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Cannabis Compliance: Getting You Through the Weeds.

Cannabis Compliance: Getting You Through the Weeds.

A lot goes into staying up-to-date when it comes to regulatory compliance within the cannabis industry. You will put in countless hours reading documents and doing your best to understand what all the legal jargon means. There are numerous requirements that may or may not apply to your business structure. The truth of the matter is you will do your best but at some point in time, you will find yourself out of cannabis compliance with one rule or another. The best thing one can do is to be diligent and relentless when it comes to keeping current with the rules and procedures governing the industry. You may be asking, well, where do I start? First, get a compliance book. No joke, go out and buy a large three ring binder, highlighters, sharpies, and dividers because you are going to need them. Make this book your “Compliance Lexicon”. As the Compliance Manager, you are not going to want to continually be looking the same things up so it is nice to have everything in one place. Plus, you can divide the sections for easy reference and make valuable notes in the margins of your lexicon. It will also make it easy to add any updates to the laws, statutes or rules as they change or are created. So, you have a binder now, what goes in it? Depending on your state, every state with a legal cannabis program, be it medical or recreational, will have an initiative, measure, and/or house bill that has been passed allowing the State’s cannabis program to exist. These documents will become the basis of...

Georgia governor signs expansion of who can legally possess CBD oil

ATLANTA — Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal approved an expansion of the state’s medical marijuana program on Tuesday, allowing people being treated for six additional medical conditions to possess cannabis oil. The new qualifying conditions include autism, AIDS, Tourette’s syndrome, and Alzheimer’s disease. Patients must register with the state to be eligible and have a doctor’s permission. Many of the additions restrict use to patients who are in severe or end-stage condition. The new law also allows people in a hospice program, regardless of diagnosis, to legally possess the oil that’s low in THC, the chemical responsible for the marijuana high. Read more: Georgia governor signs expansion of who can legally possess CBD...

Epileptic Georgia high school student can’t take his legal CBD medicine on campus

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. — Each day about lunchtime at Warner Robins High School, 17-year-old CJ Harris must leave campus to take his medicine. His dad, Curtis Harris, drives to school, gets CJ out of class, and the two ride around the block or sometimes head home. CJ draws some cannabis oil in a syringe, squirts it under his tongue and waits for it to dissolve. He’s been taking the medicine every six hours for the past four months for epilepsy. “I haven’t had a seizure since,” the high school football player said. The oil, derived from the cannabis plant, wasn’t a problem for administrators at First Presbyterian Day School, a private school in Macon. But the rules are different at public schools, the Harrises learned during a recent transfer process to Houston County. “I told them about it, you know, ‘He takes (the) oil for his seizures … , and that’s when they went into a panic, like, ‘We don’t know what to do about this,’” Curtis Harris said of Houston County school officials. “They called the head state nurse, and the head state nurse told him that he can’t even have it on campus.” CJ is the first medical marijuana patient at a Houston County school since state Rep. Allen Peake of Macon introduced a law in 2015 that established a state medical marijuana registry that is limited to people with specific diseases. Read more: Epileptic Georgia high school student can’t take his legal CBD medicine on...

Here’s what just changed in Washington state marijuana laws

A week ago, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed an omnibus marijuana bill, containing many changes to the regulations put in place in 2013, after Washington voters legalized recreational marijuana sales in 2012. Senate Bill 5131 passed the Senate on April 20 with a vote of 44-5, and the House that same day, 63-33. What developments does this marijuana mega-bill contain? Here’s our wrap-up of the major changes that could affect how Washingtonians and visitors experience legal weed in The Evergreen State. (All of these regulations go into effect July 23, 2017) Read more: Here’s what just changed in Washington state marijuana...

Vermont governor to announce decision on marijuana legalization Wednesday

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Vermont Gov. Phil Scott says he still hasn’t decided whether he will allow the state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, but he won’t allow the bill to become law without his signature. UPDATE: Why Vermont gov vetoed legalization bill Scott’s office said Tuesday that the Republican governor will agree to sign the bill into law or veto it. Scott, a Republican, plans to announce Wednesday his decision on the marijuana legalization bill that was passed by the Legislature earlier this money. Read more: Vermont governor to announce decision on marijuana legalization...

Rhode Island judge rules in favor of medical marijuana patient in discrimination case

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A judge has ruled against a Rhode Island textile company accused of discriminating against a woman when she was denied an internship because she uses medical marijuana to treat migraine headaches. The Superior Court judge’s decision released Tuesday found that the Westerly-based Darlington Fabrics Corp. had violated the state’s Hawkins-Slater Medical Marijuana Act, which prevents discrimination against card-carrying medical marijuana users. The complaint said Christine Callaghan, who was a graduate student at the University of Rhode Island, negotiated a paid internship with Darlington Fabrics in 2014 but lost it after disclosing she held a medical marijuana card. Read more: Rhode Island judge rules in favor of medical marijuana patient in discrimination...