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2016 States with Legislation or Ballot Measures to Legalize Medical Marijuana
(as of Nov. 9, 2016)



6  
Passed Legislation or Ballot Measures in 2016
 


14    




Arkansas

Status:
Summary:
"An Act making the medical use of cannabis, commonly called marijuana, legal under Arkansas state law, but acknowledging that cannabis use, possession, and distribution for any purpose remain illegal under federal law; establishing a system for the cultivation and distribution of cannabis for qualifying patients through nonprofit cannabis care centers."
History (last action date)
A group called Arkansans for Compassionate Care submitted more than 100,000 signatures to get the marijuana act on the ballot. Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin tweeted on July 7, 2016: "We have verified 77,516 valid signatures on the Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act petition. Proposal will be on November ballot."

The Arkansas Supreme Court disqualified Issue 7 from the ballot by a vote of 5-2 on Oct. 27, 2016, ruling that more than 12,000 signatures to get the measure on the ballot were invalid. Justice Karen R. Baker wrote in the ruling, "we conclude that the total number of signatures which should have been counted by respondent falls below the statutory minimum." (Oct. 27, 2016)

Constitutional Amendment:
Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment  (Issue 6)
Status:
Summary:
"An Act making the medical use of marijuana legal under Arkansas state law."
History (last action date)
The Secretary of State's office certified the measure for the Nov. 8, 2016 ballot after receiving 97,284 valid signatures, more than the 84,859 required on Aug. 31, 2016.

Voters approved the ballot measure by a vote of 53.2% to 46.8% (Nov. 8, 2016)


Florida
Status:

Ballot Initiative:
Amendment 2
Status:
Summary:
"Allows medical use of marijuana for individuals with debilitating medical conditions as determined by a licensed Florida physician... The Department of Health shall register and regulate centers that produce and distribute marijuana for medical purposes and shall issue identification cards to patients and caregivers."
History (last action date)
People United for Medical Marijuana collected 716,270 signatures, more than the 683,149 needed, to put the proposed amendment on the Nov. 8, 2016 ballot on July 7, 2016.

Voters passed the ballot measure by a vote of 71.3% to 28.7% (Nov. 8, 2016)

Senate Bill:
SB 852
Status:
Summary:
"Repealing provisions relating to the compassionate use of low-THC cannabis; creating the "Florida Medical Marijuana Act"; authorizing a registered patient or a designated caregiver to purchase, acquire, and possess up to the allowed amount of medical marijuana for a patient’s medical use."
History (last action date)
Filed by Sen. Jeff Brandes (R) on Nov. 16, 2015; Referred to Regulated Industries, Health Policy, Appropriations Committees on Dec. 3, 2015; Introduced on Jan. 12, 2016; Died in Regulated Industries Committee (Mar. 11, 2016)

House Bill:
HB 1183
Status:
Summary:
"Allows registered patients & designated caregivers to purchase, acquire, & possess medical-grade marijuana subject to specified requirements... specifies act does not require or restrict health insurance coverage for purchase of medical-grade marijuana."
History (last action date)
Filed by Rep. John Wood (R) on Jan. 7, 2016; First reading on Jan. 12, 2016; Referred to Judiciary Committee, Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee, Health & Human Services Committee, and in Judiciary Committee on Jan. 13, 2016; Died in Judiciary Committee (Mar. 11, 2016)


Georgia

House Bill:
HB 722 (original)
HB722 (amended)
Status:
Summary:
"A bill... to provide for a patient registry program for the use of medical cannabis;... to require impact assessment of medical cannabis therapeutic research; to require reports and audits; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes."
History (last action date)
Prefiled by Rep. Allen Peake (R) et al. on Jan. 6, 2016; House hopper on Jan. 12, 2016; House first readers on Jan. 13, 2016; House second readers on Jan. 14, 2016; House Committee favorably reported by substitute on Feb. 25, 2016; Passed the House by a vote of 152-8 on Feb. 29, 2016

Senate read and referred to Health and Human Services Committee on Mar. 2, 2016; Committee member Sen. Renee Unterman (R) said the committee will not address the bill before the Senate adjourns on Mar. 24, 2016 (Mar. 16, 2016)

[Editor's Note: An amendment to the bill took away the provision to allow for manufacturers to operate in Georgia and limited the legality to CBD oil that is less than 5% THC. The new bill would not have made Georgia a legal medical marijuana state, but rather only add more approved conditions, such as autism, HIV or AIDS, and PTSD, to the CBD law passed and signed last year.

Rep. Peake on Mar. 16, 2016 added his new list of conditions to a different bill after his bill stalled in the Senate, but this page does not track CBD-only legislation.]



Indiana

Senate Bill:
SB 209
Status:
Summary:
"Establishes a medical marijuana program and permits caregivers and patients who have received a physician recommendation to possess a certain quantity of marijuana for treatment of certain medical conditions. Establishes the department of marijuana enforcement (DOME) as a state agency to oversee the program, and creates the DOME advisory committee to review the effectiveness of the program and to consider recommendations from DOME. Authorizes DOME to grant research licenses to research facilities with a physical presence in Indiana. Repeals the controlled substance excise tax and the marijuana eradication program."
History (last action date)
Introduced by Sen. Karen Tallian (D), first reading, and referred to Committee on Health & Provider Services on Jan. 6, 2016; Bill died when session ended (Mar. 10, 2016)

House Bill:
HB 1284
Status:
Summary:
"Defines 'qualifying patient', and permits a qualifying patient to use medical cannabis under certain circumstances. Requires the state department of health to adopt rules before July 1, 2017, concerning the use, distribution, cultivation, production, and testing of medical cannabis. Provides limited reciprocity for holders of nonresident medical cannabis cards. Provides immunity for physicians who recommend the medical use of cannabis."
History (last action date)
Introduced by Rep. Sue Errington (D), first reading, and referred to Committee on Public Health on Jan. 12, 2016 (Mar. 10, 2016)


Iowa

Senate Bill:
SF 484
Status:
Summary:
"An Act relating to the Medical Cannabis Act and providing for civil and criminal penalties and fees."
History (last action date)
Introduced by Committee on Ways and Means on Mar. 30, 2015; Passed Senate by a vote of 26-19, sent to House, and referred to Public Safety Committee on Apr. 15, 2015; Bill died when it failed to advance before the crossover deadline (Feb. 26, 2016)



Kansas

Senate Bill:
SB 9
Status:
Summary:
"An act enacting the cannabis compassion and care act; providing for the legal use of cannabis for certain debilitating medical conditions; providing for the registration and functions of compassion centers; authorizing the issuance of identification cards."
History (last action date)
Introduced by Sen. David Haley (D) and referred to Committee on Public Health and Welfare on Jan. 12, 2015; Bill died when it failed to advance before the crossover deadline (Feb. 26, 2016)

[Editor's Note: Kansas' 2015 legislation carried over for consideration in 2016.]

House Bill:
HB 2011
Status:
Summary:
"An act enacting the cannabis compassion and care act; providing for the legal use of cannabis for certain debilitating medical conditions; providing for the registration and functions of compassion centers; authorizing the issuance of identification cards."
History (last action date)
Introduced by Rep. Gail Finney (D) and referred to Committee on Health and Human Services on Jan. 12, 2015; Bill died when it failed to advance before the crossover deadline (Feb. 26, 2016)

[Editor's Note: Kansas' 2015 legislation carried over for consideration in 2016.]


Kentucky

House Bill:
HB 584
Status:
Summary:
"An act relating to the medical use of marijuana... require the Department for Public Health (DPH) to operate a medical marijuana program; establish a process to license and permit cultivators, distributors, manufacturers, and processors of medical marijuana."
History (last action date)
Introduced by Rep. Denver Butler (R) on Mar. 1, 2016; Referred to Health and Welfare Committee on Mar. 2, 2016; Bill died when session ended (Apr. 15, 2016)

Senate Bill:
SB 263
Status:
Summary:
"An act relating to medical cannabis... to establish a comprehensive system for medical cannabis, including provisions for medical verification of need, persons allowed to cultivate, use, and possess the drug, organizations allowed to assist in providing the drug, regulation by the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage and Cannabis Control."
History (last action date)
Introduced by Senators Perry B. Clark (D), Denise Harper Angel (D), and Reginald Thomas (D) on Mar. 2, 2016; Referred to Licensing, Occupations, & Administrative Regulations Committee on Mar. 4, 2016; Bill died when session ended (Apr. 15, 2016)


Louisiana

Senate Bill:
SB 271
Status:
Summary:
"Prior law provides for medical marijuana to be prescribed. New law changes prescribed to recommended."

The Louisiana state legislature passed a law in 2015 that failed to legalize medical marijuana as intended because the bill said doctors could "prescribe" marijuana, which is against federal law. SB 271, gives doctors the ability to "recommend" medical marijuana for patients with cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, cachexia or wasting syndrome, seizure disorders, epilepsy, spasticity, severe muscle spasms, Crohn's disease, and multiple sclerosis.

The legislation gives Southern University and Louisiana State University until Sep. 1, 2016 to exercise a "right of first refusal" to be licensed as the state's marijuana production facility. If they pass, then the private sector will have the right to apply to grow marijuana. Any marijuana produced must have "the lowest acceptable levels [of THC] available through scientifically accepted methods." The law bans inhalation and vaping, and whole plant marijuana.
History (last action date)
Introduced by Sen. Fred H. Mills, Jr. (R) on Mar. 13, 2016; Passed by a vote of 22-16 and sent to House on Apr. 20, 2016; Amended, passed House by a vote of 62-31, and returned to Senate on May 11, 2016; Amendments proposed by the House read and concurred in Senate by a vote of 22-14 on May 16, 2016; Signed by the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House on May 17, 2016; Signed by Governor John Bel Edwards (May 19, 2016)

[Editor's Note: SB 271 was introduced to amend a 2015 law that failed to legalize medical marijuana because it said that doctors could "prescribe" medical marijuana, which is illegal under federal law. The new bill changed the wording to "recommend," which is legal, but did not contain any protections from prosecution for patients, growers, or distributors. SB 180 was created to close that loophole, but only offered protections for patients who lawfully possess medical marijuana; as a result, the bills did not legalize distribution or cultivation, meaning patients cannot get legal access to marijuana. In addition, draft regulations would require doctors in Louisiana to list dosage amounts with their recommendations, which may put physicians at risk of violating federal drug laws. For these reasons and others, neither the Marijuana Policy Project nor the National Council of State Legislatures has classified Louisiana as a state with a legal medical marijuana program.]

Senate Bill:
SB 180
Status:
Summary:
"Provides exemption from prosecution for anyone lawfully in possession of medical marijuana."
History (last action date)
Introduced by Sen. Fred H. Mills, Jr. (R) on Mar. 14, 2016; Passed by a vote of 24-10 and sent to House on Apr. 18, 2016

Scheduled for a May 24, 2016 floor debate in House; Passed the House by a vote of 67-21 and sent to Senate on May 24, 2016

Senate concurred with House amendments 29-7 and signed by Speaker of the House on May 25, 2016

Signed into law by Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) on June 2, 2016

[Editor's Note: The final version of the bill that was passed and signed into law did not contain provisions to protect pharmacies or growers. Also, the draft regulations' requirement that doctors specify dosage and amounts of medical marijuana could create legal issues for physicians. As a result, Louisiana is not considered a legal medical marijuana state at this time. This may change depending on how the situation develops in the state.]


Mississippi

House Bill:
HB 1360
Status:
Summary:
"An act to be known as the Mississippi Medical Marijuana Pilot Program Act... to allow the therapeutic use of marijuana for certain patients who have debilitating medical conditions; to provide certain protections to patients, caregivers, physicians, therapeutic marijuana establishments, dispensaries and testing facilities for the therapeutic use of marijuana;... to provide that this act will stand repealed five years after the first dispensary begins supplying qualifying patients with marijuana."
History (last action date)
Introduced by Rep. Joel Bomgar (R) and referred to Drug Policy Committee on Feb. 8, 2016; Died in committee (Feb. 23, 2016)

Senate Bill:
SB 2358
Status:
Summary:
"An act to authorize the medical use of marihuana [sic] by seriously ill patients under a physician's supervision."
History (last action date)
Introduced by Sen. Deborah Jeanne Dawkins (D) and referred to Public Health and Welfare Committee on Feb. 8, 2016; Died in committee (Feb. 23, 2016)


Missouri
Status:

Senate Bill:
SB 912
Status:
Summary:
"Current law allows people with intractable epilepsy to possess and use hemp extract to treat their condition. This act allows people with serious conditions to use medical marijuana... Under this act, a registrant may possess up to a 30-day supply of the medical marijuana dosage certified by the practitioner."
History (last action date)
Introduced by Sen. Rob Schaaf (R) and first reading on Jan. 13, 2016; Second reading and referred to Veterans' Affairs and Health Committee on Jan. 20, 2016; Bill died when session ended (May 13, 2016)

House Bill:
HB 2213
Status:
Summary:
"Establishes the Missouri Compassionate Care Act regarding the licensure of medical cannabis centers and cultivation and production facilities to provide medical cannabis to qualifying patients."
History (last action date)
Introduced by Rep. Dave Hinson (R) and read first time on Jan. 13, 2016; Read second time on Jan. 14, 2016; Referred to Emerging Issues Committee on Feb. 3, 2016; Public hearing completed on Feb. 15, 2016; Voted Do Pass with amendments by a vote of 11-1 on Feb. 22, 2016; Referred to Select Committee on General Laws on Feb. 23, 2016; Voted Do Pass by a vote of 8-2 on Mar. 8, 2016; Bill defeated in a floor vote 66-67 (Apr. 21, 2016)

Senate Joint Resolution:
SJR 29
Status:
Summary:
"This proposed constitutional amendment, if approved by voters, would allow the Department of Health and Senior Services to grant licenses for the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, and sale of marijuana for medical use... Under this resolution, the retail sale of medical marijuana would be subject to a four percent tax. The proceeds of the tax and fees collected under the marijuana program would be deposited in the Missouri Veterans' Health and Care Fund, which is created by this resolution."
History (last action date)
Prefiled by Sen. Jason Holsman (D) on Dec. 1, 2015; First reading on Jan. 6, 2016; Second reading and referred to Veterans' Affairs and Health Committee on Jan. 12, 2016; Bill died when session ended (May 13, 2016)


Nebraska

Bill:
LB 643
Status:
Summary:
"A bill... to adopt the Cannabis Compassion and Care Act; to provide for taxation as prescribed."
History (last action date)
Introduced by Sen. Tommy Garrett (no party) on Jan. 21, 2015; referred to Judiciary Committee on Jan. 23, 2015; Advanced to enrollment and review to incorporate adopted amendments into the bill on May 12, 2015; Placed on Select File for second debate and voting on May 13, 2015; Five additional amendments filed on May 19, 2015

Bill carried over to 2016 on Jan. 6, 2016; Designated by Sen. Garrett as a priority bill on Feb. 19, 2016; Amended filed by Sen. Sara Howard (D) on Mar. 16, 2016; Failed a cloture vote on Apr. 5, 2016; Indefinitely postponed (Apr. 20, 2016)



North Dakota

Initiated Statutory Measure No. 5:
Compassionate Care Act
Status:
Summary:
"This initiated measure would add a new chapter to Title 19 of the North Dakota Century Code creating an Act providing for the medical use of marijuana for defined debilitating medical conditions, such as cancer, AIDS, hepatitis C, ALS, glaucoma, and epilepsy. To participate in the program, the Act would create identification cards with specific criteria before they can be issued by the Department of Health for patients, caregivers, compassion centers and other facilities."
History (last action date)
Secretary of State Al Jaeger certified the initiative for the Nov. 8, 2016 ballot after the group North Dakota Compassionate Care submitted 17,217 qualified signatures, more than the 13,452 signatures needed on Aug. 11, 2016.

Voters approved the ballot measure by a vote of 63.7% to 36.3% (Nov. 8, 2016)



Ohio

House Bill:
HB 523
Status:
Summary:
A bill "to authorize the use of marijuana for medical purposes and to establish the Medical Marijuana Control Program."
History (last action date)
Introduced by Rep. Stephen Huffman (R) on Apr. 14, 2016; Referred to Select Committee on Medical Marijuana on Apr. 19, 2016; Passed the House by a vote of 71-26 and sent to Senate on May 10, 2016

Referred to Senate Committee on Government Oversight and Reform on May 11, 2016;

Passed the Senate by a vote of 18-15 on May 25, 2016

House concurred in Senate amendments by a vote of 67-29 on May 25, 2016

Signed into law by Gov. John Kasich (R) on June 8, 2016, making Ohio the 25th state to legalize medical marijuana.



Pennsylvania

Senate Bill:
SB 3
Status:
Summary:
"Providing for the medical use of cannabis in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania."
History (last action date)
Introduced by Sen. Mike Folmer (R), Sen. Daylin Leach (D), et al., and referred to State Government Committee on Jan. 26, 2015; Reported as amended and received first consideration on Apr. 21, 2015; Re-referred to Appropriations Committee on Apr. 22, 2015; Passed Senate by a vote of 40-7 on May 12, 2015

Referred to House Committee on Health on May 14, 2015; re-referred to Rules Committee on June 26, 2015; House Rules Committee roll-call voted 25-8, bill reported as committed and received first consideration on Nov. 18, 2015; Laid on table and removed from table on Dec. 13, 2015; Laid on table and removed from table on Jan. 25, 2016; Second consideration with amendments and re-referred to Appropriations Committee on Mar. 15, 2016; Third consideration and final passage by a vote of 149-2 and sent to Senate on Mar. 16, 2016

Referred to Senate Ruled and Executive Nominations Committee on Mar. 16, 2016; Senate voted 42-7 to pass on Apr. 12, 2016

House concurred with amendments and voted 149-46 to pass; bill sent to governor on Apr. 13, 2016

Signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf (D) on Apr. 17, 2016, making Pennsylvania the 24th state to legalize medical marijuana.

[Editor's Note: The bill carried over to 2016 because it is part of the 2015-2016 legislative session.]

House Bill:
HB 193
Status:
Summary:
"An Act providing for the medical use of cannabis; establishing the State Board of Medical Cannabis Licensing and providing for its powers and duties; imposing duties on the Department of Health and the Department of State; regulating the growing, processing and dispensing of medical cannabis; imposing civil and criminal penalties; and making inconsistent repeals."
History (last action date)
Introduced by Rep. Mark B. Cohen (D) and referred to Health Committee (Feb. 2, 2015)

[Editor's Note:The bill carried over to 2016 because it is part of the 2015-2016 legislative session.]


South Carolina
Status:

Senate Bill:
SB 672
Status:
Summary:
"A bill to amend the code of laws of South Carolina, 1976, to enact the 'South Carolina Medical Marijuana Program Act'... So as to authorize the palliative use of marijuana by certain individuals with certain diseases and medical conditions."
History (last action date)
Introduced by Sen. Tom Davis (R) and Sen. Brad Hutto (D), read first time, and referred to Committee on Medical Affairs on Apr. 16, 2015; Bill died in committee (Apr. 7, 2016)

[Editor's Note: South Carolina has a two-year legislative session so the legislation carried over from 2015 for consideration in 2016. A subcommittee passed the bill during the interim, and the bill is expected to go to full committee. Sen. Davis' office told ProCon.org in a Sep. 25, 2015 phone call that in the meantime the subcommittee will continue to collect data and make improvements to the bill.]

House Bill:
HB 4003
Status:
Summary:
"To authorize the therapeutic use of cannabis by certain individuals and for certain diseases and medical conditions; to authorize certain physicians to recommend the therapeutic use of cannabis under certain conditions."
History (last action date)
Introduced by Rep. Jenny Anderson Horne (R) and John Richard C. King (D), read first time, and referred to Committee on Judiciary on Apr. 16, 2015; Added sponsor Rep. Putnam (R) on Apr. 12, 2016; Bill died when session ended (June 2, 2016)

[Editor's Note: South Carolina has a two-year legislative session so the legislation carried over from 2015 for consideration in 2016.]

House Bill:
H 4037
Status:
Summary:
"A bill to amend the code of laws of South Carolina, 1976, to enact the 'South Carolina Medical Marijuana Program Act'... So as to authorize the palliative use of marijuana by certain individuals with certain diseases and medical conditions."
History (last action date)
Introduced by Rep. Jenny Anderson Horne (R) and John Richard C. King (D), read first time, and referred to Committee on Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs on Apr. 22, 2015; Rep. McCoy (R) added as a sponsor on Feb. 2, 2016; Added Rep. Brown (D) as sponsor on Apr. 19, 2016; Added Rep. Putnam (R) and Rep. Hill (R) as sponsors on May 4, 2016; Bill died when session ended (June 2, 2016)

[Editor's Note: South Carolina has a two-year legislative session so the legislation carried over from 2015 for consideration in 2016.]

House Bill:
H 3140
Status:
Summary:
"To authorize the medical use of marijuana by certain individuals and for certain diseases and medical conditions; to authorize physicians licensed in good standing in the state to recommend the medical use of marijuana under certain conditions... To provide for the operation of dispensaries to cultivate, grow, and dispense marijuana for medical use."
History (last action date)
Prefiled by Reps. J. Todd Rutherford (D), Justin Bamberg (D), et al., and referred to Committee on Judiciary on Dec. 11, 2014; Introduced, read first time, and referred to Committee on Judiciary on Jan. 13, 2015; Added Rep. Michael A. Pitts (R) as sponsor on Jan. 15, 2015; Added Rep. Peter M. McCoy, Jr. (R) as a sponsor on Jan. 27, 2015; Bill died when session ended (June 2, 2016)

[Editor's Note: South Carolina has a two-year legislative session so the legislation carried over from 2015 for consideration in 2016.]


Tennessee

Senate Bill:
SB 660
Status:
Summary:
"Medical Cannabis Access Act" creates "Safe Access program" for qualifying patients who have been "diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition by a practitioner;" allows licensed pharmacies to apply to be direct providers of medical cannabis to Safe Access program cardholders.
History (last action date)
Introduced by Sen. Sara Kyle (D) on Feb. 11, 2015; Passed on first consideration on Feb. 12, 2015; Passed on second consideration and referred to Judiciary Committee on Feb. 18, 2015; Assigned to General Subcommittee of Senate Judiciary Committee and died in committee (Mar. 23, 2016)

[Editor's Note: Tennessee's 2015 legislation carried over for consideration in 2016.]

House Bill:
HB 561
Status:
Summary:
"Medical Cannabis Access Act" creates "Safe Access program" for qualifying patients who have been "diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition by a practitioner;" allows licensed pharmacies to apply to be direct providers of medical cannabis to Safe Access program cardholders.
History (last action date)
Introduced by Rep. Sherry Jones (D) on Feb. 10, 2015; Referred to Criminal Justice Committee (Health-Government Operations) for review on Feb. 12, 2015; Assigned to Criminal Justice Subcommittee on Feb. 18, 2015; Deferred to summer study on Mar. 24, 2015; Placed on Criminal Justice Subcommittee calendar on Mar. 10, 2016; Action deferred on Mar. 15, 2016; Placed on Criminal Justice Subcommittee calendar on Mar. 16, 2016; Failed in committee (Mar. 22, 2016)

[Editor's Note: Tennessee's 2015 legislation carried over for consideration in 2016.]


Utah

Senate Bill:
SB 73
Status:
Summary:
"This bill allows an individual with a qualifying illness who registers with the Department of Health to possess and use, under certain circumstances, a cannabis product or a medical cannabis device.

'Cannabis product' means a product that: (i) is intended for human ingestion; and (ii) contains cannabis or extracted cannabinoids, including tetrahydrocannabinol; and (iii) is prepared in a medical dosage form."
History (last action date)
Introduced by Sen. Mark B. Madsen (R), first reading in Senate Rules Committee, and sent to Senate Judiciary, Law Enforcement, and Criminal Justice Committee on Jan. 25, 2016; Favorable report out of committee on Feb. 5, 2016; Seven amendments passed, including a change from allowing whole-leaf cannabis to "cannabis products" on Feb. 19, 2016; Passed Senate 3rd reading by a vote of 17-12 and sent to House on Feb. 25, 2016

House received from Senate and first reading on Feb. 25, 2016; Motion to Recommend failed in House Health and Human Services Committee by a vote of 4-8 on Mar. 8, 2016; Senate received from House and sent to Senate File for bills not passed (Mar. 10, 2016)

[Editor's Note: This bill as amended would not allow smokable forms of marijuana but instead allows for extracts with no THC limits.]



West Virginia

Senate Bill:
SB 640
Status:
Summary:
"[C]reating the Compassionate Use Act for Medical Cannabis; providing for protections for the medical use of cannabis."
History (last action date)
Introduced by Seb. Jeffrey V. Kessler (D), referred to the Committee on Health and Human Resources, and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary on Feb. 20, 2016; Bill died when session ended (Mar. 12, 2016)



Wisconsin

Assembly Bill:
AB 224
Status:
Summary:
"This bill changes state law so that state law permits both recreational use of marijuana and medical use of marijuana."
History (last action date)
Introduced by Rep. Melissa Sargent (D) et al., read first time, and referred to Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety on May 19, 2015; Fiscal estimate received on June 11, 2015; Bill died when session (Mar. 15, 2015)

[Editor's Note: Wisconsin's 2015 legislation carried over for consideration in 2016.]



Additional Resources:
1. Legal Medical Marijuana States and DC

2. 2015 States with Legislation or Ballot Measures to Legalize Medical Marijuana

3. 2014 States with Legislation or Ballot Measures to Legalize Medical Marijuana

4. 2013 States with Legislation or Ballot Measures to Legalize Medical Marijuana

5. 2012 States with Legislation or Ballot Measures to Legalize Medical Marijuana

6. 2011 States with Legislation or Ballot Measures to Legalize Medical Marijuana

7. 2010 States with Legislation or Ballot Measures to Legalize Medical Marijuana

Information about pending legislation comes directly from the state legislature website for each state. ProCon.org gives special thanks to Karen O'Keefe, JD, Director of State Policies for Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), for her updates on pending legislation.

Note: Ballot initiatives will only be added once a measure has been officially added to a state ballot. This page tracks legislation that would legalize use of the whole marijuana plant for medical purposes. Legislation that would limit use to the nonpsychoactive cannabis extract called cannabidiol (CBD) is not included on this list. States whose legalization laws would require physicians to "prescribe" marijuana (an illegal act under federal law) as opposed to "recommend" marijuana (considered protected free speech between doctor and patient) are not included on this list either.