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