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Weekly Legislative Schedule: Marijuana Bills Get Hearings in Alaska, Colorado, and Missouri
Author: Monterey Bud  09/04/2018 - 18:35:00

Legislation seeking to establish The Alaska State Bank for marijuana deposits gets a hearing Monday; Colorado contemplates bill for pilot marijuana delivery program Wednesday – and a Missouri proposal to legalize marijuana in the Show Me State receives a hearing Tuesday.

It’s springtime in America, and the winds of ideological change are in the air. As the feds seek public input on marijuana reclassification and the U.N’s World Health Organization prepares for a “comprehensive review” of marijuana and its related compounds – the Marijuana reform movement continues at full steam ahead for the week of April 9.

Alaska, Marijuana, and Banking

Alaska House Bill 376 is legislation that proposes establishing The Alaskan State Bank

Alaska House Bill 376 is legislation that proposes establishing The Alaskan State Bank, which among other things, will allow marijuana-related businesses to make deposits by cash and electronic means. HB 376 will be heard at 3:15 p.m. April 9 before the House Labor and Commerce Committee.

A specific provision within this bill would mandate the state bank creates a computer application that enables direct deposits, point of sales transactions, gift cards, and the automatic payment of state-related marijuana taxes.

Colorado Tries to Deliver

Colorado House Bill 1092 would create Colorado’s pilot marijuana delivery program

Colorado House Bill 1092  would create Colorado’s pilot marijuana delivery program. Per the bill, “The state licensing authority can start issuing licenses on Jan.1, 2019, and the pilot project repeals on Dec. 31, 2020. By March 1, 2020, the state licensing authority shall report to the finance committees of the house of representatives and the senate regarding marijuana delivery in the jurisdictions with the memorandums of understanding.” HB 1092 will go before the Senate Judiciary Committee at 8 a.m. April 11 in the Legislative Service Building.

Similar to legislation proposed and discarded last year, HB 1092 would allow a state-licensed delivery provider to pick up and deliver medical or recreational marijuana from a licensed provider and deliver to qualified patients and/or adult recreational consumers.

Show Me Legalization

H.B 1448 would repeal some very precise sections of Chapter 579 of the state’s Controlled Substance Offenses

Missouri House Bill 1448 would repeal some very precise sections of Chapter 579 of the state’s Controlled Substance Offenses – specifically those sections dealing with penalties for the delivery or possession of marijuana, among others. Sponsored by Democratic State Rep. Karla May (84th District), if HB 1448 were passed into law (which seems highly unlikely), it would modify verbiage and legalize the recreational sale and consumption of marijuana for those 21 and older. HB 1448 will have a hearing before the House General Laws Committee at 7 p.m. April 10 in House Hearing Room five.

A 2015 survey conducted by the Kansas City Star asked 7,000 respondents their views on marijuana reform. Discovering what most already know, the survey found 94 percent of those polled believe marijuana should be legal, “as it is in Colorado and Washington state.”

Revise, Deliver, and Reschedule: California Marijuana Legislation

California Assembly Bill 2555 will receive a hearing at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 10 at the State Capitol in room 4202. The proposed legislation seeks to amend specific cultivation requirements for unique identifiers issued by the state. The initiative passed as Proposition 64 in 2016 authorizes those licensed under The Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act of 2016 (AUMA) AUMA to engage in commercial adult-use cannabis activity pursuant to that license and applicable local ordinances and seeks to redefine the meaning of “immature cannabis plant,” “mature cannabis plant,” and “plant” for purposes of AUMA. “Instead of requiring a unique identifier to be issued for each cannabis plant, the bill would require a unique identifier to be issued for each mature cannabis plant, as defined.”

California Assembly Bill 2255 will also receive a hearing at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 10 at the State Capitol in room 4202. The proposed bill would would authorize a law enforcement officer who encounters a licensed distributor transporting an amount of cannabis or cannabis product that is significantly in excess, as defined by the bureau, of the amount stated on the shipping manifest to seize the entire shipment of cannabis or cannabis product for up to 2 days and to destroy that cannabis or cannabis product after consulting with the bureau and determining that there was a violation. A fine of $500 will apply to the first violation of those requirements and each subsequent violation would incur a fine that is incrementally increased by $50.

California Assembly Bill 710 will receive a hearing at 1 p.m. Monday, April 10 at the State Capitol in room 3191. AB 710 seeks to amend the scheduling of Cannabidiol within the California Uniform Controlled Substance Act. Introduced by Assemblyman Jim Wood (D- 2 District) on Feb. 15, 2017, Wood’s AB 710 notes: “In order to ensure that patients are able to obtain access to a new treatment modality as soon as federal law makes it available, it is necessary that this act take effect immediately.”

Original article from marijuana.com: Weekly Legislative Schedule: Marijuana Bills Get Hearings in Alaska, Colorado, and Missouri

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