Proposed Medical Marijuana Legislation in 2014


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

  • Maryland
  • Minnesota
  • New York


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    15 Failed Legislation in 2014

  • Florida
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Maryland
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
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    II. Pro-Medical Marijuana Legislation That Would Not Necessarily Legalize Its Use

    1 Pending Legislation or Ballot Measures

  • National
  • 11 Passed Legislation in 2014

  • Alabama
  • Florida
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Wisconsin




  • 7 Failed Legislation in 2014

  • Alabama
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Indiana
  • Mississippi
  • Nebraska
  • North Carolina

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    I. States with Pending Legislation or Ballot Measures to Legalize Medical Marijuana
    Florida Summary History (last action date) Status
    Ballot Initiative Amendment #2 - Use of Marijuana for Certain Medical Conditions (115 KB) "Allows the medical use of marijuana for individuals with debilitating diseases as determined by a licensed Florida physician. Allows caregivers to assist patients' medical use of marijuana. 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." A constitutional amendment sponsored by People United for Medical Marijuana obtained 745,613 signatures by Jan. 24, 2014 (683,149 were required by Feb. 1). Florida's Attorney General Pam Bondi argued that the wording of the proposal was misleading and sought to keep it off the ballot. On Jan. 27, 2014, the Florida Supreme Court ruled 4-3 in favor of allowing the initiative to be decided by voters in the Nov. 4, 2014 election.

    The initiative required a 60% yes vote to pass. The Florida Division of Elections reported the results as 57.58% yes (3,357,543 votes) and 42.42% no (2,473,608 votes). (Nov. 5, 2014)
    House Bill:
    HB 859 (750 KB)
    Medical Use of Cannabis, called "Cathy Jordan Medical Cannabis Act," "requiring the Department of Business and Professional Regulation to regulate the manufacture, cultivation, possession, wholesale distribution, dispensing, purchase, delivery, and sale of cannabis for medical use and the manufacture, possession, purchase, sale, use, and delivery of drug paraphernalia; providing that the department is responsible for the licensure and permitting of dispensaries and medical cannabis farms and the registration of owners, directors, officers, members, incorporators, employees, and agents of such farms and dispensaries, etc." Filed by Rep. Joe Saunders (D) on Feb. 10, 2014; Referred to Criminal Justice Subcommittee, Health Quality Subcommittee, Appropriations Committee, and Judiciary Committee on Feb. 20, 2014; Received first reading on Mar. 4, 2014

    Bill died in committee when legislative session ended (May 2, 2014)
    Senate Bill:
    SB 962 (1.5 MB)
    Medical Use of Cannabis, called "Cathy Jordan Medical Cannabis Act," "requiring the Department of Business and Professional Regulation to regulate the manufacture, cultivation, possession, wholesale distribution, dispensing, purchase, delivery, and sale of cannabis for medical use and the manufacture, possession, purchase, sale, use, and delivery of drug paraphernalia; providing that the department is responsible for the licensure and permitting of dispensaries and medical cannabis farms and the registration of owners, directors, officers, members, incorporators, employees, and agents of such farms and dispensaries, etc." Filed by Sen. Jeff Clemens (D) on Feb. 10, 2014; Referred to Health Policy and Regulated Industries Committees and Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services on Feb. 12, 2014; Introduced to Senate on Mar. 4, 2014

    Bill died in committee when legislative session ended (May 2, 2014)
    Kansas Summary History (last action date) Status
    Senate Bill:
    SB 9 (150 KB)
    "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; establishing the compassion board; providing for administration of the act by the department of health and environment." Pre-filed by Sen. David Haley (D) on Jan. 10, 2013; Introduced and referred to the Committee on Public Health and Welfare on Jan. 15, 2013

    Bill died when legislature adjourned (May 3, 2014)

    Note: Bills carry over to even years in Kansas so SB 9 was considered active in 2014 even though no action was taken.
    House Bill:
    HB 2198 (150 KB)
    "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; establishing the compassion board; providing for administration of the act by the department of health and environment..." Introduced by the House Standing Committee on Vision 2020 on Feb. 1, 2013; Referred to Committee on Federal and State Affairs on Feb. 4, 2013

    Bill died when legislature adjourned (May 3, 2014)

    Note: Bills carry over to even years in Kansas so HB 2198 was considered active in 2014 even though no action was taken.
    Kentucky Summary History (last action date) Status
    Senate Bill:
    SB 43 (210 KB)
    "AN ACT relating to medical cannabis... to establish a comprehensive system for medical cannabis in Kentucky, 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 for Public Health..." Introduced by Sen. Perry Clark (D), Sen. Walter Blevins Jr. (D), and Sen. Denise Harper Angel (D) on Jan. 7; Referred to Licensing, Occupations, & Administrative Regulations Committee on Jan. 13, 2014.

    Bill died when the legislature adjourned (Apr. 15, 2014)
    House Bill:
    HB 350 (225 KB)
    "[E]stablish a comprehensive system for medical cannabis in Kentucky, 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 for Public Health... name the Act the Cannabis Compassion Act." Introduced by Rep. Mary Lou Marzian (D) on Feb. 6, 2014; Sent to Health and Welfare Committee on Feb. 11, 2014; posted in committee on Feb. 14, 2014; Reported favorably out of committee by a vote of 9-5 and placed on calendar for first reading on Feb. 27, 2014; Sent to Rules Committee on Feb. 28, 2014; Recommitted to Judiciary on Mar. 7, 2014.

    Bill died when the legislature adjourned (Apr. 15, 2014)
    Maryland Summary History (last action date) Status
    House Bill:
    HB 881 (225 KB)

     

    "For the purpose of altering the purpose of the Natalie M. LaPrade Medical Marijuana Commission [created by HB1101, signed into law May 2, 2013] to include the registration and regulation of certain physicians... encouraging the Commission to license medical marijuana growers that grow certain strains of marijuana; authorizing an entity licensed to grow marijuana under certain provisions of law to provide marijuana to certain patients or certain caregivers..." Introduced by Delegate Dan K. Morhaim (D) and received first reading in the Health and Government Operations Committee on Feb. 5, 2014; Hearing scheduled for Feb. 28, 2014; Received Favorable with Amendments Report by Health and Government Operations Committee on Mar. 15, 2014; Floor amendment rejected by a vote of 82-33 on Mar. 15, 2014; Third reading passed by a vote of 126-10, bill sent to Senate on Mar. 17, 2014

    First reading in Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee on Mar. 18, 2014; Reported favorable with amendments by Judicial Proceedings on Apr. 1, 2014; Third reading passed with amendments by a vote of 45-1 on Apr. 4, 2014; House refused to concur with Senate amendments on Apr. 5, 2014; Conference committee appointed and report adopted, third reading passed by a vote of 125-11 in the House, third reading passed by a vote of 44-2 in the Senate, passed enrolled in the House and sent to governor on Apr. 7, 2014

    Governor Martin O'Malley signed the bill into law on Apr. 14, 2014, ma15king Maryland the 21st state to legalize medical marijuana.

    Senate Bill:
    SB 923 (200 KB)

    "For the purpose of altering the purpose of the Natalie M. LaPrade Medical Marijuana Commission [created by HB1101, signed into law May 2, 2013] to include the registration and regulation of certain physicians... encouraging the Commission to license medical marijuana growers that grow certain strains of marijuana; authorizing an entity licensed to grow marijuana under certain provisions of law to provide marijuana to certain patients or certain caregivers..." Introduced by Sen. Jamie Raskin (D) and received first reading in the Judicial Proceedings Committee on Jan. 31, 2014; Hearing scheduled for Feb. 25, 2014; Reported favorable with amendments by Judicial Proceedings on Mar. 26, 2014; Third reading passed the Senate by a vote of 45-1 and sent to House on Mar. 27, 2014

    Received favorable with amendments report from House Health and Government Operations Committee on Apr. 5, 2014; Third reading passed with amendments by a vote of 127-9 in the House; Senate concurred with amendments, third reading passed by a vote of 44-2, passed enrolled and sent to governor (Apr. 7, 2014)

    House Bill:
    HB 1321 (300 KB)
    "For the purpose of altering the purpose of the Natalie M. LaPrade Medical Marijuana Commission [created by HB1101, signed into law May 2, 2013] to include the registration and regulation of certain physicians... encouraging the Commission to license medical marijuana growers that grow certain strains of marijuana; authorizing an entity licensed to grow marijuana under certain provisions of law to provide marijuana to certain patients or certain caregivers..." Introduced by Delegate Cheryl D. Glenn (D) and received first reading in Health and Government Operations Committee on Feb. 7, 2014; Hearing scheduled for Feb. 28; Unfavorable report by Health and Government Operations Committee and bill withdrawn (Mar. 24, 2014)
    Minnesota Summary History (last action date) Status
    Senate Bill:
    SF 2470 (205 KB)

    "A bill for an act relating to health; providing for medical cannabis registry program; authorizing rulemaking; establishing duties of patients, heal care practitioners, and manufacturer of medical cannabis; establishing patient protections;... requiring impact assessment of medical cannabis therapeutic research..." Introduced by Sen. D. Scott Dibble (DFL) and Sen. David J. Tomassoni (DFL) and referred to the Education Committee on Mar. 10, 2014; Committee reported pass as amended, third reading passed the Senate by a vote of 59-1 and sent to House on Mar. 24, 2014

    Received in House and referred to Education Policy Committee on Apr. 25, 2014; Committee report to adopt as amended and referred to Ways and Means Committee on May 5, 2014; Committee report to adopt as amended on May 7, 2014; Passed by House as amended by a vote of 86-39 on May 9, 2014

    Senate refused to confer and conference committee of three appointed from House and Senate on May 13, 2014; Conference committee agreed on a version of the bill, Senate passed by a vote of 46-16 and House passed by a vote of 89-40 on May 16, 2014; Sent to Governor on May 17, 2014

    Governor Mark Dayton signed the bill into law on May 29, 2014, making Minnesota the 22nd state to legalize medical marijuana.

    House Bill:
    HF 2099 (175 KB)
    "Marijuana medical use permitted, fees set, rulemaking authorized, criminal and civil penalties provided, and money appropriated." Introduced by Rep. Andrew Falk (Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party), Rep. Phyllis Kahn (DFL), and Rep. Jay McNamar (DFL), referred to Health and Human Services Policy on Feb. 25, 2014; Bill died when legislature adjourned (May 16, 2014)
    Senate Bill:
    SF 1641 (175 KB)
    "Permitting the medical use of marijuana... specifying certain limitations... [establishing] registry identification card... authorizing cities to enact zoning regulations that limit use of land for medical marijuana dispensaries..." Introduced by Sen. Scott Dibble (Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party), received first reading and referred to Health, Human Services and Housing Committee on May 2, 2013 The bill carried over to 2014; Passed the Senate Committee on Health, Human Services and Housing by a vote of 7-3, and referred to Rules and Administration Committee on Apr. 25, 2014; Committee reported to pass as amended and re-referred to Judiciary Committee on Apr. 29, 2014; Committee report amended, no recommendation, and re-referred to Finance on May 1, 2014; Committee report to pass as amended and received second reading on May 5, 2014; Third reading passed the Senate by a vote of 48-18 on May 6, 2014

    Received in House and referred to Government Operations Committee on May 7, 2014; Bill died when legislature adjourned (May 16, 2014)
    House Bill:
    HF 1818 (175 KB)
    "Marijuana medical use permitted, fees set, rulemaking authorized, criminal and civil penalties provided, and money appropriated." Introduced by Rep. Carly Melin (Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party), received and first reading and referred to Health and Human Services Policy on May 2, 2013; Re-referred to Government Operations Committee on Mar. 10, 2014; Author Faust stricken on Mar. 17, 2014; Author Isaacson added on Mar. 24, 2014; Bill died when legislature adjourned (May 16, 2014)
    Mississippi Summary History (last action date) Status
    Senate Bill:
    SB 2763 (30 KB)

    "An act to authorize the medical use of marihuana by seriously ill patients under a physician's supervision... to provide an exemption from criminal and civil penalties for the medical use of marihuana; to provide limitations on the medical use of marihuana; to provide a legal defense for patients and primary caregivers..." Introduced by Sen. Deborah Dawkins (D) on Jan. 20, 2014 and referred to Judiciary Committee; Died in committee (Feb. 4, 2014)
    Missouri Summary History (last action date) Status
    House Bill:
    HB 1324 (250 KB)
    Creates the "Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act." Defines adequate supply as "two and one-half ounces of usable cannabis during a period of fourteen days and that is derived solely from an intrastate source." Introduced by Rep. Rory Ellinger (D) and read first time on Jan. 13, 2014; Read second time on Jan. 14, 2014; Referred to Health Policy Committee on Jan. 28, 2014; Bill died when legislature adjourned (May 16, 2014)
    Senate Bill:
    SB 951 (1 MB)
    Places marijuana in Schedule II. Defines an adequate supply as three mature and four immature marijuana plants and four ounces of usable marijuana. Lists conditions approved for use, including cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, severe migraines, and more. Establishes a registry identification card system. Introduced by Sen. Jason Holsman (D) on Feb. 26, 2014; Second reading and referred to General Laws Committee on Mar. 26, 2014; Hearing conducted in General Laws Committee on Apr. 1, 2014; Committee voted "do pass" on Apr. 22,2014; Bill died when legislature adjourned (May 16, 2014)
    New York Summary History (last action date) Status
    Senate Bill:
    SB 1682 (100 KB)
    "Legalizes the possession, manufacture, sale, administration, delivery, dispensing and distribution of [up to 8 oz of] marijuana in connection with medical use thereof for certified patients... permits registered organizations to sell, administer, deliver, etc. marijuana to certified patients or the caregiver of a certified patient for certified medical use..." Introduced by Sen. Velmanette Montgomery (D) and referred to Health Committee on Jan. 9, 2013.

    The bill carried over to 2014 and was referred to Health Committee on Jan. 8, 2014 but died when the legislative session ended (June 20, 2014)
    Senate Bill:
    SB 4406 (85 KB)

    Same as AB 6357
    "Legalizes the possession, acquisition, use, delivery, transfer, transport or administration of marihuana by a certified patient or designated caregiver for a certified medical use..." Introduced by Sen. Diane Savino (D) and referred to Health Committee on Mar. 26, 2013; Amended and recommitted to Health Committee on June 14, 2013.

    The bill carried over to 2014 and was referred to Health Committee on Jan. 8, 2014; Notice of committee consideration requested on Apr. 7, 2014; amended and recommitted to Health Committee on Apr. 25, 2014; Reported and committed to Finance Committee on May 20, 2014; Committee discharged and committed to Rules Committee on June 12, 2014; Amended and recommitted to Rules Committee on June 16, 2014; Bill did not advance before the legislative session ended but the Assembly version of the bill was passed and sent to the Governor (June 20, 2014)

    [Editor's Note: Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on June 19, 2014 that he and the legislature had reached "an agreement on a bill that will establish a medical marijuana program for New York State... [U]nder no circumstances would smoking [of marijuana] be allowed."]
    Assembly Bill:
    AB 6357 (85 KB)

    Same as SB 4406

    "This would allow medical use of marihuana under a health care practitioner's care, for patients with cancer and other severe debilitating or life-threatening conditions. The bill would set up a tightly regulated and controlled medical marihuana system."

    [Although the Senate and Assembly bills contain identical language, this official summary comes from the Assembly website and does not appear in the bill itself.]

    Introduced by Assemblymember Richard Gottfried (D) and referred to Health Committee on Mar. 26, 2013; Referred to Codes Committee on Apr. 16, 2003; Referred to Ways and Means Committee on Apr. 30, 2013; Passed Assembly by a vote of 99-41, sent to Senate and referred to Health Committee on June 3, 2013; Recalled from Senate and returned to Assembly on June 17, 2013.

    The bill carried over to 2014 and was referred to Health Committee on Jan. 8, 2014; passed Health Committee by a vote of 20-4 and referred to Assembly Codes Committee on Jan. 14, 2014; amended bill cosponsored by Sen. Diana Savino (D) rolled into Assembly's budget proposal on Mar. 8, 2014; Reported referred to Ways and Means Committee on May 21, 2014; Reported referred to Rules Committee and passed Assembly by a vote of 94 to 36 on May 27

    Delivered to Senate and referred to Codes Committee on May 27, 2014; Recalled from Senate and returned to Assembly, vote reconsidered and restored to third reading for amendments on June 9, 2014; Amended and recommitted to Rules Committee on June 16, 2014; Re-passed Assembly by a vote of 117-13 and returned to Senate on June 19, 2014

    Referred to Senate Rules Committee, passed the Senate by a vote of 49-10, and returned to Assembly on June 20, 2014; Signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo (July 5, 2014)

    [Editor's Note: Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on June 19, 2014 that he and the legislature had reached "an agreement on a bill that will establish a medical marijuana program for New York State... [U]nder no circumstances would smoking [of marijuana] be allowed."

    North Carolina Summary History (last action date) Status
    House Bill:
    HB 1161 (250 KB)
    If passed, the bill would put on the Nov. 4, 2014 statewide election ballot a "constitutional amendment to allow, through a regulated system, the medical use of cannabis to alleviate and treat debilitating medical conditions and their symptoms and to further allow, through a regulated system, the acquisition, possession, cultivation, manufacture, delivery, transfer, or transportation of cannabis exclusively for such medical use." Introduced by Rep. Kelly M. Alexander (D) on May 20, 2014; Passed first reading and referred to Committee on Judiciary on May 22, 2014

    Bill died when legislature adjourned (May 22, 2014)
    Ohio Summary History (last action date) Status
    House Bill:
    HB 153 (250 KB)
    "A registered primary caregiver: A registered qualifying patient or visiting qualifying patient for engaging in the medical use of cannabis;... A registered primary caregiver." Introduced by Rep. Robert Hagan (D) and assigned to Health and Aging Committee on May 2, 2013; Received a hearing on May 29, 2013; Carried over to 2014; Bill died when legislative session ended (Dec. 17, 2014)
    Pennsylvania Summary History (last action date) Status
    Senate Bill:
    SB 1182 (110 KB)
    "Governor Raymond Shafer Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act: An Act providing for the medical use of cannabis in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania." Establishes a Pennsylvania Medical Cannabis Board, allows for nonprofit compassionate care centers, and creates a medical cannabis identification card system. Does not allow smoking or vaporization of the marijuana. Introduced by Sen. Daylin Leach (D) and Sen. Mike Folmer (R), and referred to Law and Justice Committee on Jan. 15, 2014; Mentioned in committee hearing on Apr. 8, 2014; Reported out of Senate Law and Justice Committee by a vote of 11-0 on June 27, 2014; Re-referred to Appropriations Committee on July 1, 2014; Third consideration and final passage in the Senate by a vote of 43-7 on Sep. 24, 2014

    Sent to House and referred to Judiciary Committee on Oct. 7, 2014. Died when legislative session ended (Nov. 12, 2014)
    South Carolina Summary History (last action date) Status
    House Bill:
    H 4879 (200 KB)
    Creates the "South Carolina Medical Marijuana Act," allowing for up to two ounces of usable marijuana and up to six marijuana plants with three or fewer being mature, flowering plants. Requires that "the physician and patient have a bona fide physician-patient relationship." Establishes a patient registry program and allows dispensaries. Introduced by Representatives J. Todd Rutherford (D), James E. Smith, Jr. (D), Chandra E. Dillard (D), Kenneth F. Hodges (D), Mia S. McLeod (D), Joe Neal (D), and J. David Weeks (D), read for first time and referred to Committee on Judiciary on Mar. 6, 2014; Added sponsor Dennis C. Moss (R) on Mar. 10, 2014; Added sponsor Grady A. Brown (D) on Mar. 25, 2014; Added sponsor Gilda Cobb-Hunter (D) on Apr. 1, 2014;

    Bill died when it failed to advance to the Senate before the crossover deadline (May 1, 2014)
    Tennessee Summary History (last action date) Status
    House Bill:
    HB 1385 (75 KB)

    "Creates the 'Koozer-Kuhn Medical Cannabis Act'... Generally, this bill decriminalizes the use of medical cannabis by a qualifying patient who is enrolled in the safe access program... The program must issue safe access program identification cards to patients who receive a certification for medical cannabis and complete the program enrollment process at a participating pharmacy or regulated dispensary." Introduced by Rep. Sherry Jones (D) on Jan. 2, 2014; referred to Health Committee on Jan. 15, 2014; Failed in Health Subcommittee by a vote of 6-2 (Mar. 25, 2014)
    Senate Bill:
    SB 2451 (75 KB)
    "Creates the 'Koozer-Kuhn Medical Cannabis Act'... Generally, this bill decriminalizes the use of medical cannabis by a qualifying patient who is enrolled in the safe access program... The program must issue safe access program identification cards to patients who receive a certification for medical cannabis and complete the program enrollment process at a participating pharmacy or regulated dispensary." Introduced by Sen. Ophelia Ford (D) on Jan. 2, 2014; referred to Government Operations Committee on Feb. 6, 2014.

    Bill died when the legislature adjourned (Apr. 17, 2014)
    West Virginia Summary History (last action date) Status
    House Bill:
    HB 4264 (200 KB)
    Creates the "Compassionate Use Act for Medical Cannabis; providing for protections for the medical use of cannabis..." Sets possession limits as six ounces of usable marijuana, 12 mature plants, and 12 seedlings. Allows for nonprofit registered compassion centers. Introduced by Rep. Manypenny (D) on Jan. 23, 2014; referred to Health and Human Resources Committee then Judiciary Committee on Jan. 23, 2014.

    Bill died when the legislature adjourned (Mar. 14, 2014)
    Wisconsin Summary History (last action date) Status
    Assembly Bill:
    AB 480 (120 KB)
    "This bill creates a medical use defense to marijuana-related prosecutions and forfeiture actions for and prohibits the arrest or prosecution of persons who are registered with the Department of Health Services (DHS) and have certain debilitating medical conditions or treatments and primary caregivers of such persons." Allows qualifying patients to possess 12 marijuana plants and three ounces of marijuana leaves or flowers. Introduced by Democratic Representatives Taylor, Danou, Ohnstad, Berceau, Clark, Genrich, Hesselbein, Pasch, Pope, Sargent, Shankland, Young and Zepnick, read for first time and referred to Committee on Health on Nov. 1, 2013, Fiscal estimate received Nov. 12 and Nov. 21, 2013; Added Rep. Zamarripa (D) added as a coauthor on Jan. 20, 2014; Withdrawn from committee on Health and referred to committee on Insurance on Mar. 14, 2014.

    Bill died when the legislature adjourned (Apr. 2, 2014)
    Senate Bill:
    SB 363 (200 KB)
    "This bill creates a medical use defense to marijuana-related prosecutions and forfeiture actions for and prohibits the arrest or prosecution of persons who are registered with the Department of Health Services (DHS) and have certain debilitating medical conditions or treatments and primary caregivers of such persons." Allows qualifying patients to possess 12 marijuana plants and three ounces of marijuana leaves or flowers. Introduced by Democratic Senators Erpenbach, L. Taylor, T. Cullen, Harris and Lehman, read for first time and referred to Committee on Health and Human Services on Oct. 22, 2013; Fiscal estimates received on Nov. 1, Nov. 4, and Nov. 13, 2013; Representative Zamarripa (D) added as a cosponsor on Jan. 31, 2014.

    Bill died when the legislature adjourned (Apr. 2, 2014)
    II. States with Pro-Medical Marijuana Legislation That Would Not Necessarily Legalize Its Use
    National Summary History (last action date) Status
    House Bill:
    HR 5226 (240 KB)

    Charlotte's Web Medical Hemp Act of 2014: "To amend the Controlled Substances Act to exclude therapeutic hemp and cannabidiol from the definition of marihuana, and for other purposes...

    The term 'therapeutic hemp' means the plant Cannabis sativa L... with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis...

    Nothing in this Act shall prohibit or otherwise restrict any activities related to the use, production, or distribution of marijuana in a State in which such activities are legal under State law."
    Introduced by Reps. Scott Perry (R-PA), Steve Cohen (D-TN), and Paul Broun (R-GA) and referred to Energy and Commerce Committee and Judiciary Committee on July 28, 2014; Referred to Subcommittee on Health on Aug. 1, 2014; Referred to Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations (Sep. 26, 2014)
    Alabama Summary History (last action date) Status
    Senate Bill:
    SB 174 (33 KB)

    Carly's Law: The bill will "provide a defense of necessity in a prosecution for the unlawful possession of marijuana when the defendant has a debilitating epileptic condition and possesses or uses cannabidiol (CBD) pursuant to an authorized prescription."

    Amended to add that the bill will "provide that the Department of Neurology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham will establish a research and development study purposed to determine medical uses and benefits of cannabidiol (CBD) for individuals with debilitating epileptic conditions."

    The cannabidiol may have no more than 3% THC.
    Introduced by Sen. Paul Sanford (R), read first time on Jan. 14, 2014; amended and passed 34-0 on Mar. 11, 2014; Read for the first time in the House and referred to the House of Representatives Committee on Technology and Research on Mar. 13, 2014; Read for the second time and placed on calendar on Mar. 18, 2014; Third reading passed by a vote of 97-0 on Mar. 20, 2014; Returned to Senate for concurrence, passed by a vote of 27-0, and sent to the governor on Mar. 20, 2014

    Signed into law by Governor Robert Bentley on (Apr. 1, 2014)
    House Bill:
    HB 104 (30 KB)

    [Editor's Note: HB 104 would not legalize medical marijuana. Rather, it would allow a person being prosecuted for marijuana possession to introduce evidence of medical necessity under conditions outlined in the bill.]
    "This bill would provide a defense of necessity in a prosecution for the unlawful possession of marijuana in the second degree when the defendant has been diagnosed by a physician with having a debilitating medical condition and possesses cannabidiol (CBD) that is likely to provide therapeutic or palliative relief to the medical condition."

    Also creates affirmative defense for parent or legal guardian who "possesses CBD on behalf of a minor who has a debilitating medical condition."
    Introduced by Rep. Mike Ball (R), Patricia Todd (D), and Allen Farley (R), read for the first time, and referred to the House of Representatives Committee on Judiciary on Jan. 14, 2014 on Jan. 14, 2014.

    Bill died when the legislative session ended (Apr. 3, 2014)
    Florida Summary History (last action date) Status
    Senate Bill:
    SB 1030 (210 KB)

    [Editor's Note: This bill would create more restrictive rules than exist in any of the states that currently have legal medical marijuana. SB 1030 only allows cannabis oil that contains more than 15% of cannabidiol (CBD) and no more than 0.5% THC.]

    "Authorizing specified physicians to prescribe to specified patients medical-grade marijuana; requiring the Department of Health to create a compassionate use registry; requiring the department to authorize a specified number of dispensing organizations; revising the definition of the term 'cannabis' for purposes of the Florida Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act..."

    "Cannabis" is revised so that "the term does not include any plant of the genus Cannabis that contains 0.5 percent or less of tetrahydrocannabinol [THC] and more than 15 percent of cannabidiol."
    Filed by Sen. Rob Bradley (R), Sen. Aaron Bean (R), and Sen. Jeff Brandes (R) on Feb. 12, 2014; Referred to Health Policy, Criminal Justice, and Appropriations committees on Feb. 19, 2014; Reported favorable by Criminal Justice Committee by a vote of 5-1 on Mar. 24, 2014; Sent to Appropriations Committee on Mar. 25, 2014; Passed Criminal Justice Subcommittee by a vote of 14-1; Committee substitute by Appropriations read first time on Apr. 24, 2014; Read second and third times and passed by a vote of 36-3 on Apr. 28, 2014; Sent to House on Apr. 28, 2014

    Received in House, referred to calendar, read second time, amendments adopted, read third time, and passed as amended by a vote of 111-7 on May 1, 2014

    Senate concurred in one amendment then passed by a vote of 30-9; bill ordered engrossed, then enrolled on May 2; Signed by officers and presented to Governor on June 5, 2014

    Signed into law by Governor Rick Scott (June 16, 2014)
    House Bill:
    HB 843 (100 KB)

    [Editor's Note: This bill would have created more restrictive rules than exist in any of the states that currently have legal medical marijuana. HB 843 only allows cannabis oil that contains more than 15% of cannabidiol (CBD) and no more than 0.5% THC.]

    "An act... revising the definition of the term 'cannabis' for purposes of the Florida Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act... The term does not include any plant of the genus Cannabis that contains 0.5 percent or less of tetrahydrocannabinol [THC] and more than 15 percent of cannabidiol." Filed by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R) and Rep. Katie Edwards (D) on Feb. 6, 2014; Referred to Criminal Justice Subcommittee, Appropriations Committee, Judiciary Committee, and Criminal Justice Subcommittee on Feb. 14, 2014; Received first reading on Mar. 4, 2014; Reported favorable out of Criminal Justice Subcommittee on Mar. 5, 2014; Reported favorable out of Appropriations Committee by a vote of 24-0 and sent to Judiciary Committee on Mar. 20, 2014; Reported favorable with committee substitute by Judiciary Committee on Apr. 21, 2014; Reported out of Judiciary Committee on Apr. 22, 2014

    Bill died pending review when legislative session ended (May 2, 2014)
    Georgia Summary History (last action date) Status
    House Bill:
    HB 885 (90 KB)

    [Editor's Note: In order for the passage of HB 885 to make Georgia a legal medical marijuana state, medical centers in Georgia would have had to participate in the therapeutic research program and the federal government would have had to provide the marijuana for the program.]
    "It is the intent of the General Assembly in enacting this article to permit research into the therapeutic and treatment applications of marijuana cannabis and its derivatives in cancer, and glaucoma, and seizure disorder patients...

    An academic medical center operating a program approved under this article shall apply to contract with the National Institute on Drug Abuse [NIDA] for receipt of marijuana cannabis pursuant to this article and pursuant to regulations promulgated by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Food and Drug Administration, and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration or obtain such cannabis, cannabinoid, or any other derivative, compound, or substantially similar products from any available source."

    Introduced by Rep. Allen Peake (R) on Jan. 28, 2014 and sent to Health & Human Services Commitee; Received first reading Jan. 31, 2014; Received second reading Feb. 3, 2014; Received third reading and was passed by the House of Representatives in a 171-4 vote on Mar. 3, 2014; Sent to the Senate and referred to Health and Human Services Committee on Mar. 4, 2014; Reported favorably by Committee and read second time on Mar. 13, 2014; Senate tabled on Mar. 18, 2014.

    Bill died when the legislative session ended (Mar. 20, 2014)
    Senate Resolution:
    SR 756 (10 KB)

    Creates "the Senate Prescription of Medicinal Marijuana for Serious Medical Conditions Study Committee" to "undertake a study of the conditions, needs, issues, and problems" of "whether it would be appropriate to enact legislation making new provisions or changing provisions of current law of this state with regard to" medical marijuana. Introduced by Sen. Joshua McKoon (R) on Jan. 17, 2014; Read and referred to the Health and Human Services Committee on Jan. 21, 2014; Reported favorably out of committee and read second time on Mar. 12, 2014.

    Bill died when the legislative session ended (Mar. 20, 2014)
    Indiana Summary History (last action date) Status
    House Bill:
    HB 1185 (30 KB)

    [Editor's Note: HB 1185 would not legalize medical marijuana. Rather, it would allow a person being prosecuted for marijuana possession to introduce evidence of medical necessity under conditions outlined in the bill.]
    "Provides a defense to prosecution for marijuana possession if the person who possessed the marijuana did so under valid prescription or order of a practitioner who acted in the scope of the practitioner's professional practice." Introduced by Rep. Sue Errington (D) on Jan. 13, 2014; referred to Courts and Criminal Code Committee (Jan. 14, 2014)

    Bill died when the legislative session ended (Mar. 13, 2014)
    Iowa Summary History (last action date) Status
    Senate Bill:
    SF 2360 (75 KB)

    [Editor's Note: SF 2360 would not legalize medical marijuana. Rather, it would allow the use of cannabidiol, one of the 400+ ingredients in marijuana, with the written recommendation of a neurologist.]

    Allows the possession or use of cannabidiol that has less than 3% tetrahydrocannabinol [THC] for the treatment of intractable epilepsy with the written recommendation of a neurologist. The bill states that the cannabidiol must be obtained from an out-of-state source and "recommended for oral or transdermal administration"(non-smoked). Introduced by committee, placed on Ways and Means calendar, and received committee report approving bill on Apr. 23, 2014; Passed Senate by a vote of 36-12 on Apr. 24, 2014

    Read first time in House, referred to Public Safety Committee, and passed subcommittee on Apr. 25, 2014; Committee report recommended amendment and passage and committee amendments filed on Apr. 29, 2014; Passed the House by a vote of 77-20 on Apr. 30, 2014; Passed the Senate by a vote of 38-8 on May 1, 2014; Sent to Governor on May 2, 2014

    Signed into law by Governor Terry Branstad (May 30, 2014)

    Kentucky Summary History (last action date) Status
    Senate Bill:
    SB 124 (70 KB)

    [Editor's Note: SB 124 would not legalize medical marijuana. Rather, it would allow the use of cannabidiol, one of the 400+ ingredients in marijuana, with the written order of a physician.]


    Excludes from the definition of marijuana "substance cannabidiol, when transferred, dispensed, or administered pursuant to the written order of a physician practicing at a hospital or associated clinic affiliated with a Kentucky public university having a college or school of medicine." Introduced by Sen. Julie Denton (R) on Feb. 5, 2014; Sent to Health and Welfare Committee on Feb. 7, 2014; Reported favorably out of committee and placed on calendar for first reading on Feb. 26, 2014; Sent to Rules Committee on Feb. 27, 2014; Received 3rd reading and passed Senate by a vote of 38-0 on Mar. 12, 2014; Sent to House on Mar. 13, 2014; Sent to House Judiciary Committee on Mar. 17, 2014; Reported favorably and placed on Calendar on Mar. 19, 2014; Received third reading, passed 98-0, and sent to Senate on Mar. 26, 2014

    Sent to Senate Rules Committee on Mar. 31, 2014; Passed Senate by a vote of 36-0, enrolled, and delivered to governor; Signed into law by Governor Steve Beshear (Apr. 10, 2014)
    Mississippi Summary History (last action date) Status
    House Bill:
    HB 1231 (180 KB)

    [Editor's Note: This bill would create more restrictive rules than exist in any of the states that currently have legal medical marijuana. HB 1231 only allows processed cannabis plant extract, oil or resin that contains more than 15% of cannabidiol (CBD) and no more than 0.5% THC.]


    "Harper Grace's Law" allows for "processed cannabis plant extract, oil or resin that contains more than fifteen percent (15%) cannabidiol (CBD) or a dilution of the resin that contains at least fifty (50) milligrams of cannabidiol per milliliter, but not more than one-half of one percent (.5%) of tetrahydrocannabinol [THC]...

    CBD oil may only be obtained on the order of a physician who is licensed to practice in Mississippi and administered to a patient by or under the direction or supervision of the physician.

    The CBD oil must be obtained from or tested by the National Center for Natural Products Research at the University of Mississippi and dispensed by the Department of Pharmacy Services at the University of Mississippi Medical Center."

    Provides affirmative defense for defendants suffering from a debilitating epileptic condition who accessed the CBD oil in accordance with the requirements set forth in the bill.

    Introduced by Rep. Sam C. Mims (R) and referred to Judiciary Committee on Jan. 2, 2014; Passed by the House by a vote of 119-0 on Feb. 6, 2014; Transmitted to Senate on Feb. 7, 2014; Passed by the Senate as amended by a vote of 52-0 on Mar. 6, 2014; Enrolled bill signed by the House and the Senate on Mar. 30, 2014; Sent to Governor on Apr. 1, 2014

    Signed by Gov. Phil Bryant (Apr. 17, 2014)
    Senate Bill:
    SB 2745 (120 KB)

    [Editor's Note: This bill would create more restrictive rules than exist in any of the states that currently have legal medical marijuana. SB 2745 only allows processed cannabis plant extract, oil or resin that contains more than 15% of cannabidiol (CBD) and no more than 0.5% THC.]
    "An act to be known as Harper Grace's law; to amend section 41-29-113, Mississippi code of 1972, to revise schedule I of the Controlled Substances Law so as to exclude from regulation cannabis extract containing an extremely low level of tetrahydrocannabinol [THC]; and for related purposes." Introduced by Sen. Josh Harkins (R) and referred to Drug Policy and Judiciary Committees on Jan. 20, 2014; Amended and passed by a vote of 50-1 on Feb. 11, 2014; Transmitted to the House on Feb. 13, 2014; Referred to Judiciary Committee on Feb. 15, 2014; Died on calendar (Mar. 12, 2014)
    Missouri Summary History (last action date) Status
    House Bill:
    HB 2238 (15 KB)

    [Editor's Note: This bill would create more restrictive rules than exist in any of the states that currently have legal medical marijuana. HB 2238 only allows hemp extract that contains more than 5% of cannabidiol (CBD) and no more than 0.3% THC.]
    "Allows the Department of Agriculture to grow industrial hemp for research purposes and allows the use of hemp extract to treat certain individuals with epilepsy."

    "Hemp extract" is defined as extract from a cannabis plant or a mixture containing cannabis plant material that is no more than .3% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and at least 5% cannabidiol (CBD). The bill requires a neurologist to determine that the "intractable epilepsy" does not respond to at least three treatment options for a person to be eligible to use the marijuana extract.
    Introduced by Rep. Caleb Jones (R) and read first time on Mar. 31, 2014; Read second time and referred to General Laws Committee on Apr. 1, 2014; Referred to Rules Committee on Apr. 9, 2014; Voted "do pass" by the House Rules Committee on Apr. 10, 2014; Referred for Fiscal Review on Apr. 23, 2014; Voted "do pass" on Apr. 24, 2014; Taken up for third reading and passed by a vote of 139-13 on Apr. 24, 2014; Emergency clause adopted by a vote of 136-14 on Apr. 24, 2014

    Reported to the Senate and first read on Apr. 28, 2014; Second read and referred to Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committees on Apr. 29, 2014; Public hearing held, executive session held, Senate Committee Substitute voted do pass, and referred to Senate Governmental Accountability and Fiscal Oversight committee on Apr. 30, 2014; Third reading passed in Senate by a vote of 32-0, sent to House, House concurred and passed by a vote of 136-12 on May 1, 2014; Signed by House Speaker and Senate President Pro Tem, and sent to Governor on May 30, 2014

    Signed into law by Governor Jay Nixon (July 14, 2014)
    Nebraska Summary History (last action date) Status
    Legislative Bill:
    LB 1102 (20 KB)

    [Editor's Note: SB 2763 would have allowed the use of low-potency hemp oil only for the treatment of epilepsy.]
    Will's Law would "authorize the medical use of hemp oil extract which contains no more than three-tenths of one percent tetrahydrocannabinols" only for patients with seizures or severe or persistent muscle spasms. Introduced by Sen. Sue Crawford on Jan. 22, 2014; Referred to Judiciary Committee on Jan. 24, 2014; Motion to withdraw bill submitted by Crawford on Feb. 3, 2014; Bill withdrawn by a vote of 41-0 (Feb. 4, 2014)
    North Carolina Summary History (last action date) Status
    House Bill:
    HB 941 (15 KB)

    Establishes a Legislative Research Commission to study "best practices for addressing the production, distribution, possession, and administration of cannabis in the treatment of terminal or debilitating illnesses," as well as potential revenue from licensing fees and taxation. Filed by Representatives Kelly M. Alexander, Jr. (D), David R. Lewis (R), and Pricey Harrison (D) on Apr. 11, 2013; Passed first reading and referred to Committee on Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House on Apr. 14, 2013

    Bill died when legislature adjourned (Aug. 20, 2014)
    House Bill:
    HB 1220 (15 KB)
    "The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and East Carolina University may, and Duke University and Wake Forest University are encouraged to, conduct research on hemp extract development, production, and use for the treatment of seizure disorders and to participate in any ongoing or future clinical studies or trials." Allows hemp extract that contains less than 0.3% THC and at least 10% CBD to be used only for the treatment of intractable epilepsy. Filed by Rep. Pat McElraft (R) on May 27, 2014; Passed House on 3rd reading on June 19, 2014; Sent to Senate and referred to Committee on Rules and Operations on June 23, 2014; Passed Senate on 3rd reading on June 26, 2014; Sent to Governor on June 27, 2014

    Signed into law by Governor Pat McCrory (July 3, 2014)

    South Carolina Summary History (last action date) Status
    House Bill:
    H 4803 (40 KB)

    [Editor's Note: H 4803 requires the participation of academic medical centers and marijuana provided by the federal government through an existing United States Food and Drug Administration-approved Investigational New Drug studies concerning medical cannabis.]
    Defines medical cannabis as "cannabis extracts, compounds or derivatives of cannabis including, but not limited to, cannabidoil [sic], a nonpsychoactive cannabinoid, that is delivered to the patient in a nonsmoking delivery system in the form of a liquid, pill, vaporization, or injection."

    Creates the "medical cannabis therapeutic treatment research program, which must be administered by the director and work in conjunction with practitioners and academic medical centers to conduct research concerning medical cannabis as an anti-seizure medication...

    The medical cannabis therapeutic treatment research program must be limited to patients that qualify for United States Food and Drug Administration-approved investigational new drug studies related to utilizing medical cannabis as an antiseizure medication, or other similar federally approved programs."

    Introduced by Representatives Jenny Horne (R), Shannon S. Erickson (R), and Wendell G. Gilliard (D), read first time, and referred to Committee on Judiciary, Feb. 27, 2014; passed by subcommittee and referred to full judiciary committee on Mar. 6, 2014; Received favorable report with amendment from Committee on Judiciary on Mar. 20, 2014; Added sponsor Gilda Cobb-Hunter (D) on Mar. 26, 2014; Added sponsor Patsy G. Knight (D), amended, read second time, roll call taken, and passed with a vote of 90-24 on Apr. 2, 2014; Read third time and sent to Senate on Apr. 2, 2014

    Introduced in Senate, read first time, and referred to Committee on Medical Affairs on Apr. 3, 2014; Committee amended and adopted, read second time, and passed the Senate by a vote of 42-0 on May 21, 2014; This bill was not enrolled but the Senate version was passed and signed by the Governor (May 21, 2014)
    Senate Bill:
    S 1035 (40 KB)

    [Editor's Note: S 1035 requires the participation of academic medical centers and marijuana provided by the federal government through an existing United States Food and Drug Administration-approved Investigational New Drug studies concerning medical cannabis.]
    Defines medical cannabis as "cannabis extracts, compounds or derivatives of cannabis including, but not limited to, cannabidoil [sic], a nonpsychoactive cannabinoid, that is delivered to the patient in a nonsmoking delivery system in the form of a liquid, pill, vaporization, or injection."

    Creates the "medical cannabis therapeutic treatment research program, which must be administered by the director and work in conjunction with practitioners and academic medical centers to conduct research concerning medical cannabis as an anti-seizure medication...

    The medical cannabis therapeutic treatment research program must be limited to patients that qualify for United States Food and Drug Administration-approved investigational new drug studies related to utilizing medical cannabis as an antiseizure medication, or other similar federally approved programs."

    Introduced by Sen. Tom Davis (R), read first time, and referred to Committee on Medical Affairs on Feb. 19, 2014; Received favorable report with amendment from Medical Affairs Committee on Mar. 20, 2014; Read second time and passed by a vote of 42-0 on Mar. 26, 2014; Sent to House on Mar. 27, 2014;

    Introduced in House, read for the first time, and referred to Committee on Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs on Apr. 1, 2014; Recalled and referred to Committee on Judiciary on Apr. 2, 2014; Read second time and passed by a vote of 78-19 on May 14, 2014

    Returned to Senate with amendments on May 15, 2014; passed by a vote of 38-0 on May 20, 2014

    Returned to House with amendments and passed by a vote of 92-5 on May 22, 2014

    The bill became law because Governor Nikki Haley did not sign or veto the bill within five days of its passage (May 29, 2014)
    Tennessee Summary History (last action date) Status

    Senate Bill:
    SB 2531 (30 KB)

    "As enacted, permits the transfer, dispensation, possession, or administering of certain cannabis oil as part of a clinical research study on the treatment of intractable seizures when supervised by a physician practicing at a hospital or associated clinic affiliated with a university having a college or school of medicine." The cannabis oil must contain less than .9% THC. Introduced by Sen. Todd Gardenhire (R) on Feb. 2, 2014; Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee on Feb. 10, 2014; Recommended to pas by a vote of 6-3 on Apr. 2, 2014; Passed Senate by a vote of 23-4 and transmitted to House on Apr. 9, 2014

    House added amendment and passed by a vote of 97-0 on Apr. 14, 2014; Senate concurred on Apr. 15, 2014; Signed into law by Gov. Bill Haslam (May 16, 2014)

    Utah Summary History (last action date) Status
    House Bill:
    HB 105 (20 KB)

    [Editor's Note: This bill would create more restrictive rules than exist in any of the states that currently have legal medical marijuana. HB 105 only allows for hemp extract with less than 0.3% THC, not usable marijuana or marijuana plants.]

    "This bill: exempts an individual who uses or possesses hemp extract [including those who administer the hem extract to a minor], and complies with other requirements, from the penalties related to possession or use of the hemp extract under the Controlled Substances Act..."

    "'[H]emp extract' means an extract from a cannabis plant, or a mixture or preparation containing cannabis plant material, that is composed of less than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol [THC] by weight" and contain no other psychoactive substance.

    A legislative note attached to the bill states that "legislative general counsel has determined, based on applicable state and federal constitutional language and current interpretations of that language in state and federal court case law, that this legislation has a high probability of being declared unconstitutional by a court."
    Introduced by Rep. Gage Froerer (R), numbered and publicly distributed, and sent to agencies for fiscal input on Feb. 4; Received first reading on Feb. 5, 2014; Received fiscal note from Fiscal Analyst on Feb. 10, 2014; Sent to Standing Committee on Feb. 20, 2014; Received favorable recommendation from House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee by a vote of 8-2 on Feb. 21, 2014; Bill Substituted by Standing Committee on Feb. 21, 2014; Received second reading and fiscal note from Fiscal Analyst on Feb. 24, 2014; Passed House by a vote of 62-11 on third reading on Mar. 3, 2014;

    Received by Senate, first reading, and sent to Senate Health and Human Services Committee on Mar. 4, 2014; Amended and passed 20-0 by Senate on Mar. 11, 2014;

    Received in the House and placed on Concurrence Calendar on Mar. 12, 2014; House concurred with Senate amendment by a vote of 58-9 on Mar. 13, 2014;

    Signed by Senate President, returned to House, and signed by House Speaker on Mar. 13, 2014; Signed into law by Governor Gary Herbert (Mar. 21, 2014)

    Wisconsin Summary History (last action date) Status
    Assembly Bill:
    AB 726 (120 KB)

    [Editor's Note: This bill would create more restrictive rules than exist in any of the states that currently have legal medical marijuana. AB 726 only allows cannabidiol (CBD), one of the 400+ ingredients in marijuana, and only for the treatment of a seizure disorder.]

    "Upon the request of any physician, the controlled substances board shall aid the physician in applying for and processing an investigational drug permit for cannabidiol as treatment for a seizure disorder...

    If cannabidiol is removed from the list of controlled substances, or if cannabidiol is determined not to be a controlled substance... [a] pharmacy or physician approved under [law] may dispense cannabidiol in a form without a psychoactive effect as a treatment for a seizure disorder or any physician may provide an individual with a hard copy of a letter or other official documentation stating that the individual possesses cannabidiol to treat a seizure disorder if the cannabidiol is in a form without a psychoactive effect."

    Introduced by Rep. Robb Kahl (D) on Feb. 2, 2014;

    Read first time and referred to Committee on Children and Families on Feb. 4, 2014; Public hearing held on Feb. 12, 2014; Read third time and passed in House on Mar. 18, 2014

    Received in Senate, read first time, and referred to committee on Health and Human Services on Mar. 19, 2014; Read a third time and passed in Senate by a vote of 33-0 on Apr. 1, 2014; House concurred on Apr. 2, 2014; Enrolled and sent to governor on Apr. 7, 2014

    Signed by Governor Scott Walker (Apr. 16, 2014)


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