Weekly Legislative Roundup 1/10/20

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by
Carly
Wolf,
NORML
State
Policies
Coordinator


January
10,
2020


Welcome
to
the
first
Weekly
Legislative
Roundup
of
2020!


This
week,
The
US
House
Small
Business
Committee
has
waived
its
jurisdiction
on
the
Marijuana
Opportunity,
Reinvestment,
and
Expungement
(MORE)
Act.
By
waiving,
the
Small
Business
Committee
is
de-facto
advancing
the
bill

thus
increasing
the
prospects
that
the
MORE
Act
will
receive
a
full
House
vote
in
the
near
future.
The
House
Small
Business
Committee
is
the
first
congressional
committee
to
waive
jurisdiction
on
the
MORE
Act
since
it
passed
in
a
bipartisan
24-10
vote
in
the
Judiciary
Committee
last
November.



Read
more
here. 


At
the
state
level,
South
Dakota’s
Secretary
of
State
announced
that
the
proposed
constitutional
amendment
for
the
legalization
of
adult
use
marijuana
initiative
has
qualified
for
the
November
2020
ballot.


Mississippi
voters
will
also
officially
be
able
to
vote
on
a
proposed
medical
cannabis
ballot
measure
in
the
November
2020
election.


At
the
local
level,
Norristown,
PA
city
council
approved
an
ordinance
to
decriminalize
up
to
30
grams
of
marijuana.


Prosecutors
in
Contra
Costa
County,
California
will
automatically
dismiss
over
3,000
eligible
marijuana-related
convictions.


Actions
to
Take


Florida


Legislation
has
been
pre-filed
for
2020,
House
Bill
25
/
Senate
Bill
242,
to
decriminalize
the
possession
of
small
amounts
of
marijuana.


The
measure
would
reduce
the
penalty
for
the
possession
of
up
to
20
grams
of
marijuana
from
a
misdemeanor,
punishable
by
a
$1,000
fine
and
up
to
a
year
in
prison,
to
a
noncriminal
violation,
punishable
by
a
fine
only.



FL
resident?
Send
a
message
to
your
lawmakers
in
support
of
decriminalization


Legislation
has
been
pre-filed,
House
Bill
595
/
Senate
Bill
962,
seeking
to
protect
medical
marijuana
patients
from
employment
discrimination.


The
measure
would
prohibit
employers
from
taking
adverse
action
on
an
employee
solely
for
testing
positive
for
THC
on
a
drug
test.



FL
resident?
Send
a
message
to
your
lawmakers
in
support
of
employment
protections
for
patients


Legislation
is
pending
to
expand
eligibility
to
allow
those
with
certain
prior
cannabis
convictions
to
get
their
records
cleared.


Senate
Bill
1342
expands
eligibility
requirements
to
allow
individuals
convicted
of
small
amounts
of
marijuana
possession
to
petition
the
court
to
get
their
record
expunged.


Separately,
Senate
Bill
684
/
House
Bill
565
amends
the
provision
that
only
allows
individuals
to
expunge
a
single
conviction
record
every
10
years
by
granting
immediate
eligibility
to
those
that
have
had
convictions
expunged
when
they
were
minors.



FL
resident?
Send
a
message
to
your
lawmakers
in
support
of
expungement


Legislation
is
pending,
House
Bill
543,
to
expand
access
to
medical
cannabis
for
veterans
in
Florida.


The
bill
would
eliminate
fees
“for
issuance,
replacement,
or
renewal
of
medical
marijuana
identification
card
for
service-disabled
veteran
or
his
or
her
caregiver”
if
a
specific
form
indicating
a
veteran’s
discharge
or
release
from
service
is
included
in
the
application.



FL
resident?
Send
a
message
to
your
lawmakers
in
support
of
expanded
veteran
access


Legislation
is
pending,
House
Bill
645
/
Senate
Bill
1274,
to
allow
doctors
to
recommend
medical
cannabis
to
those
with
sickle
cell
disease.



FL
resident?
Send
a
message
to
your
lawmakers
in
support
of
medical
expansion


Illinois


Legislation
is
pending,
House
Bill
4009,
to
automatically
expunge
criminal
records
for
prior
marijuana
possession
offenses
for
those
convicted
when
they
were
a
juvenile.


The
measure
would
require
courts
to
expunge
cannabis
offenses
committed
before
an
individual
turned
18,
only
if
the
offense
would
have
also
been
considered
a
crime
if
committed
by
an
adult.



IL
resident?
Send
a
message
to
your
lawmakers
in
support
of
juvenile
expungement


Indiana


Legislation
has
been
pre-filed
by
Senator
Tallian
(D),
Senate
Bill
114,
to
allow
adults
to
possess
marijuana
for
personal
use.


Separately,
House
Bill
1036
(Rep.
Lucas)
would
decriminalize
marijuana
possession
for
adults
with
up
to
30
grams.



IN
resident?
Send
a
message
to
your
lawmakers
in
support
of
decriminalization


Senate
Bill
86,
as
well
as
Senate
Bill
103,
would
create
a
defense
to
prosecution
for
individuals
whose
doctors
certify
in
writing
that
they
have
a
terminal
illness
or
serious
untreatable
disease
for
which
they
use
cannabis,
or
if
they
have
a
valid
medical
cannabis
ID
card
from
another
state.


A
separate
bill,
House
Bill
1163,
would
allow
patients
and
caregivers
who
receive
a
physician
recommendation
to
possess
and
use
marijuana
for
therapeutic
purposes.



IN
resident?
Send
a
message
to
your
lawmakers
in
support
of
medical
marijuana


Kentucky


Legislation
is
pending,
House
Bill
148,
to
legalize
the
use,
possession,
and
retail
sale
of
cannabis
for
adults.


The
measure
would
allow
adults
to
possess
up
to
one
ounce
of
cannabis,
as
well
as
facilitate
the
expungement
of
misdemeanor
marijuana-related
convictions.



KY
resident?
Send
a
message
to
your
lawmakers
in
support
of
legalization


Legislation
is
pending,
House
Bill
221,
to
decriminalize
the
possession
personal
use
quantities
of
marijuana.


The
measure
would
remove
criminal
penalties
for
the
possession
of
up
to
100
grams
of
marijuana,
and
instead
would
be
punishable
by
a
fine.
The
bill
also
creates
a
process
for
individuals
to
get
their
records
expunged
for
convictions
involving
the
possession
of
up
to
100
grams
of
marijuana.



KY
resident?
Click
here
to
email
your
lawmakers
in
support
of
decriminalization


Legislation
is
pending,
House
Bill
136,
to
permit
physicians
to
authorize
access
to
medical
cannabis
for
any
patient
whom
they
believe
would
benefit
from
its
therapeutic
use.


Patients
would
not
be
permitted
to
purchase
or
smoke
herbal
marijuana,
but
rather
consume
it
in
the
form
of
edibles,
oils
and
pills.



KY
resident?
Send
a
message
to
your
lawmakers
in
support
of
medical
cannabis
access


Legislation
is
pending
to
protect
cannabidiol
(CBD)
consumers
from
employment
discrimination.


House
Bill
102
would
prevent
employers
from
firing
or
refusing
to
hire
an
individual
based
solely
on
a
positive
drug
test
for
CBD
or
THC.


Senate
Bill
65
prevents
employers
from
discriminating
against,
refusing
to
hire
or
discharging
an
individual
because
they
use
hemp-derived
products
off-the-job.



KY
resident?
Send
a
message
to
your
lawmakers
in
support
of
employment
protections


Michigan


A
package
of
bills
is
pending
that
addresses
expanding
the
process
for
the
expungement
of
past
convictions,
which
could
impact
those
with
prior
marijuana-related
convictions.


Specifically
addressing
marijuana
offenses
is:


House
Bill
4982
would
allow
those
convicted
of
misdemeanor
marijuana
offenses
that
are
no
longer
considered
a
crime
to
file
a
petition
to
“set
aside”
their
records.


The
package
of
bills
was
already
approved
by
the
House
and
is
pending
action
in
the
Senate.



MI
resident?
Send
a
message
to
your
lawmakers
in
support
of
expungement


Missouri


Legislation
is
pending,
House
Bill
1978,
to
legalize
the
use,
possession,
personal
cultivation,
and
retail
sale
of
marijuana
for
adults
21
and
over.


The
measure
would
allow
adults
to
possess
up
to
10
grams
of
marijuana
and
grow
up
to
six
plants
(up
to
3
mature).



MO
resident?
Send
a
message
to
your
lawmakers
in
support
of
legalization


Legislation
is
pending
that
would
allow
Missourians
with
certain
prior
cannabis
convictions
to
get
their
records
expunged.


House
Bill
1385
requires
the
court
to
expunge
the
records
for
those
previously
convicted
of
the
possession
of
up
to
35
grams
of
marijuana
possession.


House
Bill
2060
allows
certain
marijuana-related
offenses
and
violations
to
be
expunged
if
the
offenses
or
violations
occurred
in
Missouri
prior
to
the
issuance
of
a
patient
identification
card.



MO
resident?
Send
a
message
to
your
lawmakers
in
support
of
expungement


Legislation
is
pending,
House
Bill
1740,
to
protect
the
rights
of
prospective
parents
seeking
to
adopt
a
child.


The
measure
would
ensure
that
“placement
of
a
child
in
an
adoptive
home
shall
not
be
delayed
or
denied
on
the
basis
that
a
prospective
adoptive
parent
has
a
medical
marijuana
card
or
works
in
the
medical
marijuana
industry.”



MO
resident?
Send
a
message
your
lawmakers
in
support
of
parental
protections


Legislation
has
been
pre-filed,
House
Bill
1455,
to
prohibit
the
state
government
from
sharing
medical
marijuana
user
or
registry
information
with
the
federal
government.


If
passed,
any
state
official
who
violates
this
law
would
be
committing
a
felony
offense
under
this
act.



MO
resident?
Send
a
message
to
your
lawmakers
in
support
of
patient
privacy
rights


New
Hampshire


Legislation
is
pending,
House
Bill
1663,
to
allow
for
the
use,
possession,
and
retail
sale
of
marijuana
by
adults.


The
pending
measure
permits
adults
21
and
over
to
possess
up
to
one
ounce
of
marijuana
and/or
up
to
five
grams
of
concentrate,
and
to
grow
up
to
six
marijuana
plants
(up
to
3
can
be
mature).



NH
resident?
Send
a
message
to
your
lawmakers
in
support
of
legalization


Legislation
is
pending,
House
Bill
1648,
to
remove
all
criminal
and
civil
penalties
for
the
use,
possession,
and
cultivation
of
marijuana
by
adults.


The
pending
measure
permits
adults
21
and
over
to
possess
up
to
3/4
ounce
of
marijuana
and
to
grow
up
to
six
marijuana
plants
(up
to
three
mature,
three
immature).



NH
resident?
Send
a
message
to
your
lawmakers
in
support
of
depenalization


Legislation
is
pending,
House
Bill
366,
to
permit
physicians
to
recommend
cannabis
therapy
to
those
struggling
with
opioid
addiction,
misuse,
or
abuse.



Update
:
HB
366
was
approved
by
the
House
of
Representatives
on
1/8/20
and
now
heads
to 
the
Senate.



NH
resident?
Send
a
message
to
your
lawmakers
in
support
of
cannabis
as
an
alternative
to
opioids


If
passed,
House
Bill
1201
would
expand
the
decriminalization
threshold
to
up
to
one
and
a
half
ounces
of
marijuana,
10
grams
of
hashish
or
marijuana-infused
products,
and
the
cultivation
of
up
to
6
marijuana
plants
by
adults
21
and
over.


Separately,
House
Bill
1614
would
reduce
the
penalties
for
the
possession
of
large
quantities
of
marijuana
from
felonies
to
misdemeanors.



Update
:
HB
1614
is
scheduled
for
a
public
hearing
in
the
House
Criminal
Justice
and
Public
Safety
Committee
on
1/21/20
at
11am.



NH
resident?
Click
here
to
email
your
lawmakers
in
support
of
penalty
reductions


House
Bill
1543,
“prohibits
an
employer
from
using
a
failed
drug
test
for
cannabis
use
as
grounds
for
terminating
the
employment
of,
or
to
deny
promotion
to
any
employee.”



NH
resident?
Click
here
to
email
your
lawmakers
in
support
of
employment
protections


Legislation
is
pending,
House
Bill
1343,
which
seeks
to
eliminate
the
possession
of
marijuana
as
grounds
for
the
denial
of
an
individual’s
pretrial
release.



NH
resident?
Send
a
message
to
your
lawmakers
in
support
of
amending
pretrial
release
requirements


Pennsylvania


Legislation
is
pending,
House
Bill
1872,
which
seeks
to
allow
expungement
for
certain
past
marijuana
convictions.


If
passed,
this
bill
would
allow
individuals
who
have
been
convicted
of
possession
of
marijuana
intended
for 
medical
use
to
petition
the
court
for
the
expungement
of
their
record.
This
would
only
apply
to
individuals
who
have
not
had
any
further
drug
related
convictions
since
the
enactment
of
Pennsylvania’s
Medical
Marijuana
Act
and
who
are
in
possession
of
a
lawfully
issued
medical
identification
card.



PA
resident?
Send
a
message
to
your
lawmakers
in
support
of
expungement


Legislation
is
pending,
House
Bill
2097,
to
protect
registered
medical
cannabis
patients
from
employment
discrimination.


The
measure
would
prohibit
employers
“from
discharging,
threatening,
refusing
to
hire
or
otherwise
discriminating
against
such
employees”
due
to
a
positive
drug
test
result
for
THC.



PA
resident?
Send
a
message
to
your
lawmakers
in
support
of
employment
protections


South
Carolina

Legislation
is
pending
to
decriminalize
the
possession
of
marijuana.

H.
4313
as
well
as
H.
3276
would
impose
a
civil
penalty
for
the
possession
of
up
to
one
ounce
of
marijuana,
resulting
in
a
fine
only,
between
$100-$200
for
the
first
offense,
and
between
$200-$1,000
for
the
second
offense.

Separately,
H.
4803
would
impose
a
civil
penalty
for
the
possession
of
up
to
one
ounce
of
marijuana
and
ten
grams
of
hashish,
resulting
in
a
citation
punishable
by
a
maximum
$100
fine
only,
only
if
no
other
violent
crimes
were
committed
at
the
time
of
the
violation.

A
separate
measure,
H.
3444,
would
remove
all
criminal
and
civil
penalties
for
the
possession
of
up
to
one
ounce
of
marijuana
for
veterans
that
have
been
diagnosed
with
PTSD.


SC
resident?
Click
here
to
email
your
lawmakers
in
support
of
decriminalization


Vermont


Lawmakers
are
considering
senate-approved
legislation,
S.
54,
to
establish
a
regulatory
framework
for
the
regulation
of
a
commercial,
adult
use
marijuana
market.


Other
pending
bills
that
would
regulate
marijuana
retail
sales
are
H.
196,
H.
250,
and
S.
214.



VT
resident?
Send
a
message
to
your
lawmakers
in
support
of
retail
sales


Virginia


For
the
first
time
in
recent
history,
there
is
a
clear
pathway
to
advance
a
decriminalization
bill,
Senate
Bill
2,
to
the
desk
of
Governor
Northam,
an
issue
which
is
a
top
priority
for
him
in
the
2020
General
Assembly.



VA
resident?
Send
a
message
to
your
lawmakers
in
support
of
decriminalization


West
Virginia

Legislation
is
pending
to
legalize
the
use,
possession,
and
retail
sale
of
cannabis
for
adults.

House
Bill
2331
would
allow
adults
21
and
over
to
possess
up
to
one
ounce
of
cannabis
for
personal
use.

House
Bill
2376
would
allow
adults
to
possess
up
to
one
ounce
and
grow
up
to
six
(up
to
3
mature)
plants
for
personal
use.


WV
resident?
Send
a
message
to
your
lawmakers
in
support
of
legalization

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