FEDERAL

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MASSACHUSETTS

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MINNESOTA

Minnesota Adds Two Qualifying Conditions to Medical Marijuana Program

 

NEW HAMPSHIRE

New Hampshire House Committee Rejects Marijuana Regulation

 

NEW JERSEY

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OHIO

Title: DEADLINE TO SUBMIT PROCESSOR APPLICATIONS IS FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15TH AT 5:00 P.M. EST

Author: Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program

Date: December 2017

URL: https://medicalmarijuana.ohio.gov/News?articleID=105

Extract: The deadline to submit Processor applications is Friday, December 15th at 5:00 p.m. EST. Pursuant to Riffe Center policy, visitors must be registered with the security desk prior to 5:00 p.m. EST. Applicants will not be permitted to enter the building to submit applications after 5:00pm EST. Building security will permit only those applicants who are registered with the security desk prior to 5:00 p.m. EST to deliver their applications to the Department. (Please note that backpacks are not permitted in Riffe Center.)

 

Title: IMPORTANT NOTICE: DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE OFFERS CLARIFICATION ON PROCESSOR APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Author: Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program

Date:  8 December 2017

URL: https://medicalmarijuana.ohio.gov/News?articleID=104

Extract: 

The Department offers the following clarification regarding the Processor application.

  • The Department has received questions regarding the omission from Section 2 of the Processor application of information regarding a prior award of a Cultivator provisional license, based on the fact that such information may be considered to be identifiable. Specifically, two of the plans in Section 2 require the submission of building plans. For Processor applicants who have been awarded a Cultivator provisional license and plan to co-locate a processing facility upon award of a Processor provisional license, any facility or plot plans submitted with the Processor application should omit or obscure any areas of the facility designated for cultivation activities. The specifications submitted with the security plan may show the entire structure, but may not label the areas designated for cultivation activities. The specifications submitted with the operations plan need only include the areas of the facility that are designated for processing activities. Any areas designated for cultivation activities must be omitted, obscured, or not labeled. Processor applicants who have already submitted an application may make the modifications described above until the close of the Processor application window at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017.
  • The Department has revised pages 4 and 5 of Form “MMCP-P-1001B Processor Application Section 2 Non-Identifiers” to correct typographical errors in the Administrative Code citations placed at the end of the Part I-VI instructions for reference purposes. No changes have been made to the instructions, and the requirements remain the same.
  • The Department has also received questions regarding Form 1Q – Tax Certification Page. The tax information that will be used to determine compliance for a business entity is included on Form 1A – Business Entity and Contact Information Form, and for individuals on Form 1K – Individual Tax and Background Information Form. Form 1Q itself should be included with the paper copy of the application, and must be included with the electronic copies of the application.
  • With regard to Form 1K, submission of a BCI&I and FBI criminal records check to the Board of Pharmacy as part of a dispensary application is NOT sufficient to fulfill the background check requirement for the Department of Commerce. Any individual who has NOT previously submitted a BCI&I and FBI criminal records to the Department of Commerce as part of a Cultivator or Processor application MUST submit a BCI&I and FBI criminal records check with the Processor application.

Questionable Licensing Issues Now Cropping Up In Ohio – ‘The Process Is Severely Broken’

 

Title: As Medical Marijuana Struggles in Ohio, A New Plan for Recreational Legalization Emerges

Author: Marijuana Times

Date: 11 December 2017

URL: https://www.marijuanatimes.org/as-medical-marijuana-struggles-in-ohio-a-new-plan-for-recreational-legalization-emerges/

Extract: To say things have not been smooth when it comes to marijuana law reform in Ohio over the last 3 years would be an understatement. The crushing defeat of Issue 3 in November 2015 led to the legislature passing a rather restrictive medical cannabis law the following year.

The process of implementing that medical marijuana law has cleared several hurdles; the latest hurdle has involved some rather high-up people in the state government calling for a delay after one of the reviewers involved in the process of approving cultivator licenses was found to have been convicted on drug charges about 12 years ago in Pennsylvania.

 

Title: Ohio voters may decide on plan to legalize recreational marijuana in 2018

Author: Dayton Daily News

Date: 11 December 2017

URL: http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/state–regional-govt–politics/marijuana-ohio-details-new-ballot-initiative-coming-monday/R2mMnfmycsZ5jMMNTz4TKM/

Extract: Gould and James are crafting ballot language for a constitutional amendment that would create a free market system for adult consumption of marijuana.

Highlights of the plan:

* Ohioans age 21 and older would be allowed to grow and use marijuana in private;

* commercial growers and sellers would be regulated similar to businesses that produce and sell alcohol;

* using marijuana in public would be prohibited;

* employers would retain the right to have drug free workplace policies and landlords would be allowed to prohibit its production and use on their property;

* operating a vehicle under the influence of marijuana would be prohibited;

* local governments would control how many marijuana businesses operate in their community and voter approval would be required for dispensaries in their precincts.

To get on the November ballot, Gould and James need approval of their ballot issue from the attorney general and Ohio Ballot Board and then they’d have to collect 305,592 valid voter signatures by the July 4 deadline.