Reduces price/increases options for patients

  • Allows cannabis in its natural, plant form, rather than limiting it to more costly extracts
  • Allows edibles, if they are approved by the bureau
  • Removes the ban on patients smoking cannabis
  • Allows patients (or their caregivers) to grow up to four mature and up to four immature plants

Makes it easier for patients to qualify

  • Removes language limiting “severe chronic or intractable pain” to certain cases, which steered patients towards opioids
  • No longer requires patient to be in their physicians’ care for six months. The patient must just be under “continuing care” with no set timeline.

Reduces burdens on physicians

  • Removes requirement that physicians register with the state and take a four-hour training course (both of which reduce participation)
  • Provides that the board will determine the amount of cannabis patients are allowed, rather than expecting physicians to do so, which puts them at legal risk under federal law and deters participation

Requires longer course for medical cannabis employees

  • Rather than a two-hour course, employees would have to take an eight-hour course. It would include scientific research on the risks and benefits of medical cannabis.
  • No longer requires dispensaries to have a physician or pharmacists on site always

Business provisions

  • Clarifies how residency applies to corporate applicants
  • Allows licenses to be transferred after 24 months, with the bureau’s okay
  • Deletes the provisions dividing the state into three regions
  • Bases growers’ fees on acreage, with the largest fee being $50,000
  • Adds a prohibition on working at medical cannabis businesses if one has prior convictions under the Bribery and Corrupt Practices Act, or for other offenses involving fraud or deceit
  • Removes the provisions limiting the numbers of growers to 10, the number of processors to 10, and the number of dispensaries to 30
  • Removes bans on processors and growers being dispensaries, too (In those cases, for the existing 10% tax, then, it imposes the tax on the average wholesale sale as determined by the tax commissioner.)
  • Allows deliveries to patients’ and caregivers’ residences from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Taxation

  • Clarifies some tax provisions and procedures related to the existing 10% tax
  • Removes the existing exemption from sales tax

Advisory board

  • Changes the number of physicians on the advisory board from four to five, adding a doctor with specialization in osteopathic medicine

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