Zimbabwe MMJ Licensing Plans on Hold Due to ‘Crazy’ Estimates

Zimbabwe is backing off medical cannabis cultivation licensing plans after receiving wildly varied estimates from the 350 applicants interested in the program, the South African reports. Deputy Finance Minister Terrence Mukupe said that too many of the applications offered far different estimates for how much land would be required to grow cannabis and how much money […]

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California Bureau of Cannabis Control Proposes Extension of Emergency Cannabis Regulations

The California Bureau of Cannabis Control has proposed the state readopt and extend the current, emergency cannabis industry regulations. Previous regulations called for the merging of the medical cannabis industry (MCRSA) and adult-use industry (AUMA) into what’s now known as MAUCRSA, governed by the Bureau of Cannabis Control. As part of the current regulations, applicants have […]

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Ohio Ballot Board Certifies Rec. Cannabis Ballot Initiative

The Ohio Ballot Board has certified the ballot initiative to legalize cannabis for recreational use in the state, the Dayton Daily News reports. The group behind the initiative, Ohio Families for Change, now must collect 305,591 valid signatures from 44 of the state’s 88 counties – and, within each county, the group must collect enough signatures […]

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House Committee Approves Amendment Protecting MMJ Programs

The House Appropriations Committee has passed the so-called Joyce Amendment, which restricts Department of Justice funding for prosecuting state-approved medical cannabis programs. The passage marks the first time the committee has addressed the issue, and the first time such an amendment has passed through regular order in the committee. “Today marks a victory for medical […]

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Adult-Use Cannabis Bill Introduced in Rhode Island

Adult-use cannabis legislation has been introduced in Rhode Island. The bill would create a taxed and regulated market, imposing a 10 percent excise tax on top of state and local sales taxes and allowing localities to tack on another 3 percent. The bill allows adults to possess 1 ounce of flower in public; 5 ounces […]

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New York City Comptroller: N.Y. Legal Cannabis $3.6B Market

In an interview with CNBC, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer estimated that New York state would see $435.7 million per year from adult-use cannabis tax revenues; while New York City would net about $336 million. “This is a new revenue stream. This is going to impact the kinds of resources we’ll have to invest […]

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New York City Mayor and Prosecutors Planning Cannabis Enforcement Reforms

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has given the Police Department 30 days to come up with a plan to end “unnecessary arrests” for cannabis, and city officials – including prosecutors – are working on broad plans to reform how to handle low-level cannabis crimes, the New York Times reports. However, the changes will […]

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Poll: Majority of Georgians Support Rec. Cannabis Legalization

According to an 11Alive News poll conducted by Survey USA, 55 percent of Georgians believe cannabis should be legalized for recreational use in the state. Thirty-five percent of respondent said cannabis should remain outlawed, with 10 percent unsure. An 11Alive poll in 2016 found 48 percent supported legalization, with 38 percent opposed. Despite the citizen […]

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New York Dems Plan to Pass Resolution Supporting Cannabis Legalization

The New York State Democratic Party plans to pass a resolution at its May 23-24 convention to support cannabis legalization, according to a draft of the documents obtained by the New York Post. The document indicates the party wants to highlight the reforms during the convention. Cuomo, the de facto leader of the New York […]

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Illinois Senate & House Agriculture Committee Unanimously Approve Industrial Hemp Bill

The Illinois Senate has unanimously approved a bill to allow the state Agricultural Department to license farmers to grow hemp, according to a WAND report. Currently, only universities can get licensed to grow hemp for research purposes in Illinois. The measure was subsequently approved by the House Agriculture & Conservation Committee and just needs to […]

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Arizona Gov. Signs Industrial Hemp Legislation

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has signed the bill allowing the state Department of Agriculture to license institutes of higher education, private businesses, and individuals to grow industrial hemp. The measure requires that hemp growers, harvesters, transporters, and processors all obtain a license from the Agricultural Department. “This bill opens Arizona to the possibility of a […]

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Oregon U.S. Rep.: Cannabis Will be Federally Legal in Five Years

Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer told canna-business owners that he believes cannabis will be treated like alcohol throughout the U.S. in five years during an appearance at the Cultivation Classic in his home state, Willamette Week reports. He said if lawmakers who support legalizing do their job “it’s game over in two years.” “If Democrats control […]

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‘Expungement Days’ for Misdemeanor Cannabis Convictions Planned in Two Vermont Counties

State attorneys in Vermont’s Chittenden and Windsor counties are moving forward with plans to expunge misdemeanor cannabis convictions with “Expungement Days” this month, Vermont Digger reports. In Chittenden County, Expungement Day is being held June 12 at Edward J. Costello Courthouse in Burlington, while Windsor County’s event is planned for June 9 at Vermont Law […]

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Poll: 61% of Michigan Supports Rec. Cannabis Legalization Initiative

A Michigan State University Institute for Public Policy and Social Research poll has found 61 percent support for cannabis legalization in the state, with 34 percent opposed and 5 percent undecided. Cannabis legalization was the only issue on the poll with fewer than 15 percent undecided. Pollsters found support lags among Michiganders 65-and-older. Just 30 […]

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Michigan to Regulate CBD as MMJ

Michigan regulators have announced that CBD products – even those derived exclusively from industrial hemp – are subject to regulation under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act and the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act. “Cannabidiol (CBD) comes from the marihuana plant. Based on the statutory definitions related to “marihuana” found in the Michigan Public Health Code […]

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Ohio AG Approves Cannabis Legalization Proposal Language; Moves to Ballot Board

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has certified that the language for a proposed recreational cannabis ballot initiative is “fair and truthful” – the first step toward putting the issue on the ballot, according to a Cleveland.com report. The proposal moves next to the Ohio Ballot Board which will determine whether the measure is one or […]

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West Virginia Treasurer Outlines Proposals to Offer Financial Services to MMJ Firms

West Virginia Treasurer John Perdue has sent a letter to Gov. Jim Justice outlining two plans to provide the state’s medical canna-businesses access to financial services. The first option is a “loop” system; the second a state-owned bank. The “loop system” proposal would provide two options or a combination of both. A “closed-loop” which would […]

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Salt Lake County, Utah DA Plans to Vote ‘Yes’ on MMJ Ballot Initiative

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill has indicated he will vote in favor of the ballot initiative to legalize medical cannabis in Utah, the Deseret News reports. The support comes as Gov. Gary Herbert and the Utah Medical Association strongly oppose the reforms. “This is not about recreational marijuana, that is not what I […]

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Georgia Gov. Signs Bill to Add PTSD, Intractable Pain to MMJ Program

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has signed the bill adding post-traumatic stress disorder and intractable pain to the state medical cannabis program, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. However, lawmakers failed to pass any broad expansion to the limited low-THC program. Patients still have no in-state access. The program allows enrollees to possess the cannabis oil but does […]

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House Committee Advances Measure Allowing VA to Study MMJ

The House Veterans’ Affairs Committee has unanimously voted to advance a measure to allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to research medical cannabis, according to a Stars and Stripes report. The bi-partisan measure was introduced last month by the committee’s ranking Democrat, Rep. Tim Walz, and Republican committee chairman Rep. Phil Roe, who is also […]

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New Jersey Gov. Open to ‘Sweeping Pardons’ for Cannabis Crimes

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is open to reducing or eliminating sentences for low-level cannabis crimes, telling NorthJersey.com that his main motivation behind legalizing cannabis is not to raise revenues but to correct the social justice problem. Murphy, the former U.S. ambassador to Germany under President Barack Obama, said he would be open to, and […]

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Blumenauer Urges Small Business Administration to Rescind Anti-Cannabis Loan Guidance

Last month, the federal Small Business Administration released a new policy indicating that direct cannabis businesses, indirect cannabis business, and hemp businesses would be locked out of the federal agency’s lending services, according to Green Market Report’s Debra Borchardt. Last week, Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer wrote to SBA Administrator Linda McMahon urging her to repeal […]

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MPP Founder Launches PAC to Defeat Texas Rep. Pete Sessions

Cannabis advocates are raising money for a super PAC called Texans Removing Outdated and Unresponsive Politicians, aimed at ousting Texas Republican Rep. Pete Sessions, who chairs the House Rules Committee and has blocked cannabis reform legislation from reaching the floor for a vote, the Washington Examiner reports. The effort is being led by Marijuana Policy Project […]

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Canadian PM Trudeau: Cannabis Will be Legal this Summer

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has pledged that cannabis will be federally legal in the nation by this summer despite the recommendations of several Senate committees to delay the reforms’ implementation, CBC News reports. “We have been working with our partners across the country to make this happen and we are going to be moving […]

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