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National Cannabis Industry News RSS Feed | 4/3/2020
Jessica Bartlett

Massachusetts regulators are seeing a surge in medical marijuana patients
With recreational cannabis stores shuttered due to the state of emergency, Massachusetts regulators are seeing a surge in medical marijuana patients. Between March 23 and April 1, the Cannabis Control Commission processed 1,300 new patient registrations. That compares to only 500 patient registrations processed in the 10 days preceding March 23. These patients are on top of the nearly 68,000 patients registered in Massachusetts, as of March 5. Thats a significant jump in patient registrations, Shawn Collins, the Cannabis Control Commission`s executive director, said in.... View more in new window
The New York Times | April 1, 2020

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Gary Greenberg

Chemists at some of the biggest legal-weed companies are after an elusive prize: a predictable, reliable product.
The retail showroom of INSA, a farm-to-bong cannabis company in western Massachusetts, is a clean industrial space on the first floor of a four-story brick building in the old mill town Easthampton. When I visited recently, before the coronavirus shut down recreational sales and forbade crowds, the crew of eight behind the glass display cases looked a lot like the staff youd see dispensing lattes at Starbucks or troubleshooting iPads at the Genius Bar: young, racially diverse, smiling. They were all wearing black T-shirts with the INSA motto, Uncommon Cannabis. Standing in .... View more in new window | 4/2/2020

TG Branfalt

Officials in Santa Clara County have decided to shut down in-person adult-use dispensary sales; registered patients, however, can still make in-store purchases or use curbside services.
Santa Clara County, California officials are shutting down in-person adult-use cannabis purchases amid a new stay-at-home order issued on Tuesday, the San Jose Spotlight reports. Registered medical cannabis patients may still make purchases either in-store or curbside but adult-use products can only be bought and sold via delivery services. Sean Kali-rai, founder of the Silicon Valley Cannabis Alliance, accused officials of imposing their moral will on citizens while disguising it as a public health concern. Kali-rai told the Spotlight that just 3 to 5 percent of South Bay.... View more in new window

ganjapreneur | 4/1/2020
TG Branfalt

Colorado officials are allowing dispensaries to remain open if they implement strict social distancing rules; patients and other consumers are still encouraged to pre-order and pick up products.
Colorado officials have re-opened in-shop cannabis sales but businesses are required to implement social distancing rules. Patients and consumers may still pre-order and pick up products and dispensaries can still offer curbside pickup services. Under the Marijuana Enforcement Division rules published on Monday, businesses may not accept cash payments outside of the premises, meaning all curbside orders must be paid for electronically or on-site via credit or debit card. According to the rules, dispensaries must limit the number of people allowed inside the premises and e.... View more in new window
NORML | April 1, 2020

Today, NORML and its national network of advocacy chapters released a memo to state lawmakers, regulators, prosecutors, and other interested parties providing guidance for how they can take emergency actions to better promote the health and welfare of cannabis consumers and the general public during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this era of tremendous uncertainty, it is crucial that policymakers use every tool in their toolkit to promote public health and safety. The enactment of various marijuana policy reforms can assist in these goals by reprioritizing law enforcement resou.... View more in new window

Marijuana Moment | April 2, 2020

Kyle Jaeger
Eleven senators sent a letter to leadership in a key committee asking that they add a provision allowing marijuana businesses to access federal loan services in an upcoming annual spending bill. In the letter, led by Sen. Jacky Rosen D-NV, the lawmakers told the Appropriations Committee that it should include report language prohibiting the Small Business Administration SBA from denying loan applications to cannabis firms as part of the fiscal year 2021 spending bill for Financial Services and General Government and Related Agencies. Over the last decade, there has been a.... View more in new window

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