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IndustryDevelopments | International & State
Oklahoma
The state Attorney General's Office said it won't enforce a stricter two-year residency
requirement and 1,000-foot school buffer-zone rule until a lawsuit challenging
them plays out in court. The medical marijuana business group that filed the
suit claimed the new buffer rule could affect hundreds of dispensaries, possibly
putting them out of business. Separately, Oklahoma medical marijuana regulators
are administering laboratory testing after a three-month grace period to ensure
enough licensed labs are in place amid the coronavirus pandemic. The mandatory
testing requirements apply to all marijuana products sold by a licensed grower or
processor. MMJ customers may request to see the test records and compare them
to the product label.
Oregon
The Oregon Liquor Control Commission, which regulates marijuana in the state,
took its first step to ban non-cannabis additives from inhalable products containing
THC, though MJ-derived terpenes will be allowed. The OLCC said there is no
regulatory body that evaluates the safety of these ingredients when inhaled.
Two people in Oregon died with lung-related illnesses and more than 20 fell ill
from vaping in 2019. In other news, the OLCC also moved to extend the ability of
licensed marijuana retailers to continue curbside delivery. A temporary rule allowing
cannabis stores to sell curbside expires in September.
Pennsylvania
The fifth-most-populated state is increasingly viewed as a market poised to
legalize recreational marijuana. That could occur within the next year via the
state's Legislature, according to industry observers, as lawmakers seek out
revenue sources to replenish state coffers depleted by the coronavirus pandemic.
Even before the pandemic, momentum was slowly building; Gov. Tom Wolf has
increasingly spoken in support of legalizing adult-use marijuana since last fall.
Rhode Island
Medical cannabis regulators began accepting applications for six dispensary
licenses, a move that will triple the number of retail outlets for the $60 million-plus
market. With only three dispensaries currently licensed, the state has some of the
most patients per dispensary-despite Rhode Island having only roughly 18,000
patients. Unlike the three existing vertically integrated dispensaries, the six new
dispensaries will have to procure their product from the state's 56 stand-alone
cultivators. The licenses will be issued through a lottery process, with one permit
issued for each of six geographic zones
Note: Entries sourced from Marijuana Business Daily, Hemp Industry Daily and other international, national and local news
outlets. These developments occurred before this magazine's publication deadline, so some situations may have changed.
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