Alaska makes history
Tuesday evening, Alaska’s Lt. Gov Kevin Meyer signed off on newly drafted on-site consumption rules crafted by the state’s Marijuana Control Board.
The new rules won’t allow for just any social smoking club to operate as interested businesses will first have to apply for and receive the necessary permits before patients can smoke or consume on-site; for those interested, applications are expected to open by mid-April.
Under the new rules, local governments will have the freedom to opt-out of the program or add additional restrictions. Still, the move makes the state the first to fully legalize on-site consumption.
Other states, like Las Vegas and California, are hoping to legalize their own versions of ‘cannabis cafes’ by the end of 2019 – with Alaska’s historic victory, it shouldn’t be too much longer until others catch-up.
Federal employees could receive protection under new bipartisan bill
As of today, federal employees in legalized states can be fired for using medicinal or adult-use cannabis – whether their a patient or not, it doesn’t matter.
On Tuesday, a group of lawmakers from both sides of the aisle announced a proposal that aims to change this.
The bill, dubbed the Fairness in Federal Drug Testing Under States Law Act, would still allow for employers to prohibit usage on the job; allowing for drug tests to still take place if an employer feels an employee is intoxicated while working.
However, the bill fully protects workers rights once they leave the office – allowing for residents in legalized states to enjoy the medicinal benefits of cannabis in the comfort of their own home.
The bill has a handful of both democratic and republic cosponsors & will now head to the House Committee on Oversight & Reform.
No longer banned: Florida welcomes smokable cannabis
The bill received an overwhelming amount of bipartisan support as just 11 representatives voted against the proposal, in comparison to the 111 that supported it.
“It’s about time. Let patients and doctors decide what works.”, tweeted Nikki Fried, who is the newly appointed Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services for the Sunshine State.
Connecticut lawmakers release adult-use proposal
This afternoon, the Democratic co-chairs of three separate committees announced that they’ve drafted an official bill for a statewide adult-use market.
The official bill(s) have yet to be released, but during the press briefing, legislatures revealed details of a five-member Cannabis Control Commission that would be tasked with overseeing and regulating the eventual adult-use market.
Lawmakers, like Rep. Michael D’Agostino, also used their platforms to advocate for the full expungement of residents with past cannabis-convictions that are non-violent & deal with less than 4 ounces of physical product.
Home grow, craft cultivation, and local social works projects attached to the cannabis industry were also at the forefront of issues addressed – but details surrounding the topics have yet to be released.
The House Judiciary Committee will now debate the first round of proposals while lawmakers continue to hash-out official legislation.