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State run dispensaries or die, says New Hampshire 

Plus, CRISPR for cannabis, Texas hemp, and more

Friday, June 7, 2024

Happy Friday.

We’ve got an exciting announcement: We have our first-ever editorial fellow this summer!

Everyone, meet Charlie Breyfogle

Charlie is entering his final year at Bates College in Maine, majoring in Institutional Politics and French & Francophone Studies with a minor in Asian Studies. He is excited to combine his passion for journalism and policy questions by contributing to the development of cannabis media. 

You can reach him at [email protected].  

And on a different programming note, Jeremy will be off next week in class so you’ll be in good hands with Jay and Charlie. 

Let’s get to it!

-JB & JR

This newsletter is 729 words or about an 5-minute read. 

💡What’s the big deal?

State run dispensaries or die

What happened: New Hampshire lawmakers reached an agreement on a bill that would legalize cannabis in the state, after previous attempts failed.

What’s next: The bill now goes for a final vote in both the House and Senate. If passed, New Hampshire would join its New England neighbors and become the 25th state to legalize cannabis. 

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu has said that while he’s against legalization on principle, he would sign a bill with state-run cannabis shops. 

Zoom out: The compromise legislation is the result of a long-back-and-forth between New Hampshire’s House and Senate.

The Republican-led Senate long preferred a state-run model, while the House proposed a more free-market model similar to neighboring states, so the legislation was never passed.

What’s in the bill? 

  • Establishes a state-run franchise system for 15 cannabis stores by 2026, with a 15% franchise fee on purchases.

  • Adds a representative from the medical marijuana industry to the Cannabis Control Commission.

  • Removes penalties for vehicle passengers consuming cannabis in forms other than smoking or vaping.

  • Expands the decriminalization limit from three-quarters of an ounce to one ounce immediately—full legalization of up to two ounces would start in 2026.

  • Personal cultivation at home would remain illegal.

  • Public smoking or vaping of marijuana would be penalized while other forms of public consumption would not be punished. 

  • Driving under the influence of marijuana would remain a crime. 

  • Existing medical marijuana businesses would receive priority when applying for licenses under the new law. 


💬 Quote of the day

“We need to come to the realization that we opened the door. I’m not trying to be argumentative, but people have been getting high in this state for a long time,” Texas State Sen. Jòse Menendez (D) said at a state senate hearing on regulating intoxicating hemp products, reports The Texas Tribune.

Quick hits

CRISPR for cannabis? Plant genetics company MyFloraDna filed a patent on a new technique for editing cannabis genes for industrial, pharmaceutical, and consumer applications. The technology could select for cannabis plants that have higher concentrations of rare cannabis compounds, or produce more fiber for construction applications, and more. 

New York’s Cannabis Control Board will meet on June 11 at 1 pm, in Morrisville. It will be the first meeting without former Office of Cannabis Management director Chris Alexander, who stepped down in May after Gov. Kathy Hochul’s administration investigated the agency. Here’s the information

Officials from various federal health agencies recently convened at a conference organized by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) to discuss cannabis research and its potential for pain treatment. One notable absence: The Drug Enforcement Administration, which was scheduled to discuss issues around cannabis research, didn’t show. 

The Manitoba Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Control Amendment Act repealed a ban on growing cannabis plants at home.

🚶🏽‍♂️People moves

Jeremy Johnson, formerly of Dispense, is taking on a new role as Chief Marketing Officer at Quality Roots, he said on LinkedIn.

🇨🇦 One fun thing

With the Stanley Cup Finals starting tomorrow night, let’s check in some of the most Canadian thing ever.

Hockey and cannabis. Oilers fans mixing the two.

📰 What we’re reading

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