Marijuana Legalization and Regulatory News for Cannabis Businesses

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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Nevada is poised to create cannabis compliance board

Nevada legislators passed a bill to create a board that will oversee the state’s legal marijuana industry. The Cannabis Compliance Board will be tasked with establishing requirements for marijuana delivery services and studying MJ consumption lounges. Here’s what you need to know: The board would be barred from legalizing and licensing lounges. The bill prohibits a […]

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New York governor says legalization of adult-use cannabis unlikely this year

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he doesn’t believe it’s feasible for lawmakers to legalize recreational marijuana in 2019. The Democrat told reporters he doesn’t see sufficient support to pass the measure in the state Senate. Cuomo said he backs the legalization of marijuana but the issue remains controversial for many legislators. And he noted […]

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Federal appeals court to DEA: Reconsider marijuana’s Schedule 1 status

A federal appeals court in New York told the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to “promptly” reconsider its classification of cannabis as a Schedule 1 drug. While it’s unclear whether the DEA will act, such a move could have a wide-ranging impact on medical cannabis businesses and research. “I think you would see an increase in […]

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Cannabis banking protections provided in congressional spending bill

Banks that serve lawful marijuana businesses would be protected from a crackdown by financial regulators such as the U.S. Department of Treasury under a provision in a draft congressional spending bill. The House Financial Services and General Government subcommittee is scheduled to mark up the bill on Monday night, so it’s possible there could be […]

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Washington state warns marijuana firms to follow rules when sending text ads

Washington state regulators advised cannabis businesses to follow regulations that provide warnings when sending out text messages as advertisements, just as with any other marijuana ad. The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board issued a notice that aside from outdoor ads, all advertising must include the following information: The product has intoxicating effects and may […]

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