LedeTree Cannabis News Roundup, March 6, 2018
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.”
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.”
News from the states:
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.
A medical marijuana testing lab, EVIO Labs Florida, is set to open in Gainesville, the first in Florida. More from the Gainesville Sun
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
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:
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