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Florida MMJ Regulators Set New Rules and THC Cap, Louisiana Will Soon See More Medical Marijuana Dispensaries, and PA Governor to Pardon Specific Non-Violent Cannabis Offenses

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Florida MMJ Regulators Set New Rules and THC Cap

Beginning this week, Florida MMJ regulators set specific THC caps for various forms of medical cannabis. Officials also placed limits on the amount doctors can recommend for medical marijuana patients. According to a local radio station, the new regulations limit the amount of THC to 24,500 milligrams per 70-day period for non-smokable forms of cannabis. There are also daily THC limits, such as 60 milligrams daily for edibles. The new rules also enact a state law that limits smokable flower cannabis purchases to 2.5 ounces in 35 days. The changes permit doctors to ask for exemptions to these limits for patients who may need more medical cannabis in the allotted periods. 

Louisiana Will Soon See More Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Officials with Louisiana’s medical marijuana program have given the green light for the state’s program to expand. There are currently nine medical marijuana pharmacies in Louisiana. Regulators informed seven of those businesses that they were officially eligible to apply to open one satellite location each. According to the rules of the state’s program, each MMJ pharmacy operates in a designated area or region. Once a pharmacy hits a threshold of 3,500 registered patients, they are eligible to open a second location. Recent state data indicated that the nine pharmacies filled over 199,000 medical cannabis prescriptions across the state in the second quarter of 2022 alone. The program’s growth is likely due to recent changes in Louisiana’s MMJ law that make it easier for doctors to prescribe the plant medicine and allow smokable flower.

PA Governor to Pardon Specific Non-Violent Cannabis Offenses

Pennsylvania’s governor has launched a marijuana pardon program. The program is expected to last a month. It is intended to provide relief to individuals who have low-level cannabis convictions. According to Governor Tom Wolf and Lt. Governor John Fetterman, the PA Marijuana Pardon Project will provide relief to thousands. Despite the demand for reform, the state’s legislature has yet to legalize adult-use cannabis. Governor Wolf is supportive of such legislation and said in a press release that until cannabis is legalized for Pennsylvanians he will do what is within his power to help those adversely affected by the criminalization of marijuana. Beginning September 1st, the state Board of Pardons will accept accelerated relief applications for individuals that have certain marijuana convictions with under 30 grams of cannabis or eight grams of hashish.