Legislative and Licensing Update: September 30, 2021

Another legislative attempt at the Federal level plus adult-use and medical marijuana progress in nine states.

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The U.S. House of Representatives approved a marijuana banking amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (but doesn’t look good in the Senate).

Three committees will hold a Public Hearing regarding two Acts to federally legalize cannabis on November 19. 

Arkansas: Activists say they’ve collected more than 20,000 signatures so far for their proposed marijuana legalization ballot measure.

Illinois regulators are facing new lawsuits from companies whose applications for marijuana craft grower and transporter licenses were disqualified

In Louisiana: The House Medical Cannabis Commission will meet on Friday, October 1.

Michigan held a public hearing on September 27 whereby regulators include new licenses, lower fees, and a new social equity plan.

Montana regulators gave lawmakers an update on formulating marijuana rules. They also revealed that regulations will ban hemp-derived CBD from being sold in marijuana dispensaries.

Mississippi lawmakers reached an agreement on medical cannabis legislation and have asked Governor Tate Reeves to hold a special legislative session that could be as soon as October 1. However, it is important to note Mississippi’s agriculture and commerce commissioner has stated his opposition to having any part in regulating medical cannabis while it remains federally illegal.

New Jersey regulators moved the webinar to explain marijuana rules from September 28 to October 13.

New York: Governor Hochul appointed the last two members to the Cannabis Control Board, this is a significant event because the Board can now move forward with guiding and implementing New York’s adult-use marijuana program.

Oregon: State Regulators say that a company mixed up two lines of products at its Portland manufacturing site. This led to CBD products containing recreational amounts of THC. oregonlive.com

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