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South Dakota marijuana supporters push two ballot initiatives

Groups that support marijuana legalization submitted petitions containing more than 80,000 signatures to the South Dakota Secretary of State for two separate marijuana reform ballot initiatives for next year’s election. One measure would create a medical marijuana program for qualified patients; the other would legalize marijuana for adults 21 and older and require the state Legislature to approve a hemp cultivation law.

Maine makes ‘significant’ advances on adult-use cannabis program

Maine regulators said they achieved a “significant accomplishment” by adopting final rules related to the state’s adult-use marijuana program. The administrative rules establish the regulatory framework governing the licensing, compliance, enforcement and oversight of recreational cannabis use in Maine. More on this topic can be found at the state’s Office of Marijuana Policy.

Michigan nets 52 adult-use marijuana applications on first day

Marijuana regulators in Michigan received 52 recreational cannabis business license applications on the first day of the application period, a modest number because most communities initially decided to opt out of the program, according to Crain’s Detroit Business. State regulators expect the first license to be issued before the end of November.

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