Lt. Gov Kevin Meyer signed regulations allowing for onsite use of marijuana at specifically authorized stores in March. The rules went into effect on April 11, after which time interested retail businesses could begin applying for onsite use.
Gov. Jared Polis signed a bill adding autism spectrum disorders to the list of disabling medical conditions that qualify for medical marijuana treatment.
The Ohio state Senate passed a bill legalizing hemp and hemp-derived cannabidiol oil, as well as hemp cultivation as long as the hemp contains less than 0.3 THC content. The Ohio House was scheduled to consider the bill later in the month.
Lawmakers voted in late March to advance the first set of a package of bills that would legalize recreational marijuana. The bill would establish a licensing process for growers, manufacturers and retailers as well as giving minority entrepreneurs lower fee structures and application priority. Other legislation considered by lawmakers would legalize possession of less than 1.5 ounces of cannabis by those 21 and older and levy a tax on recreational cannabis.
Gov. Jim Justice signed a medical marijuana banking bill into law in late March that established the Medical Cannabis Program Fund for collecting fees from the program and the Treasurer’s Medical Cannabis Fund, as well as allowing financial institutions to provide banking services related medical marijuana.
The New Hampshire House voted to send a bill legalizing marijuana to the Senate for consideration in early April. The bill would allow those 21 and older to possess, consumer, gift, cultivate and by cannabis from licensed retailers.
New Jersey lawmakers failed to vote on a bill that would have legalized adult-use cannabis in late March, stating that they believed they did not have support in the state Senate. Legislative attempts could be delayed until after November elections.
Gov. Janet Mills signed a bill in late March allowing hemp-derived CBD oil to be added to food products.
Rep. Mike Ball introduced House Bill 243 in late March to legalize medical marijuana. The existing law permitting the use of CBD oil to treat seizure disorders, Carly’s Law, expires on July 1, whereas the House Bill 243 would extend the law until Jan. 1, 2021.
New Mexico became the 24th state to decriminalize marijuana in early April after Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed legislation reducing marijuana penalties to civil violations. Those caught with less than half an ounce of pot will only face a $50 fine instead of prison time. The law takes effect on July 1.
Sen. Daylin Leach and Sen. Sharif Street unveiled a recreational marijuana legalization bill, Senate Bill 350, to colleagues in early March. The bill would allow those 21 and older to use recreational marijuana and grow six plants for personal use, as well as permitting home marijuana delivery.
Gov. Ron DeSantis signed SB 182, “Medical Use of Marijuana,” into law in March and made it so that qualified patients could smoke medical marijuana.
The Judiciary and Public Safety Finance and Policy Committee rejected a proposal to legalize marijuana in March and did not allow supporters of the bill the opportunity to create a task force to alter the bill.
A South Carolina Senate subcommittee voted to advance a medical marijuana bill, known as the Compassionate Care Act, to the full Senate Medical Affairs panel in March. A majority of South Carolinians support medical marijuana legalization according to a poll conducted in January.
Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero signed a bill legalize recreational marijuana use for those 21 and older in early April. The bill allows possession of up to an ounce of cannabis, but people won’t be able to purchase cannabis until regulations are developed by the Cannabis Control Board and a testing facility is developed.