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June 4th Marijuana Weekly Updates: States to Watch for Marijuana Legalization

by Faith Fidura June 04, 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:

 

CBD Program

The following states introduced legislation to allow qualified patients to possess and consume cannabidiol, a marijuana derivative.

Iowa - Four unidentified companies filed applications with state regulators last week to compete for one additional license to grow medical marijuana.

 

Medical Marijuana

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

Arkansas – The Arkansas Department of Health denied a petition to allow bipolar affective disorder to be treated with medical marijuana as a mood stabilizer. WeeklyUpdatesImageJune4

Florida – The state Health Department's Office of Medical Marijuana Use reported registering new patients at a clip of 5,400 a week at the end of May. The time required to process registrations is reportedly down to about two weeks. Also, Judge Karen Gievers ruled that the state medical marijuana smoking ban is unconstitutional. However, the state’s Department of Health has said that it intends to challenge the ruling, imposing a stay on the decision. 

Louisiana – On May 25, 2018, Southern University and Agricultural and Medicinal College in Baton Rouge entered a contract to launch a medical marijuana program with Advanced Biomedics, a Louisiana-based company specializing in pharmaceutical-grade marijuana products. 

New Jersey – State Sen. Nicholas Scutari is reportedly working on combining the two measures to expand the state’s current medical marijuana program and to establish a recreational marijuana program before the Legislature takes its summer break at the end of June. State lawmakers say it’s a political gamble that risks dooming their chances of passage. 

Ohio – The Ohio Board of Pharmacy is expected to announce the winners of medical marijuana dispensary licenses during their monthly meeting June 4-6, 2018. 

Utah – The Lieutenant Governor has certified the Utah Medical Cannabis Initiative to appear on the November 2018 election ballot.

 

Recreational Marijuana

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

California – One of California’s U.S. attorneys announced plans to add $2.5 million in federal money to the state’s enforcement efforts against illegal cannabis growers. Senate Bill 930, a bill to authorize charter banks and credit unions regulated by the state Department of Business Oversight to provide limited banking services to cannabis related businesses, passed in the Senate and now goes to the Assembly for consideration. 

Massachusetts – On June 1, 2018, the state opened applications for recreational retail and product manufacturing licenses to the general public.

Michigan – This week, state lawmakers are expected to vote on whether to enact a measure to legalize recreational marijuana or to let it go to the statewide November election ballot for a public vote. 

Oregon – The Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) announced that, starting June 15, it will temporarily quit processing new applications for recreational cannabis businesses until next year at the earliest. It will instead focus on processing those applicants already in line.

 

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