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17
Jan

Senators ask FDA to update rules on certain cannabis products

Oregon’s two senators on Tuesday urged the head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to update federal regulations to permit interstate commerce of food products containing a key non-psychoactive ingredient of cannabis.

The appeal by Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley came after Congress legalized the production and sale of industrial hemp and hemp derivatives, including cannabidiols, known as CBD. Wyden and Merkley had been behind a hemp provision that Congress passed and was included in the 2018 Farm Bill.

Thu
17
Jan

Where does your governor stand on marijuana legalization?

To kick off the 2019 state legislative season, we released out 2019 Gubernatorial Scorecard. This extensive database assigns a letter grade "A" through "F" to states' governors based upon their comments and voting records specific to matters of marijuana policy.

Following last spring’s publication of our 2018 Scorecard, there has been a dramatic shift in opinion among elected officials in favor of marijuana policy reform. Never before have so many state governors gone on record and pledged their support for legalizing the responsible use of cannabis by adults.

Thu
17
Jan

Pot revenue could fund new education and law enforcement programs

The Colorado General Assembly has been in session for less than two weeks, but lawmakers are already hard at work and have introduced more than 200 bills so far.

A key part of a bill's success or failure is how much money it would cost taxpayers and where the money used to fund the initiative would come from. Since 2014, one of the easiest targets for funding has been marijuana tax dollars.

Thu
17
Jan

Wisconsin Governor announces he will make “first step” toward legalizing cannabis

Wisconsin’s new Democratic governor, Tony Evers, announced Tuesday his plans to include the initial steps of cannabis legalization in his state budget proposal for 2019. Speaking before Wisconsin Technology Council board members, Gov. Evers responded to a question about his views on cannabis. Evers said he personally favors adult use legalization, echoing Minnesota’s new governor, Tim Walz.

Thu
17
Jan

The cannabis lobby is upping its presence in Washington DC

It’s shaping up to be another big year for cannabis, as politicians and policymakers move to destigmatize, decriminalize, and — in some cases — legalize the drug nationwide. In New York, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently presented his plan to legalize recreational cannabis throughout the state. Democrat Tim Walz, the newly elected governor of Minnesota, wants his state to be the next to legalize. And in Rhode Island, Democratic Gov.

Thu
17
Jan

Alberta's cannabis plan is 'absolutely idiotic,' according to US experts

Alberta recently announced plans to stop licensing cannabis retailers until Canada's cannabis supply shortage has been resolved—a move some US experts think is the wrong way for the Canadian province to approach the issue, writes Calvin Hughes.

Thu
17
Jan

More than 60 closed Michigan medical marijuana dispensaries may reopen

Dozens of medical marijuana dispensaries that were forced to close at the end of 2018 can resume doing business at least until March 31, a state board ruled Wednesday.

Michigan's Medical Marijuana Licensing Board took the action, in a 4-0 vote, to address concerns about ensuring patient supply while many providers are still working to meet license requirements.

"We're going to take care of the patients," said board Chairman Rick Johnson, but by March 31, "if you're not licensed, you're probably going to be in deep trouble."

More than 60 closed dispensaries around the state might be able to reopen under the resolution, said David Harns, a spokesman for the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

Wed
16
Jan

Here's where Presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand stands on cannabis

With primary season just over a year away, every day seems to bring a new contenders for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination in 2020, writes James McClure. Today, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced her candidacy to be the 46th US president.

Wed
16
Jan

Canopy Growth Corp (TSX:WEED) Selects a Different U.S. Entry Strategy

Leading Canadian cannabis and hemp producer Canopy Growth Corp’s (TSX:WEED)(NYSE:CGC) stock rallied on Monday after the company announced that it’s finally entering the United States market thanks to a recently signed Farm Bill of 2018 that federally legalized the farming of hemp, a cannabis family plant, as a crop.

The company will make a significant US$100-150 million investment in establishing large scale hemp production facilities (a Hemp Industrial Park) in the state of New York within the next 100 days, and it appears that this will be a green field venture.

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Jan

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