May 17, 2021
Pot Companies’ Hunt for New Markets Heats Up
The cannabis land grab is getting more competitive.
Apr 28, 2021
New Marijuana Banking Bill: What’s Included and What’s Missing
The Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act (a marijuana banking act) has been reintroduced to the House by Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO); this bill protects financial institutions that service state-legal marijuana businesses from being penalized by federal regulators. Previously, the bill had cleared the House but did not advance in the Republican-controlled Senate. There are currently 206 cosponsors of the marijuana banking bill, as well as expressed support from 13 Republicans. The bill does not federally legalize cannabis. It also does not contain long-sought relief from a corporate income tax penalty which allows only the cost of goods sold to be deducted as an operating expense, or provisions to allow stock market listings, although SAFE would allow banks to perform custodial services for U.S. firms’ stock trading.
Apr 7, 2021
Texas Lawmakers Tackle Marijuana Decriminalization, Medical Cannabis And Hemp In Committee Hearings
Cannabis reform is the hot topic in the Texas legislature this week, with lawmakers holding hearings on multiple marijuana decriminalization bills, a proposal to expand the state’s medical cannabis program and another piece of legislation concerning hemp regulations.
Apr 2, 2021
NYPD gives cops new orders to let people smoke weed in public
The NYPD has told cops how to enforce the state’s new marijuana law — which includes letting adults light up in public, ignoring the exchange of weed unless money is involved and banning vehicle searches based on smell alone.
Mar 30, 2021
The SAFE Act Has Made Its Way To The Senate
Will the SAFE Act Become Law In 2021? The SAFE Act has been reintroduced and passed the House and now has made its way to the Senate.
Mar 28, 2021
New York Marijuana Legalization Bill Is Officially Released, With Votes Planned Within Days
A new bill to legalize marijuana in New York was released on Saturday after lawmakers and the governor finalized a deal that has been negotiated for weeks. Votes in the legislature are now expected to take place in the coming week.
Mar 28, 2021
Illinois Lawmakers Approve Bill To Legalize Any Amount Of Marijuana And Expunge Past Records
The sponsor pointed out that there aren’t limits on how much cannabis dispensaries can sell, making their owners millions in profits. But consumers have limits on how much they can buy and possess at one time.
Feb 21, 2021
Cannabis legalization or decriminalization (we'll get to the difference in a bit) is one of several issues set to test Democrats' slim majority in Congress, along with a $15 minimum wage hike and making Washington, DC, the 51st state.