Trulieve has now spent a whopping $39 million on its adult use ballot initiative.
The latest filings with the state Division of Elections reflect that Trulieve has given a total of $39 million to Smart & Safe Florida, the group aiming to get legalization on the November 2024 ballot.
Trulieve contributed more than $500,000 in the month of May alone.
New Jersey looks to ban delta-8 cannabis product sales.
The state’s Senate Law and Public Safety Committee advanced a bill this week sponsored by Senate Majority Leader M. Teresa Ruiz and Sen. Declan O’Scanlon that would ban both production and sales of delta-8 THC products.
“Delta-8 THC is an unregulated, psychoactive hemp-derived product that is being sold at gas stations, pharmacies, and bodegas across New Jersey,” O’Scanlon said in a statement.
“It’s the bathtub gin of the cannabis space and it’s being sold to kids without any of the restrictions or product safety regulations required under New Jersey’s recreational adult-use cannabis law. Our bill addresses these concerns by subjecting Delta-8 THC to the same regulatory framework as other cannabis products in New Jersey.”
In Oklahoma, sky-high potency is here to stay.
Late last week, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt vetoed a pretty meaty medical cannabis bill (SB 437) that would have, among its many provisions, led to potency limits on medical cannabis products.
However, it’s unclear what prompted Stitt’s veto.
“Contained within the Bill are a variety of policy changes to the program that, on their own, would have my full support. Unfortunately, the Bill would also roll back progress we have made as a state to address illegal marijuana grow operations and bad actors within the industry. As illegal grow operations and bad actors continue to be the primary issue facing the industry, it is unwise to repeal changes designed to curb their participation in the market in exchange for improvements to other areas of the state’s program,” Stitt wrote in his veto note.
Edibles diverted from Oklahoma that contain 1000 mg THC per package (10x what is typically allowed in regulated adult use products) have made their way into New York’s unregulated market, as Cannabis Wire reported earlier this year, and likely into other states as well.
Gov. Tina Kotek signs cannabis bill to clean up messes created by unlicensed grows.
SB 326 aims to hold landowners responsible for the mess, sometimes environmental, created when unlicensed cannabis grows proliferate, and growers leave behind trash, harmful pesticides and diverted and contaminated water.
The bill will also crack down on water diversion, including groundwater, as well as the practice of holding immigration-related documents to threaten workers. Further, the bill will allow local governments to go the route of filing a lien on chunks of land where owners duck cleanup of unregulated grows.
That last part drew criticism from Republicans who said that this provision violated residents’ property rights.