United States

Colorado

In Denver, a Debate Begins Over How to Create an Equitable Cannabis Hospitality Industry

After the first meeting to debate delivery, Denver’s new Marijuana Licensing Work Group, which includes regulators, elected officials, and industry members, turned its attention to consumption spaces.

Colorado

Denver Cannabis Regulators Weigh Delivery, With Equity in Mind

The city’s newly formed Marijuana Licensing Work Group held its first meeting, during which regulators, elected officials, and members of the cannabis industry debated how to allow for delivery with a focus on equity.

Maine

Maine Lifts Residency Rules for Cannabis Industry After Lawsuit

The announcement came after a lawsuit challenged whether the residency requirement was constitutional. Regulators stressed that the move wouldn’t affect the rollout of adult use sales.

California

California Regulators Prepare for the Champagne of Cannabis

The first-of-its-kind Cannabis Appellation Program will allow for place-of-origin branding. At the final public hearing this week, growers emphasized the importance of “terroir” baseline standards.

Minnesota

Minnesota House Leader Introduces Cannabis Legalization Bill

The bill would tax and regulate cannabis sales for adults, and would also allow home grows.

Coronavirus, Massachusetts

Massachusetts Cannabis Companies Call for State Aid Amid Coronavirus

A bill introduced by state Senator Diana DiZoglio would help companies “ineligible” for the federal Paycheck Protection Program.

California

California Regulators Release First-Of-Its-Kind “Organic” Cannabis Plan

USDA organic status is off limits, as a result of federal cannabis prohibition. So California regulators have created “comparable-to-organic cannabis standards.”

California

What Does Cannabis Equity Mean in Rural California?

Mendocino County, part of the famed northern California Emerald Triangle, just received a $2 million equity grant. County officials told Cannabis Wire how these funds will be used.

Connecticut

Due to COVID-19, Connecticut’s Legislative Session Cut Short, Cannabis Legalization Stalled

The state’s general assembly has adjourned early. If and when lawmakers reconvene for a special session this summer, legalization is likely to be a low priority.

California

California Officials Award $30 Million in Cannabis Equity Grants

Oakland, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Sacramento are among the jurisdictions receiving significant funding.

Coronavirus, Guam

Coronavirus Shutdowns Delay Release of Guam Adult Use Cannabis Regulations

The governor suspended “non-essential” government activity on the island through May 6.

Virginia

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam Signs Cannabis Decriminalization Legislation

The governor and attorney general have put the state on a path toward legal adult use, starting with eliminating penalties for possession.

Coronavirus, Maine

Maine Delays Launch of Adult Use Cannabis Sales, Citing Coronavirus

Voters approved adult use of cannabis in 2016. The state has taken longer than any other to launch its program.

New York

Who Lobbied on Cannabis in New York During the Latest Legalization Push?

Before the state’s adult use effort was derailed this week by coronavirus, significant lobbying on cannabis was underway in the early months of 2020.

New York

New York Governor Confirms Cannabis Legalization By Budget “Not Likely”

Governor Andrew Cuomo said, during a Tuesday press conference about COVID-19, there was "too much, too little time" for adult use cannabis legalization.

Florida

Florida: Cannabis Companies Spent Big to Lobby in 2019. What About 2020?

Lawmakers, regulators, and the courts are reshaping the industry, and the industry would like to be heard. But will the economy hold?