The Advocate: Weekly Cannabis News

Limitations reduced in New Mexico

The New Mexico Department of Health recently filed an emergency amendment that raises the cap on the total amount of plants cultivators are allowed to posses & produce.

Until the amendment was filed, canna-businesses could possess no greater than 450 mature female plants, seedlings & male plants. But under the new emergency rules, producers can now posses up to 2,500 plants – at least through Aug. 28th.

With a program that features nearly 70,000 active patients, the recent move is being praised by local advocates who have continually voiced their concerns about potential product shortages.

Lawmakers will now be tasked with drafting an official bill in response to the amendment.

Iowa lawmakers working on expansion

On Tuesday, an Iowa Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill that would add PTSD to the list of qualifying conditions for the states currently limited medical cannabis program.

SF 256 would allow Iowans to receive a MMJ card, so long as they receive approval from a health care provider that states it to be “medically beneficial” for the patient.

Other highlights of the proposal include banning any sort of tax on medical products, ensuring the program is protected if the state is to introduce an adult-use market in the future.

The bill will now be debated within the House, with an official vote expected later this week. Even if it fails, the state is headed in the right direction as other House bills address limitations surrounding THC caps, physician approval, & the addition of other qualifying conditions.

Kentucky House panel approves medical marijuana bill

House Bill 136, a proposal that would legalize medicinal cannabis in the Bluegrass State, received an overwhelming amount of support late Wednesday night.

The House Judiciary Committee voted 16-to-1 in approval of the bill – but with just 5 days left of the legislative session, its likely that a new proposal will need to be drafted, unless lawmakers can act quickly.

“Where there’s a will, there’s a way. Maybe it’s not probable, but it’s not over ‘till the fat lady sings,” said state Rep. Jason Nemes, R-Louisville, co-sponsor of House Bill 136.

The bill would introduce a reasonably accessible program for all Kentuckians, and includes more common qualifying conditions like chronic pain, and nausea.

Cook County prosecutors no longer pursuing “low-level” cannabis convictions

Earlier this week, the Cook County State’s Attorney Office announced that it will no longer pursue non-violent cannabis-related arrests that deal with anything less than 30 grams of product.

Leading prosecutor and State’s Attorney Kim Foxx also announced that the county will be pursuing expungement processes for all misdemeanor cannabis convictions in Cook County. According to the press release, the county intends to include pardons that will not require individuals to file a petition or appear in court, nor will it come with a large fee.

“In furtherance of our goals to prioritize violent crime and to develop reforms that avoid needlessly bringing people into the criminal justice system, there is no greater opportunity for us to do that than with the prosecution of marijuana,” said Foxx to a group of reporters.

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.