Friday, November 20, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Friday, November 20, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Mexican Senate Passes Bill To Legalize Marijuana Nationwide (Marijuana Moment)

// New Jersey Senate And Assembly Committee Pass Marijuana Sales Bills Despite Pushback From Equity Advocates (Marijuana Moment)

// Rhode Island Considers Legalization to Solve Budget Crisis (High Times)


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// $6 billion question: Which states are likely to legalize recreational marijuana in 2021? (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Cresco Labs Delivers Another Blowout Quarter (Green Market Report)

// Harborside Q3 Gross Revenue Increases 21% Sequentially to $19.6 Million (New Cannabis Ventures)

// Ayr Strategies Q3 Revenue Increases 61% Sequentially to $45.5 Million (New Cannabis Ventures)

// TILT Holdings Q3 Revenue Increases 5% Sequentially to $40.4 Million and Company Divests Blackbird Subsidiary (New Cannabis Ventures)

// Decriminalize marijuana says NC racial justice task force created by Gov. Cooper (McClatchy DC)

// Madison Wisconsin will stop arresting people for marijuana possession (Leafly)


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Cannabis Ballot Initiatives Win Big on 2020 Election Night

The cannabis community is celebrating multiple historic victories today as the march to decriminalize drugs spreads further across the nation — despite continued federal prohibition.

Arizona, Montana, New Jersey and South Dakota are the latest states to legalize adult-use cannabis, with South Dakota becoming the first state to authorize both medical and recreational marijuana sales at the same time. And Mississippi joins 34 other states in legalizing medicinal cannabis. 

Additionally, Oregon voted to decriminalize small amounts of all drugs and legalized therapeutic use of psilocybin, while Washington, D.C. voted to decriminalize psychedelic plants.

Cannabis Legalization

Recreational cannabis is legal in 15 states plus the District of Columbia, while medical use will be permitted in 35 states plus D.C.

In Arizona, voters decided by a 60% to 40% margin in favor of Proposition 207, an initiative legalizing the recreational possession and use of marijuana by adults aged 21 and over. 

Proposition 207, Marijuana Legalization Initiative (2020) allows adults 21 and older to possess, consume or transfer up to 1 ounce of cannabis and create a regulatory system for the drug’s cultivation and sale.

Voters in Montana had two recreational cannabis items on their ballot, Initiative 190 and Initiative 118, and decided by a 57% to 43% margin in favor. The Montana Medical Marijuana Allowance, or I-148, legalized medicinal use in 2004.

I-190, Marijuana Legalization Initiative (2020) will allow adults in the state to possess and buy cannabis for recreational use and defined a 20% tax on recreational cannabis. It would also allow people serving sentences for certain cannabis-related acts to apply for resentencing or records expungement.

CI-118, Allow for a Legal Age for Marijuana Amendment (2020) will amend the state’s constitution to establish 21 as the legal age to purchase, possess and consume cannabis.

Mississippians had the option of weighing in on two versions of the Medical Marijuana Initiative: Initiative 65 and Alternative 65A. 

Voters approved the citizen-led Initiative 65 by a 74% majority, which will allow doctors to prescribe medical marijuana for patients with any of 22 debilitating conditions, such as cancer, multiple sclerosis and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The constitutional amendment would establish a regulatory program for businesses to grow and sell medical cannabis and for the products to be taxed at a 7% rate.

Initiative 65A was the state legislature’s proposed alternative to the grassroots Initiative 65. It would have limited the smoking of medical cannabis to people who are terminally ill and was designed to leave the regulatory framework up to state legislature.

New Jersey became the first state in the Mid-Atlantic to legalize recreational cannabis, with Public Question 1 passing by a 67% to 33% margin. The state legalized medicinal cannabis in 2010.

Public Question 1, Marijuana Legalization Amendment (2020) legalizes the possession and use of marijuana for persons age 21 and older and legalizes the cultivation, processing and sale of retail marijuana. The amendment is set to take effect January 1, 2021.

Voters in South Dakota had two separate ballot initiatives legalizing both recreational and medical cannabis use. Amendment A passed by a 53% to 47% margin, and the medical initiative, Measure 26, passed 69% to 31%. 

Constitutional Amendment A, Marijuana Legalization Initiative (2020) will legalize cannabis for all adults in addition to  requiring state legislators to pass laws for medical marijuana use and hemp sales by April 1, 2022.  

Initiated Measure 26, Medical Marijuana Initiative (2020) will establish a medical cannabis program and registration system for people with qualifying conditions.

Drug Reform in Oregon and Washington, D.C.

By far, the most innovative drug reform laws passed in Oregon. Voters decided to decriminalize small amounts of hard drugs like cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine. Oregon also became the first state to legalize  the active ingredient in “magic mushrooms” – psilocybin – for mental health treatment in supervised settings.  

Oregon Measure 109, Psilocybin Mushroom Services Program Initiative (2020) passed by 56% and creates a program for administering psilocybin products to people age 21 and older. The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) will be responsible for establishing the program and its regulations.  Proponents said the move would allow the drug to be used to treat depression, anxiety and other conditions. 

Oregon Measure 110, Drug Decriminalization and Addiction Treatment Initiative (2020) passed by 59% and reclassifies possession of any drug to be a “lesser violation resulting in a $100 fine or a completed health assessment.” This means possession of small amounts of what have long been considered harder drugs will no longer be punishable by jail time. The law also funds drug addiction treatment from marijuana sales taxes.

In Washington, D.C, voters approved Initiative 81, which shifts police priorities by decriminalizing a wide range of psychedelics.

Initiative 81, the Entheogenic Plants and Fungus Policy Act of 2020, does not legalize or reduce penalties for entheogens. Rather, it makes possession and use of entheogenic plants and fungi among the District’s lowest law enforcement priorities.

TELL US, did you vote for cannabis in yesterday’s election? 

Note: All cannabis ballot initiatives above have passed, but percentages could shift as ballots continue to be counted.

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2020 US Elections – Voting on Cannabis

The 2020 US Presidential election took place last night, and the results have yet to be decided. American voters chose a new leader and voted on measures put forward by each state. This election brought a record turnout; thus, US lawmakers got a better idea of what the American people actually want. So, they asked […]

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Virginia’s limited medical marijuana program launches (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Missouri launches medical marijuana sales; market could hit $650 million a year (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Portland City Council votes to grant licenses to most marijuana store applicants (Portland Press Herald)


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// New York Will Legalize Marijuana By April And Regulate CBD-Infused Drinks, Governor’s Advisor Says (Marijuana Moment)

// DEA Attempts To Block New Cannabis Product After It Draws Similarities To Marijuana (WFSU Public Media)

// Vertosa Partners with Pabst Labs to Debut Pabst Blue Ribbon Cannabis-Infused Seltzer (Cannabis Business Times)

// Alberta lifting retail cannabis store cap in November (Marijuana Business Daily)

// USDA Approves Hemp Plans For Six Additional States And Three Indian Tribes (Marijuana Moment)

// Cannabis company Acreage repays 60%-interest loan (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Another New Jersey Poll Shows Marijuana Legalization Passing By A Huge Margin (Marijuana Moment)


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Thursday, October 8, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Thursday, October 8, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Vermont Governor Allows Marijuana Sales Legalization Bill To Take Effect Without His Signature (Marijuana Moment)

// September was another record month for Illinois marijuana sales (WROK News Talk 1440)

// Once shut out, Maine cannabis industry now eligible for sustainable energy grants (Portland Press Herald)


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// Illinois Governor To Pardon More People For Marijuana In The ‘Coming Months’ (Marijuana Moment)

// Marijuana firm iAnthus gets Canadian court approval for restructuring plan (Marijuana Business Daily)

// New TV Ads Urges Oregon Voters To Legalize Psilocybin Therapy (Marijuana Moment)

// Oklahoma’s Numerous Dispensaries Presents Distribution Challenges For Brands (Green Market Report)

// Arizona Loosens Restrictions On Past Marijuana Use By Police Recruits (Marijuana Moment)

// Asset sales, market growth might boost cannabis multistate operator finances (Marijuana Business Daily)

// MJBizCon 2020 Moves to Fully Online Event December 2-4, 2020 (Stock House)


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Friday, October 2, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Friday, October 2, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Colorado Governor Grants Thousands Of Marijuana Pardons With New Clemency Powers (Marijuana Moment)

// Vermont Bill To Legalize Marijuana Sales In Question After Governor Cites Racial Justice Objections (Marijuana Moment)

// Schwazze backs out of deal to acquire marijuana R&D firm MedPharm (Marijuana Business Daily)


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// Mixed Arizona Marijuana Polls Raise Questions About Legalization Ballot Measure’s Prospects (Marijuana Moment)

// More than one-quarter of Portland’s would-be cannabis retailers face disqualification (Central Maine (Press Herald))

// Michigan Prosecutor Will No Longer Pursue Possession Cases for Psychedelics (Merry Jane)

// Cannabis MSO Acreage raises $33M, partly to pay off higher-interest debt (Marijuana Business Daily)

// California Governor Approves Changes To Marijuana Banking And Labeling Laws (Marijuana Moment)

// Pot prices at Ontario Cannabis Store rival those of illicit market for the first time (Toronto Star (Canadian Press))

// House Approves Marijuana Banking Protections For Third Time As Part Of New COVID Bill (Marijuana Moment)


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