South Dakota Governor Noem Encourages Legislators To Table Industrial Hemp Discussions

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SOUTH DAKOTA: Governor Kristi Noem asked the South Dakota legislature to table discussions on legalizing industrial hemp this legislative session. “South Dakota is not ready for industrial hemp production,” said Noem. “There are still questions about the impact on public safety, enforcement, and costs to the taxpayers. We need to see federal guidelines when they are issued Read the full article…

California Bureau Of Cannabis Control Announces Enforcement Action On Illegal Cannabis Businesses

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CALIFORNIA: The Bureau of Cannabis Control and the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation-Cannabis Enforcement Unit (DOI-CEU) today announced enforcement action on two unlicensed cannabis businesses operating in Sacramento County and Los Angeles. On Thursday, January 31, 2019, DOI-CEU served a search warrant on “Nollie Green-Blu Solutions,” an unlicensed cannabis delivery service located at Read the full article…

Maine: Voter-Initiated Retail Cannabis Sales Face Further Delays

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MAINE: Lawmakers have once again pushed back plans to establish licensing rules and regulations to govern the commercial production and retail sale of marijuana to adults. Voters initially approved the legalization of cannabis sales in November 2016, but lawmakers – led by former Republican Gov. Paul LePage – have repeatedly taken steps to delay the law’s implementation. On Friday, state officials rescinded Read the full article…

Maryland: Baltimore Prosecutor To No Longer Target Marijuana Possession Offenses

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MARYLAND: Officials will no longer prosecute marijuana possession offenses in Baltimore, according to a newly announced public policy by the office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City. Under the plan, which takes immediate effect, the office will also move to expunge the criminal records of an estimated 5,000 citizens previously convicted of cannabis-related offenses. The office’s decision Read the full article…

Ohio Medical Marijuana Sales Figures 1/16-1/27, 2019

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OHIO: The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program reports that the sale of legal medical cannabis has generated more than $330K to date. The following are program sales totals from 1/16/2019 to 1/27/2019: Total sales: $333,592 Total volume of product sold: 46 pounds Starting next week, the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program will begin providing weekly sales Read the full article…

Washington DOH And WSLCB Change Heavy Metal Testing Requirements

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WASHINGTON: The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) and Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) are reaching out to industry leaders to notify you of temporary changes to heavy metal testing requirements. Products compliant with DOH rules are required to be tested for heavy metals and prohibited pesticides to promote patient safety under chapter 246-70 WAC. Read the full article…

Oklahoma City School Board Approves On-Campus Medical Cannabis Use

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OKLAHOMA: Members of the school board for Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (population: 644,000) unanimously voted last week in favor of new policy guidelines permitting caregivers to administer certain medical cannabis products to qualified patients while they are on school grounds. Voters last June approved a sweeping statewide initiative legalizing and regulating the use and dispensing of medical cannabis to patients who Read the full article…

California: Regulators Finalize Rules Permitting Cannabis Home Deliveries

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CALIFORNIA: State regulators gave final approval last week to regulations governing the commercial sale of cannabis, including rulespermitting its home delivery. Under the plan, licensed businesses will be able to home deliver cannabis to adults — including those who reside in localities that have otherwise prohibited retail cannabis sales. An estimated 390 of the states 482 cities do not currently authorize Read the full article…

Florida: Governor Demands Lawmakers Lift Ban On Smoked Cannabis

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FLORIDA: Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis last week told lawmakers to lift a legislatively imposed prohibition on the inhalation of medical cannabis. Lawmakers imposed the ban in 2017 in response to the passage of a voter-approved constitutional amendment legalizing the use and dispensing of medical cannabis. The ban prohibits registered patients from possessing marijuana “in a form for smoking” Read the full article…

US Virgin Islands Enacts Medical Cannabis Access Law

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USVI: Democratic Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. signed legislation into law last week establishing a regulated medical cannabis market in the US Virgin Islands. The Medical Cannabis Patient Care Act permits qualified patients to possess and access cannabis and cannabis-infused products from licensed dispensaries. Specified patients will also be permitted to cultivate their own marijuana. Under the law, regulators must finalize Read the full article…