Jeff Smith

Measure legalizing CBD medicine awaits OK from Colorado governor

The Colorado Legislature passed a bill that permits doctors to prescribe CBD medicines provided they have won approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration – a development that could happen within a matter of weeks. The state Senate signed off on the measure Tuesday, and it now moves to Gov. John Hicklenlooper for his signature. Passage […]

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Despite historic inroads, federal marijuana reform faces uphill climb before midterm elections

Political support for reforming federal cannabis laws appears to be snowballing: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, President Donald Trump and former House Speaker John Boehner all recently signaled varying levels of support. In short, a variety of pro-cannabis bills – from hemp legalization and tax reform to granting MJ businesses […]

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License applications rolling in as Connecticut adds medical cannabis dispensaries

Businesses are rushing to capitalize on Connecticut’s mushrooming medical marijuana market. Regulators have received more than 70 marijuana dispensary applications after deciding to expand the tightly controlled market from nine outlets to as many as 19, according to The Hour newspaper. The new licenses will be issued in the coming months. Additional dispensaries are needed […]

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Senate minority leader Schumer wants to let states regulate marijuana

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York is the latest to join the federal cannabis reform bandwagon, saying he plans to introduce legislation that will remove marijuana from the controlled substances list and allow states to decide how to regulate MJ. “Ultimately, it’s the right thing to do,” Schumer said in an interview Thursday […]

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On eve of 4/20, cannabis-flavored beer a no-go for two Florida breweries

Federal tax authorities have ordered two South Florida breweries to stop selling craft beer infused with cannabis terpenes oil, putting a damper on their 4/20 party plans. The cease-and-desist letters were issued over the past week to Invasive Species Brewing in Fort Lauderdale and Devour Brewing in Boynton Beach, according to SouthFlorida.com. The federal Alcohol […]

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Why the US needs federal marijuana reform: Q&A with Congressman Tom Garrett

U.S. Rep. Tom Garrett isn’t the most likely congressional member to embrace federal marijuana reform. The first-term Republican is from a state – Virginia – that has yet to legalize medical marijuana, although its laws provide protections for people who use cannabidiol oils for medical conditions. Why did Garrett introduce the “Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act […]

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Colorado marijuana edibles company Wana Brands sued over alleged information theft

Wana Brands, a high-profile Colorado edibles maker, has been sued for allegedly stealing confidential business information from a marijuana company that says it was duped into believing it would be acquired. LP Capital, a Colorado extraction company that makes MJ-concentrated vape cartridges, claims in a lawsuit it suffered more than $5 million in damages from lost revenue […]

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Maryland approves 7 more medical cannabis dispensaries

Maryland regulators approved seven additional medical marijuana dispensaries and one processor, their latest step to expand the state’s recently launched MMJ industry. The state now has almost 50 licensed dispensaries, The Sun reported. More than 40 are open, according to the newspaper, a sign that the state’s long-delayed MMJ program is gaining traction. Eventually, 102 MMJ […]

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Maine lawmakers sign off on recreational cannabis bill

The Maine state House and Senate have approved legislation to allow legal adult-use marijuana sales in the state, likely by 2019 or 2020. According to the Portland Press-Herald, lawmakers apparently have enough support to override a potential veto by Republican Gov. Paul LePage, who torpedoed an earlier rec implementation bill last year. Legislation had been held […]

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Ex-House Speaker Boehner – a former cannabis opponent – joins MJ firm’s board

Former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner joined the advisory board of Acreage Holdings, a New York company with marijuana cultivation, processing and dispensing operations in 11 states. Boehner, a Republican, has been a longtime opponent of marijuana reform. Industry insiders and analysts said his change of political heart has the potential to energize and influence national marijuana […]

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