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Cannabis Regulatory Update: Kansas, New Mexico, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Dakota

By Benzinga Staff Writer, The Fresh Toast on

Published in Cannabis Daily

Ohio’s medical marijuana sales may reach $400M this year; South Dakota Gov. wants to limit current medical cannabis program; New Mexico Gov. pushes for adult-use cannabis legalization; and more.

By Nina Zdinjak Kansas House Passes Medical Cannabis Legalization Bill, Sends It For A Floor Vote After many meetings held to review a plethora of amendments to a medical cannabis legalization bill, a Kansas House Committee passed the overall measure on Monday in a 13 to 8 vote, writes Marijuana Moment.

After the House’s approval, the bill is now going to a floor vote.

Separately, lawmakers in the Sunflower State voted for a procedural motion to include the measure’s language into an unrelated Senate proposal to accelerate its discussion in the two chambers, reports the outlet.

The original bill was introduced in the committee in February and would establish a medical cannabis program for qualified patients. Among 21 conditions that would qualify patients for medical cannabis therapy were PTSD, HIV, and chronic pain. An amendment to expand the list was approved on Monday as well. New Mexico Governor Calls For Special Legislative Session To Push For Adult-Use Cannabis Bill The New Mexico State House approved a recreational cannabis bill, HB 12, in a 39 to 31 vote. The bill also passed the Senate Judiciary Committee and was sent over to the full Senate for discussion and a vote.

The expected Senate floor vote, however, was postponed past the deadline.

 

Now, as expected, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham is calling for a special legislative session to try to push for an adult-use cannabis legalization bill, according to Marijuana Business Daily.

The special session is scheduled for March 30.

Previously, Lujan Grisham has advocated for cannabis legalization in an effort to end New Mexico’s dependency on oil and gas revenues. Rhode Island Lawmakers Presented With A Bill To Decriminalize All Drugs Last week, during a Rhode Island Senate panel, legislation on ending criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of drugs was presented, writes Marijuana Moment.

The bill proposes a $100 fine instead, and it is of many drug-related measures currently proposed in the state, including a cannabis legalization measure supported by the governor and the top lawmakers.

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