Oregon Begins Marijuana Edible Sales to Adults
PORTLAND, Oregon (CRN) – It became legal today for adults 21 and older in Oregon to purchase marijuana-infused edibles, tinctures, topicals, oils, concentrates, and extracts. Marijuana sales in Oregon are still conducted at the state’s 426 medical marijuana dispensaries. An early sales bill passed last year to enable recreational marijuana purchases at medical marijuana dispensaries; however, those purchases were limited to just seven grams of marijuana or marijuana seedlings. Edibles and other products remained off-limits, presumably to protect the supply of those items for medical consumers. While edibles, topicals, and extracts are available, recreational consumers are limited to 15 milligrams of THC in edibles, 6 percent THC in topicals, and one gram of extract.
LANSING, Michigan (CRN) – Proponents of a recreational marijuana legalization initiative in Michigan turned in about 354,000 signatures on the June 1 deadline. MJ Business Daily reports that the group, called MILegalize, turned in roughly 100,000 more signatures than the required 252,523. Now the Secretary of State’s office will validate the signatures and if 71.4 percent of those turned in are accepted, Michigan will join Nevada and Maine in voting on marijuana legalization this fall. Florida is also on the ballot to vote for medical marijuana legalization.
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (CRN) – Daytona Beach became the latest city in Florida to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. Wednesday night the City Council voted unanimously to approve the ordinance, which makes possession of 20 grams or less of marijuana a civil fine. Daytona Beach joins Miami Beach, Hallandale Beach, Key West, West Palm Beach, Wilton Manors, Tampa, Miami-Dade County, Broward County, Palm Beach County, and Volusia County in approving similar decriminalization ordinances.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (AP) — Utah medical marijuana proponents have found a new legislative sponsor as they gear up to take another run next year at pushing through a measure to make pot legal for people with certain medical conditions. Rep. Gage Froerer, R-Huntsville, said Wednesday that he plans to sponsor a medical marijuana bill that combines the best parts of the two competing cannabis proposals that died during the 2016 session. He is open to suggestions, but he envisions it helping people with a wide array of medical conditions and having a THC component, the psychoactive compound in marijuana. Utah already allows a marijuana extract, called cannabidiol, to be used by those with severe epilepsy, as long as they obtain it from other states.
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (AP) — It could take up to two years to write regulations and make medical marijuana available through retailers in Pennsylvania to eligible patients, Pennsylvania’s secretary of health said Wednesday. Before that, the Department of Health aims to publish regulations in July to guide parents on how to bring medical marijuana bought legally from another state into Pennsylvania to administer to a child with a qualifying condition, Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy said. By the end of the year, the department expects to publish temporary regulations for growers and processors, Murphy said. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf signed legislation in April making Pennsylvania the 24th state to legalize a comprehensive medical marijuana program. The next day, the department got started on writing a raft of regulations, which are required before medical marijuana can be grown and sold in Pennsylvania.
OMAHA, Nebraska (CRN) – Researchers at the University of Nebraska at Omaha have discovered that Nebraska marijuana arrests increased 11 percent following legal marijuana sales in Colorado. The study, reported by Nebraska’s KVNO News, also claims that enforcing Nebraska’s marijuana prohibition cost taxpayers $10 million in 2014. The greatest increases in marijuana arrests were found in the counties bordering Colorado and the interstate crossing Nebraska from Colorado. The study authors note that increased vigilance by police, and not an increase in interstate trafficking, may be to blame. The study will be distributed to Nebraska lawmakers.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (CRN) – The national anti-legalization group Project SAM has announced that its political arm, SAM Action, has raised $300,000 to oppose efforts to legalize marijuana by initiative in various states this fall. In a press release reported by Marijuana.com, SAM Action is hiring organizers in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. The successful applicants must be fluent in Spanish, suggesting that Project SAM is counting on mobilizing a strong anti-legalization vote among Hispanics, who have historically shown less support than African-Americans and whites in polling. Project SAM has also been lobbying city councils in states that will be voting on marijuana legalization and medical marijuana.