Pending State Legislation

Active 2017 State Legislation

(Disclaimer: Legislation that appears on this page does not necessarily have the endorsement of Americans for Safe Access, but rather this information serves an an overview of current state legislative activity that relates to medical cannabis. Bills that deal primarily or exclusively with Adult Use are not included)

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Alabama

Alaska

       SB 63 An Act Prohibiting Smoking in Certain Places
Introduced Chamber: Senate
Introduced Session:  Session 30 (2017-2018)
Bill Summary: Prohibits smoking in certain public places including entertainment venues, buses, government properties and other areas
Bill Subjects:  Where Smoking is allowed/Prohibited
Sponsors: Micciche
Last Action: 5/13/17 Cross-sponsor Ortiz Added
HJR 21 - Urging the Federal Government to Respect Previous Federal Guidance on Marijuana Policy
Introduced Chamber: House
Introduced Session:  Session 30 (2017-2018)
Bill Summary: Urging the federal government to respect previous federal guidance on marijuana policy; and urging the federal government not to interfere in state marijuana policy.
Bill Subjects:  Federalism, State Policy
Sponsors: Guttenberg
Last Action: 5/12/17- Bill Reprinted
HB 113 - An Act relating to operating a motor vehicle, aircraft, or watercraft while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage, inhalant, or controlled substance.
Introduced Chamber: House
Introduced Session:  Session 30 (2017-2018)
Bill Summary: A person is not deemed to be under the influence of marijuana unless delta 9-THC is present in persons body
Bill Subjects:  Drugged Driving 
Sponsors: Drummond
Last Action: 2/10/17- Referred to committee on the Judiciary 

Arizona (The 53rd Legislative Session ended on May 10, 2017)

HB 2003 - Regulation of Marijuana

Introduced Chamber: House
Introduced Session:  Session 53rd, 1st Regular (2017)
Bill Summary: Adult Use Bill, Restrictions on Cultivation, bill does not limit rights of Medical Cannabis Patients, Caregivers, or Medical dispensaries
Bill Subjects:  Establishment of Adult Use Program
Sponsors: Cardenas
Last Action: 1/10/2017- House Red Second Time

HB 2430 - Marijuana, Health Warnings

Introduced Chamber: House
Introduced Session:  Session 53rd, 1st Regular (2017)
Bill Summary: Monies deposited into Health Education account shall be used for programs that emphasize possible dangers of both tobacco and marijuana smoke, requiring dispensaries to have signs warning pregnant women about potential dangers of marijuana smoke
Bill Subjects:  Health Warnings
Sponsors: Thorpe 
Last Action: 2/8/2017- House Read Second Time

HB 2018 - Medical Marijuana, Cultivation, Facilities

Introduced Chamber: House
Introduced Session:  Session 53rd, 1st Regular (2017)
Bill Summary: Updates medical marijuana facility statute to require to a enclosed roof area that has hardened covering, 
Bill Subjects:  Requirements for Medical marijuana Cultivation Facilities
Sponsors: Leach
Last Action: 1/23/2017 - House MVRA Committee action: Failed To Pass, voting: (4-5-0-0-0-0)

HB 2029 - Medical Marijuana, Dispensaries, Location Change

Introduced Chamber: House
Introduced Session:  Session 53rd, 1st Regular (2017)
Bill Summary: Revises Medical Marijuana statute to allow nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary to change its location to another location in the same community health analysis area
Bill Subjects:  Requirements for Medical marijuana Cultivation Facilities
Sponsors: Leach
Last Action: 1/23/2017 - House MVRA Committee action: Do Pass, voting: (5-4-0-0-0-0)

HB 2029 - Medical Marijuana, Dispensaries, Location Change

Introduced Chamber: House
Introduced Session:  Session 53rd, 1st Regular (2017)
Bill Summary: Revises Medical Marijuana statute to allow nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary to change its location to another location in the same community health analysis area
Bill Subjects:  Requirements for Medical marijuana Cultivation Facilities
Sponsors: Leach
Last Action: 1/23/2017 - House MVRA Committee action: Do Pass, voting: (5-4-0-0-0-0)

SB 1481- Appropriations; medical marijuana fund

Introduced Chamber: Senate
Introduced Session:  Session 53rd, 1st Regular (2017)
Bill Summary: Appropriations for the Medical Marijuana section of the Dept. of Health
Bill Subjects:  Appropriations
Sponsors: Mendez
Last Action: 2/2/2017- Senate Read Second time

HB 2400 - Medical Marijuana, Identification Cards, Expiration 

Introduced Chamber: House
Introduced Session:  Session 53rd, 1st Regular (2017
Bill Summary: registry cards for patients are valid for 5 years, dispensary cards and caregivers cards are only good for one year
Bill Subjects:  Identification Cards
Sponsors: Hannley
Last Action: 2/08/2017 - House read second time

Arkansas(91st General Assembly, Session Ended May 1, 2017, Special Session May 1-3 2017)

On November 8, 2016 Arkansas voters approved a medical cannabis program through a constitutional amendment. Due to the flurry of legislative activity (over 50 bills related to medical cannabis were introduced surrounding the implementation of this amendment, only the bills that became law are included below for brevity.
Act 1-To Integrate And Incorporate The Provisions Of Acts Of 2017 Into Arkansas Constitution, Amendment 98, Also Known As The "Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment Of 2016
Introduced Chamber: House
Introduced Session:  91st General Assembly, 1st Regular (2017)
Bill Summary: Integrate and incorporate the provisions of Acts 4, 438, 479, 593, 641, 670, 740, 948, 1023, 1024, 1098 and 1100 into Arkansas Constitution. 23 separate acts passed during 91st legislative session to implement Arkansas' program. 
Bill Subjects:
Sponsors: Gillam
Last Action: 5/4/2017 - Became Law
Act 1098An act to Amend Arkansas Constitution, Amendment 98, to provide for a special privilege tax, to levy special privilege tax on Medical Marijuana
Introduced Chamber: House
Introduced Session:  91st General Assembly, 1st Regular (2017)
Bill Summary: Marijuana subject to taxes as the same rate as other tangible personal property, also subject to special privilege tax of 4% from gross receipts or gross proceeds, tax is paid by cultivation facility, dispensary or other marijuana business
Bill Subjects: Taxation
Sponsors: House
Last Action: 4/10/2017 - Became Law
Act 1024 - An act to Amend Arkansas Constitution, Amendment 98, to require a dispensary to make vaporizers available for qualifying patients and to appoint a pharmacist consultant
Introduced Chamber: House
Introduced Session:  91st General Assembly, 1st Regular (2017)
Bill Summary: Provides Arrest protection for pharmacist who are working with medical marijuana dispensaries as consultants, prohibits certain paraphernalia that requires combustion, requires dispensaries to make vaporizers available for qualifying patients, requires appointment of pharmacist consultant
Bill Subjects: Vaporizers, Pharmacist Consultants
Sponsors: Penzo
Last Action: 4/07/2017 - Became Law
Act 642 - An act to amend the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment of 2016, to add a licensure procedure for transporters, distributors and processors 
Introduced Chamber: House
Introduced Session:  91st General Assembly, 1st Regular (2017)
Bill Summary:sets up licensing procedure for transporters, distributors, and processors
Bill Subjects: Licensing 
Sponsors: House
Last Action: 3/24/2017 - Became Law
Act 1023 - An act to amend the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment of 2016, to add a licensure procedure for transporters, distributors and processors 
Introduced Chamber: House
Introduced Session:  91st General Assembly, 1st Regular (2017)
Bill Summary:To Enact Certain Prohibitions Regarding Medical Marijuana; And To Amend The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment Of 2016 Regarding The Rules Involving Packaging, Labeling, And Dosing Of Usable Marijuana, no vending machines, who dispensaries can not dispense too, edible restrictions, and child proof packaging
Bill Subjects: Labeling and Dosage
Sponsors: Lundstrom
Last Action: 3/24/2017 - Became Law
Act 4 - An act to amend the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment of 2016 regarding the dates for rule-making and the date to begin accepting applications for dispensaries and cultivation facilities
Introduced Chamber: House
Introduced Session:  91st General Assembly, 1st Regular (2017)
Bill Summary: Dept of Health has 180 days from effective date to develop rules for accepting applications, the Medical marijuana Commission can begin to accept applications on July 1, 2017
Bill Subjects: Effective Dates
Sponsors: House
Last Action: 1/24/2017 - Became Law
Act 740-An act to amend the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment of 2016 to prohibit the smoking of marijuana in any location in Arkansas
Introduced Chamber: House
Introduced Session:  91st General Assembly, 1st Regular (2017)
Bill Summary: Creates restrictions as to where individuals can use marijuana, prohibits public smoking or consumption, prohibits operating vehicle under the influence
Bill Subjects: Effective Dates
Sponsors: Lundstrom
Last Action: 3/29/2017 - Became Law
Act 670-An act to amend the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment of 2016 regarding taxation and distribution of proceeds, create various funds for implementation of Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment
Introduced Chamber: House
Introduced Session:  91st General Assembly, 1st Regular (2017)
Bill Summary: Marijuana subject to all state and local sales tax as other goods, any revenues shall be transferred for Arkansas Medical marijuana Implementation and Operations fund
Bill Subjects: Taxation
Sponsors: Lundstrom
Last Action: 3/28/2017 - Became Law
Act 593-To amend the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment of 2016 regarding Employee Protections and Employee Safety
Introduced Chamber: House
Introduced Session:  91st General Assembly, 1st Regular (2017)
Bill Summary: An employer shall not discriminate in hiring, termination or any other condition of employment for a applicant or employee's status as a past or present patient or caregiver, employers may still establish workplace drug policies
Bill Subjects:Employee Protections, Labor
Sponsors: Wing
Last Action: 3/23/2017 - Became Law
Act 906 -An Act for the Department of Finance and Administration - Medical Marijuana Commission for the 2017-2018 Year
Introduced Chamber: Senate
Introduced Session:  91st General Assembly, 1st Regular (2017)
Bill Summary: Sets budget for 2017-2018 Medical Marijuana Commission 
Bill Subjects:Appropriations 
Sponsors: House
Last Action: 4/5/2017 - Became Law 
Act 479-To Amend The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment of 2016 Regarding the Arkansas National Guard and the United States Military 
Introduced Chamber: House
Introduced Session:  91st General Assembly, 1st Regular (2017)
Bill Summary: Designated caregivers  and qualifying patients cannot be current members of US military nor can they be members of Arkansas national guard
Bill Subjects: Military/Veterans
Sponsors: Drown
Last Action: 3/16/2017 - Became Law 
Act 638To Amend The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment of 2016 Regarding the Creation of the Medical Marijuana Commission 
Introduced Chamber: House
Introduced Session:  91st General Assembly, 1st Regular (2017)
Bill Summary: Creates Medical marijuana Commission
Bill Subjects: Finance
Sponsors: House
Last Action: 3/24/2017 - Became Law 
Act 948 To Amend The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment Of 2016; And To Require Reporting Of Qualifying Patients And Marijuana Dispensing Data To The Arkansas All-payer Claims Database 
Introduced Chamber: House
Introduced Session:  91st General Assembly, 1st Regular (2017)
Bill Summary: Requires the reporting of qualifying patients and Marijuana dispensing data to the Arkansas All- Payer Claims Database
Bill Subjects: Privacy
Sponsors: Sanders
Last Action: 4/6/2017 - Became Law
Act 640 To Amend The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment Of 2016; And To Authorize Regulation Of Advertising, Marketing, Packaging, And Promotion Of Dispensaries And Cultivation Facilities.
Introduced Chamber: House
Introduced Session:  91st General Assembly, 1st Regular (2017)
Bill Summary: Requires rule-making for oversight of dispensaries and cultivation facilities as well as advertising regulations, and childproof packaging regulations
Bill Subjects: Advertising and Marketing
Sponsors: House
Last Action: 3/24/2017 - Became Law
Act 545 To Amend The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment Of 2016; And To Add Criminal Background Check Procedures.
Introduced Chamber: House
Introduced Session:  91st General Assembly, 1st Regular (2017)
Bill Summary: Criminal Background check for caregivers, and applicants for dispensaries and cultivation centers, includes fingerprints and releasing relevant information to state and federal agencies
Bill Subjects: Criminal Background Checks
Sponsors: House
Last Action: 3/21/2017 - Became Law
Act 5 To Amend The Definition Of "written Certification" Within The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment Of 2016; And To Specify That An Application For A Registry Identification Card Is Not A Medical Record.
Introduced Chamber: House
Introduced Session:  91st General Assembly, 1st Regular (2017)
Bill Summary: Defines written certification as an  assessment of qualifying patients condition in the course of patient physician relationship that a patient has  a qualifying medical condition, defines  applications for cards as records exempt from the Freedom of Information Act
Bill Subjects: Privacy Protections 
Sponsors: House
Last Action: 1/24/2017 - Became Law
Act 639 - To Amend The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment Of 2016 Regarding The Authority To Collect Fines For Violations Of The Rules Adopted. 
Introduced Chamber: House
Introduced Session:  91st General Assembly, 1st Regular (2017)
Bill Summary: Gives Department of Health authority to collect fees and fines for violations of rules established by the Medical Marijuana Commission
Bill Subjects: Fines
Sponsors: House
Last Action: 3/24/2017 - Became Law
Act 594-  To Amend The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment Of 2016 Regarding Expiration Dates Of Licenses And Registry Identification Cards.
Introduced Chamber: House
Introduced Session:  91st General Assembly, 1st Regular (2017)
Bill Summary: Sets fees and expiration cards for identification cards for dispensary and cultivation facility agents
Bill Subjects: Identification Cards
Sponsors: House
Last Action: 3/23/2017 - Became Law
Act 544To Amend The Definition Of "excluded Felony Offense" Within The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment Of 2016.
Introduced Chamber: House
Introduced Session:  91st General Assembly, 1st Regular (2017)
Bill Summary: Clarifies definition of felony offense as it appears  in the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment
Bill Subjects: Criminal Procedure
Sponsors: House
Last Action: 3/23/2017 - Became Law
Act 1100 - To Amend The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment Of 2016; And To Establish Certain Security And Safety Requirements For Cultivation Facilities Licensed In This State.
Introduced Chamber: House
Introduced Session:  91st General Assembly, 1st Regular (2017)
Bill Summary: Establishes security requirements for cultivation facilities
Bill Subjects: Security and Safety Requirements
Sponsors: Gray
Last Action: 4/10/2017 - Became Law
Act 440 - Concerning the Department of Health's Potential Future Recognition of A legal Marijuana-Derived Schedule V Controlled Substance Prescription
Introduced Chamber: House
Introduced Session:  91st General Assembly, 1st Regular (2017)
Bill Summary: If a marijuana derived substance is rescheduled or rescheduled, Arkansas  will consider recommendation
Bill Subjects: Controlled Substances Act
Sponsors: Boyd
Last Action: 3/9/2017 - Became Law
Act 1022 - To Amend The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment Of 2016; And To Authorize Acquisition Of Seeds, Cuttings, Clones, And Plants By A Cultivation Facility
Introduced Chamber: House
Introduced Session:  91st General Assembly, 1st Regular (2017)
Bill Summary: Importation of seeds, cuttings, clones, or plants by a dispensary or cultivation facility shall not be prosecuted in Arkansas  state Courts
Bill Subjects: Agriculture, Interstate Commerce
Sponsors: House
Last Action: 4/07/2017 - Became Law
Act 438 - To Amend The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment Of 2016 To Prohibit Tele-Medicine as the Method by which a Qualifying Patient Obtains a Written Certification 
Introduced Chamber: House
Introduced Session:  91st General Assembly, 1st Regular (2017)
Bill Summary: Prohibits physicians from issuing certifications through tele-medicine
Bill Subjects: Written Certifications
Sponsors: Ferguson
Last Action: 3/9/2017 - Became Law
Act 587 - To Amend The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment Of 2016 Regarding A Temporary License For A Dispensary Or Cultivation Facility 
Introduced Chamber: House
Introduced Session:  91st General Assembly, 1st Regular (2017)
Bill Summary: Provides rules for temporary licensing for control of licensing of dispensaries and cultivation facilities
Bill Subjects: Licensing 
Sponsors: House
Last Action: 3/23/2017 - Became Law
Act 641 - To Amend The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment Of 2016; to Authorize the Transfer of a License for Dispensaries and Cultivation Facilities
Introduced Chamber: House
Introduced Session:  91st General Assembly, 1st Regular (2017)
Bill Summary: Only allows transfer of a dispensary or cultivation license to a natural person
Bill Subjects: Licensing 
Sponsors: House
Last Action: 3/24/2017 - Became Law

California

Colorado (The First Session of the 71st General Assembly Concluded on May 10, 2017. The Second Session will resume in January 2018)

Colorado voters passed Amendment 64 in November 2012 leading to legalization in 2014. The bills included below are only those that impact Colorado's Medical Cannabis Program. 
HB 1034- Concerning licensing changes to medical marijuana code to conform with the retail marijuana code
Introduced Chamber: Senate
Introduced Session:  71st General Assembly (1st Session 2017)
Bill Summary: Licensing changes to conform the medical marijuana code with the retail marijuana code. Allows medical marijuana licensee to move business anywhere in Colorado upon approval of state and local jurisdictions
Bill Subjects:  Liquor, Tobacco, Marijuana 
Sponsor: Pabon
Last Action: 3/16/2017 - Governor Signed, Became Law
SB 017 Allow Medical Marijuana Use for Stress Disorders
Introduced Chamber: Senate
Introduced Session:  71st General Assembly (1st Session 2017)
Bill Summary: Adds affirmative defense, post traumatic stress disorder as a qualifying condition
Bill Subjects:  Liquor, Tobacco, Marijuana, Qualifying Conditions
Sponsor: Aguilar
Last Action: 5/1/2017 - Sent to Governor
SB 192 Marijuana Business Efficiency Measures
Introduced Chamber: Senate
Introduced Session:  71st General Assembly (1st Session 2017)
Bill Summary: Allows medical and retail marijuana stores to apply for delivery capability, allows single instance transfer of marijuana from retail store to medical licensee on based of need, allows the use of an average market rate in calculating taxes
Bill Subjects:  Liquor, Tobacco, Marijuana, Qualifying Conditions
Sponsor: Neville
Last Action: 5/9/2017 - Senate considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur- Repass
HB 1367- Authorize Marijuana Clinical Research
Introduced Chamber: House
Introduced Session:  71st General Assembly (1st Session 2017)
Bill Summary: Creates a marijuana  research and development license that allows production of marijuana for research purposes. Researcher may only sell marijuana it grows to other researchers, may contract with public higher education entity
Bill Subjects: Marijuana Research
Sponsor: Pabon
Last Action: 5/10/2017 - Senate considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur- Repass
HB 1367Authorize Marijuana Clinical Research
Introduced Chamber: House
Introduced Session:  71st General Assembly (1st Session 2017)
Bill Summary: Creates a marijuana  research and development license that allows production of marijuana for research purposes. Researcher may only sell marijuana it grows to other researchers, may contract with public higher education entity
Bill Subjects: Marijuana Research
Sponsor: Pabon
Last Action: 5/9/2017 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
SB 275Marijuana Pesticides Test Medical Effectiveness
Introduced Chamber: Senate
Introduced Session:  71st General Assembly (1st Session 2017)
Bill Summary: Concerning marijuana, and, in connection therewith, authorizing research regarding the safety and efficacy of medical marijuana and the safe and effective use of pesticides and establishing interim standards for the use of pesticides, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
Bill Subjects: Environmental Regulation
Sponsor: Baumgardner
Last Action: 5/9/2017 House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Postpone Indefinitely 
SB 211-  Medical Marijuana Inventory Shortfall Fixes
Introduced Chamber: Senate
Introduced Session: 71st General Assembly (1st Session 2017)
Bill Summary: Colorado's market is vertically integrated, though a medical marijuana center can buy or sell from another medical center for up to 30% of its inventory. The bill changes the limit from 30% to 50%.
Bill Subjects: Inventory amounts
Sponsor: Neville
Last Action: 5/5/2017 - House Considered Senate Adherence- Result was to Recede
HB 1220- Prevent Marijuana Diversion to Illegal Market
Introduced Chamber: House
Introduced Session: 71st General Assembly (1st Session 2017)
Bill Summary: Places a cap on a number of plants that can be grown on a residential property at 16 unless local jurisdiction allows for more
Bill Subjects: Diversion
Sponsor: Neville
Last Action: 5/5/2017 - House Considered Senate Adherence- Result was to Recede
SB 178 - Marijuana Use of Condition of Bond
Introduced Chamber: House
Introduced Session: 71st General Assembly (1st Session 2017)
Bill Summary: Bill prohibits a court from imposing bond as a condition a ban on marijuana use if the person possesses a valid medical marijuana registry identification card
Bill Subjects: Criminal Justice
Sponsor: Marble
Last Action: 4/6/2017- Governor Signed, Became Law

Connecticut

HB 06551 - An act concerning a study of Consumer Access to Marijuana for palliative Use
Introduced Chamber: House
Introduced Session: 2017 General Assembly
Bill Summary: To establish a task force to study consumer access to marijuana for palliative use to evaluate supply and demand pricing of such marijuana
Bill Subjects: Research
Sponsor: House of Representatives Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee 
Last Action: 5/9/2017 File Number 732
HB 07182 - An Act Waiving Certain Fees for Veterans Who Are Qualifying Patients for the Palliative Use of Marijuana 
Introduced Chamber: House
Introduced Session: 2017 General Assembly
Bill Summary: To waive the registration and administration fees for veterans who are qualifying patients for the palliative use of marijuana
Bill Subjects: Veterans' Affairs
Sponsor: House of Representatives Veterans' Affairs Committee
Last Action: 3/28/2017 Referred by House to Committee on Fiance, Revenue and Bonding
HB 5931 - An Act Removing Marijuana-related convictions as a Barrier to Obtaining a Marijuana-related Business License
Introduced Chamber: House
Introduced Session: 2017 General Assembly
Bill Summary: To remove past marijuana-related convictions as a barrier to obtaining a marijuana-related business license
Bill Subjects: Criminal Justice
Sponsor: Tercyak
Last Action: 1/26/2017 Change of Reference, Senate to Committee on Judiciary 
HB 06950 -  An Act Concerning State Palliative Marijuana Reciprocity
Introduced Chamber: House
Introduced Session: 2017 General Assembly
Bill Summary: To remove past marijuana-related convictions as a barrier to obtaining a marijuana-related business license
Bill Subjects: Reciprocity
Sponsor: Tercyak
Last Action: 2/6/2017 Change of Reference, Senate to Committee on General Law
HB 6198 -  An Act Concerning Driving While Under the Influence of Marijuana
Introduced Chamber: House
Introduced Session: 2017 General Assembly
Bill Summary: To mirror Colorado law by establishing a minimum amount of marijuana in blood to obtain a conviction for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of marijuana 
Bill Subjects: Driving Under the Influence
Sponsor: O'Dea
Last Action: 1/20/2017 Referred to Joint Committee on Judiciary 
SB 00866 -  An Act Concerning Cannabidiol Prescription Medication
Introduced Chamber:Senate
Introduced Session: 2017 General Assembly
Bill Summary: To Provide Potential treatment for children and adults with epilepsy. If an investigation CBD product is rescheduled federally to act as a prescription medication it will also be recognized as prescription medication in CT.
Bill Subjects: CBD
Sponsor: House of Representatives General Law Committee
Last Action: 1/20/2017 Referred to Joint Committee on Judiciary 

Delaware

HB 74 -  An Act to Amend Title 16 Of The Delaware Code Relating to Designated Caregivers for A minor Qualifying patient under the Medical Marijuana Act
Introduced Chamber: House
Introduced Session: 149th General Assembly
Bill Summary: A minor child, that is a qualifying patient may need, in addition to their parents a designated caregiver who is not the parent when the parents work and and cannot regularly get to school to administer medicine
Bill Subjects: Caregivers
Sponsor: Ramone
Last Action: 3/29/2017 Tabled in Committee
SB 24 An Act to Amend Title 16 of the Delaware Code Relating to Medical Marijuana
Introduced Chamber: House
Introduced Session: 149th General Assembly
Bill Summary: This act removes the requirement that a psychiatrist be the physician who signs the written certification in support of an applicant's application and adds anxiety to the list of debilitating conditions which a person can have to be eligible for medical marijuana. 
Bill Subjects: Qualifying Conditions
Sponsor: Henry
Last Action: 3/16/2017 Introduced and Assigned to Health, Children & Social Services Committee in Senate
DE HB 11- An act to Amend Title 31 of the Delaware Code Relating to to Eligibility for Public Assistance
Introduced Chamber: House
Introduced Session: 149th General Assembly
Bill Summary: This act removes the prohibition against receipt of TANF funds by persons convicted of a drug felony, so long as that person is otherwise eligible for TANF assistance
Bill Subjects: Public Assistance
Bill Sponsor: Bentz
Last Action: Passed by Senate Vote: 18 Yes 3 Absent
Florida (2017 Regular Session ended on May 5th, 2017)
In November 2016, Florida voters approved Amendment 2 which directed the Florida Legislature to develop a comprehensive medical cannabis program. Members of the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Senate could not reach an agreement about the implementation of a medical cannabis program before the legislative session ended. There have been calls for a special legislative session, but as of May 24, 2017, no special session has been scheduled. If the Florida Legislature does not reconvene, the Florida Department of Health will be responsible for developing and implementing the state's medical cannabis program. The state is supposedly to begin issuing patient ID cards by October 3, 2017. 
H1397 Medical Use of Marijuana
Introduced Chamber: House
Introduced Session: 2017 Regular Session
Bill Summary: Providing an exemption from the state tax on sales, use, and other transaction for marijuana and marijuana delivery devices used for medical purposes; providing requirements for designating a qualified physician or medical director; requiring the Department of Health to issue certain licenses to a certain number of medical marijuana treatment centers; requiring the Department to establish, maintain, and control a computer seed-to-sale marijuana tracking system; establishing the Coalition for Medical Marijuana Research within the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Center
Bill Subjects: Medical Marijuana Program
Bill Sponsor: House of Delgates Health and Human Services Committee
Last Action: 5/5/2017 Died in House
S614 - Florida Medical Marijuana Act
Introduced Chamber: Senate
Introduced Session: 2017 Regular Session
Bill Summary: Creating the "Florida Medical Marijuana Act:; authorizing a qualifying patient or his or her caregiver to purchase, acquire, and posses up to the allowed amount of marijuana, medical marijuana products, and associated paraphernalia for qualifying patient's medical use; providing that a physician must certify, on a specified form, that a patient is suffering from a debilitating medical condition and that the benefits to the patient of using marijuana outweigh the potential health risks before a patient may registered with the department and obtain a registry card; requiring that the department create a secure, online, electronic medical marijuana patient registry containing a file specified information for each qualifying patient, caregiver and certifying physician etc. 
Bill Subjects: Medical Marijuana Program
Bill Sponsor: Brandes
Last Action: 5/5/2017 Died in Healthy Policy 
H7095 - Public Record Medical Marijuana Use Registry
Introduced Chamber: House
Introduced Session: 2017 Legislative Session
Bill Summary: Exempts from public records requirements personal information of patients, caregivers, & physicians held by DPH in medical marijuana use registry & information related to physician's certification for marijuana & dispensing thereof; authorizes specifed persons & entities access to exempt information; requires that information released from registry remain confidential and exempt; provides criminal penalty; provides for future legislative review & exemption & discuss bills through the process
Bill Subjects: Patient Privacy
Bill Sponsor: House of Delegates Health and Human Services Committee
Last Action: 5/5/2017 Died in House
S406- Compassionate Use of Low-THC Cannabis and Marijuana
Introduced Chamber: Senate
Introduced Session: 2017 Regular Session
Bill Summary: Authorizing physicians to issue physician certifications to specified patients who meet certain conditions; requiring the Department of Health to register caregivers meeting certain requirements on the compassionate use registry; requiring the department to establish a quality control program that requires medical marijuana treatment centers to submit samples from each batch or lot of marijuana to an independent testing laboratory; creating the Medical Marijuana research and Education Act; establishing the coalition for Medical Marijuana Research and Education  within the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute. 
Bill Subjects: Medical Marijuana Program
Bill Sponsor: Senate Appropriations Committee
Last Action: Laid on Table, Refer to HB 1397

Georgia (2017 Session Ended March 31, 2017)

SB 16- Low THC Oil; Definition; Provisions relating to conditions for eligible use; change
Introduced Chamber: Senate
Introduced Session: 2017 Regular Session
Bill Summary:  A bill to be entitled an Act to amend article 8 of Chapter 12 of Title 16 and Code Section 31-2a-18 of the official code of Georgia Annotated, related to the regulation of low THC oil and the establishment of the low THC oil registry, definitions, purpose, registration cards, quarterly reports, and waiver forms. Changes conditions eligible for use of low THC oil. Adds tourette's, autism, epidermolysis bullosa, Alzheimer, AIDS, peripheral neuropathy. Loosens some of the residency requirements
Bill Subjects: CBD Oil
Bill Sponsor: Watson
Last Action: 5/9/2017 Passed, Became law
HR36- Medical Cannabis; production and sale to certain individuals for medical usage; authorize
Introduced Chamber: House
Introduced Session: 2017 Legislative Session
Bill Summary: A resolution proposing an amendment to the Consitution so as to authorize the Georgia General Assembly to provide for by law the regulation of the production of cannabis and sale of medical cannabis to certian individuals for medical usage as provided by law; to provide that the fees paid from the production of cannabis and state tax proceeds from the sale of medical cannabis be dedicated; etc.
Bill Subjects: Constitutional Amendment
Last Action: 1/24/17 House Second Reading
SR317- Georgia Congressional Delegation and US Congress; Authorize Study of Medical Marijuana in Georgia
Introduced Chamber: Senate
Introduced Session: 2017 Regular Session
Bill Summary: This resolution calls on Georgia's Congressional delegation and the US Congress to amend the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 as to authorize the study of medical marijuana in Georgia
Bill subjects: Congressional Resolution
Last Action: 2/27/2017 Senate read and Referred
SB 296- Controlled Substances Therapeutic Relief Act
Introduced Chamber: Senate
Introduced Session: 2017 Regular Session
Bill Summary: A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Title 31 of the O.C.G.A., so as to repeal the Low THC Oil Patient Registry; to amend Chapter 34 of Title 43 of the O.C.G.A., relating to physicians, acupuncture, physician assistants, cancer and glaucoma treatment, respiratory care, clinical perfusionists, and orthotics and prosthetic practice, so as to repeal provisions relating to use of marijuana for treatment of cancer and glaucoma and provide for medical use of marijuana; to provide for additional debilitating conditions; to provide for the automatic registration of individuals registered under former Code Section 31-2A-18; to provide for funding; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.
Bill Subject: CBD Oil
Bill Sponsor: Thompson
Last Action: 3/22/2017 Senate Read and Referred
Hawai'i(29th Legislature ended on May 4, 2017)
HB 1488-  Relating to Medical Marijuana
Introduced Chamber: House
Introduced Session: 29th Legislature 2017
Bill summary: Adds qualifying medical conditions for medical marijuana patients and permits possession of additional plants. Amends requirements for and access to testing. Extends Deadlines related to implementation of dispensary system. Amends security, information tacking, and access requirements for licensed facilities. Clarifies DOH regulatory authority. Authorizes additional retail dispensing locations and plants for existing licenses. 
Bill Sponsor: Della Au Belatti
Bill Subject: Qualifying Conditions
Last Action: 5/3/2017- Sent to Governor 
SB1159- Relating to Medical Marijuana
Introduced  Chamber: Senate
Introduced Session: 29th Legislature 2017
Bill Summary: Establishes the Office of Medical Marijuana Administration in DOH to administer marijuana dispensary licensing and regulation, and patient registration. Limits each location used to cultivate marijuana to use by five qualifying patients. Authorizes primary caregivers to cultivate marijuana for qualifying patients until December 31, 2020. Extends civil service exemptions. Extends interim rule making authority. Authorizes an alternate medical marijuana dispensary tracking system for use when the DOH computer system is nonfunctional and requires DOH to report to the legislative oversight working group. Adds considerations for establishing marijuana testing standards and selecting additional dispensary licensees. Allows DOH to consider whether existing dispensary licensees shall be allowed to increase plant count, increase the number of production centers or increase the number of retail dispensing locations
Bill Sponsor: Baker
Last Action: 2/17/2017 Report Adopted; passed second reading, as amended and referred to WAM
SB173- Relating to Medical Marijuana
Introduced Chamber: Senate
Introduced Session: 29th Legislature 2017
Bill Summary: clarifies that an adequate supply of medical marijuana authorized for possession by qualifying patient and the primary caregiver includes seven plants that are at least 12 inches in height or width and seven marijuana seedlings that are less than twelve inches in height and width. Authorizes primary caregivers to continue cultivating marijuana for qualifying patients until Dec. 1 3202. Defines edible cannabis products as manufacture cannabis that is intended to be used in whole or in part for human consumption and provides manufacturing requirements for edible cannabis products. Allows dispensaries to begin distributing edibles July 1, 2018
Bill Sponsor: Espero
Last Action: 2/16/2017 - Report Adopted; Passed Second Reading
HB836- Relating to Marijuana
Introduced House: House
Introduced Session: 29th Legislature 2017
Bill summary: Authorizes the inter-island transportation of marijuana by medicinal marijuana patients and caregivers. 
Bill Sponsor: Joy San Buenaventura
Bill Subject: Commerce
Last Action: 2/9/2017 Passed second reading as Amended in HD 1
SB 845- Relating to Medical Marijuana Collective
Introduced Chamber: Session
Introduced Session: 29th Legislature 2017
Bill Summary: Authorizes certification and regulation of medical marijuana collectives compromising  qualifying patients
Bill Sponsor: Ruderman
Bill Subject: Collectives
Last Action: 1/23/2017
HB662- Relating to Marijuana
Introduced Chamber: House
Introduced Session: 29th Legislature 2017
Bill Summary: Authorizes the director of health to establish maximum retail for medical marijuana and manufactured marijuana products. Delays authority to establish medical marijuana price controls until 7/1/2018
Bill Sponsor: Oshiro
Subject: Pricing
Last Action: 1/25/2017 Referred to HLT
HB1360- Relating to Manufactured Marijuana Products
Introduced Chamber: House
Introduced Session: 29th Legislature 2017
Bill summary: Expands the range of manufactured products that may be produced and sold to include certain edible products. Authorizes 8 companies to partner with medical marijuana dispensaries to produce manufactured marijuana products, subject to certain conditions. Establishes manufacturing, handling and packaging manufactured marijuana products.
Bill Sponsor: Souki
Bill Subject: Packaging
Last Action: 2/16/2017 The Committee on HLT recommends that the measure be deferred
HR19-  Requesting the US DEA remove marijuana from Schedule I of the CSA and Reschedule Marijuana to Any Schedule other than I for purposes of the Medically Controlled Use of Marijuana
Introduced Chamber: House
Introduced Session: 29th Legislature 2017
Bill Summary:
Bill Sponsor: Joy San Buenaventura
Bill Subject: Rescheduling
Last Action: 2/15/2017 Referred to HLT
SB174- Relating to Medical Marijuana
Introduced Chamber: Senate
Introduced Session: 29th Legislature 2017
Bill Summary: Amends the definition of debilitating medical condition to include lupus, epilepsy, MS, and arthritis as conditions that qualify for the medical use of marijuana
Bill Sponsor: Espero
Bill Subject: Qualifying conditions
Last Action: 4/21/2017 The conference committee deferred the measure
HB 922- Relating to Marijuana
Introduced Chamber: House
Introduced Session: 29th Legislature 2017
Bill Summary: Requires the DCCA to submit annual report regarding physician discipline related to medical marijuana certifications. Requires the DOH to submit monthly report on medical marijuana certifications. Requires HI medical board to investigate potential misconduct regarding medical marijuana, take appropriate disciplinary action and submit annual report
Bill Sponsor: Oshiro
Bill Subject: Physician Requirements
Last Action: 1/27/2017 Referred to HLT
SB786- Relating to Medical Marijuana
Introduced Chamber: House
Introduced Session: 29th Legislature
Bill Summary: Amends HI revised statutes and HI administrative rules to substitute  references to "medical marijuana" and terms like terms with "medical cannabis". Requires DOh to make all conforming revisions to administrative rules upon their next amendment and to other documents and items by Dec 31 2019
Bill Sponsor: Gabbard
Bill Subject: Change of Terminology
Last Action: 5/4/2017 Enrolled to Governor 
SB325 Relating to Medical Marijuana
Introduced Chamber: House
Introduced Session: 29th Legislature 2017
Bill Summary: Specifies that 10% of general excise tax revenues collected from medical marijuana dispensaries and 10% of gross income generated by each entity that holds a medical marijuana dispensary license shall be allocated to mental health and substance abuse special fund to be used for the payment of the operating expenses of mental health and substance abuse programs operated by the state.
Bill Sponsor: Keith-agaran
Bill Subject: Taxation
Last action: 2/13/17 Senate report adopted; passed second reading, as amended and referred to WAM\
SB1245- Relating to Marijuana
Introduced Chamber: Senate
Introduced Session: 29th Legislature 2017
Bill Summary: Authorizes certified laboratories to test marijuana from patients and primary caregivers.
Bill Sponsor: Espero
Bill Subject: Certified Laboratories
Last Action: 1/27/2017 Senate Referred to CPH
HB1010- Relating to Employment
Introduced Chamber: House
Introduced Session: 29th Legislature 2017
Bill Summary: makes it unlawful for any employer to suspend, discharge, or discriminate against any of the employer's employees based on the individual's status as a registered qualifying patient under the Medical Use of Marijuana Law or an employee's positive drug test for marijuana components or metabolites if the employee is a registered qualifying patient under certain qualifying conditions
Bill Sponsor: Hashem
Bill Subject: Employment Practices
SB825- Relating to Veterans
Introduced Chamber: Senate
Introduced Session: 29th Legislature 2017
Bill Summary: Exempts qualifying patients who are veterans of the United States Military from medical marijuana registration fees
Bill Sponsor: Ruderman
Bill Subject:  Registration Fees
Last Action 1/23/2017 Referred to PSM/CPH
Idaho(2017 Regular Sesion ended on March 29, 2017)
Illinois 

HR121 - Congress -Marijuana Policy
Introduced Chamber: House
Introduced Session: 100th General Assembly 2017
Bill summary: Urges Congress to amend federal law, including the CSA to explicitly allow states to set their own marijuana and hemp polices without federal interference
Bill sponsor: Lang
Bill Subject: Federalism
Last Action: Passed on May 16, 2017
SB1707- Medical Cannabis Pilot Program
Introduced Chamber: Senate
Introduced Session: 100th General Assembly 2017
Bill summary: Amends the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act. Provides that all persons providing medical cannabis related services under this act for a cultivation center shall hold a certification as a Certified Medical Cannabis Cultivator Agent. Provides that all persons proving medical cannabis services under the act for a dispensing organization shall hold certification as a certified medical cannabis dispensing organization or dispensing organization agent
Bill Sponsor: Raoul
Last Action: Senate Floor Amendment No. 2 Recommend Do Adopt Public Health; 0007-000-000

Indiana

SB0255- Establishes Medical Marijuana Program
Introduced Chamber: Senate
Introduced Session: 2017 Regular Session
Bill Summary: Medical marijuana. Establishes a medical marijuana program (program), and permits caregivers and patients who have received a physician recommendation to possess a certain quantity of marijuana for treatment of certain medical conditions. Establishes the department of marijuana enforcement (DOME) as a state agency to oversee the program, and creates the DOME advisory committee to review the effectiveness of the program and to consider recommendations from DOME. Authorizes DOME to grant research licenses to research facilities with a physical presence in Indiana. Repeals the controlled substance excise tax and the marijuana eradication program. Makes conforming amendments.
Bill Sponsor: Tallian
Bill subject: Comprehensive Marijuana Program
Last Action: 1/9/2017 First Reading, Referred to Committee on Tax and Fiscal Policy
HB1148 - Cannabidiol and treatment resistant epilepsy
Introduced Chamber: House
Introduced Session: 2017 Regular Session
Bill summary: Cannabidiol and treatment resistant epilepsy. Defines "cannabidiol" and "substance containing cannabidiol" and establishes a cannabidiol registry for certain persons for the use of a substance containing cannabidiol in the treatment of an individual with treatment resistant epilepsy. Requires the state department of health to maintain the registry. Provides that the offense of possession of paraphernalia applies to the possession of certain items used in connection with lawfully possessed cannabidiol. Establishes defenses to: (1) possession of marijuana; and (2) an allegation that a person has violated a condition of supervised release; if the charge or violation is based on the use
Bill Sponsor: Friend
Bill Subject: CBD
HB1347- Compassionate Use registry for epilepsy therapy
Introduced Chamber: House
Introduced Session: 2017 Regular Session
Bill Summary: compassionate use registry for epilepsy therapy.  Requires the state department of health to administer and enforce a compassionate use registry program. Allows for the possession of low THC cannabis for the treatment of intractable epilepsy if perscribed by a qualified physician. Establishes the compassionate use registry for the registration of physicians, patients, and a patient's parent or guardian
Bill Sponsor: Moseley
Bill Subject: CBD
Last Action: 1/12/2017 First Reading; referred to Committee on Public Policy
HB 1356- Medical Cannabis. Defines qualifying patient 
Introduced Chamber: House
Introduced Session: 2017 Regular Session
Bill Summary: Defines qualifying patient and permits a qualifying patient to use medical cannabis under certain circumstances. Requires the state of department of Health to adopt rules before July 1, 2018 concerning use, distribution, cultivation, production, and testing medical cannabis. Provides limited reciprocity for holders of nonresident medical cannabis cards. Provides immunity from civil and criminal liability for physicians who recommend the medical use of cannabis. Provides a defense to (1) arrest and (2) criminal prosecution for marijuana possession and use in certain circumstances
Bill Sponsor: Errington
Bill Subject: Qualifying Patient 
Last Action: 2/2/ 2017 Rep. Bartlett added as a co-author

 

 
 
 

South Carolina

S 212 - The South Carolina Compassionate Care Act

Introduced Chamber: Senate
Introduced Session:  Session 122 (2017-2018)
Bill Summary: Comprehensive dispensary access bill
Bill Subjects:  
Sponsors: Davis
Last Action: 01/10/17 Senate Referred to Committee on Medical Affairs

Texas

SB 269

Introduced Chamber: Senate
Introduced Session:  85(R)
Bill Summary: Relating to authorizing the possession, use, cultivation, distribution, transportation, and delivery of medical cannabis for medical use by qualifying patients with certain debilitating medical conditions and the licensing of dispensing organizations and testing facilities; authorizing fees.
Bill Subjects:  
Sponsors: Menéndez
Last Action: Filed 12/6/16

Virginia

SB 2017

Introduced Chamber: Senate
Introduced Session:  2017 Session
Bill Summary: Cannabidiol oil and THC-A oil; permitting of pharmaceutical processors to manufacture and provide.
Bill Subjects:  
Sponsors: David W. Marsden (chief patron)
Last Action: 01/04/17 Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health

SB 1298

Introduced Chamber: Senate
Introduced Session:  85(R)
Bill Summary: Possession or distribution of marijuana for medical purposes; affirmative defense for treatment of certain conditions. Provides an affirmative defense to prosecution for possession of marijuana if a person has a valid written certification issued by a practitioner for cannabidiol oil or THC-A oil for treatment of, or to alleviate the symptoms of, cancer, glaucoma, human immunodeficiency virus, acquired immune deficiency syndrome, hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Crohn's disease, Alzheimer's disease, nail patella, cachexia or wasting syndrome, multiple sclerosis, or complex regional pain syndrome. Under current law, only the treatment of intractable epilepsy is covered by the affirmative defense.
Bill Subjects:  
Sponsors: Jill Holtzman Vogel (chief patron)
Last Action: 01/10/17 Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice

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