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New state cannabis laws now in effect!

Jul 01, 2021

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It’s been an historic year for cannabis policy reform – with four states legalizing in 2021 alone and the total number of adult-use legalization states now reaching 19!

Three of the new state legalization laws have recently gone into effect: New Mexico’s on June 29, and Connecticut and Virginia’s on July 1. In addition, South Dakota's new medical cannabis law also takes effect on July 1. Read on to learn more about these new laws.


New Mexico

In April, New Mexico became the 18th state to legalize adult-use cannabis. On June 29, the new legalization law officially went into effect.

Adults (21+) may now legally possess up to two ounces of cannabis and cultivate up to six mature plants. Cannabis sales will begin no later than April 2022. You can check out our full summary of the law here.


Connecticut

In June, Connecticut became the 19th state to legalize cannabis for adults. On July 1, the new law officially went into effect.

Adults (21+) may now legally possess up to one and a half ounces of cannabis on their person and up to five ounces in their home, a locked container in their residence, a locked glove box, or their vehicle’s trunk. Additionally, the odor or smell of cannabis can no longer be used as a basis to stop or search. Lastly, the law sets aside fifty percent of the licenses for equity applicants and dedicates upwards to 60 percent of the revenue to equity efforts. Legal sales are anticipated to begin by May 2022. Adults will be allowed to securely cultivate cannabis at home starting July 1, 2023. You can check out a full summary of the law here and a condensed summary here.


Virginia

Virginia became the 17th state to legalize cannabis for adult use in April, making history as the first state in the South to legalize cannabis for adults. On July 1, the new law officially went into effect.

Adults (21+) may now legally possess up to one ounce of cannabis and cultivate up to four cannabis plants at their primary residence. Legal sales will begin no earlier than July 2024. You can check out our full summary of the law here.


South Dakota

The new medical cannabis law in South Dakota also took effect July 1. Medical cannabis patients who comply with specific requirements will not be arrested for possession of up to three ounces of cannabis. The state has until November 18 of this year to begin issuing medical cannabis patient ID cards. The deadline for promulgating rules for businesses is October 29, 2021. The South Dakota Department of Health is responsible for implementing the policy. You can read the law here: SDCL 34-20G.

We are also waiting for the South Dakota Supreme Court to issue a ruling on Governor Noem’s lawsuit to repeal Amendment A, the marijuana legalization ballot initiative approved by 54% of South Dakota voters in 2020. We do not know when a ruling will be issued. Read more about the lawsuit here.


We also want to remind folks that driving under the influence of cannabis remains illegal in all states, and we encourage everyone to please consume responsibly!