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States to Watch for Marijuana Legalization

Marijuana LegalizationAs the new year kicked off, many states introduced legislation or ballot initiatives to legalize marijuana either medically or recreationally. Similarly, some states with existing marijuana programs have proposed an expansion for their program.

As states continue to introduce legislation and initiatives, the Dispensary Permits team will keep you updated. Here is the launch of our Weekly State Updates!

Limited Medical Marijuana (CBD) Programs

Idaho – A bill has been introduced in the House Health and Welfare Committee to legalize the use of a marijuana derivative, cannabidiol (CBD), for patients with a recommendation from their doctor.

Virginia – Delegate Ben Cline has introduced House Bill 1251. If passed, the bill would allow doctors to recommend non-hallucinogenic THC-A and cannabidiol (CBD) oil to patients with any diagnosed condition or illness.

Medical Marijuana

Kentucky – Rep. John Sims filed House Bill 166, a Medical Marijuana bill, on Wednesday, January 10, 2018. On February 1st, Sen. Steve West introduced its companion bill, SB 118, which would legalize the use of marijuana for qualified patients.

South Carolina – Sen. Tom Davis has proposed a bill that would legalize the use of medical marijuana for qualifying patients in South Carolina. It would also legalize the growth, distribution, and use of various forms of medical marijuana. In addition, a recent poll has found strong support for medical marijuana legalization by residents of South Carolina.

Tennessee – Two Republicans introduced a bill that would legalize the use of medical marijuana in Tennessee. The legislation, introduced by Rep. Jeremy Faison and Sen. Steve Dickerson, would allow oil-based manufactured products, such as pills or lotions, and would not permit the sale of marijuana flower and edibles.

Utah – Rep. Brad Daw has filed House Bill 195, which would allow terminally ill patients to use medical-grade cannabis products with recommendation from their physician.

Recreational Marijuana

The following states have introduced legislation to legalize marijuana recreationally:

Arizona –  A proposal to legalize marijuana was introduced by Rep. Todd Clodfelter and Rep. Mark Cardenas. The ballot initiative would legalize use of marijuana for adults ages 21 and older, possession of up to an ounce of marijuana, and home cultivation of up to six plants. Local governments would have the authority to ban or allow marijuana businesses.

Georgia – A marijuana legalization bill has been introduced by Senator Curt Thompson. The bill would allow individuals 21 years of age and older to possess and consume marijuana, as well as tax and regulate the legal sale of marijuana.

Hawaii – A bill to legalize marijuana was introduced on January 19th, 2018 and passed its first reading January 22nd, 2018. The bill would legalize personal use, possession, and sale of marijuana in a specified quantity and require marijuana establishments to have a state-issued license.

Illinois – Democratic State Sen. Heather Steans of Chicago has proposed legislation that would legalize the personal possession and use of marijuana and allow facilities to sell marijuana products. Individuals would be able to possess up to 28 grams of marijuana.

Kentucky – A marijuana legalization bill has been introduced by Republican Sen. Dan Seum. The bill would legalize the possession and use of marijuana for individuals 21 years of age and older, as well as legalize the production and sale of marijuana.

Minnesota – Two companion bills, HF 927 and SF 1320, were introduced to legalize marijuana in Minnesota. The bills would legalize the possession and use of marijuana for adults 21 years of age and older, as well as establish a system to license marijuana establishments for commercial production and sale.

New Hampshire – A recreational marijuana bill has been passed by the House, and now the Senate must vote. If passed, the bill would legalize the cultivation, possession, and use of marijuana for individuals ages 21 years and older. The bill would also set up a system to license marijuana establishments and tax marijuana sales.

New Jersey – State Sen. Nicholas Scutari re-introduced marijuana legalization bill S830, co-sponsered by Assemblyman Reed Gusciora who also introduced a marijuana legalization bill. Gusciora’s bill included more details and would allow for 80 retail dispensary licenses in the state of New Jersey.

New Mexico – A marijuana legalization bill was introduced by State Representative Javier Martinez to allow the possession, use, and sale of marijuana. The bill would set up a system to tax and regulate marijuana and license marijuana establishments.

Program Expansion

Colorado – Democrat Rep. Jonathan Singer and Republican Sen. Tim Neville have introduced a marijuana delivery bill, which could allow up to 15 new delivery licenses if passed.

Georgia – A medical marijuana cultivation bill has been introduced and advanced by Georgia lawmakers. If passed, the state is to issue up to two licenses to grow cannabis and manufacture a liquid from it.

Maryland – The General Assembly is considering a bill that would create five new licenses and require the commission to consider the race of applicants.

New Jersey – Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order that will study the state’s current medical marijuana program and how to increase access to it. The order may allow for more dispensaries.

Rhode Island – Gov. Raimondo has proposed an expansion plan for Rhode Island’s medical cannabis industry. His plan pushes to increase the number of allowed dispensaries, or “compassion centers,” and to open access to residents in neighboring states.

West Virginia – Senate is considering amending the current medical marijuana law. Changes would allow individuals to grow 4 plants at home for medical use, as well as increase the number of marijuana dispensaries beyond the cap of 35. Additionally, the bill would allow patients to smoke raw flower and eat medical marijuana products.

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