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Republican Lawmakers Seek Ban On Welfare Benefits Spending At Dispensaries

Republican lawmakers in Washington, D.C. have introduced legislation that would ban the spending of federal welfare benefits at cannabis dispensaries. Two pending pieces of legislation include language to prohibit the use of welfare benefits at marijuana retailers, including a wide-reaching Senate welfare reform bill and a stand-alone measure in the House of Representatives. In the …

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Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority Sued for Violating State Law

A recent lawsuit filed against the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) claims that the organization did not make its meeting agenda available to the public, which violated a state law known as the Oklahoma Open Meeting Act. The lawsuit is led by Tulsa-based attorney Ron Durbin of Durbin Law – Viridian, who spoke at a …

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Louisiana Ends Jail Time for Small Amounts of Cannabis

Louisiana ended the punishment of jail time for possession of small amounts of recreational cannabis, which took effect Sunday. It was one of more than 250 new laws that took effect on the same day, including new requirements for doctors administering the abortion pill and restrictions on when police officers can use chokehold restraints. That …

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Washington Cannabis: LCB Bans Conversion of CBD into Delta-9 THC

On July 22, the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (“LCB”) issued a notice of adoption of an interpretive statement (the “Notice”) in which the agency clarified authorized practices for marijuana processor licensees. The Notice stipulates that licensed marijuana processors cannot legally convert cannabidiol (“CBD”) into delta-9 THC because their license privileges do not allow …

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Mental Health Advocates Invest in Minority Focused Research

CANNABIS CULTURE – The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) is investing $2 million to address research gaps in the effects of cannabis on mental health among diverse populations of Canada. “To gain a clear understanding of the mental health impacts of cannabis use in Canada, we must include representations from all areas of the …

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Rhode Island Medical Cannabis Lottery Delayed

Rhode Island is still dealing with legal setbacks to its medical cannabis lottery.  Regulators in the state have once again delayed the lottery, which was initially supposed to take place this week. Now, it has been postponed because of an administrative appeal from a rejected lottery applicant.  This is the second time the lottery has …

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Charlotte’s Web Announces Completion of One of Three Hemp Studies

Charlotte’s Web Holdings, Inc. announced on July 30 that the company’s CW Labs science division and Colorado State University’s (CSU) College of Agricultural Sciences have completed the first of three collaborative metabolomic hemp studies to decode the complex chemical profile of full spectrum hemp extracts—made from the company’s patented hemp cultivars.  Researchers continue to examine …

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New York Cannabis: Lawyers Can Consume, Advise Businesses and Own Them (if They Dare)

In the continuing trend of normalizing the cannabis industry for practical reasons, the New York State Bar Association’s (NYSBA) Committee on Professional Ethics issued Opinion 1225 (the Opinion). In short, the NYSBA now expressly permits lawyers to represent clients in New York’s recreational cannabis industry. The NYSBA actually issued 3 separate determinations, each of which …

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Cannabis M&A: Get to Know Your New Landlord

Getting to closing on a cannabis M&A transaction is always a hurdle (read about that process in detail here). There are always a lot more contingencies to closing for cannabis M&A transactions than for run-of-the-mill businesses that don’t operate in highly regulated fields (e.g., cannabis acquisitions will require approval from state and possibly local agencies). …

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