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High Times | March 23, 2020
A.J. Herrington
Cannabis regulators across the country continue to react to the spreading coronavirus pandemic, with Oregon and Pennsylvania relaxing rules while storefront dispensaries were ordered closed in Nevada. The changes come as more states issue stay-at-home orders in an effort to curtail the spread of the virus. In Oregon, regulators with the states Liquor and Cannabis Commission OLCC issued temporary rules that allow cannabis retailers to conduct sales outside of the licensed premises. While the rules are in effect, dispensaries will be permitted to take orders and deliver prod.... View more in new window
NORML | March 24, 2020

While these challenging times present many difficulties for those of us seeking to advance the goal of ending federal marijuana prohibition, NORMLs newly launched election tool provides our supporters with an easy and convenient way to assist in our fight for reform. Despite the ongoing crisis we are faced with, the November elections will still hold major implications for the future of legalization and other cannabis policy reforms. That is why, today, we have an important ask for you: Are you ready to make a difference? Weve seen more candidates and elected officials t.... View more in new window

Marijuana Business Daily | 22, 2020

Nick Thomas
When Seke Ballard founded Good Tree Capital, his goal for the Seattle-headquartered online platform was to raise funds from accredited investors and, in turn, use that money to underwrite loans for small, licensed cannabis companies around the United States. Since Good Tree Capital kicked off its lending program in 2017, it has averaged $75,000 per loan with a high of $250,000. Cannabis companies in California, Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, Oregon and Washington state have been benefactors of the program. The firms objective is to rethink the traditional methods fin.... View more in new window

Marijuana Moment | March 24, 2020

Kyle Jaeger
Politics Feds Prosecuted Even Fewer Marijuana Cases In 2019 As More States Legalize, New Data Shows Published 38 mins ago on March 24, 2020 By Kyle Jaeger Share Tweet Federal prosecutions for marijuana trafficking declined again in 2019, and drug possession cases overall saw an even more dramatic decline, according to a new report published by the U.S. Sentencing Commission on Monday. While drug cases still represent the second most common category of crimes in the federal criminal justice system, the data indicates that the bulk of those instances are relate.... View more in new window | 3/23/20

Marijuana Policy Connecticut Poll Has Strong Support for Marijuana Legalization. A new poll from the Hartford Courant and Sacred Heart University has 63.4 percent of state residents in favor of ending marijuana prohibition. The poll comes as lawmakers push to advance a legalization bill backed by Gov. Ned Lamont D. The poll found that 34.4 percent ``strongly support`` legalization, while 29.9 percent ``somewhat support`` it. Iowa Poll Has First Time Majority Support for Marijuana Legalization. A new Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa poll has 53 percent support for marijua.... View more in new window | 03/19/2020

TG Branfalt
Washington State cannabis retailers may remain open amid the coronavirus outbreak and response after regulators announced rules for the cannabis and alcohol industries on Tuesday. Retailers may provide curbside service to customers and patients but drive-through windows are not permitted. At this time, cannabis retailers are not required to close due to the coronavirus restrictions. However, to promote social distancing for qualified patients, the [Liquor and Cannabis Board] is temporarily allowing cannabis retailers to sell to qualifying patients or their designated p.... View more in new window

NORML | March 21, 2020

Carly Wolf
Welcome to the latest edition of NORMLs Weekly Legislative Roundup. Things are a little different this week as the world responds to the global COVID-19 pandemic and lawmakers must shift priorities to address relief efforts. Many state capitols around the country have suspended legislative sessions, continued to vote on key bills remotely, or have at the very least closed to the public and nonessential business. Following are the bills that weve tracked this week and as always, check NORMLs Action Center for legislation pending in your state. Dont forget to sign up for o.... View more in new window

Marijuana Business Daily | March 20, 2020

Margaret Jackson
Cannabis stores across the U.S. are working to reassign employees to new tasks to cope with a rush of online orders and curbside deliveries amid the coronavirus pandemic. Theyre also considering how the current environment might permanently affect the way consumers purchase marijuana and how businesses might plan for that in the future. The good news is the expense to implement online ordering isnt prohibitive, according to some cannabis retailers. Here are measures marijuana shops are implementing to help the service go smoothly: Putting in place a dedicated team t.... View more in new window

Marijuana Business Daily | 3/21/2020

John Schroyer
All licensed marijuana businesses in California can continue with business as usual during a statewide lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak, under a clarification document Gov. Gavin Newsom issued late Friday night. The document identified businesses and industries categorized as essential and allowed to keep operating during the lockdown Newsom announced on Thursday. Cannabis retailers are on that list, alongside hospitals and other medical facilities. The entire cannabis supply chain including all state-licensed MJ businesses, such as farmers, distributors, manufa.... View more in new window

High Times | March 20, 2020
A.J. Herrington
Regulators in New York, California, and Ohio have determined that cannabis dispensaries are essential businesses, allowing them to remain open during mandatory closures enacted to help contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. The decisions to permit marijuana retailers follow similar moves by government officials in other states struggling to cope with the outbreak. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced at a press conference on Friday morning that all nonessential business in the state would be required to close as of Sunday evening and all residents were being ask.... View more in new window
NORML | March 20, 2020
There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic is adversely impacting businesses around the world, and smaller businesses especially. That is why this week, NORML reached out to our numerous allies on Capitol Hill to ensure that any Unemployment Insurance aid packages considered by Congress provide relief to cannabis-industry personnel who have been or will be either furloughed from their jobs. Given the tremendous amount of uncertainty in the broader economy, the hundreds of thousands of American workers who are employed by the state-legal marijuana industry must be respect.... View more in new window
NORML | March 18, 2020

The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws is issuing the following statements regarding the continued operation of medical cannabis dispensaries during the COVID crisis. NORML commends the decision of various state governments and local jurisdictions during this pandemic to designate medical cannabis facilities as essential to the community. This designation permits them to continue to provide important services to patients who rely on them, stated NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri. There are several million state-licensed medical cannabis patients in .... View more in new window

Marijuana Moment | March 20, 2020

Ben Adlin
As Congress scrambles to reach a consensus on how to help Americans caught in the financial fallout of COVID-19, a coalition of marijuana industry trade groups is urging federal lawmakers not to forget about the hundreds of thousands of workers in state-legal cannabis industries. Legal marijuana now employs an estimated 240,000 people in the U.S. but, because cannabis remains federally illegal, marijuana businesses remain cut off from nearly all benefits at the federal level, including emergency relief funds. In a letter sent Friday to leaders of the House and Senate, maj.... View more in new window

Marijuana Moment | March 19, 2020

Ben Adlin
As more Americans across the country are sheltering at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, a major Colorado cannabis retailer announced that it has received the states first permit to deliver medical marijuana directly to patients doors. Boulder-based medical cannabis dispensary The Dandelion, which is owned and operated by the retail chain Native Roots, obtained Colorados first state-issued delivery license last week, the company announced on Thursday in a press release. Delivery services wont be available immediately, however. Shannon Fender, director of public affairs f.... View more in new window

High Times | March 18, 2020

A.J. Herrington
State regulators in Maine issued the first conditional licenses for cannabis businesses last week, setting the stage for retail marijuana sales to begin in late spring. Officials with Maines Office of Marijuana policy issued provisional approval for a total of 31 cannabis growers, manufacturers, and retailers pending their completion of the licensing process. We have said the adult-use industry will launch in spring 2020, Erik Gundersen, the director of the agency, said in a statement Friday. Todays announcement moves us another step closer to honoring that pledge. The co.... View more in new window

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