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Kentucky’s Governor Signs Two Cannabis-Related Executive Orders, Marijuana Farmers in the Emerald Triangle Are Selling Direct to Consumers, and Adult-Use Cannabis Sales in MO Could Begin As Early as February 2023

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Kentucky’s Governor Signs Two Cannabis-Related Executive Orders

The governor of Kentucky signed two executive orders related to cannabis. The first will allow certain patients in the state to legally possess up to eight ounces of medical marijuana, providing it was legally purchased in a licensed out-of-state dispensary. The second order establishes regulations for delta-8 THC product sales. In a press release, Governor Beshear said the first executive order will go into effect on January 1, 2023. It will protect individuals in Kentucky who possess medical marijuana if they can prove they purchased the medicine legally from a dispensary in another state. The governor also said that the order regarding delta-8 THC will establish a regulatory framework for patient access that can be a “template” for the necessary structure for the legalization of medical cannabis. However, many lawmakers in the state criticized Governor Beshear’s latest actions as it appeared to be a power grab that overstepped the legislative process. 

Marijuana Farmers in the Emerald Triangle Are Selling Direct to Consumers

The last several years have been particularly difficult for cannabis farmers in California. In response, Humboldt Family Farms announced the launch of a line of specialty cannabis products sold directly to consumers via home delivery. Legacy farmers in Mendocino, Humboldt, and Trinity counties have been taking advantage of cooperatives and co-branding partnerships to survive the challenging economic climate for marijuana growers in the state and establish their brands. The new line of products from Humboldt Family Farms will include flower, pre-rolls, and vape cartridges. 

Adult-Use Cannabis Sales in MO Could Begin As Early as February 2023

A spokesperson for the state of Missouri said adult-use cannabis sales could begin as early as February 2023 or possibly sooner. This is a faster timeline than originally anticipated. Current licensed medical marijuana dispensaries in the state can apply to change their business from medical sales to recreational on December 8. Under the newly passed law legalizing adult-use cannabis, state officials are required to take action on pending applications within 60 days of submission. However, it is expected that the license conversion process will be faster than that, allowing medical marijuana businesses to sell products to recreational consumers within a relatively short period.