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NCIA Public Policy Director Andrew Kline Departs for Law Firm Perkins Coie
NCIA Public Policy Director Andrew Kline Departs for Law Firm Perkins Coie

Andrew Kline, who served for two years as the director of public policy at the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA), has departed the Denver-based trade group for a role with multinational law firm Perkins Coie.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Vows to Legalize Adult-Use Cannabis
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Vows to Legalize Adult-Use Cannabis

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced a renewed push to legalize adult-use cannabis in the Empire State. This is the third straight year that Cuomo has called for establishing a regulated recreational marijuana market and it comes at a time when the state is facing an estimated $63 billion budget shortfall over the next four years as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Outgoing California 'Cannabis Czar' Selected to Lead State's Craft Brewers Association
Outgoing California 'Cannabis Czar' Selected to Lead State's Craft Brewers Association

Lori Ajax, the outgoing chief of California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC), has been named the new executive director of the California Craft Brewers Association (CCBA). The Dec. 4 announcement comes about two weeks after Marijuana Business Daily confirmed that Ajax would step down from the BCC on Dec. 2, 2020.

House Votes to Legalize Cannabis
House Votes to Legalize Cannabis

History was made on Friday when the Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives passed a landmark bill that would end the federal prohibition on cannabis by a vote of 228-164.

Massachusetts Regulators Give Final Green Light to Cannabis Delivery
Massachusetts Regulators Give Final Green Light to Cannabis Delivery

Cannabis delivery is getting the official go-ahead in Massachusetts after regulators adopted revised regulations that will enable consumers across the Commonwealth to purchase adult-use marijuana without ever leaving their homes. During a virtual meeting on Monday, the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission voted 3-1 in favor of creating two classes of adult-use marijuana delivery licenses.

Election 2020: Cannabis Legalization Measures Pass in 5 States with $3 Billion Up for Grabs
Election 2020: Cannabis Legalization Measures Pass in 5 States with $3 Billion Up for Grabs

It was a clean sweep for cannabis on Tuesday, as voters in five states approved marijuana legalization initiatives in a resounding win for marijuana industry stakeholders. Cannabis-related ballot measures in Arizona, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey and South Dakota overwhelmingly passed. Americans now have access to medical marijuana in 35 states and adult-use cannabis in 15 states.

Election 2020: Cannabis on the Ballot in 5 States
Election 2020: Cannabis on the Ballot in 5 States

Voters in four states will decide whether to legalize adult-use cannabis this election season, while individuals in a fifth state – Mississippi – will be given the opportunity to legalize the use of medical marijuana.

Adult-Use Cannabis Sales Legalized in Vermont
Adult-Use Cannabis Sales Legalized in Vermont

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott (R) said Wednesday he would allow a cannabis legalization bill to become law without his signature. The legislation, S. 54, creates a commercial marijuana market in The Green Mountain State and establishes a 14% tax on all cannabis products.

Key Cannabis Bills Await Vermont Governor's Signature
Key Cannabis Bills Await Vermont Governor's Signature

At long last, Vermont is on the verge of legalizing adult-use cannabis sales. On Tuesday, the Vermont Senate voted 23-6 in favor of legislation (S. 54) that would legalize, regulate and tax commercial cannabis sales.

House Delays Vote on Cannabis Legalization
House Delays Vote on Cannabis Legalization

A House vote on federal cannabis legalization has been put on hold, according to Politico. The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, which would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act, was originally scheduled to reach the House floor this month.

Vermont Lawmakers Poised to Legalize Adult-Use Cannabis Sales
Vermont Lawmakers Poised to Legalize Adult-Use Cannabis Sales

Vermonters will soon be able to legally purchase adult-use cannabis without having to cross into neighboring Massachusetts. Late Tuesday evening, the Vermont House of Representatives and the Senate reached an agreement on a compromise bill that legalizes, regulates, and taxes retail sales for individuals 21 years and older.

House to Vote on Marijuana Legalization in September, Majority Whip James Clyburn Confirms
House to Vote on Marijuana Legalization in September, Majority Whip James Clyburn Confirms

The U.S. House of Representatives is set to make history next month when it finally votes on legalizing cannabis. In an email to members that was obtained by Politico cannabis reporter Natalie Fertig, Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) said the House would consider the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act during a September work period.

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