Marijuana States 2013

Marijuana States 2013

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Cannabis decriminalization in 2013

Missouri HB 512;

http://www.house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB512&year=2013&code=R

“Revises penalty provisions for possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana and possession of marijuana drug paraphernalia”

Current status: in House after first reading

New Mexico HB 565;

http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/_session.aspx?Chamber=H&LegType=B&LegNo=465&year=13

“DECREASE MARIJUANA POSSESSION PENALTIES”

Current status: approved by House Consumer & Public Affairs Committee, in House

Texas HB 184;

http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=83R&Bill=HB184

“Relating to the penalties for possession of one ounce or less of marihuana or a synthetic cannabinoid.” (Reduce Cannabis Possession Offenses To a Fine-Only Misdemeanor)

Current status: Referred to Criminal Jurisprudence committee 02/06/13

Vermont S 48;

http://www.leg.state.vt.us/database/status/summary.cfm?Bill=S%2E0048&Session=2014

“AN ACT RELATING TO DECRIMINALIZATION OF POSSESSION OF ONE OUNCE OR LESS OF MARIJUANA”

Current status: referred to Committee on Judiciary 01/23/13

South Carolina H 3060;

to amend mandatory minimum sentences for marijuana offenders

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/query.php?search=DOC&searchtext=H%203060&category=LEGISLATION&session=120&conid=7164242&result_pos=&keyval=1203060&numrows=10

Current status: Referred to Committee on Judiciary 01/08/13

2 New Jersey decriminalization bills, S1977 and A1465 awaiting action in 2012-2013 session

http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2012/Bills/S2000/1977_I1.HTM

A1465 passed House- sitting in Senate Judiciary Committee

http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2012/Bills/A1500/1465_R2.HTM

Decriminalization bills that failed this year-

Indiana SB 0580

http://www.in.gov/apps/lsa/session/billwatch/billinfo?year=2013&session=1&request=getBill&docno=0580&doctype=SB

http://www.wishtv.com/dpp/news/politics/marijuana-decriminalization-effort-fails

 

Medical Cannabis in 2013

NORML.org has a pretty decent “action” page that takes you here-

http://capwiz.com/norml2/issues/

You can see a list of medical marijuana, decriminalization, legalization, and hemp bills currently being discussed, and ones that failed.

In no particular order,

Florida’s SB-1250;

http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=50373

“Creating the “Cathy Jordan Medical Cannabis Act”; authorizing a qualifying patient to possess and administer medical cannabis, and possess and use paraphernalia for a specified purpose; requiring a qualifying patient or the patient’s caregiver to present to a law enforcement officer a registry identification card to confirm that the person is authorized to possess, use, or administer medical cannabis or paraphernalia; requiring a qualifying patient or the patient’s caregiver to possess, use, or administer only medical cannabis that is obtained from a dispensary or medical cannabis farm, etc.”

Current status: 03/01/13 S Referred to Health Policy; Judiciary; Criminal Justice; Appropriations on Friday, March 01, 2013 2:58 PM

Maryland HB0302;

http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmMain.aspx?id=hb0302&stab=01&pid=billpage&tab=subject3&ys=2013RS

“Authorizing the medical use of marijuana under specified circumstances; repealing criminal provisions that allow the imposition of a fine or the use of an affirmative defense for use or possession of marijuana or use or possession of drug paraphernalia related to marijuana under specified circumstances; requiring the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to adopt regulations on or before September 1, 2013; authorizing the Department to vary application and renewal fees along a sliding scale; requiring a specified annual report; etc.”

Current status: Hearing 3/08 at 1:00 p.m. (Judiciary)

New Hampshire HB 0573; would be last state in New England to legalize medical use

http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/bill_status/bill_status.aspx?lsr=279&sy=2013&sortoption=&txtsessionyear=2013&txtbillnumber=hb573

“AN ACT relative to the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.”

Current status: in House Health, Human Services, & Elderly Affairs, due out of committee 03/07/13

Governor Hassan supports medical use

http://www.berkshireeagle.com/ci_22561030/hassan-support-gives-medical-marijuana-boost-new-hampshire

and 79% of NH voters support medical

http://www.unh.edu/survey-center/news/pdf/gsp2013_winter_issues021213.pdf

Texas HB 594;

http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=83R&Bill=HB594

“Relating to the medical use of marihuana.”

Current status: referred to Public Health Committee

Medical bill likely to be introduced in Tennessee this year-

http://www.wkrn.com/story/20682475/medical-marijuana-advocates-hope-to-advance-bill

Kentucky medical bill likely to be introduced this year-

http://www.coalvalleynews.com/view/full_story/21489073/article-Poll–53-percent-of-West-Virginians-support-medical-marijuana?instance=popular

 

 

 

 

Introduced this year but failed

Mississippi SB 2369; died in committee

http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/2013/pdf/history/SB/SB2369.xml

“AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE THE MEDICAL USE OF MARIHUANA BY SERIOUSLY ILL PATIENTS UNDER A PHYSICIAN’S SUPERVISION; TO DEFINE CERTAIN TERMS; TO PROVIDE AN EXEMPTION FROM CRIMINAL AND CIVIL PENALTIES FOR THE MEDICAL USE OF MARIHUANA; TO PROVIDE LIMITATIONS ON THE MEDICAL USE OF MARIHUANA; TO PROVIDE A LEGAL DEFENSE FOR PATIENTS AND PRIMARY CAREGIVERS; TO AMEND SECTIONS 41-29-113 AND 41-29-115, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO TRANSFER MARIHUANA FROM SCHEDULE I TO SCHEDULE II UNDER THE CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES LAW; TO AMEND SECTION 41-29-139, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO EXEMPT THE MEDICAL USE OF MARIHUANA FROM CRIMINAL PENALTIES UNDER THE CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES LAW; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.”

Kansas Senate Health and Welfare committee won’t hear Kansas SB 9

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/01/27/kansas-state-senator-introduces-medical-marijuana-bill/

…Even though 70% of Kansans support medical use of cannabis

http://www.surveyusa.com/client/PollReport.aspx?g=234388ec-d500-4ae6-b7c7-b00dfef97855&c=12

North Carolina HB 84; died in committee because it was too popular and lawmakers (Paul “Skip” Stam) were tired of getting harassed about it

http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/BillLookUp/BillLookUp.pl?Session=2013&BillID=hb+84

Iowa SF 59; killed by house public safety committee chairman..despite

58% of Iowans support medical cannabis

http://whotv.com/2013/02/25/pot-poll-iowans-support-medicinal-marijuana/

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20130201/NEWS10/302010059/Iowa-House-hearings-clear-No-medical-pot?Frontpage&nclick_check=1

http://coolice.legis.iowa.gov/Cool-ICE/default.asp?Category=billinfo&Service=Billbook&ga=85&hbill=SF79

“An Act relating to marijuana, including the creation of a medical marijuana Act, and providing for civil and criminal penalties and fees.”

South Dakota HB 1227 medical necessity defense kiled by committee 02/05/2013

http://legis.state.sd.us/sessions/2013/Bill.aspx?Bill=1227

Alabama House committee on Health kills bill

http://blog.al.com/wire/2013/02/medical_marijuana_advocates_un.html

Oklahoma lawmakers kill medical marijuana bill

http://newsok.com/oklahoma-lawmakers-kill-medical-marijuana-bill/article/3758933

7 states introduced cannabis legalization bills this year

Rhode Island (held in committee for further study)- House Bill 5274; AN ACT RELATING TO FOOD AND DRUGS — TAXATION AND REGULATION OF MARIJUANA (would create the “Marijuana Regulation, Control and Taxation Act” which would legalize the possession of less than one ounce (1 oz.) or less of marijuana, marijuana paraphernalia, and a limited amount of marijuana plants)

http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/HouseText13/H5274.pdf

Current status; 2/27/13 House Judiciary committee recommended measure be held for further study

Cosponsors; Ajello, Newberry, Bennett, Martin, Valencia

Maine- will post bill information when available. Should be similar to the 2011 legislation found here-

http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/bills_125th/billtexts/HP106701.asp

New Hampshire (retained in committee)- HB 492; AN ACT relative to the legalization and regulation of marijuana.

http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2013/HB0492.html

Current status: 2/19/13 retained in House Criminal Justice and Public Safety committee

Cosponsors; Rep. Vaillancourt, Hills 15; Rep. Warden, Hills 39; Rep. Winters, Hills 18; Rep. Lambert, Hills 44; Rep. Robertson, Ches 6

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HB 337; AN ACT legalizing marijuana and cannabis.

http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2013/HB0337.html

Current status: In House Criminal Justice and Public Safety committee, due out 3/7/13

Cosponsors; Rep. Warden, Hills 39; Rep. Weed, Ches 16; Rep. Sylvia, Belk 6; Rep. O’Flaherty, Hills 12; Rep. Pratt, Hills 6; Rep. Tasker, Rock 2; Rep. D. McGuire, Merr 21; Sen. Reagan, Dist 17

Oregon- House Bill 3371; Relating to the Control, Regulation and Taxation of Cannabis Act

http://landru.leg.state.or.us/13reg/measures/hb3300.dir/hb3371.intro.html

Current status: 2/25/13 Passed first reading in house, referred to speaker’s desk

Cosponsors; Committee on Revenue

Maryland- House Bill 1453; Marijuana- Regulation, Penalties, and Taxation

http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmMain.aspx?id=hb1453&stab=01&pid=billpage&tab=subject3&ys=2013RS

Current status: 2/21/13 Passed first reading in house, referred to House Rules and Executive Nominations committee

Cosponsors; Anderson, Carter, Glenn and Oaks

Pennsylvania- Senator Leach has pre-filed a legalization bill, will update with current information

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/harrisburg_politics/Montco-lawmaker-seeks-sponsors-for-bill-to-legalize-pot-.html

Hawaii (deferred by committee)- House Bill 699; Personal use of Marijuana; Licenses to Cultivate, Manufacture, Test or Sell Marijuana

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=699

Current status: 2/12/13 House committee on Judiciary deferred for further study

Cosponsors; Souki, Evans, Hanohano, Kawakami, C.Lee, McKelvey, Wooley, Awana, Belatti, Saiki, Takumi

Welcome to the start of the end of Cannabis Prohibition!

This past November two states, Washington and Colorado, ended cannabis prohibition via ballot initiative. Several more states are considering similar legislation in their legislatures, in addition to decriminalization and medical bills.

The point of this blog is to facilitate an end to prohibition in the 48 states that do not have legal cannabis/marijuana for medical and recreational purposes, and industrial hemp.

2012 was the start of the end of cannabis prohibition, and in 2013 we will continue moving forward!