House Committee Considers Bills to Legalize Pot, Expand Medical Marijuana

Apr 16, 2014

State lawmakers are scheduled to consider several marijuana-related bills this evening. At issue is expanding access to medical marijuana and, once again, legalizing the drug for anyone over the age of 21.

Seven marijuana-related bills are before the House Committee on Judiciary. One would legalize marijuana for all adults, regulating it like alcohol and taxing sales. That’s been proposed before and failed, but other states have since legalized it.

Another two bills address compassion centers, where registered patients can buy medical marijuana. One would lift the numerical limit on the number of plants the centers can have on hand and let them self-regulate their inventory based on what their patients might need. And the other would prohibit compassion centers from advertising their services.

In another bill, a state representative proposes adding post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of conditions that qualify a patient for the state’s medical marijuana program.

And finally, the last set of bills address marijuana law enforcement. One would send minors caught with an ounce or less of pot to family –instead of traffic --court and offer them substance abuse treatment.