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  • Michigan unveils cannabis social equity program

    State officials ease application requirements for qualifying entrepreneurs, Canopy Growth is lobbying the US government on marijuana, and more in today's newsletter.

    July 19, 2019

    Michigan announces its cannabis social equity program. A Canadian cannabis giant hires a U.S. lobbyist. Texas leaders say legal hemp is no excuse for not prosecuting marijuana offenses. Also: Why the science on marijuana and psychosis is murky. 🌳

    Social equity in the cannabis industry.

    Michigan marijuana regulators announced the state’s cannabis social equity program,

  • The fate of marijuana reform lies with three Republican senators

    Cannabis reform is gaining steam in Congress but three key lawmakers could derail efforts, how hemp is becoming the industry's cash crop, and more in today's newsletter.

    July 18, 2019

    The fate of marijuana reform in Congress comes down to three Republican senators. A look at how the feds are handling state-legal cannabis. Marijuana regulators are dubious about a company’s claim that sponsoring an oyster festival fulfilled its obligation to help communities impacted by drug enforcement. Also: How hemp is becoming the cannabis industry’s cash crop.

  • Colorado, Utah open to out-of-state cannabis investors

    State markets are opening up, marijuana reform moves forward in Congress, and more in today's newsletter.

    July 17, 2019

    Colorado and Utah open up to out-of-state cannabis investors. Marijuana reform is progressing in Congress. Confusion between marijuana and hemp continues to hurt consumers. Also: How MDMA therapy for PTSD patients could become available before the FDA approves it. 🌳

    Colorado and Utah open up to out-of-state marijuana investors.

  • Veterans push congressmen for medical marijuana access

    The VA's intransigence is slowing down reform, legalization groups look to the 2020 ballot, and more in today's newsletter.

    July 16, 2019

    Vets push congressmen to ease access for medical marijuana. Campaigns in Arizona and Florida look to the 2020 ballot for recreational legalization. Marijuana smugglers of decades past are finding demand for their expertise. Also: Reports of illicit marijuana grows in national forests declined with legalization. 🌳

    Vets push congressmen on medical marijuana.

  • FDA to ‘expedite’ CBD regulatory process

    Confusion over CBD causing problems for the industry and law enforcement, how racial equity drives some to vote for legalization, and more in today's newsletter.

    July 15, 2019

    The FDA says it’s “expediting” the CBD regulatory process. Hemp legalization is creating problems for business owners and law enforcement alike. Racial equity drives some voters to support cannabis legalization. Also: a North Dakota group resubmitted its petition to legalize weed for the 2020 ballot. 🌳

    FDA speeds up CBD regulation process.

  • US government to grow largest marijuana crop in 5 years

    But the DEA is still stalling on additional cultivator applications, MSOs are under investigation in Ohio, and more in today's newsletter.

    July 12, 2019

    The U.S. federal government is set to grow its largest research marijuana crop in five years (but still no word on those additional cultivation applications). Two large cannabis companies are under investigation in Ohio for allegedly lying on their applications. Alaska’s on-site marijuana use provision hits a bureaucratic snag.

  • A House hearing marks a step forward for federal marijuana reform

    The details of marijuana reform remain a sticking point, Canada's underground cannabis market seems to be getting stronger, and more in today's newsletter.

    July 11, 2019

    A House subcommittee hearing on cannabis is a step forward for federal reform. Veterans step up to help each other amid VA intransigence on medical marijuana. The price gap between legal and illicit cannabis in Canada is widening. Also: A former sheriff’s deputy in Florida was accused of planting drugs and arresting innocent people.

  • More than 90% of CBD businesses operate in legal gray area

    Very few CBD companies operate under FDA regulations, Jay-Z joins the cannabis industry, and more in today's newsletter.

    July 10, 2019

    Most CBD businesses are operating in a legal gray area. A coalition of advocacy groups call for social justice in federal cannabis reform. Hawaii becomes the 26th U.S. state to decriminalize marijuana (though the law is very narrow). Also: Jay-Z joins a California cannabis company as chief brand strategist.

  • Teens less likely to smoke weed in states that legalized it

    A new study sheds light on public health concerns of marijuana policy, how dealers feel about legalization in New York, and more in today's newsletter.

    July 9, 2019

    A study found that marijuana legalization doesn’t lead to increased youth use. Nobody knows how to handle marijuana-impaired driving. Underground weed dealers are cool with New York’s delay in legalization. Also: Iowa’s AG says CBD is definitely still illegal in the state. 🌳

    Odds of teen marijuana use decline with legalization.

  • Slow to regulate CBD, state and federal lawmakers take matters into their own hands

    A patchwork of rules creates confusion for the industry, Missouri releases MMJ applicant information, and more in today's newsletter.

    July 8, 2019

    State and federal lawmakers are taking matters into their own hands when it comes to hemp and CBD. Who’s to blame for New York’s failure to legalize marijuana? A newspaper successfully sued Missouri for information on medical marijuana business applicants. Also: A study sheds light on why individuals respond to cannabis differently.