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Jeff Smith

Jeff is an award-winning business journalist who has worked as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers in Colorado, Maine, New Mexico and Alabama. He also has worked as a journalist overseas in Asia and West Africa. His stories have appeared in National Geographic online and The New York Times, among other publications.

Marijuana legalization outlook: Rhode Island Senate to vote, CT passes adult use & MT challenge ended

The Rhode Island Senate is scheduled to vote this week on one of three adult-use marijuana legalization bills under consideration. In Connecticut, lawmakers approved a bill legalizing adult-use marijuana and sent it to the governor for his expected signature. And in Montana, anti-marijuana groups dropped their legal challenge of last November’s voter-approved recreational marijuana initiative. […]

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Connecticut nears adult-use marijuana legalization as House passes bill

Connecticut moved closer to legalizing a social equity-focused adult-use marijuana market after the state House of Representatives passed a bill in a special session Wednesday night. In so doing, the House embraced a version supported by Gov. Ned Lamont and rejected an amended Senate-passed bill that Lamont has pledged to veto. The legislation, Senate Bill […]

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Cannabis tech platform Weedmaps joins Nasdaq with $579 million infusion

Cannabis advertising platform Weedmaps started trading on the Nasdaq on Wednesday in the wake of the completion of its merger with special purpose acquisition company Silver Spike Acquisition Corp. The transaction brought California-based Weedmaps, a leading but sometimes controversial online marketplace for cannabis consumers and businesses, $579 million in gross proceeds, according to a news […]

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Unhappy with recreational cannabis bill, Connecticut governor threatens veto

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont has been pushing for recreational cannabis to be legalized in his state, but in a turn of events, he is threatening to veto a measure he says doesn’t adequately address equity issues. The comments from the governor’s office came as the state Senate passed a measure Tuesday night by a 19-12 […]

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Proposed bill would decriminalize all drugs federally, not just marijuana

Two members of the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday unveiled a measure to end criminal penalties at the federal level for the possession of all drugs, including marijuana. The Drug Policy Reform Act, which is expected to be formally introduced in the next few days, underscores how decriminalization and legalization are advancing at the […]

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Groups drop lawsuit challenging Montana adult-use marijuana measure

A legal challenge to voter-approved adult-use marijuana legalization in Montana has been dropped in the wake of the state Legislature weakening the measure. SAFE Montana and Wrong for Montana voluntarily abandoned their challenge, according to Missoula radio station KGVO. As a result of the legislative action, “it is our belief that the issue raised in […]

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Florida medical marijuana operators in ‘catbird seat’ after state court decision

A recent Florida Supreme Court decision plays into the hands of established medical marijuana multistate operators in the state, although it also could spur additional licenses, investment by others and acquisition activity. What remains to be seen is to what extent the currently concentrated, billion-dollar industry will become more competitive over time. The state Supreme […]

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CA county sues cannabis grower for creating ‘public nuisance’

Santa Barbara County in California filed the jurisdiction’s first nuisance lawsuit against a cannabis company after receiving eight complaints from neighbors about odors from the growing operation. The lawsuit claims that Island View Ranch and Island Breeze Farms created a “continuing public nuisance” since at least March 2019 and should be shuttered, according to the […]

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Connecticut pushes recreational marijuana legalization to special session

The Connecticut House of Representatives postponed a vote on legalizing recreational marijuana and instead will consider the issue in a special session before the end of the month, a top lawmaker said. The announcement by House Speaker Matt Ritter came as the legislative session was scheduled to adjourn later Wednesday and followed the likelihood of […]

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Marijuana MSO Vireo Health takes new name, moves into psychedelics

Minneapolis-based multistate marijuana operator Vireo Health made two strategic moves Tuesday, announcing a name change to Goodness Growth Holdings and an expansion into psychedelics. Vireo will remain the flagship brand of the company’s medical products, according to a news release timed with the firm’s Investor Day events. Some analysts see the modest-sized MSO as a […]

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