2019 State Cannabis Legislation: The Bills to Watch
From decriminalization measures to adult-use legalization proposals, here are the bills to watch as states enter their 2019 legislative sessions.
11 States covered at the link……
Are Your Strain Names Bait for a Lawsuit?
“We know that there’s been issues with trademarks in the past with strains like Gorilla Glue and Girl Scout Cookies,” says Bailey Rahn, a Leafly editor, in an interview with CBT. “We took a preventative approach with some names that could cause the same situation.”
Deserae Weitmann, Leafly’s corporate counsel, added that the company also reviewed its database for names that could appeal to children. “We want to be the best actors in the space,” she says.
But Leafly is taking a more direct role in the retail side of the industry, adding a more robust shopping layer to its website. Leafly now offers “Leafly Pickup,” allowing customers to make reservations of products online, skip the line, and quickly pay for and pick up their reservations at partnering dispensaries.
Feds Raid 50 Suspected Illicit Grows in Denver
The DEA claims the houses raided were all connected to east coast crime syndicates, but the raids have resulted in no arrests.
Maryland State’s Attorney Pushes for Removal of Criminal Charges for Cannabis Possession in Baltimore
Michigan’s Medical Cannabis Application Website Now Online
The new features for the medical cannabis registration portal will allow cards to be issued to patients much faster.
Adult-Use Legalization Bill Introduced in Minnesota
Thanks to a small group of bipartisan lawmakers, there is now a bill for full adult-use legalization in Minnesota being considered in the Legislature.
New bill would legalize up to one ounce of marijuana, allow out-of-state medical IDs
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Several new pieces of legislation would change the legal status of both relatively small amounts of cannabis and out-of-state medical marijuana ID cards in Tennessee.
Democratic state lawmakers Senator Sara Kyle and Representative Gloria Johnson sponsored two bills to be debated this year. One would allow people who are visiting Tennessee and have medical cannabis ID cards to carry as much as a half ounce of weed in Tennessee. Those people would also be allowed to give that marijuana to another person who also holds an out-of-state medical ID card.
“We’re talking about 86 percent of Americans believe that doctors should be able to prescribe it as medicine,” said Johnson. “We’re a big tourism state and a lot of people come to Tennessee. We want them to be able to bring their medicine with them and not get in trouble for it.”
Attorney General TJ Donovan voiced support Thursday for legislation that would establish a regulated market for cannabis in Vermont, after he had previously expressed reservations about legalizing sales of the substance.
Donovan told the Senate Judiciary Committee that since Vermont moved to legalize limited possession and cultivation of the drug last year, his views on creating a market for the drug had “evolved.”
“We have to have a regulated market,” he said. “I don’t think we can continue to be silent on how Vermonters obtain it. At the end of the day, this is about protecting consumers and protecting kids.”
Lack of cannabis tracking data in WA sparks confusion, missed business opportunities
Industry officials said the situation will improve in coming months as Washington state’s new traceability system, operated by Denver-based MJ Freeway, gets fully up to speed.
An MJ Freeway spokeswoman said once the system is fully implemented more data will be made available.
In the meantime, these issues have surfaced:
- Detailed sales transactions – such as price per gram of each flower sale and how much a retailer is paying for product – have been unavailable. Some blame the state’s implementation of its new marijuana traceability system, saying it is unable to perform key functions.
- The lack of data has made it harder for cannabis companies to make informed decisions, according to industry watchers. For example, growers previously used the data to help price their wholesale flower, and retailers used it to find deals on infused products.
- Analytics companies are losing sales because they’ve relied on the data to advise cannabis clients.