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Daines/Merkley Veterans Equal Access Amendment

Permits physicians affiliated with the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to recommend cannabis therapy to veterans in states that allow for its therapeutic use. More info

Mikulski Amendment Protecting State Medical Marijuana Laws

Limits the Justice Department’s ability to take criminal action against state-licensed operations that are acting in full compliance with the medical marijuana laws of their states. More info

Merkley Marijuana Banking Amendment

Prohibits the US Treasury Department from using federal funds to take punitive actions against banks that provide financial services to marijuana-related businesses that are operating legally under state laws. More info

'N/A' means that the Senator did not have the opportunity to vote on this amendment.

Governors

  • Kay Ivey (R)

    Alabama

    Took Office2017
    Term Expires2022
    NORML Grade: D

    2019 Enacted Legislation

    Governor Ivey signed legislation, Senate Bill 236, establishing a study commission to make recommendations to the 2020 legislature regarding whether to legalize and regulate medical cannabis access. The group recommended lawmakers establish a tightly-regulated medical marijuana program. (Link)

    2019 Vetoed Legislation

    None

    Comments

    In 2017, a representative from the Governor’s office told NORML, “We have no statement on marijuana [nor] has the Governor made any statement on marijuana.” When asked about her stance in 2018 by AL.com, the Governor’s office declined to answer. Governor Ivey did not appear to make any prominent public statements about the subject in 2019. (Link)

  • Mike Dunleavy (R)

    Alaska

    Took Office2018
    Term Expires2022
    NORML Grade: C

    2019 Enacted Legislation

    None

    2019 Vetoed Legislation

    None

    Comments

    Governor Dunleavy at one point expressed an intent to repeal the state’s Marijuana Control Board, but he later backed off this proposal. Industry insiders have expressed concerns regarding some of the Governor’s appointments to the Board, as well as his support for the passage of enhanced criminal penalties for certain cannabis-related crimes. Nonetheless, in March, Alaska regulators did finalize rules governing the licensing of on-site consumption establishments, making it the first state in the nation to do so. (Link)

  • Doug Ducey (R)

    Arizona

    Took Office2015
    Term Expires2022
    NORML Grade: D

    2019 Enacted Legislation

    Governor Ducey signed Senate Bill 1494, which establishes regulations for the third-party lab testing of medical cannabis products sold at retail dispensaries. He also signed into law legislation reducing the fee associated with procuring a medical cannabis patient ID card. (Link)

    2019 Vetoed Legislation

    None

    Comments

    Governor Ducey opposed a 2016 statewide ballot initiative that sought to legalize adult marijuana use; in 2019, he affirmed that his views on this issue have not changed.
    “I don’t think any state ever got stronger by being stoned.” (Link)

  • Asa Hutchinson (R)

    Arkansas

    Took Office2015
    Term Expires2022
    NORML Grade: D

    2019 Enacted Legislation

    None

    2019 Vetoed Legislation

    None

    Comments

    Arkansas voters passed a 2016 initiated measure legalizing medical cannabis access, but it took until 2019 before regulators approved the first applicants to operate medical marijuana dispensaries. By the end of the year, 12 dispensaries were operational in the state. The Governor, who historically has been opposed cannabis liberalization policies, opined that the state’s rollout of the new law was not unduly delayed. Rather, he said that the slow roll-out process was “measured” and that the law was implemented in a way that was “best for all Arkansans.” (Link)

    “While some have complained that this process has taken too long, the commission took the time it needed to get this right.” (Link)

  • Gavin Newsom (D)

    California

    Took Office2019
    Term Expires2022
    NORML Grade: B

    2019 Enacted Legislation

    Governor Newsom signed several marijuana-related bills into law in 2019. These include Senate Bill 34, which provides tax breaks for facilities that provide free medical cannabis to disadvantaged patients, Assembly Bill 420, which authorizes the University of California's Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research to cultivate cannabis for clinical trials, and Senate Bill 223, which permits parents or guardians to administer non-smoked formulations of cannabis to patients while on K-12 school campuses. Former Gov. Jerry Brown had previously vetoed legislation similar to SB 223 and SB34. He also signed an omnibus transportation bill that banned cannabis use in limousines and corporate buses. (Link)(Link)(Link)

    2019 Vetoed Legislation

    The Governor vetoed Senate Bill 305, which sought to mandate certain health facilities to allow terminally ill patients the option to use medical cannabis on their premises. Governor Newsom indicated that he supported the bill's intent, but opined that it "would create significant conflicts between federal and state law." (Link)

    Comments

    In 2019, Governor Newsom signed a general order mobilizing the national guard to combat illicit cannabis grow operations, among other activities. He has also called for consolidating the various regulatory departments that oversee licensed cannabis production and retail sale activities in the state. “Establishing a stand-alone department with dedicated enforcement will centralize and align critical regulatory functions to build a successful legal cannabis market, and create a single point of contact for cannabis licensees and local governments,” Newsom stated in his 2020 budget plan. (Link)

  • Jared Polis (D)

    Colorado

    Took Office2011
    Term Expires2022
    NORML Grade: A

    2019 Enacted Legislation

    Governor Polis signed several marijuana-related measures into law in 2019. Most prominent among them was: House Bill 1230, which establishes licensing requirements and regulations for the establishment of on-site marijuana consumption facilities, House Bill 1234, which regulates the home-delivery of both medical marijuana and adult-use cannabis products, and House Bill 1263, which reduces criminal penalties for certain marijuana-related offenses. The Governor also signed separate legislation, House Bill 1028 and Senate Bill 13, expanding medical cannabis access. (Link)(Link)(Link)(Link)(Link)

    2019 Vetoed Legislation

    None

    Comments

    Prior to his election as Governor, Jared Polis was an outspoken advocate for marijuana legalization while serving as a member of Congress and sponsored several bills to amend federal cannabis laws. As Governor, he has repeatedly called on federal officials not to interfere in states that have legalized marijuana access. (Link)

    “The cannabis industry in Colorado is thriving -- the state has reached $1 billion in marijuana tax revenue. We must continue to lead the way. We want Colorado to be the best state for investment, innovation and development for this growing economic sector.” (Link)

  • Ned Lamont (D)

    Connecticut

    Took Office2019
    Term Expires2022
    NORML Grade: B-

    2019 Enacted Legislation

    None

    2019 Vetoed Legislation

    None

    Comments

    Despite promising to make adult-use marijuana legalization one of his administration’s top 2019 priorities, lawmakers failed to advance legislation to the Governor’s desk. Recently, he has met with the Governors of neighboring states to discuss the possibility of taking a regional approach to the issue in 2020. (Link)

    "I think I would only consider it [adult-use marijuana legalization] if we were doing it in conjunction with other states. If Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania -- if we bring in Massachusetts and coordinate our policies there, rather than being an outlier -- I think it’s something I would push.'' (Link)

    “It’s just a hodgepodge right now. .... Whatever we do, let’s do it on a regional basis. Let’s regulate it and standardize it.” (Link)

    The Governor “remains committed to working with neighboring governors and members of the legislature to develop the best approach.” (Link)

  • John Carney (D)

    Delaware

    Took Office2017
    Term Expires2020
    NORML Grade: B-

    2019 Enacted Legislation

    Governor Carney signed several marijuana-related bills into law in 2019. Specifically, he signed Senate Bill 37, which expands the pool of those eligible to seek an expungement of their criminal records and Senate Bill 45, which eliminates criminal penalties for low-level marijuana offenses for those under 21 years of age. He also signed into law Senate Bill 24, which expands physicians' discretion to recommend medical cannabis therapy to patients -- including those who suffer from disorders not explicitly listed among the state’s list of pre-qualifying conditions. (Link)(Link)(Link)

    2019 Vetoed Legislation

    None

    Comments

    On the subject of adult-use marijuana legalization, Gov. Carney remains noncommittal.
    “There are still unanswered questions, and he [Governor Carney] believes we should continue to monitor progress in other states that have legalized.” (Link)

  • Ron Desantis (R)

    Florida

    Took Office2019
    Term Expires2022
    NORML Grade: C-

    2019 Enacted Legislation

    Governor Desantis signed legislation, Senate Bill 182, repealing a legislative ban on the possession and use of herbal cannabis formulations by qualified patients. He had strongly encouraged lawmakers to repeal the herbal cannabis ban, which had been supported by his predecessor, Gov. Rick Scott. The Desantis’ administration also moved forward with legal and regulatory changes to facilitate the establishment of additional licensed dispensaries in the state. (Link)

    2019 Vetoed Legislation

    None

    Comments

    The Governor remains opposed to broader marijuana law reforms, stating that adult-use legalization will not become law in Florida “while I’m governor.” (Link)

  • Brian Kemp (R)

    Georgia

    Took Office2019
    Term Expires2022
    NORML Grade: C-

    2019 Enacted Legislation

    Governor Kemp signed House Bill 324, which establishes a regulatory commission to facilitate rules governing the establishment of state-licensed manufacturers of low-THC extract oils. Under state law, the possession of low-THC extracts is legal for certain qualified patients, but there exists no regulated supply source for them to obtain these products. (Link)

    2019 Vetoed Legislation

    None

    Comments

    "Instead of crossing state lines, breaking numerous laws in the process, these families can now stay in our great state. We are ensuring that these families can purchase what works for their loved ones without creating a slippery slope." (Link)

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