Medical Cannabis Regulations Take Effect

Jul 5, 2017
Originally published on July 3, 2017 3:00 pm

The Department of Health’s new rules for medical marijuana are taking effect.  The provisions carry out a last minute legislative measure approved in a June special session.

Lawmakers needed a special session to approve language implementing a voter-approved medical marijuana amendment.  Now the Department of Health is stepping in to put the law into effect.  They’ll oversee a number of changes including the elimination of a 90-day waiting period and the expansion of how much patients can get at one time.   In the coming months they’ll also license 10 new medical marijuana treatment centers.  Meanwhile a number of cities are considering ordinances banning retail outlets because the new law requires local governments treat dispensaries like pharmacies for zoning purposes.

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