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March 12th Marijuana Weekly Updates: States to Watch for Marijuana Legalization

by Faith Fidura March 12, 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. 

Virginia - HB 1251, which would allow doctors to recommend non-hallucinogenic THC-A and cannabidiol (CBD) oil to patients with any diagnosed condition or illness, was approved by Governor Ralph Norman on March 9,2018. 

Iowa - The seven companies approved to submit applications for Dispensaries filed a total of 21 applications. The Department of Public Health is to award up to five licenses by April 1st. 


Medical Marijuana

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

Florida - HB 6049 is a bill to remove the provision that a black farmer must be a member of the Florida chapter of the Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association in order to be eligible for a medical marijuana license. The bill has passed Legislation and is on its way to the Governor's desk. The state's issuing of new licenses has been on hold since a black farmer filed a lawsuit when he was unable to join the BFAA.

Maine - The Maine Legislature's Health and Human Services Committee voted in favor of a medical marijuana bill that would remove the patient limits for caregivers and allow patients to possess up to 8 pounds of cannabis. The bill also removes the list of qualifying conditions, making it easier for residents to become patients, and would also create 6 new dispensary licenses. The bill now faces the House and Senate.

Maryland - A measure that would create five new cultivation licenses and require the commission to consider the race of applicants passed in the House, and now goes to the Senate. The bill would also increase the number of licenses for processors from 15 to 25, and 7 of the 10 new licenses must go to minority-owned companies. 

Montana - The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services set March 19, 2018 as the launch date for the Complia and Metrc systems. Complia will handle the online licensing for medical marijuana providers, and Metrc will handle the product tracking. 

Nevada – A Resolution which bans the gaming industry from working with new marijuana distributors was approved. The resolution prohibits smoking lounges in resorts; landlord-tenant relationships for the sale, cultivation, or distribution of marijuana; and financing deals benefiting either a gaming company or marijuana establishment.

Utah -  HB 195, introduced in January 2018, would allow terminally ill patients to use medical marijuana to ease their pain. HB 197, a bill to allow for medical marijuana cultivation, was introduced as a companion bill. Both have passed legislature and are on their way to the Governor's desk.

West Virginia - Time ran out for West Virginia Legislature to approve changes in the medical marijuana program proposed by HB 4345.


Recreational Marijuana

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

District of Columbia - The D.C. Board of Elections blocked a proposed ballot initiative to legalize retail sales and tax of marijuana. 

Massachusetts - The Cannabis Control Commission has finalized rules for marijuana regulation, and the state will begin accepting applications for marijuana business licenses on April 1st.


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