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INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENTS State by State
Missouri
Regulators awarded 48 cannabis microbusiness licenses to " marginalized or under-represented
individuals. " To qualify, applicants had to meet criteria such as living in a low-income community or
having a valid service-connected disability card issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Each of Missouri's eight congressional districts were given two retail licenses and four wholesale
facility licenses, according to a news release.
The Division of Cannabis Regulation selected the winners through a lottery involving 1,600-plus
applicants. Another 48 licenses will be issued through subsequent lotteries in 2024 and 2025, the
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said.
Separately, a recall targeting tens of thousands of infused cannabis products in Missouri led to
millions of dollars in lost sales and inventory for product manufacturers and retailers, according to
industry sources and court documents obtained by MJBizDaily.
Nebraska
Medical marijuana advocates in Nebraska launched their third petition campaign, aiming to
put legalization to voters on the November 2024 general election ballot.
Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana are gathering signatures for two petitions with statutory
measures the group hopes will become law:
* The Medical Cannabis Regulation Act would create the Nebraska Medical Cannabis Commission,
which would regulate MMJ businesses in the state.
* The Patient Protection Act would ensure consumers and their caregivers don't face legal
consequences for using MMJ recommended by a health care provider.
Both petitions require 87,000 valid signatures from registered voters.
" There was never a question that we would come back for a third time, " campaign manager
Crista Eggers said in a statement. " This issue is not one we can give up on; it's people's lives we are
fighting for. "
New Jersey
Marijuana-infused baked goods, drinks and other familiar THC edibles are finally on their way to New
Jersey after cannabis regulators took the first steps toward dismantling the state's unique ban on
" edible products resembling food. "
When New Jersey legalized adult-use cannabis in November 2020, it limited edibles products to
capsules, chewables, pills, syrups and tablets. But regulators' new proposal would allow retailers to
produce baked goods, butters, drinks and other infused products.
The proposal can't be approved until December, but in the meantime, licensed marijuana
manufacturers wishing to produce edibles can apply for a waiver.
Edibles will be limited to 10 milligrams of THC per serving, with the THC in drinks capped at
5 milligrams.
New Mexico
Consumers spent a record amount on legal marijuana in New Mexico in August, with combined
medical and adult-use sales totaling more than $48.2 million.
August adult-use sales in the state exceeded $34.7 million, a 1.8% increase over the July sales total,
according to data provided by the Cannabis Control Division of New Mexico's Regulation & Licensing
Department. Medical sales totaled more than $13.5 million, a decline of 1.2% from July.
Compared to a year ago, adult-use sales in August grew by 42.7%, while medical sales declined by 18.1%
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