IOWA

Iowa Legislature approves last-minute expansion of medical cannabis oil program

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/2017/04/22/iowa-legislature-approves-last-minute-expansion-medical-cannabis-oil-program/100753064/

Iowa lawmakers struck a last-minute deal early Saturday morning to expand the state’s limited medical cannabis program, approving legislation that would allow marijuana to be grown in Iowa and dispensed as an oil to seriously ill patients.

“There are sick Iowans out there that need relief, bottom line,” said the bill’s floor manager, Rep. Jarad Klein, R-Keota.

The legislation, unveiled in the Iowa House about 3 a.m. and given final approval by the Senate at 7 a.m., was among the final bills passed by the General Assembly before lawmakers officially adjourned for the year.

MASSACHUSETTS

Here’s what you need to know about the debate over who’s in charge of regulating legal marijuana in Massachusetts

https://www.boston.com/news/local-news/2017/04/22/heres-what-you-need-to-know-about-the-debate-over-whos-in-charge-of-regulating-legal-marijuana-in-massachusetts

BOSTON (AP) — Recreational marijuana may be legal for adults in Massachusetts but who ultimately will be in charge of regulating and enforcing the new law remains the subject of behind-the-scenes maneuvering on Beacon Hill.

A legislative committee created to review and potentially make revisions in the voter-approved measure plans to hold its final hearing at the Statehouse on Monday and deliver recommendations by June.

Emerging as a key point in the discussions is the yet-to-be-formed Cannabis Control Commission, which will be responsible for granting licenses to retail marijuana stores.

NEW JERSEY

New Jersey Gubernatorial Candidates Consider Broader Marijuana Laws

http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Gubernatorial-Candidates-Consider-Broader-Marijuana-Laws-420148193.html

Nonetheless, New Jersey’s Democratic-controlled Legislature plans to move forward with legislation and lawmakers hope Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s successor will sign it.

Christie, who is term-limited, has opposed any expansion of marijuana legalization. His term ends in January.