Virginia Governor Northam Signs Bold New Laws To Reform Criminal Justice

House Bill 972 decriminalizes simple possession of marijuana and creates a $25 civil penalty VIRGINIA: Governor Ralph Northam has signed into law criminal justice reform legislation that he proposed in January. The package includes measures raising the felony larceny threshold; permanently eliminating driver’s license suspensions for unpaid fines, fees, and court costs; raising the age of Read the full article…

Wyden, Merkley Call For SBA To Accept Loan Application From Cannabis Business In Cannabis-Legal States

Oregon senators: “SBA loans would be especially helpful to cannabis small businesses because they would fill gaps left by the private sector.” DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced they are requesting that the Small Business Administration (SBA) be prohibited from denying loan applications to cannabis small businesses in states Read the full article…

OLCC Will Temporarily Accept Expired State Of Oregon Issued ID

OREGON: The Oregon Liquor Control Commission will allow alcohol and marijuana licensees to accept expired Oregon driver licenses or identification cards that expired, on or after March 8, 2020, as an acceptable form of identification. This decision aligns with the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles and law enforcement position, as DMV offices are closed because Read the full article…

Ohio Board Of Pharmacy Publishes Updated MMJ Patient & Caregiver Numbers For February 2020

OHIO: The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy today published updated patient & caregiver numbers for February 2020. These numbers include: 102,200 Recommendations 88,306 Registered patients 6,545 Patients with Veteran Status 6,018 Patients with Indigent Status 506 Patients with a Terminal Diagnosis 64,932 Unique patients who purchased medical marijuana (as reported to OARRS by licensed Read the full article…

Oregon Marijuana Retail Licensees Allowed To Provide Curbside Delivery

Temporary Rule Aligns With Governor’s Executive Order to Promote Social Distancing OREGON: The Oregon Liquor Control Commission approved a temporary rule that supports social distancing to promote prevention of the spread of the COVID-19 virus, by allowing licensed marijuana retailers to conduct limited transactions outside their licensed premises.  The action will permit retail licensees to Read the full article…

Oregon Delivery, Curbside Pickup Rules Eased To Help During COVID-19 Crisis

Applications Prioritized, Temporary Action Eases Delivery Requirements OREGON: The Oregon Liquor Control Commission took action designed to ease the economic hardship faced by the hospitality industry as result of public health mandates to help stop the spread of the novel infectious coronavirus (COVID-19).  The Commission’s action relaxes some of the requirements relating to delivery of Read the full article…

OLCC Revised Agenda March Commission Meeting

OREGON: Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, we are abbreviating our agenda and holding our commission meeting via conference call. An audio recording of the meeting will be posted on our website after the meeting. Thursday, March 19, 2020 – 9:00 a.m. REVISED AGENDA OLCC Commissioners: Chairman Paul Rosenbaum Jennifer Currin Kiauna Floyd Michael Harper Read the full article…

Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program Mandatory Product Recall – 3/13/2020

OHIO: The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program (MMCP) is issuing a mandatory product recall on plant material cultivated by Pure Ohio Wellness. This recall is being initiated by the MMCP because product that did not receive the full battery of required testing was sold at dispensaries. The product was not tested for heavy metals, water Read the full article…

FDA Advances Work Related To Cannabidiol Products With Focus On Protecting Public Health, Providing Market Clarity

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Over the past year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has embarked on a comprehensive evaluation of cannabidiol (CBD) products, with a focus on educating the public about the risks and unknowns of these products, gathering the science needed to better understand both these safety concerns and potential benefits to inform our Read the full article…

Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority Sets April 1, 2020 Laboratory Deadline

OKLAHOMA: Beginning April 1st, all marijuana product sold by a grower or processor will be required to be tested by an Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) licensed laboratory. The mandatory testing requirements were created by the Oklahoma Legislature and went into effect on Nov 1st, 2019. Since that time, the OMMA has been creating the Read the full article…