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2024 marijuana laws kick in across America

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Even if we can’t easily spot changes to cannabis law on dispensary shelves, state policies are constantly in flux. As in years past, 2024 brings a slew of new policies that impact consumers and businesses alike, from coast to coast and in both adult-use and medical states.

Read on for a list of some of the most impactful and imminent changes, from revised employment rights for cannabis consumers, to revamped licensing policies and even a potential statewide unionization effort.

California

Residents have new and improved employment rights

Hippie Hill on April 20th, 2023. (David Downs/Leafly)
Hippie Hill on April 20th, 2023. (David Downs/Leafly)

Folks, this is a biggie! Starting on January 1, 2024, thanks to state bill AB-2188, most employers in California will no longer have legal standing to refuse to hire, fire, or penalize an employee if they test positive for marijuana on a hair or urine test. The bill similarly ensures that an individual applying for a job cannot be required to divulge documentation of prior consumption. There are some caveats: Federal employees and Californians working in construction do not qualify for these protections (but folks in state or local law enforcement sure do!), and work sites remain drug-free places. Let’s celebrate the end of 50 years of unjust, unscientific marijuana urinalysis!

Florida

Could double its dispensaries

Thanks to an existing policy that stipulates that the state’s number of dispensaries operate in proportion to the number of registered medical cardholders, Florida officials have begun to review nearly two dozen new dispensary applications. If the state accepts all of those licenses, they would almost double the amount of existing medical dispensaries in the state (Florida refers to them as “treatment centers”). State Office of Medical Marijuana Use Director Christopher Kimball believes those dispensaries could open as early as summer 2024.

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New York

Will offer tons more licenses in Q1

Times Square visitors have a legal tested weed store in the neighborhood for the first time since legalization. (David Downs/Leafly)
Times Square visitors have a legal tested weed store in the neighborhood for the first time since legalization. (David Downs/Leafly)

The rollout of legal cannabis in the Empire State has been far from smooth. But state regulators appear optimistic that retail licensing has begun to pick up steam, and that they will green-light shops via a lottery “in batches” beginning in the first quarter of 2024. Upwards and onwards, New York!

Oregon

May facilitate cannabis workers’ unions

The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 555 union, which represents more than 30,000 individuals, hopes to expand into the cannabis industry in 2024 via a ballot measure that would facilitate cannabis workers’ union rights. They have until July to collect about 117,000 signatures to put it on the November ballot. If passed, the measure would “ensure that businesses licensed to sell or process cannabis enter into an agreement that allows their employees to organize and speak out without fear of retaliation.”

Pennsylvania

Expands medical patients’ purchasing power

Right at the end of 2023, on December 15, Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro (D) signed Senate Bill 773 into law. The bill allows the state’s ten independent grower-processors (as opposed to out-of-state companies doing business in Pennsylvania) to operate as retailers, and sell straight to the state’s medical marijuana patients. As Marijuana Moment points out, out-of-state companies have a near monopoly on the PA market, and this bill could give homegrown folks a real boost.

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Virginia

A pathway to retail sales opens up

OK, this one isn’t guaranteed, but it’s too exciting not to flag, Leafly Nation: Nearly three years ago, in early 2021, Virginia lawmakers voted to legalize adult-use cannabis, and planned on launching a rec market on January 1, 2024. Yet residents of the Old Dominion State still can’t actually buy it, and efforts to create a regulatory framework have failed due primarily to opposition from Republican lawmakers. 

This November, however, Democrats re-took control of both houses of the state legislature (albeit by very narrow odds), re-igniting optimism that change could come soon. (Granted, any legislation would still need to clear the desk of cannabis-wary Republican governor Glenn Youngkin.) 

“What Democrats controlling both chambers does is [create] a path to the governor’s desk for an adult-use retail sales bill,” JM Pedini, development director of NORML, told MJBiz Daily. Yet “without the supermajority required to overturn a veto, any serious legislation must be both pragmatic and palatable in order to succeed,” Pedini added.

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Washington State

Protecting job applicants from cannabis testing

Thanks to Senate Bill 5123, Washington employers will be prohibited from testing most job applicants for weed. The law contains more exceptions than its California counterpart: it does not apply to some first responders, some firefighting and law enforcement positions, the airline or aerospace industries, and more. But hell, let’s call it a victory all the same!

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OZ Kush—Wonderbrett, CA, winter 2024

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98 points out of 100

Price: $60/eighth

People always ask us what’s our favorite type of weed. I’ll come clean here: We love crosses of OG Kush to Z. The OG improves Z’s density and potency, while the Z adds more layers of tropical fruit flavor to OG’s lemony, piney fuel. And I don’t know that anyone grows OZ Kush better for the rec market in 2024 than Brett ‘Wonderbrett‘ Feldman in LA.

Wonderbrett was an early believer in Dying Breed SeedsOZ Kush. He bought and popped a bunch of packs, and found a keeper. His massive indoor facility has OZ Kush dialed. The nugs are ample, green, dense, a little spongy, and sandy with trichomes. The OZ Kush smell explodes from the jar, and gets even louder in a grinder, or in a dry hit from a joint. It carries over to the taste, with a hybrid effect that works morning, noon and night. It’s hard to improve from here. The only thing to work on is more bling.

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Cap Junky x Permanent Marker—Seven Leaves, CA, winter 2024

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99 points out of 100

Price: $55/eighth

Ready to stay winning? Leafly Strain of the Year 2023 Permanent Marker combines with a SOTY runner-up, Cap Junky, in this stellar flower grown by Sacramento’s Seven Leaves.

It’s nearly impossible to improve on either strain, but Seven Leaves does just that. It’s Permanent Marker with more fuel. Or it’s more appetizing Cap Junky with a little purple. Either way, the smell hits a 10 on the “marker fumes meets gasoline” scale, and that perfection carries through to the taste. The high doesn’t get any higher, and the view from the top doesn’t get any nicer, with the Permanent Marker dialing back Cap Junky’s ripping G-forces a bit. Honestly, I don’t know what more you could want from a cannabis flower.

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  • 90-94 Outstanding: a cannabis product of superior character and style
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  • 75-79 Mediocre: a smokeable weed that may have minor flaws
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Dried, cured, packaged, and sold buds, reviewed from bag in tastings, are given a single score. We focus on aroma, taste, effect, look, pedigree, cultivation method, and more.
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Our editors focus on excellent, widely available ganja at a reasonable price. Special qualities include:

Top-shelf: It ain’t cheap, or necessarily plentiful, but it’s really good. Welcome to the top shelf.
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Expertise is built through years of reviews, interviews with growers, visits to weed regions, and accumulated knowledge about cannabis horticulture, flavors, history, and culture. Leafly News’ editors and freelancers have a combined 50 years of experience with cannabis.
We aim to be accurate and independent, with policies including:

  1. Actual tastings—If we didn’t smoke it, we’re not reviewing it. At Leafly Ratings, all ratings come from multiple tastings.
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Sticky Genes #23—Wood Wide Farms, CA, winter 2024

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95 points out of 100

Price: $55/eighth

Batch size: 10 lbs

Wood Wide Farms in Mendocino, CA grows small, 10-pound batches of the best from America’s cannabis heartland for the adult-use market in the Bay Area and beyond. This winter, they’ve turned out a superb run of a strain just called “#23.” It’s bred by a 3rd-generation Mendocino County, CA grower 707caseyberns, co-founder of Sticky Genes—a cross of (Lava Cake x Dosidos) x Pluto.

Wood Wide’s run of #23 gives me a lot of Marshmallow OG vibes, and I love it. The OG and dessert parentage really shows here. It’s green bud—dense, resinous, glistening and angular—evoking a Chem or a Sour. The nose is maximum marshmallow sweet jet fuel, and it’s very sticky and pungent in a grinder. The taste carries through, and the pronounced and long effects made it a favorite from mid-day into night.

Up close and personal with #23. (David Downs / Leafly)

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Leafly Ratings’ 100-Point Scale

  • 95-100 Perfect: exemplary cannabis
  • 90-94 Outstanding: a cannabis product of superior character and style
  • 85-89 Very good: a weed with special qualities
  • 80-84 Good: a solid, well-made weed
  • 75-79 Mediocre: a smokeable weed that may have minor flaws
  • 50-74 Not recommended

How we rate

Dried, cured, packaged, and sold buds, reviewed from bag in tastings, are given a single score. We focus on aroma, taste, effect, look, pedigree, cultivation method, and more.
Special Designations
Our editors focus on excellent, widely available ganja at a reasonable price. Special qualities include:

Top-shelf: It ain’t cheap, or necessarily plentiful, but it’s really good. Welcome to the top shelf.
Smart Buys: Fine, affordable, broadly available pot.

Leafly News cannabis ratings and ethics

Leafly News aims to retain and expand its expertise, authority, and trust.

Expertise is built through years of reviews, interviews with growers, visits to weed regions, and accumulated knowledge about cannabis horticulture, flavors, history, and culture. Leafly News’ editors and freelancers have a combined 50 years of experience with cannabis.
We aim to be accurate and independent, with policies including:

  1. Actual tastings—If we didn’t smoke it, we’re not reviewing it. At Leafly Ratings, all ratings come from multiple tastings.
  2. Independence—Leafly expert reviewers are paid by Leafly and are independent. We accept review samples with no promise of coverage. Leafly rating staff cannot accept bribes. We generally pay our own expenses and report on what the readers want to see.





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