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INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENTS
North Carolina
A bill to legalize the cultivation and sale of medical cannabis in North Carolina is advancing through
the Legislature with support from the governor.
Senate Bill 3, the NC Compassionate Care Act, cleared a committee and could go to the floor of the
full Senate for a vote.
If passed by both houses of the General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Roy Cooper, the bill
would allow people suffering from a list of qualifying conditions to legally access marijuana with
permission from a doctor.
The state Senate passed a similar version of the bill last year, but it died in the House without a
vote.
If passed, the first sale could occur in roughly two years, according to the legislative analysis.
Oklahoma
Voters soundly rejected State Question 820, a ballot measure to legalize adult-use marijuana. The
special election is believed to be the first where U.S. voters went to the polls with only adult-use
cannabis legalization on the ballot.
Michelle Tilley, the Yes on 820 campaign spokesperson, vowed to try again.
" We didn't get State Question 820 across the finish line, but the fact remains that marijuana
legalization is not a question of 'if;' it's a question of 'when,' " Tilley said in a statement.
Cannabis industry advocates fear that the special election defeat spells the beginning of a statewide
crackdown on medical marijuana in Oklahoma.
Considered the country's most business-friendly legal-cannabis state, Oklahoma is home to nearly
12,000 licensed MJ businesses, according to the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority. State officials
imposed a two-year moratorium on new business licenses last August.
Pennsylvania
A federal court in Pennsylvania will not dimiss a lawsuit filed by former FarmaceuticalRX delivery
drivers over employment classification with the medical marijuana company.
U.S. District Judge William Stickman, in a 15-page memorandum, denied the MMJ producer and its
affiliates' motion for dismissing claims filed under the Fair Labor Standards Act and Pennsylvania
Minimum Wage Act.
The drivers claim in the suit that FarmaceuticalRX misclassified them as independent contractors
and denied overtime wages that they would have been eligible for as full-time workers.
Meanwhile, in Ohio, FarmaceuticalRX and seven subcontractors are defending a $2.3 million breachof-payment
lawsuit regarding construction work on its marijuana cultivation and processing plant.
Tennessee
The state Senate Judiciary Committee rejected a medical cannabis bill in one of only 11 states without
a full-fledged MMJ program.
Under the Tennessee Medical Cannabis Act sponsored by state Sen. Janice Bowling, Tennesseans
with one of 30 health conditions would have been able to access MMJ with a doctor's
recommendation.
A second medical marijuana bill, sponsored by Rep. Jesse Chism, is due before a Senate Judiciary
Committee subcommittee, although observers believe its chances are slim.
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