New Hampshire’s House of Representatives has voted 170 to 162 in favor of a proposal to legalize recreational cannabis. Under the proposed law, the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis will be legal for all adults 21 and older, and state-licensed distribution systems would be authorized.
Given uncertainty over the proposal’s tax provision, the Housed agreed to send the measure – House Bill 492 – back to the House Tax Committee in order to work out specifics. Once this is finished, it will go up for one more House vote, before being sent to the Senate, where its fate is uncertain.
‘‘House members made history today and they are clearly on the right side of it,’’ said Matt Simon, Political Director of New Hampshire’s Marijuana Policy Project.
The proposal, if passed into law, would make New Hampshire the 3rd state in the U.S. to legalize recreational cannabis.
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A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled parallel group study published in this month’s issue of the European Journal of Pain, and published online early by the National Institute of Health, has found that cannabis can significantly reduce pain and improve sleep for those with neuropathic pain.
For the study; “303 patients with PNP (peripheral neuropathic pain) associated with allodynia were screened; 128 were randomized to THC/CBD spray and 118 to placebo, in addition to their current analgesic therapy.”
After conducting the study, which used a spray made from THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol), both compounds of cannabis, researchers found that “a meaningful proportion of otherwise treatment-resistant patients, clinically important improvements in pain, sleep quality and SGIC of the severity of their condition are obtained with THC/CBD spray. THC/CBD spray was well tolerated and no new safety concerns were identified.”
The study, which was conducted by researchers a Gartnavel General Hospital at the University of Glasgow in the U.K., can be found by clicking here.
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After a heated and lengthy debate on the floor of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, the lower chamber of New Hampshire’s legislature today voted 170 to 162 in favor of House Bill 492, which seeks to legalize under state law the personal use and home cultivation of marijuana by persons 21 years of age or older and establish regulations for the retail production and sale of cannabis.
The historic vote makes the New Hampshire House the first state legislative chamber to ever vote in favor of regulating cannabis.
House Bill 492 had initially received a “Ought Not to Pass” report from the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee. However, in New Hampshire legislative rules permit all House measures to receive floor votes by the full House. This afternoon, House lawmakers debated the measure for more than three hours before voting 170 to 168 to accept the committee report. But this was just the beginning.
Members of the House of Representatives voted 173 to 165 to reconsider their actions and hold a revote. On their second vote, a majority 170 members voted to reject the “Ought Not to Pass” report. House lawmakers then voted to adopt amendments to adjust minor details of the bill. More debate ensued, but when the final vote was held 170 voted in favor of approving HB492 as amended and sending it to and 162 voted in opposition.
“This vote is historic,” stated NORML Communications Director Erik Altieri, “Today’s vote approving House Bill 492 is the first time a chamber of a state legislature has ever approved of legislation to legalize and regulate marijuana for all adults. Fifty-eight percent of Americans support ending our prohibition on marijuana and the New Hampshire House of Representatives’ actions today signal that politicians are finally beginning to acknowledge the will of their constituents.”
Tax issues pertaining to the bill will now be debated by the House Ways and Means Committee. A second House floor vote is anticipated in the coming months. However, Democrat Governor Maggie Hassan has already stated her opposition to this measure.
NORML will keep you updated on this evolving situation.
Residents of the District of Columbia strongly favor legalizing marijuana consumption for adults, according to the findings of a Washington Post poll, released today
Sixty-three percent of respondents said that they favor “legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use.”
Since 2010, the last time residents were polled on the question, Washingtonians of every age, race and ethnicity — black and white, teenage and elderly — have registered double-digit increases in support for legalization, The Washington Post reported.
Thirty-four percent of respondents said that they opposed legalization. However, among those respondents, nearly half (16 percent) acknowledged support for reducing the criminal penalties for marijuana offenses.
Earlier today, Members of the DC Committee on Public Safety voted unanimously in favor of legislation amending local marijuana possession penalties from a criminal misdemeanor (punishable by up to 6 months incarceration and a maximum fine of $1,000) to a non-arrestable civil infraction (punishable by a $25 fine for possession and a $100 fine for public consumption). The full City Council is expected to act on the measure within the coming weeks.
Any legislation approved by the DC City Council may be overridden by an act of Congress.
A 2012 report published by the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland reported that DC possesses the highest percentage of marijuana possession arrests per capita in the nation.
Washington D.C.’s City Council Committee on the Judiciary and Pubic Safety has given unanimous approval to a proposal to decriminalize the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis. The measure now moves to a full council vote, where a majority of the members have signed on as sponsors of the bill. The district’s mayor, who would have final consideration over the bill if the council approves it, is in favor of the proposal.
Under the proposed law, the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis would be reduced to a small fine of either $100 or $25, depending on whether or not someone was smoking it in public, or simply possessing it. Under current D.C. law, the possession of any amount of cannabis can net someone a prison sentence of up to 6 months.
According to recent polling, 75% of those in D.C. are in favor of decriminalizing cannabis, some of the highest support shown in any polling done through the United States. The same poll found that 64% are in favor of legalization.
If approved into law, the proposal would take effect a few months afterward.
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The initiative explicitly states that individuals can’t be fired for their off-the-job cannabis use, and that the sales tax for recreational cannabis can’t exceed 25%.
Before signatures can be gathered, the initiative will go through a legal review process by the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office and the Legislative Services Office.
In addition to this effort, Republican Representative Sue Wallis intends to file a legislative proposal to legalize medical cannabis before the session convenes in early February.
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By Dan Viets, JD, Chair of Show-Me Cannabis Regulation
A bill to legalize the limited use of marijuana as medicine and a bill to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana were both filed in the Missouri General Assembly on Monday, January 13. The primary sponsor of both bills is Representative Rory Ellinger of University City.
House Bill 1324 would add Missouri to the quickly growing list of 22 states which now have some form of legal marijuana use for medical purposes, as does the District of Columbia. New York is the most recent state to join the list following executive action by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The bill would eliminate penalties for those who use marijuana pursuant to a recommendation by a licensed physician for the treatment of serious medical conditions.
It is anticipated that the medical marijuana bill will be assigned to the Health Care Policy Committee chaired by Representative Keith Frederick.
House Bill 1325 is based on the ordinance passed by the voters of the City of Columbia in 2004. It eliminates arrests in favor of the issuance of a summons. The bill would also eliminate the possibility of a jail sentence for possession of small amounts and encourages the Courts specifically to substitute community service work, drug counseling and other more constructive alternatives.
The decriminalization bill is expected to be assigned to the House Downsizing State Government Committee chaired by Representative Paul Curtman of Pacific, Missouri.
A very similar bill was heard in that committee last year very late in the session. It is hoped that an early hearing of the bill may take place this year.
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A legislative proposal to protect medical cannabis patients and collectives in Washington has been filed in the state’s House of Representatives, according to the nonprofit organization Sensible Washington.
Under the proposed law – House Bill 2233 – medical cannabis patients would finally receive defined arrest protection, as would medical cannabis collectives who receive a simple business license from the state. The measure was formulated by Sensible Washington in conjunction with Americans for Safe Access.
The measure, which is sponsored by Representatives Sherry Appleton, Luis Moscoso, Roger Freeman and Jessyn Farrell, has been assigned to the House Health Care & Wellness Committee.
The bill is necessary given that under current Washington State law, although medical cannabis is “legal”, the possession, cultivation and use of cannabis is only an “affirmative defense” for patients, meaning that they can technically still be charged with a crime.
A different medical cannabis proposal – House Bill 2149 – has also been assigned to the House Health Care & Wellness Committee, though medical cannabis advocates are staunchly opposed to it, given that it would negatively alter numerous aspects of the state’s medical cannabis law, including reducing the cultivation limit to 3 plants, down from 15, and forcing all patients to join a mandatory registry to receive legal protection.
House Bill 2233 would provide arrest protection to any individual who receives a recommendation from a physician, with no requirement of joining a registry. The current possess limit of 24 ounces, and the cultivation limit of 15 plants, would remain unaltered.
The full text for House Bill 2233 can be viewed by clicking here.
Those in Washington State who support protecting medical cannabis should contact their district’s legislators – which they can look up by clicking here – to urge them to support House Bill 2233.
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New Jersey’s Senate gave unanimous approval today to Senate Bill 3110, a proposal to legalize industrial hemp. A companion measure, Assembly Bill 2415, has already been approved through two committees, and now awaits a full Assembly vote, which could come as soon as this week. If approved through the Assembly, the measure will go to Governor Chris Christie for final consideration.
Under the proposed law, those wanting to cultivate industrial hemp in New Jersey would be authorized to do so once they become licensed with the state’s Secretary of Agriculture.
According to recent congressional research, the U.S. imports roughly half a billion dollars worth of hemp from other countries – primarily China and Canada – while retaining the illegality of its cultivation. According to the same research, the hemp market consists of over 25,000 various products.
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The imposition of student drug testing programs is not effective in limiting students’ consumption of controlled substances, according to survey data published in the January edition of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.
Investigators from Israel and the United States assessed whether students’ awareness of drug testing programs in their school was associated with a reduction in the frequency of their use of alcohol, cigarettes, or cannabis.
Authors reported, “Consistent with previous research, results of the current study show that perceived SDT (student drug testing) is not associated with a reduction in initiation or escalation of substance use in the general student population.”
They concluded, “The current research reinforces previous conclusions that SDT is a relatively ineffective drug-prevention policy.”
An estimated 20 percent of US high schools impose drug testing upon members of the student body.
Previous assessments of student drug testing programs, including random testing programs, report that the imposition of such programs are not associated with reduced levels of student drug use and, in some instances, are “associated with increased use of illicit drugs other than marijuana.”
Full text of the study, “Student Drug Testing and Positive School Climates: Testing the Relation Between Two School Characteristics and Drug Use Behavior in a Longitudinal Study,” is available online here.