April brings May flowers-and activity to legalize medical marijuana in Illinois. Last month, the state released regulations on legal medical use that were addressed at hearings held in early May. By mid-month, the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) posted an update at www.mpp.org/states/illinois/ on new bills (HB 5708, HB 4299, HB 4091) designed to move medical marijuana implementation forward in Illinois.
California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has been on a mission to ensure state-legal cannabis businesses have commercial insurance coverage and with his announcement of the first California cannabis surety bond program on Feb. 21, 2018, he continues to make progress.
More strife is on the horizon for Ohio’s troubled medical cannabis program. On Feb. 20, 2018, a group of unsuccessful medical cannabis applicants, led by Jimmy Gould of CannAscend Ohio LLC, filed a lawsuit challenging the state’s medical cannabis licensing process.
While the province of Newfoundland and Labrador has its key policies in place for recreational legalization and has secured a supply agreement with Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX:WEED) to provide cannabis for the province, it is now ready to hear from prospective cannabis retailers.