The Florida Senate is approximately two weeks away from passing a bill that would regulate its newly minted medical marijuana program.
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On March 21, 2017, Rep. Jeremy Faison, the sponsor of a bill that would legalize medical marijuana in Tennessee, announced that he was tabling his bill and turning it over to a legislative task force led by House Speaker Beth Harwell and Lt. Gov. Randy McNally.
In Arkansas, House lawmakers have rejected House Bill 1392, a proposal that would have banned the sale of commercial medical marijuana edibles.
Nevada residents convicted of simple marijuana possession could get a new lease on life if one state lawmaker gets his way. Introduced by Assemblyman William McCurdy II, Assembly Bill 259 would vacate the convictions of Nevada residents who had been caught with one ounce or less of marijuana before Jan. 1, 2017.
On March 17, 2017, event organizers behind the Denver 420 Fest, a two-day cannabis festival, announced that the event has been canceled.
Should businesses be able to fire workers for using medical marijuana, even if it’s legal under state law? That’s a question that the Massachusetts Legislature is currently considering as it debates a pair of bills that would extend legal protections to medical marijuana patients in the workplace.
Although hopes for legalizing recreational marijuana in New Mexico have been sidelined until the next legislative session, marijuana advocates might yet score a legislative victory in the Land of Enchantment.
On March 13, 2017, the Arkansas Senate voted once again to reject SB 357, a measure that would have banned the smoking of medical marijuana in the state.
On March 8, 2017, Florida state Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith and state Sen. Jeff Clemens introduced companion bills that would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
At the California Cannabis Business Expo on March 8, 2017, entrepreneurs and investors interested in the science and technology of medical cannabis were given a crash course in the future of cannabis, and cannabidiol, as an alternative to pharmaceuticals by Hemp Business Journal founder Sean Murphy.
On March 7, 2017, at the California Cannabis Business Expo, the Emerging Brand Showcase gave fledgling cannabis companies the opportunity to pitch their brands to a panel of industry experts, including AJ Gentile, CEO and co-founder of SpeedWeed; Mara Gordon, founder of Aunt Zelda’s; Jen Gentile, Chief Marketing Officer at SpeedWeed; and Gino Gentile, SpeedWeed’s Vice President of Business Development.
When it comes to the legal marijuana industry, the devil is in the details; and nothing is more devilish, or more onerous, than complying with the intricate rules and regulations imposed upon the industry.
In response to White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s recent comments on federal marijuana policy, Oregon lawmakers are making moves to protect the the private information of recreational marijuana consumers.
On March 2, 2017, the Arkansas Senate Committee on Public Health, Welfare and Labor voted to approve two bills that would limit the methods for consuming medical marijuana.
On March 1, 2017, the Georgia House of Representatives voted to approve House Bill 65, which would expand the number of qualifying conditions covered by the state’s limited medical marijuana program.
Tax revenue for Alaska’s legal marijuana industry dipped in the month of January. With retailers selling approximately 111 pounds of marijuana flower and another 77 pounds of marijuana plant material during the first month of 2017, the state took in $107,500 in marijuana taxes for January, which is $38,300 less than December’s high of $145,800.
On Feb. 27, 2017, the Utah Senate Health and Human Services Committee voted unanimously to approve SB211, a bill that would establish regulations for a state-run medical marijuana program.
The NFL Players Association will continue to pursue a “less punitive” marijuana policy despite the recent comments from White House press secretary Sean Spicer indicating that the Trump administration will increase its enforcement of federal marijuana laws.
On Feb. 23, 2017, the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy released draft regulations for forms and methods of administering medical marijuana, specifically with regards to how much a patient can possess within a 90-day period.
On Feb. 21, 2017, the Iowa House Public Safety Committee voted to advance HSB 132, a bill that would slightly expand the state’s limited medical marijuana program and leave room for further expansion down the road.
On Feb. 21, 2017, Erika McConnell was appointed as the new director of Alaska’s Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office. The position had been vacant since Cynthia Franklin resigned from the position at the beginning of 2017 to become the assistant attorney general in the state’s Consumer Protection Unit.
Vermont lawmakers are taking another crack at legalizing recreational marijuana. Introduced by Reps. Maxine Grad, Charles Conquest and Thomas Burditt, H. 170 would take a more reserved approach to legalization than previous legislative efforts.
On Feb. 16, 2017, the Board of Trustees for the city of Parachute, Colorado, approved a business license renewal for Tumbleweed Express, a drive-through retail marijuana dispensary set to open in the coming months.
One of the drawbacks of owning a legal marijuana business in the state of California is the fact that you cannot trademark the logo, name or even products associated with your business; however, if one California lawmaker gets his way, that will soon change.
California state Sen. Mike McGuire doesn’t think that his state will be ready to collect taxes from recreational marijuana cultivators by the start of next year.
On Feb. 14, 2017, a new law went into effect that requires all edible marijuana products sold in the state of Washington to bear a warning label with the message “Not for Kids” in red bold letters as well as the phone number of the Washington Poison Center.
On Feb. 13, 2017, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Iowa State University cannot prevent students from using ISU logos on t-shirts that advocate for marijuana reform. The decision upholds a previous ruling by U.S. District Judge James Gritzner in 2016.
On Feb. 9, 2017, Washington regulators shut down operations at Nine Point Growth Industries, the state’s second oldest licensed recreational marijuana dispensary.
On Feb. 9, 2017, the Alaska Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office announced that officers had seized products containing CBD from several marijuana retailers across the state.
On Feb. 8, 2017, the New Mexico Senate Judiciary Committee voted to endorse Senate Bill 8, a bill that would, among many other changes, allow United States military veterans residing in New Mexico to use medical marijuana, regardless of diagnosis.
On Feb. 7, 2017, Florida state officials hosted a public workshop in Fort Lauderdale on the state Department of Health’s proposed rules for Florida’s medical marijuana system.
Support for legalizing recreational marijuana in Rhode Island is at an all time high. According to a poll conducted by Public Policy Polling, 59% of Rhode Island’s residents think that recreational marijuana should be legal for adults 21 years or older.
In Florida, state Sen. Jeff Brandes, has introduced a bill that would update several key components of the state’s medical marijuana system.
On Feb 2., 2017, the Alaska Marijuana Control Board voted 3-2 to table a proposed rule that would permit local governments to allow the on-site use of recreational marijuana at licensed dispensaries.
New Hampshire’s House of Representatives is currently considering a bill that would decriminalize the possession of marijuana and the bill is garnering strong bipartisan support.
Introduced by House Criminal Justice Committee Chairman William Lamberth, the bill was filed in an effort to repeal marijuana decriminalization ordinances passed by the cities of Nashville and Memphis last year.
Arkansas lawmakers are once again working to amend the state’s medical marijuana laws. On Jan. 30, 2017, state lawmakers introduced a series of bills that would alter local control on banning and regulating licensed dispensaries as well as how patients could consume medical marijuana.
On Jan. 27, 2017, the Ohio Board of Pharmacy and the Ohio Department of Commerce announced another round of proposed rules for the state’s medical marijuana program. In this round, regulators tackled rules for medical marijuana processors, patients and caregivers.
Although recreational marijuana has been legal in Oregon for a little less than two years now, state residents can still lose their jobs for using the substance; however, if state lawmakers get their way, that may soon change.
On Jan. 26, 2017, Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan announced that he would support the decriminalization of marijuana in Israel and adopt recommendations made by a panel commissioned to study the issue.
More Arizonans are using medical marijuana than ever before. This is according to a year-end report on the state’s medical marijuana program, which was released on Jan. 24, 2017, by the Arizona Department of Health Services.
In response to President Donald Trump’s nomination of Jeff Sessions for Attorney General, Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs announced on Jan. 24, 2017, that he sent a letter to Trump urging him to issue clear guidance to banks on working with the legal marijuana industry.
Although recreational marijuana has recently become legal in Massachusetts, the state’s newly minted laws could already be in store for some drastic changes.
On Jan. 20, 2017, marijuana activists in Philadelphia staged a peaceful protest and community outreach event in Rittenhouse Square.
On Jan. 17, 2017, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper announced a plan to raise the sales tax on marijuana from 10% to 12% in order to cover a $135.1 million budgetary shortfall.
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.
On Jan. 10, 2017, the United States Air Force announced that it would relax its policy on barring recruits who have previously used marijuana from entering the service.
On Jan. 16, 2017, the Denver-based law firm Hoban Law Group, which represents several clients in the hemp industry, announced that it had filed a petition with the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to challenge a new DEA rule that would make cannabidiol illegal.
On Feb. 3, 2017, the Florida Board of Medicine will hold a public hearing to discuss a proposed amendment to the state’s telemedicine regulations that would prevent physicians from recommending medical marijuana over the internet.
On Jan. 11, 2016, Rhode Island state Sen. Joshua Miller and state Rep. Scott Slater announced in a press conference that they intend to introduce legislation that would legalize recreational marijuana in the state.