Cannabis Update: New Hampshire Expands Medical Program, Alabama's Licensing Battles & More

Zinger Key Points
  • Congress continues to prevent D.C. from establishing a regulated marijuana market, maintaining a long-standing ban.
  • U.S. House votes to eliminate mandatory cannabis testing for military recruits, marking a significant policy shift.
  • New Hampshire and Arizona's legislative progress: NH enhances its medical marijuana program and AZ moves to legalize psilocybin centers.

Let’s get updated with some of the main cannabis regulatory news of the week.

Congress Maintains Ban On Marijuana Sales In D.C.

Congress has decided to continue the federal ban on recreational marijuana sales in Washington, D.C., frustrating local efforts to regulate cannabis. This action extends the Harris rider that has prevented the District from using local funds to support cannabis commerce since 2014, against the wishes of D.C. voters who approved possession and home cultivation in 2014, reported Marijuana Moment.

House Votes To End Cannabis Testing for Military Recruits

The U.S. House of Representatives has taken a significant step by voting to eliminate marijuana testing as a condition for military enlistment. This happened because a large-scale defense bill that was approved included a section that prevents the military from testing recruits for cannabis, writes Marijuana Moment. The move advances the suppression of testing conditions despite the Biden administration’s opposition.

Advocates Urge Alabama To Resolve Medical Marijuana Licensing Issues

In Alabama, patients and advocates are pressing state regulators to address delays in medical marijuana licensing, reported Alabama Reflector. They are calling for an expedited process to overcome bureaucratic challenges that have hindered the program’s rollout, emphasizing the need to provide access to therapeutic cannabis without further delay.

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Arizona Set To Legalize Psilocybin Service Centers

Arizona is on the verge of becoming a trailblazer in psychedelic therapy with a new bill that would legalize psilocybin service centers. The bill is heading to the governor’s desk, informed Marijuana Moment. Pending the governor’s approval, this legislation would allow regulated centers to use psilocybin for therapeutic purposes, reflecting a growing interest in the medical potential of psychedelics.

Massachusetts Improves Cannabis Access To Martha’s Vineyard

Massachusetts regulators have responded to the unique needs of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket residents by allowing cannabis deliveries directly to these islands. This decision improves access to both medical and recreational cannabis for islanders, addressing previous geographical challenges that limited availability.

New Hampshire Expands Medical Program

The New Hampshire legislature has passed bills to expand the state’s medical marijuana program, now awaiting the governor’s signature, reported Marijuana Moment. This happened after the state stopped short of legalizing recreational use. The new measures will broaden qualifying conditions and enhance the program’s effectiveness, directly benefiting patients.

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