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Fri
08
Oct

As NJ legal cannabis industry gets off the ground, some say getting a foot in the door is too difficult

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Predatory practices and local politics may be snuffing out potential players in New Jersey’s recreational marijuana industry.

Thu
07
Oct

Flower to be Permitted Following First Regulatory Meeting in New York

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Medical marijuana patients in New York state will soon be able to do something for the first time in the five-year history of the program: purchase smokable marijuana.

The state’s newly formed regulatory board approved the sale of marijuana flower on Tuesday, broadening the offerings of a medicinal pot marketplace that had only featured the likes of vaping products and oils. 

It was the first meeting for the so-called Cannabis Control Board, which is comprised of five board members and is “charged with implementing the Marihuana Regulation & Taxation Act and advancing the cannabis industry in New York State.”The meeting came two weeks after New York Gov. Kathy Hochul made her final two appointments to the panel. 

Thu
07
Oct

More Marijuana Regulation Is Always a Bad Idea

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Prior to 1913, marijuana was legal nationwide. Motivated by anti-immigrant sentiment resulting from an influx of Mexican immigration after the Mexican War in 1910, states started to outlaw marijuana. By 1931, 29 states effectively outlawed it. The Controlled Substance Act of 1970 officially banned marijuana federally, as part of the government’s War on Drugs effort.

These policies have caused incredible suffering through the loss of lives and livelihood—police violence against black and minority communities, poverty, asset forfeiture, mass imprisonment, and health hazard through adulterated black-market products, to name a few.

Wed
06
Oct

Cannabis council members urge a state-chartered bank to finance low-income entrepreneurs

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Members of the state’s Social Equity Council planning for adult-use cannabis sales in Connecticut on Tuesday stressed the need to focus on business opportunities for neighborhoods hurt by the failed war on drugs by making it easier for lower-income people to get into the business..

Wed
06
Oct

Marijuana seizures at the Michigan-Canada border are booming. Here’s why.

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They hit the throttle and sped through pitch-black water. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officers spotted a vessel of some sort in the distance, near the uninhabited Celeron Island in the Detroit River at 2:35 a.m., June 5, 2020.

Wed
06
Oct

Employees seek to add whistleblower complaint to existing suit against NM cannabis regulators

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Four state employees who initially filed a lawsuit against the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department over where they were assigned to work have asked the judge in the case to allow more claims to be added. The four plaintiffs filed a motion last week to amend their suit to include allegations that RLD and its Cannabis Control Division violated the state’s Whistleblower Protection Act.

Matilde Colomo, Matthew Peralta, Martinik Gonzales and Jude Vigil claim, in their proposed amended complaint, that their bosses violated state law by ignoring concerns raised by employees regarding an illegal cannabis grow, moldy cannabis and an edible cannabis product that allegedly caused a consumer to have an “adverse reaction.”  

Wed
06
Oct

Gwinnett weighs decriminalizing possession of marijuana, but postpones vote

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Gwinnett County officials held off Tuesday on formally reducing the penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana. County officials are discussing a change to the county’s ordinance that could carry no jail time and lower fines for anyone caught with an ounce or less of the drug. But the Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to table a vote on the amendment until their Nov. 2 meeting. State law dictates that anyone found in possession of an ounce or less of marijuana can face up to one year in jail, a $1,000 fine or a year’s worth of community service. The proposed ordinance rewrite would cap fines at $150 and community service at 20 hours for anyone found guilty.

Tue
05
Oct

Cannabis Freedom Alliance Doubles Membership with Addition of New Values Members and Working Groups

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Today, the Cannabis Freedom Alliance (CFA) added a new class of membership, Values Members, who share a vision with CFA of ending prohibition in a manner consistent with helping all Americans achieve their full potential and limiting the number of barriers that inhibit innovation and entrepreneurship in a free and open market; and three new working groups focused on CFA’s core values: Successful Second Chances and Competitive Open Markets.

CFA congratulates, and is proud to welcome, the newest additions to the coalition: Consumer Choice Center (CCC), End It For Good (EFIG), Nevada Policy (NP), R Street Institute (RSI), and Students for Liberty (SFL).

CFA is further proud to announce the creation of its three working groups:

Tue
05
Oct

Legalizing marijuana in Pa.: Why this GOP state senator and ex-U.S. marshal says it's time

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A former federal law enforcement officer turned Pennsylvania lawmaker became the second Republican state senator to publicly endorse legalizing recreational marijuana in the Keystone State.

York County state Sen. Mike Regan, the chairman of the Senate Law and Justice Committee, circulated a co-sponsorship memo late Monday to colleagues soliciting support for a bill to legalize marijuana for those 21 and older.

He said the revenue could be used to fund police, fight violent crime in cities and pay for afterschool programs in disadvantaged neighborhoods. 

“Our law enforcement agencies and justice system do not have the manpower or time to handle these minor marijuana offenses that clog our courts and produce little return,” he wrote.

Tue
05
Oct

New York finally launches legal marijuana control board. What to expect (and when)

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Six months after New York legalized marijuana for recreational use, the state is finally getting down to the business of setting the rules for growing, processing and selling it — and ensuring the “social equity” provisions written into the law. The first meeting of the state’s new Cannabis Control Board, which will also regulate non-THC cannabis like hemp and CBD, will take place this afternoon (Oct. 5) in a virtual format. It starts at 1:30 p.m

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