"The fact is we have an opioid problem that gets discussed in this building all the time. We are seeing that for a lot of patients, medical cannabis is an exit strategy," said Kevin Caldwell, MPP's southeast legislative manager.
"It’s particularly good to see the addition of an automatic, petition-free record clearance process for prior marijuana possession convictions. This will allow tens of thousands of Rhode Islanders to get relief," said Jared Moffat, MPP's campaigns manager.
"North Dakota is likely to enact a cannabis legalization law by the end of this year. Last year, the state legislature came close to passing a legalization bill, too. North Dakota's House of Representatives approved HB 1420, but it was ultimately defeated in the Senate," said Jared Moffat, MPP's campaigns manager.
"We anticipate that those licenses will be issued sometime either this fall or this winter. So there aren't any adult use delivery companies here in the state, but there should be within the next year or two," said DeVaughn Ward, MPP's senior legislative counsel.
"Following years of advocacy, Delaware is closer than ever to finally ending the failed policy of prohibition, a move that has widespread support among Delawareans," said Olivia Naugle, MPP's senior policy analyst.
"With the Senate Judiciary committee passing HB 371 today, Delaware is one step closer to legalizing cannabis for adults this year. Delawareans have long supported ending cannabis prohibition in the state, and we urge the Senate to stand with their constituents to swiftly pass HB 371," said Olivia Naugle, MPP's senior policy analyst.
"With 70% popular support and such a thoroughly vetted, conservative proposal, it is outrageous that it still hasn’t gotten a vote on the merits in the House floor," said Karen O'Keefe, MPP's director of state policies.
"The House of Representatives passing HB 371 today was historic for the legalization effort in Delaware. HB 371 will save thousands of Delawareans from police interactions and citations for simple cannabis possession. This is particularly important as adult-use sales begin in neighboring New Jersey," said Olivia Naugle, MPP's senior policy analyst.