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INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENTS State by State
Louisiana
House Speaker Clay Schexnayder is displeased with the state health department because hempderived
products containing significant amounts of delta-9 THC made it to market.
Schexnayder, who wrote hemp legislation in 2022, took up the issue with the state health
department, accusing the agency of " misinterpreting his legislation, " according to the Louisiana
Illuminator, an online news outlet.
Some of the confusion around what the Louisiana law permits relates to how many " servings " of
THC are permitted in hemp-derived products. A legislative committee hearing on the issue was held to
discuss a proposed emergency rule to rein in such products.
Maryland
Lawmakers introduced adult-use cannabis legislation that would give medical marijuana operators in
the state an advantage while also aiming to create equitable opportunities in the industry.
Under the constitutional amendment that Maryland voters passed in November, adults can legally
use and possess cannabis as of July 1.
Senate Bill 516 would allow individuals with marijuana-related criminal records to participate in the
adult-use market.
Multistate operators Green Thumb Industries, TerrAscend and Trulieve Cannabis are on the list of
current licensees in Maryland's medical marijuana program. New York-based MSO Ascend Wellness
said in January that it planned to enter the market by acquiring Devi Holdings in a cash-and-stock
deal valued at $19 million.
Massachusetts
Regulators renewed COVID-19 pandemic-era permissions for medical cannabis patients to use curbside
pickup and video-chat appointments to renew their recommendations.
The state Cannabis Control Commission relaxed certain in-person requirements in March 2020,
during the first weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, and then renewed them a year later.
Former Gov. Charlie Baker canceled curbside pickup at adult-use marijuana retailers last spring,
when he lifted the state's coronavirus-related public emergency order. He kept curbside pickups at
medical marijuana dispensaries in place, however.
Curbside pickups will remain a viable option for MMJ patients in Massachusetts at least through the
end of 2023, at which time state regulators might make the temporary adjustment permanent.
Michigan
State regulators suspended the medical and recreational marijuana licenses of TAS Asset Holdings for
allegedly using illegal raw materials from an unlicensed operator.
The state Cannabis Regulatory Agency alleges that the Lansing-based marijuana processor stored
and mixed regulated concentrates, distillate, flower and THCA powder with illegal products from an
unregulated warehouse.
The agency became aware of the issue in September, when two TAS vape cartridges failed a safety
compliance check. Both products tested positive for bifenthrin, a synthetic insecticide banned in
Michigan-regulated marijuana products.
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