Proposed Medical Marijuana Legislation in 2015


I. States with Legislation or Ballot Measures to Legalize Medical Marijuana
1 Pending Legislation in 2015 That Carried over to 2016

  • Pennsylvania


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    19 Failed Legislation in 2015

  • Iowa
  • Alabama
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • West Virginia
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    II. Pro-Medical Marijuana Legislation That Would Not Necessarily Legalize Its Use
    6 Passed Legislation in 2015

  • Georgia
  • Louisiana
  • Oklahoma
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Virginia
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    4 Failed Legislation

  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Kansas
  • Ohio
  • I. States with Pending Legislation or Ballot Measures to Legalize Medical Marijuana
    Alabama Summary History (last action date) Status
    Senate Bill:
    SB 326 (75 KB)
    "This bill would authorize the medical use of marijuana only for certain qualifying patients who have been diagnosed by a physician as having a serious medical condition." Introduced by Sen. Bobby Singleton, read for the first time, and referred to the Committee on Judiciary on Apr. 2, 2015

    Bill died when session ended (June 4, 2015)
    Florida Summary History (last action date) Status
    House Bill:
    HB 63 (200 KB)
    "Medical Use of Low-THC Cannabis: Allows registered patients & designated caregivers to purchase, acquire, & possess low-THC cannabis subject to specified requirements." Filed by Rep. Greg Steube (R) for the 2016 Regular Session on Aug. 13, 2015; Referred to Criminal Justice Subcommittee, referred to Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee , referred to Health & Human Services Committee and sent to in Health Quality Subcommittee on Sep. 10, 2015; Withdrawn prior to introduction (Dec. 15, 2015)
    Senate Bill:
    SB 528 (200 KB)
    "An act relating to the medical use of marijuana... allowing registered patients and designated caregivers to purchase, acquire, and possess medical-grade marijuana subject to specified requirements." Filed by Sen. Jeff Brandes (R) on Jan. 26, 2015; Referred to Regulated Industries, Health Policy, and Appropriations Committees on Feb. 3, 2015

    Bill died when session ended (May 1, 2015)
    House Bill:
    HB 683 (200 KB)
    "Allows registered patients & designated caregivers to purchase, acquire, & possess medical-grade marijuana subject to specified requirements... clarifies that person is prohibited from driving under influence of marijuana... specifies act does not require or restrict health insurance coverage for purchase of medical-grade marijuana." Filed by Rep. Greg Steube (R) on Feb. 10, 2015

    Bill died when session ended (Apr. 28, 2015)
    Iowa Summary History (last action date) Status
    Senate Bill:
    SF 484 (110 KB)
    "An Act relating to the Medical Cannabis Act and providing for civil and criminal penalties and fees." 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 session ended (June 6, 2015)
    Georgia Summary History (last action date) Status
    Senate Bill:
    SB 7 (75 KB)
    "[T]o repeal provisions relating to use of marijuana for treatment of cancer and glaucoma and provide for medical use of marijuana... to provide for dispensary locations..." Pre-filed by Sen. Curt Thompson (D) on Nov. 24, 2014; Read and referred on Feb. 11, 2015

    Bill died when it failed to advance before crossover date (Mar. 13, 2015)
    Indiana Summary History (last action date) Status
    Senate Bill:
    SB 284 (390 KB)
    "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." Introduced by Sen. Karen Tallian (D), received first reading, and referred to Committee on Health and Provider Services on Jan. 8, 2015

    Bill died when it failed to advance before crossover date (Feb. 25, 2015)
    House Bill:
    HB 1487 (200 KB)
    "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, 2016, concerning the use, distribution, cultivation, production, and testing of medical cannabis. Provides immunity for physicians who recommend the medical use of cannabis. Introduced by Rep. Sue Errington (D), received first reading, and referred to Committee on Rules and Legislative Procedures on Jan. 14, 2015

    Bill died when it failed to advance before crossover date (Feb. 25, 2015)
    Kansas Summary History (last action date) Status
    Senate Bill:
    SB 9 (160 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." Introduced by Sen. David Haley (D) and referred to Committee on Public Health and Welfare on Jan. 12, 2105

    Bill died when it failed to advance before crossover date (Feb. 27, 2015)
    Senate Bill:
    HB 2011 (160 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." 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 crossover date (Feb. 27, 2015)
    Kentucky Summary History (last action date) Status
    Senate Bill:
    SB 40 (210 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." Introduced by Sen. Perry B. Clark (D) on Jan. 6, 2015; Referred to Licensing, Occupations, & Administrative Regulations Committee on Feb. 2, 2015

    Bill died when it failed to advance out of committee (Mar. 24, 2015)
    House Bill:
    HB 3 (120 KB)
    "An act relating to the medical use of cannabis... the 'Gatewood Galbraith Medical Cannabis Act'... require the Department for Public Health operate a medical cannabis program; require prospective patients to possess a diagnosis from a physician, and possess a registry identification card issued by the department... grant priority access to children and individuals with medication-resistant seizures to low THC cannabis." Introduced by Speaker of the House Rep. Greg Stumbo (D), Rep. Kelly Flood (D), and Rep. Charles Miller (D) on Jan. 6, 2015; Referred to Health & Welfare Committee on Jan. 8, 2015; Posted in Committee on Feb. 3, 2015

    Bill died when it failed to advance out of committee (Mar. 24, 2015)
    Mississippi Summary History (last action date) Status
    Senate Bill:
    SB 2318 (220 KB)

     

    "An act to authorize the medical use of marihuana by seriously ill patients under a physician's supervision... To transfer marihuana from schedule I to schedule II under the controlled substances law." Introduced by Sen. Deborah Jeanne Dawkins (D) and referred to Public Health and Welfare Committee on Jan. 19, 2015; Died in committee (Feb. 3, 2015)
    Missouri Summary History (last action date) Status
    House Bill:
    HB 490 (235 KB)
    "This bill creates the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act." Allows for cultivation centers. Introduced by Rep. Keith English (I) and read first time on Jan. 13, 2015; Read second time on Jan. 14, 2015; Referred to Emerging Issues committee on Feb. 25, 2015; Public hearing scheduled on Apr. 8, 2015

    Bill died when session ended (May 15, 2015)
    House Bill:
    HB 800 (250 KB)
    "Missouri Compassionate Care Act" allows for an "'adequate supply', two and one-half ounces of usable cannabis during a period of fourteen days and that is derived solely from an intrastate source" for the treatment of one of the debilitating medical conditions listed in the bill. Introduced by Rep. Dave Hinson (R) and read first time on Feb. 3, 2015; Referred to Emerging Issues committee on Feb. 10, 2015; Public hearing completed on Feb. 3, 2015; Select Committee on General Laws voted Do Pass on Apr. 8, 2015

    Bill died when session ended (May 15, 2015)
    Nebraska Summary History (last action date) Status
    Bill:
    LB 643 (150 KB)
    "A bill... to adopt the Cannabis Compassion and Care Act; to provide for taxation as prescribed." 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 cannot be passed in 2015 because the legislature is adjourned, but the bill does carry over to 2016 for consideration (May 29, 2015)
    North Carolina Summary History (last action date) Status
    House Bill:
    H 78 (200 KB)
    "An act to enact the North Carolina Medical Cannabis Act to allow "cannabis derived solely from an intrastate source" in an amount of no more than 24 ounces in a three month period for the treatment of one of the debilitating medical conditions listed in the bill." Filed on by Reps. Kelly M. Alexander, Jr. (D), Becky Carney (D), et al., on Feb. 11, 2015; Passed first reading and referred to the Committee on Judiciary I on Feb. 16, 2015

    Bill died when reported unfavorably from committee (Mar. 25, 2015)
    North Dakota Summary History (last action date) Status
    House Bill:
    HB 1430 (150 KB)
    "A bill... relating to the use of medical marijuana." Possession limit of 2.5 ounces of cannabis. Introduced by Reps. Pamela Anderson (D), Eliot Glassheim (D), Kathy Hawken (R), et al., received first reading, and referred to Human Services Committee on Jan. 19, 2015; Committee Hearing on Feb. 4, 2015; Committee reported back "do not pass" on Feb. 16, 2015; Failed by a vote of 26-67 (Feb. 18, 2015)
    Ohio Summary History (last action date) Status
    Ballot Measure
    Issue 3 (200 KB)
    Issue 3 would amend the state constitution to legalize recreational marijuana in Ohio, but it would also "authorize the use of medical marijuana by any person, regardless of age, who has a certification for a debilitating medical condition." Certified by the Secretary of State for inclusion on the Nov. 3, 2015 ballot on Aug. 12, 2015

    Measure failed with 2,003,641 (64.10%) No votes and 1,122,386 (35.90%) Yes votes (Nov. 3, 2015)
    Pennsylvania Summary History (last action date) Status
    Senate Bill:
    SB 3 (160 KB)
    "Providing for the medical use of cannabis in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania." 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 (Dec. 13, 2015)

    [Editor's Note: The bill carries over to 2016 because it is part of the 2015-2016 legislative session.]
    House Bill:
    HB 193 (130 KB)
    "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." Introduced by Rep. Mark B. Cohen (D) and referred to Health Committee (Feb. 2, 2015)
    South Carolina Summary History (last action date) Status
    House Bill:
    H 3140 (40 KB)
    "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." 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;

    Bill died for the year when session ended, but the legislation will carry over for consideration in 2016 (June 4, 2015)
    Senate Bill:
    SB 672 (40 KB)
    "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." The Senate adjourned for this year on June 4, 2015, but South Carolina has a two-year legislative session so the legislation will carry over for consideration in 2016. A subcommittee passed the bill during the interim, and the bill will go to full committee in Jan. 2016. Sen. Davis' office told ProCon.org in a phone call that in the meantime the subcommittee will continue to collect data and make improvements to the bill. (Sep. 25, 2015)
    House Bill:
    H 4307 (40 KB)
    "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."

    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;

    Bill died for the year when session ended, but the legislation will carry over for consideration in 2016 (June 4, 2015)

    Tennessee Summary History (last action date) Status
    Senate Bill:
    SB 660 (200 KB)
    "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. 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; Deferred to summer study panel (Mar. 24, 2015)
    House Bill:
    HB 561 (160 KB)
    "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. 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

    Bill died when session ended (Apr. 22, 2015)
    Texas Summary History (last action date) Status
    Senate Bill:
    SB 1839 (150 KB)
    "Relating to authorizing the possession, use, cultivation, distribution, transportation, and delivery of cannabis for medical purposes." Introduced by Sen. Jose Menéndez (D) on Mar. 13, 2015; Read first time and referred to Health and Human Services Committee on Mar. 25, 2015

    Bill died when session ended (June 1, 2015)
    House Bill:
    HB 3785 (150 KB)
    "Relating to authorizing the possession, use, cultivation, distribution, transportation, and delivery of cannabis for medical purposes." Introduced by Rep. Marisa Márquez (D) on Mar. 13, 2015; Referred to Public Health Committee on Mar. 23, 2015; Considered in public hearing and left pending in committee on Apr. 28, 2015

    Bill died when session ended (June 1, 2015)
    Utah Summary History (last action date) Status
    Senate Bill:
    SB 259 (170 KB)
    "This bill: allows an individual with a qualifying illness who registers with the state electronic verification system to possess and use, under certain circumstances, cannabis, cannabis products, and devices designed for ingesting cannabis." Introduced by Sen. Mark B. Madsen (R) and sent to Senate Rules Committee on Feb. 25, 2015; Placed on Senate second reading calendar on Mar. 2, 2015; Passed second reading by a vote of 16-13 on Mar. 3, 2015; Amendments substituted on Mar. 9, 2015

    Bill died when it failed by a vote of 14-15 (Mar. 9, 2015)
    West Virginia Summary History (last action date) Status
    Senate Bill:
    SB 546 (200 KB)
    "Creating the Compassionate Use Act for Medical Cannabis" with possession limits of "six ounces of usable marihuana and twelve mature marihuana plants and twelve seedlings." Introduced by Sen. Mitch Carmichael (R) and referred to Health and Human Resources Committee on Feb. 23, 2015

    Bill died; legislative session ended (Mar. 14, 2015)
    House Bill:
    HB 2909 (210 KB)
    "Creating the Compassionate Use Act for Medical Cannabis" with possession limits of "six ounces of usable marihuana and twelve mature marihuana plants and twelve seedlings." Introduced by Rep. Stephen Skinner (D) and referred to Health and Human Resources Committee on Feb. 23, 2015

    Bill died; legislative session ended (Mar. 14, 2015)
    II. States with Pro-Medical Marijuana Legislation That Would Not Necessarily Legalize Its Use
    Georgia Summary Details Status
    House Bill:
    HB 1 (25 KB)

     

    Haleigh's Hope Act: a bill "to create a registration within the Department of Public Health for patients or their caregivers who are authorized to possess low THC oil... the term 'low THC oil' means an oil that contains cannabidiol and not more than 5 percent by weight of tetrahydrocannabinol." Sponsored by Reps. Allen Peake (R), Micah Gravley (R), Margaret D. Kaiser (D), Tom McCall (R), et al., prefiled on Nov. 17, 2014

    Passed the House by a vote of 158-2 on Feb. 25, 2015 and sent to Senate

    Passed the Senate by a vote of 48-6 on Mar. 24, 2015 and returned to House for final approval

    Passed by the House by a vote of 160-1 on Mar. 24, 2015

    Gov. Nathan Deal on Mar. 27, 2015 issued an executive order directing state agencies to prepare for enactment of the bill and promised to sign the legislation into law on "a day that is coming soon."

    Signed into law by Gov. Deal on Apr. 16, 2015

    [Editor's Note: This bill would create more restrictive rules than exist in any of the states that currently have legal medical marijuana because it only allows processed cannabis plant extract oil that contains no more than 5% THC.]
    Senate Bill:
    SB 185 (25 KB)

     

    "[T]o provide for a program of clinical trials of cannabidiol or cannabidiol-containing products for use in treating certain residents of this state under 18 years of age who have medication-resistant epilepsies." Introduced by Sen. Lindsey Tippins (R) on Feb. 26, 2015

    Passed the Senate by a vote of 54-1 on Mar. 13, 2015 and sent to House

    Senate adjourned on Apr. 3, 2015

    [Editor's Note: This bill would not create a medical marijuana program, but rather allow a five-year study for using CBD to treat minors with seizure disorders.]
    Idaho Summary Details Status
    Senate Bill:
    S 1106 (70 KB)

     

    Alexis' Law: "Amends existing law to clarify that cannabidiol oil [not more than .3% THC, at least 15 times more cannabidiol than THC, and containing no other psychoactive substance] is not under the definition of 'marijuana' for purposes of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act." Introduced by State Affairs Committee (sponsored by Sen. Curt McKenzie (R)) on Feb. 25, 2015; Legislative session ended on Apr. 11, 2015

    [Editor's Note: This bill would create more restrictive rules than exist in any of the states that currently have legal medical marijuana because it only allows processed cannabis plant extract oil that contains no more than 0.3% THC.]
    Senate Bill:
    S 1146 (70 KB)
    Allows an affirmative defense to a charge of possession or use of CBD oil that is no more than 0.3% THC and at least 15 times as much CBD as THC, with the recommendation from a physician. Introduced by State Affairs Committee on Mar. 11, 2015

    Passed Senate by a vote of 22-12-1 on Mar. 24

    Passed House by a vote of 39-0 on Apr. 6, 2015

    Vetoed by Gov. Butch Otto on Apr. 10, 2015

    [Editor's Note: This bill would not protect patients from arrest, but rather allow them to use medical necessity as a defense against prosecution for possession or use of CBD oil.]
    Kansas Summary Details Status
    House Bill:
    HB 2282 (130 KB)

     

    "An act concerning hemp preparation treatments for seizure disorders... 'Hemp preparation means cannabis plant material [or an extract or mixture] that is no more than 3% tetrahydrocannabinol by weight..." Introduced by the Committee on Health and Human Services on Feb. 10, 2015

    Bill died when it failed to advance out of committee (Mar. 24, 2015)

    [Editor's Note: This bill would have created more restrictive rules than exist in any of the states that currently have legal medical marijuana because it only allowed processed cannabis plant extract oil that contains no more than 3% THC.]
    Louisiana Summary Details Status
    House Bill:
    HB 6 (100 KB)

     

    An bill "to enact the Louisiana Therapeutic Use of Marijuana Act; to provide for the authority to prescribe therapeutic marijuana..." Prefiled by Rep. Dalton W. Honoré (D) on Feb. 6, 2015

    [Editor's Note: This bill would not legalize medical marijuana because it uses the word "prescribe," and it is illegal under federal law to prescribe any Schedule I drug, including marijuana. States that have legalized medical marijuana allow doctors to "recommend" the medical use of marijuana.]
    House Bill:
    SB 143 (100 KB)
    "The Louisiana Board of Pharmacy shall adopt rules relating to the dispensing of prescribed marijuana for therapeutic use no later than December 1, 2016." Introduced by Sen. Fred H. Mills, Jr. on Apr. 2, 2015

    Passed the Senate by a vote of 22-13 on May 4, 2015

    Sent to House on May 5, 2015; Passed House by a vote of 70-29 on June 4, 2015

    Sent to Senate on June 6, 2015

    Enrolled and signed by President of Senate and Speaker of House on June 10, 2015

    Sent to Gov. Bobby Jindal on June 11, 2015

    Signed into law by Gov. Jindal on June 29, 2015

    [Editor's Note: This bill would not legalize medical marijuana because it uses the word "prescribe," and it is illegal under federal law to prescribe any Schedule I drug, including marijuana. States that have legalized medical marijuana allow doctors to "recommend" the medical use of marijuana.]

    Ohio Summary Details Status
    House Bill:
    HB 33 (60 KB)

     

    An act "to authorize for persons diagnosed with seizure disorders certain uses of cannabidiol and other drugs or substances derived from cannabis...

    'Cannabidiol' means a nonpsychoactive cannabinoid found in a plant of the genus cannabis or any other preparation thereof that is essentially free from plant material and has a tetrahydrocannabinol level of not more than three per cent."
    Introduced by Reps. Wes Retherford (R) and John Rogers (D) on Feb. 3, 2015; Session ended Dec. 31, 2015

    [Editor's Note: This bill would create more restrictive rules than exist in any of the states that currently have legal medical marijuana because it only allows processed cannabis plant extract oil that contains no more than 3% THC, and only for the treatment of epilepsy.]
    Oklahoma Summary Details Status
    House Bill:
    HB 2154 (25 KB)

     

    "HB 2154 creates Katie's Law which allow for the use of cannabidiol [in liquid form with no more than 0.3% THC] for the treatment of severe forms of epilepsy in a clinical trial or in an expanded-access program." Authored by Rep. Jon Echols (R) on Feb. 2, 2015

    Passed the House on Feb. 12, 2015 and sent to Senate

    Passed the Senate by a vote of 46-0 on Apr. 16, 2015 and returned to House for final approval

    Passed by the House by a vote of 85-5 on Apr. 28, 2015

    Signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin on Apr. 30, 2015

    [Editor's Note: This bill would create more restrictive rules than exist in any of the states that currently have legal medical marijuana because it only allows processed cannabis plant extract oil that contains no more than 0.3% THC.]
    Tennessee Summary Details Status
    Senate Bill:
    SB 280 (100 KB)

     

    "As introduced, redefines 'marijuana' to exempt low-THC [less than .9%] cannabis oil obtained legally in another state." Introduced by Rep. Jeremy Faison (R) on Jan. 29, 2015

    Passed Senate by a vote of 26-0 on Apr. 13, 2015

    Passed House by a vote of 95-0 on Apr. 13, 2015 with amendment

    Senate approved amended bill by a vote of 30-0 on Apr. 16, 2015

    Sent to Gov. Bill Haslam on Apr. 23, 2015

    Signed into law on May 4, 2015

    [Editor's Note: This bill would create more restrictive rules than exist in any of the states that currently have legal medical marijuana because it only allows processed cannabis plant extract oil that contains no more than 0.9% THC.]
    House Bill:
    HB 197 (100 KB)

     

    "As introduced, redefines 'marijuana' to exempt low-THC [less than .9%] cannabis oil obtained legally in another state." Filed for introduction by Sen. Becky Duncan Massey (R) on Jan. 29, 2015

    On Apr. 13, 2015, the Senate version of the bill was substituted and went on to pass, so there is no further tracking of HB 197.

    [Editor's Note: This bill would create more restrictive rules than exist in any of the states that currently have legal medical marijuana because it only allows processed cannabis plant extract oil that contains no more than 0.9% THC.]
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    Texas Summary Details Status
    House Bill:
    HB 892 (85 KB)

     

    "Relating to the medical use of low-THC cannabis [no more than 0.5% THC and no less than 10% CBD] and the regulation of related organizations and individuals... A physician is qualified to prescribe low-THC cannabis to a patient with intractable epilepsy if the physician" meets specific requirements. Introduced by Rep. Stephanie Klick (R) on Jan. 23, 2015

    Session ended on June 1, 2015 without passing the bill

    [Editor's Note: This bill would create more restrictive rules than exist in any of the states that currently have legal medical marijuana because it only allows processed cannabis plant extract that contains more than 10% of cannabidiol (CBD) and no more than 0.5% THC.

    In addition, this bill would not legalize medical marijuana because it uses the word "prescribe," but it is illegal under federal law to prescribe any Schedule I drug, including marijuana. States that have legalized medical marijuana allow doctors to "recommend" the medical use of marijuana.]
    House Bill:
    SB 339 (100 KB)
    "Relating to the medical use of low-THC cannabis [no more than 0.5% THC and no less than 10% CBD] and the regulation of related organizations and individuals... A physician is qualified to prescribe low-THC cannabis to a patient with intractable epilepsy if the physician" meets specific requirements. Introduced by Sen. Kevin Eltife (R) on Jan. 23, 2015

    Passed the Senate by a vote of 26-5 on May 5, 2015

    Sent to House on May 11, 2015

    Passed the House by a vote of 108-38 on May 19, 2015 and sent to Governor

    Signed into law by Gov. Abbott on June 1, 2015

    [Editor's Note: This bill would create more restrictive rules than exist in any of the states that currently have legal medical marijuana because it only allows processed cannabis plant extract that contains more than 10% of cannabidiol (CBD) and no more than 0.5% THC.

    In addition, this bill would not legalize medical marijuana because it uses the word "prescribe," but it is illegal under federal law to prescribe any Schedule I drug, including marijuana. States that have legalized medical marijuana allow doctors to "recommend" the medical use of marijuana.]
    Virginia Summary Details Status
    House Bill:
    HB 1445 (25 KB)

     

    "Certification for use of cannabidiol oil or THC-A oil to treat intractable epilepsy... 'Cannabidiol oil' means a processed Cannabis plant extract that contains at least 15 percent cannabidiol but no more than five percent tetrahydrocannabinol." Prefiled by Del. David B. Albo (R) on Dec. 29, 2014

    Passed the House by a vote of 98-0 on Feb. 10, 2015 and went to Senate

    Passed the Senate by a vote of 37-1 on Feb. 18, 2015

    Signed into law by Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Feb. 26, 2015

    [Editor's Note: This bill would create more restrictive rules than exist in any of the states that currently have legal medical marijuana because it only allows processed cannabis plant extract oil that contains more than 15% of cannabidiol (CBD) and no more than 5% THC, and only for the treatment of epilepsy, cancer, or glaucoma.]
    Senate Bill:
    SB 1235 (25 KB)

     

    "Provides an affirmative defense in a prosecution for the possession of marijuana if the marijuana is in the form of cannabidiol oil or THC-A oil possessed pursuant to a valid written certification issued by a practitioner of medicine or osteopathy licensed by the Board of Medicine for purposes of treating or alleviating a patient's symptoms of intractable epilepsy." Prefiled by Sen. David W. Marsden (D) on Jan. 14, 2015

    Passed the Senate by a vote of 37-1 on Feb. 5, 2015

    Passed the House by a vote of 92-1 on Feb. 13, 2015

    Signed into law by Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Feb. 26, 2015

    [Editor's Note: This bill would create more restrictive rules than exist in any of the states that currently have legal medical marijuana because it only allows processed cannabis plant extract oil that contains more than 15% of cannabidiol (CBD) and no more than 5% THC, and only for the treatment of epilepsy, cancer, or glaucoma.]

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