The Advocate: Weekly Cannabis News

Adult-use cannabis sales pending in Michigan

After Wednesday’s announcement made by the Marijuana Regulatory Agency, residents in Michigan could be purchasing adult-use cannabis as early as December 1st.

Using July’s previously approved emergency rules, the MRA will allow medicinal cultivators and dispensaries to participate in December’s sales; businesses only possessing adult-use licenses will have to wait until 2020, when emergency rules are replaced with a finalized program.

Under the emergency rules, MMJ cultivators will be allowed to sell up to 50% of product to medical cannabis dispensaries participating in adult-use sales. The 50% cap is intended to ensure medical patients remain a priority as the industry expands.

“By only allowing a transfer of 50%, it will keep production and sales on the medical side moving as well. Businesses will make decisions to move products where the demand exists, including the non-flower products that are currently in abundance,” stated Robin Schneider, executive director for the Michigan Cannabis Industry Association.

Public and social consumption details emerging in Illinois

Thursday morning, a ‘cleanup’ bill addressing social and public cannabis use passed both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly.

With Thursdays approval, restaurants, bars, and other private venues will no longer be allowed to qualify as social-use locations – just dispensaries, and tobacco/smoke shops, who will still need to apply for and receive the necessary licensing to qualify.

The bill also addressed a number of key cannabis-related issues, here are some takeaways:

  • cannabis-related paraphernalia will no longer be illegal in Illinois
  • municipalities will begin collecting revenue from adult-use cannabis sales as early as July, instead of September
  • local counties will be left to approve or deny adult-use sales and social consumption
  • adds ethics language that prohibits lawmakers from having ownership or interest in an Illinois cannabis company

With the recent announcement, expect more Illinois counties to soon vote on adult-use sales and consumption laws.

Arizona group unveils adult-use proposal

Tuesday morning, the Arizona Cannabis Chamber of Commerce, a leading regulatory-oversight and cannabis advocacy group in Arizona, announced a new detailed proposal and path for adult-use legalization.

If successful, the proposal would lead to a new ballot measure in 2020, which would simply ask residents “if adult-use cannabis should be legal in the state of Arizona”.

230 retail outlets, and 25 new “craft” cultivation licenses would be distributed if voters approve the measure. Rural communities, and those most impacted by the War on Drugs would be two of the prioritized groups for licensing, according to Mason Cave, a member of ACCC advisory board.

Two-thirds of Americans support legalization

A record-breaking number of Americans support cannabis legalization, according to a recent survey from one of the largest major polling organizations.

This week, the Pew Research Center released new polling that found 67% of Americans now support legalization, up more than 5% from its previous poll in 2018.

The uptick in support resembles current trends in D.C. – with every democratic presidential candidate supporting legalization, and a federal financial banking bill sitting in the House, sweeping cannabis reform is bound to happen sooner than later.

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.