United States

New York

New York’s Accountants Prepare for Legalization

Cannabis analyst Vivien Azer and New York Senator Liz Krueger were among the speakers addressing finance professionals in Manhattan this week.

Hemp, New York

New York Gives Its Hemp Farmers a Boost

Allowing farmers to sell hemp and CBD products to medical cannabis businesses gives hemp farmers “another market for their products,” said ag commissioner Richard Ball.

California

California Prepares to Launch Country’s First “Organic” Cannabis Program

A working group held its final meeting to discuss the creation of a “comparable-to-organic” certification, as organic status is off limits to growers so long as cannabis is federally illegal.

South Dakota

South Dakota Voters Likely to See Two Cannabis Measures on the 2020 Ballot

These would be the first cannabis legalization ballot measures to qualify for 2020, if validated by the Secretary of State.

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Cannabis Coalition Raises Lobbying Spending Amid Legalization Talks

The coalition’s members include Green Thumb Industries, PharmaCann, and Cresco Labs.

Arizona

Arizona: Competing Initiatives Raise Questions About 2020 Legalization

And will the legislature get involved too? “It’s going to be a hot topic.”

New York

Leading New York Lawmaker “Optimistic” About Cannabis Legalization’s Chances in 2020

New York Senator Liz Krueger, speaking at a cannabis event on Tuesday evening, also shared where the state’s legalization effort this year went wrong.

United States

Governors, Policymakers Host Cannabis Summit in New York

For the first time, a “regional approach” to cannabis legalization and regulation emerges, led by governors in New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.

California

California Lawmakers and Cannabis Regulators Talk Vape Crisis, Illegal Shops

The Assembly heard from the Bureau of Cannabis Control, the attorney general’s office, health and tax officials, and cannabis businesses Wednesday as the state deals with overlapping regulatory hurdles.

California

California: The Cannabis Bills Signed Into Law, and the Ones Vetoed

Governor Gavin Newsom signed most of the cannabis-related bills that reached his desk.

New Jersey

Which Cannabis Companies Are Lobbying in New Jersey?

The state tried to legalize adult-use cannabis this year, but only managed to expand their existing medical cannabis program.

Illinois, Lobbying

Global Cannabis Giants Lobbied in Illinois as State Legalized Adult-Use Cannabis

The list of companies includes some expected entities, like Chicago-based Cresco Labs and PharmaCann. But there are some surprising companies lobbying, too.

Florida

Q&A: Florida’s Former Lt. Governor Joins State Hemp Industry

An unrelated meeting at the USDA led former Lt. Gov Carlos Lopez-Cantera to the Hemp Industry Association of Florida.

Business, California

Champagne, Roquefort, and . . . Mendocino? The Appellations Discussion Warms Up

What regions get to apply a geographical label to its cannabis? Does an international perspective help? Should a name be connected to the land?

Business, California

California Issues New Guidelines for Banking Cannabis Businesses

More and more state financial institutions in California are banking or considering banking cannabis businesses, according to state officials.

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Pushes Toward Cannabis Legalization

A pro-legalization governor and his allies outlined an expedited pardons review program this week, while the debate over adult use continues.