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Colorado: House passes bill to allow cannabis delivery!

If you live in Colorado, let your state senator know it’s time to legalize and regulate cannabis delivery.

Unlike alcohol and other legal products, Colorado prohibits patients and adult consumers from having cannabis delivered. Sure, delivery exists, but it’s unregulated and unsafe for everyone involved.

But a bill to fix that is on the move. HB 1234 — which would allow safe, regulated delivery — has passed out of the House and is starting to make its way through the state Senate.

Let your state senator know you want them to support this sensible bill.

Many medical cannabis patients have significant mobility limitations. Driving to the store is impossible for some due to their medical condition. Far more dangerous prescriptions can be delivered in the mail, but cannabis delivery remains illicit and in the shadows. Starting next year, medical cannabis deliveries would be allowed.

Beginning in 2021, HB 1234 would allow all adults 21 and older the benefits of cannabis delivery. This can provide safe, regulated access to adults and bring cannabis consumers closer to equal footing with alcohol consumers.

HB 1234 can pass this year, but it’s crucial that senators hear from supportive constituents. Take a few moments to send your senator a note using our free online tool, then share this message with friends and family in Colorado. 

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N.H. Senate committee approves home cultivation of medical cannabis!

If you live in N.H., urge your senator to support HB 364; hearing on legalization bill will continue May 7

For the first time in history, a New Hampshire Senate committee has voted to approve a bill allowing home cultivation of medical cannabis. HB 364, which has already passed the House in a voice vote, was voted “ought to pass” yesterday in a 3-2 vote of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.

For the sake of patients who are still struggling because of limited access to cannabis, please contact your senator right now and urge him or her to support HB 364!

HB 364 would allow possession of three mature plants, three immature plants, and 12 seedlings for each patient. The bill is critically important because many patients are unable to afford the products that are available at dispensaries, which are not covered by health insurance. For some patients, home cultivation is simply the best, most affordable option.

Additionally, for those who were not able to testify at yesterday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the legalization bill (HB 481), there will be another opportunity to testify on Tuesday, May 7, beginning at 9 a.m. in State House Room 100. There were so many people waiting to speak that they decided to continue the hearing. Please mark your calendars for May 7 right now!

After you contact your senator in support of the home cultivation bill, please share this message with your family and friends.

 

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Maine: State releases first draft of adult-use marijuana program rules

Yesterday, the Department of Financial Services released the first draft of the rules governing Maine’s adult-use marijuana program. These rules come from the work the Marijuana Legalization Implementation Committee did over the last two years.

As required by the Maine Administrative Procedures Act, a final draft will be provided at least 20 days prior to the date of a scheduled public hearing. Following the public hearing, an additional 10-day public comment period will occur. The rules cover cultivation tier sizes, license fees, packaging rules, and much more. You can read the preliminary rules here.

After you have read the rules, the state has set up an online form to collect public feedback. You can find the form here.

We are hopeful that the rules will be approved by the legislature this session, allowing for stores to open as early as late 2019. It’s been a long and winding road, but we are almost there.

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N.H. Senate legalization hearing will take place TUESDAY MORNING!

If you live in N.H., please attend the public hearing at 9:35 a.m. on Tuesday, April 23, and show your support for HB 481!

New Hampshire’s HB 481 has been scheduled for a public hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, April 23, at 9:35 a.m. The bill would legalize possession and limited cultivation by adults 21 and older, and it would establish a system of regulated sales. You can read a summary of HB 481, as amended and passed by the House, here.

Members of the public are encouraged to testify at the public hearing or sign the committee’s sign-in sheet in support of HB 481. For more information on this hearing and how to make a positive impact, click here. For talking points, click here.

WHO: The Senate Judiciary Committee and members of the public

WHAT: Public hearing on HB 481, the bill to legalize and regulate cannabis for use by adults

WHEN: Tuesday, April 23, beginning at 9:35 a.m.

WHERE: Room 100 of the State House (107 N. Main Street, Concord)

If you haven’t yet contacted your state senator about this bill, it is very important that they hear from you. Please email your senator today!

Please share this message with your family and friends!

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Vermont House considers bill to regulate and tax cannabis

If you live in Vermont, contact your state representatives today — tell them it’s time for Vermont to finish the job and regulate cannabis in 2019!

The Vermont Senate has already passed S. 54, a bill that would create a regulated and taxed market for adult-use cannabis in Vermont. The bill is now being considered by the House Government Operations Committee and other House committees.

Please email your state representatives today and urge them to support regulating cannabis in 2019!

You can read a summary of the bill, as it was approved by the Senate, here.

After you email your state representatives, please share this message with your family and friends!

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Pennsylvania: 11 more marijuana legalization listening tour stops added

Between Tuesday and May 4, the lieutenant governor's listening tour will visit Tioga, Adams, Clinton, Pike, Snyder, Union, Wayne, Columbia, Lycoming, Franklin, and Bradford counties.

Over the next couple of weeks, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman will be hearing constituents' views on marijuana legalization in 11 more counties. If you live in any of those counties, try to stop by to make your voice heard.

Here are upcoming stops:

Mansfield (Tioga County)
Tuesday, April 23, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Mansfield University
Straughn Auditorium
35 Straughn Drive

Gettysburg (Adams County)
Wednesday, April 24, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Gettysburg Area High School
1130 Old Harrisburg Road

Lock Haven (Clinton County)
Saturday, April 27, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Lock Haven University, Sloan Theatre
401 N. Fairview Street

Dingmans Ferry (Pike County)
Sunday, April 28, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Dingman-Delaware Middle School
1365 PA-739

Selinsgrove (Snyder County)
Monday, April 29, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Susquehanna University, Degenstein Center Theater
514 University Avenue

Lewisburg (Union County)
Saturday, April 27, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
RiverStage Community Theatre
815 Market Street

Hawley (Wayne County)
Sunday, April 28, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Wallenpaupack High School
2552 US-6

Bloomsburg (Columbia County)
Tuesday, April 30, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Bloomsburg University
400 E. Second Street

Williamsport (Lycoming County)
Wednesday, May 1, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Pennsylvania College of Technology, Klump Academic Center
1034 W. Third Street

Chambersburg (Franklin County)
Thursday, May 2, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Eugene C. Clarke Jr. Community Center
235 S. Third Street

Towanda (Bradford County)
Saturday, May 4, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Towanda High School
1 High School Drive

Consider arriving early: In some cases, crowds have been standing-room only.

When deciding what you'd like to say, feel free to draw from our document on the Top 10 reasons to end marijuana prohibition or other materials. You may want to consider making a pitch for an inclusive, diverse industry, for allowing home cultivation, and for expunging past convictions.

Even if you're not up for speaking in public, you can still make your voice heard. Fetterman has been asking for a show of hands for supporters and opponents, and the governor's office is soliciting feedback on the issue online.

This is a great opportunity to build momentum for commonsense, humane marijuana laws. Don't miss your chance to let your elected officials know it's time to stop branding Pennsylvanians criminals for a substance that's safer than alcohol. And please spread the word to help grow the chorus for reform.

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Ct.: Coalition will meet Thursday, April 18 in Hartford

Join us at 6 p.m. to learn more about what is happening in the legislature and how you can help!

The Connecticut Legislature has taken important steps to advance marijuana legalization this session, but we know that victory remains far from certain. The bills are still works in progress, and many legislators remain undecided on the issue, so it’s clear that our coalition will need to ramp up efforts in the coming weeks.

Fortunately, legislative leaders have made it clear that the issue is a priority this session. They have also indicated that they will continue to consider policy details, including the equity provisions and whether or not to allow home cultivation, before the bills receive a final vote. It’s critically important that advocates work together to maximize our chances of success in the legislature.

Please consider joining us for our first coalition meeting of the year, which will take place in Hartford on Thursday, April 18, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This will be a great opportunity to learn more about what is happening in the state house and also to begin phone banking undecided legislators.

Here are the details:

WHO: Members of the Connecticut Coalition to Regulate Marijuana and coalition co-directors Kebra Smith-Bolden and Adam Wood

WHAT: Coalition meeting to discuss legalization efforts and volunteer phone banking operations

WHERE: The Meeting Room at Hartford Public Safety Complex (253 High St.)

WHEN: Thursday, April 18, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

If you haven’t already done so, please contact your legislators and urge them to support the legalization bills. Then, please share this message with your family and friends.

We hope you’ll be able to join us on Thursday!

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Chester, Centre, Fulton, and Clarion County, PA listening tour stops added

Lt. governor's marijuana legalization listening tour will visit Downington, State College, McConnellsburg, and Clarion this week.

Over the next few days, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman will be hearing constituents' views on marijuana legalization in four counties. If you live in any of those counties, try to stop by to make your voice heard.

Here are upcoming stops:

TONIGHT: Downington (Chester County)
Monday, April 15, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Downington High School West
455 Manor Avenue

State College (Centre County)
Tuesday, April 16, 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Penn State University
Hetzel Union Building, Alumni Hall
16802 Pollock Road

McConnellsburg (Fulton County)
Wednesday, April 17, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
McConnellsburg Volunteer Fire Hall
112 E. Maple Street

Clarion (Clarion County)
Thursday, April 18, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Hart Chapel Building
Wood Street

Consider arriving early: In some cases, crowds have been standing-room only.

When deciding what you'd like to say, feel free to draw from our document on the Top 10 reasons to end marijuana prohibition or other materials. You may want to consider making a pitch for an inclusive, diverse industry, for allowing home cultivation, and for expunging past convictions.

Even if you're not up for speaking in public, you can still make your voice heard. Fetterman has been asking for a show of hands for supporters and opponents, and the governor's office is soliciting feedback on the issue online.

This is a great opportunity to build momentum for commonsense, humane marijuana laws. Don't miss your chance to let your elected officials know it's time to stop branding Pennsylvanians criminals for a substance that's safer than alcohol. And please spread the word to help grow the chorus for reform.

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Md.: 2019 legislative session adjourns, focus shifts to 2020

If you live in Maryland, please ask your legislators to support legalizing, taxing, and regulating marijuana for adults 21 and older!

The Maryland General Assembly wrapped up its 2019 legislative session on Monday, April 8. It was a somber end to the legislative session with the passing of House Speaker Michael Busch, who was Speaker of the House of Delegates for 16 years.

A number of cannabis reform bills were introduced this session, including legislation to legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana for adults' use. Unfortunately, neither those bills nor the bill that would legalize cannabis following voter approval in 2020 passed this session.

But, the state is positioned to seriously consider legalizing and regulating cannabis in 2020. A work group will be convening during the interim to study how to best implement the legalization of marijuana in Maryland. The work group will report its findings by December 31, 2019, just in time for the 2020 session. Stay tuned for updates from the work group and opportunities to weigh in on meetings!

In the meantime, be sure to keep up the momentum and let your delegate(s) and senator know you want them to support legislation to legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana for adults 21 and older.

In other news, several bills to improve Maryland's medical marijuana program were also introduced this session. A bill that will allow edible cannabis products to be an option for patients was passed on Monday. It will be effective upon signature by Gov. Larry Hogan or 30 days after presentment by the General Assembly.

A bill to add opioid use disorder as a qualifying condition and a bill to ensure medical marijuana patients do not lose their gun rights were also introduced this session. Unfortunately, these bills did not advance.

There is increasing momentum for marijuana policy reform in Maryland. Keep the pressure up by contacting your lawmakers today and sharing this message with your family and friends in Maryland. Together, we can end prohibition!

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New coalition co-directors announced!

Judiciary Committee votes to end marijuana prohibition — contact legislators today!

We’re excited to announce that two co-directors have joined our team to lead the Connecticut Coalition to Regulate Marijuana: Kebra Smith-Bolden and Adam Wood. You can read more about them here. They have already begun working to expand and activate our coalition as we rally support for efforts to legalize, regulate, and tax cannabis, with a focus on equity and social justice.

There is a very real opportunity for the legislature to pass a legalization bill during this year’s session, which is scheduled to end on June 6, but nothing is guaranteed. With Kebra and Adam at the helm, we can make sure the opportunity is not lost this year in Hartford!

Please stay tuned for ways to help. We’re going to need all hands on deck to pass this historic reform.

We’ve already made huge progress with the legislature in 2019. Today, the Joint Committee on Judiciary took an important step forward when it voted to pass SB 1085, a bill that would legalize possession of cannabis for adults 21 and older and expunge records for past marijuana possession convictions. A separate bill that would regulate the production and sale of cannabis for adult use, HB 7371, has already been approved by the General Law Committee. Links to summaries of these bills are available here.

Please email your elected officials and urge them to support the bills to legalize, regulate, and tax cannabis!

Finally, we’d like to thank Sam Tracy for all his hard work building the Connecticut Coalition to Regulate Marijuana and advocating for sensible marijuana policies in Connecticut. Thank you, Sam!

Please share this message with your family and friends and encourage them to join our coalition!

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