Oct. 8-14, 2019 Dispensary Compliance Updates

by Jayson Filingeri,


In Alaska, the Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board unanimously voted to remove the head of the state Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office, Erika McConnell. McConnell would be fired from her position only if the state’s Marijuana Control Board concurs with her removal before Nov. 30th.

Maine will likely begin seeing recreational marijuana in retail stores by March 2020 after years of waiting. Voters approved legal adult-use marijuana at the polls in November 2016, and the road to legal sales has been long and bumpy. Now that key legislation and rules are in place, the state is projecting revenue from marijuana sales by March 15th.

The Office of Marijuana Policy announced the next round of track-and-trace portal trainings will begin on Monday, October 21, 2019. These training sessions are specifically intended for prospective adult use licensees and will be held in Augusta, Bangor, Hallowell, Lewiston, and Portland. In addition, BioTrackTHC manuals and training videos are currently available online at https://www.biotrack.com/maine-manuals/.

The Office of Marijuana Policy recently launched a new website at https://www.maine.gov/dafs/omp/.

In Maryland, Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge extended a temporary restraining order that was due to expire Monday night after the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland raised questions about the fairness of the license evaluation process. Maryland is barred from issuing any additional licenses to companies for growing and processing medical cannabis until Oct. 17th.

In Massachusetts, the Cannabis Control Commission approved new rules that pave the way for companies to deliver recreational marijuana directly to customers. Delivery has already been allowed for registered medical marijuana patients. For the first two years, the CCC will only give delivery licenses to applicants in their social equity program, as well as small locally owned businesses that CCC officials have approved for delivery.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced the first death associated with the outbreak of vaping-related lung injury in the state. MDHHS was notified about the death of an adult male on Oct. 2nd. MDHHS is working closely with the CDC and the federal Food and Drug Administration to get additional information that can help identify the ingredients in the vape materials that is making people sick. So far, no specific brand of device or e-liquid has been identified.

The Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) released detailed, step-by-step instructions for adult-use marijuana license applications. The MRA will begin accepting adult-use marijuana applications on November 1, 2019.

In Oregon, on Oct. 4th, Governor Brown issued Executive Order 19-09, directing state agencies to enact a temporary ban on the sale of flavored vaping products, as well as other sources or additives as they are identified in cases of vaping-related lung injury or death. No changes take effect until the OLCC passes and issues emergency rules relating to vape products.

The OLCC will meet next week to act on the Executive Order on the Vaping Public Health Crisis issued by Oregon Governor, Kate Brown. In this interpretation, the OLCC does not include terpenes derived from marijuana as a “flavor.”

In Washington, the LCB announced a two-month extension with its marijuana tracking software provider, Leaf. Leaf will continue to work on addressing post-release issues to ensure a stable system. However, neither party anticipates further releases under this extension.

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