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Vote Smart provides easy access to congressional and state voting records and maintains a collection of key votes grouped by issue. Vote Smart uses the following criteria to select key votes:

  1. The vote should be helpful in portraying how a member stands on a particular issue
  2. The vote should be clear for any person to understand
  3. The vote has received media attention
  4. The vote was passed or defeated by a very close margin
  5. Occasionally, if a specific bill is consistently inquired about on the Voter's Research Hotline, the vote will be added

Vote Smart provides a summary of the version of the bill text associated with each selected key vote. Our summaries are written by Vote Smart's staff and interns, who adhere to our strict policies and procedures in order to guarantee absolute impartiality and accuracy. They do not necessarily reflect the content of the final version of the bill, but rather the version voted on in that stage. While many procedural votes take place before a full chamber vote, our voting stages reflect the final reading of each chamber vote. Each key vote selection is reviewed by the project's community of advisors, who are political scientists and journalists from all fifty states.

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Date State Bill No. Title Outcome
May 6, 2021 AL SB 46 Authorizes the Legalization and Regulation of Medical Marijuana Bill Passed - House (68 - 34)
May 5, 2021 OH HB 37 Increases the Number of Times a Pharmacist May Dispense a Life-Saving Medication Bill Passed - House (92 - 3)
April 28, 2021 SC H 3623 Repeals Mandatory Minimum Sentences for Drug Crimes Bill Passed - House (62 - 45)
April 22, 2021 WA HB 1443 Expands the Duties of the Task Force on Social Equity in Cannabis Concurrence Vote Passed - House (60 - 36)
April 20, 2021 NV AB 400 Reduces Penalties for Drivers with Marijuana Metabolites in their Body Bill Passed - House (26 - 16)
April 19, 2021 National HR 1996 SAFE Banking Act of 2021 Bill Passed - House (321 - 101)
April 14, 2021 IL HB 147 Establishes Regulations for Delta-8 and Other Cannabinoid Products Bill Passed - House (96 - 15)
April 10, 2021 OR HB 2519 Authorizes Businesses to Deliver Cannabis Outside of their Jusridiction Bill Passed - House (34 - 14)
April 6, 2021 WA HB 1443 Expands the Duties of the Task Force on Social Equity in Cannabis Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 16)
April 1, 2021 MT HB 655 Amends Marijuana Laws Bill Passed - House (69 - 28)
March 30, 2021 NY S 854 Authorizes the Legalization of Adult Recreational Cannabis Use Bill Passed - House (94 - 56)
March 30, 2021 KS HB 2412 Establishes a Grant Program to Reduce the Effects of Substance Abuse Bill Passed - House (81 - 43)
March 30, 2021 NY S 854 Authorizes the Legalization of Adult Recreational Cannabis Use Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 23)
March 25, 2021 NH SB 60 Establishes Penalties for Having an Open Marijuana Container in a Vehicle Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 3)
March 17, 2021 CO HB 21-1090 Rescinds Marijuana Possession Offenses of Two Ounces or Less Bill Passed - House (45 - 19)
March 17, 2021 IA SF 361 Establishes Guidelines for Drug Testing Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 17)
March 9, 2021 SC S 571 Expands Availability of Naloxone (Narcan) Prescriptions to Patients Under Certain Circumstances Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 0)
March 5, 2021 CO SB 21-111 Establishes a Program to Support Entrepreneurs in the Marijuana Industry Bill Passed - House (40 - 23)
March 2, 2021 MT HB 517 Amends Penalties for Underage Use and Possession of Marijuana Bill Passed - House (68 - 31)
March 1, 2021 WA HB 1105 Establishes Criminal and Civil Protections for Medical Cannabis Patients Bill Passed - House (69 - 29)
Feb. 26, 2021 NM HB 12 Authorizes the Legalization of Recreational Marijuana Bill Passed - House (39 - 31)
Feb. 26, 2021 CO SB 21-111 Establishes a Program to Support Entrepreneurs in the Marijuana Industry Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 15)
Feb. 25, 2021 SD HB 1095 Authorizes Communities to Deem if Retail Licenses are Necessary for Recreational Cannabis Usage Bill Passed - House (52 - 14)
Feb. 25, 2021 SD HB 1100 Establishes a Task Force to Legalize Medical Marijuana by 2022 Bill Passed - House (40 - 28)
Feb. 25, 2021 OH HB 9 Prohibits Selling Dextromethorphan Without a Prescription Bill Passed - House (87 - 7)
Feb. 24, 2021 AK SB 70 Extends Access to Naloxone Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 0)
Feb. 24, 2021 AL SB 46 Authorizes the Legalization and Regulation of Medical Marijuana Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 10)
Feb. 23, 2021 IN SB 201 Amends Cannabis Possession While Driving Laws Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 20)
Feb. 23, 2021 ND HB 1420 Authorizes the Legalization of Cannabis Bill Passed - House (56 - 38)
Feb. 22, 2021 NJ A 5342 Specifies Penalties for Individuals Under 21 Possessing Marijuana Concurrence Vote Passed - House (49 - 28)
Feb. 18, 2021 ND HB 1287 Establishes Harsher Punishments for Drug Dealers Bill Passed - House (77 - 16)
Feb. 16, 2021 UT HB 248 Appropriates $1 Million to Substance Abuse and Mental Health Resources. Bill Passed - House (61 - 11)
Feb. 9, 2021 AL HB 17 Authorizes Deploying Wiretaps for Drug Related Offenses Bill Passed - House (80 - 14)
Feb. 5, 2021 VA SB 1406 Expands Adult Cannabis Use and Eliminates Criminal Penalties Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 15)
Feb. 5, 2021 VA HB 2312 Authorizes the Simple Possession of Marijuana Bill Passed - House (55 - 42)
Date No. Title Outcome
5/06 SB 46 Authorizes the Legalization and Regulation of Medical Marijuana Bill Passed - House (68 - 34)
5/05 HB 37 Increases the Number of Times a Pharmacist May Dispense a Life-Saving Medication Bill Passed - House (92 - 3)
4/28 H 3623 Repeals Mandatory Minimum Sentences for Drug Crimes Bill Passed - House (62 - 45)
4/22 HB 1443 Expands the Duties of the Task Force on Social Equity in Cannabis Concurrence Vote Passed - House (60 - 36)
4/20 AB 400 Reduces Penalties for Drivers with Marijuana Metabolites in their Body Bill Passed - House (26 - 16)
4/19 HR 1996 SAFE Banking Act of 2021 Bill Passed - House (321 - 101)
4/14 HB 147 Establishes Regulations for Delta-8 and Other Cannabinoid Products Bill Passed - House (96 - 15)
4/10 HB 2519 Authorizes Businesses to Deliver Cannabis Outside of their Jusridiction Bill Passed - House (34 - 14)
4/06 HB 1443 Expands the Duties of the Task Force on Social Equity in Cannabis Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 16)
4/01 HB 655 Amends Marijuana Laws Bill Passed - House (69 - 28)
3/30 S 854 Authorizes the Legalization of Adult Recreational Cannabis Use Bill Passed - House (94 - 56)
3/30 HB 2412 Establishes a Grant Program to Reduce the Effects of Substance Abuse Bill Passed - House (81 - 43)
3/30 S 854 Authorizes the Legalization of Adult Recreational Cannabis Use Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 23)
3/25 SB 60 Establishes Penalties for Having an Open Marijuana Container in a Vehicle Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 3)
3/17 HB 21-1090 Rescinds Marijuana Possession Offenses of Two Ounces or Less Bill Passed - House (45 - 19)
3/17 SF 361 Establishes Guidelines for Drug Testing Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 17)
3/09 S 571 Expands Availability of Naloxone (Narcan) Prescriptions to Patients Under Certain Circumstances Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 0)
3/05 SB 21-111 Establishes a Program to Support Entrepreneurs in the Marijuana Industry Bill Passed - House (40 - 23)
3/02 HB 517 Amends Penalties for Underage Use and Possession of Marijuana Bill Passed - House (68 - 31)
3/01 HB 1105 Establishes Criminal and Civil Protections for Medical Cannabis Patients Bill Passed - House (69 - 29)
2/26 HB 12 Authorizes the Legalization of Recreational Marijuana Bill Passed - House (39 - 31)
2/26 SB 21-111 Establishes a Program to Support Entrepreneurs in the Marijuana Industry Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 15)
2/25 HB 1095 Authorizes Communities to Deem if Retail Licenses are Necessary for Recreational Cannabis Usage Bill Passed - House (52 - 14)
2/25 HB 1100 Establishes a Task Force to Legalize Medical Marijuana by 2022 Bill Passed - House (40 - 28)
2/25 HB 9 Prohibits Selling Dextromethorphan Without a Prescription Bill Passed - House (87 - 7)
2/24 SB 70 Extends Access to Naloxone Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 0)
2/24 SB 46 Authorizes the Legalization and Regulation of Medical Marijuana Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 10)
2/23 SB 201 Amends Cannabis Possession While Driving Laws Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 20)
2/23 HB 1420 Authorizes the Legalization of Cannabis Bill Passed - House (56 - 38)
2/22 A 5342 Specifies Penalties for Individuals Under 21 Possessing Marijuana Concurrence Vote Passed - House (49 - 28)
2/18 HB 1287 Establishes Harsher Punishments for Drug Dealers Bill Passed - House (77 - 16)
2/16 HB 248 Appropriates $1 Million to Substance Abuse and Mental Health Resources. Bill Passed - House (61 - 11)
2/09 HB 17 Authorizes Deploying Wiretaps for Drug Related Offenses Bill Passed - House (80 - 14)
2/05 SB 1406 Expands Adult Cannabis Use and Eliminates Criminal Penalties Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 15)
2/05 HB 2312 Authorizes the Simple Possession of Marijuana Bill Passed - House (55 - 42)

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