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Thu
29
Aug

Cannabis is officially decriminalized in the state of New York

Cannabis has been decriminalized in New York State after Governor Andrew Cuomo signed off on the new legislation last month.

The new law has converted the possession of under two ounces of cannabis from a misdemeanor into a violation. As a result,  offenders will receive a ticket to appear in court, followed by a $50 fine if convicted of possession of less than one ounce, and a $200 fine if convicted of possessing less than two ounces.

Thu
29
Aug

The evolving tapestry of cannabis regulation in Colombia

Colombia is synonymous with cannabis farming, but are there more challenges creating cannabis regulation than it would appear?

For Canada’s leading cannabis producers, Colombia has emerged as the choice location for outsourced production. With an equatorial climate and mountainous topography, the country provides a steady 12 hours of sunlight per day as well as a wide range of growing altitudes. An inexpensive and plentiful labour force – many with experience in a world-leading flowers-for-export industry – means that companies estimate future Colombian production costs of $0.50 (~€0.45) to $0.80 per gram of dry cannabis flower, compared to over $2 in Canada. So, where does cannabis regulation come in to play?

Thu
29
Aug

Cannabis packaging: How regulations make sustainability a challenge

Possibly one of the fastest growing trends in the cannabis industry is the demand for quality and compliant packaging. If you were at the most recent MJBizCon in Las Vegas, you probably had a hard time not noticing the slew of booths catering to consumer-facing companies and their various packaging needs. It is a hot topic for good reason: direct branding has become a key part of serious strategy, ad restrictions persist nationwide, demand continues to grow steadily, and companies are trying to remain compliant over multiple borders.

Wed
28
Aug

New Mexico limits medical marijuana providers

Ultra Health President and CEO Duke Rodriguez discusses the medical marijuana industry during a tour of the company's greenhouse on April 6, 2018 in Bernalillo, N.M. (Susan Montoya Bryan,/AP)

A New Mexico law went into effect Tuesday that limits the state's 35 medical marijuana providers to 1,750 mature plants.

The legislation, which replaces previous guidelines that allowed for 2,500 plants per provider, was adopted by state Health Secretary Kathy Kunkel, according to The Associated Press.

Wed
28
Aug

5 years in, Washington considers overhaul of cannabis regulation

Five years after Washington launched its pioneering legal marijuana market, officials are proposing an overhaul of the state’s industry rules, with plans for boosting minority ownership of cannabis businesses, paving the way for home deliveries of medical cannabis and letting the smallest growers increase the size of their operations to become more competitive.

Liquor and Cannabis Board Director Rick Garza detailed the proposals — part of what the board calls “Cannabis 2.0” — in an interview with The Associated Press. It’s an effort to picture what the legal marijuana market will look like over the next five years, after spending the past five years largely regulating by reaction as the difficulties of building an industry from infancy absorbed the agency’s attention.

Wed
28
Aug

Wholesale cannabis prices rise in legalized States

The wholesale market for legal cannabis is marked by great regional variation, but the oversupply that has sent prices plummeting in Oregon and other Western states has not been able to dampen the general upswing on the national level. 

Wed
28
Aug

Oklahoma: Expanded protections for cannabis patients to take effect

Legislation will take effect next week expanding protections for state-qualified medical cannabis patients.

Wed
28
Aug

California Assembly passes Bill allowing medical cannabis on school campuses

On Monday, the California House of Representatives approved a bill that will let school boards decide whether parents will be allowed to give their kids medical marijuana on campus. Currently, students must leave campus to consume their meds, which critics say is a risky policy.

The state assembly’s decision does not apply to smokeable cannabis. The legislation will now go to the state senate for approval. Last year, ex-Governor Jerry Brown vetoed Jojo’s Act, a similar bill named after a San Francisco High School student and medical marijuana patient, after it had passed both the state House and Senate.

Tue
27
Aug

New Jersey Governor Vetoes Marijuana Conviction Expungement Bill

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has vetoed legislation that would have expedited expungements for people with certain cannabis-related offenses on their record. On Friday, Murphy announced that he had shot down the plan because it did not go far enough, and offered suggestions to lawmakers on how they could craft expungement legislation that was more likely to get past his desk.

Tue
27
Aug

Andrew Yang wants to sell you marijuana-themed campaign merch

Presidential candidate Andrew Yang is combining his passion for mathematics and marijuana reform to provide supporters some sweet campaign merchandise.

According to a Monmouth University poll released this morning, tech executive Andrew Yang is polling at 3% among Democratic presidential candidates. Meanwhile, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Joe Biden remain locked in a three-way tie at the top, each commanding around 20% of polled voters. But that hasn’t stopped Yang from trying rather “creative” attempts to boost his numbers.

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