MMJ bill filed in Alabama
Senator Time Melson used his Tuesday morning to introduce a new medical cannabis bill in the Alabama Senate.
For the past year, Melson has commissioned doctors, legislators, lawyers, and influential cannabis stakeholders; leveraging their expertise to create an expansive bill that neatly details a handful of regulations surrounding licensing, consumption, and compassionate care.
With Louisiana struggling to finalize program details, if approved, Alabama could be one of the first southern states to implement a robust cannabis market; PTSD and anxiety are both currently listed as approved qualifying conditions, making it likely that hundreds of thousands of Alabamans could become patients under the current proposal.
A Senate sub-committee vote is scheduled for next week, where debate is likely to ensue. If approved, Alabama would become the 34th state to legalize cannabis for medicinal purposes.
LA County will soon expunge nearly 66,000 cannabis convictions
Los Angeles is looking to make history.
Thursday morning, the city’s district attorney, Jackie Lacey, announced the filing of a motion that would expunge close to 66,000 cannabis convictions; including 62,000 felony convictions and 4,000 misdemeanors.
Using Code for America’s clear my record technology, the county will be able to remove all 66,000 convictions in one simple click of a button, making it the largest expungement effort in U.S. history.
“As a result of our actions these convictions should no longer burden those who have struggled to find a job or a place to live because of their criminal record,” stated Lacey.
Decriminalization bill advances in Virginia
HB27, a bill that would decriminalize cannabis in Virginia, passed trough the House early Tuesday morning.
With Gov. Ralph Northam strongly advocating for cannabis reform, going as far as hosting his own personal cannabis-summit, the bill is expected to receive similar support in the Senate.
If approved, cannabis possession would become a civil penalty with an attached fine of (maximum) $25.
“For too long, Virginia’s approach to cannabis has needlessly saddled Virginians, especially African Americans and people of color, with criminal records, but with these votes that is finally coming to an end,” concluded Attorney General Mark Herring
New qualifying conditions being considered in Ohio
The Ohio State Medical Board Committee is strongly considering adding 3 new qualifying conditions to the state’s medical cannabis program: anxiety, autism spectrum disorder, and cachexia.
For the next month, the board will hear from expert physicians and doctors, who will recommend either approval or denial of the 3 new conditions.
If approved, the new conditions would add to an already blossoming program, which now features more than 80,000 registered, active patients.