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…

Cresco Labs Granted Approval To Open First Medical Marijuana Dispensary In Ohio

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OHIO: Cresco Labs, one of the largest vertically integrated multi-state cannabis operators in the United States, announced that it has been granted the first approval to operate a marijuana dispensary in the state of Ohio. The new facility located in the village of Wintersville, named CY+ (pronounced “see why plus”), will offer a wide selection of Read the full article…

McConnell Signs Farm Bill Conference Report With Kentucky Hemp Pen

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KENTUCKY:  U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced today that his language to legalize industrial hemp is officially included in the finalized Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (Farm Bill). The Farm Bill Conference Report takes serious steps to ensure the future of American agriculture, and it contains the legislation — championed by Majority Leader McConnell — that Read the full article…

Reconciled Farm Bill To Include Provisions Lifting Federal Hemp Ban

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  House and Senate lawmakers have agreed in principle to a reconciled version of H.R. 2: The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (aka the 2018 Farm Bill), which includes provisions lifting the federal prohibition of industrial hemp. The hemp-specific provisions – which Senate Majority Speaker Mitch McConnell (R-KY) included in the Senate version of the bill, but were Read the full article…

New Jersey: Governor Signs Hemp Cultivation Bill Into Law

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NEW JERSEY: Governor Phil Murphy has signed legislation into law permitting the state to establish a pilot program to assess and promote the cultivation of industrial hemp. Assembly Bill 1330/Senate Bill 3145 authorizes the Department of Agriculture to partner with Rutgers University “to study and promote the cultivation of industrial hemp to the maximum extent permitted by federal Read the full article…