Kansas Gov. Signs Industrial Hemp Bill

Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer has signed the bill to create an industrial hemp pilot program in the state which passed the Senate in February and the House earlier this month. The final version of the measure allows the State Department of Agriculture, either alone or with an institution of higher education, to grow the crop […]

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Australian Green Party Proposes Cannabis Legalization

The Australian Parliamentary Budget Office has found that legalizing cannabis throughout the nation would be worth nearly $2 billion a year for the government, according to a Guardian report. The Green Party has proposed a plan to tax-and-regulate cannabis for adults, which, according to the PBO, would raise $3.6 billion over the first four years […]

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Saskatchewan Canada Opens Cannabis Wholesale Permits

The Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority is now accepting applications for wholesale cannabis permits and licensed producers. There is no limit in the province on the number of wholesale permits, but those permittees can only sell to retailers and not to the general public. Wholesale permit fees run $5,000, including a $2,000 non-refundable application fee […]

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer Announces Bill to De-Schedule Cannabis

The Senate’s top Democrat, Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, has announced legislation that would de-schedule cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act. The announcement — which fell symbolically on April 20, the international cannabis celebration known colloquially as 4/20 — represents a major shift for Democrats, according to a CNBC report. Schumer’s bill would reportedly […]

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McConnell’s Bill Would Normalize the Hemp Industry

Last week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) took to the chamber floor and laid out his case for the Hemp Farming Act of 2018, calling hemp a cash crop for the nation’s struggling farmers, a modernization of federal law, a “new spark” for the U.S. economy. McConnell was also the driving force securing the […]

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Epidiolex Receives Initial Recommendation from FDA Committee

Epidiolex, a CBD-based pharmaceutical medication created by GW Pharmaceuticals in the United Kingdom, has received a unanimous recommendation from an FDA advisory committee. The committee’s recommendation sets Epidiolex up to potentially receive FDA approval for U.S. distribution by June, CNN reports. According to GW’s website, Epidiolex is a “proprietary oral solution of pure plant-derived cannabidiol.” It was developed […]

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Maine Legislature Approves MMJ Expansion; Gov. Veto Expected

The Maine Senate has joined the House in passing legislation to expand the state’s medical cannabis program by increasing the number of dispensaries; allowing caregivers to serve more patients, hire employees, and run storefronts without fear of legal crackdown; and allowing more people to qualify for a medical cannabis card, the Portland Press Herald reports. […]

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Bi-Partisan Bill Would Make Clear Veterans Affairs can Study MMJ

A bi-partisan bill has been introduced in the House to make clear that the Department of Veterans Affairs has the authority to study medical cannabis. The measure was introduced by the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee ranking Democrat, Rep. Tim Walz, and Republican committee chairman Rep. Phil Roe. In a press release, Walz notes that “22 percent […]

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MMJ Fails to Make South Dakota Ballot

South Dakota voters will not have the opportunity to vote on legalizing medical cannabis in the state after Secretary of State Shantel Krebs said the petition failed to gain enough valid signatures. The petition submitted had 15,157 signatures total but a random sampling found just 62.48 percent were valid. The office determined that just 9,470 signatures […]

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Antigua and Barbuda Legalizes Medical Cannabis

Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister Gaston Browne has announced that the Caribbean nation will legalize medical cannabis use, the Daily Mail reports. Browne said that prohibition was not for the health and well-being of users, rather to serve the “racist, political, and economic interests of the global powers at that time.” Antigua and Barbuda made […]

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Maine Gov. Plans to Veto Rec. Cannabis Implementation Bill

Maine Gov. Paul LePage plans to veto the legislature-approved recreational cannabis implementation bill, the Portland Press Herald reports. However, the measure passed both the House and Senate with a veto-proof majority, so unless lawmakers change their vote LePage’s veto won’t force the Legislature to, again, rewrite the bill. LePage opposes two regulatory structures. According to […]

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Pennsylvania Health Secretary Will Allow Flower Under MMJ Expansion

Pennsylvania’s health secretary will approve of the medical cannabis program changes recommended by the state Medical Marijuana Advisory Board, including allowing flower sales and expanding the qualifying conditions list. Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said the flower products will be available this summer but said the products would be sold “in a form that can […]

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Oklahoma Senate Passes Hemp Bill, Moves to Governor

Oklahoma’s Senate has passed a hemp legalization bill by a huge 39-1 margin, according to a KOKO5 report. The bi-partisan measure unanimously passed the House last month. Rep. Mickey Dollens, a Democrat, said hemp has the potential to be the state’s “next $1 billion industry.” Dollens, along with his colleague Republican Rep. Jon Echols, estimate […]

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New York Gov: Legal Cannabis is ‘Going to be Here Anyway’

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo seems to have softened his anti-legalization position, remarking during a stop in Brooklyn that “the situation has changed dramatically” on legal cannabis, asking “do you not legalize it when it is legal 10 miles from both sides of your border?” “You have states that have legalized it now…. It is […]

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Alaska House Passes Bill Restricting Public Access to Some Cannabis Possession Criminal Records

Alaska’s House of Representatives has passed a bill that would restrict public access to some criminal records for simple cannabis possession, according to a KTVA report. The measure is intended to make it easier for those with possession convictions to get employed. Who would benefit? Individuals 21 or older at the time of the offense […]

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Oregon Regulators Suspend Issuing of Hemp Growing Certificates While Rules are Developed

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has temporarily suspended issuing hemp cultivation certificates to Oregon Department of Agriculture-registered growers until the agency completes the rulemaking process. “The temporary suspension is because HB 4089 requires the OLCC to create and implement new rules for regulating hemp. All applications received prior to today have been processed; if the […]

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Trump Strikes Deal with Colorado Senator to Respect State Cannabis Reforms

In a deal with Colorado Sen. Cory Gardener (R), President Donald Trump has agreed to support federalism-based legislation to protect states who have chosen to reform their cannabis laws, Sen. Gardener announced on Friday. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed the agreement between the senator and the president during the daily press briefing. The […]

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Boston Regulators Approve Cannabis Zoning Rules

The Boston, Massachusetts Zoning Commission has approved regulations that will allow retail cannabis businesses to operate in any of the city’s business districts, the Boston Globe reports. The rules neither allow cannabis businesses from opening within a half-mile from one another, nor within 500 feet from kindergarten, elementary, or secondary schools. City officials have said […]

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Maine Senate Passes Adult-Use Cannabis Bill with Veto-Proof Majority

Maine’s Senate has passed the bill to implement the voter-approved recreational cannabis laws 24-10, making it veto-proof from Gov. Paul LePage, the Portland Press Herald reports. A final legislative review of the measure is still required before it heads to LePage but barring any issues the first recreational licenses will be issued in spring of […]

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Judge Rules Florida MMJ Patient Can Home-Grow; Stay Ordered as State Appeals

A Florida judge has ruled that strip club owner Joe Redner, a stage 4 lung cancer survivor, can legally grow his own cannabis “solely for the purpose of his emulsifying the biomass he needs for the juicing protocol recommended by his physician,” the Tampa Bay Times reports. The Florida Department of Health immediately filed an appeal. […]

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John Boehner: ‘My Thinking on Cannabis has Evolved’

It feels strange to type “former Republican House Speaker John Boehner joins board of cannabis company” – but here we are. Boehner’s history with cannabis During his 24 years in Congress, first as a Representative for Ohio’s 8th District and later as Speaker, Boehner was no friend to the legalization cause. In 1999, two years […]

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Democratic Gubernatorial Hopeful Cynthia Nixon Takes Social Justice Approach to Legalization in Facebook Video

Cynthia Nixon, the former “Sex and the City” actress challenging New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, elaborated on her cannabis legalization position in a Facebook video on Wednesday, taking a social justice approach to the reforms. “There are a lot of good reasons to legalize marijuana but, for me, it comes down to this: We have […]

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Texas Health Department Considering Crackdown on CBD-infused Foods

The Texas Department of State Health Services has proposed an inspection protocol that would likely lead to a crackdown on CBD-infused foods in the state. Lara Anton, spokeswoman for the agency, told the Dallas Observer that any foods with “a statement on the label, in the ingredient statement, or any other material indicating that the […]

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Montana’s New Voter-Approved MMJ Rules Are Now In Effect

Montana’s new medical cannabis rules took effect yesterday, requiring providers to test, label, and track plants from seed to sale, the Associated Press reports. The new rules were approved by voters in 2016 after lawmakers passed laws effectively gutting the state’s medical cannabis program. Some rules have not been finalized. The Department of Health and […]

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