Marijuana Legislation and
Medical marijuana laws in Colorado will be more strict starting Jan. 1 Denver Post 11/11/21
Colorado will impose stricter rules for the purchase of medical marijuana starting Jan. 1 following several months of deliberation over how to execute a new state law meant largely to limit young people’s access to and abuse of high-potency THC products.
Changing drug laws means changing training for police K-9 units KCTV 5 News 11/10/21
Police departments across the country are looking ahead and making changes when it comes to their K-9 officers, all because drug laws are changing. Many departments are deciding new dogs should not detect marijuana.
Kansas House Passes Medical Marijuana Bill on May 6, 2021
On May 6, the Kansas House passed House substitute for SB158, the medical marijuana bill 79-42. The bill now goes to the Senate where it was declared “substantially changed” which means it is not subject to a simple "concurrence" with the House amendments but will now go to the Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee for a hearing before being considered further by the Senate. This won't happen until the 2022 session.
See the bill at this link. See the bill explainer at this link.
Colorado Legislature Attempting to Limit THC content and fix other problems in their medical marijuana laws. Committee Hearing is scheduled for May 18.
Summary of Colorado HB21-1317 is available at this link.
Colorado HB21-1317 can be reviewed at this link.
US House Passes Marijuana Banking Bill 4/20/21
This week, the House passed a bill that would give state-authorized marijuana businesses easier access to banking services.
See the bill at this link.
As Legalization Spreads, Mother Warns About the Dangers of High-Potency Marijuana That Addicted Her Teenage Son 74million.org 4/13/21
Now that marijuana legalization is spreading across the country, Colorado’s troubling experiences with high-potency marijuana, and current efforts to control potency, can offer a cautionary tale for other states legalizing recreational marijuana like New Mexico, New York and Virginia. With a complex regulatory process ahead, these states have the opportunity to get it right from the start.
A founding father of legal pot reveals regrets Denver Gazette 4/4/21
Article written by an attorney who played a prominent role in getting recreational pot legalized in Colorado. It contains the astounding admission that "the outcome of 64 is shameful, hurts people, and Colorado is not safer.” Although he is still in favor of some type of legalization, he provides a scathing assessment of how the commercial pot industry operates to the detriment of all Colorado citizens. Although he does not address the issue of "medical marijuana", all of his arguments apply equally since the same companies operate in the same way, medical or not.
2021 Medical Marijuana Bill-Updated 3/31/21
What started as HB2184 is now House Substitute for SB158.
House Substitute SB158 is now available at this link.
UPDATE: On April 6, 2021, SB154 was withdrawn from House Calendar and rereferred to Committee on Federal and State Affairs. It is not clear why this was done. However, there has been no further action on the bill since the move. It it not out of the question the bill could still see debate during the Veto Session starting May 3.
The House Fed and State Committee added several amendments to HB2184 on March 29, then closed debate by calling the question while several good amendments were pending. They then placed the amended bill into SB158 as a substitute bill. This sets the bill up to be voted on in the House, and if passed will go to conference committee. This sets the bill up to potentially pass the Senate with no hearing and no amendments, but only if the Senate agrees to do that.
As of April 1, the Supplemental Note explaining the revised bill has not been published. You can check at this link for the supplemental note. It will be listed at the top of the document list and titled "House Substitute for SB158" with a link under the column titled "SN."
The amendments to the bill that were added were done in the following order:
How state marijuana legalization became a boon for corruption Politico 12/27/20
In the past decade, 15 states have legalized a regulated marijuana market for adults over 21, and another 17 have legalized medical marijuana. But in their rush to limit the numbers of licensed vendors and give local municipalities control of where to locate dispensaries, they created something else: A market for local corruption.
US Senate passes Marijuana Research bill
On December 15, 2020, the US Senate passed the Cannabidiol and Marihuana Research Expansion Act, S.2032. The bill provides better access to marijuana for medical research, establishes rules to control diversion of marijuana from the research project, and focuses on medical use research under FDA approval processes for medicine.
On December 9, 2020, the US House passed the Medical Marijuana Research Act, H.R.3797. This bill amends the Controlled Substances Act to make marijuana accessible for use by qualified marijuana researchers for medical purposes, and for other purposes. No action yet in Senate.
US House passes marijuana legalization bill 12/5/20
On December 4, 2020, the US House passed the MORE Act, H.R.3884, 228-164. 222 democrats, 5 republicans, and 1 independent voted in favor. 6 democrats and 158 republicans voted against it. The bill now goes to the Senate where it is not expected to see action.
The bill includes the following provisions:
Interactive Map of Drug Overdose Deaths From Rehabaid.com
Link to SAM (Smart Approaches to MJ)
MJ as Medicine
Health Org Positions
Driving & MJ
MJ & Businesses
MJ and Opioids
MJ and Mental Health
MJ & Prison
Claims vs Science
Rocky Mountain HIDTA MJ Reports at this link.
Kansas Health Institute