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Medical Cannabis Initiatives Underway in Wisconsin, South Dakota

October 1, 2019

Add Wisconsin to the growing list of states permitting use of cannabis for medicinal purposes. There’s also a renewed push for legalizing medical cannabis in South Dakota. Legislation introduced in both houses of the Wisconsin legislature on September 20 would legalize medical cannabis in the state. The bill sponsors include two Democrats – Senator Jon[...]

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New Hampshire Loosens Some Restraints on Medical Cannabis Use

October 1, 2019

The New Hampshire legislature considered 13 bills this year related to cannabis. Only 5 of those bills passed, including one allowing physician assistants to prescribe medical marijuana and another eliminating a requirement that providers have at least a 3-month relationship with a patient prior providing them with a medical marijuana prescription. The legislature also authorized[...]

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U.S. House Passes Bill Providing Legal Cover for Banks, CUs, to Work with Cannabis Businesses

October 1, 2019

The U.S. House of Representatives has overwhelmingly approved legislation that would provide legal cover to banks and credit unions that want to accept deposits and provide other financial services to cannabis businesses. This is a huge step toward normalizing the cannabis industry and eliminating the glut of greenbacks the industry has been forced to deal[...]

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Mexico Set to Loosen its Stance Against Marijuana Use

September 23, 2019

Mexico is set to legalize marijuana, starting out with medicinal use. That nation’s Supreme Court in August gave the Health Ministry 180 days to publish guidelines for medical cannabis use. This follows a 2018 decision by the Mexican Supreme Court that prohibitions on the cultivation and use of marijuana are unconstitutional. The 2018 decision, in[...]

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Does Cannabis Grow Pose Harm Grape Crops? Federal Judge Says Maybe

September 23, 2019

A federal district court judge in Oregon earlier this month ruled that a lawsuit filed by a vineyard against a nearby cannabis operation could proceed, shooting down the cannabis farm’s assertion that the vineyard lacked legal standing to press the case. Momtazi Vineyard, sued Yamhill Natural under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) Act[...]

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Mass Mayor Accused of Taking Bribes from Cannabis Firms

September 23, 2019

In what can only be described as the downside to the burgeoning cannabis market, the mayor of Fall River, MA, has been arrested on a host of charges stemming from accusations that he took bribes from cannabis firms looking to set up business in his town. Mayor Jasiel F. Correia II, on September 8, pled[...]

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California Cannabis Banking Bill Gets Tabled, For Now

September 23, 2019

Legislation that would establish as state-regulated banking system for cannabis businesses in California has been tabled. But the lead sponsor of the bill said he plans to move it forward next year State Senate Majority Leader Bob Hertzberg announced on September 9 that SB 51 has been tabled for now, but committed to work with[...]

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Senate Wants FDA to Act Now on Hemp CBD Rules; Move Could Open More Bank Doors to CBD Merchants

September 18, 2019

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to compel the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to issue temporary guidance on the sale of hemp-derived CBD products and to speed-up work on final regulations. And that means more financial institutions could soon be willing to offer payment processing and other financial services needs to merchants Senator McConnell[...]

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Illinois Restricts Electricity, Water Usage by Cannabis Growers

September 10, 2019

Cannabis growers in Illinois face strict new standards for energy and water usage. The Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act, signed into law in June by Governor J.B. Pritzker, legalized the cultivation and sale of adult use cannabis. It also placed limits on the amount of electricity and water cannabis growers can use, and on water[...]

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Oklahoma Creates New Medical Marijuana Rule Structure

September 10, 2019

For better than a year the marijuana industry in Oklahoma operated in what might be described as a state of regulatory limbo. That changed last month with enactment of legislation creating a new regulatory structure for cannabis growers, dispensaries, doctors and patients. Voters in Oklahoma approved a ballot measure legalizing medical marijuana in June 2018.[...]

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