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Congressional Panel Votes to Legalize Marijuana

December 2, 2019

For the first time since the federal government criminalized marijuana, a Congressional committee has approved marijuana decriminalization legislation. The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, just approved by the House Judiciary Committee, would also require federal courts to expunge prior convictions for marijuana offenses, and allow states to set their own marijuana policies. Additionally,[...]

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Non-Residents Flock to New Mexico for Medical Cannabis Cards

November 22, 2019

New Mexico is the first state to open up its medical cannabis program to non-resident visitors, and residents of other states are beginning to flock to New Mexico seeking 3-year medical cannabis patient cards from the state. A total of 130 patients from outside the state were issued 3-year medical marijuana cards from New Mexico[...]

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USDA Announces Hemp Regulations

November 14, 2019

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing some long-awaited regulatory clarity on the production, distribution and sale of hemp products. It published an interim set of rules on October 31 that remains in effect until 2021, whereupon the rules are expected to be adopted in final form, with possible amendments. According to industry observers, USDA[...]

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Research into CBD for Medical Treatments Gain Steam

October 30, 2019

Medical cannabis research is receiving some much needed funding: at least $6 million in state and federal monies to research medicinal applications of CBD. The federal government is providing about half the money; the remainder comes from taxes collected by California on recreational marijuana sales in that state. CBD (shorthand for cannabidiol) is a compound[...]

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Northeastern States Pursuing Coordinated Approach to Marijuana Legalization, Regulation

October 23, 2019

Governors and legislative leaders from seven northeastern states are setting a course for a regional approach to marijuana legalization and regulation. The group held its first summit on October 17 and agreed to a set of “core principals” on issues related to market regulation, public health and safety, enforcement and vaping best practices. “This issue[...]

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Marijuana Reform Poised to Become a 2020 Presidential Election Issue with Support of Leading Democratic Contenders

October 21, 2019

Next year could be a watershed year for marijuana legalization. Efforts are underway to include ballot initiatives fully legalizing adult recreational uses of cannabis in at least 6 states, and a majority of candidates seeking the Democratic Party nomination for President back proposals that would pave the way for decriminalizing or outright legalization of marijuana[...]

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Outlook Brightens for Cannabis Legalization by States

October 21, 2019

While the federal government continues its hard line against cannabis legalization, the outlook is brightening for cannabis legalization on the state level. Eleven states and DC have legalized adult recreational uses of cannabis, while 33 other states have legalized medicinal uses of cannabis. Now a new batch of ballot initiatives slated for 2020, if approved,[...]

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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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