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Weekly State Medical Marijuana Law Update

Posted by Jason Draizin on 04/01/2011 in Medical Marijuana Laws


Happy Friday! There’s been a lot of action in the realm of medical marijuana laws lately, and we thought we’d take a moment to round up all of the recent developments. Here’s to safe access to medical marijuana across the country, and a future with medical cannabis available in every state!

 

Delaware: The Delaware Senate approved Senate Bill 17, which would legalize medical marijuana for qualifying Delaware residents. The next step for this bill is to get passed by the house, and then of course get a signature by Gov. Jack Markell. Fingers crossed that Delaware’s medical marijuana law is passed!

Idaho: It looks like Idaho is finally considering passing compassionate laws for seriously ill Idaho residents. For the first time ever, the House of Representatives held a hearing to review a bill that would allow seriously ill Idahoans to medicate with cannabis without fear of prosecution.

Maryland: Last week, the Senate passed a bill that outlines the framework for an 18-member panel that would determine how to create a Maryland medical marijuana program in 2012. This week, the Maryland House of Delegates signed off on the bill as well. The panel created by this bill and would be made up of doctors, patients, law enforcement officials, and experts on medical marijuana policy, and they would study the effects medical marijuana as well as existing medical marijuana laws to determine how to move forward with the new cannabis laws.

Washington: Washington State, as you know, already has existing medical marijuana laws. But a bill was recently passed that would create a legal system for state-licensed dispensaries. Washington dispensaries that are already operating in the state don’t have formal legal approval, and are subject to disciplinary action. But this bill would protect them. It would also require the state Health Department to set up a lottery for licenses and determine the number of dispensaries that are allowed to operate in each county.  It would also set up a registry program for patients and caregivers to voluntarily register with the state and legally grow up to 15 plants and 24 ounces of medical marijuana.

 

We are thrilled to read about these developments, and will keep you posted on any changes in the movement towards mmj laws in each of these states.