Articles By Alyson Martin

Connecticut

As Connecticut Commences Legalization Talks, Equity Takes Center Stage

A hearing on Friday stretched more than 12 hours and often focused on social and racial justice, home cultivation, and the potential for increased youth use and impaired driving.

Hemp

State Agriculture Regulators Support Raising Federal THC Ceiling for Hemp

On Thursday, members of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture voted in favor of a major hemp policy position.

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Lawmakers Take Bipartisan Approach In New Cannabis Legalization Push

Gov. Tom Wolf supports cannabis legalization, but a stubborn GOP legislature could stall another attempt at passage.

New York

New York Lawmakers Hear Supporters, Opponents of Legal Cannabis

Groups in favor of adult use legalization suggested amendments to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget proposal and to lawmakers’ bill, which is preferred by reform advocates.

Hemp

State Ag Regulators Consider Push for Higher THC Hemp

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture will vote next week on whether the federal definition of hemp should be changed to be cannabis that contains ≤1% THC, up from ≤.3%.

Business, Lobbying

Altria CFO Reiterates Company’s U.S. Cannabis Plans

Altria, maker of Marlboro, is “excited about the U.S. opportunity for our investment in Cronos,” a Canadian cannabis company, the company’s CFO said during a consumer conference Wednesday.

New York

Amid Pressure, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Revises Cannabis Legalization Proposal

The governor has drawn sharp criticism from advocates and lawmakers over his budget bill’s approach to tax revenue allocation, criminal penalties, and equity provisions.

Connecticut

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont Releases Cannabis Legalization Plan

Last year, Gov. Lamont’s legalization bill was derailed by COVID-19. This year, he’s putting his plan to the legislature again, and, for the first time, including the revenue in his budget.

Lobbying

Altria, Maker of Marlboro Cigarettes, Is Lobbying on Cannabis Sales in Virginia

Altria, parent company of Philip Morris USA, recently registered to lobby on cannabis in Virginia, where a legalization bill backed by the governor is sailing through the legislature.