Marijuana Legalization and Regulatory News for Cannabis Businesses

Farmer advocacy group backs New York’s adult-use cannabis legalization effort

New York’s largest advocacy group for farmers has come out in support of a bill to legalize recreational marijuana, a measure that, in its current form, would give farmers priority status for cannabis cultivation licenses. The New York Farm Bureau said in a statement that farmers “recognize the potential opportunity” of growing marijuana for the […]

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Florida agriculture chief forms panel aimed at improving medical marijuana market

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried announced the members of her newly created advisory committee to advance the state’s medical cannabis policies, which could potentially bolster MMJ business in the state. The 18-member committee, which includes several of the state’s cannabis industry executives, will meet bimonthly to work to improve patient access, technology, innovation and other […]

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Nevada’s top prosecutor won’t promise hands-off treatment of cannabis industry

Nevada’s top federal prosecutor is making things a little more uncertain for the fast-growing cannabis industry in the state, saying that he isn’t ruling out the possibility of prosecuting marijuana businesses – but it’s not at the top of his list. U.S. Attorney Nicholas Trutanich told the Reno Gazette Journal he believes drug use and […]

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Arizona may be on verge of requiring medical marijuana testing

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has until Saturday to decide whether to sign legislation that would require medical marijuana and derivative products to be tested by an independent lab for pesticides, fungus, heavy metals and other impurities starting Nov. 1, 2020. Senate Bill 1494 also would require the state Department of Health Services to issue lab […]

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Terra Tech pays $6.3 million to settle Nevada marijuana claim

Terra Tech, a California-based cannabis operator, agreed to pay $6.3 million to settle a lawsuit that alleged the company siphoned money from a Nevada dispensary for its other ventures. The February settlement, reported Thursday by the Reno Gazette Journal, stemmed from a lawsuit filed last year by Heidi Loeb Hegerich, a businesswoman who co-owned the […]

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New Mexico adds opioid use to medical marijuana conditions list

New Mexico health officials expanded the list of qualifying conditions for the state’s medical cannabis program, including opioid-use disorder, which could potentially mean expanded sales for MMJ businesses in the state. Other qualifying conditions that were added that could also boost business in the state include: Alzheimer’s disease Autism spectrum disorder Three degenerative neurological disorders […]

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Week in Review: Illinois makes history, New Jersey expands medical cannabis, FDA mulls CBD in food & more

Illinois legalizes adult-use cannabis, New Jersey maps a major expansion of its medical marijuana program, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration holds a landmark hearing – plus other important news from around the industry. Illinois marks a first Illinois became the first state in the country to legalize a commercial recreational market through its Legislature. […]

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Delaware recreational cannabis bill clears first obstacle

A bill to legalize recreational marijuana in Delaware cleared its first legislative hurdle, with the House Revenue and Finance Committee voting to advance the measure for consideration by the full House. The legislation calls for initial authorization of 50 cultivation facilities of various sizes, 10 processing facilities, 15 retail stores and five testing labs. A […]

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Domino effect? Illinois marijuana legalization could spur other states to do same

Illinois, the nation’s first state to legalize commercial recreational marijuana through its Legislature, may spark similar legalization efforts elsewhere in the country – and could serve as a blueprint for others, according to industry executives. That could open the doors to millions – if not billions – of dollars in fresh business opportunities for cannabis […]

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Connecticut adds five medical cannabis conditions, will consider chronic pain

Medical marijuana companies in Connecticut likely will see a boost in business after the state expands its MMJ program with five new qualifying conditions. A board of physicians recommended the new conditions at the Department of Consumer Protection’s regular meeting Monday, and the agency’s commissioner promptly accepted them, according to the Hartford Business Journal. The new […]

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Louisiana Senate reverses course, supports medical marijuana inhalers

Louisiana senators revived a proposal to allow medical cannabis patients to use inhalers, only two days after rejecting the idea. The measure, if enacted into law, could spark additional MMJ sales in Louisiana. The state Senate on Monday passed a reworked bill with a 31-7 vote, sending it back to the House, which had overwhelmingly […]

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A dozen US governors ask congressional leaders to back federal marijuana reform

A bipartisan coalition of 12 governors from states that have legalized medical or recreational cannabis sent a letter to congressional leaders, asking for their support in getting a major marijuana reform bill through the U.S. House and Senate. The governors of California, Colorado, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Vermont and Washington state […]

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