In Colorado, SB19-222Sunset Bill Work Group announced changes to the retail and medical marijuana codes and continuance of the codes until 2028. The act takes effect on January 1, 2020 and combines the laws for medical marijuana and retail marijuana, which are currently separate articles.
In Montana, DPHHS released its Notice of Adoption ofTemporary Rulesand Amendment in order to implement certain portions of 2019 Senate Bill 265 (SB 265) which signed into law on May 3, 2019. The temporary rules are effective September 22, 2019. The temporary rules establish contested case hearing procedures and specify administrative rules for contested case hearings with regard to medical marijuana card revocations.
In Nevada, Clark Country District Courthas frozen the permit process for new retail cannabis stores siding with companies that lost bids to open recreational shops. Losing bidders argued the process was so riddled with mistakes and bias that the Court should void 61 licenses that were approved in December 2019 from among 462 applications. All sides expect the judge's ruling will be appealed to the Nevada Supreme Court.
In Washington, officials are proposing anoverhaul of the state’s industry rules, with plans for boosting minority ownership of pot businesses, paving the way for home deliveries of medical cannabis, and letting the smallest growers increase the size of their operations to become more competitive. LCB Director Rick Garza detailed the “Cannabis 2.0” proposals in an interview with The Associated Press. One big-picture issue the board could rethink is whether to abandon the state’s seed-to-sale marijuana tracking program.
The WSLCB’sCannabis Potency Tax Work Groupwas established to meet a legislative mandate to “determine the feasibility of and make recommendations for varying the marijuana excise tax rate based on product potency.”
At its Board Caucus meeting, the LCB discussed high-profile coverage associating a rash of cannabis robberies with information gleaned via state open records laws which could result in legislative changes.
TheDrug Enforcement Administrationannounced on Monday that the agency would increase the number of growers approved by the government to cultivate cannabis for research. Currently, the University of Mississippi is the only federally-approved source of cannabis for scientific research. Although the notice from the DEA promises further action, it simultaneously buys the agency more time while declining to provide a timeline for further progress.
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