Latest Cannabis News: April 16, 2024

Latest Cannabis News: April 16, 2024

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APRIL 16TH, 2024

Stay up to date with the latest legalization and cannabis news with the C.B. Advisors. Every week, we will release a snippet of what’s happening with each state in the cannabis industry. Did you miss last week? No worries – click here for last week’s cannabis news.

 

No Legalization

 

Kansas: Last week on the Senate floor, Sen. Robert Olson (R) made a motion that would revive a broader medical marijuana measure and have senators debate and vote on it. That bill, SB 135, was shelved by a legislative panel a year ago after pushback from law enforcement. The Senate will vote on Olson’s motion to hear SB 135 once the body reconvenes on April 26. If approved, the measure in its current form would legalize and regulate medical marijuana in Kansas.

Source: https://www.marijuanamoment.net/kansas-gop-senator-forces-vote-on-reviving-medical-marijuana-legalization-bill/

 

CBD

 

South Carolina: The bill, called the “Compassionate Care Act,” only allows for use in oils, salves, patches, and vaporizers, so smoking marijuana would still be illegal. The legislation has already passed in the Senate with bipartisan backing, but it has sat in the House of Representatives for nearly two months without getting a hearing to this point.

If the bill does not get through the House in the next five weeks, before the session ends, it dies until at least next year.

Source: https://www.live5news.com/2024/04/10/supporters-urge-sc-representatives-take-up-medical-marijuana-bill-soon/

 

Medical

 

Alabama: Alabama medical marijuana licenses would be revoked and businesses forced to “start from scratch” and reapply for a fourth time under a bill that’s advanced out of a state Senate committee. Republican State Sen. Tim Melson’s Senate Bill 306, which advanced Wednesday, would revoke the five licenses for vertically integrated businesses that regulators issued late last year and force companies to reapply yet again, the Alabama Daily News reported. In addition to the five coveted integrated facility permits, Alabama will license no more than 12 cultivators, four processors and four dispensaries. Dispensary licensees will be allowed to operate up to three locations. Only the integrated licenses would be revoked if SB 306 were to become law. The bill would also severely curtail the AMCC’s power and grant licensing authority to the state Securities Exchange Commission, according to the Alabama Political Reporter.

Source: https://mjbizdaily.com/alabama-medical-marijuana-licensing-might-start-from-scratch/

 

Arkansas: Attorney General Tim Griffin has rejected ballot wording for a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize recreational marijuana. The amendment would legalize recreational marijuana for those 21 and older and require the state to issue licenses for dispensaries to sell the drug. The amendment also would expunge convictions for those with marijuana-related offenses on their record.

Source: https://www.magnoliabannernews.com/news/2024/apr/10/attorney-general-rejects-ballot-wording-for/

 

Kentucky: Kentucky patients seeking to receive medical marijuana may be able to do so very early in 2025, helped in part by the passage of a bill Monday to move up the licensing timeline for the state’s new program.

Source: https://www.lpm.org/news/2024-04-15/kentucky-lawmakers-expedite-medical-marijuana-licensing-pass-on-extra-conditions

 

New Hampshire: New Hampshire’s Republican Gov. Chris Sununu will not sign into law a bill to legalize recreational that was passed last week by the state House of Representatives, according to media reports. The House passed the bill for a required second time on Thursday, just over a week after the measure’s original approval.

Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/ajherrington/2024/04/15/new-hampshire-governor-wont-sign-marijuana-legalization-bill/?sh=6908ba6c53f8

 

North Dakota: A group of 27 North Dakotans filed a 2024 ballot measure petition to legalize adult-use cannabis in North Dakota on Tuesday, April 16. The proposal would allow adults 21 and older to possess small amounts of cannabis and purchase products from registered cannabis establishments in the state. To qualify for the November ballot, 15,582 signatures must be gathered from eligible North Dakota voters by July 8.

Source: https://www.grandforksherald.com/news/north-dakota/group-files-measure-to-legalize-recreational-marijuana-in-north-dakota

 

Pennsylvania: Just ahead of a Pennsylvania committee meeting on cannabis reform this week, House lawmakers have introduced a bill to legalize marijuana that the lead sponsor says is “grounded in safety and social equity.”

Source: https://www.marijuanamoment.net/pennsylvania-lawmakers-file-marijuana-legalization-bill-ahead-of-committee-hearing-this-week/

 

Recreational

 

Missouri: On Monday, the Missouri Department of Cannabis Regulation opened its second round of microbusiness applications.

Source: https://abc17news.com/news/missouri/2024/04/15/next-round-of-missouri-cannabis-microbusinesses-applications-opens/

 

Ohio: Marijuana may be available to buy in mid-June, significantly earlier than anticipated, due to actions from Ohio’s rulemaking committee, their weed-enthusiast chairperson exclusively told News 5. The Joint Committee On Agency Rule Review (JCARR) plans to accept proposed regulations from the DCC, according to state Rep. Jamie Callender (R-Concord), the chairperson. Only one aspect of the rules is expected to be accepted during the next JCARR meeting on May 13 — dual licensing.

Source: https://www.news5cleveland.com/news/politics/ohio-politics/recreational-marijuana-sales-could-start-as-early-as-june-ohio-policymakers-say

 

 

 

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