Articles By Nushin Rashidian

Maryland

Maryland Cannabis Legalization Bill Directs Millions to Historically Black Colleges and Universities

The bill to legalize cannabis for adult use has diverse support, from former NAACP president Ben Jealous to Good Charlotte’s Joel Madden. But will the governor support it?

Arizona

Arizona Swiftly Launches Adult Use Cannabis Sales

Voters approved legalization in November. On Friday, regulators awarded 86 licenses to businesses, and adult use cannabis sales commenced. No state has moved so quickly.

Research, United States

The DEA Has Now Received Nearly Fifty Applications for Federal Cannabis Cultivation Licenses

Until now, in the US, only one entity has been federally approved to cultivate cannabis for research. The DEA will soon issue additional licenses. Here’s who wants in.

Mexico

Mexico Publishes Long-Awaited Medical Cannabis Regulations

Medical cannabis has been legal since 2017, albeit in vague and limited terms. A regulatory framework took more than three years to follow.

South Dakota

Will South Dakota Be the First State to Overturn a Cannabis Legalization Vote?

Governor Kristi Noem has signed an executive order declaring that she called for a lawsuit challenging Amendment A, a cannabis measure that voters approved on their November ballots.

California

California: Governor Gavin Newsom’s Budget Allocates Half a Billion in Cannabis Tax Revenue

Two groundbreaking programs—OCal and appellations—set to launch this year, were delayed by COVID-19. While the budget consolidates cannabis licensing under a new entity, OCal will remain under agriculture and appellations will remain with ag and health.

Virginia

A Cannabis Legalization Bill Has Dropped in Virginia. But It’s Unlikely to Be the One to Cross the Finish Line.

When Governor Ralph Northam called for legalization last month, he said Virginia’s plan would “lead with social equity.” The bill introduced this week makes no mention of it.

Congress, United States

Democrat-Controlled Senate a Win for Cannabis in Congress

A Republican-controlled Senate has proven to be a hurdle for cannabis legislation in Congress. Now that the Georgia runoff elections handed control to Democrats, the path has been cleared.

United States

Biden Expected to Pick Merrick Garland as Attorney General. What Does It Mean for Cannabis?

Garland has said little about cannabis, but did side with the DEA in a case that kept cannabis in Schedule I, the strictest category of the Controlled Substances Act.