Articles By Alyson Martin

Colorado

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis Signs Bill Expanding Cannabis Equity and Pardons

The biggest cannabis companies in the state lobbied in support of the bill.

New York

NY Majority Leader Describes Cannabis Legalization Talks as “Active”

Crystal Peoples-Stokes makes the case for legalization, but not for tax revenue to help balance the budget, in a Q&A with Cannabis Wire.

Colorado

Denver’s Cannabis Work Group Debates How to Fund Social Equity Program

During the group’s fourth and final meeting, suggestions for how to fund the equity program ranged from more fees for current cannabis licensees, to “reallocating” the city’s police budget.

Hemp

Hemp Businesses Eligible for Federal “Socially-Disadvantaged Groups” Grants

For the first time, a USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service funding announcement explicitly includes hemp.

Congress

Justice Department Whistleblower Testifies on Attorney General Barr’s Cannabis Bias

An official in the Department’s Antitrust Division said during a House Judiciary Committee hearing that cannabis is “unpopular” with Barr, and therefore he influenced investigations.

California

Is Los Angeles Poised to Finally Have an Equitable Cannabis Industry?

The City Council will vote today on a cannabis industry equity overhaul after the LA Rules Committee voted Tuesday on recommendations.

Hemp, New York

Why 2020 Looks Like a Ghost Year for New York Hemp

The state’s growers are sitting on a pile of surplus from the 2019 season, while they desperately wait for rules to guide the industry going forward.

Michigan

Michigan Strips Out “Labor Peace Agreements” From Its Cannabis Industry

The decision to remove the pro-union requirement came after an onslaught of written feedback, despite strong support at an earlier hearing.

Colorado

Denver Working Group Digs Deeper on the Future of Cannabis Equity in Colorado

On the heels of a report that found that Denver’s cannabis industry is predominantly white, a working group expands its discussion about how to create an equitable industry.