“These legislative improvements will bring great relief to the thousands of Virginians waiting to access the medical cannabis program,” said JM Pedini, NORML’s Development Director and the Executive Director of Virginia NORML.
“Seventy percent of voters approved this right at the ballot box and it is reassuring to see that a majority of lawmakers, and the Governor, ultimately decided to respect the voters’ decision.”
“It is encouraging to see the Court take the position that medical cannabis ought to be tax exempt in a manner like other medications. Patients, many of whom may be on disability or a fixed income, should not been seen by lawmakers as a source of tax revenue.”
Senate Bill 391 advances to the House of Delegates on a historic bipartisan 21-18 vote.
“Today, we are without any kind of home-grow rights. If we were able to produce our own cannabis, our own cannabis oils, and yes even our own vape products, we could guarantee our own safety.”
“This legislation is consistent with the laws of a growing number of jurisdictions that recognize that off-hours cannabis use poses no legitimate threat to either workplace safety or productivity. Tens of millions of Americans consume cannabis responsibly while in the privacy of their own home and its serves no purpose to allow employers to unduly discriminate against them.”
“Marijuana access is long overdue for Mississippi’s patients,” NORML’s State Policies Manager Jax James said. “The overwhelming majority of voters decided in favor of this policy change over a year ago, and for the past 14 months the will of the people has been denied.”
State lawmakers have rejected a series of legislative proposals that sought to curtail how and where patients could access and use medical cannabis.