Montana: $26.2 Million in Marijuana Sold Legally in October, Year-to-Date Sales Over $260 Million

In October there was a little over $26 million in legal marijuana purchased in Montana.

In total there was $26,260,538 worth of legal marijuana sold in November, resulting in nearly $5 million in taxes, according to the Montana Cannabis Control Division. The vast majority of this – $21,732,434 – was sold to recreational consumers, while $4,528,104 was purchased by medical marijuana patients.

Year-to-date marijuana sales now stands at around $265 million. Total sales since January, 2022 is $570,657,982, resulting in $90,823,873 in tax revenue. $424,984,713 of these sales were for recreational use, with $145,673,269 of the sales going to those who are authorized to purchase medical marijuana.
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Ohio House Bill Filed to Alter Legal Marijuana Law, Would Make Far Less Changes Than Senate Alternative

Legislation that would make alterations to voter-approved Issue 2 has been introduced in Ohio’s House of Representatives.

State Representative Jamie Callender (R) has filed House Bill 354, a measure that would make some changes to Issue 2 while not going nearly as far as a measure recently passed through the Senate General Government Committee (that bill is scheduled for a vote of the full Senate tomorrow). Introduction of the measure comes just two days before Issue 2 takes effect, allowing everyone 21 and older to possess and grow marijuana for recreational use.

Whereas the Senate bill would completely ban the personal cultivation of marijuana, the House bill would retain the right, and it would also make no changes to the possession limit established under Issue 2, which voters approved 57% to 43%.
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Ohio’s Full Senate to Vote Wednesday on Bill to Gut Marijuana Legalization Law

Ohio’s full Senate is set to vote tomorrow on a bill that would make drastic changes to the state’s voter-approved marijuana legalization law that’s set to take effect Thursday.

Yesterday Ohio’s Senate General Government Committee voted 4 to 1 to give approval to provisions that would make numerous changes to Issue 2, the marijuana legalization initiative approved by voters last month. Now, the full Senate is set to vote on the measure tomorrow, December 6. Passage in the Senate would send the provisions to the House of Representatives.

Some of the proposed changes to Issue 2 include:
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Leafly Announces 2023 Marijuana Strain of the Year

Leafly, one of the world’s leading cannabis discovery marketplaces and resources, today announced Permanent Marker, a hybrid strain that originates from Southern California, as the 2023 Strain of the Year.

Released in 2022 on both coasts, the barely year-old strain is an indica-dominant hybrid “with an impressive genetic lineage”, according to a Leafly press release.

Bred and grown in Los Angeles by Seed Junky Genetics, Permanent Marker is a cross of three well-loved strains – Biscotti, Jealousy (Leafly’s 2022 Strain of the Year), and Sherbet BX.
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Alabama Officials Award 20 Licenses for Medical Marijuana Businesses

After resetting the application process in October, the Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission (AMCC) has issued 20 new licenses for medical marijuana businesses.

Through AMCC’s recently established procedures, members of the Commission received presentations and participated in discussions with applicants during public presentations held late last month. At its meeting on December 1, 2023, the commission “ranked applicants and voted to award medical cannabis business licenses to the following applicants.”
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Coalition of Military Veterans Asks President Biden to Swiftly Reschedule Marijuana

A coalition representing thousands of military veterans has sent a letter to President Biden asking that his administration reschedule marijuana in a “timely” manner.

The letter to President Biden was sent by multiple military groups including Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, the Balanced Veterans Network, Hemp for Victory, Realm of Caring, Hero Grown, Texas Veterans for Medical Cannabis and the Santa Cruz Veterans Alliance. The coalition is asking the president to ensure that the rescheduling of marijuana  “is concluded in a timely manner”.

“Thank you for the historic action taken by your administration to initiate a review of the scheduling status of cannabis. This process represents a significant opportunity for our nation to lead with science over fear, and begin righting the wrongs of prohibition”, states the letter.
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Ohio Committee Votes to Gut Marijuana Legalization Law Including Removing Home Grows and Reducing Possession Limits

Just three days before Issue 2 is set to take effect, a Senate committee has voted to make drastic changes to the new law.

The Senate General Government Committee voted 4 to 1 today to include a set of marijuana provisions in an unrelated alcohol measure. Senate President Matt Huffman says he plans to put the measure to a vote of the full Senate as soon as Wednesday. If it passes the Senate, and then the House of Representatives, it will be sent to Governor Mike DeWine for consideration.

Under Issue 2, approved by voters last month, the personal cultivation of up to six marijuana plants at a private residence is allowed for those 21 and older, as is the possession of up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana and 15 grams of marijuana concentrates. The law mandates that the Division of Cannabis Control, a newly established branch of the Department of Commerce, issue marijuana business licenses within nine months.
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Oregon: $76 Million in Legal Marijuana Sold in November, Price for Concentrates Reaches All-Time Low

Marijuana Sales passed $75 million for the ninth straight month in Oregon.

There was $76.8 million worth of marijuana sold legally in Oregon in the month of November, according to data released by the Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission,. This is a modest decrease from the $78.6 million in marijuana sold in October.

Total marijuana sales since the first recreational marijuana store opened in October, 2016 is now $6.143 billion.
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Bipartisan Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana Filed in Wisconsin Legislature

A bipartisan group of state lawmakers in Wisconsin have announced bicameral legislation aimed at decriminalizing marijuana possession.

State Representatives Shae Sortwell (R) and Sylvia Ortiz-Velez (D), along with Senator Lena Taylor (D), have announced new legislation that would make the personal possession of up to 14 grams of marijuana no longer a criminal offense.

Under current law the possession of even one gram of marijuana can result in a misdemeanor charge and up to six months in jail, with subsequent charges a potential felony. Under this new bill, possessing up to 14 grams would be, at most, an $250 fine.
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Ohio: Marijuana Possession and Cultivation Becomes Legal In Five Days

Starting in the second half of next week, the possession and cultivation of recreational marijuana will be legal in Ohio.

With 57% support Ohio voters approved Issue 2 last month, legalizing marijuana for recreational use. Starting Thursday, December 7, those 21 and older will be allowed to possess up to two and a half ounces of marijuana and up to 15 grams of marijuana concentrates, thanks to provisions in the initiative taking effect.

The new law will also allow for the personal cultivation of up to six marijuana plants at a private residence. If more than one adult lives at a residence, up to 12 plants can be grown.
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