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Arizona House Panel OKs Felony for Rule-Breaking Pot Doctors
An Arizona House panel on Thursday approved a proposal making doctors who sidestep rules for medical marijuana recommendations guilty of a felony.
Connecticut Lawmakers Vote on Starting Recreational Marijuana Discussions
Connecticut lawmakers have put recreational marijuana back on the table — sort of. According to the CT Post, lawmakers are curious as to how they would successfully regulate the drug if it were ever to be legalized in the New England state.
LARA: State Application Deadline for Medical Marihuana Facilities Operating with Local Approval is Feb. 15th
LANSING, Mich., Feb. 8, 2018 /Weed Wire – The Dept. of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) reminded prospective medical marihuana license applicants today that the deadline for applicants currently operating with local approval is February 15th.
Montana Cannabis Conference Coming to State Capitol
A cannabis conference at the state Capitol on Friday will help patients and providers navigate Montana’s medical marijuana laws.
Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission Seeking Input From Counties
In an effort to hear what the public thinks about the proposed recreational cannabis regulations, the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission is traveling from county to county to gather feedback.
New Mexico’s Marijuana Legalization Resolution Passes Out of Senate Rules Committee
SANTA FE, N.M., Feb. 2, 2018 /Weed Wire/ — Today, a legislative committee voted in favor of taxing and regulating marijuana in New Mexico. On a vote of 4-3 New Mexico State Senator Ortiz y Pino’s (D-12-Bernalillo) Senate Joint Resolution 4 (SJR4) passed the Senate Rules Committee.
AutoNation Just Decided to Stop Caring About Pot Smoking
The largest U.S. auto-dealer chain has lightened up on lighting up. AutoNation Inc. no longer refuses to hire job applicants who test positive for marijuana in drug screenings.
Massachusetts Federal Prosecutor: Opioids, Not Pot, Are Priority
Massachusetts’ new federal prosecutor said on Wednesday he will not rule out prosecuting marijuana businesses in a state that has legalized the drug, but stressed that his focus is on the opioid epidemic.
Court Challenge Seeks to Block Vast California Marijuana Farms
An alliance of California marijuana growers filed a lawsuit Tuesday to block state rules that they fear could open the way for vast farms that would drive smaller cultivators out of business or send them into the black market.
OLCC at Cannabis Collaborative Conference – Oregon and Washington Top Regulators Focus on Future
PORTLAND, Jan. 22, 2018 /Weed Wire/ – The top regulators from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission and the Washington State Liquor & Cannabis Board will kick off the Cannabis Collaborative Conference with a discussion on the regulated cannabis system.
Ontario Seeks Public Feedback on Allowing Cannabis Lounges
Ontario is considering allowing licensed cannabis consumption lounges in the province once recreational marijuana is legalized this summer, and is asking the public to weigh in on the idea.
Nebraska Senator Introduces Cannabis Amendment Resolution
On Jan. 18, 2018, Sen. Anna Wishart introduced an amendment resolution that would call for Nebraska residents to vote on the legal status of medical cannabis in the November election.
North Dakota Medical Marijuana Rules Poised for Approval
North Dakota’s State Health Council is poised to sign off on administrative rules for medical marijuana amid uncertainty over whether the federal government might crack down on state marijuana operations.
Some California Recreational Cannabis Shops Won’t Open on New Year’s Day
On Jan. 1, 2018, California recreational cannabis shops will be allowed to sell recreational cannabis legally, but only if they’ve been issued their state-required licenses.
Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission Votes Yes on Drafted Rules
On Dec. 21, 2017, the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission voted yes on drafted regulations for the state’s recreational marijuana businesses.
New Veterans Affairs Rules Allow Docs to Talk About Medical Marijuana
Doctors and pharmacists at the Veterans Affairs Department have been cleared to talk about the pluses and minuses of medical marijuana use with vets who ask about the drug.
North Dakota Health Officials Gather Public Input on Medical Pot
North Dakota health officials will begin gathering public input Monday about proposed medical marijuana rules as the state prepares to launch its program.
Regulation Questions Swirl as Sacramento Draws Closer to Recreational Marijuana
For months, Joe Devlin and his team have been working to create the rules and regulations for each aspect of Sacramento’s cannabis industry, including cultivation, delivery, dispensary, testing, and transportation.
Montana Health Department Drafts Dozens of New Medical Marijuana Rules
The state health department released a pack of proposed rules for the medical marijuana industry, which will be the subject of a public hearing this month.
Michigan Reverses Stance, Will Let Marijuana Shops Stay Open
In an about-face, Michigan regulators said Wednesday that medical marijuana businesses can stay open while seeking a state license as long as they have been operating with the approval of their local community.
FDA Hints It May Look Into Marijuana Health Claims
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration may start cracking down on claims of marijuana health benefits that haven’t been proven, the agency’s commissioner said Tuesday.
Weedmaps Sets Up Shop in Boston, Joins Chamber of Commerce
Weedmaps, one of the country’s larger and more established marijuana firms, is going all-in on Massachusetts and its new recreational pot market.
LARA to Inform Medical Marihuana Licensing Board Regarding Existing Facilities, License Fees
At a meeting of the Medical Marihuana Licensing Board later today, the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) will inform the board members regarding several oversight issues and the implementation of the regulatory framework for the new Medical Marihuana Facility Licensing Act (MMFLA). LARA, in consultation with the board, has sole authority to promulgate rules and emergency rules as necessary to implement, administer, and enforce the MMFLA.
For First Time Oregon Cannabis Pesticide Testing Required for All Product Batches
Oregon cannabis pesticide testing has undergone a rollercoaster of changes in response to the market, stakeholders and regulators, but permanent pesticide rules are now finally in place.
OLCC Rules Adjusted for Pesticide Testing of Usable Marijuana
PORTLAND, Ore., Aug. 30, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Beginning today, August 30, 2017, every batch of usable marijuana (flower and leaves) must be tested directly for pesticides according to the Oregon Health Authority’s testing rules in order to be compliant. This includes untested product that was collected for sampling prior to August 30.
Mendocino County Pulls Letter Addressing Cannabis Raids
A letter addressing recent cannabis raids by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife in Mendocino County was scrapped by the Board of Supervisors.
This Is Why Recreational Marijuana Sales in Maine Won’t Happen on Time
It looks like residents of the Pine Tree State will now have to wait several more months for recreational marijuana sales in Maine.
Arkansas Subcommittee Approves Rules for State Medical Marijuana Program
On June 13, 2017, the Arkansas Administrative Rules and Regulations Subcommittee approved the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board’s proposed rules for the state medical marijuana program.
IDPH to Begin Accepting Applications for Expanded Medical Cannabidiol Program (6/13/17)
DES MOINES, Iowa, June 13, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — On May 12, 2017, Governor Branstad signed legislation expanding the Medical Cannabidiol Act, first enacted July 1, 2014. Today, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) filed emergency rules implementing a portion of the new law.
Green Bubble? Cannabis Investors on White-Knuckle Ride as Share Prices Fall
Canadian marijuana stocks have been on a punishing slide for three straight months despite a temporary blip of investor fever in April that sent share prices soaring to record highs as Ottawa tabled legislation to legalize pot.
Disney World Lists Marijuana as Prohibited Item
Medical marijuana might be legal in Florida, but Disney World has updated its website to specifically list “marijuana” as a prohibited item.
The Arkansas Board of Health Finalizes Medical Marijuana Rules
Rules governing who gets to grow and sell medical marijuana were given final approval by the Arkansas Board of Health Thursday, but must survive a review by lawmakers in order to go into effect on time.
World of Cannabis: Medical Marijuana State Initiatives
Watch the World of Cannabis in Las Vegas tackle the details of medical marijuana state initiatives. Matthew Abel, attorney and director of Michigan NORML, covers recent medical marijuana developments in Michigan. Ari Gerstin, an attorney in Miami, and Michael C. Minardi, Senior Partner at Minardi Law, provide an update on medical marijuana in Florida.
Arkansas Panel Approves Rules on Medical Marijuana
The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission on Tuesday approved its final rules governing how businesses can cultivate and sell marijuana.
Florida Department of Health Releases Proposed Medical Marijuana Rules
On Jan. 17, 2017, the Florida Department of Health unveiled a set of proposed regulations for Florida’s medical marijuana system. Under the proposal, rules and regulations guiding Florida’s low-THC medical marijuana program would be applied to the state’s wider system.
Maine Legislators Propose Extension of Delay in Marijuana Retail Sales
Adult-use marijuana legalization in Maine is set for Jan. 30, 2017, but the law included a nine-month delay in retail sales to allow lawmakers to set rules. Now Senate President Mike Thibodeau, a Republican from Winterport, Maine, and Rep. Louis Luchini, a Democrat from Ellsworth, Maine, have proposed extending the delay until Feb. 1, 2018.
Air Force Expands Medical Waivers, No Question on Prior Pot Use
The service is no longer considering how long it has been since an airman used marijuana prior to service in a move to “standardize” the questions asked of potential recruits.
Riding High in Bridgetown: Portland Approves Marijuana Couriers
On Dec. 22, 2016, Oregon’s Portland City Council voted unanimously to amend its marijuana business regulations, creating a license for marijuana retail couriers.
OHA Updates Rules to Further Streamline Marijuana Testing Process
PORTLAND, Ore., Dec. 14, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — The Oregon Health Authority has made additional modifications to testing rules for medical and recreational marijuana products that will provide relief for processors and growers while ensuring public health protections for consumers.
Ohio Announces Draft Rules for Medical Marijuana Cultivators
On Nov. 2, 2016, the Ohio Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee released the draft rules for would-be medical marijuana cultivators. If approved, Ohio would have one of the most expensive medical marijuana licensing fees in the country.
Maryland Panel Mulls New Policy For Prospective Cops Who Smoked Pot
Maryland’s Police Training and Standards Commission has recommended reducing restrictions on prospective officers who have smoked pot, according to The Baltimore Sun. The Police Training and Standards Commission was created by the state legislature last year following concerns about officer accountability.
U.S. Marijuana Businesses Grapple with Complex Regulations
Like all companies that sell marijuana products, Washington state-based Interra Oils must comply with a myriad number of packaging and labeling rules before it can make a sale.
New Colorado Rules Make Marijuana Packaging Safer for Adults, Less Appealing to Children
DENVER, Sept. 26, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — Effective Oct. 1, Colorado will implement new rules regarding medical and retail marijuana products.
Ohio Drafting Rules for Distribution of Medical Marijuana
On Sept. 8, 2016, medical marijuana will become legal in Ohio, with the date established when Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed House Bill 523 on June 7, 2016.
ODA Adopts Temporary Rules for Industrial Hemp
SALEM, Ore., May 4, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — The Oregon Department of Agriculture has adopted temporary administrative rules to implement legislative changes to the state’s industrial hemp program.
Washington Revises Draft Marijuana Rules and Adopts Recall Process
On March 23, 2016, the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board announced that it had revised the language for draft marijuana rules, aligning the medical and recreational marijuana markets, and adopted emergency rules for product recalls.
Board Revises Draft Marijuana Rules Following Public Comment Period
OLYMPIA, March 23, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — The Liquor and Cannabis Board (Board) today heard revised draft rule language regarding the implementation of marijuana legislation. The draft rules are necessary to implement 2015 legislation which aligns the medical marijuana market with the existing recreational market.
Board Revises Draft Marijuana Rules Following Public Comment Period
OLYMPIA, Jan. 6, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — Following six public hearings held throughout the state, the Liquor and Cannabis Board (Board) today voted to revise the draft rules to accommodate public input it received on its original draft rules.
OLCC Creates Recreational Marijuana License Tutorial Online Video Provides Temporary Rules, Online Application Overview
PORTLAND, Ore., Dec. 22, 2015 /Weed Wire/ — The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has released a video version of its recent workshop on the Recreational Marijuana License “Temporary Rules and License Application Process.”