U.S. lawmakers convened Wednesday to discuss the future of federal cannabis legalization and to question leaders from three government agencies tasked with researching and enforcing America’s drug policies. The session was hosted by the U.S. House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, and billed as an chance to examine six pieces of federal marijuana legislation.
Marijuana advocates in Montana have submitted a pair of 2020 ballot initiatives to state officials that would legalize, regulate and tax cannabis. New Approach Montana is campaigning for a statutory initiative that would legalize adult-use cannabis sales, as well as a constitutional amendment that would allow individuals 21 years and older to purchase, consume or possess marijuana.
California Governor Gavin Newsom has drawn up plans to significantly alter how the state regulates its cannabis industry. Unveiled Friday as part of Newsom’s proposed 2020-21 budget, the changes include consolidating California’s three licensing agencies and changing the state’s cultivation and excise tax collection methods.
In this week’s edition of The Buzz: A congressional committee will meet next week to discuss “Cannabis Policies for the New Decade," the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act moved "one step closer to becoming the first bill to end cannabis prohibition to pass the House of Representatives," and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo vowed to legalize adult-use marijuana in 2020.
BDS Analytics, a research firm that tracks cannabis sales in the U.S., recently sized up the CBD market as part of an intelligence briefing created in partnership with Arcview Market Research. The two firms said sales of CBD-infused products totaled about $1.9 billion in 2018, but the market is expected to reach $20 billion by 2024.
Leaders from the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) took to Reddit on Wednesday to answer questions about the marijuana industry. Participating in an AMA (ask me anything) session with users on the popular news aggregator and discussion platform was NCIA director of government relations Michael Correia, as well as government relations managers Michelle Rutter and Maddy Grant.
Residents of South Dakota will get a chance to vote for the legalization of adult-use marijuana this November, Secretary of State Steve Barnett’s office announced Monday. According to a press release, Barnett validated and filed a petition that was submitted and would amend the South Dakota Constitution to “legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana.”
Los Angeles-based MedMen Enterprises will continue its cost-cutting efforts in the new year as it moves to sell three medical marijuana licenses in Arizona and one cultivation and manufacturing license in Illinois. The transactions are expected to generate a combined $54 million as the company works to improve its financial position in fiscal year 2020.
Recreational sales of marijuana in Illinois officially commenced on the first day of 2020 as dozens of dispensaries across the state opened their doors to thousands of eager cannabis customers. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation currently lists 46 adult-use cannabis dispensaries that licensed and approved to sell marijuana throughout the state.
In the face of growing financial losses and a stock that has lost more than 80% of its value over the last nine months, Canada’s Aurora Cannabis Inc. is shaking things up. The company recently shared that chief corporate officer Cam Battley had stepped down from his position on December 20, among other notable announcements.
Greenbox bills itself as “the first fully automated CBD kiosk,” a 6-foot-tall, highly technical piece of machinery that founder Zack Johnson is producing domestically. Customers are greeted by a large touchscreen and an array of products arranged into lifestyle categories such as “Drift and Dream” and “Release and Recovery.”
A new group of polls indicates that Americans are increasingly in favor of legalizing cannabis. A Marist Poll recently found that 62% of adults believe federal marijuana legalization is a “good idea.” Meanwhile, a new Fox News survey of 1,000 registered voters also found that 63% favored the national legalization of cannabis for recreational use.