Latest Cannabis News: December 1, 2021

Latest Cannabis News: December 1, 2021

Shelby Knight

Stay up to date with the latest legalization and cannabis news with the CB 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.




Indiana: A renewed push for Indiana to join more than two-thirds of states with some form of legalized marijuana use appears to face the same roadblock from Statehouse Republicans who have opposed such a step for many years.

Legislative Democrats and the state Democratic Party united this week urging approval of marijuana legalization during the legislative session that starts in January, arguing that it could benefit those wanting to use it for medical purposes, create new jobs and become an additional state tax revenue source.

The Republican-dominated Legislature has not taken any action on bills submitted over the past decade for allowing medical marijuana or removing criminal penalties for possessing small amounts of the drug, even as recreational marijuana sales have won approval in Michigan and Illinois and medical use is allowed in Ohio.




Iowa: The board governing Iowa’s medical marijuana program plans to ask the Iowa Legislature to allow the state public health department to decide how many dispensaries for consumers there should be — and where they should be located — rather than restricting dispensary licenses statewide to five.

If new licenses are added, the state would still seek requests for proposals. The soonest new dispensaries could open if the law were changed would be 2023.




Kentucky: A Kentucky lawmaker announced on Monday that she is pre-filing bills to legalize possession, limited sales and home cultivation of marijuana in the state for the 2022 session, with endorsements from several leading advocacy groups.

Rep. Nima Kulkarni (D) is taking a dual-track approach to the reform, with one bill to have the legislature adopt the policy as a statutory measure and another to enact legalization through a constitutional amendment that would go before voters.






Florida: Last week, state Reps. Andrew Learned, D-Brandon, and Spencer Roach, R-Ft. Myers, introduced a proposal to regulate medical marijuana and hemp laws in the Sunshine State.

The legislators noted the bill “would be the first major update to the medical cannabis statutes since the constitutional amendment passed over five years ago. Bringing together both sides of the historical debate” and presented it as a “bipartisan compromise that will save patients over 60 percent on the cost of their medicine, extend the telehealth executive order, and keep harmful products off shelves and away from kids.”




Louisiana: Louisiana Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain came under fire Thursday from state lawmakers who complained his regulatory agency was moving too slowly in expanding the medical marijuana products available to patients.

Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards and the majority-GOP Legislature have approved new laws expanding the medical marijuana products available and the ability for doctors to recommend the drug for any illness. But Strain’s agency controls the pace of that rollout with product testing and regulations.




Pennsylvania: In an unprecedented move, Pennsylvania medical marijuana regulators are ordering every licensed grower/processor to resubmit vaporized cannabis products that contain additives for another approval – a move that experts fear could cause serious product disruptions and financial losses.

The directive includes any product that is used in an inhalation process, such as shatter. Devices used to vaporize substances for inhalation include inhalers, vape pens and portable vaporizers.

The product reapprovals, detailing each ingredient, must be submitted to state regulators by Nov. 30, according to a recent email from Sunny Podolak, the state health department’s chief compliance officer.




Utah: A measure signed into law in March to increase access to Utah’s medical marijuana program still hasn’t been implemented, frustrating patient advocates and costing operators potential business.

The measure passed by state lawmakers enables medical providers to recommend cannabis for up to 15 patients without undergoing “Qualified Medical Provider” training, Salt Lake City TV station KSTU reported.

The law was implemented after reports of a lack of participating physicians in the program and that some qualified providers were charging patients an exorbitant $300 to $600 per recommendation.






Michigan: A week after Michigan regulators issued what is likely the largest marijuana recall in the state’s history, the testing lab accused of producing unreliable results is suing the state.

Viridis Laboratories and Viridis North, located in Lansing and Bay City, respectively, filed a lawsuit in the Michigan Court of Claims on Monday against the Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency; its director, Andrew Brisbo, and other employees, saying: “There is no public or safety risk justifying the recall at all.




New Jersey: On Nov 30, the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission released a pre-recorded Webinar on the upcoming applications to provide potential applicants insight on the application process.




South Dakota: The South Dakota Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a lower court’s ruling that nullified a voter-passed amendment to the state constitution that would have legalized recreational marijuana use.

Gov. Kristi Noem instigated the legal fight to strike down the amendment passed by voters in November. Though the Republican governor opposed marijuana legalization as a social ill, her administration’s arguments in court centered on technical violations to the state constitution.



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