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With Emergency Rules, Vegas Gears Up for Nevada’s July 1 Cannabis Launch

With the July 1 launch of Nevada’s adult-use cannabis market less than a week away, state regulators in Nevada are rushing to make sure all regulations are in place before doors open at dispensaries—some as early as the stroke of midnight.

Officials in Clark County and Las Vegas have approved a combined 37 dual-use permits for medical marijuana dispensaries to begin selling adult-use cannabis. And yes, there’s one on the Strip.

Saturday’s festivities were up in the air as recently as last week, after a Carson City judge ruled in favor of alcohol wholesalers who sued, arguing that the ballot measure approved by voters in November gives them exclusive rights to cannabis distribution licenses in the state for 18 months.

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But according to state Department of Taxation spokeswoman Stephanie Kapstein, as long as retail stores sell products that meet packaging and labeling requirements that were adopted at an emergency meeting held Monday, the July 1 launch can proceed as planned.

Not all areas will see stores open, however. Some cities have enacted local bans on adult-use cannabis. In Henderson, for example, the City Council in February approved a six-month moratorium on adult-use cannabis sales.

Emergency Regulations Adopted

The Nevada Tax Commission held a meeting Monday to adopt emergency regulations  that govern adult-use marijuana packaging and labeling.

Some regulations were already in place. Gov. Brian Sandoval had already approved rules that bar cannabis products that appeal to kids and require labels indicating the amount of THC contained in a product.

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The new regulations, according to the Las Vegas Sun, prohibit any cannabis packaging that depicts cartoon characters, mascots, action figures, balloons, or toys that might appeal to children. Advertising also can’t depict anyone under the age of 21 and cannot appear in publications or other media if the audience is more than 30% children. Advertising at sports or entertainment events at which people younger than 21 are allowed to attend will also be prohibited.

And in addition to labels indicating THC levels, products must also carry warnings against driving while under the influence.

The full emergency regulations, which are good for 120 days, are included in a PDF at the end of this article.

State Moving Forward With Licenses

Despite the legal hiccup with the alcohol distributors last week, Taxation Department spokeswoman Klapstein says officials are moving ahead full bore into day one of legalization.

More than a hundred letters have been sent to medical marijuana businesses conditionally approving them to join the adult-use market, according to the Record Courier. That includes cultivators, processors, edibles producers, and dispensaries across the state.

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Medical marijuana dispensaries will be able to sell adult-use cannabis if they have more in stock than they need for medical cardholders. Klapstein said auditors will be on the lookout to make sure dispensaries don’t stock up on excess cannabis before Saturday’s launch.

Yes, There Will Be a Dispensary on The Strip

Party animals in Las Vegas this weekend will be pleased to learn that cannabis can be purchased at a few dispensaries that are either on the Las Vegas Strip or just a stone’s throw away.

Essence Vegas, which has two locations in the city, will be open to customers at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday. Adults can visit either the Essence-Strip or Essence West location.

Reef, another shop near the Strip, will also launch adult-use sales immediately after midnight. The store has announced that State Sen. Tick Segerblom, who has championed legal cannabis in the Silver State, is scheduled to make the first purchase of the night.

Las Vegas ReLeaf will also be open on July 1. The store is located less than a block away from the Strip.

Not near Vegas? Visit Leafly’s dispensary finder to locate a Nevada cannabis store near you.


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Massachusetts Update: Sorting out the Cannabis Conundrum

BOSTON (AP) — After a week of sharp divisions and heated rhetoric over the future of the state’s recreational marijuana law, it’s now up to a conference committee of six legislators to try and sort everything out.

On one hand, there’s a House bill that infuriated pro-legalization activists by proposing a major overhaul of the voter-approved law. On the other, a more restrained Senate bill won praise from the groups behind the November ballot question.

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Democratic Rep. Mark Cusack, the House bill’s lead author, suggested before the votes that the two chambers were in about 80 percent agreement on their respective approaches.

There is, in fact, more common ground than readily apparent given the dialogue of the past week.

The House repealed the ballot question and wrote an entirely new law; the Senate keeps the existing law while offering changes.

Neither the House nor Senate changed the current legal possession limit of up to 1 ounce of cannabis or home growing provisions that permit up to a dozen plants per household.

Each place state oversight of recreational and medical marijuana under the Cannabis Control Commission, which would become larger and ostensibly more independent than under the ballot initiative that puts it under control of the state treasurer.

Both bills allow medical marijuana dispensaries to transition into for-profit companies, but eliminate the head start those companies had been given over other applicants for recreational licenses. Both set guidelines for the testing of all marijuana products by independent labs, and standards for packaging, labeling and marketing.

Both adopt diversity measures designed to level the playing field for minority and women cannabis entrepreneurs, and address the historically disproportionate impact the “war on drugs” had on minority neighborhoods. And with no currently reliable test for marijuana impairment, both ask a task force to study issues around driving under the influence.

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Similarities aside, barriers to reaching a deal by the Legislature’s self-imposed July 1 deadline are many.

A few:

“Repeal and Replace” or “Amend and Improve”

Perhaps the most fundamental difference between the competing bills: The House repealed the ballot question and wrote an entirely new law; the Senate keeps the existing law while offering changes.

More than just legislative sausage-making, it’s a central question conference committee members must resolve before doing much else. Do they start from scratch as the House did or keep on the books — with modest revisions — the law 1.8 million Massachusetts voters approved? The answer may well dictate the parameters of the final bill.

High on Taxes?

The sizeable gulf between marijuana tax rates — 28 percent in the House, 12 percent in the Senate — garnered the most public attention during the past week’s debates.

It may also be the easiest issue to resolve should lawmakers simply agree to split the difference. But the underlying issues are more complicated.

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Senators insisted on a tax low enough to encourage consumers to buy from licensed marijuana stores, thereby crushing the underground market for the drug. House lawmakers sought a tax high enough to pay for what the bill described as a “rigorous regulatory scheme” for the cannabis industry. The House also set an ambitious goal of directing $50 million in marijuana revenues to substance abuse treatment programs.

It’s unclear if a compromise tax of about 20 percent satisfies either or both sets of objectives.

Power to the People?

The House grants local governing bodies — city councils and town meetings for example — power to ban or limit retail shops from opening in their communities. The Senate bill leaves unchanged the current law that requires a voter referendum to shut the door on marijuana establishments.

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There is no readily apparent compromise, so barring a creative solution one side must give on this issue.

If No Agreement, What Then?

Failure by legislators to reach a deal by next Saturday would simply leave the voter-approved law intact, and allow Treasurer Deb Goldberg to begin appointing the Cannabis Control Commission. But a possible scenario in the event of deadlock would be to have conferees separate out and approve items they have consensus on, while resolving to address thornier issues further down the road.


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Nevada’s On-Again, Off-Again Cannabis Sales Back On, Set to Begin July 1

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada’s marijuana regulators may have found a way around a judge’s order that threatens to block the state’s first recreational cannabis sales scheduled to begin next month.

Gov. Brian Sandoval has signed onto an emergency regulation intended to allow recreational sales to begin July 1 at some existing medical dispensaries.

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Nevada Department of Taxation spokeswoman Stephanie Klapstein says the agency plans to issue recreational retail licenses next week even if it doesn’t approve any distribution licenses caught up in a Carson City judge’s court order.

She told The Associated Press that under the emergency regulation, any legally licensed retailer that has inventory left over from the medical program would be allowed to sell the cannabis products for recreational use effective July 1.

That could include as many as 25 medical dispensaries in the Las Vegas-area and four in Reno.

This story is developing and will be updated as more information becomes available.


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Massachusetts Senate Passes Cannabis Bill Calling for Revisions to Law

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate passed a bill Thursday calling for revisions to the state voter-approved recreational marijuana law, setting the stage for negotiations with the House, which just a day earlier backed a more far-reaching overhaul.

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The debate in the Senate over the reshaping of the law which allows adults to possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana and grow up to 12 cannabis plants per household focused mostly on regulatory matters. It unfolded after the House angered many supporters of legalized marijuana by voting to repeal the existing law and replace it with a measure that would, among other things, raise the tax rate on marijuana from 12 percent to 28 percent.

“We should not repeal and replace. We should amend and improve.”

Sen. Patricia Jehlen, Marijuana Policy Committee co-chair

The Senate bill, approved on a 30-5 vote, would keep the current measure in place but with proposed changes in the way both recreational and medical marijuana would be overseen by the state.

“We should not repeal and replace … we should amend and improve,” said Sen. Patricia Jehlen, co-chair of the Legislature’s Marijuana Policy Committee, at the outset of debate. “That is what this bill will do.”

“We need to try to restore some trust in government by not overriding the will of the people,” added the Somerville Democrat, a veiled reference to criticism leveled at the House bill by pro-marijuana activists.

The next step will be naming a conference committee made up of three senators and three representatives that will attempt to reach a compromise. Legislative leaders self-imposed a July 1 deadline to deliver a bill to Republican Gov. Charlie Baker’s desk, acknowledging that further delays would jeopardize the planned July 1, 2018 start of retail marijuana sales.

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The Senate bill holds the tax rate at a maximum of 12 percent, as approved by voters. Keeping taxes relatively low, Jehlen said, would entice consumers to buy cannabis from legal suppliers, while a higher tax might persuade them to continue purchasing from an illegal dealer or perhaps even drive to Maine, where recreational marijuana will be taxed at 10 percent.

The House and Senate bills both change the structure of the Cannabis Control Commission, the state agency that will regulate marijuana. The ballot question called for a three-member panel appointed by the state treasurer, while lawmakers want a five-person board consisting of members named by the treasurer, attorney general and governor.

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A key difference, however, is while the House envisions all five commissioners working full-time at their jobs, under the Senate bill only the chairman of the panel would be full-time and the others unpaid volunteers.

Sen. Jason Lewis, a Winchester Democrat who opposed marijuana legalization, promised to support the Senate bill but sought assurances that the cannabis industry would not become dominated by large national companies.

“We don’t want to see big marijuana like we have big tobacco or big alcohol,” said Lewis, who joined other lawmakers in calling for programs that encouraged women, minorities, veterans and small farmers to own or find employment in legal marijuana businesses.

Senators adopted several amendments before the final vote Thursday night, including one that would make it easier for people to erase past convictions for possessing amounts of marijuana that are now legal in Massachusetts.


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DC Cannabis-Dealing Arrests Back to Pre-Legalization Levels

Washington, DC, voters legalized cannabis possession and cultivation in 2014, but—thanks to Congress blocking the District from launching a regulated market—sales remain illegal. The upshot? Over the past year, arrests for illegal sales have climbed to pre-legalization levels.

In 2016, 220 people were arrested for dealing the drug, according to data from the Metropolitan Police Department. That’s more than double the 2013 total of 99.

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“There’s a hefty demand, the medical program has a high barrier, and we don’t have stores,” , the DC Cannabis Campaign’s co-founder Adam Eidinger told US News reporter Steven Nelson, who first reported the story. “Until we have stores, this is something police—if they want to—can pursue and get lots and lots of arrests.”

Some are concerned those arrests could be disproportionally hitting low-income people and people of color. US News reports that at least three of the arrests for distribution followed $20 stings by police in some of the capital’s poorest neighborhoods.

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According to data from the Drug Policy Alliance, DC police have arrested 78 people for distribution this year as of April 5, putting the District on pace to surpass last year’s number by far.

Public consumption arrests have also been skyrocketing since 2014. That year there were 114 arrests for public consumption. That number jumped to 142 in 2015 and to 402 in 2016.

Arrests for possession, however, have plummeted in the years following legalization. In 2014 there were 1,575 arrests for possession. By  2015, that number dropped to 55. In 2016, it fell to 32.

Type of Arrest 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 (As of April 5)
Distribution 248 333 160 99 108 80 220 78
Possession With Intent to Distribute 1,132 1,170 891 802 461 169 175 79
Possession 4,016 4,256 3,085 2,549 1,575 55 32 11
Public Consumption 0 0 0 0 114 142 402 80
Total 5,396 5,759 4,136 3,450 2,258 446 829 248

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Massachusetts House Passes Controversial Cannabis Bill, Setting up Showdown

BOSTON—Late Wednesday night, members of the Massachusetts House of Representatives voted 126–28 to pass a bill that would essentially repeal and replace key provisions of Question 4, the ballot initiative that 1.8 million voters passed in November to legalize adult-use cannabis.

Not only have the changes in the House bill angered legalization advocates and Question 4’s authors, they’ve also set up a showdown in the state Legislature. The Senate’s draft bill, which adheres more closely to the ballot measure and aims to limit changes to the voter-approved language, was being debated on Thursday.

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Lawmakers now face a looming deadline if retail operations are to roll out on time for the proposed July 2018 launch date. And if the glacial pace of Massachusetts lawmaking is any teacher, more delays are likely. Even the special session seemed to move at a snail’s pace.

“At 5 p.m., more than 5 hours after start of session, the House just began working through the 118 amendments to pot bill,” reporter Colin A. Young tweeted Wednesday evening.

Both the House and the Senate must debate proposed changes before presenting a final version to Gov. Charlie Baker to sign by a self-imposed deadline of June 30.

Supporters of the voter-approved law favor the Senate’s draft bill, co-sponsored by Sen. Patricia Jehlen (D-Somerville). Jehlen has urged lawmakers to yield to what the electorate voted to enact. “We are not starting from scratch,” she said at a press conference last week. “We are starting from a law that was passed by the voters. It is law, it was passed in a high turnout election, and we need to justify the amendments we make to it.”

“Since when do we tax medicine in the Commonwealth?”

Peter Bernard, Massachusetts Grower Advocacy Council

Among other amendments, the House-passed bill would more than double the retail marijuana tax from 12% to 28%, establish a tax on medical marijuana, take full oversight of the industry away from the state treasurer, and create a five-member Cannabis Control Commission to regulate medical and recreational cannabis, with another member within the state attorney general’s office.

The House bill would also shift power to ban cannabis shops and grow operations away from voters. While Question 4 outlines a public voter referendum system to enact bans, the House bill instead grants that power to politicians and municipal officials, such as boards of selectmen, aldermen, and city councilors.

In a statement about the House bill, Speaker Robert DeLeo (D-Winthrop) said it “reflects a commitment to legalizing adult-use marijuana while upholding our duty to ensure safety and effective management.”

“In addition to the rigorous product testing and security measures, I believe that the independence of the Cannabis Control Commission will allow this new industry to be implemented in a safe and efficient manner,” he said.

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In many sections, the House bill includes either deviations or completely new language from the original ballot measure. Most was written behind closed doors. The process has enraged legalization advocates, who blasted the new bill.

“The House tonight repealed and replaced the historic measure enacted by Massachusetts residents last November,” Jim Borghesani, of the Yes on 4 Coalition, said ina statement. “They did it with virtually no public discussion or debate. Their bill is wrong on taxes, wrong on local control, weak on social justice and irresponsible on regulatory efficiency.”

He called the measure “a far cry from what voters overwhelmingly approved last year.”

Rep. Mike Connolly (D-Middlesex), a vocal legalization supporter, said in a statement after the vote: “I just voted ‘No’ on the House marijuana bill. Overall, it strays too far from the provisions of last year’s ballot question. My expectation is that the Senate will soon adopt a better version of this legislation, and I hope the final law will be more reflective of the Senate version.”

At a “Kill The Bill” rally Wednesday on the steps of the State House, longtime activist and Question 4 co-author Bill Downing echoed that statement. The Senate bill isn’t perfect, he said, but it’s by far closer to the ballot measure than the House version.

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“We’re told by our legislators almost universally that ‘Question 4 was poorly written,’” he said, addressing the crowd. “They said ‘Question 4 was written by the cannabis industry.’ It was not. It was written by me … and a bunch of other people who all worked really hard to make a very fine piece of legislation, and it would have worked beautifully if it hadn’t been messed with.”

“After their claims of having written legislation so poorly,” he added, “to see this House bill come out the way it is written is truly shocking. I doubt that the leaders of the House even understand the language in this bill.”

The House bill is actually a revised version of a previous House draft that, when introduced, drew so much blowback from advocates and officials it was eventually pulled by Speaker DeLeo. In spite of the revisions, the version the House passed last night stirred up rancor and disappointment among critics.

Peter Bernard, of the Massachusetts Grower Advocacy Council, voiced outrage at the proposed changes during the morning rally. Beyond railing against the “incredibly ridiculous 28% tax they want to levy” on adult-use cannabis, he blasted the bill’s proposed 6.25% tax on medical marijuana.

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“Since when do we tax medicine in the Commonwealth?” he asked, predicting that the proposed tax rates on medical and adult-use cannabis would drive both patients and consumers back to the illegal market.

But the most important element of Question 4 to protect, Bernard said, is homegrow. “Both the Senate and the House bills look like they don’t mess with it, but the House bill that we have to kill does,” he explained. “Keeping them from messing with this is something we worked on pretty hard this year.” Bernard said he even took several lawmakers to different home-grow locations to educate them on the matter.

Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson, a legal cannabis supporter and current candidate for mayor, was also at Wednesday’s rally, where he was particularly concerned with language asserting the state could deny business licenses to applicants who have “affiliates or close associates that would not qualify for a license.”

Jackson likened the language to McCarthyism.

“That provision is not even in the language in the state of Massachusetts for alcohol,” he said. “So for them to actually add that over and above is again going to put us in a position where we will not have diversity.”

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Jackson pointed to state statistics as proof that the state’s cannabis laws historically have led to racist outcomes. “We’re a state where, from 2006 to 2016, if you were a black guy, you had a 330% increased chance of getting arrested for possession of cannabis—which was legal at the time—and a 500% increased chance of arrest for distribution.”

The voter-approved ballot question was written to help address that and other social justice issues, such as the expungement of cannabis convictions. “We now,” said Jackson, “have a Legislature who is trying to undercut that.”

Indeed, lawmakers sought to remove a so-called equity provision designed to address racial injustice, but later Wednesdday dropped the effort in the face of pushback from minority caucuses and speakers such as Jackson.

The full text of the bill, H 3768, is available online. At the time of publication, the Senate was still debating proposed amendments to its version of the bill.

Here is the outcome of Wednesday night’s vote:

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Cannabis Tax Rates: A State-By-State Guide

Here’s how each state stacks up in terms of state taxes, excises taxes, and wholesale taxes on both medical and retail cannabis.

Click on a state to jump down to its tax guidelines.


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Alaska

  • Medical: No tax
  • Wholesale tax: $50 per oz on flower, $15 per oz for stems/leaves

For more information, please visit the Alaska Department of Revenue – Tax Division.

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Arizona

  • Medical: 6.6% state tax + 2-3% optional tax in cities

For more information, please refer to the Arizona Medical Marijuana Rules & Statutes.

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Arkansas

  • Medical: 4% state tax

For more information, please refer to the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission.

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California

  • Medical: Certain medical marijuana sales are tax-exempt
  • Retail: 15% excise tax
  • Wholesale: $9.25 per ounce of flowers, $2.75 for leaves

For more information, please refer to the Tax Guide for Medical Cannabis Businesses.

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Colorado

  • Medical: 2.9% sales tax
  • Retail: 2.9% sales tax + 10% excise tax
  • Wholesale: 15% excise tax

For more information, please refer to the Marijuana Taxes File at the Colorado Department of Revenue.

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Connecticut

  • Medical: $3.50 per gram

For more information, please refer to the Marijuana and Controlled Substances Tax.

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Delaware

  • Medical: No tax

For more information, please refer to the Delaware Medical Marijuana Act Regulations.

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District of Columbia

  • Medical: No tax
  • Retail: No retail sales allowed

For more information, please refer to the Department of Health Medical Marijuana Program.

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Hawaii

  • Medical: 4% excise tax, 4.5% tax on island of Oahu

For more information, please refer to the State of Hawaii Medical Marijuana Program.

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Illinois

  • Medical: 1% pharmaceutical tax
  • Wholesale: 7% tax on cultivators/dispensaries

For more information, please refer to the Medical Cannabis Cultivation Privilege Tax Law.

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Maine

  • Medical: No tax
  • Retail: 10% sales tax

For more information, please refer to the Sales of Medical Marijuana and Related Products and Recreational Marijuana in Maine.

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Massachusetts

  • Medical: No tax
  • Retail: TBD

For more information, please refer to the Medical Use of Marijuana Program.

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Michigan

  • Medical: 3% sales tax

For more information, please refer to the State of Michigan Tax Policy Newsletter.

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Minnesota

  • Medical: $3.50 per gram

For more information, please refer to the Minnesota Controlled Substance Tax.

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Montana

  • Medical: 4% from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018; 2% after June 30, 2018

For more information, please refer to the Montana Marijuana Bill (SB0333).

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Nevada

  • Medical: 2% excise tax
  • Retail: 10% excise tax
  • Wholesale: 15% excise tax

For more information, please refer to the Nevada Department of Taxation Medical Marijuana Tax.

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New Hampshire

  • Medical: No tax

For more information, please refer to the Therapeutic Cannabis Program.

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New Jersey

  • Medical: 7% sales tax

For more information, please refer to the Medical Marijuana Alternative Treatment Center Taxation.

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New Mexico

  • Medical: No tax

For more information, please refer to the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program.

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New York

  • Medical: 7% excise tax

For more information, please refer to the Excise Tax on Medical Marijuana.

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North Dakota

  • Medical: No tax

For more information, please refer to House Bill 1430.

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Ohio

  • Medical: TBD

For more information, please refer to the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program.

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Oregon

  • Medical: No tax
  • Retail: 17% state tax + 3% optional local municipality tax

For more information, please refer to the Oregon Department of Revenue Marijuana Tax Program.

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Pennsylvania

  • Wholesale: 5% excise tax

For more information, please refer to the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue Medical Marijuana Tax.

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Rhode Island

  • Medical: $25 per plant tag for patients/caregivers

For more information, please refer to the Edward O. Hawkins and Thomas C. Slater Medical Marijuana Act § 21-28.6-15 Medical marijuana plant tags.

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Vermont

  • Medical: Exempt from the Vermont Sales and Use Tax

For more information, please refer to the Taxation of Sales of Medical Marijuana and Related Paraphernalia.

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Washington

  • Medical: 37% excise tax
  • Retail: 8% state tax + 37% excise tax

For more information, please refer to the Department of Revenue – Taxes Due on Marijuana.

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West Virginia

  • Medical: No tax
  • Wholesale: 10% excise tax

For more information, please refer to Senate Bill 386.

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Vermont Legalization Push Falls Flat, Dead Till 2018

For the fifth time in two years, the Vermont Senate passed a bill that would legalize adult-use cannabis only to see it fizzle out in the House.

During a special veto session Wednesday evening, House Republicans blocked consideration of the legalization bill, S 22, delaying further action on the issue until January.

The measure needed 107 House votes but only received 78. Sixty-three members voted against the plan. The measure was being considered during the special session following a veto by Gov. Phil Scott.

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The bill would have allowed people 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of cannabis and up to six total cannabis plants, two of which could be mature. It would also have removed civil penalties.

When Scott vetoed the bill, he indicated his desire for tougher criminal penalties for selling cannabis to minors as well as for consuming cannabis in the presence of minors. He also called for stiffer penalties for those caught driving under the influence of cannabis.

The revised version of the bill included those changes, clarifying penalties for people who provided cannabis to minors or who consume in a vehicle. The new version would have also expanded the membership and scope of a study commission, which Scott wanted put in place, that would have studied the possibility of a opening a legal cannabis market in the state.

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Nearly all of the House Republicans, who hold 53 seats in the House, voted against considering the cannabis measure during the special session.

“Everybody in this state understands that marijuana is going to become law in Vermont at some point,” said House Republican Leader Don Turner, R-Milton, speaking at a party caucus, according to the Burlington Free Press.

“Someday it’s going to be here,” Turner said. “But is this the time? I don’t know.”

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Nevada Cannabis Ruling May Delay July 1 Start Date

Recreational cannabis sales in Nevada may have to wait, after all.

“Now we need to sit down and hammer out a deal.”

Sen. Tick Segerblom

On Tuesday, First Judicial District Judge James Wilson in the Silver State’s capital Carson City granted a preliminary injunction requested by liquor distributors, all but assuring that Nevada’s new adult-use cannabis program won’t be ready to begin “early start” sales on July 1. 

“The plaintiff’s members will very likely be shut out of the marijuana distribution business entirely if the Department issues distribution license to non-alcohol distributors,” Wilson wrote in the 11-page ruling, which followed an eight-hour hearing on Monday during which representatives from the Independent Alcohol Distributors of Nevada (IADON) and the state tax department gave testimony.

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The Ballot Question Was Clear

The injunction prolongs a restraining order preventing the Nevada Department of Taxation from issuing distribution licenses to anyone but alcohol distributors, including current marijuana distributors in Nevada’s medical industry. Ballot Question 2, passed in November, legalized recreational marijuana. The measure provided exclusive adult-use cannabis distribution rights to state alcohol distributors unless the tax department determined that “an insufficient number of marijuana distributors would result from this limitation.”

The Department of Taxation said in March that the limitation did in fact result in an insufficient number of distributors for the new industry. But in its final regulations in May, the wording was revised to say that determination would be made after all applications were processed on May 31.

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Only five of 93 applications for adult-use distribution licenses through the state’s deadline came from alcohol distributors, said Nevada Department of Taxation spokeswoman Stephanie Klapstein.

Alcohol Distributors Were Ignored

Judge Wilson cited testimony from Nevada liquor distributors Kurt Brown and Allan Nassau, both of whom applied in December of last year. Brown and Nassau claimed they were ignored by the tax department when they inquired about the status of their applications.

IADON attorneys Kevin Benson and Michael Hagemeyer did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Representatives of Nevada’s marijuana industry expressed frustration with the ruling, saying it’d be “a disaster” if the program didn’t begin as scheduled on July 1.

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“Now we need to sit down and hammer out a deal,” said Nevada State Sen. Tick Segerblom, who sponsored and helped passed several laws during the state’s recent legislative session to help kick start the new industry. “We still have several options.”

“We just have to roll with the punches,” said Nevada Dispensary Association Andrew Jolley. “Distributors are an integral part of the recreational program.”

If sales start as planned on July 1, Nevada would be the first of four states to legalize recreational cannabis use in last year’s election to begin sales of the plant.


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Contaminated Cannabis Still Hitting the Shelves in Oregon, Report Finds

For the first few states that legalized adult-use cannabis, the early years have included a lot of learning on the fly in the early days of the industry. That’s especially true in the case of laboratory testing.

Earlier this year, Oregon issued some of the toughest testing rules in the country, aimed keeping pesticide-tainted cannabis off the store shelves. But as the Oregonian uncovered, the strict rules aren’t working 100%.

The paper decided to do a spot check on retail cannabis, testing a variety of samples purchased from Portland dispensaries. Per the rules issued by the state, cannabis flowers, extracts, and edibles must carry a label indicating they meet state pesticide standards. The products must be tested for 59 pesticides before they can be sold at any state-licensed dispensary.

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But of 10 cannabis extracts the Oregonian had tested, three came back showing contamination levels that should have kept the products off the market.

Those were the results after the first test, at least. When the extracts were retested, only one of the  10 was flagged as contaminated, shedding light on how inconsistent test results can be.

Though it was a limited spot check, the experiment speaks to how state regulators and the cannabis industry itself are struggling to get a handle on how to detect pesticide use.

“I don’t think it’s reasonable for the general public to think that everything is 100% clean and safe,” Andrew Ourso, a manager at the Oregon Health Authority, told the Oregonian. The regulations in place, he explained, are aimed at reducing risk—not necessarily eliminating it.

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“What we do as regulators is decrease the risk that something that would have an adverse health effect on the public would be consumed,” he said. “I think these rules really do minimize those risks.”

Oregon requires a network of state-licensed cannabis labs to screen products for potency, as well as pesticides before they head into the market. The Health Authority recently relaxed some of its pesticide control rules, adding a provision, for example, that gives cannabis companies a chance to clean up marijuana flowers that are contaminated with two specific pesticides that pose a relatively low risk to human health.

During the proposal period for the new rules, the state received an estimated 9,000 comments. Most, the Oregonian reports, urged regulators to keep stringent regulations in place.that what they are consuming is clean—but would not promise every product would be pure.

For the full results of the spot check, check out Noelle Crombie’s report in the Oregonian.

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