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cannabis updates from across the United States
MICHIGAN: The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol has cleared a major hurdle towards making marijuana legal in Michigan. In April, the Board of State Canvassers approved the petition signatures, and the initiative to regulate marijuana will be on the ballot in November. If approved by voters, Michigan would become the first state in the Midwest with an adult-use cannabis law. In addition to allowing adults age 21 and older to possess and cultivate limited amounts of marijuana, the initiative would: regulate marijuana businesses that cultivate, process, test, transport, and sell marijuana; legalize the cultivation of industrial hemp (used to make textiles, biodegradable plastics, food, construction materials, and fuel); protect consumers with proper testing and safety regulations for retail marijuana; impose a 10 percent excise tax on marijuana sold at the retail level on top of the state’s six percent sales tax; and give local governments the option of whether they want to allow marijuana businesses in their communities.
NEW MEXICO: In April, Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller signed an ordinance decriminalizing simple possession of marijuana under city law. Under the new law, the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana is classified as a civil infraction, punishable by a $25 civil fine. Council members Pat Davis and Isaac Benton sponsored the ordinance, which passed the council in a 5-4 vote. Albuquerque joins Santa Fe, which decriminalized minor marijuana possession offenses via a 2014 municipal initiative. It will still be possible for a person to be charged under the statewide penalty — a fine of up to $50, up to 15 days in jail, or both.
GEORGIA: In May Gov. Nathan Deal signed HB 65 which significantly expands the number of patients who qualify for the state’s low-THC medical cannabis oil. Beginning on July 1, HB 65 will allow patients with intractable pain and adults with PTSD to qualify for the program, which allows registered patients to possess cannabis oil with no more than 5 percent THC content. Georgia Rep. Allen Peake (R) sponsored HB 65 which includes a study commissioned on in-state access to cannabis. Rep. Peake also sponsored HB 645 which would have allowed in-state production of cannabis oils. Currently, registered patients have nowhere to legally purchase cannabis oil in Georgia. HB 645 didn’t receive a floor vote.