Cannabis Legislative Recap: February 16th, 2024

Last week, the industry experienced forward momentum in states such as Florida, Hawaii, New York, and others. Below, we’ll bring you up to speed on the ever-changing landscape that is the cannabis industry as each state attempts to navigate the still-uncharted waters of marijuana legislation and regulations.

Florida on Synthetic Cannabinoids

Florida legislators had a busy schedule the week of Valentine’s Day. The Florida Senators unanimously voted in favor of SB 1698 which bans the sale of synthetic or naturally occurring delta-8 and delta-10 products as hemp products. The bill goes a step further by restricting the amount of delta-9 THC per package to 10 milligrams with no more than 2 milligrams per serving in a hemp product and a prohibition on flavor additives for hemp vapes to deter use by minors.

This ramp-up in hemp-derived product legislation comes as Florida looks to put adult-use cannabis legalization on the ballot this year. Before Floridians will have the opportunity to vote on whether cannabis should be legalized beyond medical use, legislators are attempting to put a potency cap on cannabis products.

The cap would create a restriction on the amount of THC in cannabis edibles, with a maximum allowance of 10mg per package and no more than 200 per package. This potency cap expands to concentrates and cannabis flower, with cannabis flower being capped at 30% THC and concentrates being limited to a maximum of 60% THC.  Read more about the approval process and the conversation around these caps at Cannabis Business Times.

Hawaii Moves Closer to Adult-Use

The Aloha State moved one step closer to legalizing adult-use cannabis. Last week, Senate Bill 3335 was approved by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee and the Judiciary Committee, with only one senator voting in opposition. The legislation lays the groundwork for creating the Hawaii Cannabis Authority, the government body that would regulate and enforce cannabis and hemp laws.

SB3335 must pass through 2 additional senate committees before heading to Governor Josh Green’s desk.

New York to Become a Lot Greener

As covered by Marijuana Moment, the New York Cannabis Control Board voted on Friday to approve multiple resolutions expanding cannabis access. One resolution would result in the approval of over 100 non-conditional licenses for microbusinesses, cultivators, processors, retailers, and distributors to join the adult-use market.

Another proposed regulation would allow New York state residents aged 21 or older to cultivate up to 6 cannabis plants in their homes, with a maximum cap of 12 plants per household. There is a 60-day public comment period regarding the resolutions before they are finalized.

Virginia’s Uphill Battle to Legalize Adult-Use Cannabis

Virginia Senators offered their constituents a cannabis branch by approving adult-use cannabinoid sales and sending it through to the House of Delegates. Three years after legalizing adult-use cannabis, Virginia lawmakers are presenting legislation to create the highly anticipated adult-use market.

On February 13th, the Virginia Senate approved the legislation with a slim victory of 21 votes in favor and 18 opposed. The House and Senate must agree on the legislation before sending it to Governor Glenn Younkin’s desk, who has vocally opposed cannabis reform since taking office.

Read more about Virginia’s legalization journey from the Cannabis Business Times.

Wisconsin Legalization Stalls out

The Speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly, Robin Vos, announced on February 15th that he will not be calling a floor vote for the bill to legalize medical cannabis. Last week, Cannabis Business Times reported on the lack of support from members of the caucus to pass the legislation that would create 5 state-run dispensaries and prohibit the sale of any smokable cannabis products.

The amount of opposition to the proposed bill leaves it stuck in limbo and unlikely to be voted on this year.

Growing Our Knowledge Together

Be sure to frequent the Omega Blog for cannabis legislative news being reported around the country. Education and staying informed are key during this delicate time in our industry. Has your state made strides in the world of cannabis lately? Feel free to comment below and let’s spread awareness throughout our communities together.

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