The Advocate: Weekly Cannabis News

Massachusetts stakeholders address social equity & public consumption

Members of the Cannabis Control Commission recently joined a panel during the Pioneer Valley Cannabis Industry Summit, focusing their discussions on minority inclusion & the potential of adult-use cannabis lounges.

The state currently offers little room for patients and recreational users to medicate – only allowing consumption in their own home; but most apartments & Section 8 housing still forbid the consumption of cannabis.

During the panel, members seemed optimistic of creating new laws that would allow for designated areas of public use, and continually pointed out the need for minority inclusion. However, as of now, most major cities in Massachusetts have yet to explain how they plan to include people of color.

Lawmakers are expected to address these ongoing issues within the rapidly growing market as more players get involved. As of now, only two-adult retail stores are open for business, which have already generated more than $4.8M in product in less than 3 weeks.

Prohibition officially ends in Michigan

When the clock struck midnight Thursday in Michigan, it was official – cannabis is no longer illegal, making the Wolverine State the 10th state to legalize adult-use cannabis.

You won’t be able to walk into a store anytime soon and purchase recreational cannabis, but you can grow up to 12 plants and legally consume the plant in your own residency. Residents can also legally ‘gift’ cannabis, but the purchasing and sale of seeds remains illegal as Federal law prohibits the trafficking of seeds across state lines.

With adult-use retail stores not expected to open until late 2019, lawmakers will likely introduce new measures that aim to clarify rules and regulations – like public consumption & the gifting program.

Missouri Rep. files bill aimed at legalizing cannabis

On Monday, Rep. Brandon Ellington filed HB 157, a bill that intends to legalize the use, purchase, harvest, and possession of cannabis for Missouri residents 21 and over.

The state recently legalized medicinal cannabis through November’s Midterm elections and is accepting cultivator licensing applications in the coming months – but only 3 licenses for medical cannabis are expected to be awarded.

It will take some time for the state to fully roll out their medical program, but with most residents in support of cannabis & its social and medical values, expect more pressure to be placed on lawmakers to move forward with full legalization.

Israel to likely allow exportation of medical cannabis

Yoav Kisch, Chairman of Israel’s Parliament of Internal Affairs & Environment Committee, recently told Reuters that he expects his country to soon allow the exportation of medical cannabis.

Kisch has been working with a handful of stakeholders to pass a bill that would impose tougher regulations on illegal entities, while creating more freedom for legal businesses – currently, 8 cultivators exist throughout Israel, whom have all looked towards international waters to escape the nations restrictive regulations. Kisch is hoping to soon change that, as early as the end of 2019.

“We believe it’s medicine and it’s important. It’s a big potential for Israeli farmers and the economy,” Kisch told Reuters.

John Kuster

As Social Media Coordinator, John oversees all things related to getting Revolution Enterprises' unique message out. An Iowa native, John joined the Revolution team to help educate, and inform the public on cannabis and all it has to offer. Prior to joining Revolution, John helped multiple companies grow and expand their reach, ranging from the tech industry to the world of international football. He is thrilled to be working in a rapidly expanding market, and is proud to represent Illinois patients and cannabis advocates across the globe.