As 2021 comes to a close, a number of states and cities across the country are set to implement new marijuana policy changes that take effect on January 1.
From the launch of retail cannabis sales in Montana to whole-flower medical marijuana becoming available in Louisiana, there are a variety of new policies that advocates, businesses and lawmakers will see go into effect starting on Saturday.
Legislators might already be turning their attention to advancing additional reforms in 2022, but here’s what you need to know about what’s already changing at the start of the new year:
Retail marijuana sales for adults 21 and older start in Montana on January 1—the result of a 2020 voter-approved initiative and the work of lawmakers to finalize rules for the program.
Adults will be able to purchase up to one ounce of cannabis at a time. Marijuana products will be taxed at 20 percent, and some local jurisdictions have chosen to impose an additional three percent tax.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed a bill in September that will require hospitals to permit medical marijuana use by certain patients. That goes into effect on Saturday.
The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Ben Hueso (D), had been pushing for his measure to allow cannabis use in medical facilities for terminally ill patients over multiple sessions. Newsom vetoed an earlier version out of concern about potential federal repercussions for medical institutions that permitted such consumption, but those concerns were evidently assuaged.
A leading marijuana advocacy group recently launched a push to ensure that all California medical facilities are prepared for the implementation of the new law.
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Published: December 30, 2021
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