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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?