New Marijuana Laws Take Effect Across The U.S. With The New Year

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As 2021 comes to a close, a number of states and cities across the country are set to implement new marijuana policy changes that take effect on January 1. From the launch of retail cannabis sales in Montana to whole-flower medical marijuana becoming available in Louisiana, there are a variety of new policies that advocates, businesses and lawmakers will see go into effect starting on Saturday. Legislators might already be turning their attention to advancing additional reforms in 2022, but here’s what you need to know about what’s already changing at the start of the new year: Montana Retail marijuana sales for adults 21 and older start in Montana on January 1—the result of a 2020 voter-approved initiative and the work of lawmakers to finalize rules for the program. Adults will be able to purchase up to one ounce of cannabis at a time. Marijuana products will be taxed at 20 percent, and some local jurisdictions have chosen to impose an additional three percent tax. Gov. Greg Gianforte (R) signed a bill in March to implement legalization after voters approved the reform at the ballot last year. A legislative panel then approved rules for the adult-use program earlier this month. Louisiana Louisiana lawmakers took up numerous cannabis reform proposals during the 2021 session, including one to decriminalize marijuana that took effect in August. Another new law that goes into effect on January 1 would vastly expand the state’s medical cannabis program by giving patients access to flower marijuana products. As it currently stands, patients are able to vaporize cannabis preparations via a “metered-dose inhaler,” but they cannot access whole-plant flower and smoking is not allowed. An effort in the legislature to pass a bill to legalize recreational cannabis stalled in the House this session after the chamber failed to pass a…

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