Governor Cuomo Announces Plan For Marijuana Legalization, Calls For Automatic Record Sealing And Economic Justice

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Statement from DPA’s Kassandra Frederique: New York Can Atone For Mass Criminalization By Passing Most Progressive Legalization Bill in U.S. NEW YORK: Governor Cuomo called for effectively ending marijuana prohibition in New York State and creating a system to tax and regulate marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol for adults over the age of Read the full article…

Cresco Labs Continues First To Market Strategy In Ohio By Facilitating First Legal Sale Of Medical Marijuana

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OHIO: Cresco Labs, one of the largest vertically integrated multi-state cannabis operators in the United States, today announced the opening and first legal sale of medical marijuana in the state of Ohio at its CY+ dispensary, making this the second state medical marijuana program in which the Company has been first to market. “In Ohio, we Read the full article…

Alaska: Regulators Move Forward With On-Site Consumption Rules

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ALASKA: State regulators have voted in favor of plans to permit on-site marijuana consumption at designated retailers. Under the plan, licensed retailers could designate specific areas for on-site consumption by their customers. Customers would not be permitted to bring their own cannabis. Retailers who wish to permit on-site consumption would need to apply for a special license from Read the full article…

NIH: Teen Marijuana Use Not Increasing Despite Legalization

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MARYLAND: Self-reported marijuana use by adolescents has failed to increase in recent years despite the majority of states legalizing it for either medical or adult use, according to the latest data compiled by the University of Michigan’s Monitoring the Future survey, which is commissioned by the US National Institutes on Drug Abuse. NIDA is a part of Read the full article…

New York: Governor Says Legalizing Marijuana Is Among Administration’s Top Legislative Priorities

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NEW YORK: Enacting legislation to permit and regulate the retail sale of cannabis to adults is among the Cuomo administration’s top 2019 legislative priorities, New York’s Governor announced on Monday. Governor Andrew Cuomo said, “We must … end the needless and unjust criminal convictions and the debilitating criminal stigma, and let’s legalize the adult use of recreational marijuana once Read the full article…

Farm Bill Provisions Lifting Federal Hemp Ban Become Law

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: President Donald Trump today signed legislation into law that includes language lifting the United States’ decades-long prohibition on domestic, commercial hemp production. The provisions were included within The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (aka ‘The Farm Bill’), which takes effect on January 1, 2019. “The significance of this law change should not be underemphasized,” NORML Read the full article…

FDA Statement Statement From FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, On Signing Of The Agriculture Improvement Act And The Agency’s Regulation Of Products Containing Cannabis And Cannabis-derived Compounds

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Today (December 20, 2018), the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 was signed into law. Among other things, this new law changes certain federal authorities relating to the production and marketing of hemp, defined as cannabis (Cannabis sativa L.), and derivatives of cannabis with extremely low (less than 0.3 percent on a dry Read the full article…

FSD Pharma Announces Strategic Investment In Toronto’s Huge Shops

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FSD Pharma Announces Strategic Investment in Huge Shops CANADA: FSD Pharma has completed a strategic investment of $1.3 million or just under 9.9% in Huge Shops, a Toronto-based cannabis retailer. Huge Shops has a strategic alliance with Chairman’s Brands, parent company of Coffee Time, a well-established operator of retail coffee shops with more than 75 locations in Read the full article…

BEYOND / HELLO Wins 9 New Dispensary Permits For Phase II Of Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program

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First State-Approved Center City Philadelphia Medical Marijuana Dispensary To Open In January 2019 PENNSYLVANIA:BEYOND / HELLO, a leading cannabis dispensary company focused on bringing the best personalized treatments and products to customers, has been issued nine new permits in the Phase II of the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program, bringing its state-total to 12 dispensary permits. New state permits Read the full article…

Missouri: Voter Initiated Medical Cannabis Law Takes Effect

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MISSOURI: Amendment 2, the state’s voter-initiated medical cannabis access law, took effect on Thursday, December 6th. Sixty-six percent of voters approved the measure in November, while rejecting a pair of competing initiatives. State regulators have 180 days from the law’s enactment date to make available application forms to patients seeking to register to grow and/or possess medical cannabis. Under the program, Read the full article…