Yesterday Michigan’s House of Representatives approved two proposals to improve upon the state’s medical cannabis law. The first of the two proposals, House Bill 4271, would legalize medical cannabis dispensaries throughout the state, allowing localities to decide if they want to prohibit them within city boundaries. This measure was approved 95 to 14. The House also approved House Bill 5104 – with an overwhelming 100 to 9 vote – which would legalize medical cannabis edibles, such as medicated brownies and tinctures.
Arizona Superior Court Judge Michael Gordon has overturned a zoning ordinance in Maricopa County which, according to the judge, is a “transparent attempt” to keep medical cannabis dispensaries out of unincorporated areas of the county. The ruling came as part of a pretrial verdict in favor of White Mountain Health Center, which plans to open a dispensary in Sun City.
In his verdict, Judge Gordon said that the ordinance amounts to an effective ban on dispensaries in some of the county’s cities, and noted that there is no available property in Sun City that meets the county’s requirements.
Earlier this week, the U.S. Attorney’s office made an uncharacteristically reasonable move, and dropped all charges against several California landlords renting to dispensaries. As property forfeiture has remained a major risk of renting to dispensaries (and other medical marijuana related establishments), landlords in medical cannabis-permitting states are no doubt breathing a collective sign of relief, hoping this will set precedent across the nation.
Medmar Healing Center, a medical cannabis dispensary in San Jose California, held a blood drive today, with one of the goals being to prove that dispensaries can be good neighbors, reports NBC.
For the drive, two bloodmobiles were used, and free tacos and movie tickets were given out to those who donated.
Next week Americans for Tax Reform – founded and headed by ultraconservative Grover Norquist – will hold a joint press conference with the National Cannabis Association to call for a change in federal tax laws to allow cannabis businesses to take standard tax reductions, in states where they’re legal.
In speaking for the Obama Administration, Deputy Attorney General James Cole stated yesterday at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing that the feds have no official possession on a possible change in the federal tax code; the administration did, however, recently announce that they’re working with banking regulators in order to allow cannabis businesses to legally bank.
Connecticut’s regulations review committee has approved a set of regulations which will allow the state to move forward with its medical cannabis program, which was approved in 2011.
Under the new regulations, the Department of Consumer Protection will be tasked with reviewing applicants for both dispensaries, as well as for licensed cannabis producers; the number of producers will be limited to no more than 10, and no less than 3 – dispensaries will be limited at a later date, dependent on the number of registered patients.
Recently the media has been abuzz about the fact that over 180 applicants have placed an application to receive a state-authorized license to open a medical cannabis dispensary in Massachusetts, which are legal thanks to an initiative approved by voters last year. What many aren’t talking about, is how unfair the application process is.
In 2011 Delaware’s governor signed a proposal into law which legalized medical cannabis in the state, allowing patients to legally possess it, and authorizing a dispensary in each of the state’s three counties. However, the governor quickly halted implementation of the law, citing concerns over federal law, and fears that the feds would prosecute state employees. Now, the governor has announced that he’s moving forward with the implementation of the law, though he’s calling for a scaled-back approach, with the opening of just one dispensary.
Today Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber signed a measure into law which legalizes medical cannabis dispensaries.
Under this new law, dispensaries will be authorized to become licensed and operational – without fear of state-level prosecution – as long as they follow certain guidelines, such as testing for molds and pesticides, and remaining 1,000 feet from schools.