On May 3, 2017, the Maryland Office of Legislative Audits released a fiscal compliance audit of the state’s regulatory services, including an examination of the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission’s contracting of Towson University to process and evaluate applications for cultivation, processing and dispensing.
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Marijuana Index: April 2017 Summary Report
On April 26, 2017, Clifford White, the Deputy Director/General Counsel of the U.S. Trustees Program in the Department of Justice, sent a letter to 1,100 private trustees who administer bankruptcy cases, advising them to dismiss bankruptcy cases that involve marijuana assets.
On April 27, 2017, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan sent a letter Special Sec. of Minority Affairs Jimmy H. Rhee to start a disparity study on Maryland’s medical marijuana program.
Pennsylvania’s applicants for medical marijuana grower, processor and dispenser licenses as of April 25, 2017.
Measure X, known as the the City of Costa Mesa Medical Marijuana Measure, passed by voters on Nov. 8, 2016.
April 6, 2017, Costa Mesa City Council Agenda Report.
A resolution of the City Council of the City of Costa Mesa, California, establishing and adopting fees to process applications for medical marijuana businesses allowed pursuant to Measure X.
An Act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts, in Canada. Introduced on April 13, 2017, by the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada Jody Wilson-Raybould.
A letter issued on April 12, 2017, from the New York State Department of Financial Services that reminds insurers authorized in New York State that they must provide coverage for office visits for covered services, including those that result in medical marijuana certification, as long as the office visit wasn’t solely for the purpose of medical marijuana certification.
On April 4, 2017, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif, sent a letter co-signed by 43 members of the House of Representatives urging the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies to include a provision in the fiscal year 2018 spending bill that would prevent the Department of Justice from prosecuting those who are in compliance with state medical marijuana laws.
Medical Marijuana Trust Fund Annual Report, issued by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health for FY 2016.
Medical Marijuana Trust Fund Annual Report, issued by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health for FY 2015.
California Bureau of Cannabis Control Proposed Trailer Bill Legislation, released by Gov. Jerry Brown on April 4, 2017.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety Memo, issued on April 5, 2017. The memo indicates that the task force will be evaluating marijuana enforcement policy, among other policies.
Marijuana Index: March 2017 Summary Report
Mendocino County medical cannabis cultivation and site ordinances passed by the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors on April 4, 2017.
On April 3, 2017, the governors of the first four states to have legal recreational cannabis sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, requesting that the Trump Administration maintain current policies on federal marijuana law enforcement.
A March 28, 2017, ruling by Judge Richard D. Meyer that orders county officials to pull Measure B, an initiative that would have asked county residents to vote on a commercial cannabis cultivation ban in the county, from Calaveras County’s special election on May 2, 2017.
This 2013 memorandum from the U.S. Deputy Attorney General to all United States attorneys provides additional guidelines for federal investigators and prosecutors regarding the sale and distribution of marijuana in the states where it is legal for medical purposes. It outlines the priorities of the federal government in monitoring criminal activity related to the drug and encourages strong local regulation in states that have made medical marijuana legal.
Medical Marijuana Dispensary Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act Of 2017, signed by Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser on March 17, 2017.
On Nov. 8, 2016, voters in Lemon Grove, California, adopted Measure V, a measure that rescinded a previous ban on medical marijuana dispensaries and added a medical marijuana regulatory ordinance to the Lemon Grove Municipal Code.
On March 7, 2017, Massachusetts State Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to request that the Department of Justice to clarify its position and future plans regarding federal marijuana law enforcement.
On March 2, 2017, a bipartisan group of Senators sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions asking the Department of Justice to uphold existing policy on state marijuana laws.
Proposition 64, known as the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, is the initiative measure passed by the people of California on Nov. 8, 2016, that led to the legalization of recreational marijuana in the state.
How a bill becomes a law in South Carolina. This document, from the clerk of the SC House of Representatives, printed in 2010, includes an extraordinarily complex flow chart. It also emphasizes that most of the tricky work of drafting takes place in committee, not on the floor of either of the two chambers involved.
Voters in Santa Ana passed Measure BB on Nov. 4, 2014, to regulate local medical marijuana businesses.
Florida’s Amendment 2, passed by voters on Nov. 8, 2016.
Guam’s Compassionate Cannabis Use Act
Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Act, as amended and passed on Oct. 26, 2016.
Legislative Analysis of Michigan’s Medical Marihuana Facilities and Tracking Act.
Michigan Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act, signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on Sept. 21, 2016.
Colorado MED: 2015 Annual Update, issued on Sept. 26, 2016.
Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division 2016 Mid-Year Report.
Massachusetts Senate Bill No. 2524, passed by the House and Senate on Dec. 28, 2016, moving the deadline for the state to license retail dispensaries from Jan. 1, 2018, to July 1, 2018, and moving the deadline for the state to appoint its Cannabis Control Commission from March 1, 2017, to Sept. 1, 2017.
Colorado’s retail marijuana code (revised).
Definition of terms used by the Marijuana Enforcement Division of the Department of Revenue, in Colorado. Includes a three part definition of “good cause” for purposes of denying an application for a license to sell marijuana, or for its renewal or reinstatement. Good cause includes for example, a violation of “any of the terms, conditions, or provisions of the Retail Code, any rules promulgated pursuant to it,” etc. It may also include failure to comply with “special terms or conditions” imposed by the State Licensing Authority, or the operation of a licensed premise in a manner “that adversely affects the public health or welfare … .”
Colorado MED industry bulletin 16-16, issued on Dec. 28, 2016.
Oregon Administrative Rules for Recreational Marijuana, effective Sept. 20, 2016.
Portland, Oregon: Marijuana business regulations, amended on Dec. 14, 2016, and passed unanimously by Portland City Council on Dec. 21, 2016.
A settlement dated Dec. 12, 2016, in McCrory’s Sunny Hill Nursery v. Florida Department of Health, with the DOH acknowledging McCrory’s Sunny Hill Nursery should have received a license to a be a dispensing organization in Central Florida and approving the organization for a dispensing license, making it the seventh licensee in the state.
The final report from Canada’s Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation.
On Aug. 11, 2016, Health Canada announced that it had replaced the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations with the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations, as prompted by the Federal Court of Canada’s decision in Allard v. Canada. The ACMPR went into effect on Aug. 24, 2016.
California Treasurer John Chiang’s letter to the state congressional delegation regarding the legalization of recreational marijuana in California via Proposition 64.
California Treasurer John Chiang’s letter to prospective members of cannabis banking working group regarding the legalization of recreational marijuana in California via Proposition 64.
California Treasurer John Chiang’s Letter to President-elect Donald Trump regarding the legalization of recreational marijuana in California via Proposition 64.
Cayman Islands Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) Bill approved in November 2016 by Gov. Helen Kilpatrick, allowing for medical cannabis oil to be imported and dispensed for medicinal purposes.
The measure passed by the people of Arkansas on Nov. 8, 2016, that led to the legalization of medical marijuana in the state.
Ohio’s medical marijuana law was enacted via House Bill 523, signed by Gov. John Kasich on June 7, 2016.