New Jersey Requesting Applications For 24 ATC Endorsements – What Applicants Need To Know

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By: Rosemarie Moyeno Matos, Esq. NEW JERSEY: Hot on the heels of Governor Phil Murphy’s May 2019 announcement that his administration would be moving forward with expansion of New Jersey’s Medicinal Marijuana Program (the “MMP”), the Department of Health (the “DOH”) published a new Request for Applications (the “RFA”) for new alternative treatment center (“ATC”) Read the full article…

Senators Harris, Nadler Introduce Comprehensive Marijuana Reform Legislation

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and U.S. Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-NY-10), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, on Tuesday introduced the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act, one of the most comprehensive marijuana reform bills ever introduced in the U.S. Congress. “Times have changed — marijuana should not be a crime,” said Sen. Harris. “We Read the full article…

Illinois Passes Transformative Adult-Use Cannabis Legalization with Sales Starting January, 2020

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ILLINOIS: Cresco Labs Inc., one of the largest vertically integrated multistate cannabis operators in the United States, today provided comments on the legalization of adult-use cannabis in its home state of Illinois. Cresco Labs CEO & Co-Founder Charlie Bachtell served on the Cannabis Legalization Subcommittee of Illinois Governor JB Pritzker’s transition team as the sole representative Read the full article…

NJ Governor Murphy & Legislative Leadership Announce Agreement On Outlines Of Legalization Of Adult-Use Marijuana

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Agreement Reached on Tax Rate, Regulatory Structure, and Expungement Provisions NEW JERSEY: Governor Phil Murphy, Senate President Steve Sweeney, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, Senator Scutari, and Assemblywoman Quijano today announced an agreement on the broad outlines of legislation to legalize adult-use marijuana in New Jersey. “Legalizing adult-use marijuana is a monumental step to reducing disparities Read the full article…

Delaware Attorney General Calls For Expanding Use Of Civil Penalties For Marijuana Violations

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DELAWARE: Delaware prosecutors will no longer be encouraged to pursue criminal charges against those who possess marijuana for personal use, according to guidelines issued last week by the state’s new Attorney General, Kathleen Jennings. In a February 15th memorandum, Jennings called for sweeping changes to help prioritize resources toward the prosecution of violent criminal offenders and away Read the full article…

Teens Living In US States Allowing Medical Marijuana Smoke Less Cannabis

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MASSACHUSETTS: According to a large-scale study of American high school students, legalizing medicinal marijuana has actually led to a drop in cannabis use among teenagers. The study, published in the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse used the results of an anonymous survey given to more than 800,000 high school students across 45 states to calculate Read the full article…

Governor Evers Announces Proposal to Reform Wisconsin’s Marijuana Laws

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WISCONSIN:  Governor Tony Evers today announced that his budget will include proposals to legalize medical marijuana, decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use, establish an expungement procedure for individuals who have completed their sentence or probation for possession, and align Wisconsin’s laws on cannabidiol, also known as CBD oil, with federal standards. The Read the full article…

WHO Expert Committee Calls For Changes In Cannabis’ International Classification

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SWITZERLAND: Members of the World Health Organization (WHO) Expert Committee on Drug Dependence have proposed amending the classification of cannabis under international law. According to reporting in the British Medical Journal, the WHO policy reversal “takes account of the growing evidence for the medical applications of the drug,” and marks the first time that the agency has reviewed its Read the full article…

Report: Retail Cannabis Tax Revenues Surpass $1 Billion In 2018

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: State and local excise tax collections on retail adult-use cannabis sales surpassed $1 billion in 2018 — a 57 percent increase over 2017 levels, according to data compiled by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy. Annual excise tax revenues on adult-use cannabis sales ($1.04 billion) rivaled those for all forms of alcohol $(1.16 billion), Read the full article…

Maryland: Baltimore Prosecutor To No Longer Target Marijuana Possession Offenses

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MARYLAND: Officials will no longer prosecute marijuana possession offenses in Baltimore, according to a newly announced public policy by the office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City. Under the plan, which takes immediate effect, the office will also move to expunge the criminal records of an estimated 5,000 citizens previously convicted of cannabis-related offenses. The office’s decision Read the full article…