Thursday, January 23, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Thursday, January 23, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// ‘Cruel and unusual’: Kansas resident faces decades in prison for medical marijuana use (Leafly)

// 40% of All US Drug Arrests in 2018 Were For Weed Possession (Merry Jane)

// Marijuana Legalization Will Advance In Connecticut This Year, Top Lawmakers Say (Marijuana Moment)


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// Oregon’s Cannabis Sales Continue To Climb (Green Market Report)

// New Vermont Bill Would Decriminalize Psychedelics And Kratom (Marijuana Moment)

// Is Constellation Brands Making a Big Mistake? (Nasdaq (Motley Fool))

// Congressman Visits Marijuana Dispensary On Behalf Of Bernie Sanders’s Presidential Campaign (Marijuana Moment)

// Mexican Lawmakers Plan To Pass Amended Marijuana Legalization Bill Before End Of April (Marijuana Moment)

// Illinois adult-use cannabis stores might face more shortages (Marijuana Business Daily)

// OLCC’s Drawn Out Application Process A Burden To The Industry (Bend Source)


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Tuesday, January 28, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Confiscated California vape pens contained dangerous additives, regulators say (USA Today)

// Mexico’s President Says A New Marijuana Panel Will Make Legalization Recommendations (Marijuana Moment)

// Arizonans spent more than $500M on medical marijuana in 2019 as legalization proposal attracts more donations (AZ Central)


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// USDA Approves Hemp Plans For Texas, Nebraska, And Delaware (Marijuana Moment)

// Cannabis REIT Adds Cresco Labs Ohio Cultivation Facility to Its Portfolio (New Cannabis Ventures)

// Maine’s marijuana market in legislative spotlight (Portland Press Herald)

// Temporary uptick in Washington state wholesale cannabis flower prices on shuttered businesses, unused canopy (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Vermont Governor ‘At The Table’ On Marijuana Legalization Talks, Top Lawmaker Says (Marijuana Moment)

// The SQDC has slashed its retail plan from 150 stores to 100 (Leafly)

// Toronto spent over $300,000 to block illicit dispensaries with concrete (Leafly)


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Thursday, February 27, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Thursday, February 27, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Vermont House gives initial OK to recreational cannabis sales, putting state on track to $160M market (Marijuana Business Daily)

// MedMen Reports Revenue Of $44 Million, But A Net Loss Of $96 Million (Green Market Report)

// Acreage Holdings Reports 2019 Revenue Of $74 Million, Net Loss Of $195 Million (Green Market Report)


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// Canada Finally Surpassed $1 Billion in Total Legal Weed Sales (Merry Jane)

// Mexican President Wants Focus On Medical Marijuana As Senators Consider Broader Legalization (Marijuana Moment)

// Utah Medical Cannabis Program Set to Launch Next Week (New Cannabis Ventures)

// Nevada Publishes List Of Cannabis Test Failures (Green Market Report)

// Medical marijuana is third in revenue in Maine (News Center Maine)

// Maine currently has no recreational marijuana testing facility says state agency (WGME 13 CBS)

// Plans for Special Cannabis Crimes Unit Sparks Outrage (U.S. News & World Report (AP))


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Wednesday, February 26, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Presidential Candidates Clash Over Marijuana Legalization At Democratic Debate (Marijuana Moment)

// Massachusetts Regulators Warn That More Pot Shops Mean More Weed on the Streets (Merry Jane)

// Smokable Hemp Bill Heads To Virginia Governor’s Desk And Lawmakers Approve Legal Marijuana Study (Marijuana Moment)


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// Mexican Senate Committees Meeting This Week To Finalize Marijuana Legalization Plan (Marijuana Moment)

// Eaze Raises $35 Million As Company Pivots To Plant Touching (Green Market Report)

// Paraguay issues first 12 medical cannabis production licenses (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Chart: Montana medical marijuana patient count continues rapid growth (Marijuana Business Daily)

// How old do you need to be to legally sell cannabis? In Canada it depends on where you live (Growth Op)

// Pennsylvania approves four firms to grow cannabis for research (Marijuana Business Daily)

// GW Pharma Generates $109 Million Revenue in Q4 (New Cannabis Ventures)


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Thursday, February 13, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Thursday, February 13, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Recreational pot bill spurned in New Mexico Legislature (CT Post (AP))

// Vermont Farmers Fear Pot Bill Will Shut Them Out of the Marijuana Market (Seven Days VT)

// Michigan recreational marijuana delivery now only a click away (Michigan Live)


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// Medical marijuana bill filed at Alabama State House (ABC 33 40)

// Top Mexican Senator Says Marijuana Legalization Bill Will Be Approved This Month (Marijuana Moment)

// Canopy Growth earnings: When will the weed drinks arrive? (Market Watch)

// Many landlords will take cash from marijuana tenants report says (Marijuana Business Daily)

// L.A. pot licensing delays costing industry millions (LA Weekly)

// Two Pending Bills Could Substantially Change Washington’s Cannabis Advertising Laws (Canna Law Blog)

// Kentucky Lawmakers Approve Medical Marijuana Bill In Committee Vote (Marijuana Moment)


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Thursday, March 5, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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// Canopy Closing Two Facilities, Laying Off 500, Taking $700 Million Charge (Green Market Report)

// Illinois Sold Almost $35 Million Of Marijuana In Second Month Of Legal Sales (Marijuana Moment)

// Mexican Senate commissions approve marijuana bill legalizing recreational use (Marijuana Business Daily)


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// 3 months in reported cannabis sales total $31.9M, generate $5.3M tax revenue (Oakland Press)

// Texas Cops Are Getting Ready to Bust Spring Breakers for THC Vape Carts (Merry Jane)

// Arkansas can resume issuing medical cannabis licenses, judge says (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Return of free compassion to Cali medical marijuana (Leaf Online)

// Treasury Secretary Won’t Fix Marijuana Banking Problem With Administrative Action (Marijuana Moment)

// Meet the new Boston Cannabis Board (Boston Globe)

// Philadelphia Association Of Black Journalists To Host Cannabis Conference April 4-5 (Yahoo Finance)


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Tuesday, March 3, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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// MLB: Players still subject to penalty for using pot (ESPN)

// Ohio Activists Formally File Measure To Put Marijuana Legalization Before Voters This Year (Marijuana Moment)

// Tilray Stock Slips As Company Misses Earnings Estimate (Green Market Report)


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// New Bill To Legalize Marijuana In Mexico Will Be Debated This Week, But Activists Aren’t Happy (Marijuana Moment)

// Connecticut Lawmakers Hold Hearing On Governor’s Marijuana Legalization Bill (Marijuana Moment)

// German government doesn’t know how much cannabis sold in 2019, can’t estimate 2020 demand (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Adult-use cannabis delivery gets a boost from lawmakers (Portland Press Herald)

// Deals have dried up in cannabis, but that may be starting to change (CNN)

// Cannabis giants, formerly of Canopy Growth, band together to build out U.S. hemp supply chain (Philadelphia Inquirer)

// Move to cap THC stalls in Senate (Florida Politics)


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Tuesday, April 21, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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// ACLU Releases 4/20 Report on Racist Cannabis Enforcement and Pot Arrests (Merry Jane)

// Deadline to legalize marijuana in Mexico extended again (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Alaska Marijuana Control Board approves emergency changes including curbside pickup (KTUU 1 NBC)


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// Lawsuit seeks to overturn Los Angeles’ cannabis social equity licensing process (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Quebec cannabis sales on pace to exceed CA$300 million for fiscal year (Marijuana Business Daily)

// This Company Just Reclaimed the Title of Leading Revenue Generator for Publicly Traded MSOs (New Cannabis Ventures)

// Congressional Candidates Openly Grow And Smoke Marijuana To Get Through Coronavirus Isolation (Marijuana Moment)

// Sanders Declines To List Marijuana Legalization Among Issues He Thinks Biden Will Back (Marijuana Moment)

// ‘It’s a roller coaster’: Marijuana and booze sales surge, then fall (KGW8 NBC)

// ‘Cartels are scrambling’: Virus snarls global drug trade (AP News)


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Wednesday, April 29, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// High Times Buying 13 Dispensaries From Harvest Health & Recreation For $80 Million (Green Market Report)

// U.S. Virgin Islands Governor Revises Marijuana Legalization Bill To Boost Tax Revenue Amid Coronavirus (Marijuana Moment)

// Local rules trump Michigan’s medical cannabis law state, high court says (Marijuana Business Daily)


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// Marijuana Associations And Credit Unions Call For Federal Coronavirus Relief For Cannabis Businesses (Marijuana Moment)

// Maine cannabis testing labs receive temporary licenses (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Recreational marijuana supporters fire back challenge to new Florida law (Orlando Weekly)

// Saskatchewan accepting cannabis store applications for small communities (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Mexican Lawmakers Set To Take Up Marijuana Legalization Bill With Focus On Economic Recovery (Marijuana Moment)

// A ‘Home Baked’ Childhood: When The Family Business Is Marijuana Brownies (Iowa Public Radio)

// Chart: US wholesale cannabis prices end 2019 firm, then fluctuate in first four months of 2020 (Marijuana Business Daily)


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Mexico’s Cannabis Legalization Languishes as Narco-Wars Escalate

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, once a left-wing firebrand, received criticism at home over his July 8 meeting with Trump at the White House, where he was called to inaugurate the renegotiated “NAFTA 2.0,” which recently took effect. 

Top CEOs from both countries were in attendance at the White House dinner, including Apple’s Tim Cook and Mexican magnate Carlos Slim.

López Obrador, popularly known as AMLO, heaped effusive praise on Trump, even saying the U.S. president has “treated us [Mexicans] with kindness and respect.” This seemed a peculiar thing to say of the man who has built a political career out of demonizing Mexicans.

“The forecasts failed,” AMLO told reporters after the meeting. “We didn’t fight. We are friends, and we’re going to keep being friends.”

Unfortunately for AMLO, the days leading up to their meeting saw eruptions of spectacular bloodshed across Mexico—grisly evidence that there is no end in sight for the narco-violence that has engulfed the country for the past 15 years. And the day after the meet, U.S. border agents shot a man to death at the Mexicali-Calexico crossing in California. 

Most disappointing for many Mexican activists who once placed high hopes in AMLO, the cannabis legalization ordered by the country’s supreme court back in October 2018 has been delayed yet again. Many are looking hopefully to the new law as a first step toward ameliorating the violence and bringing at least one element of the underground economy into a legal, regulated market. But delays to its passage are starting to seem interminable. 

Kicking Legalization Down the Road Thanks to COVID 

In its 2018 ruling, the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) gave Mexico’s Congress 90 days to amend the Health Code to allow for legal personal use, possession and cultivation of cannabis.

AMLO gave his full support, but lawmakers deadlocked on what degree to allow a legal market, and whether it should be in the hands of the state or private sector. Since the 90 days ran out, the SCJN has given Congress repeated deadline extensions to pass the law. 

This February, the deadline was extended to April 30, and lawmakers were ambitiously pledging to beat it. The bill, dubbed the Law for the Regulation of Cannabis, called for permitting individual possession of up to 28 grams and cultivation of up to 20 plants per household, depending on how many family members reside under the roof.

It also called for creation of a Mexican Institute of Cannabis under the Governance Secretariat to oversee a legal market. In March, the bill did pass the key Senate committees on Justice and Health, and lawmakers appeared to finally be racing to the finish line.

And then COVID-19 happened.

Just as progress seemed imminent, Congress shut down in response to the pandemic. Days before the new deadline ran out, Congress shook down the high court for yet another extension. And this one is far more flexible. Lawmakers now have until the end of the next scheduled legislative session—a window from mid-September to mid-December. That means it will likely be at least two years after the SCJN imposed its 90-day deadline before the law is passed.

Compounding the frustration, a planned expansion of Mexico’s medical marijuana program is also stalled. Lawmakers revised the Health Code to allow for medical use in June 2017. The law ordered the Health Secretariat to issue regulations establishing norms for cannabis use by qualifying patients. But this deadline came and went without action.

Mexican patients have since been confined to use of CBD-only products imported from the United States, as illicit cannabis has long gone north from Mexico to the U.S. 

With the legalization bill on hold, the Health Secretariat recently announced that it is preparing to release the medical marijuana regulations.

If followed through in a timely manner, this could provide a limited legal market for herbaceous marijuana (high-THC cannabis flower) while full legalization is delayed.

Nightmarish Violence Unabated

If more evidence is needed that Mexico’s endemic narco-violence is still as strong as ever, the proof was in the headlines during the days surrounding the AMLO-Trump meeting.

July 3 saw a bloody shoot-out just across the border from Texas, involving government troops and presumed gunmen from the Cartel of the Northeast, a splinter faction of Los Zetas. Mexican army soldiers said they came under fire from the gunmen in the border town of Nuevo Laredo, across from Laredo, Texas, according to The Border Report. They returned fire, killing 12 gunmen. 

Two days prior, there was another horrific massacre as gunmen killed 24 people after storming a drug rehabilitation facility in the city of Irapuato, in central Guanajuato state. It’s unclear which faction was behind that attack, but rehab centers have unknowingly become a favorite target of the warring narco-gangs.

Homicides in Mexico hit a new record last year and are trending higher still in 2020.

Meet the New Boss? 

More Mexican commentators are growing suspicious of the left-populist AMLO’s closeness with right-populist and Mexico-bashing Trump. Some even went so far as to call the White House meeting an act of “national treason.” 

AMLO ostentatiously declared the drug war to be “over” after taking office in late 2018. In May 2019, he dropped out of the US-led, anti-drug Merida Initiative—but this was only after most of the military aid had already been delivered.

Now his critics say AMLO’s new National Guard force, ostensibly created to combat the narco-violence, is being used as proxy force for Trump, intercepting migrants before they reach the US border. 

It was actually the conservative Mexican commentator Enrique Krauze who on July 5 wrote a harsh op-ed in the New York Times, ahead of the summit, entitled “Mexico’s President is All In for Trump.”

Krauze writes:

“There is only one power that Mr. López Obrador…recognizes and fears, and that is the only power greater than himself—the United States… That’s why when Mr. Trump threatened to abandon the North American Free Trade Agreement or to impose tariffs on Mexican products, he agreed to turn Mexico into Mr. Trump’s wall. The new National Guard, which was supposed to prevent and combat this country’s unspeakable drug violence, has instead been deployed on our southern border turn away Central American migrants and, on the northern border, to keep them penned up in subhuman conditions.”

The National Guard is also involved in cannabis enforcement. On July 9, the force announced the decommissioning of 66 tons of illicit cannabis in a series of operations across the country, with one of the biggest hauls in the state of Sonora.

Cannabis legalization will likely be only a small step back from the brink of social cataclysm in Mexico. But with even that first step stalled, the trajectory is deeper into crisis.

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