United States

Rhode Island

Déjà Vu in Rhode Island: Will Cannabis Become Legal by Budget or Bill?

Gov. Daniel McKee proposed legalization in his budget, again, just as lawmakers prepare to introduce a bill that reflects months of negotiations on last year’s competing budget and bill proposals.

South Carolina

In South Carolina, Momentum Brews for Medical Cannabis

The Senate will hold a floor vote on medical cannabis next week, and the bill has strong support from groups like Americans for Prosperity. But the GOP majority is likely to pose an obstacle.

New York

Newly Lobbying on Cannabis in New York: Real Estate Companies, MSOs, and More

Gov. Kathy Hochul released budget details on Tuesday that showed New York’s cannabis tax revenue topping $1.25 billion over the next six years. In the meantime, companies from TerrAscend to Kiva are registering to lobby.

Mississippi

Medical Cannabis in Mississippi? It’s Back on Track

In just 14 months, Mississippi’s medical cannabis legalization push has seen success at the ballot box, defeat in the state Supreme Court, and, this week, passage in the Senate.

California

California Governor Gavin Newsom Aims for Cannabis Compliance, Education in Budget Plan

The budget also allocates money to help mitigate the environmental harms of illegal cannabis cultivation. And, crucially, it notes that Newsom's administration "supports cannabis tax reform."

New York

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul: $200 Million Cannabis Equity Fund Will “Create Opportunities”

Equity became a linchpin of the legalization debate between lawmakers and former Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Now comes the follow through.

Global, United States

Cannabis Wire’s Top 10 Most Read Stories of 2021

From Amazon lobbying on cannabis to the first federal definition of a THC dose, here are Cannabis Wire's most-read stories of 2021.

New York

Is Craft Cannabis Coming to New York?

A clear definition for “craft” cannabis is among the proposed changes to New York’s cannabis regulations, aimed at lifting up small farmers.

California

California Cannabis Regulators Commit to Combating Unregulated Market in 2022

The state’s top cannabis regulator signaled that illegal and gray market cannabis activity will be top of mind next year.

New Jersey

New Jersey’s Medical Cannabis Industry Expands, Again, Ahead of Adult Use Launch

Since October, ahead of the opening of the adult use license application window on December 15, New Jersey regulators have awarded 44 new medical cannabis licenses.

United States

As Congress Considers Cannabis, Regulators and Lawmakers Convene on Key Issues

A cannabis regulation panel brought together federal lawmakers and regulators, who focused on impairment, science, and efforts at the federal level to change cannabis policy.

New York

The One Where the Friends Producer Wants To Grow Cannabis in New York

Cannabis Wire had an exclusive interview with Kevin Bright, the executive producer of Friends, who plans to turn an upstate family maple farm into a cannabis venture.

South Dakota

South Dakota Supreme Court Strikes Down Voter-Approved Legal Cannabis. Now What?

In anticipation of this decision over the past year, both advocates and lawmakers have been working on new paths forward for adult use.

South Dakota

As South Dakotans Wait for Supreme Court on Cannabis, Local Governments Prepare

In South Dakota, among the most complex states when it comes to cannabis, localities are moving ahead on medical as broader reforms loom.

Virginia

Virginia Lawmakers Weigh Expedited Cannabis Sales, Equity

Sales aren’t expected until 2024, but lawmakers are considering whether an early start can maintain equity goals.

New York

New York Cannabis Regulators: Delta-8 THC is Definitely “Banned”

Rules to allow for delta-8 THC could come in the “future,” but in the meantime, those for CBD in food and beverages have been finalized.