Category: Regulatory

In historic move, US House to vote on cannabis banking bill next week

A bill that would create a federal safe harbor for financial institutions to serve state-lawful cannabis businesses and ancillary companies will be put to a landmark vote in the U.S. House of Representatives next week, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Friday. Hoyer, D-Maryland, announced on the House floor that he will schedule the SAFE Banking […]

Wisconsin lawmakers introduce bill to legalize medical cannabis

Published 1 min ago Three legislators introduced a bipartisan bill that would legalize medical marijuana in Wisconsin, creating a licensing system for growers, processors and sellers. Sens. Jon Erpenbach and Patrick Testin along with Rep. Chris Taylor introduced the bill Friday. Erpenbach and Taylor are Democrats. Testin is a Republican. The bill faces an […]

Vape crisis, federal cannabis bill, Utah licenses

State regulators from across the country react to the vaping crisis, a federal marijuana banking bill sees movement, Utah ups its medical cannabis licensing opportunities – and more of the week’s top marijuana business news. States’ responses to vaping crisis State regulators nationwide have begun responding in earnest to the vaping illness epidemic, which now stands […]

New Hampshire lawmakers override governor’s medical marijuana veto

Published 1 hour ago Certified New Hampshire patients soon will have the ability to buy medical marijuana even if they haven’t had the same doctor for three months – a development that could provide a sales boost to the state’s small MMJ market. Republican Gov. Chris Sununu vetoed a bill last month to eliminate the […]

New Mexico balks at issuing medical cannabis cards to non-residents

Published 1 min ago New Mexico health officials are refusing to issue medical marijuana identification cards to out-of-state residents, despite a recent judge’s order. Providing MMJ identification cards to nonresidents could give the state’s medical cannabis sales a shot in the arm. The Albuquerque Journal reported that the state Department of Health asked a […]

Civil rights groups wants reform before cannabis banking vote

Seven civil rights groups have sent a letter to U.S. House Democratic leadership asking to delay voting on a cannabis banking bill. The groups are requesting a vote be put off until more comprehensive reforms addressing criminal and social justice issues are considered. “We are concerned that if the House approves this bill, it will […]

Chicago mayor wants to prohibit rec cannabis stores downtown

Chicago’s mayor wants the city to ban recreational marijuana stores in the central business district, a move that could hurt sales downtown. The bans are in zoning rules proposed this week by Mayor Lori Lightfoot, a Democrat. The “exclusion” zones also would prohibit adult-use MJ sales within 500 feet of schools and in residential neighborhoods, […]

How state cannabis regulatory agencies responded to vaping health crisis

State regulators overseeing the legal marijuana industry are adopting a wait-and-see stance as the industry determines what exactly is causing the health problems related to vaping, although California has come down more decisively against vaping of all forms. For the most part, regulators in more than a half dozen states are reacting cautiously while public […]

Maine marijuana regulators try to end seed-to-sale tracking confusion

Published 22 mins ago Maine’s marijuana policy office is seeking to curb confusion about the state’s new track-and-trace system after cannabis business owners complained about the costs of complying with the program. The Maine Office of Marijuana Policy conducted a demonstration of a cloud-based software product provided by Florida-based BioTrackTHC that will use barcode-based […]

Utah lawmakers increase medical marijuana dispensaries to 14

Published 1 min ago Utah legislators unanimously passed legislation allowing 14 private medical cannabis dispensaries, substantially boosting the business opportunities for a program scheduled to launch as soon as March 2020. The measure, voted on during a special session called by Republican Gov. Gary Herbert, amends the state’s MMJ law that called for a […]