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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.

Can Kamala Harris Change Joe Biden's Mind on Federal Cannabis Legalization?
Can Kamala Harris Change Joe Biden's Mind on Federal Cannabis Legalization?

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and running mate Sen. Kamala Harris will sit down with ABC’s David Muir for their first joint television interview on Sunday evening. Cannabis industry professionals will no doubt be tuning in to see if Biden and Harris are questioned about marijuana. Can Harris push Biden to support federal adult-use cannabis legalization?

Cannabis Legalization Measure Qualifies for November 2020 Ballot in Montana
Cannabis Legalization Measure Qualifies for November 2020 Ballot in Montana

The Montana Secretary of State last week certified two complementary petitions — Initiative 190 and Constitutional Initiative 118 — that, if passed, would legalize and tax cannabis products for adults over the age of 21. Backed by New Approach Montana, the legalization measures aim to establish a regulated adult-use cannabis market in Big Sky Country.

House Votes to Protect State-Legal Cannabis Businesses
House Votes to Protect State-Legal Cannabis Businesses

The U.S. House of Representatives last week passed an appropriations amendment that protects state-legal cannabis businesses from federal interference. Introduced by Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Tom McClintock (R-CA), and Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), the bipartisan amendment to H.R. 7617 — the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2021 — was approved in a 254-163 floor

Nevada Regulators Launch Investigation Into 3 Dispensaries For Selling Tainted Cannabis
Nevada Regulators Launch Investigation Into 3 Dispensaries For Selling Tainted Cannabis

The Nevada Cannabis Compliance Board (CCB) has opened an investigation into several dispensaries for allegedly selling tainted marijuana products, the agency announced Tuesday. The CCB said marijuana strain Cherry OG F3 twice failed microbial testing earlier this year. However, three Las Vegas retail shops continued to sell through inventory despite a March directive to halt sales.

Sensing Urgency, Marijuana Justice Coalition Asks Congress to Back MORE Act
Sensing Urgency, Marijuana Justice Coalition Asks Congress to Back MORE Act

More than a dozen national advocacy organizations have penned a letter to members of Congress asking for their support of the MORE Act, which would remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act. Known as the Marijuana Justice Coalition (MJC), the consortium includes several civil rights and criminal justice groups, along with pro-cannabis organizations like NORML and the Drug Policy Alliance.

Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Company Fined for Unlawful Pesticide Use
Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Company Fined for Unlawful Pesticide Use

A medical marijuana processor in Oklahoma has been fined $541,000 by the state’s cannabis regulatory agency and told to halt operations after the company allegedly sold products containing harmful pesticides. According to KWTV, Edmond-based Moon Mix, LLC sold contaminated cannabis offerings that tested positive for several pesticides earlier this year.

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