Latest Cannabis News: September 22, 2021

Latest Cannabis News: September 22, 2021

Maxime Kot

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.



Delaware: Governor John Carney (D) signed a bill on September 17, 2021 that changes the penalties for possession of marijuana for anyone under the age of 21. House Bill 241 allows law enforcement agencies to refer a juvenile to counseling, treatment, or other appropriate intervention services in lieu of a fine.

The bill also removes a provision that would allow fines for marijuana to double if they are not paid within 90 days. HB 241 takes effect immediately. The measure was passed by the legislature with an overwhelming majority in June.



Ohio: The Ohio Board of Pharmacy has approved the issuance of up to 73 new dispensary licenses. Interested applicants will need to move quickly, as this application window will close on November 18 at 2:00 pm EST. The new dispensaries will be distributed across Ohio’s 31 “dispensary districts” based on patient population, with a goal of ensuring a ratio in each district of around 1,200 registered patients per dispensary. Some districts will have only one new license available, while severely underserved districts will have as many as 9 new licenses offered. Of the 73 total new licenses up for grabs:

  • 22 are located in northeast Ohio (including Cleveland, Akron, and Youngstown metros);
  • 8 in northwest Ohio (including Toledo metro);
  • 17 in southeast Ohio (including Columbus and Athens metros); and,
  • 26 in southwest Ohio (including Cincinnati and Dayton metros).

Applications must be submitted online using a web portal that will be posted on the Medical Marijuana Control Program’s website. The portal is expected to open on November 4 at 8:00am EST. Prior to the submission window opening, there will be two question and answer periods (9/20 – 10/6 and 10/17 – 10/21). The Board has announced an important change in how dispensary licenses will be awarded in this application round. Rather than competitively evaluating applications against one another, the Board will conduct a randomized drawing for each dispensary district. The drawing will produce a ranked order list of all applications in each district.



Rhode Island: A top Rhode Island senator says lawmakers are “very close” to reaching a deal on a marijuana legalization bill that could be taken up during a special session this fall.

Senate President Dominick Ruggerio (D) was asked for a status update on negotiations that have been taking place on the reform proposal since lawmakers adjourned for the session. He told WPRI-TV that while there are still outstanding issues to be resolved, he believes legalization will be taken up before the end of the year.






New Jersey: New Jersey regulators reportedly won’t make Saturday’s statutory deadline to begin accepting adult-use marijuana business license applications for the projected $1 billion market.

But they plan to publish a public notice that lists an application start date and the information an applicant will need to submit an application, reported. Regulators intend to provide businesses a clear picture of what materials they will need to submit an application so they can prepare to do so before the licensing round is opened. The online news outlet noted that such a process could provide a more equitable opportunity for smaller entrepreneurs who likely won’t have the application assistance that larger companies can afford. “It doesn’t mean we’re not going to open up applications soon,” an unidentified commission source told

New Jersey met its statutory August deadline to adopt initial program rules, starting a 180-day clock to announce a program launch date.



Vermont: Vermont prepares to roll out its retail cannabis market in October 2022, a key element involves determining what should go on labeling or warnings for products.

“There’s all this education that the sellers, the industry, is going to want to get out to people, and we’re just trying to get some of the guidelines right from the start so they’re science based and not making health claims that they shouldn’t be making,” Vermont Cannabis Advisory Committee member Tim Wessel, who also serves on the Brattleboro Select Board, said Sunday in an interview.

“We have a lot of considerations to weigh in on,” he said. “The process is actually evolving, so I don’t want to give a laundry list of all of the things we are concerned about, but obviously there are many considerations you have to have regarding labeling a product, making it quite specific that it’s for adult use, making sure that you don’t have labels that would be so attractive to someone who is not supposed to be using this because of their age, that it would encourage them to get into the product, tamper-proof aspects of the product, a whole host of advertising considerations.”



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