Category Archives: legalization

In Congress, a Changed House Finally Looks at Cannabis Banking

Six years after introducing the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act, a cannabis banking reform measure, co-author Denny Heck finally saw it enjoy its first committee hearing in Congress on Wednesday. The number of banks and credit unions willing to handle cannabis money is growing, but they still represent only a tiny fraction of […]

The ‘420 Bill’ to Federally Legalize Marijuana Has Officially Been Introduced

A federal bill that would legalize cannabis and regulate it like alcohol was introduced in the Senate on Friday by Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon. The bill, the Marijuana Revenue and Regulation Act, has been designated as S. 420 by Wyden and is a companion measure to H.R. 420, which was introduced in the House […]

Iowa Senator Announces Plans to Introduce Cannabis Legalization Bill

State Sen. Joe Bolkcom of Iowa announced on Monday that he plans to introduce a bill that would legalize the recreational use of cannabis for adults. Under his proposal, marijuana would be regulated like alcohol by the state government. “It is time for Iowa to end marijuana prohibition,” Bolkcom said at a news conference on […]

Property Owners Who Lease to Illicit Weed Businesses May Soon Face Stiff Fines

The City of Los Angeles is on the brink of taking a dramatic measure against illegal cannabis businesses. At a panel event on Jan. 24, Cat Packer, the executive director of the Los Angeles Department of Cannabis Regulation, said the City Council will be voting on a measure to fine property owners $20,000 a day […]

Q&A: Cannabis Trade Federation CEO Neal Levine on the future of federal marijuana legalization

America’s legal cannabis market owes part of its success to Neal Levine. Levine worked as Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for LivWell Enlightened Health, which earned a reputation as one of the largest employers in the cannabis industry. He has since moved on to be named as the chief executive operator of the Cannabis […]

Minnesota Proposal Would Legalize Cannabis Sales in 2020

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Two Minnesota lawmakers have proposed legislation that would legalize adult-use cannabis, hoping to start what they acknowledge will be a long and contentious discussion. Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka says he doesn’t think the legislation will pass this year. Edina Democrat Melissa Franzen introduced the measures in the House, and […]

Massachusetts Sees $24M in Legal Cannabis Sales in First 2 months

BOSTON (AP) — Cannabis retailers in Massachusetts have racked up nearly $24 million in sales since the first stores opened two months ago. That’s according to the Cannabis Control Commission, the state’s marijuana regulatory agency. The first retail stores in Massachusetts — and anywhere on the U.S. East Coast — began operations Nov. 20 in […]

Maine’s Cannabis Legalization Timeline Goes up in Smoke

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine marijuana lovers hoping to put the “bake” back in clambake this summer might be out of luck. State officials said Friday that Maine rescinded a Los Angeles consultant’s winning bid to help craft the rules about key issues such as sales and packaging of marijuana. Maine officials had hoped the […]

ND medical cannabis market inches onward as state hands out first patient cards

North Dakota has begun issuing medical marijuana cards to patients and caregivers, which marks another step forward as the state has spent nearly two years setting up a regulated distribution system for the MMJ market. Voters in the state approved medical cannabis in November 2016. Here are the basics surrounding the situation: North Dakota’s health department […]

Rhode Island governor plans to legalize recreational marijuana

(via Wikimedia Commons) Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo will propose a framework to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use, reports the Providence Journal. Raimondo says the proposal is an effort to keep pace with neighboring states that have already ended pot prohibition, such as such as Maine, Massachusetts, and Vermont. New York and New Jersey […]