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LedeTree Cannabis News Roundup, March 6, 2018

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This week’s big story

SANCTUARY CANNABIS STATES

With several states now claiming that their local residents have the right to have access to marijuana, but the federal government continuing to consider it illegal, the battle between the states and the feds is firmly at work with regards to cannabis. And that has some states considering becoming “sanctuaries” from federal marijuana policy.

From the Associated Press:

“Taking a cue from the fight over immigration, some states that have legalized marijuana are considering providing so-called sanctuary status for licensed pot businesses, hoping to protect the fledgling industry from a shift in federal enforcement policy.”

Read the story, by the AP’s Becky Bohrer, reporting from Alaska

California already has a cannabis sanctuary state bill that was under consideration last year, a measure sponsor Reggie Jones-Sawyer has said he intends to pursue again.

And here’s more on the same issue in Massachusetts


Another interesting story this week

UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES IN CALIFORNIA

The law of unintended consequences is at play in California, where some patients who previously were able to get free or low cost cannabis are seeing their sources dwindle, because of legalization.

“Under state regulations that went into effect Jan. 1, compassionate care programs must collect taxes on the market value of cannabis that they give to patients. Many of these programs say they cannot afford the taxes nor the cost of state and local permits required to obtain cannabis from legal growers.”

From the Sacramento Bee


News from the states:

Alaska

Commercial cannabis growers in Alaska paid more than $1 million in taxes to the state in January, the highest since collection began in 2016. Citing officials at the Alaska Department of Revenue, the Anchorage Daily News reported this weekend that the state’s 81 commercial marijuana growers paid $1,040,512 in state taxes in January, the first time collections have topped a million since growers began paying the tax in October of 2016.
Florida

A medical marijuana testing lab, EVIO Labs Florida, is set to open in Gainesville, the first in Florida. More from the Gainesville Sun

New Jersey

A five-hour New Jersey state Assembly hearing with dozens of experts for and against the legalization of marijuana resulted in little consensus this week. More from NJSpotlight

Kentucky

Lawmakers in the Bluegrass State are considering legalizing medical marijuana. The issue is before a state House committee. More from WLWT

Upcoming conference in California:

Lori Ajax, Chief of California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control, will be the keynote speaker at the California Cannabis Conference on May 24 in Sacramento, presented by Capitol Weekly

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