Legislative Updates: Week Of March 1st to 5th

This week all the bills in the House of Representatives that have been heard in committee have now passed the House Floor. This means the House Bills all move on to Senate, from there each bill is assigned to a committee to be heard and debated more.

This week since things are moving so fast it’s encouraged that you use the (FOR MORE INFO) link provided at the bottom of each bill. There you can get as lost as we were at first.

The first page is the OVERVIEW page. Here you can check new movements.

To check if a bill is being heard in either Committee, COW (Committee Of the Whole) or on the Floor, click the far-right tab (DOCUMENTS).

If you scroll down and find the (CALENDARS) section, the most-recent date is on the top.

If you have a date that has not passed, click the link for more info. There you will find the Committee, the time and date with a list of bills.

If you wish to speak on a bill the only way you can sign up for a RTS account is at the computer located in the House of Representatives building at the Arizona State Capitol.

All Bills Moving Forward

The Bill That Wont Die

Sadly, the Speaker of the House, Rep Rusty Bowers House Concurrent Resolution bill, HCR 2024, has also moved on to the Senate as well. This bill turns into a Proposition for the voters to decide. Therefore, it DOES NOT need ¾ votes. It only needs a little more than half.

HCR2024: MEDICAL MARIJUANA; MENTAL HEALTH; RESEARCH

3/3 Passed House Floor (on to senate) 44-16
2/24 COW-Returned for Consideration Amended
2/15 passed
Health & Human Services Committee (VIDEO)
2/3 referred to House Health Human Services committee.

The 2022 general election ballot is to carry the question of whether to amend state statute to make various changes relating to medical marijuana. Establishes the medical marijuana classification of transaction privilege taxes (TPT) and levies a tax of five percent of the tax base on that classification. The tax base of the medical marijuana classification is the gross proceeds of sales derived from the business of selling marijuana by a nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary. The Legislature is required to annually appropriate TPT revenues received from the medical marijuana classification to the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System for non-Medicaid seriously mentally ill services. The Department of Health Services (DHS) is required to develop warning labels based on the U.S. Surgeon General’s warnings on marijuana and to require the labels to be affixed to the packaging of any medical marijuana dispensed. DHS is required to provide grants from monies in the Medical Marijuana Fund for marijuana research studies on the safety and efficacy of using marijuana for medical purposes and the side effects of marijuana use, specifically focusing on the relationship between marijuana use and schizophrenia and the correlation between marijuana use and violent behavior.
ARS Titles Affected: 36
First sponsor: Rep. Bowers (R – Dist 25)

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The Striker Stands Alone As The Only Senate Bill

SB1121: RELATING TO MARIJUANA; SECURITY; SOCIAL EQUITY LICENSE

No new movement
2/23 passed Senate Appropriations Committee (VIDEO)
Originally, “technical correction; intensive probation; modification”.
Outlines requirements for the issuance of licenses to a marijuana facility as a part of the Social Equity Program (Program) by the Department of Health Services (DHS). Outlines requirements for marijuana product tracking and safety warnings and marijuana facility security.
ARS Titles Affected: 36
First sponsor: Sen. Gowan (R – Dist 14)

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Other Bills

HB2809: MARIJUANA; ADVERTISING; LABELING; SIGNAGE; SALE

3/2 referred to Senate Health Human Services
2/23 Passed House Floor 57-2-1 on to Senate
2/15 passed
House Health Human Services Committee (VIDEO)
2/8 referred to House Health Human Services committee

Marijuana establishments are required to label all marijuana and marijuana products at a retail site with a warning that marijuana should not be used by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Department of Health Services (DHS) rules must require marijuana establishments to display a conspicuous sign that warns pregnant women about the potential dangers to fetuses caused by smoking or ingesting marijuana while pregnant or to infants while breastfeeding and the risk of being reported to the Department of Child Safety. DHS rules are also required to prohibit a marijuana establishment retail site from providing free samples of marijuana or marijuana products for on-site use. Marijuana establishments are prohibited from selling marijuana or marijuana products to persons who are “obviously intoxicated” (defined). Establishes a list of prohibited advertising for marijuana establishments and nonprofit medical marijuana dispensaries. Due to voter protection, this legislation requires the affirmative vote of at least 3/4 of the members of each house of the Legislature for passage.
ARS Titles Affected: 36
First sponsor: Rep. Osborne (R – Dist 13)
Others: Rep. Barton (R – Dist 6), Rep. Blackman (R – Dist 6), Rep. Bolick (R – Dist 20), Rep. Bowers (R – Dist 25), Rep. Chaplik (R – Dist 23), Rep. Chavez (D – Dist 29), Rep. Cobb (R – Dist 5), Rep. Cook (R – Dist 8), Rep. Dunn (R – Dist 13), Rep. Friese (D – Dist 9), Rep. Griffin (R – Dist 14), Rep. A. Hernandez (D – Dist 3), Rep. John (R – Dist 4), Rep. Kaiser (R – Dist 15), Rep. Kavanagh (R – Dist 23), Rep. Lieberman (D – Dist 28), Rep. Longdon (D – Dist 24), Rep. Nguyen (R – Dist 1), Rep. Nutt (R – Dist 14), Rep. Parker (R – Dist 16), Rep. Pawlik (D – Dist 17), Rep. Payne (R – Dist 21), Rep. Pingerelli (R – Dist 21), Rep. Shah (D – Dist 24), Rep. Sierra (D – Dist 19), Rep. Toma (R – Dist 22), Rep. Udall (R – Dist 25), Rep. Weninger (R – Dist 17), Rep. Wilmeth (R – Dist 15)

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HB2605: MEDICAL MARIJUANA; TESTING

3/2 referred to Senate Health Human Services
2/24 Passed House Floor (on to senate) 59- 0-1
2/15/21 passed
House Health Human Services Committee (VIDEO)
1/25 referred to House Health Human Services committee

Original Text
Medical marijuana testing is no longer required to be used to determine unsafe levels of herbicides.
Amendments (added text)
Specifies that dispensaries must test selected marijuana and marijuana product samples.
Requires DHS to adopt rules prohibiting a marijuana testing facility from having any direct or indirect familial or financial relationship or interest in a marijuana establishment or related marijuana business entity or management company.
Under current law, a dispensary must test all marijuana and marijuana products for unsafe levels of microbial contamination, heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, growth regulators and residual solvents and confirm the potency of the marijuana to be dispensed. These test results must be provided by the dispensary to a registered qualifying patient or designated caregiver immediately on request. Additionally, dispensaries must display a sign notifying patients
of their right to test results (A.R.S. § 36-2803).
ARS Titles Affected: 36
First sponsor: Rep. Friese (D – Dist 9)

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HB2415: MARIJUANA; PUBLIC CONSUMPTION; VAPING; PROHIBITION

3/3 House Floor Due Pass (on to Senate) 53-4-3
2/15/21 passed
House Health Human Services Committee (VIDEO)
1/21 referred to House Health Human Services committee,

Statute allowing adult use of marijuana does not allow any person to consume marijuana products in a public place or open space, or to “smoke” (defined), including the use of an “electronic smoking device” (defined) marijuana products while driving, operating, or riding or sitting in the passenger seat of an operating or parked vehicle or boat. Due to voter protection, this legislation requires the affirmative vote of at least 3/4 of the members of each house of the Legislature for passage.
ARS Titles Affected: 36
First sponsor: Rep. Friese (D – Dist 9)

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HB2414: MARIJUANA; INSPECTIONS; LICENSE RENEWAL

3/4 House Floor Due Pass (on to Senate) 60-0
2/15/21 passed
House Health Human Services Committee (VIDEO)
1/21 referred to House Health Human Services committee

The Department of Health Services (DHS) is authorized to inspect a medical marijuana dispensary during regular hours of operation, and the requirement for DHS to give reasonable notice of an inspection is deleted. DHS is required to make at least one unannounced visit annually to each nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary. The initial license renewal date for a dual licensee of a marijuana establishment and nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary is the earlier of the date of the establishment license renewal or the dispensary registration renewal. Due to voter protection, this legislation requires the affirmative vote of at least 3/4 of the members of each house of the Legislature for passage.
ARS Titles Affected: 36
First sponsor: Rep. Friese (D – Dist 9)

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HB2319: LICENSE DENIAL; PROHIBITION; DRUG CONVICTIONS

3/3 passed Senate Commerce Committee 9-0
2/18 referred to Senate Commerce Committee
2/11 passed House 60-0; ready for Senate
2/3 passed House Criminal Justice Reform committee
(VIDEO)
1/26 referred to House Criminal Justice Reform.
State agencies are prohibited from denying a regular or provisional “occupational license” (defined) to an otherwise qualified applicant who has been convicted of a drug offense. Does not apply to teacher certification, health profession regulatory boards, the Department of Health Services for the purposes of the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, law enforcement agencies, and the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board.
ARS Titles Affected: 36
First sponsor: Rep. Toma (R – Dist 22)
Others: Rep. Blackman (R – Dist 6), Rep. Bowers (R – Dist 25), Rep. Carroll (R – Dist 22)

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HB2303: MARIJUANA; LABORATORIES; PROFICIENCY TESTING

3-3 passed House Floor (on to Senate) 57-0-3
2/15 Passed House Health Human Services committee
(VIDEO)
1/21 referred to House Health Human Services committee

The Department of Health Services (DHS) is required, instead of allowed, to conduct proficiency testing and remediate problems with independent third-party laboratories that are certified to test medical marijuana. DHS is authorized to use monies in the Medical Marijuana Fund to renovate the State Laboratory to comply with the proficiency testing requirements. Due to voter protection, this legislation requires the affirmative vote of at least 3/4 of the members of each house of the Legislature for passage.
ARS Titles Affected: 36
First sponsor: Rep. Friese (D – Dist 9)
Others: Rep. Andrade (D – Dist 29), Rep. Powers Hannley (D – Dist 9), Rep. Salman (D – Dist 26)

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HB2298: MEDICAL MARIJUANA; RESEARCH; GRANT

3/2 referred to Senate Health and Human Services
2/23 passed House Floor (on to Senate) 58-1-1
1/25 passed House Health Human Services committee.
(VIDEO)
1/21 referred to House Health Human Services committee.

The Arizona Biomedical Research Center in the Department of Health Services is required to provide competitive grants from monies in the Medical Marijuana Fund for marijuana research studies, including clinical testing for safety and efficacy of using marijuana and researching the public health implications of medical marijuana use in Arizona and the impacts of marijuana interactions with prescription drugs. Requirements for the study and for grant recipients are specified. The Center is authorized to provide up to $5 million annually for five consecutive years from the Fund to administer and award competitive grants. Administrative costs are capped at five percent. Due to voter protection, this legislation requires the affirmative vote of at least 3/4 of the members of each house of the Legislature for passage.
ARS Titles Affected: 36
First sponsor: Rep. Payne (R – Dist 21)

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HB2171: MARIJUANA VIOLATIONS; COURT JURISDICTION; PROCEDURES

No New Movement
2/18 referred to Senate Judiciary
2/11 passed House Floor 58-1-1; ready for Senate
2/3 Passed House Criminal Justice Reform committee
(VIDEO)
1/26 referred to House Criminal Justice Reform.

Establishes a new chapter in Title 22 (Justice and Municipal Courts) governing civil marijuana violations. Grants the justice court and municipal court jurisdiction of civil marijuana violation cases. A civil marijuana violation case may be commenced by issuance or filing of a uniform traffic ticket and complaint issued by a peace officer. The process for issuing a complaint of a civil marijuana violation is established. Peace officers are authorized to stop and detain a person as is reasonably necessary to investigate an actual or suspected violation of marijuana statutes and to serve a copy of the complaint for an alleged civil violation. Emergency clause.
ARS Titles Affected: 8 13 22
First sponsor: Rep. Blackman (R – Dist 6)

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All Information can be found at azleg.gov. All information is based on Thursday 3/4/2021

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