Marijuana Legalization Update – News from Nebraska, Louisiana, Hawaii, New Mexico, and South Carolina
Here are the latest updates on cannabis legalization in the US.
A few weeks ago, Hawaiian lawmakers unanimously voted on a proposal to ensure that the state’s medical cannabis program is under state jurisdiction. With the approval of this resolution, the federal government will no longer be involved in the implementation of the medical program.
Moreso, with this bill, the cannabis market is now excluded from all DEA regulations.
The US Drug Enforcement Administration must not interfere in the operation of the medical cannabis program.
The Senate must obtain a petition clarifying that state-level legislation does not override federal drug laws in any way.
In addition, the Senate independently requested a thorough investigation into the medicinal benefits of “magical” psilocybin mushrooms. This investigation is to be carried out by state officials. Sooner or later, plans will be made to give adult patients access to these medicinal mushrooms. Despite the fact that the bill to legalize this mushroom has been in place since January, it has stalled.
In April there was a failed attempt to legalize recreational marijuana. This Senate-approved bill could not bypass a House committee before its deadline. The Hawaiian House was unable to pass the modified bill that would raise the cannabis threshold for adult patients from three to 30 grams.
The tides seem to be changing as the latest survey by JMC Analytics clearly shows that residents of the state are in favor of legalizing cannabis. The surveys show that support for the drug has increased to 67%, up from 54% last year.
The percentage of the state’s residents who believe that medicinal and recreational cannabis must be banned has decreased from 8% to 4%.
Despite the legalization of medical cannabis in 1991 for technical reasons, reforms began in 2015. The state actively began creating legal programs for the cultivation and distribution of cannabis for medical patients.
In late April 2021, a bill sponsored by Rep Richard Nelson was presented to the House. The bill includes a proposal to legalize adult cannabis.
Several representatives expressed divided views. Rep. Scott Mcknight (R) said he was torn between voting for the bill or rejecting it. But he was one of three Republicans who sent the proposal from the House Committee. He claimed his voice was influenced by public opinion.
The proposal will be discussed with the whole House in a few weeks, as the bill received a landslide vote.
All hopes for medical cannabis legalization this year could be dashed.
On May 12th, the Nebraska Legislature had a vote to determine the next course of action for the Medical Cannabis Legalization Act. The session ended in a deadlock.
The bill had previously been revised to appeal to the unicameral legislature. Even so, it couldn’t garner enough votes to get past the filibuster.
Only two more votes were required to beat the filibuster on Wednesday – 31 Cloture votes were received.
Senator Anna Wishart asked other members on the floor to approve the bill. She stressed that patients in the state also need access to medical cannabis.
In her words, she stated that it was difficult to find someone who didn’t know a person who had benefited from the medicinal benefits of cannabis.
As expected, the public was disappointed with how things turned out. It looks like 2019 again. There is a high probability that the bill was effectively closed. It is now up to the campaign initiatives to collect enough votes to put the bill on the ballot in 2022.
Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham is known for her support for cannabis reforms. It was no shock when she signed the approved initiatives on April 12th.
Both insiders are independent cannabis measures that have been approved by both the New Mexico House and the Senate.
The first measure concerns the legalization of cannabis possession. It decriminalizes the possession, production, and sale of cannabis in the state. While the second measure intends to clear previous records of low-ranking cannabis offenders.
This is an important achievement by the Michelle Tenure. It paves the way for a progressive economy in the state. Thousands of well-paying jobs will be created in the coming years.
In the official press release, the governor pledged to increase consumer safety and ensure that New Mexico’s economic future is changed for the better. This legalization will help reverse the drastic impact of the pandemic on the economy.
New Mexicans will benefit greatly from this billion dollar project.
The state cannabis regulatory committee will be set up by September at the latest.
The Senate Medical Affairs Committee approved a medical cannabis bill. This happened after the bill had changed dramatically. The bill is a proposal for special patients in South Carolina to source and store up to two ounces of cannabis every two weeks.
The bill will be discussed in-house and a full vote will be carried out in a few days.
Senator Davis is sponsoring this bill. He made it clear that at least 70 percent of South Carolina residents want access to medical cannabis treatments. The invoice is intended for medical purposes only.
Senator Davis ensures that the bill is not a means of legalizing recreational cannabis.
The bill has been popularly referred to as the most conservative cannabis bill in the United States. One of the provisions in the bill is that all cannabis products permitted under this bill will not be smoked.
In the words of the senator; The bill aims to put these reliever drugs in the hands of the people who need them. In no way does it endorse the use of marijuana by adults.
More updates will be released as soon as we receive them.
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