Regulators in Missouri continue to finalize Amendment 2
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services recently hosted a public forum in Jefferson City, giving community members an opportunity to express current pain points being experienced in the initial regulation processes of the newly approved medical marijuana program.
During the forum, many members of the community expressed the need to provide equitable and fair opportunities to encourage all Missourians participation; currently, the state has racked up $3 million in non-refundable, pre-filed application fees – with no guarantee that the early licensing fees will provide a competitive advantage.
Other topics included accessibility for veterans, minority inclusion, and the need for more state-funded research.
The state is still accepting new applications while it hashes out the final rules and regulations behind Amendment 2 – but during the forum, regulators did express their intention to uphold the original bill voters passed through in November.
“Missourians, and patients are actually first. That’s what the voters decided, and we want to honor that,” said a regulator in attendance.
North Dakota House approves MMJ expansion bill(s)
Four bills that would expand the state’s medical marijuana program passed through the House on Wednesday morning.
One specific bill (that passed by a sweeping 89-4 margin) would add 13 new qualifying conditions; including opioid-use disorder, anxiety, migraine, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Another bill that confidently passed would expand the amount of product patients can purchase in a 30-day window; currently, patients are limited to 2.5 ounces per-month.
Other areas of expansion included better protection for participating doctors and physicians fearing repercussions from the state.
The Senate will now be tasked with debating and voting on all 4 bills – if approved, a final signature will be needed from Gov. Doug Burgum.
Ohio lawmakers working to legalize hemp cultivation
The US Farm Bill removed hemp as a controlled substance, deeming it to be an “agriculture product”.
While the bill legalized hemp, a handful of states, like Ohio, are still operating under current laws that ban the cultivation and production of hemp within state lines.
Ohio lawmakers are hoping to change that through their recent introduction of SB 57, which aims to decriminalize hemp and set up a regulatory system that would provide licenses for hemp cultivation.
Sponsors of the bill have reported that the licensing fees would be no greater than $1,000 in total – a figure small enough to attract local farmers.
Key New Hampshire House Committee backs adult-use cannabis
This morning, the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee voted 10-9 in favor of House Bill 481; a bill that would establish procedures for the legalization, regulation, and taxation of cannabis.
Under current wording of the bill, residents would be allowed to to have a total of 12 plants per household, and would be permitted to posses up to an ounce of flower at any given time.
With New Hampshire being surrounded by other states that have already legalized cannabis, expect lawmakers to progressively push for reform in the coming months.