Marijuana and Cannabis Legislation
South Carolina is the latest state to move forward with legislation that would allow children to access high-CBD oils to help control major seizure disorders. Or, at least that's what lawmakers would like their constituents to believe. The reality is that they are wasting their time on a bill that won't help anyone and gives false hope to suffering South Carolina families.
New Jersey is wasting millions of dollars on the enforcement marijuana laws and blowing millions in tax revenue that could be generated if the plant was taxed and regulated. Because of that, New Jersey state Sen. Nicholas Scutari says that New Jersey should follow the lead of Colorado and legalize the use, sales and cultivation of limited amounts of cannabis for adults 21 and up.
New Jersey state Sen. Nicholas Scutari.
Of course, as long as Chris "Tollbooth" Christie is in office, actually getting the measure passed and signed into law is a very long shot.
All signs point toward Floridians approving a medical marijuana proposal on November's ballot, but the legislature could ease the Sunshine State toward some legalized pot all on their own during this month's session.
One measure, which would kick start research funding into medical marijuana and legalize a non-euphoric strain for epilepsy patients, passed through a House committee with no opposition last week.
Last Thursday, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled that Colorado's Amendment 64 applies retroactively to defendants whose actions would have been legal under the measure and were appealing convictions when it became law. A64 co-author Brian Vicente has called the decision a huge victory, while Colorado Attorney General John Suthers suggests that it is largely inconsequential, although he'll probably appeal it anyhow. Who's right? One pot advocate sides with Suthers but wishes a pox on both his and Vicente's houses.
Dozens of state-legal marijuana business owners and representatives from all over the country converged on Washington D.C. yesterday to pitch The Small Business Tax Equity Act to members of the U.S. House and Senate.
The bill - a brief, single page addendum to current tax laws - fixes current tax laws in the United States to allow for medical marijuana businesses to take the same deductions as other legal businesses are allowed to take on their federal returns. Currently, they are stuck paying the entire bill, which some say nearly doubles what they should really owe the government.
Maryland won't be legalizing the possession and use of cannabis for adults this legislative session, but there is still hope for a decriminalization bill currently winding it's way through the state legislature as well as slim chance of a medical marijuana program reform bill eking through.
Florida seems to be well on its way to getting medical marijuana legalized. Voters this November are going to be able to decide on their own whether weed should be made legal for folks with debilitating diseases, and a bill that would decriminalize the use of a strain of medical marijuana for kids with severe epilepsy has recently passed a Senate committee. On top of that, polls consistently show that the majority of Floridians support the legalization of medical marijuana. Some polls say that up to 70 percent are cool with medical weed.
The New Hampshire House took a big step in the right direction last night, voting to approve a measure that will decriminalize up to an ounce of marijuana, with a maximum punishment of a fine of $100. Currently, possession of an ounce carries up to a year in jail and $2,000. The bill also makes the cultivation of up to six plants a misdemeanor charge instead of a felony charge.
While the bill has a slim chance of actually passing, the Missouri House Monday night discussed the legalization of limited amounts of cannabis for adults 21 and up. Rep. Chris Kelly, a former county judge, said he bought into the war on drugs for too long and that his time serving as a judge showed him that there needs to be a different approach to cannabis.
"I saw too many young people whose lives were ruined by using small amounts of marijuana," Kelly told the Kansas City Star.