New Mexico

New Mexico Governor Says the State Is “Ready” for Cannabis Legalization

During her 2020 State of the State address, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham hailed legal cannabis as an economic opportunity for the state.

New York

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Unveils Cannabis Legalization by Budget, Again

After a failed legalization push in 2019, Cuomo is trying again—and coordinating with other northeast states.

Newsletter

New Mexico: adult use bill introduced • Rhode Island: governor’s budget includes legal cannabis • & more…

An excerpt from the January 16 and 17 editions of the Cannabis Wire Daily newsletter.

Caribbean

Barbados Tiptoes Ahead With Cannabis Plans—Carefully

The island will soon accept applications for medical cannabis cultivation licenses, but decriminalization will have to wait.

Congress

First Congressional Hearing on Cannabis in 2020 Focuses on Research Hurdles

DEA says legislation pending White House approval would pave the way for new, federally-approved research-grade cannabis farms.

Newsletter

Aphria, GW earnings • CBD and cancer • Cresco workers vote ‘yes’ union • Montana: moves to legalize • & more…

An excerpt from the January 14 and 15 editions of the Cannabis Wire Daily newsletter.

Enforcement

CDC: One in Ten Vape Products Linked to Lung Illness Bought From “Commercial Sources”

More than 10% of vape products linked to EVALI came from medical or adult use shops, the CDC said Tuesday. But it is unclear if those shops were legal.

South Dakota

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem Lays Out Hemp Plan in 2020 State of the State

The governor previously vetoed a hemp bill. On Tuesday, she shared the conditions under which she would sign a hemp bill.

Florida

Q&A: Florida Senator Introduces Cannabis Legalization Bill As Ballot Push Ends

The campaign, backed by millions from Parallel and MedMen, will try again in 2022—if the legislature doesn’t legalize first.