On April 27, 2017, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced that he had ordered the Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs to launch a disparity study on the state’s medical marijuana program.
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On April 26, 2017, New Frontier Data, an analytics firm, announced that it had released The Cannabis Industry Annual Report: 2017 Legal Marijuana Outlook, revealing some compelling data on the market habits of medical cannabis patients and recreational cannabis consumers across the country.
On April 27, 2017, the Pennsylvania Department of Health provided an update on its medical marijuana program, announcing that it has currently received over 500 medical marijuana applications from prospective growers, processors and dispensaries.
On April 25, 2017, ASTM International, an international voluntary consensus standards organization, announced that its board of directors had approved the formation of a cannabis committee, signaling the professional development of global standards for the legal cannabis industry.
Sonoma County, California, is taking a proactive step to help local medical cannabis stakeholders get up to speed on county requirements for zoning, permitting and compliance across the supply chain.
Medical cannabis was in demand in California this past 420 holiday. According to Onfleet, a delivery management company, medical cannabis delivery in The Golden State spiked to great heights on April 20.
On April 20, 2017, the National District Attorneys Association announced that it had released “Marijuana Policy: The State and Local Prosecutors’ Perspective,” a white paper that argues federal drug policy should be enforced in state-legal marijuana markets in the United States.
On April 20, 2017, Netflix released a teaser video announcing the Aug. 25 premiere of “Disjointed,” a half-hour comedy about a family-owned cannabis dispensary in Los Angeles.
On April 19, 2017, the California Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions advised judges in California that holding a financial interest in any marijuana-related venture, whether medical or recreational, would violate the California Code of Judicial Ethics.
On April 20, 2017, supporters of legalization took to the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., to advocate for marijuana reform by hosting a congressional joint giveaway, but the demonstration didn’t last long.
On April 20, 2017, Quinnipiac University announced the results of its latest national poll and found that 60% of American voters believe marijuana use should be legalized in the United States, the greatest level of federal legalization support ever recorded by Quinnipiac.
On April 20, 2017, Cowen and Company, a leading Wall Street investment bank, issued a report that shows the accelerated adoption of cannabis pressuring alcohol volumes, with beer most at risk.
On April 19, 2017, the Florida Department of Health announced that state residents should be cognizant of medical cannabis scams as the DOH has received reports of fraudulent advertisements for free or cheap medical cannabis.
On April 19, 2017, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice signed Senate Bill 386, also known as the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Act, legalizing medical cannabis as a treatment option for patients suffering from one of several qualifying conditions.
If you’re in Southern California on April 20, here are five 420 events sure to bring high class, high laughs, and everything in between, to your holiday celebration.
It only took Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly two days to change his tune on marijuana. On April 16, 2017, in an interview with Chuck Todd, host of NBC’s Meet the Press, Kelly said, “Marijuana is not a factor in the drug war.” Fast forward to two days later and Kelly is singing a different song.
On April 17, 2017, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed Senate Bill 10, legalizing possession of cannabidiol oil for those patients who have been certified by their physicians to use it.
On April 17, 2017, “Weed & the American Family,” a poll conducted by The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion and Yahoo News, revealed data points on Americans’ perspectives regarding legalization, the evolution of social norms and how marijuana affects relationships.
If you’re looking for an educational 420 event in Southern California this year, the University of California, Los Angeles, has a light to shine on cannabis science.
On April 13, 2017, the state of Michigan announced that it has organized all medical marijuana regulations under the newly created Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation within the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, centralizing the medical marijuana program’s licensing, compliance, enforcement and registry under one roof.
On Thursday, April 13, 2017, Canada made headlines with its official introduction of legislation to legalize recreational cannabis in the country by July 2018. While the country’s announcement has major national and international implications, cannabis stocks in Canada took a downturn upon hearing the news.
On April 13, 2017, the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada Jody Wilson-Raybould introduced legislation to legalize recreational cannabis in Canada by July 2018.
On April 12, 2017, the NYSDFS announced that it has reminded state-authorized health insurers that they must provide coverage for office visits that fall under the insured’s policy of covered services, including those resulting in patients receiving medical marijuana certifications.
On April 12, 2017, Flowhub, a seed-to-sale cannabis compliance platform, announced that it had closed an oversubscribed Series A offering of $3.25 million, with Green Lion Partners and Phyto Partners leading this round of financing.
On April 10, 2017, AusCann Group Holdings Ltd (ASX:AC8) announced that it had started harvesting its first medical cannabis crop in Chile through DayaCann, a joint venture between AusCann and the Daya Foundation, a non-profit based in Chile that advocates for alternative therapies.
The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies is preparing its spending bill for fiscal year 2018 and 44 members of Congress want the subcommittee to craft its bill so that the Department of Justice has to respect state medical marijuana laws.
While the Canadian Marijuana Index dipped slightly in March due to federal uncertainties, the Canadian public markets have bounced back today on the news of recreational marijuana legislation being introduced in Canada’s House of Commons this Thursday, April 13, 2017.
According to the Medical Marijuana Trust Fund Annual Report, issued by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health for fiscal year 2016, the state collected approximately $7.2 million in revenue from its medical marijuana program.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo on April 5, 2017, outlining the mission of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety, including the creation of a subcommittee to review marijuana enforcement policies, and it did not go unnoticed by public market participants.
On April 6, 2017, United States Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., announced the introduction of a bill to reschedule cannabis from Schedule I to Schedule III, shifting it from a class of drugs categorized as having no medical benefit to a class of drugs categorized as having known medical benefits paired with low rates of abuse and dependence.
On April 5, 2017, the Department of Justice announced that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had issued a memo with an update on the DOJ’s Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety, including the move to review marijuana enforcement policies.
On April 4, 2017, the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors adopted two ordinances to regulate medical cannabis cultivation and site locations in unincorporated areas of the county.
On March 31, 2017, the Pennsylvania Department of Health announced that it has launched an online survey to gather input from state-licensed physicians who plan to participate in Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program.
A judge with the Calaveras Superior Court has ruled that Measure B must be pulled from the special election slated for May 2, 2017.
On April 3, 2017, GB Sciences (OTCQB:GBLX) announced that it had submitted an offer to cultivate, extract, process and produce medical cannabis for Louisiana State University, one of two state-sanctioned medical cannabis cultivators.
According to a recently released report from the Alaska Department of Revenue, the state banked $128,000 in marijuana tax revenue for the month of February, marking a slight increase from the $107,500 collected in January.
Democrats from Oregon and Colorado–along with a Republican from Kentucky–are proposing bills in the U.S. Congress that would establish federal regulations for marijuana businesses, according to The Hill. Legislation from Oregon’s Sen. Ron Wyden and Rep. Earl Blumenauer would get rid of the federal ban on marijuana.
On March 29, 2017, researchers at the University of British Columbia’s Michael Smith Laboratories announced that they have identified the cannabis genes responsible for producing terpenes, the plant’s aroma-producing compounds.
On March 11, 2017, in California, the city of Sacramento announced that it will begin accepting cultivation applications for non-residential medical marijuana cultivation on April 3.
The 2016 General Social Survey revealed an increase in public support for marijuana legalization, according to a March 29, 2017, article on the Washington Post’s Wonkblog. The survey, which is conducted every two years, showed 57 percent of Americans supported marijuana legalization in 2016, up from 52 percent in 2014.
Former Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Lito Sheppard is getting into the medical-marijuana business in Pennsylvania, according to a March 28, 2017, article at Philly.com.
On March 27, 2017, Annie Nelson, wife of country music legend Willie Nelson, announced the launch of Annie’s Edibles, a line of infused chocolates now available in the state of Washington.
After losing a son to opioid addiction last year, a conservative South Carolina Republican is co-sponsoring a medical marijuana bill in the state’s General Assembly. State Rep. Eric Bedingfield said he believes medical marijuana can help people overcome opioid addiction.
On March 27, 2017, California’s Cannabis Banking Working Group held a meeting at Oakland City Hall in Oakland, Calif., to address possible solutions to resolve the state-federal banking issue for California’s legal marijuana businesses. California State Treasurer John Chiang announced the Cannabis Banking Working Group back on Dec. 2, 2016, and today’s event marked the…
A Nebraska legislative committee has voted to approve a medical marijuana bill, according to a March 18, 2017, article at Omaha.com. Legislative Bill 622, sponsored by state Sen. Anna Wishart of Lincoln, Nebraska, passed the Judiciary Committee with a 6-1 vote. It will now head to the legislative floor.
On March 20, 2017, the Colorado Department of Transportation announced that it has partnered with the ridesharing company Lyft to introduce the 320 Movement, a campaign to encourage cannabis consumers to plan their rides before getting high.
In Ohio, public universities have to test medical marijuana during the first year of the state’s program. Private laboratories are not allowed to do the testing. The law creates a practical problem. Universities do not necessarily want to risk losing federal funding for testing medical marijuana, which remains illegal under federal law.
On March 21, 2017, California Sen. Jeff Stone, R-Temecula, presented a resolution to the Senate Standing Committee on Public Safety that would have the California State Legislature urge the United States Congress to pass legislation to reschedule marijuana and have President Donald Trump sign it.
On March 17, 2017, Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser signed Bill 220138, increasing the medical marijuana dispensary cap from five to six and greenlighting an application period for a sixth dispensary to be located in Ward 7 or Ward 8.
Two Illinois legislators have introduced bills to legalize recreational marijuana in the state. However, state Sen. Heather Steans and state Rep. Kelly Cassidy, both Democrats from the north side of Chicago, said they will not put the bills up for a vote this year. Rather, they will hold hearings on the bills with an eye toward putting them up for a vote next year.