Tax and Regulate

Md.: Let your lawmakers know you want them to end prohibition in 2020!

Please ask your legislators to support legalizing, taxing, and regulating marijuana for adults 21 and older!

At the beginning of the 2019 legislative session, Senate President Mike Miller and the late House Speaker Michael Busch created a legislative work group to study how to best implement the legalization of marijuana.

The workgroup is supposed to issue its report by the end of the year, but its work is progressing slower than anticipated. The workgroup has held a few meetings in the summer and fall. Its next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 13.

We need to keep the pressure up to make sure legislators know voters want them to put an end to the disastrous policy of cannabis prohibition in 2020. Here's how you can get involved:

  1. Schedule a meeting with your legislators and let them know you want them to legalize, tax, and regulate cannabis for adult use in 2020. You can find out who represents you by clicking here. If you set up a meeting with your legislator(s), let us know by emailing info@marylandcannabispolicy.org. We can provide you with tips and background materials. Please also let us know how it went after.

  2. Email your legislators today and ask them to support legislation to legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana for adults 21 and older.

  3. Write a 150-250 word letter-to-the-editor of a local or statewide paper, calling on the legislature to legalize and regulate cannabis in 2020. You can draw from points here.

  4. Encourage your friends and family in Maryland to contact and meet with their legislators. Forward this message to them, and share the action link on social media.

It is important legislators hear from as many of their constituents as possible. Supporters like you can help us send a strong message to the General Assembly to end cannabis prohibition in 2020!

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Medical Marijuana

Iowa: Encourage regulators to add PTSD as a qualifying condition at Nov. 1 meeting!

Ask your lawmakers to support a comprehensive medical cannabis program.

On Friday, November 1, the Iowa Medical Cannabidiol Advisory Board will decide whether to add PTSD as a qualifying condition under the state's low-THC medical cannabis program.

If you are a patient suffering from PTSD or a supportive medical professional, don't miss this opportunity to voice your support. You can find more information on PTSD and medical cannabis programs here.

If you can't attend the meeting, or if you want to send comments in writing, you can email your comments to the Board at medical.cannabidiol@idph.iowa.gov in advance of the meeting.

You can also attend the meeting in person. The public will have the opportunity to comment at the start of the meeting.

When: Friday, November 1, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Where: Iowa Laboratory Facility – 2240 DMACC Blvd, Ankeny, IA 50023

Please also write your lawmakers and ask them to support a comprehensive medical marijuana program. Unfortunately, by limiting patients to low-THC cannabis, Iowa's current program is leaving the vast majority of those who could benefit from medical cannabis behind.

Together, we can help Iowa patients access the medicine they deserve.

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Tax and Regulate

New Jersey legalization bill put on hold

If you live in New Jersey, ask your lawmakers if they support the legalization bill.

Yesterday, Gov. Phil Murphy and leaders in the legislature decided not to hold a vote on their marijuana legalization bill. It was determined that they did not have enough votes to pass the bill, and they chose to table the bill until they do.

While this is a disappointing setback, let's make sure it is only a temporary one. As Gov. Murphy said, "Justice may be delayed, but justice will not be denied."

Please take a second to email your lawmakers to ask them if they support the legalization bill.

If they don't support the bill, please consider reaching out further and asking for a meeting. If lawmakers don't hear from their constituents, they won't change their minds. If you are interested in setting up a meeting with your lawmaker, please email me at dboyer@mpp.org, and I can help facilitate that and arm you with the best resources in support of ending marijuana prohibition.

So please, email your lawmakers and then spread the word by forwarding this email to friends and family members.

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