Kentucky is once again exploring medical cannabis legalization, D.C. made good on its expungement promises, and Minnesota okayed a psychedelic task force.
Let’s dive into this week’s cannanews.
Kentucky Inches Toward Medical Cannabis Legalization
Earlier this week, Kentucky’s State Senate passed a new proposal that seeks to legalize medical cannabis in the state. Under the bill, those with chronic pain, cancer, epilepsy, PTSD, and other chronic illnesses would be eligible to receive a medical cannabis card. If passed, the bill will take effect starting in January 2025.
This is not the first time that Kentucky has attempted to legalize medical cannabis. In March of last year, Kentucky’s majority-Republican House of Representatives passed a medical cannabis bill with a 59-34 vote. Though the bill ultimately failed, Kentucky’s continued efforts are a good sign for the future of this most recent attempt.
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The biggest reason for the delay is the antiquated statute which complicates D.C.’s lawmaking process. In D.C., bills signed by the city’s mayor are subject to a 30-day period of Congressional oversight before receiving final approval. As such, though D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser signed the Expungement Act in January, it is only now taking effect.
The Expungement Act allows for the automatic expungement of any convictions or citations for cannabis-related charges. Further, it also stipulates the clearing of all other records related to the simple possession of cannabis. Under the act, all expungements must be processed by the Jan. 1, 2025 deadline.
What do you think of D.C.’s long-awaited expungement law? Let us know in the comments!
Mexico-born and California-raised, Cesar is a Marketing Associate at Veriheal. When he’s not scouring social media for the latest internet drama, you can find him working on yet another collage project.
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