November 30, 2018
Why well-intentioned equity programs are failing. More banks, including an Alaska credit union, are serving cannabis businesses. A study found potential in cannabis for treating heart failure. Also: Michigan voters may have voted to legalize weed, but lawmakers are already trying to roll back the ballot initiative. 🌳
Why equity programs are failing.
November 29, 2018
Lawmakers have reached a tentative deal on the Farm Bill that would legalize hemp. A bipartisan criminal justice reform bill faces pushback from some Republicans. The USPTO is issuing more cannabis-related patents than ever. Also: Medical marijuana companies sue Pennsylvania regulators, alleging pay-to-play in the state’s research program. 🌳
Lawmakers reach tentative deal on Farm Bill.
November 28, 2018
The chances of marijuana banking reform look good in the next Congress. For New Jersey, the legalization debate is tied to criminal justice reform. A viral video shows a black man getting arrested after helping a drunk neighbor walk home. (Police claimed to smell weed and alleged that he was intoxicated.) Also: Residents near a Massachusetts dispensary are very upset about all the traffic caused by avid pot consumers.
November 27, 2018
South Korea becomes the first country in East Asia to legalize medical cannabis. A legislative committee in New Jersey advanced marijuana legalization, but it’s unclear if it has the votes to pass. Medical marijuana patients in Louisiana have no way of accessing the drug. Also: More than a dozen marijuana bills have been pre-filed in Texas,
November 26, 2018
Cannabis consumers spent more than $440,000 on the first day of legal weed sales in Massachusetts. A dozen CEOs of major cannabis companies either don’t consume marijuana or refused to talk about their own use. In New Jersey, legislative committees are scheduled to vote on marijuana legalization. Also: an unlicensed cannabis business in Canada collected more than six tons of food and 300 coats for local charities in exchange for free weed.
November 21, 2018
Canadians in the cannabis industry had some trouble trying to go to a marijuana business conference in Las Vegas. New leadership in the U.S. House bodes well for federal marijuana reform. Nevada lawmakers toured cannabis consumption lounges in San Francisco. Also: We’ll be off for the rest of the week.
November 20, 2018
Legal weed makes its official debut in Massachusetts. A prominent Democratic lawmaker changes his mind on marijuana legalization. A judge says the Florida House should sue the feds if it has an issue with federal prohibition. Also: a former sheriff’s deputy was sentenced to prison for drug trafficking. 🌳
Massachusetts sells its first legal cannabis.
November 19, 2018
Congress is wrestling with a provision that would ban those with drug felonies from the legal hemp industry. Body cam footage raises questions about New York marijuana arrests. A Los Angeles woman was briefly detained in Canada for bringing her medical marijuana into the country. Also: Greece issued its first medical cannabis licenses today.
November 16, 2018
The federal government is studying whether medical marijuana can combat opioid crisis. How people continued to get charged for cannabis offenses, despite decriminalization in New York. A medical marijuana patient is suing the federal government for the right to own a gun. Also: Patients are struggling to get their medicine after recreational legalization in Canada.
November 15, 2018
The cannabis industry is prioritizing profits over patients and criminal justice reforms. A look at the past and future of marijuana advocacy. The IRS is paying a company $1.7 million to hand the problem of cash tax payments from pot companies. Also: Canadian police say they have not seen an increase in impaired driving after legalization.