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Ohio: Ohio activists have turned in a final batch of signatures to put a marijuana legalization initiative on the November ballot after falling short in a prior submission. The new batch includes more than 6,000 additional signatures on the petition, which a GOP congressman newly told Marijuana Moment he would’ve signed in order to let voters decide on the reform.
The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (CTRMLA) submitted more than 220,000 signatures to the secretary of state’s office last month, but officials said last week that they were 679 valid signers short following a verification review. The campaign was then given a 10-day window to close the gap.
Minnesota: The possession and home cultivation of recreational marijuana by adults are now legal in Minnesota following the approval of legislation to legalize adult-use cannabis by state lawmakers less than three months ago. Sales of recreational pot at state-licensed dispensaries are more than a year away, however, although at least two Native American communities plan to be the first jurisdictions to regulate sales of recreational marijuana in Minnesota starting this month.
State agencies have set a target date of May 2024 to begin accepting applications for adult-use cannabis retailers, according to a report from Minnesota Public, with dispensary sales of recreational marijuana anticipated to start in January 2025.
New York: No new weed shops will be able to open in New York, after a judge blocked cannabis regulators from moving forward with retail licensing on Monday.
The order is the latest blow to New York’s ambitious effort to ensure that people harmed by marijuana enforcement are able the reap the financial benefits of legalization. The ruling sides with a group of service-disabled veterans, who filed a lawsuit last week, arguing that a priority licensing program for entrepreneurs impacted by marijuana enforcement was unconstitutional.
The court is blocking the state’s cannabis regulatory agencies from issuing new licenses and from granting operational approval to those who are already licensed and working toward opening up dispensaries.
New York Supreme Court Justice Kevin Bryant ruled that without a court order blocking the cannabis licensing program, it appears “that there is genuine urgency and that immediate and irreparable injury, loss, or damage will result” if the licensing program moves forward, his order read.