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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.

Virginia

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s State of the Commonwealth Address Puts Cannabis in the Spotlight

This week, top lawmakers introduced legislation that would implement Northam’s legalization proposal.

New York

New York Governor Cuomo Again Calls for Cannabis Legalization During State of the State

Gov. Andrew Cuomo committed to seeing cannabis legislation over the finish line this year, but details remain limited.

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.

New York

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Reveals Cannabis Legalization Plans

The announcement comes one day after NY lawmakers filed a legalization bill, and the same day that neighboring Connecticut’s Governor Ned Lamont reiterated his own plans.

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.

California

In California, a Push to Allow CBD in Food Resumes

A similar effort failed at the eleventh hour of the last session. But the question of whether to allow CBD in foods (including pet food) is back on the table as the new legislative session ramps up.

New York, Research

In New York City, Racial Disparities in Cannabis Law Enforcement Persist

Men of color were most often issued criminal summonses for cannabis possession in 2019, according to a new report from Data Collaborative for Justice.

New York

New York Lawmakers Gear Up to Try to Legalize Cannabis, Again

Key lawmakers tell Cannabis Wire that equity remains a legalization priority, but that they don’t expect adult use cannabis sales to bridge New York’s budget gap.

Global, United States

Cannabis Wire’s Top 10 Most Read Stories of 2020

From lobbying and the nuance of smokable hemp policies, to appellations and cannabis consumer data, here are Cannabis Wire's most-read stories of 2020.

Oregon

Oregon Regulators Ban Cannabis Vape Additives

The decision, months in the making, was prompted by a vaping-related illness that killed dozens and sickened thousands across the US.

New Jersey

New Jersey Legislature Passes Bill to Launch Legalized Cannabis

Voters passed an initiative on Election Day to legalize cannabis for adult use, but lawmakers still needed to pass legislation to implement a framework for sales.

Virginia

Virginia Governor Unveils Budget With Calls for Cannabis Legalization

In November, just months after signing cannabis decriminalization legislation, Governor Ralph Northam said that 2021 is the “time to legalize marijuana in Virginia.”