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This past Friday, lawmakers in Illinois approved a measure legalizing the sale of marijuana to anyone over the age of 21 with the House of Representatives voting 66-47 to allow possession and sales beginning Jan. 1, 2020. The Senate had approved the measure earlier in the week. Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker plans to sign the bill into law, which would make Illinois the 11th state to legalize cannabis in the US and only the second time a legislature has legalized marijuana, following Vermont in 2018, which passed a measure allowing possession and limited cultivation of cannabis. Illinois residents age 21 and over may possess up to 30 grams or about 1 ounce of flower, 5 grams of cannabis concentrate, or 500 milligrams of THC in a cannabis-infused products. Adult visitors to the state may possess up to 15 grams of marijuana. The marijuana measure allows the governor to pardon anyone with records of convictions for possession of 30 grams or less. It eases record-clearing for possession up to one pound (500 grams).Only the 20 existing licensed medical marijuana cultivation facilities will be licensed to grow it initially. Soon, applicants, including “craft growers”, may apply for licenses to cultivate and dispense. Medical cannabis patients will be allowed to grow up to five plants each at home. Sales will be taxed at 10 percent for THC levels at or less than 35 percent; 20 percent for cannabis-infused products such as edibles; and 25 percent for THC concentrations of more than 35% (…

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Perhaps the newest trend in the cannabis craze is alcohol infused with hemp or cannabis. Given the regulatory hurdles and federal prohibition, so far infusions are a cottage industry with just a handful of manufacturers producing beer, wine and spirits infused with hemp or cannabis. Since any product containing the psychoactive properties of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is a violation of federal law, most commercial producers are not getting into the industry….just yet. A few small producers, however, have created beverages infused with cannabis for sale solely within states that have legalized cannabis. The solution for some manufacturers who want to be able to create their beverages with the cannabis plant is through using ingredients that do not contain any THC. There are numerous studies that indicate that Cannabidiol (CBD) and hemp may provide a multitude of nutritional and health benefits even without the THC content, so it’s not necessarily all just marketing. For instance, Dad and Dudes Breweria of Aurora, Colorado, has received approval from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) to sell its General Washington’s Secret Stash IPA brew, which contains cannabinoids but no THC, in all 50 states.         According to Men’s Journal, who spoke with Dad and Dude’s co-owner Dan Hembree, the TTB required a complete analysis of the ingredients, recipe, and process before it would give formula approval for the patent-pending process used for infusing the CBD and beer. Each keg of the beer contains 500 milligrams of CBD, about 4 milligrams per pint. The TTB already issued a Hemp…

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It seems like every day since Florida voted in November to pass Amendment 2 that someone asks what is going on with medical marijuana in Florida. When is it going to start? How do I get a license? What are the new laws? The truth is, we in the industry don’t have all the answers yet because the Florida Legislature and Department of Health still have to work out rules and regulations that will govern the process and industry. According to the Miami Herald, 200 doctors are qualified to prescribe marijuana and that under the 2014 law that legalized a limited form of medical marijuana, the patients of such doctors have to have a history with that doctor for at least 90 days before they are able to prescribe marijuana treatment for approved illnesses. We are unsure yet if the Florida Legislature and Department of Health plan on removing the 90 day requirement but many patients are going to these doctors preemptively to start the 90 day waiting period process. The law has expanded its list of approved conditions for medical marijuana treatment to include: ▪ Cancer ▪ Epilepsy ▪ Glaucoma ▪ HIV ▪ AIDS ▪ Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) ▪ Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease) ▪ Crohn’s disease ▪ Parkinson’s disease ▪ Multiple sclerosis The frustration with Florida residents is that as of now the law does not allow the use of smokeable marijuana but rather the use of oils, tinctures and capsules as the legal form of treatment available. Floridians won’t have to wait too…

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