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Week in Review: California cannabis designations, Supreme Court loss, union victories & more

October 17, 2020

A new state law lets California’s outdoor marijuana growers claim a wine-like “appellation of origin” for their sun-and-soil-grown crops. California outdoor producers told Marijuana Business Daily they hope the law will help them distinguish their outdoor products from the competition. MJBizDaily takeaway: The appellations will also help California outdoor growers protect the products they’ve developed […]

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Marijuana advocates seriously eye federal legalization after election

October 16, 2020

Federal marijuana legalization could be only months from becoming reality, spurring Washington DC-based MJ advocates to seriously consider a “post-prohibition” world as they map out political strategies for 2021. Several DC-based nonprofits and trade associations predict a bill to federally legalize marijuana could pass Congress in the near future – but only if Democrat Joe […]

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Marijuana legalization and the 2020 election

October 1, 2020 · Updated June 6, 2021

The Republican and Democratic platforms lack specifics about marijuana reform. But coupled with the positions of the presidential candidates, they can offer a glimpse at how the U.S. legal marijuana marketplace might change depending on whether Donald Trump or Joe Biden occupies the White House in 2021, and which party controls Congress. 2020 Republican Party […]

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US House vote delay likely won’t derail marijuana reform momentum

September 21, 2020

The postponement of a U.S. House vote until after the November election to remove marijuana from the federal Controlled Substances Act is a disappointment to many in the industry, but it changes little in terms of the momentum of reform. That is, as long as the House remains controlled by Democrats, as is highly expected. […]

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Federal marijuana reform momentum expected to continue despite absence from party conventions

August 31, 2020

The Democratic and Republican national conventions barely touched on federal marijuana reform. The Republicans didn’t even write a new platform. And the Democratic platform fell short of supporting the efforts congressional Democrats have made in the past year toward federal marijuana legalization and cannabis banking reform. Nevertheless, Washington DC lobbyists and industry experts expect Democratic […]

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Full US House poised to vote on cannabis descheduling in September

August 28, 2020

The full US House is expected to vote next month on a sweeping reform bill that would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act, in what would be a historic development for the industry. House Democratic leadership is preparing for a vote on the social justice-focused Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act of 2019, […]

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Week in Review: Adult-use MJ sales still strong, fires burning California cannabis, Canada’s import policies scrutinized & more

August 22, 2020

Recreational marijuana sales in key markets remained solid two weeks after enhanced federal jobless benefits expired. MJBizDaily takeaway: That’s good news for the cannabis industry, but it’s still early and experts say that consumer spending patterns often change gradually. President Donald Trump recently signed an executive order that would restore $400 of the $600 a […]

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Court refuses to reject suit challenging marijuana’s listing as Schedule 1 drug

August 19, 2020

A lawsuit challenging marijuana’s federal classification as a Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substances Act remains alive after a federal appeals court denied the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s request to dismiss the suit. The lawsuit, filed in May by a group of scientists and veterans, is part of an effort to claim that such […]

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