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OH: Support Medical Amnesty in Ohio

911 Good Samaritan Policies (also known as Medical Amnesty Policies) are life-saving measures that enable people to make responsible decisions by shielding them from punishment when they call for medical help during an emergency relating to alcohol or other drugs. … more

Il: Override the Governor’s Veto on the Heroin Crisis Act

The Illinois state Senate is voting on a Heroin Crisis bill that was recently vetoed by the state’s Governor. In his veto, the Governor called to strip funding from medicaid for drug treatment, and to strip the bill of its … more

NATIONAL: Restoring Education and Learning (REAL) Act

Representative Donna Edwards (D-MD) recently introduced the Restoring Education and Higher learning (REAL) Act, which would restore access to Pell grants to currently incarcerated individuals. Extending Pell Grants to students incarcerated in state and federal penal institutions was common practice … more

NATIONAL: HR 1855: Small Business Tax Equity Act of 2015

Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) has introduced HR 1855, a bill that would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow deductions and credits relating to expenditures in connection with marijuana sales conducted in compliance with State law. This would make … more

NATIONAL: H.R. 1635: Charlotte’s Web Medical Access Act of 2015

The Charlotte’s Web Medical Marijuana Act of 2015 would amend the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 to exclude cannabidiol (CBD) and cannabidiol-rich plants from the definition of marijuana. The bill was introduced last month as HB 1635 and would remove … more

NATIONAL: Respect State Marijuana Laws Act

Following last year’s successful vote to prevent federal interference in states with medical marijuana laws, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) has reintroduced the Respect State Marijuana Laws Act in the U.S. House of Representatives. This bill would resolve the tension regarding … more


Senate Bill 683, The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States (CARERS) Act, is the first-ever bill in the U.S. Senate intended to legalize marijuana for medicinal use and the most comprehensive medical marijuana bill introduced in Congress. By rescheduling … more

OR: Help Pass a Full Good Samaritan Policy in Oregon

Oregon is well on its way to passing a full, statewide Good Samaritan Policy. SB 839 would exempt a person from arrest and prosecution for certain offenses if evidence of the offense was obtained because emergency medical services or law … more

Florida: Support a Miami-Dade Syringe Exchange Pilot Program

House Bill 475, which would authorize a pilot syringe exchange program in Miami, has stalled in the House and needs the help of SSDP’s statewide network. This bill must be added to the House Government Operations Subcommittee agenda to continue moving … more

Connecticut: Tax and Regulate Marijuana in Connecticut

Two bills have been proposed in the Connecticut legislature that would legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana for recreational use. House Bills 6703 (introduced by Representative Candelaria of the 95th district) and 6473 (introduced by Representative Vargas of the 6th district) … more