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December 9, 2020
U.S. House Approves Medical Marijuana Research Act

The U.S. House of Representatives approved the Medical Marijuana Research Act, bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Andy Harris (R-MD) to address burdensome impediments to legitimate medical research. Although 99% of Americans now live in a state with some form of legalized marijuana, current federal law... more »

December 1, 2020
Montana To Accept Marijuana License Applications By October 2021

On Nov. 3, 2020, Montana voters approved initiatives regarding the sale, possession and taxation of marijuana for adults 21 and over. Per Initiative 190, the department will begin accepting applications for necessary licenses by Oct. 1, 2021. Under I-190, the Montana Department of Revenue will license and regulate the cultivation,... more »

November 10, 2020
Two Appointed To New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission

Governor Murphy has begun making appointments to the state's' Cannabis Regulatory Commission. Voters approved a measure legalizing the regulation of cannabis. Dianna Houenou has been appointed as chair of the Cannabis Regulatory Commission. "Dianna has been a critical voice for social justice and equity on my team for the past... more »

September 23, 2020
Coalition Launches Campaign For Interstate Cannabis Commerce

Cannabis industry groups have partnered to create the Alliance for Sensible Markets, a non-profit coalition of business and advocacy leaders committed to establishing a sustainable legal cannabis industry. The coalition aims to "right the economics of legal cannabis by legalizing commerce between participating legal markets under interstate agreement in 2021."... more »

September 17, 2020
California Cannabis Licensing Authorities Unveil License Search Tool

California’s three cannabis licensing authorities – Bureau of Cannabis Control, Department of Food and Agriculture, and Department of Public Health — have launched a unified licensing search platform, the culmination of a collaboration between the California Department of Technology, the California Health and Human Services Agency Office of Innovation, the... more »

September 11, 2020
Investigation Finds No Bias In Maryland’s Awarding Of Cannabis Licenses

The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (MMCC) has released the findings of an independent investigation into the 2019 license application review process performed by Morgan State University and MMCC staff. The investigation was launched in February 2020 and led by former Assistant U.S. Attorney and Baltimore City State’s Attorney Gregg Bernstein... more »

September 10, 2020
Cannabis and 2020 Elections

This year kicked off with two additional states allowing recreational cannabis sales: Michigan legalized sales on Dec. 1 2019, and Illinois began legalized sales on Jan. 1. Now, several states are putting recreational and/or medical cannabis on their November ballots. Arizona The “Smart and Safe Arizona Act,” which received enough... more »

September 9, 2020
Maine Issues First Recreational Cannabis Licenses

The Office of Marijuana Policy (OMP), a part of the Maine Department of Administrative and Financial Services, has issued Maine’s first active licenses for adult use marijuana establishments. OMP has issued six active licenses comprised of three cultivation facilities, two marijuana stores, and one marijuana testing facility. The issuance of... more »

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