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Cannabis Briefs for December 13, 2022

December 16, 2022

•New York’s Office of Cannabis Management released guidance for cannabis delivery operations, a move that could allow sales to begin imminently in the state. The guidance applies to all retail dispensary licensees for the next year. As written, the rules allow businesses to begin fulfilling delivery orders from their warehouses before their retail storefronts are ready or open. This will allow stores to begin selling cannabis as soon as they have supply on-hand and bike messengers to deliver it, with a maximum of 25 delivery staff per business. Due to the time consuming process of opening brick and mortar stores, sales were not expected to begin until next year, but it now seems feasible that the first delivery sales will take place this month.

•Canadian regulators have changed how they calculate the cannabis content of beverages, significantly increasing the amount consumers can purchase at once. Effective immediately, the move changes the conversion between one gram of dried flower and the grams in a drink, moving it from 70g to 570g. The vast increase in the allowance effectively means that where before a maximum of five cans could be bought at once, now consumers can buy up to 48. “Canadians can finally purchase a 6-pack, 24, or up to 48 of their favorite cannabis beverages to enjoy with family and friends, which represents a win for consumer choice as this innovative category takes a leap forward,” said Canopy Growth CEO David Klein.

•Connecticut will begin adult-use cannabis sales on January 10, state officials announced. The rollout will begin with the state’s nine medical dispensaries that have converted to a hybrid license to serve both medical and recreational consumers. Sales will be limited to a quarter-ounce of flower or its equivalent per transaction to help ensure that adequate supply can be maintained. Connecticut’s market is expected to top the half-billion dollar mark within a few years.

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