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Senate Bills

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

  • David Ige (D)

    Hawaii

    Took OfficeDecember 1, 2014
    Seat Up2018
    NORML Grade: C+

    Enacted Legislation

    HB 2729: Allows for out-of-state medical marijuana cardholders to access cannabis while visiting Hawaii. It also prohibits employers from either discriminating against or taking punitive actions against employees solely based on their medical cannabis use or patient status. (2018)

    HB 1488: Expands the pool of patients eligible to receive cannabis therapy to include those with lupus, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, and autism. It also permits caregivers to engage in medical cannabis cultivation. (2017)

    House Bill 2707: The measure expands the pool of practitioners who may legally recommend cannabis therapy to include advanced nurse practitioners. Separate provisions in the bill removes the prohibition on Sunday dispensary sales and on the possession of marijuana-related paraphernalia by qualified patients.Other language in the bill permits the transportation of medical marijuana across islands for the purposes of laboratory testing, but maintains existing prohibitions banning individual patients from engaging in inter-island travel with their medicine. (2016)

    House Bill 321: Establishes a system of medical dispensaries for the state's nearly 14,000 medical marijuana patients. Once operational, qualified patients will be able to obtain up to four ounces of cannabis or cannabis-infused products, such as oils, tinctures, or lozenges, from a licensed provider every 15 days. (2015)

    SB 2175: Establishes a two-year pilot program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa to study the potential use of industrial hemp as a phytomediator (a plant capable of removing toxins from the soil) and as a biofuel. (2014)

    Vetoed Legislation

    The Governor vetoed SB 2407, which would have allowed physicians to recommend the use of medical cannabis to treat opioid use, substance use, and withdrawal symptoms. He said that adding new qualifying conditions should be left up to the Health Department, not lawmakers. (2018) (Link)

    Comments

    “I support the establishment of dispensaries to ensure that qualified patients can legally and safely access medical marijuana.” (7/15/15) (Link)
    Q: Do you support decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana? A: No. (11/1/12) (Link)

  • Brad Little (R)

    Idaho

    Took OfficeJanuary 4, 2019
    Seat Up2022
    NORML Grade: F

    Enacted Legislation

    None

    Vetoed Legislation

    None

    Comments

    Governor Little has expressed concerns that permitting hemp cultivation would serve as a “camouflage for the marijuana trade.” (1/3/19) (Link)
    He supports a pilot program permitting the use of CBD only in specific clinical trials and opposes its broader legalization. (9/24/18) (Link)
    Governor Little is on record opposing the legalization of marijuana for adult use. (9/17/17) (Link)

  • J.B. Pritzker (D)

    Illinois

    Took OfficeJanuary 12, 2015
    Seat Up2018
    NORML Grade: A

    Enacted Legislation

    None

    Vetoed Legislation

    None

    Comments

    In his inaugural address as Governor, Pritzker said, “In the interests of keeping the public safe from harm, expanding true justice in our criminal justice system, and advancing economic inclusion, I will work with the legislature to legalize, tax and regulate the sale of recreational cannabis in Illinois.” (1/13/18) (Link)
    Following his election, Gov. Pritzker said that he wants his administration to work on legalizing the adult use marijuana market “right away.” (11/7/18) (Link)
    He was outspoken during his election campaign in his support for marijuana policy reform throughout the campaign, stating, “In the name of criminal justice reform, consumer safety, and increased state revenue, Illinois needs a governor who is ready to legalize marijuana.” He also campaigned in favor of commuting the sentences of those incarcerated for marijuana-related crimes. (1/12/18) (Link)

  • Eric Holcomb (R)

    Indiana

    Took OfficeJanuary 9, 2017
    Seat Up2020
    NORML Grade: D+

    Enacted Legislation

    SB 52: Legalizes the possession, use, manufacture, and retail sale of cannabidiol products. It also provides protections so that employers may not discriminate against anyone using CBD in compliance with the law. (2018)

    House Bill 1148: The law exempts qualified patients who possess cannabidiol from criminal penalties. The measure does not provide a regulated, in state source where patients may legally obtain CBD. (2017)

    Vetoed Legislation

    None

    Comments

    Cannabis oil is now legal in Indiana, but Governor Holcomb says that doesn't change his opposition to doing the same for medical marijuana.
    CBD oil doesn't get you high, and Holcomb says he's heard from many Hoosiers who believe it's helped them with pain. He says he was happy to make it accessible, after a failed attempt to do so last year. Holcomb says marijuana is a completely different story. He argues it's frequently been a gateway to deadlier drugs. (3/26/18) (Link)
    “Right now, in the world that we're living in, expanding or legalizing drugs of this nature isn't on my list.” (10/26/16) (Link)

  • Kim Reynolds (R)

    Iowa

    Took OfficeMay 24, 2017
    Seat Up2018
    NORML Grade: D

    Enacted Legislation

    None

    Vetoed Legislation

    None

    Comments

    Governor Reynolds opposes legalizing marijuana for recreational use (10/10/18) (Link)

  • Laura Kelly (D)

    Kansas

    Took OfficeJanuary 14, 2019
    Seat Up2022
    NORML Grade: C+

    Enacted Legislation

    None

    Vetoed Legislation

    None

    Comments

    During the campaign, Gov. Kelly expressed support for legalizing medical marijuana access in Kansas. (6/29/18) (Link)
    She has expressed opposition for permitting patients to grow personal use quantities of medical cannabis at home. (11/8/18) (Link)

  • Matt Bevin (R)

    Kentucky

    Took OfficeDecember 8, 2015
    Seat Up2018
    NORML Grade: D

    Enacted Legislation

    None

    Vetoed Legislation

    None

    Comments

    Gov. Matt Bevin has said he would consider signing a medical cannabis bill if the legislature passed one (1/11/18) (Link)
    Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) said he doesn't support legalization because "there are people overdosing" on marijuana in Colorado. He also called ending prohibition a "sucker's bet." (10/10/17) (Link)

  • John Bel Edwards (D)

    Louisiana

    Took OfficeJanuary 11, 2016
    Seat Up2020
    NORML Grade: B

    Enacted Legislation

    HB 579: Expands the pool of patients eligible for medical cannabis by permitting physicians to authorize cannabis therapy to those suffering from chronic pain, post traumatic stress disorder, severe muscle spasms or glaucoma. (2018)

    HB 225: Adds an exception to the existing law definition of “marijuana” for cannabidiol when it is contained in a drug product approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (2017)
    SB 35: Provides exemptions from arrest and prosecution to persons lawfully in possession of medical marijuana. (2017)

    SB 271: Permits physicians to ‘recommend' rather than ‘prescribe' medical cannabis therapy. The change allows doctors to authorize cannabis without running afoul of federal law, which prohibits the prescription of a schedule I controlled substance. The measure also expands the pool of conditions eligible for cannabis therapy. (2016)

    Vetoed Legislation

    None

    Comments

    Louisiana's governor Tuesday (Jan. 9, 2018) asked President Donald Trump to shield states' medical marijuana programs from federal prosecutors, urging him to "ensure the safe distribution of this life-changing form of treatment." (1/9/18) (Link)
    The letter sent to the White House by Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards came in response to former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' announcement last week that he was ending an Obama-era policy that kept federal authorities from cracking down on legalized pot. (1/9/18) (Link)
    The Department of Justice's actions "jeopardize this treatment for those who need it in Louisiana and other states, and I am requesting your support in allowing states like Louisiana to offer marijuana as a form of medical treatment without the threat of federal prosecution," Edwards wrote in the letter, also sent to the state congressional delegation. (1/9/18) (Link)
    "I personally know too many individuals and really particularly children who are suffering from medical conditions, and traditional medicines are not providing relief," Edwards said. "I quite frankly think the state ought not be between the doctor and the parents when it comes to what might be best for those children." He added that he does not want a situation where parents feel they must move out of Louisiana in order to get access to medical marijuana. (5/19/16) (Link)
    "I am not willing to make this unavailable -- continue to make this unavailable to people with medical conditions such as those currently in the bill simply because I'm fearful that at some point it might lead to creep," Edwards said. "There's no way while I'm governor, and I suspect thereafter, that we're going to be legalizing recreational use of marijuana." (5/5/16) (Link)

  • Janet Mills (D)

    Maine

    Took OfficeJanuary 2, 2019
    Seat Up2022
    NORML Grade: N/A

    Enacted Legislation

    None

    Vetoed Legislation

    None

    Comments

    During her election campaign, Gov. Mills acknowledged that “properly implemented, marijuana legalization has the potential to create thousands of jobs, grow the Maine economy, and end an outdated war on drugs.” (4/13/18) (Link)

  • Larry Hogan (R)

    Maryland

    Took OfficeJanuary 21, 2015
    Seat Up2022
    NORML Grade: C-

    Enacted Legislation

    HB 698: Expands the state's industrial hemp pilot program by "authorizing and facilitating the research of industrial hemp and any aspect of growing, cultivating, harvesting, processing, manufacturing, transporting, marketing, or selling industrial hemp for agricultural, industrial, or commercial purposes." (2018)

    (Not signed, became law absent the Governors signature) SB0949: Authorizing a person to file a petition for expungement at a specified time if the person was convicted of possession of marijuana. (2017)

    HB 443: Permits the Department of Agriculture to authorize institutions of higher education to cultivate industrial hemp for academic research purposes. Members of the Senate voted 45 to zero in favor of the bill. House members voted 136 to zero in favor of the measure. (2016)
    HB 104: Expands the pool of medical professionals who can provide written recommendations for marijuana to qualifying patients. Passage of this legislation allows nurse midwives and nurse practitioners, among other medical professionals, who are in good standing with the state to provide written certifications to qualifying patients. (2016)

    Vetoed Legislation

    SB 517: Amended existing criminal penalties regarding the possession of marijuana-related paraphernalia from a misdemeanor to a civil violation, and established a civil fine of up to $500 for offenses involving the use of marijuana in public. Lawmakers overrode the Governor's veto in 2016.

    Comments

    None

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