States battling to reform marijuana laws across the United States earned some hard-earned victories last week. Even deep in the heart of Texas, cannabis consumers received some positive news.
The Oregon House of Representatives passed legislation designed to protect the privacy of recreational marijuana consumers in the state. The bill, which passed by a vote of 53-5, bans marijuana retailers from retaining personal information on their customers. Information obtained for age verification purposes from drivers licenses, passports, and other forms of identification would have to be purged after 48 hours. The measure comes in response to statements from the Trump administration indicating that it will take a tougher stance on enforcing federal marijuana prohibition in states that have legalized recreational cannabis.
On Wednesday, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam (R) signed legislation to nullify local ordinances in the state’s two largest cities that decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana. Last year, Nashville and Memphis enacted measures allowing police to write citations and impose civil penalties for minor cannabis possession offenses. Once implemented, police will be forced to arrest marijuana offenders, who will once again be charged criminally.
The Colorado Senate on Wednesday passed legislation to protect recreational cannabis businesses from federal law enforcement. As we reported previously, the bill allows businesses to change their designation from recreational to medical “based on a business need due to a change in local, state or federal law or enforcement policy.” Marijuana remains illegal under federal law, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions has