Marijuana Legalization and Regulatory News for Cannabis Businesses

New Jersey governor: Push to legalize recreational marijuana is short on votes

Days ahead of a planned vote in the Legislature that would make New Jersey the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana, Gov. Phil Murphy said Thursday the measure is short of the votes needed to pass next week. The Democrat spoke during a news conference alongside more than a dozen supporters of the bill, including […]

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MedMen taking Miami Beach to court over cannabis dispensary regulations

Multistate marijuana operator MedMen is suing Miami Beach, Florida, claiming a local regulation – which requires medical cannabis dispensaries be at least 1,200 feet from each other – violates state law. According to the Miami Herald, MedMen is charging the city’s zoning ordinance would limit the number of dispensaries in Miami Beach to seven – which […]

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California cannabis firms struggle to make sense of new track-and-trace system, fanning fears over its expanded rollout

Many California marijuana business executives welcome the state’s newly mandated track-and-trace system as an opportunity to ensure industry transparency – but they worry the technology’s rollout could prove rocky. Industry officials report widespread confusion about how to operate Metrc, the software the state relies on to power the track-and-trace system. Confusion also swirls around how […]

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Illinois Senate panel passes bill to protect banks serving cannabis businesses

An Illinois senate committee voted to advance a bill that would prohibit the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from taking any action that would penalize or dissuade banks and credit unions from serving legal marijuana-related businesses. Even if the bill becomes law, Capitol News Illinois noted, financial institutions that do business with marijuana companies […]

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NY gov drops adult-use marijuana from budget, but bullish on legalization outlook

Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday a bill legalizing adult-use cannabis won’t be included in the state’s budget due April 1, but he predicted state lawmakers could come to an agreement on a measure by June. The comments in an interview with WNYC radio’s Brian Lehrer weren’t a surprise given Cuomo indicated last […]

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Rhode Island lawmakers raise questions about plan to legalize recreational cannabis

Rhode Island lawmakers held their first joint hearing on a proposal to legalize recreational marijuana, but the measure received considerable pushback and prospects look dimmer without some reworking or compromises. The Providence Journal reported the state’s Senate Finance and Judiciary committees lawmakers had several criticisms about the plan unveiled this week, including that it provides too […]

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Arkansas Senate passes medical cannabis bills affecting edibles, advertising

Arkansas marijuana entrepreneurs took note as the state Senate passed two bills aimed at restricting medical cannabis’ desirability to children by limiting certain edibles and restricting MMJ advertising. The two bills passed Tuesday codify rules already spelled out by the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Division. The measures were sent to the state House for consideration. […]

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Despite risks, marijuana firms that make or distribute CBD products use e-commerce to build multistate brands

When President Donald Trump penned hemp legalization into law late last year via the Farm Bill, hemp companies obviously cheered. But marijuana entrepreneurs also took careful note, because that landmark decision could offer fresh business opportunities to diversify into a plant now legal under federal law. A growing number of marijuana businesses – and hemp-only […]

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US House committee poised to consider cannabis banking bill next week

A bill to provide federal protection for banks serving state-legal marijuana businesses is scheduled for markup by a congressional committee next week, a notable development for cannabis banking legislation. Maxine Waters, chair of the House Financial Services Committee, announced that her group will mark up the SAFE Banking Act on March 26, a process that […]

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NJ adult-use cannabis bill heads to final vote after key committee OKs

New Jersey took another major step Monday toward legalizing recreational marijuana when Senate and Assembly committees approved an identical measure and sent it to the full Legislature for a vote. The approvals by the Assembly Appropriations and Senate Judiciary committees set up a floor vote as soon as March 25. A bill reached a similar […]

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California environmental regulations and marijuana: Q&A with Green Wise’s Pamela Epstein

Before joining the cannabis industry as an attorney and business consultant, Pamela Epstein practiced environmental law. Epstein, founder of Los Angeles-based Green Wise Consulting, specialized in the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), a law that all companies in the state – cannabis or otherwise – must take into account. It mandates a review of any […]

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