Welcome to the latest edition of NORML’s Weekly Legislative Roundup!
This week, The U.S. House bill, the CARERS Act, got two new cosponsors, for a new total of 30.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection clarified a policy many thought would prevent Canadians who are involved in the marijuana indistry from entering the US, stating that “A Canadian citizen working in or facilitating the proliferation of the legal marijuana industry in Canada, coming to the U.S. for reasons unrelated to the marijuana industry will generally be admissible to the U.S. however, if a traveler is found to be coming to the U.S. for reason related to the marijuana industry, they may be deemed inadmissible.”
At the state level, The working group that was appointed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to draft NY’s leglaization legislation is taking public comments on this initiative until the end of October, and you can submit your own comments by clicking here, or you can email comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Hampshire’s Commission to Study the Legalization Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana will submit its final report to Gov. Chris Sununu by Nov. 1. The commission is made up of legislators, law enforcement officials, state regulators, and law and medical professionals. The report will make recommendations for a legal marijuana market if and when legalization legislation passes.
New Jersey lawmakers debated some specific details of a pending marijuana legalization bill.
Governor Eddie Calvo of Guam signed a bill into law permitting home cultivation for medical marijuana patients.
At a more local level, a city council committee in Green Bay, Wisconsin voted to delay the consideration of a measure that would reduce marijuana possession penalties, and Kansas City is also considering a measure that would reduce marijuana penalties.
Following are the bills from around the country that we’ve tracked this week and as always, check http://norml.org/act for legislation pending in your state.
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End Prohibition: Representatives Tom Garrett (R-VA) and Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) have introduced bipartisan legislation, HR 1227, to exclude marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act, thus leaving states the authority to regulate the plant how best they see fit.
The “Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017” eliminates federal criminal penalties for possessing and growing the plant. This legislation gives states the power and flexibility to establish their own marijuana policies free from federal interference.
House Bill 928 was carried over from last year, seeking to reduce minor marijuana possession penalties.
HB 928 amends state law so that first and second marijuana possession offenses (up to 30 grams) are reduced from misdemeanor offenses to a summary offense, punishable by a fine only.
Update: HB 928 was heard by the House Judiciary Committee on 10/9 at 9:30am, then approved by the committee after shooting down a proposed amendment that would have barred local jurisdictions in the state from imposing their own decriminalization policies.
That’s all for this week!