Articles By Nushin Rashidian

Congress

In 2021, Congress Did Nothing–and Everything–About Cannabis Reform. Now What?

Nothing made it even close to the president’s desk, but the conversation changed, and forces are gathering for a complex debate about legalization’s priorities.

UK/Europe

Malta’s President Signs Cannabis Legalization Bill

The country is the first in the European Union to legalize cannabis possession and cultivation for non-medical purposes, with others expected to follow in 2022.

South Dakota

South Dakota Supreme Court Strikes Down Voter-Approved Legal Cannabis. Now What?

In anticipation of this decision over the past year, both advocates and lawmakers have been working on new paths forward for adult use.

Congress

Big On Biz, Light On Equity: The Koch-Endorsed, GOP Cannabis Legalization Bill is Here

Rep. Nancy Mace has released the most comprehensive cannabis legalization plan to emerge from the Republican party, a counter to the Schumer, Booker, Wyden vision.

California

In California, Which Cannabis Bills Made the Cut?

California Gov. Gavin Newsom had until Oct. 10 to sign or veto the bills that landed on his desk this session.

Research, United States

NIOSH Tackles Cannabis and Workers’ Compensation

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health analyzed state cannabis laws and rules on workers compensation and cannabis.

Congress

US House Judiciary Committee Advances Bill To End Cannabis Prohibition

The MORE Act has already passed out of the full House once, but the Senate remains a hurdle.

Lobbying, News Brief

Amazon Doubles Down on Cannabis Reform

The global online retail giant has endorsed the most comprehensive cannabis reform proposal to-date in Congress. In early summer, Amazon began to lobby on a more narrow reform bill.

United States

CDC Issues First Health Advisory on Delta-8 THC, Citing Rise in Adverse Events

As individual states grapple with how to handle delta-8 THC, which has become widely available, federal agencies have been slow to respond.