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Arizona Medical Marijuana

SUMMARY: Just over 50 percent of voters (50.13 percent) approved Proposition 203 on November 2, 2010. The law removes state-level criminal penalties on the use and possession of marijuana by patients who have "written certification" from their physician that marijuana…

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Maryland Law

Maryland Medical Marijuana April 14, 2014 SUMMARY: Maryland's legislature passed a medical marijuana affirmative defense law in 2003. This law requires the court to consider a defendant's use of medical marijuana to be a mitigating factor in marijuana-related state prosecution.…

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Kentucky Hemp Law

Kentucky Hemp Law Laws Authorizing Commercial Hemp Cultivation Year Passed: 2013 Summary: Senate Bill 50, encourages state-sponsored research pertaining to the cultivation of industrial hemp and imposes regulations to allow for the plant's licensed production as an agricultural commodity.[Read More]

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Illinois Medical Marijuana

Illinois Medical Marijuana  SUMMARY: Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn on August 1, 2013 signed legislation, House Bill 1, making Illinois the 20th state to authorize the physician-recommended use of cannabis for qualified patients. The new law establishes a statewide, four-year pilot…

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Massachusetts Law

Massachusetts Medical Marijuana January 1, 2013 SUMMARY: Sixty-three percent of voters approved Question 3 on November 6, 2012. The law took effect on January 1, 2013. It eliminates statewide criminal and civil penalties related to the possession and use of…

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Washington Law

Washington Legalization December 2012 SUMMARY: Fifty-six percent of voters approved Initiative 502, permitting an adult to possess up to one-ounce of cannabis (and/or up to 16 ounces of marijuana-infused product in solid form, and 72 ounces of marijuana-infused product in…

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New Jersey Law

New Jersey Medical Marijuana April 14, 2011 SUMMARY: Just over 50 percent of voters (50.13 percent) approved Proposition 203 on November 2, 2010. The law removes state-level criminal penalties on the use and possession of marijuana by patients who have…

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Colorado Law

Colorado Legalization SUMMARY: Fifty-five percent of Colorado voters approved Amendment 64, which legalizes the adult personal use of cannabis and calls on state lawmakers to enact regulations licensing its commercial production and sales. Private possession of up to one ounce…

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Michigan Law

Michigan Medical Marijuana December 4, 2008 SUMMARY: Sixty-three percent of voters approved Proposal 1 on November 4, 2008. The law took effect on December 4, 2008. It removes state-level criminal penalties on the use, possession and cultivation of marijuana by…

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New Mexico Law

New Mexico Medical Marijuana July 1, 2007 SUMMARY: Governor Bill Richardson signed Senate Bill 523, "Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act," into law on April 2, 2007. The new law took effect on July 1, 2007. The law mandates the…

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Rhode Island Law

Rhode Island Medical Marijuana January 3, 2006 SUMMARY: The Edward O. Hawkins and Thomas C. Slater Medical Marijuana Act took effect immediately upon passage on January 3, 2006. The law removes state-level criminal penalties on the use, possession and cultivation…

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Montana Law

Montana Medical Marijuana November 2 SUMMARY: Sixty-two percent of voters approved Initiative 148 on November 2, 2004. The law took effect that same day. It removes state-level criminal penalties on the use, possession and cultivation of marijuana by patients who…

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Vermont Law

Vermont Medical Marijuana July 1, 2004 SUMMARY: Senate Bill 76 became law without Gov. James Douglas' signature on May 26, 2004. The law takes effect on July 1, 2004. The law removes state-level criminal penalties on the use, possession and…

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