2017 SB 928 and HB 1185 sponsored by Senator Madaleno and Delegate Anderson, respectively, propose cannabis sales and production, heavily regulated by the State. In addition to this, “legalization” bill, there is companion legislation for other cannabis taxation and regulation schemes.
This bill is very long so following are some highlights. This bill proposes:
- Add a civil punishment ($100) for vaporization of cannabis in a public place
- Removes cannabis from offenses where a citizen’s property may be seized/taken by the State
- Removes the, “use or possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana” language and replaces with, “smoking or vaporizing cannabis in a public place”
- Establishes that a, “cannabis cultivation facility” is regulated by the State, with the Comptroller to write these regulations
- Establishes that a, “Cannabis Product Manufacturer” and a “Craft Cannabis Cultivator” is regulated by the State with the Comptroller to write these regulations
- Establishes that a, “personal use” amount of cannabis is, “1 OUNCE OR LESS OF CANNABIS IN DRIED PLANT FORM; 5 GRAMS OR LESS OF HASHISH OIL, GEL, OR SOLID EXTRACTS; 12 SERVINGS OF CANNABIS COMBINED WITH FOOD OR BEVERAGE PRODUCTS; 72 OUNCES OF CANNABIS IN A CREAM, GEL, OR LIQUID; OR A COMBINATION OF THE ABOVE” (abridged)
- Anyone purchasing cannabis products must be 21 or older
- Violating the regulations for cannabis cultivation may result in a misdemeanor conviction, jail time, and/or a fine
- Testing positive for the active ingredient in cannabis would no longer be a termination offense for state and local government employees or potential employees (subject to federal regulations)
CULTIVATING SIX OR FEWER CANNABIS PLANTS, NO MORE THANTHREE OF WHICH MAY BE MATURE, FLOWERING PLANTS, AND POSSESSING THE CANNABIS PRODUCED BY THE PLANTS ON THE PREMISES WHERETHE PLANTS WERE GROWN would no longer be a crime
- Some records for those convicted of cannabis offenses would be expunged
- Potential retailers would apply to the State, with a non-refundable fee not to exceed $5,000 and retailers would be subject to these and not yet written regulations. Retail licenses would cost $10,000.
- Cannabis cultivator applications fees would not exceed $5,000 and license fees would be $10,000
THE COMPTROLLER SHALL ISSUE REGULATIONS FOR APPLICATIONS FOR CANNABIS PRODUCT MANUFACTURER REGISTRATION THAT INCLUDE:
(1) ESTABLISHING THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF TETRAHYDROCANNABINOL (THC) THAT MAY BE ALLOWED IN A SINGLE SERVING OF A CANNABIS–INFUSED EDIBLE PRODUCT;
(2) LIMITING AN INDIVIDUAL PACKAGE OF A CANNABIS–INFUSED EDIBLE PRODUCT TO A SINGLE SERVING;
(3) MANDATING OPAQUE AND CHILD–RESISTANT PACKAGING FOR A CANNABIS–INFUSED EDIBLE PRODUCT;
(4) REQUIRING THE DISSEMINATION OF EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS TO CONSUMERS WHO PURCHASE CANNABIS–INFUSED EDIBLE PRODUCTS, INCLUDING INFORMATION REGARDING THE LENGTH OF TIME IT TAKES THE PRODUCT TO TAKE EFFECT; AND
(5) REQUIRING THAT A RETAIL CANNABIS–INFUSED EDIBLE PRODUCT BE CLEARLY IDENTIFIABLE, WITH A STANDARD SYMBOL INDICATING THAT THE PRODUCT CONTAINS CANNABIS.
This bill is 53 pages and includes many regulations. It also leaves it to the Comptroller to develop many more regulations. Given that the minimum purchase age is twenty one, the companion taxation bills and to be determined regulations for sellers, the ramifications of this bill are unknown.
These cross-filed bills will be heard in committee in early March.
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