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Cannabis policy reform is gaining momentum. 

At the federal level, a trio of senators unveiled the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act (CAOA) this summer to deschedule, tax and regulate cannabis, and the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act passed the U.S. House for the fifth time in September as part of a defense spending package. 

At the state level, Arizona, Montana, New Jersey and South Dakota legalized adult-use in the 2020 election (although the South Dakota Legislature is now grappling with its own legalization proposal while the state’s Supreme Court deliberates whether the ballot measure is unconstitutional). In 2021, Connecticut, New Mexico, New York and Virginia all legalized adult-use cannabis legislatively. 

Only 14 states remain without full medical or adult-use legalization. With all traditionally blue states out of the way, red states are now weighing their options, perhaps seeing the inevitability of change. 

Here, Cannabis Business Times and Cannabis Dispensary share the states to watch in 2022 as ballot initiatives and legislation ramp up. 

Likely: 

Delaware (Adult-Use) 

On March 24, The Health and Human Development Committee approved House Bill 150, the Delaware Marijuana Control Act, a legislation to legalize, tax and regulate adult-use cannabis in the state.  

The legislation would establish the regulatory framework for adult-use cannabis in Delaware, allow adults 21 years and older to purchase up to one ounce of cannabis for personal use, provide opportunities for small businesses to receive licenses, and give equal access to individuals

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High Profile Sunset Hills to Begin Serving Medical Cannabis Consumers on October 28, 2021 

C3 Industries (C3), a vertically integrated, multi-state cannabis operator, announced it will open its eleventh dispensary nationally and fifth location in Missouri: High Profile Sunset Hills. The new retail location will begin serving medical cannabis consumers on Thursday, October 28th, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. CDT.

High Profile Sunset Hills will serve medical cannabis consumers from 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. CDT daily. Customers can shop for a wide range of premium cannabis flower and other products in-store, including an assortment of products to satisfy any cannabis consumer. High Profile’s experienced and friendly staff is focused on providing patients with products that meet their specific needs, helping to ensure they have the best possible experience with cannabis every time.

In addition to the Sunset Hills store, High Profile currently operates ten other locations across Michigan and Missouri. High Profile plans to open several other locations nationally, including an expansion into the Massachusetts market. Additional information about High Profile can be found by signing up for the company’s newsletters at www.highprofilecannabis.com and on Instagram at @highprofileofficial

The Grand Opening of High Profile Sunset Hills will take place

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Hilliard City Council is on track to consider an application for a medical marijuana dispensary in Mill Run.

The Hilliard Planning and Zoning Commission on Oct. 14 voted 5-0 to recommend approval of a modification to the planned-unit development zoning at 3799 Park Mill Run Drive so it may be used as a medical marijuana dispensary site.

The PUD allows for commercial and retail uses, as well as a hotel, but a modification would be required for its use as a dispensary, according to the application.

No date has been set for City Council, which will have final say on the matter, to consider the recommendation and the application itself, but it is possible it will be considered as soon as a November meeting, said David Ball, director of communications for Hilliard.

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Medical cannabis company continues rapid expansion with opening of 104 th Florida dispensary Trulieve Cannabis Corp. the largest cannabis multi-state operator in the United States today announced the opening of a dispensary in Bartow, Florida . The Bartow location is Trulieve’s 104 th in the state. This dispensary joins the Company’s 103 additional medical marijuana dispensaries across Florida including those in …

Medical cannabis company continues rapid expansion with opening of 104 th Florida dispensary

Trulieve Cannabis Corp. (CSE: TRUL) (OTCQX: TCNNF) (“Trulieve” or “the Company”), the largest cannabis multi-state operator (MSO) in the United States today announced the opening of a dispensary in Bartow, Florida . The Bartow location is Trulieve’s 104 th in the state. This dispensary joins the Company’s 103 additional medical marijuana dispensaries across Florida including those in nearby Winter Haven and Lakeland .

Trulieve invites the Bartow community to join the grand opening festivities, which include partner swag giveaways, custom t-shirt screen printing with St. Petersburg -based Craft Tee, and all-day deals. All registered patients will be eligible for

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STOCKTON (CBS13) — Officers are asking for help in identifying the suspect in an armed robbery that happened outside a Stockton dispensary.

Stockton police say the incident happened back on the afternoon of Oct. 18.

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The suspect, who was captured on surveillance cameras, could be seen pacing around the front of Zen Garden Wellness Dispensary along Pacific Avenue holding what appears to be a handgun as well as a Target shopping bag.

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Police say the suspect then robbed a victim at gunpoint. It’s unclear what was taken.

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Anyone who recognizes the suspect is urged to call detectives at (209) 937-8582, or submit a tip online.

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The Coos Bay City Council voted unanimously to lift a moratorium on new marijuana dispensaries in the city, but stopped short of easing the restrictions about where businesses can be located.

The council considered a new marijuana ordinance after it was approved by the Planning Commission. The commission recommendation allowed marijuana dispensaries in commercial and industrial districts with no requirement of space between the dispensaries.

But the city council chose to reinstate a 1,000-foot limit between marijuana businesses, greatly limiting where a new dispensary can go.

Mayor Joe Benetti said he wanted the space limit because he didn’t want to the city to be overrun with dispensaries.

“This has been going on for a while, and I’m not really sure of opening things up to a lot of marijuana facilities,” Benetti said. “I think we have a fair amount in currently, and I think there’s still some areas available. In my opinion, I think we should keep the 1,000-foot distance for marijuana businesses.”

Benetti said he was particularly concerned with the downtown corridor becoming a location full of dispensaries.

The new ordinance will not have an impact on existing dispensaries, almost all that would fall short of the 1,000-foot requirement.

“I agree.

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Medical marijuana patients on Long Island will be able to buy whole cannabis flower for the first time Wednesday. 

Columbia Care’s dispensary in Riverhead is now offering the Sour Kush strain in whole flower form to patients registered with the New York State Department of Health’s Medical Marijuana Program. 

Publicly traded Columbia Care, which also has medical cannabis dispensaries in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Rochester, becomes the first licensed company to offer whole flower to New York’s medical cannabis community.  

Previously, medical marijuana dispensaries in the state could only sell ground flower, along with vaping oil, oral products and topical applications, but with the legislation passed this spring that allows legalized adult use of cannabis, whole flower was added to the list of approved medical offerings. 

Columbia Care dispensary in Riverhead. / Google Maps image

Columbia Care’s Riverhead dispensary at 1333 East Main St. is offering Sour Kush in whole flower priced at $50 for an eighth of an ounce. 

Last month, Columbia Care received state approval to start cultivation and processing operations at its new Riverhead facility. Earlier this year, the company acquired a 34-acre cultivation site on Sound Avenue from Van de Wetering Greenhouses for $42.5 million. 

Columbia Care

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Deputy Inspector General of Police Edward Mbugua has encouraged police officers to adopt a saving culture while still in active service.

Mbugua says the savings will play a huge role in their lives once they retire, urging them to set their priorities right.

The Deputy IG spoke when he officiated the opening of the GSU Recce company dispensary at the Ruiru Recce headquarters Wednesday morning constructed by the Kenya Police Deposit Taking Sacco.

“I laud the Sacco for assisting GSU come up with a modern facility, the Sacco is doing well in giving back to the society and this facility will be the first stop for officers seeking medical services before being referred elsewhere,” He said.

Sacco Chairman David Mategwa said they has done extremely well in giving back to the society especially in education and health.

He said the dispensary will serve officers at GSU Recce headquarters as well as the neighboring community.

“People see police as bad people because they aren’t aware of such projects. We have upgraded the facility to enhance access to health care not just for the police but for the community at large,” He said.

He said the Sacco is also supporting

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