2022 Cannabis Legislation: Where It’s Been and Where It’s Going

2022 Cannabis Legislation: Where It’s Been and Where It’s Going

<![CDATA[Cannabis laws throughout the United States are ever-changing and complex. On the federal level, cannabis remains a Schedule 1 substance, meaning it has no medical use whatsoever, although President Joe Biden recently urged his administration to reexamine how cannabis is classified.  The prospects for federal decriminalization of cannabis remain somewhat dim, but even if that were to occur, the regulation of cannabis would still be largely governed by state and municipal law.  At present, less than half of the states where there is some cannabis allowed also permit adult use. All those states, and quite a few others (around 40 in total currently, some of which have highly limited programs), allow for medical marijuana, although the definition of what constitutes a qualifying medical condition varies greatly from state to state. Moreover, the amount of THC that is allowable in a single product also varies between states.In many states that allow some form of legal cannabis, some municipalities can then also pass their own cannabis laws (see the discussion of Rhode Island below). As such, states require businesses to have both state and municipal licenses. Some states have as many as 12 licenses cannabis businesses can receive. With so much complexity in cannabis law, here is an overview of how recent legislation moving through states could impact the cannabis landscape at both the local and federal levels. (Note that this list is not comprehensive.)State-by-State Legislation-California is one of the most favorable environments for cannabis. Last year, California had over $5.2 billion in sales, according to the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration, making licenses in the state highly prized. However, growing cannabis in California continues to be expensive. Recently passed legislation now requires that operators seeking a license in the state must fill out extensive forms and obtain an environmental…

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