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FridayMay 24, 2024 4:20 pm

420 with CNW — New Jersey Lawmaker Introduces Bill Seeking to Cap Medical Cannabis Prices

State officials in New Jersey acknowledge the concerns raised by medical-cannabis patients regarding the steep prices of marijuana products. However, the officials stress their limited authority under existing laws, which grant them no jurisdiction over the pricing policies of dispensaries. Democratic legislator Senator Troy Singleton is looking to neighboring Pennsylvania for inspiration. Pennsylvania’s medical-cannabis law includes a provision allowing state authorities to impose price limits if marijuana prices become exorbitant. Singleton aims to replicate this provision in New Jersey, proposing a bill that would empower the state’s cannabis regulator to impose price limitations on medical-marijuana providers if their pricing practices…

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FridayMay 24, 2024 10:00 am

New York Regulators Face Lawsuit Over Social-Equity Rules

Cannabis regulators in the state of New York have been hit with a new lawsuit filed earlier this month in the Albany County-based Supreme Court against the state’s Cannabis Control Board and Office of Cannabis Management. The issue is the state’s Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensary (CAURD) program, which gives priority to people who were impacted by the war on drugs. The suit was filed by four plaintiffs: Windward Management, Organic Blooms, Blackmark and Niagara Nugget. The plaintiffs stated that the applicants under the program could file initial requests for a license without informing the local municipality or having to secure…

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ThursdayMay 23, 2024 4:20 pm

420 with CNW — Adult-Use Cannabis Sales Could Begin in Ohio by June

The sale of recreational cannabis is on track to commence around mid-June in Ohio following the recent approval of new licensing regulations for dispensaries. Since December 2023, when a voter-approved statute came into effect, the state has been in a state of uncertainty regarding recreational sales. While individuals 21 years and older were permitted to cultivate and use marijuana at home, the absence of legal avenues for purchase raised concerns about the emergence of a black market, prompting attention from Governor Mike DeWine and certain GOP legislators. The Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review granted passage to the regulations necessary…

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WednesdayMay 22, 2024 4:20 pm

420 with CNW — Impact of Federal Marijuana Reclassification on State-Level Programs Remains Unclear

A proposal put forth by Merrick Garland, U.S. Attorney General, calls for a relaxation of federal laws prohibiting marijuana. However, this move does not imply the federal government’s endorsement of medical or recreational marijuana use in the numerous states where it has been legalized. Shifting cannabis from its current classification as one of the most hazardous and least beneficial substances to a less severe category indicates a desire within the federal government, particularly under Biden's administration, to alleviate restrictions on a substance that has gained legality in an increasing number of states over the past decade. Over the years, federal…

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WednesdayMay 22, 2024 10:00 am

THC Drinks Legality Questioned As Legislators Call for Stricter Regulations

Drinks infused with THC have become popular in the recent times, and if you were wondering: yes, they’re legal. The drinks are derived from hemp, which usually contains no more than 0.3% THC. THC is one of the two primary compounds found in cannabis plants, the other being CBD. However, unlike THC, CBD doesn’t induce a high when ingested. After the 2018 Farm Bill was passed, industrial hemp was made legal, eliminating it from the DEA’s list of controlled substances. This legalization loophole is what allowed for hemp drinks to be sold legally by cannabis stores, alcohol retailers and breweries.…

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TuesdayMay 21, 2024 4:20 pm

420 with CNW — Poll Suggests Florida Cannabis Legalization Measure Will Narrowly Miss Voter Approval

A recent survey by a group opposing the legalization of marijuana in Florida reveals that while a majority of voters support the initiative, support falls short of the required 60% threshold for approval. Conducted by Cherry Communications for the Florida Chamber of Commerce, the poll indicates that 58% of Florida’s probable voters favor legalization while 37% oppose it, with 5% undecided. On the other hand, an alternative ballot item related to abortion rights has 61% of the vote, which means it will probably pass. This marks the third survey indicating insufficient support for the marijuana initiative since Florida’s Supreme Court…

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MondayMay 20, 2024 4:20 pm

420 with CNW — Thai PM Wants Marijuana Recriminalized Barely Two Years After Decriminalization

Thailand’s prime minister announced plans to classify marijuana once again as a narcotic by the end of the year, marking a significant reversal of its earlier decision. Just two years ago, Thailand took a progressive step in Asia by decriminalizing recreational marijuana use. Despite this reversal, Thailand has witnessed a rapid expansion of its domestic cannabis retail sector. Over the past couple of years, thousands of businesses and stores have emerged, projecting an industry value of potentially up to $1.2 billion by next year. Expressing the government’s intentions on X, SretthaThavisin, Thai prime minister, called upon the health ministry to…

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MondayMay 20, 2024 10:00 am

Ouster of OCM Chief in New York Raises Questions

Chris Alexander, executive director of the state entity charged with overseeing the implementation of the recreational marijuana industry in New York State, has been asked to leave office when his tenure draws to an end this September. This ouster has raised more questions than it answers. For starters, many watchers of the roll-out of recreational marijuana sales in the state indicate that many departments had roles to play in the implementation of the adult-use cannabis program. However, none of those departments was mentioned in the report, which was released after the state governor launched a review of the recreational marijuana…

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FridayMay 17, 2024 4:20 pm

420 with CNW — White House Noncommittal on Biden’s View of DOJ’s Stand on Cannabis Reclassification

The White House hasn’t disclosed whether President Joseph Biden backs the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) proposal to reclassify cannabis after a review he initiated. During a conversation with Karine Jean-Pierre, the White House press secretary, reporters asked questions regarding the president’s stance on the DOJ’s proposal to shift marijuana from Schedule I to III. Jean Pierre responded by noting that Biden’s administration would let the review process unfold, so she wouldn’t “preempt the matter.” She also stressed the president’s clear stance against incarcerating individuals solely for cannabis possession. Jean-Pierre has consistently refrained from directly addressing the administration’s stance on…

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FridayMay 17, 2024 10:00 am

Medical Marijuana Campaign in Nebraska Meets Crucial Signature Requirement

Activists in Nebraska say they have met a pivotal requirement in the signature gathering process to put two measures to legalize medical cannabis on the ballot this November. This milestone was communicated in an email blast which was sent out on Tuesday to supporters. Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana (NMM), the group behind this campaign, revealed that IT had so far collected a minimum of 5% voter signatures in 38 out of the 93 counties in the state. This meets one of the key requirements for the initiatives to appear on November’s ballot. Crista Eggers, an NMM campaign manager, was quick…

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