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Thu
02
Jul

Federal Judge Presses U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Transparency in Cannabis Policy

A federal judge is setting new deadlines for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to respond to an ongoing lawsuit seeking specific policy language on the agency’s approach to cannabis at the U.S-Canada border. For the past few years, Canadian cannabis industry employees and investors have been turned away at the border—and, in some cases, barred from the U.S. outright.

Thu
02
Jul

FDA Publishes New Updates For Healthcare Professionals

As of mid-June, there were more than 2.32 million COVID-19 cases and over 122,500 deaths in the U.S.. The need for updated information to fight the pandemic continues to rise daily. 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA,) is upgrading information and providing new resources on an almost daily basis during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The FDA staff, researchers, and partners are working virtually around the clock to keep medical professionals updated with the absolute latest information. 

In earlier June, the FDA updated its site again with new resources for those on the front lines. 

The FDA published two new web pages to help healthcare professionals and the public access information:

Wed
01
Jul

Is Bill Barr and The DOJ Quietly Waging War On The Cannabis Industry?

Attorney General William Barr has recently come under fire from the Department of Justice (DOJ) and we expect him to be questioned by a House of Representatives committee on a number of topics.

Early last week, we learned more about Barr and his decision to conduct antitrust investigations into 10 cannabis companies. According to a high ranking official within the US Department of Justice, the investigations were solely based on Barr’s political opposition to cannabis legalization.

Wed
01
Jul

Will Joe Biden Change His Position On Legalizing Cannabis?

Marijuana legalization is intrinsically tied to social justice.

However, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has maintained his opposition to making cannabis legal. Some hope that could change as more people become aware of the impact that the War on Drugs has had on people of color.

Even as he enjoys an early lead in election polls, people within his own party hope Biden will change his stance. That includes people working on his campaign who have made their support of cannabis legalization public. But any cannabis entrepreneur or investor considering the odds of Biden changing his mind need to look at the full picture of political realities.

Tue
30
Jun

Pot slump creates distressed opportunities

Cannabis stocks have lost about a quarter of their value in the first half of 2020, compounding a 50 per cent drop in 2019.

The upside for investors? There’s never been a better time to do distressed deals, according to Codie Sanchez, managing director at private equity firm Entourage Effect Capital LLC.

Liquidity in the sector has been diminishing since the first quarter of 2019 but now that trend is “on steroids,” with private companies’ access to capital almost completely dried up, Sanchez said at a virtual conference hosted by Prohibition Partners last week.

Mon
29
Jun

Why more states could legalize cannabis in 2021

Amid recession and social unrest, the cannabis industry sees its moment.

Mon
29
Jun

America’s Perception Of Weed And Booze: It’s Complicated

In addition to surveying public perception of alcohol and marijuana use, this research also aimed to find out why people turn to each substance.

Times are changing and as more states legalize both recreational and medical marijuana, it is obvious that public opinion about the two is changing, too. At face value, it appears that more people are accepting of marijuana, both as a recreational substance and plant-based medicinal product.

Fri
26
Jun

Racial Disparities Continue In How Police Enforce Drug Laws, New Studies Show

Marijuana legalization and decriminalization brought the War on Drugs to an end in many parts of the United States. But not, new studies show, in all areas or for all Americans. Even where weed is legal, arrests continue. 

The American Civil Liberties Union recently produced two reports that show marijuana arrests remain widespread across the country and people of color often are the target.

Fri
26
Jun

In Navigating New Normal, Hemp Farmers Find Support Despite COVID-19 Challenges

Planting season has arrived in the U.S., and hemp farmers are starting to plant their seeds for the 2020 growing season. Despite some hemp farmers being apprehensive about the 2020 grow season, most farmers remain enthusiastic and steadfast in their operations. 

Hemp was a wildly popular crop in 2019 as many farmers looked to grab their piece of the green rush caused by hemp’s full legalization in the 2018 Farm Bill. 

The demand for hemp is only going to continue to skyrocket.  

Thu
25
Jun

AG Barr’s Bias Allegedly Spurred Investigations Of Cannabis Industry

A Department of Justice whistleblower has said that U.S. Attorney General William Barr directed the agency’s Antitrust Division to investigate proposed mergers of cannabis companies because of his “personal dislike of the industry.” In written testimony released on Tuesday before a planned congressional appearance, Justice Department attorney John Elias said the investigations were a waste of federal resources and were continued over the objections of career staff.

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