Exploring the Growing Opportunities in Cannabis

On February 16th, 2023, the Maine Office of Cannabis Policy passed a bill that provides equitable civil and criminal protections to those with a valid authorization for the use of medical cannabis. This bill ensures that those who have a valid authorization but have chosen not to be entered into the state’s database are protected from arrest, prosecution, or other criminal sanctions or civil consequences for certain violations of state law relating to cannabis.

In addition, a bill from Sen. Janice Bowling (R-Tullahoma) was also passed in March that would legalize the use of medical cannabis in Tennessee.[0] The FDA has not yet approved the use of cannabis for medical purposes, however, many states allow it for the treatment of pain, nausea, and other conditions.[0]

By the end of 2022, the first legal recreational marijuana dispensary opened in New York City.[1] Legally Rooted, located on 6th Street, opened its doors Friday with a ribbon cutting ceremony to become the first dispensary in the Queen City.[2] Additionally, medical cannabis patients are also now allowed to grow up to four plants for personal use, rather than two under the current law.[3]

For those who are interested in exploring cannabis, there are a variety of resources available such as membership programs and licensed cannabis establishments. There are also several online resources such as New Cannabis Ventures, Facebook, and email addresses to connect with those in the cannabis community to discuss any community concerns.

Whether you are a medical cannabis patient or just curious about cannabis, there are now more options than ever before to explore the world of cannabis.

0. “State Once Again Considers Cannabis-Related Legislation | City …” www.nashvillescene.com, 5 Mar. 2023, https://www.nashvillescene.com/news/citylimits/state-once-again-considers-cannabis-related-legislation/article_44e71bce-b6df-11ed-8910-b796a95ea5a0.html

1. “Cannabis News | Cannabis Blog | Herban Creative” herbancreativenj.com, 5 Mar. 2023, https://herbancreativenj.com/cannabis-news

2. “Meridian cannabis dispensary opens | Local News | meridianstar.com” www.meridianstar.com, 5 Mar. 2023, https://www.meridianstar.com/news/local_news/meridian-cannabis-dispensary-opens/article_b8071b52-5ee0-579a-b5fd-424fb4c6de79.html

3. “House Passes Kloba Bill to Provide Protections for Medical Cannabis” www.nbcrightnow.com, 5 Mar. 2023, https://www.nbcrightnow.com/news/house-passes-kloba-bill-to-provide-protections-for-medical-cannabis/article_c185968c-ba37-11ed-ac8b-7b6838aff2a5.html