Colorado: Legal Challenge Filed to Halt Imposition of Medical Cannabis Restrictions

A lawsuit has been filed challenging the implementation House Bill 1317, which imposes new rules and restrictions upon physicians who recommend medical cannabis and their patients. Lawmakers overwhelmingly approved the legislation in June. Under the law, beginning on January 1, 2022, recommending physicians will be required to provide specific cannabis dosing regimens for their patients […]

South Dakota: Protections for Medical Cannabis Patients Take Effect Today

South Dakota’s voter-initiated medical cannabis law took effect today. Seventy percent of voters approved the ballot initiative, Measure 26, on Election Day. Although patients are not anticipated to begin receiving state-issued identification cards or to be able to access cannabis products from state-licensed dispensaries until at least this fall, the South Dakota Department of Public […]

Pennsylvania: Governor Signs Legislation Expanding Medical Cannabis Access for Qualified Patients

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf signed has signed legislation, HB 1024, into law expanding the ability of patients to access medical cannabis. Under the law, which took effect upon signing, qualified patients may now legally possess up to a 90-day supply of cannabis at one time. (State law previously allowed for only a 30-day supply.) Patients […]

South Dakota: Supreme Court Won’t Rule on Challenge to Voter-Initiated Adult-Use Law Until After July 1

Justices on the South Dakota Supreme Court will not decide on litigation seeking to invalidate Constitutional Amendment A, the state’s voter-initiated adult-use marijuana legalization law until after July 1. That is the date the law was supposed to go into effect. State Court Administrator Greg Sattizahn confirmed Thursday that the Court’s decision would not come ahead […]

Colorado: Governor Signs Law Imposing New Rules for Physicians Recommending Medical Cannabis, Young Adult Patients

Democratic Gov. Jared Polis has signed legislation, HB 1317, into law imposing new rules and restrictions upon physicians who recommend medical cannabis as well as their patients. Beginning on January 1, 2022, recommending physicians will be required to provide specific cannabis dosing regimens for their patients, a requirement that some legal experts speculate may place doctors in […]

Delaware: Governor Signs Law Facilitating Access to Medical Cannabis for Qualifying Patients

Democratic Gov. John Carney has signed legislation into law facilitating patients’ access to medical cannabis products by expanding the pool of health care practitioners eligible to provide authorizations. Senate Bill 60 permits certified nurse practitioners and physician assistants to issue medical cannabis recommendations to those ages 18 and older. Previously, only physicians were permitted to […]

Ohio: Regulators Expand the Pool of Patients Eligible for Medical Cannabis

Patients diagnosed with either Huntington’s disease, spasticity or severe muscle spasms, or a terminal illness are now eligible to receive authorizations to access medical cannabis. Members of the Ohio State Medical Board approved requests to expand the pool of eligible conditions this week. Earlier this year, regulators approved separate requests to expand the list of […]

Poll: 92 Percent of Americans Say Marijuana Should Be Legal Under Certain Circumstances

More than nine-in-ten Americans support making cannabis legal for either recreational or medical purposes, according to nationwide survey data compiled by the marketing firm Digital Third Coast. Ninety-two percent of those surveyed favored either partially or fully legalizing marijuana. Only eight percent of respondents opposed legalization. The findings are consistent with those reported by the […]

Vermont: Governor Signs Law Providing Financial Assistance to Marijuana Operators

Republican Governor Phil Scott has signed legislation into law providing financial assistance to social equity applicants seeking to enter the retail marijuana industry. Senate Bill 25 appropriates $500,000 from the General Fund to establish a ‘Cannabis Business Development Fund.’ The Fund shall provide “financial assistance, loans, grants, and outreach to social equity applicants” who are […]

Virginia: Marijuana Arrests Fall Dramatically Following Enactment of 2020 Decriminalization Law

Marijuana arrests in Virginia fell by approximately 50 percent in 2020 following the enactment of legislation decriminalizing minor cannabis offenses. Data provided by the Virginia Department of State Police reports that police made 13,674 marijuana-related arrests in 2020. That’s 48 percent below 2019’s totals, when police made 26,470 marijuana-related arrests. Among those arrested in 2020, […]

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