Latest Cannabis News: January 17, 2023

Latest Cannabis News: January 17, 2023

Shelby Knight
JANUARY 17TH, 2023

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.




Indiana: Indiana lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have made a push to legalize marijuana, but it is dependent on changes made at the federal level first.

Indiana House Bill 1039 was introduced Monday, authored by State Rep. Jake Teshka, R-District 7, and co-authored by Rep. Steve Bartels, R-District 74, Rep. Doug Miller, R-District 48, and Rep. Justin Moed, D-District 97.

If passed, once marijuana is removed as a “federal schedule I controlled substance,” it would legalize marijuana use for anyone 21 years and older, and for people with serious medical conditions who have a doctor’s permission. The bill would also create the Indiana Cannabis Commission to oversee, implement and enforce regulations. It would also create a cannabis excise tax and revenue would be deposited in the state general fund.



Kentucky: The Kentucky governor has pushed for the legalization of medical marijuana, and it appears as if the legislature is working on it.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear signed an executive order in 2022 allowing Kentuckians to purchase medical marijuana from other states to bring back.

Now, several bills have been filed to legalize some forms of cannabis. House Bill 22 and Senate Bill 51 have both been introduced and would create a control board to help administer the cultivation, sale, taxation and licensing of marijuana.

Meanwhile, House Bill 47 would decriminalize marijuana for personal use up to one ounce.

Senate President Robert Stivers, R-District 25, has not allowed bills passed in the House that legalize medical marijuana to move forward in the Senate.



Tennessee: Two Democratic lawmakers in Tennessee have introduced legislation to legalize medical and adult-use cannabis in the state.  A pair of Democratic state lawmakers in Tennessee this week introduced a bill to legalize both medical marijuana and adult-use cannabis in the state. The bill, known as the “Free All Cannabis for Tennesseans Act” (HB0085), was introduced in the House by Representative Bob Freeman—supported by fellow Democrat Senator Heidi Campbell—on Tuesday.

If passed, the bill would legalize the possession, use, and transportation of up to 60 grams of marijuana or up to 15 grams of cannabis concentrates for adults aged 21 and older. The measure also legalizes the home cultivation of up to 12 cannabis plants by adults in a secure location at home. Under the bill, parents and legal guardians would also be permitted to administer medical cannabis products to their minor children with a doctor’s authorization.



Texas: The Texas Department of Public Safety is opening an application process to potentially add more medical cannabis dispensaries, the agency announced in a news release Monday. Only three dispensaries have been licensed in Texas in the past three years.

The application process to add more dispensaries under the Compassionate Use Program opened Monday and will run until April 28, the agency said.

A decision on how many licenses would be approved would be made “at a later date,” the release said. But it’s unlikely that DPS will make a decision before summer, in case the Legislature passes any laws that could change the number of dispensaries allowed.





Alabama: The Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission (AMCC) met on Thursday to review applications from business owners looking to join the new Alabama cannabis industry.

The deadline to submit an application to the Commission was December 30. While 607 groups and individuals requested application forms, only 94 turned in a completed application to the AMCC by the deadline. The AMCC met and announced that they are reviewing the applications for potential deficiencies.

Chey Garrigan is the President and founder of the Alabama Cannabis Industry Association. Garrigan told Alabama Today that the state had expected more applications than it actually received.



Hawaii: Hawaii advocates are feeling confident about the prospects of advancing marijuana legalization in the new session, with an activist coalition holding a press conference last Wednesday alongside state lawmakers to lay out the path forward for reform.

There’s renewed reason for optimism in the new year, as voters elected a pro-legalization governor and lieutenant governor during the November election. Lawmakers are now prepared to introduce reform legislation after officials finalized recommendations for legalization as part of a task force.

Representatives of major advocacy organization—including the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), ACLU of Hawaii and Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii—said at Wednesday’s briefing that they’re gearing up for an active session, with hopes to also pass legislation to facilitate automatic record clearing and resentencing.



Minnesota: emocratic lawmakers in Minnesota have begun their push for marijuana legalization, with a bill clearing the first of many legislative hurdles this week.

The bill “cleared the first of what may be up to a dozen committee hurdles when the House Commerce Finance and Policy Committee approved” the measure “by a voice vote Wednesday and sent it to the House Judiciary Finance and Civil Law Committee,” the Minnesota House of Representatives Public Information Services department reported.

The bill would legalize cannabis for adults 21 and older, and would establish the regulatory framework for legal marijuana sales that would begin within months of the measure’s passage.

It was introduced by Democrats in the Minnesota House of Representatives last week.



Mississippi: Mississippi’s fledgling Medical Cannabis Program will have a new director starting next week, according to a state Health Department letter obtained by Mississippi Today.

The letter states that the marijuana office’s current attorney, Laura Goodson, will take over as department’s “acting director” starting Tuesday. The cannabis program’s current director, Kris Jones Adcock, has taken on a new department-wide role.



North Dakota: The limited number of medical marijuana patients in North Dakota could see their modest monthly purchase limits increase under a bill that advanced in the state Senate this week.

Marijuana is available in the state under some of the toughest restrictions in the country. Due in part to a strict list of qualifying conditions, the state has fewer than 9,000 patients, or just more than 1% of the population. Both edibles and home cultivation are illegal.

Anyone purchasing either flower or topical products are subject to monthly limits: no more than 2.5 ounces at a time and no more than 4,000 milligrams of THC in topicals or concentrates, according to the Bismarck Tribune.

That limit could increase to 6,000 milligrams if Senate Bill 2068, which recently passed the state Senate and heads now to the House of Representatives, is signed into law, the newspaper reported.



Ohio: Ohio lawmakers are renewing a push to overhaul the medical cannabis program ahead of a potential ballot question on recreational marijuana later this year.

Sens. Steve Huffman, R-Tipp City, and Kirk Schuring, R-Canton, introduced legislation this week that would revamp the program after a similar bill stalled in the previous General Assembly. Senate Bill 9 would allow doctors to recommend cannabis for any debilitating condition, increase the number of dispensaries and let growers expand their facilities.

Under the proposal, oversight of the program would fall to the Department of Commerce. It’s currently managed by three different state agencies, which many in the cannabis industry say is overly burdensome.

The bill also:

  • Creates a commission within Commerce to regulate the program that includes physicians, employers, law enforcement, addiction specialists and representatives for patients. The 13 members would be appointed by the governor and House and Senate leaders.
  • Allows patients with out-of-state medical marijuana cards to get cannabis in Ohio, provided they register with a state database.
  • Lets dispensaries advertise on social media without prior approval.
  • Affirms that dispensaries can offer a drive-thru or curbside pickup, which some already do.
  • Prohibits dispensaries from being located within a mile of each other.



West Virginia: A new push to legalize marijuana in West Virginia will allow adults over 21 to possess one ounce or less of cannabis and private consumption.

House Bill 2091, introduced by Danielle Walker (D-Monongalia) on the first day of the legislative session, proposes changes to the 1931 Code of West Virginia. The bill is heading to the House of Health & Human Resources Committee for review. Under the new measure, “cannabis should be regulated in a manner similar to alcohol,” but its use would be prohibited on government property as well as driving under the influence.

Cannabis sold by a cultivation facility to a retailer would be taxed at a rate of 15 percent of the sales price. One of the bill’s provisions seeks to create a special fund in the State Treasury named the “Cannabis Transfer Tax Fund.” Retailers would be required to deposit all licensed revenue in a new fund.



South Dakota: SB 1: An Act to modify debilitating medical conditions for medical cannabis use.

Introduced by Sen. Erin Tobin (R-Winner) and Reps. Ernie Otten (R-Tea) and Taylor Rehfeldt (R-Sioux Falls) at the request of the Medical Marijuana Oversight Committee.

This bill seeks to amend the list of debilitating medical conditions for medical cannabis use laid out in SDCL 34-20G-1, and remove the ability of the Department of Health to add conditions.

The bill would add the following qualifying conditions:

  • Acquired immune deficiency syndrome
  • HIV
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Cancer or its treatments, if associated with severe or chronic pain, nausea or severe vomiting, or cachexia or severe wasting
  • Chron’s disease
  • Epilepsy or seizures
  • Glaucoma
  • PTSD

The bill would also remove the ability of South Dakota residents to petition the DOH to add a serious condition or treatment to the list, as the DOH would no longer have the power to do so.


By removing the ability of the DOH to add conditions to the list, a bill would need to be passed to add any further conditions.





Missouri: The constitutional amendment legalizing recreational marijuana in Missouri won voter approval in November but created a schism among social-justice activists over the question of racial and economic equity. Some believe the new law will empower minority marijuana business owners, while others worry it will cement an already distrusted, inequitable business licensing system in place.

Much rides on who is selected for chief equity officer by the Department of Health and Human Services, the state agency tasked with overseeing the marijuana program. By law, the state must have a chief equity officer for its marijuana program in place by Feb. 6 — a position meant to ensure the social and economic equity requirements of Missouri’s new marijuana law are met.

A DHSS spokeswoman said the department will be announcing the chief equity officer soon.



Washington: A Washington State Senate committee on Tuesday approved a bill to set the state up to allow interstate marijuana commerce, pending a federal policy change.

The Senate Labor & Commerce Committee passed the legislation on a voice vote. It now moves to the Senate Rules Committee. This comes one week after the panel first met to discuss the reform, in addition to proposals concerning cannabis-related employment protections and social equity.

The House Regulated Substances & Gaming Committee is also scheduled to tackle a companion version of the interstate commerce bill, sponsored by that panel’s chair, later on Tuesday afternoon.

In the Senate, the legislation is being sponsored by Sen. Ann Rivers (R). It would give the governor of Washington authority to enter into agreements with other legal states to permit imports and exports between state-licensed cannabis businesses.








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