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Alabama: Applications for the Alabama medical cannabis licenses were issued on October 24 and are due December 30.
For many, the opening of this window has been a year coming and has involved countless hours of thought and preparation. For others, the opening of this window has caught them largely by surprise and signals the beginning of a 60-day period of madness.
Mississippi: Medical cannabis is on track to be on Mississippi dispensary shelves in January 2023, state health officials said, though barely 400 patients are currently approved to access MMJ.
During a media briefing last week, Mississippi officials said the state Department of Revenue and the Department of Health had issued provisional licenses to 138 dispensaries, 47 cultivators, eight processors, four transportation entities, three state-mandated “disposal companies,” two testing labs and 491 work permits (people certified as legally cleared to work in cannabis).
North Dakota: North Dakota voters will have an opportunity to legalize marijuana via a ballot initiative on Tuesday. This marks the second time that cannabis legalization is up for a vote in the state following a 2018 defeat.
New Approach ND turned in signatures for the legalization measure in July, and Secretary of State Al Jaeger (R) officially certified the initiative the following month. The Department of Health and Human Services, or a different agency designated by the legislature, would be responsible for creating rules for the program and overseeing licensing for marijuana businesses.
Regulators would have until October 1, 2023 to develop rules related to security, advertising, labeling, packaging and testing standards.
Connecticut: Four social equity license applicants in Connecticut are proceeding with their applications to serve the state’s upcoming $250 million adult-use cannabis market, regulators said.
Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont signed adult-use legalization into law in summer 2021 and half of all adult-use licenses are reserved for social equity applicants. The state might award more license application bids via future lotteries after the social equity licenses are awarded, according to the DCP.
In the meantime, all four winning firms must provide additional information, including a background check, and pay state fees before they are issued a provisional license, the DCP.
Massachusetts: The state’s Cannabis Control Commission is staffing up.
Over the last month, at least eight open positions have been advertised at the state government office that implements and enforces the laws and regulations of both the adult-use and medical marijuana markets. The commission oversees everything from stores, to cultivators, to delivery businesses, as well as equity programs aimed at ensuring industry participation by communities disproportionately harmed by marijuana law enforcement.
Michigan: There’s a record number of local marijuana-related initiatives or proposals set to appear on ballots across Michigan Nov. 8. The vast majority are petition-based proposals, some with unclear origins.
Of 32 ballot proposals reviewed by MLive, if approved, five would block recreational marijuana businesses; 22 would allow recreational marijuana businesses; and five would allow medical marijuana sales, overturning existing medical marijuana business bans.
New York: The Office of Cannabis Management this afternoon eliminated its marijuana testing limits for bacteria, yeast and mold – this after conditional marijuana growers voiced concern that the majority of them can’t pass the strict rules required by the state and therefore wouldn’t be able to get their product onto store shelves to open the market.
An OCM email sent to cultivators on Tuesday announced: “The Office has updated its Laboratory Testing Limits document to remove the pass/fail limits associated with the Total Viable Aerobic Bacteria Count and Total Yeast and Mold Count for unextracted cannabis products (e.g. cannabis flower, pre-roll, etc.).”