Welcome to the latest edition of NORML’s Weekly Legislative Roundup!
Some news from across the border to start off, this week Canada became the second country to regulate the use, possession, cultivation, and retail production and sale of cannabis for adults. The new law also includes pardons of all criminal possession convictions less than 30 grams.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is taking public comments on whether changes ought to be recommended regarding the international classification of cannabis as a a schedule I controlled substance. People will have until October 31, 2018 to submit their comments to the FDA. They’ve already gotten at least 2,000 submissions. Click here to submit your own comments quickly and easily now.
In Congress this week, the Senate bill, the VA Medicinal Cannabis Research Act),got one new cosponsor, for a new total of six.
The House bill, Veterans Equal Access Act, got one new cosponsor, for a new total of 29.
At the state level, Assembly committees in New York held a joint hearing in Manhattan on marijuana legalization measures.
Democratic lawmakers in Utah will hold a town hall meeting on medical marijuana next Wednesday 10/24. They’ll discuss the Utah Medical Cannabis Act and Proposition 2.
Rhode Island regulators added autism as a medical cannabis qualifying condition, and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) signed legislation into law banning marijuana-infused alcoholic beverages.
At a more local level, the mayor of Ocean Springs, Mississippi is aiding in the effort to collect signatures for a possible 2020 medical marijuana ballot measure.
Seattle, Washington’s draft agenda for 2019 shows the city supports legislation in the state to allow marijuana delivery services, cannabis vaping lounges, and the expungement of misdemeanor convictions.
Following are the bills that we’ve tracked this week and as always, check http://norml.org/act for legislation pending in your state.
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Penalize States that Maintain Criminalization: The Marijuana Justice Act would (1) remove marijuana from the US Controlled Substances Act, thereby ending the federal criminalization of cannabis; (2) incentivize states to mitigate existing and ongoing racial disparities in state-level marijuana arrests; (3) expunge federal convictions specific to marijuana possession; (4) allow individuals currently serving time in federal prison for marijuana-related violations to petition the court for resentencing; (5) and create a community reinvestment fund to invest in communities most impacted by the failed War on Drugs.
A4510 seeks to create a state bank to provide financial services to licensed marijuana business operating in accordance with state law.
The measure would permit the bank to make loans to, and accept deposits from, any marijuana-related business. Currently, many financial institutions are discouraged from interacting with the cannabis industry because of the plant’s illegal federal status.
That’s all for this week!