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August 24, 2020
Bill To Freeze Cannabis Tax Rates Introduced In California

The Assembly and Senate budget committees introduced a budget trailer bill for cannabis that, among other things, will provide short-term tax certainty for licensed cannabis businesses, beginning Jan. 1, 2021. SB 827 freezes, for one year, the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration’s (CDTFA) authority to increase the existing... more »

August 20, 2020
National Industrial Hemp Council Offers Guidance For CBD Regulations

The National Industrial Hemp Council (NIHC) filed comments on Aug. 19 with the Food And Drug Administration (FDA) to help direct their work on establishing a policy of enforcement discretion on CBD products. The comments were filed after the NIHC participated in a listening session with the FDA’s CBD Working... more »

August 19, 2020
California Cannabis Industry Association Gives Regulatory Recommendations

The California Cannabis Industry Association (CCIA) has issued a list of comprehensive recommendations aimed at improving the state's licensing and regulatory framework for cannabis. These recommendations are the product of several months of discussions with CCIA's board of directors with extensive input from its seven policy committees and over 400... more »

July 15, 2020
Pennsylvania Senators Urge Cannabis Legalization To Raise State’s Revenue

The pandemic has created unprecedented budget challenges in Pennsylvania. Senator Sharif Street sent the following letter to Governor Tom Wolf and Senate leadership urging them to consider legalizing cannabis to raise revenue in the fall. Sen. Street was joined on the letter by 14 other senators. Recently, the Independent Fiscal... more »

May 28, 2020
Adult-Use Cannabis Retailers Now Open In Massachusetts

As of May 25, 2020, adult-use cannabis retailers in Massachusetts can reopen with precautionary procedures in accordance with Governor Baker’s Order Implementing a Phased Reopening of Workplaces and Imposing Workplace Safety Measures to Address COVID-19. The Cannabis Control Commission rescinded the order that temporarily paused adult-use cannabis sales in line... more »

May 22, 2020
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam Signs Marijuana Decriminalization Bills

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has signed legislation, Senate Bill 2 and House Bill 972, decriminalizing "simple cannabis possession." The new legislation goes into effect July 1, 2020. Current law imposes a maximum fine of $500 and a maximum 30-day jail sentence for a first offense, and subsequent offenses are a... more »
Cannabus Europa

May 20, 2020
Minority Business Owners Applaud Cannabis Banking Reform In Latest COVID-19 Relief Legislation

On May 13, the minority cannabis business community applauded House leadership for working to end cash-only transactions and provide access to resources for essential businesses excluded from state and federal coronavirus relief. House leadership introduced the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act (“HEROES” Act) with language from the... more »
Texas medical marijuana

May 19, 2020
Attorneys General Urge Giving Marijuana-Related Business Access To Banking System

A bipartisan coalition of 34 state and territorial Attorneys General is urging Congress to pass as part of upcoming COVID-19 relief legislation the federal Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act (H.R. 1595) or similar measures that would give legal marijuana-related businesses access to the federal banking system. Under existing... more »

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