Springfield Goes to Pot, Again and Again
 
Springfield Goes to Pot, Again and Again
Written By Kathy Valente   |   02.17.22

IF YOU HAVE TIME, there are a large number of marijuana bills that are being heard in committee and many of them have no witness slips filed in opposition. Note: Most are OPPOSE, but not all.

It appears that state lawmakers have decided to go for broke. Much of what’s below was included in the original language of the “recreational” marijuana bill, but was removed to gather the votes needed to pass the bill, with the intention of adding it at a later time. They are intent on making a bad situation even worse.

We are very grateful that so many have taken time to file witness slips in the past few weeks. We have heard that they are having an impact.

Thank you for doing what you can!

Instructions:

-Fill out your name, address, email and phone number. Leave everything else blank or put self.
-Highlight “Opponent or Proponent” and “Record of Appearance Only.”
-Check Terms of Agreement and click Create Slip.

HB 144: a county or municipality may issue temporary event licenses that will allow for the sale and consumption of cannabis or cannabis-infused products and for the sale of cannabis paraphernalia at such temporary events, clubs, or tours. OPPOSE  Click HERE to file a witness slip.

HB 312: establishes rules pertaining to the issuance of cannabis delivery licenses only to qualified “social equity applicants.” OPPOSE  Click HERE to file a witness slip.

HB 314: A county may not permit the sale of adult-use cannabis in any unincorporated area that is within 1.5 miles of a municipality that has prohibited the sale of cannabis. SUPPORT  Click HERE to file a witness slip.

HB 715: “Bring Your Own Cannabis” to a public location. OPPOSE  Click HERE to file a witness slip.

HB 3306: Increases square footage for growing facilities, increases number of grower licenses, removes language that growers be 1,500 feet from each other; withholds  Cannabis Cultivation Privilege Tax for 2 years after license is awarded. OPPOSE  Click HERE to file a witness slip.

HB 4097: Allows more than one license per grower, adds 60 additional licenses, withholds  Cannabis Cultivation Privilege Tax for 2 years after license is awarded. OPPOSE  Click HERE to file a witness slip.

HB 4144: allows an applicant to resubmit information that was deficient in his original grower license due to COVID. OPPOSE  Click HERE to file a witness slip.

HB 4194: as a condition of a marijuana cultivation center’s license renewal, it must set aside a certain amount of THC oil to be made available to infuser organizations. (THC is the psychoactive ingredient that make a person high.) OPPOSE  Click HERE to file a witness slip.

HB 4195: allows up to 3 growers, an infuser organization, a cultivation center, and a dispensing organization to share a premises. OPPOSE  Click HERE to file a witness slip.

HB 4298: a Conditional Adult Use Dispensing Organization License to an applicant that is 51% owned and controlled by at least one qualified individual with a disability. OPPOSE  Click HERE to file a witness slip.

HB 4309: 40% of ancillary services of a cultivation center or dispensing organization must be certified under the Business Enterprise for Minorities, Women, and Persons with Disabilities Act. OPPOSE  Click HERE to file a witness slip.

HB 4318: removes requirement that an adult-use cannabis container in a vehicle be odor-proof and child resistant. OPPOSE  Click HERE to file a witness slip.

HB 5123: any person under 21 who uses cannabis or is in possession of cannabis is guilty of a Class A Misdemeanor rather than a civil law violation.  SUPPORT  Click HERE to file a witness slip.

HB 5523: a county or municipality may issue temporary event licenses that will allow for the sale and consumption of cannabis or cannabis-infused products and for the sale of cannabis paraphernalia at such temporary events, clubs, or tours. OPPOSE  Click HERE to file a witness slip.

HB 5570: establishes rules pertaining to the issuance of cannabis delivery licenses only to qualified “social equity applicants.” OPPOSE  Click HERE to file a witness slip.

HB 5580: fees will be waived for “social equity applicants.” OPPOSE  Click HERE to file a witness slip.



Kathy Valente
Kathy joined the IFI team as our Director of Operations in 2008. Previously, Kathy was the state director for Concerned Women for America for 4 years. But even before that, Kathy and Dave worked together as volunteer activists battling pornography and obscenity in the public square. Kathy has consistently taken a stand for traditional Judeo-Christian values and has worked tirelessly to foster a wholesome environment for family living, advocating for high community standards. Kathy recognizes that sexual immorality, pornography, obscenity, promiscuity, state sanctioned abortion and gambling threaten the moral fabric of our society. The well being of our communities, the...
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