Nevada officials have begun outlining new 2018 deadlines for current and new licensing. The start of RMJ last July 1st left out about one-third of MMJ permit holders not ready to expand, but now those dispensaries will be processed for a 2018 start. The first major sale of a dispensary, Oasis Cannabis Dispensary occurred with a sale to CLS Holdings for an undisclosed amount. Over at another major dispensary, The Source, cannabis customers donated more than 156,000 pounds of non-perishable food for the Three Square Food Bank. Each donor received a $2 in-store credit.
Pennsylvania has approved its first MMJ store to open, subject to obtaining medical cannabis. Keystone Canna Remedies of Bethlehem, PA is approved to serve patients. Governor Tom Wolfe has said he will not support any policies aimed at confiscating guns owned by MMJ cardholders.
Vermont’s Senate may be able to push its legalization bill with a positive vote. Vermont’s governor said he will sign the measure.
In New Hampshire and Rhode Island, positive cannabis expansion is under serious consideration.
The National Institute for Drug Abuse plans a major review of national cannabis policies at its Maryland headquarters February 6th. Dr. John Carnevale will lead a discussion for the “Cannabis Policy Workgroup.”
With the start of the 2018 new year, Colorado law enforcement will have greater tools to combat illegal grows across the state. A bill set aside $3.6 million in local aid for busts, and also lowered the state’s 99-plant allowance to a limit of 12, also aimed at cutting black market growers. In Denver, three former budtenders at (still closed) Sweet Leaf have been charged with misdemeanor illegal cannabis sales. After arresting ten Sweet Leaf budtenders for allegedly selling customers several rounds of the maximum allowable amount of MJ for one day, it remained unclear who else might be charged in the first major closing of a Colorado MJ chain.