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Marijuana Business Laws in the U.S.: Licence & Recedency

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In January 2019, the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) officially approved state regulations for cannabis businesses across the supply chain. These new regulations immediately took effect, meaning the previous emergency regulations are no longer in effect. Licensees are required to comply with all rules and regulations pertaining to their license type, as well as follow all other applicable state laws.

“Commentary on Administrative and Financial Regulations.” The ICSID Convention, Regulations and Rules, 2019, 911–11.

With new polls and an ever-increasing profit in marijuana business, more than the half of the country has quickly passed for the legalization of medical uses and recreational use, public support, which is greatly in favor of legalizing marijuana. Marijuana, however, at some point, still remains illegal on the federal lever, though state and local laws in legalizing marijuana has successfully enacted in many different ways. Regardless, paying closely attention on state and local laws and rules will definitely help you prevent from getting serious problems such as criminal drug charges.

To be a qualified marijuana patient/consumer, you will definitely need a proof of residency. Each state, however, has determined the term of “residency” in various ways, depending on the length of time to be considered individual as a resident. Sometimes you do not have to be physically present in the state for the entire time to be considered a resident.

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Marijuana license recedency rules conducted by PROS & CONS OF CURRENT ISSUES RELIABLE. NONPARTISON. EMPOWER. | Graphics by Katherine Wong

While 183 days is the minimum, Under the 183 Days Rule, individual can be considered as a state resident for tax purposes in the U.S. Usually, a taxpayer must have been physically present in the U.S. or its territorial waters for 31 days during the current year, and the IRS imposes restrictions on what can be included in the total number of days. ( To marijuana patients, this means, you will have to change your driver license in 30 days when you move to a new state, get two forms of proof of residency, such as residential lease, utility bills, recent bank statement or notarized affidavit of residency, whether you will stay in a state physically for the entire residential time, to claim as a qualified state resident.

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