending legislation in your state and share them with your friends and family!

Help us keep the GRASS in GRASSROOTS and together we will legalize marijuana nationwide.

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  1. It seems that, altho their is “legalized” cannabis beginning in this country, their is a HUGE issue that needs addressed. What about employer testing? What the hell good does it do to be free to consume cannabis in a responsible manner when you can still be tested and fired for its use? Is legalization only for those who do not work for a living?
    I never here or read anything about the testing issue. Employers have every right to be sure that their employees are not high at work don’t they? And as far as I can tell, it sure as hell is not going away now! Insurance companies will not let that happen.
    I understood that their was some saliva testing that sounded promising but when it was deemed undependable, it seemed to drop from sight….What is up with testing folks? Where does it fit into legalization?

    [Editor’s note: Yours are important and long shared concerns at NORML too. Rather than drug testing (looking through biometrics to determine past use), NORML favors actual impairment testing (where failed tests could be followed up with drug testing, etc…). Currently, the legal precedents (and current statutory and regulatory laws ensconced in federal anti-drug laws) do not hold strong prospect for employees who use cannabis in off work hours, be it for therapeutic or recreational. The state supreme courts of WA, OR, CA, and MI have all ruled against state registered, card-carrying medical cannabis patients being exempted from drug testing rules in the workplaces that still choose to drug test.

    Much legally is dependent on a soon-to-be-issued supreme court ruling in CO regarding a paraplegic employee of the Dish Corporation who is a certified medical cannabis patient with an outstanding work record who was fired after self-evidently testing positive for using the medicine recommended by his physician and approved by the state’s medical cannabis agency.

    Looking forwardly, even past prohibition itself, cannabis consumers (and patients) will have to be ever vigilant against not being discriminated in the workplace just because they either choose to use or medicate with cannabis after work–that cannabis consumers be treated like alcohol consumers where ‘for cause’ standards are in effect. If the court rules in favor of Dish, even with a successful appeal to higher courts in the federal system after years of legal wrangling, this will not bode well for cannabis consumers and patients.

    Current legal and social trends are building momentum in troubling ways for drug testing against otherwise legal drugs like tobacco. Numerous companies and municipalities drug test for tobacco use with both pre-employment and random testing. If such trends continue, unchecked by consumers/patients (i.e., the victims of the workplace bigotry and their non governmental organization public advocates like NORML, ACLU, DPA, etc…), detection of cannabis via testing could still happen despite cannabis prohibition ending.

    This is exactly the type of post-prohibition public advocacy and legal challenges groups like NORML and it’s chapters–notably in CO, WA, OR and AK–are already having to confront, along with freeing cannabis prisoners, stopping overflights looking for ganja plants, reasonable taxes and regulation, ‘coffeeshops’ for adults to enjoy cannabis in, fixing travel and immigration problems associated with past cannabis offenses, professional licensing/security clearance, child custody, etc…]

  2. We need more employment reform in the legislative track!!!! Don’t let it be legal to fire pot smokers or plain out refuse to hire them for failing a drug test!

  3. I’m interested in helping to get the Marijuana legalized. Would you direct me to what I have to do.

    [Editor’s note: Get educated on cannabis, join/support a cannabis law reform group (NORML, ASA, MPP, DPA, VoteHemp, LEAP, etc…), participate in your local and state elections, lobby (which is often an act of educating your elected policy makers), write letters to the editor.guest columns, ask radio talk shows to cover the topic and encourage your friends/family/co-workers to join you in working for reforms.]

  4. Just wrote to my representatives and said,
    “Punishing marijuana consumers is not limited to the sick and the poor. Have you ever wondered what cancers you and your family could be preventing or the farm incentives you could be providing by decriminalizing cannabis? “

  5. Did action or inaction bring about the repeal of the 18th amendment? Our nation’s war on anything they dislike or understand has led us to a police state with violent prison guards and their punishments over educators and their enlightenments.

  6. I’m going to be 62 this year and I live in North Carolina. I don’t have the luxury of waiting for it in NC so I am relocating this year to the west. I’m glad I have that option. I feel terrible for people like me who have chronic pain and take 14 pills a day when I know I could cut back a lot if I had pot. Good luck to all. Blueflu

  7. “If the court rules in favor of Dish, even with a successful appeal to higher courts in the federal system after years of legal wrangling, this will not bode well for cannabis consumers and patients.”

    Hence, why marijuana users, especially medical marijuana need to be added to the list of classes protected from discrimination under the Civil Rights Act. Marijuana users, just like black and gays, have been and still are targets for institutionalized targeting for harassment and all sorts Civil Rights Violations. Everyday our Rights to take part in society are illegally challenged by Crackers! We need legal protection from the endless harassment and abuse.

  8. People against pot usually have an hidden agenda. Shelgame Adelson spent over 4 million dollars to help derail the Medical Marijuana vote in Florida. Why.. is it because his wife is involved in Drug Abuse treatment or so vacationers won’t go to Florida and instead visit his Las Vegas Sands Casino. Time will tell when Nevada goes for full Legalization. Will he spend millions to keep Pot illegal in Las Vegas. Best attach on people like this is to boycott his Casino’s.

  9. Cannabis use should be protected by our civil rights/liberties as a medicine it should be my right to choose to use cannabis instead of the pharmaceutical drug’s that are slowly killing me. As a grown up in America it should be my choice to use instead of alcohol, tobacco and whatever else I choose to use or not.
    As cannabis was in the pharmacopeia from 1857-1941 until it was forced out against the advice of the AMA; however greed, corruption and racism all played a vital role in the prohibition against cannabis and hemp as if it has been medicine since the beginning of time and the fact that hemp has been put if to the same box because it’s a sister plant as isn’t the hops used in making beer amerlcoholgainst need sister plant as well? By sister plant’s I mean they’re all from the same family of plant’s even though they’re not exactly the same plant’s, maybe I should have said that they’re step sisters?
    But aa whole neither cannabis or hemp should have been made illegal to begin with and just maybe so many lives wouldn’t have been ruined by the justice system and more saved by the many different ways these plants have helped humanity until 1937 and could help humanity again, as the prohibition propaganda surrounding cannabis is just that propaganda and needs to stop ASAP.

  10. lets get this s*** legalized and stop the nonsense people not knowing what marijuana really does. Alcohol kills more people every year than any other drug and it’s legal, prescription drugs are killing people left and right and you worried about cannabis come on. Legalize it already!

  11. South Carolina House Bill H-4130. Which allows for Dispensaries and home growing has been Hi-Jacked by the Republicans. Now they are drafting a new Bill that Does Not allow for Home cultivation.

  12. Connecticut has a pending bill, HB 6703, AN ACT CONCERNING REGULATION AND TAXATION OF THE PRODUCTION, SALE AND USE OF MARIJUANA. It has been sent to the Judicial Committee. Please add this to the list and encourage our reps to push it through for a vote!

  13. I disagree with drug abuse, however, marijuana may be the exception. Just like anything using it to much can have adverse effects. But the medical benefits that marijuana offers is groundbreaking. I predict that in the future everyone will be wondering why it was that marijuana was illegal for so long. I totally support the Legalization of Marijuana.

  14. “Marijuana Law Reform” – the magic keywords!

    The current federal definition of marijuana is a terrible law that is a travesty which contemptuously confronts the Constitution.

    A scan of the Controlled Substances Act reveals that the word “cannabis” appears exactly ONE time – in the definition of “marihuana”. It is the racist term “marihuana” which was put into Schedule 1. In support of our Constitution, this “term” should be erased from the canon.

    However, with a simple reform to that definition, the term “marijuana” will remain in Schedule 1, be easily recognized as an “other substance”, and non-smoked cannabis will not be Scheduled at all. Only then can the rescheduling of marijuana be lawfully effective.

    This year is a good time to take action. Sign this petition: http://wh.gov/i4yLn

  15. If marijuana is fully legalized, and even though marijuana will eventually be reclassified into a different schedule and given the fact that marijuana is medically helpful for many conditions, I tend to think that the insurance companies are going to continue to be engulfed in the ongoing conspiracy theory. It seem to me that if marijuana is helpful for all these conditions that the insurance companies should be more than happy to insure people who smoke pot opposed to people who smoke cigarettes. Haven’t studies already shown that cannabis helps fight off cancer and tumor growth as well as help ward off many other ailments without the need for strong opiates and other narcotics? Seem only feasible to think there is a conspiracy going on with the government wanting to get their hands in everyone’s pocket in more than one way or the other. It’s like they can sell it to us now and charge us excessive taxes, but if we smoke it and drive somewhere a week later we are still subjected to get pulled over and charged with DUI anyway! Hell, they are video taping everyone that buys it so the law enforcement knows who is going to be using it and that makes it very easy for the law enforcement to know that all they have to do to meet quotas is to stop those who buy marijuana for any reason and take them in to the hospital for a urine or blood test. Wow, I still see prohibition to the fullest, even after marijuana is legalized. Wow, it’s the same old money hungry government digging into everyone’s pocket, WHAT a BIG DAM CONSPIRACY! The law is ridiculous that they enforce a law that can convict someone with any amount of THC in their system, even if that someone hasn’t smoked in 2 or 3 weeks. That’s very disgusting. Doesn’t sound like the end of prohibition to me. There should be a fair and reasonable threshold amount equivalent to the .08 for alcohol or it sounds like another greedy government conspiracy to me. I mean we can now buy it and pay hefty taxes but we can’t smoke it. What’s your take? Shouldn’t this be addressed very soon in this process? or is this issue going to swept under the carpet and forgotten about as long as the law gets the upper hand? Please comment! We need some legislation on this issue in the forefront of the discussion also. Shouldn’t it be?

    [Editor’s note: There are no conspiracy theories that keep cannabis illegal. What keeps cannabis illegal is that well under 1% of those who cultivate, sell or use the herbal drug are politically involved in reforming the laws.

    Should there be logical and science-based standards to charge drivers with cannabis impairment? Of course. Has there been historically under prohibition? No. Under legalization are these standards going to start to comport more and more like standards and measurement tools that are similar to alcohol? Yes. In states like WA and CO have there been greater law enforcement focused on cannabis drivers and resulting increase in DUID charges? No.]

  16. How much is too much Oxycodone?…Morphine …
    Hydrocodone?…How “much” always depends on the individual needs of the individual pain patient…just like the individual needs of a patient receiving medically efficacious herbal treatment with the herb cannabis.

    After more than 70 years of exclusion due to longstanding prohibition at the national level, cannabis is once again gaining official recognition as a legitimate botanical medicine. The American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP) recently announced the publication of an official cannabis monograph, which is set to be installed in two parts, that establishes a solid groundwork for the full integration of cannabis therapy into modern medicine.

    One of the world’s premier herbal research organizations, AHP recently published the first part of the monograph, a 60-page document replete with diagrams and detailed descriptions about how the plant is cultivated, what constituents it possesses and how it functions. Leaving no stone unturned, the AHP cannabis monograph is arguably the most thorough and comprehensive document to date on this important herbal medicine.

    Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/043288_cannabis_botanical_medicine_American_Herbal_Pharmacopoeia.html#ixzz3RB9KrBZd

  17. No. Under legalization are these standards going to start to comport more and more like standards and measurement tools that are similar to alcohol… Yes. – Editor

    Why?…cannabis is in no way related to alcohol or it’s deadly effects.

    Your method of posing and answering your own questions in order to support your own agenda sounds like you took evasion lessons from Don Rumsfeld?

    [Editor’s note: “Why?…cannabis is in no way related to alcohol or it’s deadly effects.” Nothing evasive at NORML recognizing that like with alcohol, users of cannabis can get too impaired to drive or work safely.

    To say that cannabis is in no way related to alcohol is a led zeppelin at NORML.]

  18. We NEED a southern state to break some ground on this issue. (Florida, kudos to you for trying.) down here in the Bible Belt is where it’s going to be really tough. LOUISIANA, we need to break through and help the dominoes fall. Especially if our state officials want to enjoy the same tax revenue as Colorado. BC once this thing takes off as a whole, the tax revenue will NOT be there like it was. Simple supply and demand determines that.
    I believe our nation’s collective mentality would change for the better with cannabis being made available to adults. I’m so tired of rude drivers, rude cashiers, rude telephone calls, etc. We need something that’s safe and natural to help alleviate the level of frustration in this country.

  19. What happen to the legislation introduced in Feb of 2013 that would remove marijuana from DEA and place it under the authority of the Dept of Alcohol and tobacco?

  20. Why should we use our tax money to put pot dealers in jail..legalize it and let them pay tax to bring down our budget deficit…seems like a no brainier to me..

    We already are giving our dollars to other states lottery s to fund their educations..Our politicians needs to use some common sense here..

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