Articles By Nushin Rashidian

Lobbying

Alcohol Giant Diageo, Tobacco Giant Reynolds, and Morgan Stanley Among Companies Newly Lobbying On Cannabis

As energy builds behind national cannabis reform, increasingly mainstream and global companies are lobbying on cannabis for the first time.

Colorado

Denver’s Cannabis Industry To See Most Major Transformation Since Its Launch

Following a City Council vote, the epicenter of Colorado’s cannabis industry is expected to see a boom in delivery and hospitality businesses, and licensing opportunities for equity applicants.

New York

Leading New York City Hospitality Group Eyes Cannabis

During a NYC Hospitality Alliance webinar this week, conversation focused on ownership and investment limits, on-site consumption spaces, and community relationships.

New Jersey

New Jersey Cannabis Regulators Get to Work on Launching Legal Cannabis Market

New Jersey’s Cannabis Regulatory Commission, the body that will oversee the launch of legal cannabis sales for adult use, held its first meeting on Monday.

United States

Northeast Regulators Talk Cannabis, Real Estate, and Regional Collaboration

During an event on how changing cannabis laws affect real estate, regulators from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut emphasized the importance of working in tandem.

Virginia

Virginia Lawmakers Pass Bill To Legalize Cannabis for Adult Use

Lawmakers approved Gov. Ralph Northam’s amendments to move the date for legal possession and home grow from 2024 to this summer, making the state the 17th to legalize for adult use.

Texas

Texas Lawmakers Again Tackle Medical Cannabis Expansion

In the country’s second most populous state, only three entities are licensed to provide medical cannabis — and only products low in THC.

Congress

Yet Another National Cannabis Group Has Formed

Just over three months into 2021, at least three powerful groups have formed to push Congress on cannabis legalization.

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Lawmakers Hold First Hearing on Competing Cannabis Legalization Proposals

Gov. Dan McKee has proposed legalization by budget, while Senators have their own bill. McKee’s plan does not include home cultivation, and proposes a phased rollout of business licenses.