Cannabis legalization bills in Minnesota, Ohio and Oklahoma, license suspensions in Nevada, weed retail in several states


Cannabis legalization bill in Minnesota

On Wednesday, the Minnesota Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee held its first hearing on a marijuana legalization bill, Marijuana Moment reports.

“Cannabis prohibition is a failed system that has not achieved its desired goals and has caused incredible costs to our communities, especially communities of color,” the state said in a statement. Senator Lindsey Port (D) who sponsored the proposed bill.

On Tuesday, the House Committee on Finance and Policy on Environment and Natural Resources passed another bill from Rep. Zach Stevenson (Democrat) to legalize marijuana in the state, according to Marijuana Moment.

“As I have said in other committees, the people of Minnesota are ready. This year we should legalize adult cannabis in the state of Minnesota,” Stevenson said. “Minnesotans deserve the freedom and respect to make their own cannabis decisions, and we must also recognize that our current laws are doing more harm than good.”

Licenses suspended in Las Vegas

“The Nevada Cannabis Compliance Board (CCB) held an emergency meeting Tuesday to suspend the license of the North Las Vegas Helping Hands Wellness Center,” Fox 5 Vegas reported.

CCB found that Helping Hands employees attempted to “redirect cannabis and cannabis products in addition to other significant safety deficiencies.”

Ohio and Oklahoma may legalize Rec. Cannabis In 2023

Ballotpedia reported that voters in Oklahoma and Ohio will decide whether recreational cannabis should be legal.

In Oklahoma, State Issue 820 legalizes the possession and use of marijuana by adults. Cannabis will be taxed at 15% and people will be allowed to carry up to one ounce of marijuana and have up to six plants. Meanwhile in Ohio, the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana as Alcohol has unveiled yet another initiative to legalize marijuana. Legislators have until May 3, 2023 to approve the measure.

Virginia governor opposes retail cannabis

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin said he would focus on enacting regulations on hemp and delta-8 products instead of allowing retail marijuana in the state, local media reported.

“Let me be clear, the bill I am following and looking for is about cannabis and delta-8 and the regulations and consumer safety regarding those products. Right now, we have products that are mislabeled, mismarketed, and targeted at kids,” Youngkin told 8News. “This is a bill that I’m following to make sure it comes out because it’s a bill that I want to sign.”

Medical marijuana sales start in Mississippi

Mississippi has finally started selling medical cannabis.

“I have waited so long for this day of legal marijuana smoking,” said patient Tom Goldman, one of more than 1,700 patients in the state’s medical cannabis program. “I thought I would die before that day came.”

To register their information, patients will be required to bring their medical card, driver’s license, and valid government-issued ID to the dispensary.

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