Latest Cannabis News: November 16, 2021

Latest Cannabis News: November 16, 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.


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Idaho: The Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) opened its hemp license application portal through an online system on the ISDA website Nov. 8. The department’s hemp page includes videos and other resources to assist with the licensing process. Licenses are valid for a one-year term (Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2022), unless revoked or suspended. The application period runs through Dec. 31, 2021. Late applications are valid from the date of issuance, but fees cannot be prorated and are non-refundable once a license has been issued, according to ISDA.

For potential growers, fees include $100 for annual applications, $500 for annual licenses, and $250 per lot plus a $35-per-hour rate for producer pre-harvest inspections to cover time spent traveling to sites and the actual cost for shipping samples.

For potential handlers (those who intend to process hemp into commodities or products including smokable hemp), fees include $100 for annual applications, $1,000 for annual licenses, and $500 per site plus a $35-per-hour rate for annual site inspections.





Georgia: Medical marijuana was supposed to be growing in Georgia for patients by now. Instead, a sluggish process of awarding marijuana licenses to six companies has stalled indefinitely amid protests filed by several losing businesses.

Georgia lawmakers said this week they’re trying to find ways to break the stalemate created by a marijuana licensing law they passed more than 2½ years ago. They’re considering introducing bills that would provide access to over 20,000 registered patients who are allowed to use medical marijuana but have no legal way to obtain it.



Indiana: The Indiana Democratic Party are calling on the state of Indiana to legalize marijuana and capitalize on the economic boom legalization has brought to neighboring states.

In an announcement made Monday, the Indiana Democrats said they plan to introduce various forms of legalization or decriminalization legislation for the Indiana General Assembly’s 2022 session.

“Marijuana is a really popular issue, and a large majority of Hoosiers want to see this get done. Democrats are ready to take the lead on this effort because it’s a win-win for Indiana, and it’ll fulfill the Party’s consistent promise of creating a better future for Hoosier families. It’s time to legalize recreational cannabis across Indiana,” said Mike Schmuhl, chairman of the Indiana Democratic Party.



South Carolina: Republican Rep. Nancy Mace of South Carolina introduced legislation Monday to federally decriminalize marijuana, a measure she said would give states freer rein to pass their own laws and regulations without fear of federal reprisals. The measure, which Mace said she hoped would garner broad GOP support, was met immediately with criticism from conservatives in her home state, some of whom vowed opposition to any effort toward legalization.

In announcing the bill during a Washington news conference on Monday, Mace said a half-dozen GOP House members would be original co-sponsors of the bill, which she said would aim to regulate marijuana similarly to alcohol and prohibit its use for anyone under 21 years of age.





Mississippi: Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) does not plan to call lawmakers back for a special session, meaning the medical cannabis legalization bill will not be considered in the Legislature until the regular session begins in January, Mississippi Today reports. Lawmakers had expected Reeves would heed their call for the special session to consider the medical cannabis bill and another for an incentive program for nurses and health care workers.



Ohio: A new bill at the Ohio Statehouse looks to expand the state’s medical marijuana program to include conditions like arthritis, autism, and opioid use disorder. Senator Stephen Huffman (R-Tipp City) recently introduced Senate Bill 261. The legislation allows doctors to use their discretion when recommending cannabis and includes several conditions that were previously left out. “It emphasizes the patient-physician relationship and uses the physician knowledge, his training, and his background to make the decision,” Huffman said.

It’s a big step for Ohio, but some say it’s too big. The Prevention Action Alliance said it is concerned considering the state’s struggle with opioids.



Oklahoma: If Oklahoma House Bill 2022 passes in the state Senate, the bill would open the state’s medical weed program to residents from all 50 states. Under the current program, only people with medical licenses from other states qualify for the program. Additionally, the bill extends the length of time a medical weed license is valid from 30 days to two years for nonresidents.





Arizona: The deadline to get free state-mandated training to run a marijuana dispensary or similar cannabis business in Arizona as part of a social equity ownership program is fast approaching.

The Arizona Daily Star reports Wednesday is the last day to take the classes that are pre-required for applying for the 26 licenses set aside for people from communities disproportionately impacted by previous marijuana laws.



Nevada: More pot lounges are set to open next year, but before they do, there will plenty of regulations in place to keep them safe.

The Cannabis Advisory Commission held a meeting last Tuesday morning to start the discussion of what rules should be in place before opening cannabis consumption lounges.



Oregon: Oregon regulators are reopening the approval process for recreational cannabis business licenses, which was on pause for more than three years as the state worked through what it said was a backlog of applications. Applications that were submitted starting June 15, 2018, will be processed in the order they were received, according to the Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission (OLCC).

Every applicant who submitted on or before that date has been contacted by the OLCC and given the opportunity to move forward with their application, The (Bend) Bulletin reported. In 2019, the Oregon Legislature passed Senate Bill 218, which required the OLCC to inactivate any new producer applications submitted after June 15, 2018, citing a cannabis overproduction problem.

The OLCC can’t accept new producer applications until that law is repealed Jan. 2, 2022.



Virginia: Newly empowered Republicans in Virginia say plans to allow retail sales of recreational marijuana won’t necessarily be doomed under their control of the House of Delegates and Executive Mansion.

And some say they’re open to speeding up the timeline for allowing retail sales, which is currently delayed until 2024.




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