Legislative & Licensing Update: July 14, 2022
Application Time in Mississippi & Ballot Watch in Multiple States
More adult-use rollout in New York. Mississippi’s medical marijuana program continues to take applications. Plus, the November ballot watch is active, with eyes on Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and North Dakota to see where signatures are certified and cannabis initiatives make it to the voters. Plus, a banking and insurance bill was signed in Pennsylvania, and more cannabis legislative and licensing news from Florida, California, Washington, British Columbia, and Germany.
New York regulators received 14 marijuana processor license applications within a week.
Questions are being raised about New York regulators’ decisions to target specific businesses with cease and desist letters about allegedly conducting illegal marijuana sales.
New York‘s Dormitory Authority published a request for information from financial institutions that could provide banking services for the state’s Social Equity Cannabis Investment Fund.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf (D) signed a marijuana banking and insurance bill into law.
Mississippi regulators filed medical cannabis dispensary rules. Also, thanks to the attendees of our webinar yesterday on applying for a Mississippi cannabis business license. Watch the webinar recording.
Florida regulators filed rules on fining and suspending medical cannabis laboratories.
Arkansas activists submitted what they believe are more than double the amount of signatures needed to put a marijuana legalization initiative on the November ballot.
North Dakota activists say they have collected more than enough signatures to qualify a marijuana legalization initiative for the November ballot ahead of Monday’s turn-in deadline.
These ballot initiatives are just two of many which will be popping up on state ballots this year. We also will be looking at ballot initiatives in South Dakota, North Dakota, Maryland, Oklahoma, and Missouri and locally in cities such as Austin, Texas, and Colorado Springs, Colorado.
California regulators are proposing rules to standardize the cannabis testing process across the state to address concerns about potency inflation and “laboratory shopping” by marijuana product companies.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife awarded more than $1.7 million in grants to help promote sustainable marijuana cultivation practices and assist growers with obtaining their annual licenses.
Washington state regulators approved rulemaking on replacing the term “marijuana” with “cannabis”
And in international news, British Columbians can now get cannabis delivered in the mail through Canada Post. And Canna Advisors’ own Brian Hart spoke at the HamCan Conference in Hamburg, Germany this last weekend and will be at ICBC in Berlin next week.