Marijuana Legalization and Regulatory News for Cannabis Businesses

At long last: A full US House vote on a cannabis banking bill

The multibillion-dollar U.S. cannabis industry is poised to cross a historic threshold Wednesday with a scheduled U.S. House vote on a bill that would permit financial institutions to serve state-legal marijuana businesses without fear of federal punishment. The vote would mark the first time a standalone marijuana bill has come before the full House. And it […]

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Massachusetts regulators say yes to marijuana cafes, home delivery

Massachusetts regulators approved two new types of licenses that could be a boon to marijuana businesses in the state – cannabis cafes and home delivery. The Springfield Republican reported that the Cannabis Control Commission voted 4-1 to allow social consumption of recreational marijuana at cafes as well as delivery of adult-use cannabis to residences. Both licenses […]

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UT gov signs medical cannabis bill increasing dispensaries, licensing couriers

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, as expected, signed a bill that will increase the number of medical marijuana dispensaries from seven to 14, with additional growth possible depending on market demand. Utah legislators unanimously passed the legislation during a recent special session called by the Republican governor to scrap a state-run MMJ distribution system. The measure […]

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Cannabis firms must comply with federal overtime law, court rules

State-licensed marijuana businesses need to adhere to federal labor laws governing paying overtime to employees, an appellate court ruled, which is a decision that could have broad implications for the MJ industry. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Denver affirmed a decision by a lower court in the […]

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In historic move, US House to vote on cannabis banking bill next week

A bill that would create a federal safe harbor for financial institutions to serve state-lawful cannabis businesses and ancillary companies will be put to a landmark vote in the U.S. House of Representatives next week, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Friday. Hoyer, D-Maryland, announced on the House floor that he will schedule the SAFE Banking […]

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Wisconsin lawmakers introduce bill to legalize medical cannabis

Three legislators introduced a bipartisan bill that would legalize medical marijuana in Wisconsin, creating a licensing system for growers, processors and sellers. Sens. Jon Erpenbach and Patrick Testin along with Rep. Chris Taylor introduced the bill Friday. Erpenbach and Taylor are Democrats. Testin is a Republican. The bill faces an uphill fight in the Republican-controlled […]

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Week in Review: Vape crisis continues, federal cannabis bill moves, Utah licenses & more

State regulators from across the country react to the vaping crisis, a federal marijuana banking bill sees movement, Utah ups its medical cannabis licensing opportunities – and more of the week’s top marijuana business news. States’ responses to vaping crisis State regulators nationwide have begun responding in earnest to the vaping illness epidemic, which now stands […]

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New Hampshire lawmakers override governor’s medical cannabis veto

Certified New Hampshire patients soon will have the ability to buy medical marijuana even if they haven’t had the same doctor for three months – a development that could provide a sales boost to the state’s small MMJ market. Republican Gov. Chris Sununu vetoed a bill last month to eliminate the waiting period, but both the […]

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New Mexico balks at issuing medical cannabis cards to nonresidents

New Mexico health officials are refusing to issue medical marijuana identification cards to out-of-state residents, despite a recent judge’s order. Providing MMJ identification cards to nonresidents could give the state’s medical cannabis sales a shot in the arm. The Albuquerque Journal reported that the state Department of Health asked a state judge to reconsider a […]

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Civil rights groups want ‘holistic’ marijuana reform before banking vote

Seven civil rights groups have sent a letter to U.S. House Democratic leadership asking to delay voting on a cannabis banking bill. The groups are requesting a vote be put off until more comprehensive reforms addressing criminal and social justice issues are considered. “We are concerned that if the House approves this bill, it will […]

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