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Recreational Pot Sales Begin in Rhode Island
Licensed sales of adult-use cannabis began in Rhode Island on Thursday, only six months after Governor Dan McKee signed legislation to legalize recreational marijuana for adults aged 21 and older. Five stores began selling adult-use cannabis on December 1, with more licensed retailers expected to begin business operations in the coming weeks. The five retailers… View Article

Police in Sweden Seize Millions in Drugs Outside Capital
In one of Europe’s most intolerant countries when it comes to drug laws, a massive drug operation was dismantled Thursday. It’s the latest move in a series of efforts to curb drug traffic and organized crime in the country. Swedish police say that on December 1, forces seized around 500 kilograms (1,102 pounds) of drugs… View Article

Canada Establishes Expert Panel To Review Cannabis Act
Canada Minister of Health Jean-Yves Duclos announced the panel members on Nov. 24. “The Expert Panel will provide us with an independent, inclusive and evidence-informed review of the Cannabis Act and its economic, social, and environmental impacts, as well as the progress that’s been made displacing the illicit cannabis market,” Duclos said. “We welcome the Expert Panel… View Article

Ohio Bill Would Allow Record Sealing, Expungement for Paraphernalia Convictions
The Ohio Senate passed Senate Bill 288 on Nov. 30 with a 27-2 vote. The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Nathan Manning, spoke to the Senate about his goals for this 975-page measure. “We have done a lot of work on this bill. And, really, the goal of this—we talk about criminal justice reform, we talk about… View Article

Virginia Officials Consider Measures To Reduce Stoned Driving
Officials in Virginia are exploring ways to deter drivers from getting behind the wheel after getting stoned, the latest effort by the commonwealth to smooth out its new adult-use cannabis law. The Virginian-Pilot reports that the “the Virginia Crime Commission — an arm of the General Assembly tasked with studying issues of criminal law and… View Article

Minnesota Adds New Qualifying Conditions to Medical Cannabis Program
The Minnesota Department of Health announced on Wednesday that the agency will add irritable bowel syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder to the list of qualifying medical conditions for participation in the state’s medical cannabis program. Under state law, the addition of the new qualifying conditions will become effective beginning on August 1, 2023, according to state… View Article

E. coli, Salmonella, or Lead Found in 40% of Illegal New York Weed
New York officials deployed researchers to sample products from illegal bodegas and pop-up dispensaries selling cannabis on the street, and tested them for harmful contaminants. If it’s safe, clean flower that you want—the findings were dismal at best. According to a report led by the New York Medical Cannabis Industry Association published on November 30,… View Article

900 Mississippians Approved for Medical Cannabis as Program Takes Shape
Mississippi’s fledgling medical cannabis program is slowly but surely coming together, with state officials targeting early next year for the opening of the first dispensaries.  Local news station WLBT reports that “900 Mississippians have already applied and been certified for their medical marijuana cards,” and that there is hope for the first dispensaries to open… View Article

Nevada Officials Award Final 20 Licenses for Cannabis Lounges
State officials in Nevada have announced the final 20 applicants who will receive licenses authorizing them to run cannabis consumption lounges. The Nevada Cannabis Compliance Board conducted a digital drawing on Wednesday “via a random number selector to determine the issuance of independent cannabis consumption lounge licenses for non-social equity applicants and social equity applicants,”… View Article

Adult-Use Cannabis Sales Expected To Begin in Connecticut in 2023
The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) recently informed three medical cannabis producers that they will receive an expanded producer license, which will allow them to work with both medical cannabis and adult-use cannabis products.  DCP Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull said in a press release that this is one of the final steps toward a… View Article