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Thu
22
Oct

Pair of measures would legalize marijuana in Montana

Marijuana is back on the ballot for the third time in the last five election cycles. But this year, Montanans will decide for the first time whether to follow states like Colorado and Washington in legalizing use for all adults.

The issue comes in the form of complementary ballot initiatives I-190 and CI-118. I-190 creates the rules for a recreational marijuana system in Montana, including a 20% tax. It also allows each county the option to prohibit dispensaries in their county.

CI-118 would amend the Montana Constitution to allow the state to set the minimum buying age to 21. If both pass, Montana would join 10 other states and the District of Columbia in legalizing recreational marijuana.

Thu
22
Oct

Lawsuit filed over Maine marijuana retail licenses

Two small Maine-based marijuana businesses are suing the agency that oversees recreational marijuana operations, arguing state licenses were illegally awarded to out-of-state owners.

State law requires owners of marijuana operations to live in Maine and to have filed state income taxes for four years. But the Maine Office of Marijuana Policy ignored the requirement, based on the state attorney general’s conclusion that it’s unlikely to hold up to legal scrutiny.

The federal lawsuit contends out-of-state companies take away a competitive advantage for Maine business operators.

Thu
22
Oct

Wisconsin Hemp Groups Applaud State's Decision To Delay New Regulations

Wisconsin hemp groups say the state’s decision to delay new regulations will keep CBD growers from suffering under more restrictive regulations.

Thu
22
Oct

Australia: Industrial hemp industry moves ahead in Victoria

The Victorian Government’s Industrial Hemp Taskforce has strongly backed a trial site as part of its interim report, handed down today.

The proposed site – Mildura’s SuniTAFE SMART Farm – was announced by agriculture minister Jaclyn Symes.

The taskforce has spent 12 months talking to industry stakeholders and research organisations to identify opportunities and issues facing the industry.

Improvements in processing capability, closing knowledge and experience gaps in hemp cultivation, addressing regulatory barriers and more clear and accessible market information were some of its key findings.

The taskforce oversaw a memorandum of understanding between SuniTAFE in Mildura and Australian Primary Hemp.

Thu
22
Oct

Don’t Hold Your Breath For Federal Cannabis Legalization

Without a major change in the structure of Congress and a president who will actually sign a bill legalizing cannabis, it’s not going to happen.

Thu
22
Oct

U.S. Legal Cannabis Market to Reach $35 Billion by 2025

 New Frontier Data, the most trusted authority in cannabis data, analytics and business intelligence worldwide, releases its latest study, The U.S. Cannabis Report: 2020-2021 Industry Outlookpresented in partnership with NXTecK, the only big data-powered consumer behavior and engagement AdTech firm specializing in the cannabis sector globally.

Wed
21
Oct

New Jersey to vote on legalization of recreational marijuana

New Jersey voters will decide the status of recreational marijuana in the upcoming election by voting on legalizing the drug via a ballot initiative.

The question will ask voters to approve or reject an amendment to the state constitution which would legalize possession of marijuana for all people 21 years old and over and pave the way for recreational cultivation, processing and retail sale. 

Wed
21
Oct

Massachusetts cannabis regulators put cap on number of marijuana delivery licenses

After wading through a raft of comments from municipal leaders, established industry players and advocates, marijuana regulators on Tuesday ironed out the final wrinkles of their plan to establish a structure for home delivery of marijuana and create new business opportunities -- and rejected a proposal to delay delivery until 2023.

Wed
21
Oct

USDA Approves South Dakota’s Industrial Hemp Plan

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved the Industrial Hemp Plan submitted by the South Dakota Department of Agriculture. The department is currently working to promulgate emergency administrative rules to establish a program in accordance with state law and the USDA approved plan. South Dakota Farmers Union Lobbyist Mitch Richter is pleased it’s moving forward as his group has been pushing for this plan for some time.

He says while there won’t be a huge number of acres of industrial hemp planted, there will be some farmers who will want to try growing the crop.

Richter says another positive for farmers being allwed to grow industrial hemp is the spin off economic development it will create.

Wed
21
Oct

Cuomo advisor predicts New York will legalize pot in April

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s advisor on marijuana policy said this week the Empire State could legalize weed in April of next year with a bill that would serve as a model for other states looking to allow recreational pot in the United States.

Axel Bernabe, assistant counselor to Governor Cuomo, was a guest on the Under The Canopy series, recently launched by Canopy Growth, where he discussed cannabis legalization efforts in New York. According to Bernabe, a bill to legalize marijuana will be introduced through the state budget in January again, while he expects legalization to take effect by April. 

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