Cannabis laws have evolved rapidly across the United States. Cannabis has been shown to have benefits for a range of medical conditions, including chronic pain, epilepsy, and schizophrenia. As of 2024, 38 states have legalized medical cannabis and several states seek to expand qualifying medical conditions and allow regulated home cultivation.
New Jersey Bill Authorizes Growing Cannabis
Assembly Bill 846 was introduced on January 9, 2024. The bill would authorize home cultivation of medical cannabis for personal use, with regulations including a 21-year age minimum, a qualifying medical condition, and registration with the Cannabis Regulatory Commission. The bill would permit a home cultivator to grow and possess up to four mature and four immature cannabis plants. The bill is currently, as of January 30, 2024, in the Assembly Oversight, Reform and Federal Relations Committee.
Pennsylvania Bill Regulates Personal Growth of Cannabis
Senate Bill 846 was introduced on July 6, 2023. The bill would provide guidelines for adult cannabis use, purchase, and possession. It would establish a research program to investigate the medical benefits of cannabis. The measure would permit growth and possession of medical cannabis while following possession regulations. Notably, the bill would establish a regulatory program that allows access to medical cannabis. The bill was referred to the Senate Law & Justice Committee where it remains as of January 30, 2024.
Kentucky Bill Exempts Cannabis Possession from Civil or Criminal Penalty
House Bill 72 was introduced on January 2, 2024. The bill would make the possession and personal use of cannabis legal, following regulations like the age of the individual and the amount of cannabis. Furthermore, the measure would permit the cultivation of cannabis for personal uses, including medical, without penalty or criminal offense. The bill would allow the planting, cultivating, and harvesting of up to 5 cannabis plants. The bill was pending approval from the House Committee on Committees as of early January 2024.
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