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INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENTS State by State
Rhode Island
A major marijuana grower in Rhode Island was ordered to stop selling products while regulators
consider alleged violations by the company.
Inspectors flagged STJ, better known as Fire Ganja, after discovering 1,473 cannabis plants and
1,507 ounces of flower as well as other products that weren't entered into the state's track-and-trace
system.
The company could lose its license over allegations that it failed to disclose an owner and produced
significant amounts of unregistered cannabis, both violations of state law.
Warwick-based Fire Ganja is scheduled to discuss the matter at a regulatory hearing on Nov. 30.
Texas
A state appeals court upheld an injunction halting a ban on delta-8 products in Texas.
The ruling by the 3rd Court of Appeals allows businesses such as Hometown Hero CBD to continue
selling delta-8 products in Texas.
The Austin-based company filed an emergency motion and was granted the injunction in November
2021, according to its website.
Virginia
Two hemp businesses and a consumer filed a lawsuit in Virginia federal court contending the state's
new restrictions on low-THC, hemp-derived products is causing financial harm to hemp companies and
inhibiting interstate commerce.
The lawsuit by hemp-product retailer Northern Virginia Hemp and Agriculture, North Carolina-based
grower and distributor Franny's Operations and consumer Rose Lane argues the new regulations will
cause " millions of dollars of irreparable harm. "
Hemp industry insiders fear the new rules-including THC caps and mandating products with CBDTHC
ratios of at least 25-to-1-would outlaw most of their inventory.
The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, also contends the state's
new statute conflicts with federal law because the 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp-derived products
with 0.3% THC or less.
Virginia authorities already are cracking down on stores selling unauthorized hemp-derived products
under the new law and handing out significant fines in the enforcement push.
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services had issued at least five
noncompliance letters to businesses as of late July, with fines ranging from $13,000 to $97,500.
Wisconsin
State lawmakers renewed their push to legalize medical and adult-use marijuana in the state, one of
10 without any type of regulated marijuana.
The legislation includes a measure that would earmark 60% of cannabis tax revenue for
communities that have been disproportionately affected by prohibition.
Gov. Tony Evers voiced his commitment to legalizing cannabis, even though an attempt he made
earlier this year was rejected by state lawmakers.
Note: Entries sourced from MJBizDaily and other international, national and local news outlets. These developments
occurred before this magazine's publication deadline, so some situations might have changed.
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