Articles By Nushin Rashidian

Lobbying

Cannabis Lobbying Spend Bounces Back

Lobbying spending by cannabis-focused entities declined after a Q4 2019 peak that coincided with the passage of the SAFE Banking Act. But this quarter, spending has rebounded.

Lobbying

Amazon Is Officially Lobbying on Cannabis

While the global online retail giant said in June that it would support the MORE Act, a bill to end the federal criminalization of cannabis, it formally registered early Wednesday morning.

Equity, Illinois

Illinois Governor Signs Bill to Create Additional Cannabis Licenses for Equity Applicants

Equity was front and center in the push for legalization in Illinois. But the state’s industry has remained dominated by the largest cannabis companies in the country.

Lobbying

Advil-Maker GlaxoSmithKline Among Entities Newly Lobbying on Cannabis

From CBD and banking legislation in Congress to the right to advertise in legal states, here are the entities newly lobbying on cannabis-related issues at the national level.

Congress

Sen. Schumer on Legal Cannabis Plan: “I Will Use My Clout as Majority Leader To Make This a Priority in the Senate”

Schumer said the votes aren’t yet there for the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act, which he and Sens. Cory Booker and Ron Wyden formally announced on Wednesday.

Congress

Sens. Schumer, Wyden, and Booker Release Most Comprehensive Cannabis Reform Proposal Yet. Here Are the Details.

The Senators are starting with a “discussion draft” ahead of a bill, which is an unprecedented approach for federal cannabis law reform. Public comment will be open until September.

Congress

Sens. Schumer, Wyden, and Booker to Release Cannabis Reform Draft on Wednesday

The Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act is expected to be the most comprehensive reform proposal ever introduced.

United States

Midyear Legislative Analysis: Cannabis Bills that Passed, Stalled, or Remain in Limbo

As we head into summer, Cannabis Wire's legislative analysis shows that direct gubernatorial support helped pushed adult use bills over the finish line.

South Dakota

South Dakota Holds First Hearing On Proposed Medical Cannabis Rules

While voters approved both medical and adult use legalization at the ballot box in November, the state’s top court is weighing a legal challenge to adult use that was led by Gov. Kristi Noem.