Topic: Legalization

New Mexico Continues to Move at a Rapid Pace as New Proposed Rules Demonstrate Importance of Local Zoning Laws

As we previously wrote about here, New Mexico passed a recreational cannabis statute with a very ambitious timeline. The next key date in that timeline is June 29. That is the date when the statute goes into effect. It is also when the public comment period ends for the proposed rules published by the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department (RLD).

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Well, That Was Three Years Fast: Virginia Accelerates Adult Use Legalization to July 1, 2021

Things move quickly in the cannabis industry, especially in Virginia apparently. In February, the Virginia General Assembly passed legislation legalizing marijuana for adult use. As we wrote about here, the legalization date was set for January 1, 2024. Governor Ralph Northam (D), however, quickly proposed amendments to fast-track possession and allow limited home grow beginning this summer on July 1, 2021.

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Texas House Bill 1535: A Mild Expansion of Texas’s Medicinal Cannabis Program

Last week, the Texas State House of Representatives passed House Bill 1535 to expand permissive medical use of low-THC cannabis by patients with a medical condition approved by the Health and Human Services Commission. The bill would broaden the State’s medicinal cannabis program, or the Compassionate Use Program.

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FOMO? Ohio Legislators to Propose Adult Use Legislation

We all have it – the fear of missing out on good things happening around us or to people close to us. Legislators do too. Seeing states to their west (Illinois), north (Michigan), and east (New York, New Jersey, and Virginia) moving forward with adult use cannabis programs, Ohio state representatives Terrance Upchurch and Casey Weinstein are planning to begin work on an adult use cannabis bill next month according to a recent article in the Columbus Jewish News.

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Florida Update: “Adult Use” Will Have to Wait

In a 5-2 ruling the Florida Supreme Court, in an advisory opinion, struck the proposed amendment to the Florida Constitution that would allow Florida voters to decide whether to legalize the adult use of Marijuana in the upcoming 2022 election. The Court’s reason? Because the amendment’s summary was “affirmatively misleading”. The Court, in the majority opinion, reasoned the amendment’s summary would trick Florida voters into believing that the recreational use of marijuana in Florida would be free of any repercussions, criminal or otherwise because the summary made no reference to federal law.

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Another Domino Falls: New Mexico Becomes 18th State to Legalize Recreational Marijuana, Is Poised to Issue New Licenses Before New York, New Jersey, and Possibly Illinois

In a rare instance of legislative efficiency, New Mexico passed legislation on Monday that legalizes recreational marijuana and expunges criminal records for certain marijuana-related convictions. New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed two pieces of legislation a mere two weeks after state legislators passed the bills in a special session, which Lujan Grisham called specifically to address legalization.

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