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June 18th Marijuana Weekly Updates: States to Watch for Marijuana Legalization

by Faith Fidura June 20, 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.

Louisiana – The Louisiana Department of Revenue confirmed in a statement this week that the prescription drug exemption on the state sales tax does not apply to medical marijuana sales. 

Maine –  Maine’s highest court ruled that a company’s workers’ compensation fund can’t be forced to pay for medical marijuana costs, citing the supremacy of federal law over state law as the basis for its decision.WeeklyUpdatesImageJune18

New Mexico – The New Mexico Department of Health’s Medical Cannabis Advisory Board was forced to cancel its May meeting because it lacked a quorum. The board now consists of two members, which is one short of the three members needed for a quorum.

Oregon – Starting July 1, all medical marijuana growers in Oregon with three or more patients will have to be registered with both the Oregon Liquor Control Commission and the Oregon Health Authority. 

Rhode Island – Rhode Island lawmakers are considering increasing the annual license fee for medical marijuana dispensaries. The new fee would be 50 times the current amount, increasing it from $5,000 to $250,000.

South Carolina – In the Democratic primary vote, South Carolina voters approved an advisory ballot measure to legalize medical marijuana for the state. The advisory ballot measure, which is not binding and does not change any laws, was approved by an 82% to 18% margin.

Texas – Thousands of Republicans are showing their support for less restrictive marijuana laws in Texas at the Republican State Convention.


Recreational Marijuana

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

Alaska – Alaska’s Marijuana Control Board and the Department of Revenue are considering ideas for a proposal to redistribute the excise tax on marijuana so it isn’t so much of a burden for the state’s cultivators.

Delaware – Lawmakers in favor of legalizing recreational marijuana in Delaware made amendments to the pending legislation to address concerns about safety and regulation and hopefully move the legislation forward before the end of session. 

United States – Congresswomen Barbara Lee introduced the RESPECT Resolution to encourage States and localities to adopt best practices already in effect in localities around the country to address, reverse, and repair the most egregious effects of the War on Drugs on communities of color, in particular to those who maintain criminal records for a substance that is now legal and regulated.

Canada – Canada became the second nation in the world to legalize marijuana on June 19, 2018 when the Senate passed the bill with a vote of 52-29.


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