House Bill 1 will be formally introduced when the Maryland General Assembly convenes on Jan. 12.
A Maryland lawmaker has pre-filed legislation that would place an adult-use cannabis legalization measure on the state’s 2022 ballot.
Del. Luke Clippinger (D-Baltimore City), chairman of the House Cannabis Referendum and Legalization Workgroup that formed last summer to study adult-use legalization in Maryland, drafted House Bill 1, which will be formally introduced when the Maryland General Assembly convenes on Jan. 12, according to a WTOP report.
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If approved by three-fifths of the Maryland House and Senate, the bill would place the following referendum question in front of voters in November: Do you favor the legalization of adult-use cannabis in Maryland?
If voters approve the measure, the Legislature would then add an amendment to the state’s constitution and advance a law to allow adults 21 and older to possess and consume cannabis, WTOP reported.
The Cannabis Control Division is now accepting applications for the licenses, which allow small businesses to grow, manufacture and sell cannabis products.
New Mexico’s Cannabis Control Division (CCD) announced Dec. 23 that regulators are now accepting applications for Integrated Microbusiness licenses, which allow small businesses to grow, manufacture and sell cannabis products.
“Small businesses are the heart of New Mexico’s economy,” Cannabis Control Division Director Kristen Thomson said in a public statement. “By creating a streamlined licensing process that allows microbusinesses to succeed in every sector in the cannabis industry, the state is continuing its commitment to standing up an industry that reflects New Mexico values.”
Applicants can now access the online licensing application system at any time.
The CCD announced earlier in December that it was opening the application process for manufacturing and retail businesses, and regulators awarded the first producer licenses Dec. 15.
New Mexico’s adult-use cannabis sales are set to launch by April 1 under the Cannabis Regulation Act, which passed last year to legalize cannabis in the state.
Steve White has been named president after Harvest acquisition.
Tallahassee, Fla. – Dec. 28, 2021 – PRESS RELEASE – Trulieve Cannabis Corp. has announced several new executive appointments including; President, Steve White; Vice President & General Counsel, Nicole Stanton; Director of Investor Relations, Christine Hersey; and Executive Director of Corporate Communications, Rob Kremer. 
The White, Stanton and Hersey appointments follow the company’s Oct. 1, 2021, closing of the acquisition of Harvest Health and Recreation Inc.
“We are thrilled to officially announce the appointment of several members of the legacy Harvest team to key roles within our organization,” said Kim Rivers, Trulieve’s CEO. “The addition of talent and experienced leadership was a key component of the Harvest acquisition and further advances our strategy of expansion through the addition of regional assets and teams within our hub model. We also are adding to our leadership team as the company continues to experience significant growth.”   
These leaders deliver a breadth of experience from multiple industries to Trulieve’s leadership team:
Some businesses reported record foot traffic on Jan. 1, the first day of adult-use sales in the state.
Despite near-zero-degree temperatures, an overflowing parking lot marked the first day of adult-use cannabis sales at Lionheart Caregiving in Yellowstone County, Mont.
On Jan. 1, the dispensary was one of many to experience the start of a new era of adult-use cannabis sales in the state, the Helena Independent Record reported.
Two dispensaries with locations Missoula, Mont., Puffin Canna and The Higher Standard, had their busiest days ever on New Year’s Day after previously solely serving medical patients, according to television station KPAX.
“It’s been going amazing,” Matty Coen of The Higher Standard told KPAX. “We had people coming in right off the bat. We opened half an hour early even and people just started flowing in.” Coen’s role at the business is budtender, per the Independent Record, which published a photo of Coen selling a pre-roll to a customer.
The Higher Standard owner JJ Thomas told the Independent Record that there have been obstacles getting to this point where his business can sell adult-use cannabis.
“I’m thankful for everything, thankful for my health, (to) be able to do this because it’s taken a toll on me and my family to build all these stores and get here, but it was a dream I had,” said Thomas, whose business has locations in Helena, Missoula, and Butte. “I’m hoping to create a legacy for my family.”
Montana voters approved I-190, the state’s adult-use legalization initiative, in November 2020. The state government then passed House Bill 701 to implement the adult-use program. Cities and counties can opt in or out of participation in the program, which implements a 20% excise tax on cannabis product and allows municipalities to impose an additional excise tax up to 3%, according to HB 701.
Cannabis equity businesses can now request a license fee waiver from the Department of Cannabis Control.
SACRAMENTO and EUREKA, Calif., Jan. 1, 2022 – PRESS RELEASE – The Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) in California is now accepting requests for equity fee license waivers from businesses that meet certain eligibility standards.
The cannabis business must meet the following criteria:
Equity owners must meet at least one of the following criteria:
If you participate in your local jurisdiction’s equity program, you can show you meet the equity criteria through an attestation on the fee waiver form. If you don’t participate in your local equity program or are in a jurisdiction without an equity program, you can submit documents to show your eligibility. 
New Web Pages

The state cannabis website, cannabis.ca.gov, has two new pages that explain the eligibility criteria and steps to request a fee waiver.
Guidance Document
DCC created a guidance document that describes the equity fee waiver program. The document includes:
Request Form
Download the fee waiver request form. The form will help you submit information needed to evaluate your eligibility.
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