Cannabis supporters all across the globe are continuing to fight the good fight towards legalization. Here’s a roundup of the good, the bad, and the unexpected in cannabis legislation this week:U.S. Updates
Alaska lawmakers are hoping to fast track a decriminalization bill, but the language seems to be causing a ruckus among legalization advocates. Technically, cannabis has already been decriminalized in Alaska for private, personal use for years. The language of the new bill provides a legal defense in court for those who may prosecuted for possession, but also creates penalties for minors, as well as an “open container” law pertaining to open containers of cannabis in the car while driving.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is hoping to pass this bill before February 24th (when retail legalization officially comes into effect), but it looks to be on hold for a rewrite. But on the bright side, retail legalization in Alaska is less than a month away! That’s cause for celebration in my book!
A multitude of legislators from Delaware have introduced legislation that would replace Delaware’s criminal penalty for marijuana possession with a simple civil fine, similar to a parking ticket. House Bill 39 was introduced by Representative Helene Keeley after a similar bill cleared the House committee but died in the House without being subject to a full debate before the end of the legislative session.
Governor Jack Markell has signaled his support for the measure alongside 12 other Democratic members of the General Assembly. The Cannabis Bureau of Delaware praised the support for the legislation, but said the ultimate goal is for a taxed and regulated market for cannabis.
Medical marijuana licensing in Illinois looks to be facing further delays in implementation. Former Governor Pat Quinn seems to have left office without awarding any promised state licenses to growers or dispensaries but, for one final act as governor, signed new legislation to impose stricter penalties on those found in violation of the new medical marijuana laws.
Previously, the only penalty would be to revoke one’s license. Now, the state can impose fines and harsher penalties, while anyone associated with medical marijuana, including patients and caregivers, must face thorough background checks before they are allowed access to cannabis. Adding insult to injury on the way out, huh?
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