House COVID Package Includes Cannabis Banking Relief, But Not Small Business Support
House Leadership unveiled legislation today, the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act aka the HEROES Act, to provide additional economic resources and support in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Included in the language of the bill is HR 1595: The SAFE Banking Act, which amends federal law so that explicitly banks and other financial institutions may work directly with state-legal marijuana businesses. Members of the House of Representatives voted 321 to 103 in favor of the Act in September. Reform advocates, including NORML, had lobbied l.... View more in new window
Marijuana Moment | May 14, 2020
Mitch McConnell And Other GOP Lawmakers Slam Marijuana Banking Provisions In Coronavirus Bil
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell R-KY complained in a floor speech on Thursday that House Democrats were pushing for diversity detectives to study equity in the marijuana industry as part of their latest coronavirus relief package.
Like several other GOP legislators in recent days, the majority leader said Democrats were making partisan demands in the new legislation filed this weekand he zeroed in on a specific part of a section that would protect banks that service cannabis businesses from being penalized by federal regulators.
McConnell called language requiring .... View more in new window
Marijuana Moment | May 13, 2020
Most Members Of New Biden-Sanders Criminal Justice Task Force Back Marijuana Legalization
Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders I-VT on Wednesday announced the names of members of several new task forces they formed to explore policies in six major areas, including a criminal justice reform panel that is stacked with cannabis legalization supporters.
Drug policy reform advocates have been particularly interested to learn who would comprise the criminal justice group since it was first announced last month, with some holding out hope that members will push Bidenthe presumptive Democratic presidential nomineeto support marijuana legalization.
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Washington Post | April 28, 2020 | LOS ANGELES
High Times owner scores 13 California marijuana dispensaries
The owner of High Times is going to start selling marijuana after championing its use in the pages of its magazine for nearly half a century.
Hightimes Holding Corp. said Tuesday is acquiring 13 dispensaries from Harvest Health and Recreation, one of the largest multi-state producers and sellers of cannabis in the U.S.
Hightimes said the cash and stock deal valued at $80 million makes Tempe, Arizona-based Harvest a significant shareholder in Hightimes, which is preparing to make an initial public offering of stock.
The sale, which includes dispensaries Oakland, San Franc.... View more in new window
Efforts to legalize adult-use cannabis in Florida are ongoing and persistent.
The Florida Supreme Court heard arguments on Wednesday challenging a proposed ballot measure that would legalize the recreational use of cannabis in the state. If approved by voters, the initiative constitutional amendment would legalize the use of marijuana by adults and establish a regulatory framework for commercial cannabis cultivation and sales.
Make It Legal Florida, the political committee championing the legalization ballot initiative, is currently collecting signatures in an effort to qualify the proposal for the 2022 election. But before that can happen, the st.... View more in new window
Mercury News | May 8, 2020
Search for missing San Jose man leads to raid of marijuana farm
Bay Area News Group
The search for a missing San Jose man led to the raid of a large marijuana growing operation in Mendocino County and the detention of 10 people, five of them from San Jose.
The missing man Victor Gallo Medina, 39 was not found.
The Mendocino County Sheriffs Office, while investigating marijuana farms on the Round Valley Indian Reservation, learned that Medina had reportedly gone missing while working on one such operation, a Wednesday press release by the office said.
In mid-April, Medinas family reported him missing to the San Jose police.
On Tuesday morning, sheriff.... View more in new window
NORML | May 7, 2020
Maryland: Governor Vetoes Bill Shielding Marijuana-Related Convictions from Public View
Republican Gov. Larry Hogan has vetoed legislation, House Bill 83, which sought to prohibit the Maryland Judiciary Case Search from in any way referring to the existence of a certain case in which possession of marijuana is the only charge in the case and the charge was disposed. The database provides public access to the case records of the Maryland Judiciary.
The legislation, if enacted, would have shielded an estimated 200,000 low-level marijuana convictions from public view.
In a prepared statement, the Governor acknowledged that he was vetoing HB 83, along with sever.... View more in new window
NORML | May 7, 2020
Police Make Fewer Traffic Stops Following Marijuana Legalization, But People of Color Still Disproportionately Targeted
Police are less likely to conduct searches for illicit contraband during a traffic stop following the enactment of adult-use marijuana legalization, according to data published in the journal Nature: Human Behavior.
A team of researchers affiliated with Stanford University and New York University assessed the effects of statewide legalization laws in Colorado and Washington on traffic stop outcomes.
Investigators reported, After the legalization of marijuana, the number of searches fell substantially in both states as compared to rates in 12 control states jurisdictions t.... View more in new window
Marijuana Policy Project | May 07, 2020
Minnesota House Majority Leader introduces legalization bill
Urge your Minnesota legislators to support cannabis legalization.
On Tuesday, Minnesota House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler D introduced his long-awaited legislation to legalize and regulate cannabis in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. The comprehensive bill which Winkler deemed the best legalization bill in the country reflects stakeholder input, including from his Be Heard on Cannabis tour over the fall and winter, and from organizations including MPP. It currently has 33 cosponsors.
Coming in at a whopping 222 pages, the legislation includes much to be proud of, including e.... View more in new window
The Joint Blog | May 8, 2020
Study: Medical Cannabis Use Has Little to No Effect on Driving Abilities
The study found that subjects decreased their overall mean speed following cannabis consumption, and marijuana did not appear to influence subjects ability to maintain lateral control or their brake reaction time. Despite refraining from the use in cannabis in the days leading up to the study, subjects nonetheless possessed residual levels of THC 4ng/ml on average in their blood prior to smoking marijuana during the study session.
The study concludes by stating: The purpose of the present pilot study was to investigate the effects of therapeutic cannabis use on simulated .... View more in new window
High Times | May 4, 2020
Colorado Might Keep Curbside Cannabis Pick-Up After COVID-19 Pandemic Ends
Ever since COVID-19 started impacting Colorado and shut-down orders were put in place across the state, the state relaxed some rules and allowed for curbside cannabis and online ordering. The new, convenient purchase methods may remain in place even once COVID-19 measures are relaxed and folks can resume their normal shopping habits.
According to Westword, many are enjoying being able to order their cannabis at home and then go pick it up. In addition to being a safer option right now, it saves the customer time.
Id like to see the curbside option stay around after t.... View more in new window
Marijuana Business Daily | 5/4/2020
Coronavirus sparks marijuana retail workers to try unionizing in Illinois, Massachusetts
The COVID-19 crisis has accelerated unionization efforts at a handful of cannabis stores and dispensaries in Illinois and Massachusetts that, if successful, could result in thousands of dollars in added staffing costs for the multistate operators that own the establishments.
Safety concerns are among the issues spurring the unionization efforts, as well as pay, benefits, scheduling, recognition and having a say in a companys future.
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Successful union drives might mean the marijuana companies involved could end up paying significantly mo.... View more in new window
NORML | April 30, 2020
CDC Seeks Public Comments Regarding Chronic Pain Management
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is seeking public comments on how Americans with chronic pain are successfully treating their symptoms.
The call for comments, posted on April 17 at regulations.gov here, states: Interested persons or organizations are invited to participate by submitting written views, recommendations, and data related to perspectives on and experiences with pain and pain management. CDC invites comments specifically on topics focused on using or prescribing opioid pain medications, non-opioid medications, or non-pharmacological treatments.
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Marijuana Moment | May 1, 2020
New Zealand Government Unveils Final Marijuana Legalization Measure For 2020 Ballot
New Zealands government has revealed the final details of a marijuana legalization proposal that will appear on the September general election ballot.
Voters will decide on the policy change through a referendum, where they will be asked yes or no to approving the Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill.
Early details about the measure were released in December. And on Friday, the government shared the full proposal, which would make it legal for adults 20 and older to purchase and possess cannabis, cultivate two plants for personal use and visit marijuana coffee shops whe.... View more in new window
Marijuana Business Daily | April 27, 2020
Sweeping Weedmaps subpoena underscores US governments continued scrutiny of marijuana industry
When the U.S. marijuana industry learned of a federal grand jury subpoena served to Weedmaps owner Ghost Management Group, the news was an eye-opener for many in the business.
The story, first reported by MarketWatch in early March, noted that a few high-profile cannabis companies also were identified in the Weedmaps subpoena.
But the original report about the subpoena didnt disclose the identities of several other high-profile legal California companies named in the document, such as Connected Cannabis, Puffy Delivery and Urbn Leaf. Marijuana Business Daily obtained a co.... View more in new window
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