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May 7-13, 2019 Dispensary Compliance Updates

Welcome to dispensary compliance updates by Green Bits. This week’s regulatory compliance updates are from May 7th to May 13th.

In Alabama, the state Senate passed a bill on May 9th that would legalize the use of medical cannabis. Alabama would become the thirty-fourth state to allow the use of medical cannabis. The bill would create a nine-person Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission to establish a registry system and properly implement the legislation. The legislation now moves to the state House.

In Arkansas, after more than two years of litigation and delays, cannabis was sold legally on Friday, May 10th for the first time.

In Colorado, there are a few key bills awaiting the Governor’s signature:

  • The first will permit physicians to recommend medical cannabis as an alternative to opioids. This could revive a diminishing medical cannabis market. Colorado medical marijuana sales have declined as recreational cannabis sales have increased.

  • The Sunset Bill extends the regulated cannabis industry in Colorado and puts in place regulations designed to streamline the licensing process. It also allows retail cannabis stores to sell industrial hemp consumables.

  • Lastly, House Bill 1230 will allow retail cannabis stores, hotels, restaurants and other businesses to apply for cannabis social consumption areas.

In Louisiana, medical cannabis won't be available by the mid-May deadline, but June is still a possibility.

In Nevada, Planet 13 and The Dispensary accused state tax officials of improperly having the temporary employment service, "Manpower", screen the 462 applications the state received. The lawsuit is seeking to freeze the awarding of new licenses until applicants’ names are made public and the selection procedure is reviewed.

The Las Vegas City Council voted 4-1 on May 8th to create a new business license and land-use regulations for cannabis social-use venues, a move that could open new business opportunities for entrepreneurs and increase revenue for licensed cannabis retailers.

The Washington State Liquor Control Board held a Tribal Advisory Council meeting. The Tribal Advisory Council consists of delegations from federally-recognized, sovereign tribal governments which have entered into compacts with the State of Washington, or are considering doing so. The WSLCB has entered into 11 marijuana compacts “and is actively negotiating several more.”  

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