New state and native legal guidelines amending marijuana insurance policies will take impact on the primary day of the brand new yr.
MONTANA: Licensed retailers can begin providing marijuana merchandise to adults on January 1. Voters initially passed a pair of initiatives legalizing the adult-use market in November, 2020. Provisions allowing adults to own and develop private use portions of hashish with out penalty took effect earlier this yr.
PENNSYLVANIA: Beginning January 1, sure employers within the metropolis of Philadelphia will no longer be able to test applicants for marijuana as a situation of employment. Staff in sure security delicate positions, resembling cops and/or those that supervise youngsters or medical sufferers, might be exempt from the coverage, as will these staff who’re mandated to be drug examined beneath federal pointers. The citywide ordinance is much like these lately adopted in a number of different communities — together with Atlanta, Baltimore, and Kansas City — limiting employers’ skill to conduct suspicionless drug screens for previous marijuana use. NORML’s Deputy Director Paul Armentano had testified in favor of the measure earlier than the Philadelphia Metropolis Council, stating, “There’s no evidence to assist the declare that those that devour hashish within the privateness of their very own residence away from the job pose a singular workforce security risk or danger.”
LOUISIANA: Starting, January 1, certified sufferers for the primary time might buy natural formulations of hashish from licensed dispensaries. This previous June, lawmakers repealed the state’s longstanding ban on natural merchandise. Underneath the brand new regulation, medical hashish sufferers will be capable of buy as much as two and a half ounces of medical hashish flowers from licensed suppliers.
CALIFORNIA: Well being care amenities in 2022 should allow end-of-life sufferers the flexibility to devour sure hashish merchandise. Ryan’s Regulation, which was signed in September, offers for “a terminally sick affected person’s use of medicinal hashish inside [a] well being care facility.” The proposal prohibits sufferers from both inhaling or vaping natural hashish merchandise, and restricts using any types of hashish in emergency rooms.
ARKANSAS: State lawmakers handed a pair of payments in 2021 to develop sufferers’ entry to medical hashish merchandise. Senate Bill 654 permits non-resident sufferers to legally entry medical hashish in Arkansas for a interval of as much as 90 days. Senate Bill 703 amends the Telemedicine Act to permit telehealth certifications for sufferers looking for medical marijuana entry. Each legal guidelines take impact on January 1, 2022.
Further data on newly enacted state marijuana legal guidelines is accessible from NORML’s 2021 Legislative Report.