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May 7th Marijuana Weekly Updates: States to Watch for Marijuana Legalization

by Faith Fidura May 07, 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 – Senate Bill 1420, a bill to require testing of medical marijuana for mold and pesticides, died on the House floor Thursday after it didn’t pass a vote in which it needed three-fourths majority. A late-night effort was made to reconsider the bill, and it failed to pass then too.Marijuana Weekly Updates

Delaware – A new bill was introduced in the General Assembly to clear past minor marijuana convictions from records between 1977 and 2015.

Florida – On May 1st, over six months after the October 3, 2017 deadline to issue new medical marijuana business licenses, the Florida Department of Health filed a Notice of Proposed rule which provides for the registration of additional medical marijuana treatment centers. 

Idaho – The Idaho Medical Marijuana Association, a campaign group collecting signatures to get the medical marijuana initiative on the ballot in Idaho this year, has “given up” as members believe it was not united, organized, or funded to collect enough signatures.

Louisiana – Advanced Biomedics, one of only two companies selected to be medical marijuana producers in Louisiana, has filed a suit against the university that hired it last year, claiming the deal was negotiated by a minority stakeholder and the full company is not bound by the terms. 

Michigan – A state board has recommended the approval of 10 new conditions to qualify patients for the use of medical marijuana. The director of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs has until July 10, 2018 to approve or reject most of the recommendations.

Missouri – House Bill 1554 to legalize medical marijuana for terminally ill patients has passed in the hull House and now goes to the Senate. The Senate has less than three weeks to consider it before the end of session. 

Montana – The state health department has proposed new limits on the amount of growing space medical marijuana providers can have per registered patient. The current limit is up to 50 square feet of canopy space per patient, and the department is now recommending 14.5 to 20 square feet per patient.

New Jersey – Since Gov. Phil Murphy took office in January, about 4,200 patients have joined the state’s medical marijuana program. Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal stated that recently, they’re adding 100 new patients a day.

North Dakota – A draft dispensary application with instructions has been posted to the division website. The materials are subject to change prior to the open application period. The purpose of making the draft available is to give potential applicants time to review the content of the application. The open application period(s) for dispensaries has not been finalized at this time.


Recreational Marijuana

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

Colorado – House Bill 1258 was sent to the Governor’s desk for approval on May 3, 2018. The bill would allow the nation’s first-ever marijuana “tasting rooms” in current recreational marijuana retail shops.

Maine – On May 2, 2018, the Legislature overrode the veto of Gov. Paul LePage and put the final stamp on a bill to establish a recreational market in Maine.

Oklahoma – A campaign group, Green the Vote, has announced it will begin collecting signatures for a recreational marijuana ballot initiative starting May 11, 2018.


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