As more states transition from marijuana criminalization to a regulated retail marketplace, struggles over the structure of retail sales markets have become a foremost concern. Inabilities in establishing and enacting clear and timely regulations regarding the application and acceptance process for business licenses have caused significant delays in the actualization of retail markets in many states.
By a vote of nearly 2 to 1, members of the South Carolina State Senate advanced medical cannabis access legislation, the bipartisan Compassionate Care Act. It will now go to the State House of Representatives.
We have a chance to push a major marijuana legalization bill through the House of Representatives, but time is quickly running out.
Despite over 60 percent of Texas voters supporting marijuana legalization, advocates continue to face an uphill battle in the legislature. In response, activists in Texas are now expanding their efforts to focusing on implementing reforms at the local level.