Many different issues dominated state capitals across the country this week, but cannabis loomed large. Massachusetts is looking at legalizing cannabis cafes, Mississippi legalized medical marijuana, South Carolina lawmakers continue to debate medical marijuana, and a Tennessee lawmaker introduced a bill to legalize adult-use recreational marijuana. Additional issues being tackled by various legislatures include permitless concealed firearms, public safety, flooding, property taxes, liquor reform, redistricting, and more.
And don’t forget the latest DMGS blog posts from this week which include an update on self-driving vehicle legislation around the country and a look at the 2022 congressional agenda.
Alabama lawmakers have advanced legislation that would eliminate the requirement to get a permit to carry a concealed handgun.
Earlier this week, the California Assembly passed legislation that would create the Fast Food Sector Council, which would conduct a full review every three years on the adequacy of fast food restaurant health, safety, and employment standards.
Republican Gov. Tate Reeves signed legislation Wednesday to legalize medical marijuana in the state for people with debilitating conditions such as cancer, AIDS, and sickle cell disease. While the legislation became law immediately, it could be months before the first marijuana dispensaries open.
On Tuesday, the House and Senate canceled their session for the week because of the looming bad weather, but not before the GOP-controlled Senate handed Governor Parson a loss by failing to approve of his appointment for a new director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
A Nebraska state lawmaker introduced Legislative Resolution 268CA, which would amend the State Constitution to allow for Nebraska voters to remove future governors and members of the legislature through the recall process.
The South Carolina Senate continues their debate over a bill that would legalize medical marijuana for those with certain medical conditions. The legislation would specifically create a seed to sale tracking system and sets out certain regulations, although the smoking or burning of marijuana leaf would not be allowed.
As we noted last year, autonomous vehicles (AVs) have automated driving systems that allow for self-driving, with little or no human input. While fully automated vehicles are not readily available at this point, lawmakers are already taking action to permit and regulate such vehicles via self-driving vehicle legislation.