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Democratic Presidential Hopefuls Back Federal Cannabis Legalization

August 23, 2019

The U.S. Presidential elections, slated for next fall, could usher in radical changes in federal laws related to cannabis. Nearly every contender for the Democratic Party nomination for President has voiced support for legalizing marijuana at the federal level. And at least one Presidential hopeful, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, is promising to sidestep Congress entirely[...]

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NYC to Seal Records in 300-Plus Cannabis Cases

August 21, 2019

Add New York City to the list of jurisdictions moving to close the criminal records of individuals who have been arrested or convicted of low-level cannabis crimes. The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office on August 12 said it will seal the records of about 360 individuals convicted of misdemeanor marijuana offenses who had no other misdemeanor[...]

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Illinois Has Made Medical Cannabis Program Permanent in the State

August 19, 2019

The Illinois Governor makes the Medical Cannabis Program permanent which was supposed to expire in the year 2020. The Chicago-Sun Times reported that the Governor, J.B. Pritzker (D) had signed a Bill that not only expands the list of qualifying conditions under Medical Cannabis Program, but also it has made the Program permanent in the[...]

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Aurora Cannabis Wins Italian License

August 9, 2019

Aurora Cannabis Inc. has been named the sole winner of a license to provide medical cannabis to pharmacies in Italy. Aurora, a major player in the Canadian cannabis market, in 2018 bagged the first-ever contract awarded to provide medical cannabis to the Italian market. The latest award, expected to be signed next month, extends that[...]

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Congress Approves Funding for National Hemp Seed Bank

August 7, 2019

The federal government has taken a major step toward promoting U.S. hemp production. Last week, it was announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) has received $500,000 in funding for the nation’s only industrial hemp seed bank, to be located at Cornell University in upstate New York. The money was approved as[...]

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California’s Cannabis Regulator Faulted Over Manpower, Funding Shortages

August 7, 2019

The California Bureau of Cannabis Control is woefully understaffed and underfunded, and this has throttled work on licensing and complaint processing. These are key findings of an audit released by the state Finance Department on July 3. The auditors found that nearly two-thirds of the 219 staff positions at the state Cannabis Control Bureau remain[...]

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Ohio Bill Opens State to Hemp Production, Wider CBD Sales

August 5, 2019

A bill approved by Ohio legislature and now awaiting Governor Mike DeWine’s signature paves the way for hemp production in the state, as well as allowing for sales of CBD products outside of regulated dispensaries. Even with the governor’s signature, however, hemp production won’t take off immediately in the Buckeye State. The legislation, which farmers[...]

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Legislative Push for More Medical Marijuana Research

August 1, 2019

In a move seen as bolstering support for federal marijuana reform, a bipartisan group of lawmakers has introduced legislation that would pave the way for medical marijuana research. The Medical Marijuana Research Act of 2019, introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives would amend the Controlled Substances Act to establish a new, separate registration process[...]

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Treasury Reports Big Jump in Number of Financial Institutions Banking Cannabis Businesses

July 25, 2019

More U.S. financial institutions are saying yes to marijuana businesses. As of March 31, there were 493 banks and 140 credit unions providing banking services to marijuana-related businesses, according to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). That’s up from a total of 400 banks and credit unions actively serving marijuana businesses at the end of[...]

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Irelands Starts Medical Cannabis Pilot Program

July 24, 2019

Ireland’s Health Minister has signed legislation allowing for 5-year pilot program for medical marijuana. Patients on the Emerald Isle, however, probably won’t be able to access medical marijuana until fall, Health Minister Simon Harris said in late June. He noted there were no procedures in place for importing medical cannabis until the final legislation was[...]

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