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Rhode Island Legalizes Adult-Use Cannabis
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Rhode Island Legalizes Adult-Use Cannabis

On Wednesday, May 25, 2022, Rhode Island became the nineteenth state to legalize adult-use cannabis. Democrat Governor Daniel J. McKee signed into law S.B. 2430 and companion act H.B. 7593, or the Rhode Island Cannabis Act, after both bills were approved by…

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New Jersey Approves First Adult-Use Cannabis Sales
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New Jersey Approves First Adult-Use Cannabis Sales

On April 11, 2022, New Jersey’s Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC) voted to approve the state’s first adult-use cannabis sales to the general public. In doing so, the CRC granted regulatory approval to seven companies currently operating thirteen medical marijuana dispensaries to commence…

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Ohio Senate Bill Aims to Expand Medical Marijuana Control Program
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Ohio Senate Bill Aims to Expand Medical Marijuana Control Program

In December the Ohio Senate passed Senate Bill 261, potentially broadening Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Control Program for the first time since implementation in 2018. SB 261 would create the new Division of Marijuana Control (DMC), a division of the Department of Commerce,…

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Ohio Inches Towards Adult-Use Legalization, Two Main Paths Considered
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Ohio Inches Towards Adult-Use Legalization, Two Main Paths Considered

Recent bills and ballot initiatives suggest that adult-use cannabis may be coming to Ohio in the near future.  However, with the State currently considering two separate paths towards legalization, the key question now seems just as much how as when. The first…

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An Employer’s Q&A to Medical Marijuana in Ohio
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An Employer’s Q&A to Medical Marijuana in Ohio

On January 16, 2019, Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Control Program formally launched with the official opening of the first dispensaries in Wintersville, Canton, and Sandusky. Years in the making, Ohio’s program provides alternative medical treatment to qualifying patients but also raises serious questions…

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Ohio Lawmakers Set to Introduce Bill to Legalize Adult-Use Cannabis
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Ohio Lawmakers Set to Introduce Bill to Legalize Adult-Use Cannabis

Ohio lawmakers are set to consider a bill that would legalize adult, or recreational, cannabis use in the Buckeye state. State Representative Casey Weinstein (D) and co-sponsor Rep. Terrence Upchurch (D) announced their intention to introduce the bill late last week. The…

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Senate Introduces Bipartisan Bill to End FDA Block of CBD-Infused Foods and Dietary Supplements
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Senate Introduces Bipartisan Bill to End FDA Block of CBD-Infused Foods and Dietary Supplements

As many are aware, the 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp (cannabis with 0.3% THC or less) and hemp-derived products at the federal level by removing such products from the Controlled Substances Act (although individual states remain largely free to implement their own…

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Ohio Board of Pharmacy Announces the Addition of 73 Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
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Ohio Board of Pharmacy Announces the Addition of 73 Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

On April 19, 2021, the Ohio Board of Pharmacy voted unanimously to issue 73 new dispensary licenses, increasing the state’s current total from 57 to 130. The announcement comes in light of strong demand among state residents for product as well as…

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Big Apple Legalizes Recreational Cannabis
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Big Apple Legalizes Recreational Cannabis

On March 30, 2021, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed Senate Bill 854-A, the “Marihuana Regulation and Taxation Act,” making New York the 15th state to legalize recreational cannabis use. Under the Act, New Yorkers will be allowed to possess three ounces of cannabis…

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Ohio Board of Pharmacy Slated to Reopen Dispensary Application Process
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Ohio Board of Pharmacy Slated to Reopen Dispensary Application Process

During the Ohio Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee’s meeting last week, the Board of Pharmacy signified that it will reopen a second dispensary application process in the near future. The new application process, titled “Request for Applications for New Dispensaries (RFA II),” seeks…

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