Maine House Passes Cannabis Implementation Bill; Senate Could Vote Today

Maine’s House has passed a bill that would see the state’s first recreational cannabis licenses issued in spring 2019, the Portland Press Herald reports. The measure passed 112-34, which gives it a vote-cushion from a potential veto by Republican Gov. Paul LePage. What’s in the bill: Recreational retailers would be allowed to purchase product from […]

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NORML Launches Website to Send FDA Public Comments Regarding Cannabis Rescheduling

The Food and Drug Administration is asking for public comment on the international scheduling of cannabis following a request from the World Health Organization. “The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is requesting interested persons to submit comments concerning abuse potential, actual abuse, medical usefulness, trafficking, and impact of scheduling changes on availability for medical use […]

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Colorado Gov. Dishes to Rolling Stone about Cannabis Legalization, Federal Policy

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper dispelled prohibitionist myths about cannabis legalization in the state: children are not getting high and there hasn’t been a spike in cannabis-related driving incidents. “We were very worried that by legalizing, we were making this more somehow more psychologically available to kids. We haven’t seen […]

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Maryland Legislature Passes MMJ Expansion Bill to Address Lack of Minority-Owned Firms

Maryland’s Senate and House of Delegates passed a bill over the weekend to issue seven additional medical cannabis cultivation and 13 processing licenses, the Baltimore Sun reports. The bill includes language which would force regulators to consider race and barriers for minorities, including women, with the issuance of those licenses. The bill’s passage addresses the […]

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Alaska Cannabis Regulators Table Social-Use Action Until June

Alaska’s Alcohol and Marijuana Control Board have tabled action on regulations to allow social cannabis use under the state program until the board once again has a full panel of members, the Associated Press reports. The board is down one member after the resignation of member Travis Welch last month. The board expects to revisit […]

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Israeli Pharmacies to Sell MMJ Under Pilot Program This Month

Starting April 20, some Israeli pharmacies will begin selling medical cannabis products under a national pilot program, CTECH reports. The program, approved by the government in 2016, will see participation from 20 pharmacies as part of a broader Ministry of Health-approved expansion. That expansion included overhauls to reduce patient wait times and a product export plan; […]

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Connecticut House Committee Advances Rec. Cannabis Bill

The Connecticut House Appropriations Committee has narrowly advanced a recreational cannabis bill, moving it to the floor which could consider the measure before the end of this year’s legislative session. The measure passed the committee 27-24. The measure would require the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, in consultation with the Chief State’s […]

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West Hollywood, California Approves Cannabis Social-Use Plan

West Hollywood, California plans to license 16 cannabis consumption lounges where patrons can smoke, vape, or eat infused foods and beverages. In total, the city plans to issue 40 total canna-businesses licenses. Two types of consumption lounge licenses will be available: One will allow smoking, vaping, and consumption on-site; the other will allow only edible […]

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California Issues 1,000+ Cease-and-Desist Letters to Unlicensed Cannabis Operators

California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control has issued more than 1,000 cease-and-desist letters to unlicensed cannabis operators since the recreational use law took effect on Jan. 1, according to a KCET report. It’s the first step in shutting down illegal operators. According to the report, regulators are using online advertising platforms to find the illegal shops. […]

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada City Council Votes to Ban All Public Cannabis Use

The Calgary, Alberta, Canada City Council has moved to ban all cannabis consumption in public but included exceptions for those with medical need, the Calgary Herald reports. The regulations also prohibit retail shops from opening 150 meters (about 492 feet) from schools and emergency shelters and 10 meters (about 33 feet) from daycares, pawnshops, and […]

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Colorado Senate Committee Rejects Social-Use Bill

Colorado’s Senate Business, Labor & Technology Committee voted 6-1 against a measure to create social-use cannabis licenses, according to a Cannabist report. The measure was opposed by state cannabis regulators and by members of the law enforcement and medical communities. Colorado State Patrol Major Steve Garcia argued that the measure would increase the likelihood of […]

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Tennessee Senate MMJ Bill Sponsor Admits He Doesn’t Have the Votes, Pulls Legislation

The push to legalize medical cannabis in Tennessee is over after the Senate bill sponsor pulled the legislation from consideration because he does not have the votes in the chamber, the Tennessean reports. “Instead of dragging this out interminably … I think the better decision at this point is to put it in the general […]

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Florida’s Largest MMJ Company Sues State Over Dispensary Limits

Florida’s largest medical cannabis business, Trulieve, is asking a judge to remove limits on how many dispensaries it can open in the state, arguing that the cap “arbitrarily impairs product availability and safety” and “unfairly penalizes” industry operators, according to a CBSMiami report. The 25-dispensary limit was approved by lawmakers last year as part of […]

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Report: New York Democratic Gubernatorial Challenger Cynthia Nixon Supports Rec. Cannabis

Cynthia Nixon, the actor who announced in March she will challenge New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, told attendees at a private fundraiser last week that she supports legalizing cannabis for adult use, the New York Times reports. According to Isabel Gillies, a writer and former actress who hosted the fundraiser for the Democratic challenger, said […]

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New York Hemp Research Expands to 3,500 Acres; Up From 2,000 Last Year

New York’s hemp research program is expanding to more than 3,500 acres throughout nine regions in the state following a $650,000 earmark in the state budget for a hemp processing plant and $2 million for a state-run hemp seed certification program. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced more than 60 new farms and businesses have received […]

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Utah Medical Association Opposes MMJ Ballot Initiative Citing Recreational-Use Fears

The Utah Medical Association has come out in opposition of the ballot initiative to legalize medical cannabis in the state, saying that the initiative’s supporters are “misrepresenting and misappropriating” the position of the medical profession in the state, according to a Salt Lake Tribune report. “This initiative is not about medicine. … Supporters have used images […]

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Illinois’ Bank of Springfield Closing All MMJ Industry Accounts

Illinois’ Bank of Springfield is closing the accounts of the state’s medical cannabis companies by May 21 leaving most of the state’s operators to handle their business transactions in cash, the Chicago Tribune reports. The action is directly tied to the January revocation of the Cole Memo by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Bank of Springfield […]

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Massachusetts Begins Accepting Some Adult-Use Cannabis Applications

Starting today, the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission will begin accepting applications for priority certification as registered marijuana dispensaries and economic empowerment applicants. Those granted priority certification will be allowed to apply for commercial applications on Apr. 16; all other license types will start their application process on May 1 or June 1, depending on the […]

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Rhode Island Dispensary Employee Denied Mortgage due to ‘Unacceptable Income’

An employee at a Rhode Island medical cannabis dispensary has been denied a mortgage by Home Loan Investment after the company deemed his “marijuana-related business” income unacceptable, according to a GoLocal, Providence report. John Guardarrama, a cultivator for Summit Compassion Center, was previously given preliminary approval for the loan last July but was denied final […]

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Berkeley, California Lowers Tax Rate on Cannabis Sales

The city of Berkeley, California has dropped its sales tax on cannabis products from 10 percent to 5 percent in an effort to better compete with the illicit market, CBS SF reports. Despite the local tax drop, consumers are still paying 30 percent in taxes at the counter; sales taxes in the state can reach […]

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Utah Gov. Will Not Support MMJ Ballot Initiative

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert will not support the Utah Patients Coalition-led medical cannabis ballot initiative, saying that the legislature’s HB.197 “promotes medical science and public safety in ways absent from [the] initiative petition,” according to a KUTV report. The legislature-approved bill requires the state Department of Agriculture and Food to cultivate and process cannabis for academic […]

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Michigan Sends More MMJ Dispensary Cease-and-Desist Letters, Still Haven’t Issued a License

Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory affairs have sent cease and desist letters to more than 200 medical cannabis businesses throughout the state over the last two weeks, despite regulators failing to issue a single operator license in the year-and-a-half since the medical cannabis program reforms were signed into law. According to a Detroit Free […]

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South Carolina Senate Committee Advances MMJ Bill

The South Carolina Senate Medical Affairs Committee has advanced a medical cannabis bill setting set up a comprehensive program to the Senate for full chamber consideration. The measure would allow program access for patients with qualifying conditions and would task the Department of Health and Environmental Control with regulating and licensing cultivators, processors, dispensaries, and testing […]

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Tennessee House Committee Advances Gutted MMJ Measure

Tennessee’s House Criminal Justice Committee has advanced the medical cannabis measure but not before including some significant changes. According to a Tennessean report, the committee removed chronic pain and nausea from the qualifying conditions list and eliminated the provision allowing patients to obtain recommendations from physicians in other legal states. The measure would not create […]

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