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April 30th Marijuana Weekly Updates: States to Watch for Marijuana Legalization

by Faith Fidura April 30, 2018

Movement for Marijuana Legalization

As states continue to introduce legislation and initiatives to legalize marijuana, the Dispensary Permits team will keep you informed with our Weekly State Updates. If you missed last week’s updates, you can view them here. Since then, the following legislation has been introduced:

 

Medical Marijuana

The following states introduced legislation to allow qualified patients to possess and consume medical marijuana.

Arizona – Arizona lawmakers are working together to propose legalized marijuana as a source for increasing teachers' pay, which is an issue Governor Doug Ducey is committed to finding a solution for.

Arkansas – The Arkansas Supreme Court has agreed to speed up its review of a ruling that has stopped the issuance of the state’s first medical-marijuana growing licenses. Members of the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Association believes a resolution will be in place by early June, as the final pleading is to be submitted May 30, 2018. 

Delaware - Paul Hyland, administrator for the Delaware Office of Medical Marijuana, reported that the state is testing every batch of medical marijuana through an independent contractor, which makes Delaware a pioneer in medical marijuana testing standards.

Florida – The state’s medical marijuana patient count has reached 100,000. Regulations outlined that the state was to issue 5 additional medical marijuana business licenses by the end of 2017, and then 4 more licenses once the patient count reached 100,000. Regulators have failed to keep up with the growing program. 

Illinois – Senate Bill 336 to allow patients who are prescribed opioids to use medical marijuana as an alternative treatment has passed in the Senate and now goes to the House.

Louisiana – As the state prepares to launch its medical marijuana program, concern arises over the fact that there are only 10 doctors licensed to prescribe it. The Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners reported that a total of only 15 doctors applied.

Mississippi – A new bill has been introduced to task the Veterans Administration with conducting research on how marijuana could be used to treat disabled veterans.

Missouri – House Bill 1554 to legalize medical marijuana for terminally ill patients has passed in a House committee. It must be voted on one more time before moving on to the Senate.

Nevada – The state of Nevada will be accepting applications from existing medical marijuana business licensees to operate as a recreational marijuana establishment from June 13 – June 26, 2018.

New Mexico – The New Mexico Department of Health is considering adding opioid addiction to the list of qualifying medical marijuana conditions as a board of medical professionals have recommended the change for a third time.

 

Recreational Marijuana

The following states introduced legislation to allow individuals 21 years of age and older to possess and consume marijuana.

California – Senate Bill 930, which would create limited-service banks and credit unions for the cannabis industry, was approved by a Senate committee. The bill still needs a vote from the Senate floor before moving on to the House. 

Maine – Governor Paul LePage has vetoed the bill to launch Maine’s adult-use marijuana market. 

Vermont – Lawmakers are pushing to amend House Bill 167 to add a statewide system of taxed and regulated cannabis sales.

 

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