Articles By Nushin Rashidian

Regulation

Pres. Biden Formally Announces DOJ Will Move to Reclassify Cannabis

Now, the public will have a chance to weigh in on cannabis rescheduling.

Regulation

In Historic Move, DEA Will Recommend Cannabis Reclassification

The rescheduling of cannabis, once complete, will mark an historic shift in U.S. cannabis policy, and is likely to send ripple effects across the globe.

Germany

Germany’s Adult Use Cannabis Law Takes Effect. Now What?

After two years, the push by Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s government to legalize cannabis has cleared its first big step.

Germany

Germany’s Federal Council Vote Clears the Way for Cannabis Legalization to Take Effect April 1

The Federal Council voted Friday to pass the bill, which already cleared Parliament last month, dispelling fears that the Council would push for amendments and delay legalization.

United States

Kamala Harris Hosts Cannabis Roundtable, Calls Current Federal Policy “Absurd” 

In a White House conversation focused on cannabis pardons, Harris also urged the DEA to move "as quickly as possible" on its review of how the federal government classifies cannabis.

California

California’s Cannabis Advisory Committee Talks Lab Improvements, Facilitating Events

The committee met for the first time this year, and focused on labs and events largely through the lens of reining in bad actors and unlicensed activity.

Global

United Nations’ Narcotics Board Report Finds Legal Cannabis Production Has “Grown Significantly” 

In response to a question during the report launch about Germany’s legalization plans, INCB’s president said it is up to the international community to decide on legal cannabis “once and for all.”

Virginia

Virginia Lawmakers Send Cannabis Sales Legislation to Gov. Youngkin. Will He Sign it?

While an adult use cannabis legalization bill was signed into law in Virginia in 2021, a change in political control has stalled efforts to launch sales.

Germany

Germany’s Parliament Passes Bill to Legalize Cannabis for Adults

If the bill clears its remaining steps without delay, including consideration by one more legislative body, it is on track to take effect in April.