Legislative & Licensing Update: July 7, 2022

It’s go-time in the deep south. Regs & Applications in AL & MS

Big news from Alabama: Rules, regs, deadlines, and key dates are now available. License hopefuls should be in action now. Application windows are also open in Mississippi.

Plus, other cannabis legislative and licensing news from VA, CA, DC, NV, OR, NC, MN, and at the federal and international levels


Alabama released Rules and Regulations covering:

  • Patients and Caregivers
  • Application and Licensing Requirements
  • Processors
  • Secure Transport
  • Dispensaries
  • Integrated Facilities
  • Lab and Testing Requirements

And, as a reminder Cultivation Rules were released in the middle of June and have until July 12 for public comments.

There is also a set timetable for the Alabama application with these some important dates:

September 1, 2022:  The window opens for Request for License Application Forms

October 17, 2022:  The window for form requests closes

October 24, 2022:  Application forms will go out to Requesters

October 31, 2022:   The window opens to submit license applications

December 30, 2022:   Deadline for application filings

April 25, 2023:  Public hearing dates announced, if necessary

June 12, 2023:   Initial licenses granted or denied

July 10, 2023:  Licenses issued


Mississippi regulators sent a reminder that they will begin accepting medical cannabis dispensary license applications on Tuesday, July 5. As a reminder: cultivation, processing, transportation, and disposal applications opened at the beginning of June.


New Jersey regulators proposed permanent marijuana rules and approved 81 new conditional licenses for cultivation, manufacturing, and retail businesses. Also, an ACLU of New Jersey official argues in a new op-ed that restrictive local marijuana licensing policies in municipalities across the state are undermining legalization’s equity goals.


Virginia Public Possession between 4 ounces (113 grams) and 1 pound (454 grams) has been re-criminalized to a misdemeanor 


California passed AB 195 in both chambers with nearly unanimous support, it removes a cultivation tax and will not increase the cannabis excise tax for three years


The Washington, D.C. Council unanimously approved emergency legislation that will effectively create a recreational marijuana market by allowing people to self-certify themselves as medical cannabis patients and access dispensaries—without needing to get a recommendation from a doctor. 


Nevada regulators approved rules that will allow marijuana consumption lounges.


In Oregon, as of July 1, “artificially derived cannabinoids” including delta 8, THC-O, and CBN are not allowed to be sold by businesses. 


North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper signed legislation that would make hemp products for industrial use and others with personal care uses like CBD permanently exempt from the state’s list of illegal drugs. 


In Minnesota, edibles and beverages infused with THC became legal to purchase on June 30.


At the federal level, the House Appropriations Committee approved an amendment to protect all state, territory, and tribal marijuana programs from federal interference.


In international cannabis news, Italian lawmakers began debating a bill to legalize cannabis home cultivation.


Nextleaf Solutions Ltd has provided an update on its patented novel route of manufacturing D9-tetrahydrocannabinol acetate (THC-O) produced by its Specialty Molecules division, saying it has become the first company in Canada to legally produce THC-O.



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