Marijuana Legalization and Regulatory News for Cannabis Businesses

New Hampshire House passes recreational cannabis bill, sends to Senate

New Hampshire’s House approved a full-fledged adult-use marijuana legalization bill, sending the measure to the Senate for its consideration. The legislation was approved in a 200-163 vote, according to New Hampshire Public radio. House Bill 481 would tax cannabis cultivators at 5% and retailers at 9%. As originally introduced, the legislation would have imposed a […]

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Illinois Senate panel OKs adult-use cannabis bill, but details are pending

An Illinois Senate committee voted to advance a placeholder bill that lawmakers can amend later to legalize a recreational marijuana market in the state. The so-called “shell bill” – approved in a 12-4 party line vote by the Senate Executive Committee – is expected to be significantly changed through private negotiations among lawmakers, the governor’s office […]

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Congressional legislation reintroduced to protect state-legal marijuana markets

A bipartisan group of lawmakers in the U.S. House and Senate reintroduced legislation Thursday to protect states’ ability to enact their own marijuana policies while resolving long-standing banking and taxation issues. The STATES Act – which is expected to face tougher sledding in the Republican-controlled Senate versus the Democratic-controlled House – would create an exemption in the […]

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Florida legislative panel wants 10% THC limit on smokable medical marijuana

A Florida House committee wants to limit the strength of smokable medical marijuana to 10% THC, a development that likely would dampen retail sales. The House Health and Human Services Committee approved the bill Wednesday over the objections of patient advocates, just weeks after the state lifted a ban on smokable forms of the plant. Opponents […]

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NJ forecasts need for up to 90 more medical marijuana dispensaries by 2022

New Jersey needs to add 50 to 90 medical cannabis dispensaries in the next three years and more cultivation facilities to keep pace with current market demand, according to a state report issued this week that holds out the possibility of additional MMJ business opportunities. The report, released by the New Jersey Department of Health, […]

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Colorado OKs medical cannabis to treat autism disorders

Colorado added autism spectrum disorders to the list of conditions eligible for treatment with medical marijuana, which could help bolster MMJ sales in a market that has declined after the legalization of adult-use cannabis. Gov. Jared Polis signed a bipartisan bill into law Tuesday after his predecessor, John Hickenlooper, vetoed a similar bill last year, citing […]

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Despite ‘monopoly’ concerns, Rhode Island’s medical marijuana program on upswing

At first blush, Rhode Island’s tiny medical marijuana market looks like a disaster for cannabis entrepreneurs: The state’s MMJ program is dominated by three vertically integrated businesses, wholesale prices are falling, and the Ocean State’s 41 stand-alone growers must battle over a small customer pie. But Rhode Island medical cannabis officials are increasingly optimistic. They […]

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Colorado House panel advances marijuana home delivery bill

Colorado would allow home delivery of medical cannabis next year and recreational marijuana in 2021 under a bill approved by a state House committee on Tuesday. Home delivery could permit marijuana businesses to boost sales by making it easier for consumers to buy product. It could also create new business opportunities for MJ transporters. The […]

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Judge sets April 9 hearing for Michigan’s unlicensed medical marijuana dispensaries

A Michigan judge will consider arguments on April 9 regarding legal efforts to block state regulators from shutting down roughly 50 unlicensed medical cannabis facilities that have yet to obtain appropriate permits, according to media reports. The judge, who on Friday granted a temporary restraining order prohibiting the state from enforcing a March 31 deadline, […]

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Nevada sued over lack of transparency in adult-use cannabis licensing

A group of marijuana businesses in Nevada has sued the state, alleging a recent recreational marijuana licensing round wasn’t transparent and was “ripe for corruption.” Six suits now have been filed since the state issued 61 provisional licenses in December without disclosing the names of the license winners or the scoring criteria, according to the […]

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Michigan seeks more volunteers for adult-use marijuana rules work groups

Michigan regulators are asking for additional volunteers to provide input for the state’s recreational cannabis rules at workshops in Detroit and Marquette later this month. The state previously selected 57 individuals to participate in working groups covering four regulatory topics. For more information about the upcoming working groups and how to apply, click here.

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Florida medical cannabis retailer to expand to 49 dispensaries

Leading Florida medical marijuana retailer Trulieve has received the go-ahead to expand its dispensaries to 49 locations throughout the state. According to the Tallahassee Democrat, this ends a lawsuit Trulieve filed against the Florida health department and the state will drop its appeal of a circuit judge’s ruling that a statutory cap limiting the number of dispensaries […]

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