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This week saw lawmakers across the country discuss and take action on various cannabis related legislation in state capitals in coordination with 4/20, an unofficial “marijuana holiday”.

In addition to cannabis, lawmakers had their hands full with other issues. Notably, the Florida legislature took steps towards revoking Disney’s self-governing authority in the Sunshine State.


Earlier this week, a California legislative panel approved a bill to legalize cannabis for pets. Under the bill, state-licensed veterinarians would be allowed to recommend the use of cannabis on an animal patient for potential therapeutic effects or health supplementation purposes.

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This week, the Florida legislature passed legislation that would dissolve Walt Disney World’s special governing power in the state.

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Under legislation signed this week by Gov. Brian Kemp, military retirement income, up to a certain threshold, will no longer be subject to Georgia’s state income tax.

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Governor Laura Kelly signed the state’s budget earlier this week. The budget included a $500 million deposit in the state’s budget stabilization fund, the largest investment in the fund in Kansas’ history.

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Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear plans to form an advisory team as he explores whether to take executive action to legalize access to medical marijuana.

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On Tuesday, the Louisiana Senate backed a measure that would prohibit transgender girls from competing on school sports teams that match their gender identity. 

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Gov. Janet Mills signed a $1.2 billion budget this week, which includes relief checks for Mainers. Eligible individuals will receive $850 and the average Maine household will get $1,700 in relief payments. Checks are expected to his households as soon as June.

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New Hampshire

A Senate committee unanimously voted against a House bill that would make New Hampshire a “cannabis control” state, legalizing marijuana but permitting it to be sold only at state-owned storefronts, similar to the current liquor system.

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New Jersey

Legal recreational marijuana sales began in New Jersey for adults 21 and over on Thursday morning. 13 medical dispensaries across the state have obtained licenses to sell cannabis to the general public.

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New York

NYC Mayor Mayor Eric Adams is setting aside nearly $5 million in his executive budget toward educating New Yorkers on how to enter the legal cannabis business.

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Two democratic state lawmakers are introducing legislation to “Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol”, which would legalize cannabis for adult use.

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One PA lawmaker says legislators are continuing to work to finalize a proposed piece of legislation to legalize adult-use recreational marijuana and hope to bring it to the Senate Law and Justice Committee by the end of May.

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South Carolina

Bipartisan legislation is advancing in South Carolina to expand early voting, although one provision isn’t sitting well with Gov. Henry McMaster.

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West Virginia

Medical cannabis was legalized five years ago in West Virginia and state lawmakers and cannabis experts gathered this week for a panel discussion on the current status of cannabis in the state.

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For the first time, GOP state lawmakers who control the state Legislature permitted a Capitol debate on legislation that would legalize marijuana use.

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This Week’s DMGS Posts

Capital and Capitol Happenings: Staff on the Move, Promotions, and More

  • Katie McMichael: new Manager of Government Relations, Aurora
  • Jesse Monoski: new Legislative Director, Office of PA State Senator Lisa Boscola
  • Bryanna McGarry: new Health Policy Consultant, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
  • Stephen Cain: new Director of Economic Research and Analysis, National Milk Producers Federation
  • Sean Ewart: new Assistant Secretary for Energy, Office of New York State Governor
  • Marc Reiter: new Senior Policy Associate, Unite Us

Happy Birthdays This Week

  • Mark Giuffre: Vice President, State Government Affairs, UPS
  • Michael Miller: Director of Government Relations, California Association of Winegrape Growers
  • Alex Graves: Vice President of Government Relations, Independent California Colleges and Universities
  • Don Houser: Director of External Affairs (Northeast), BHE GT&S
  • William Higgins: State and Local Affairs Manager, Nikola Motor Company
  • Jodiane Tritt: Executive Vice President, Arkansas Hospital Association
  • Bob Reilly: Government Relations Officer, WellSpan Health
  • Connor Schmiegel: Associate Director of Public Affairs, New Jersey Food Council
  • Geoffrey Green: Vice President of Government Affairs, Bollinger Shipyards
  • Robert Guenther: Chief Public Policy Officer, International Fresh Produce Association

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