Friday, February 26, 2021 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Friday, February 26, 2021 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Washington Supreme Court Strikes Down Criminalization Of Drug Possession (Marijuana Moment)

// Disagreements Threaten Virginia Marijuana Legalization Deal As Deadline Approaches (Marijuana Moment (Virginia Mercury))

// Dispensaries: Millions in tax revenue could be lost if legislators delay Montana’s recreational marijuana program (KTVQ 2 News)


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// Another New Mexico House Committee Approves Marijuana Legalization Bill (Marijuana Moment)

// Sales of cannabis pre-rolls up nearly 50% in 2020 despite pandemic (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Sales of Canadian cannabis edibles extracts fall for first time (Marijuana Business Daily)

// House passes recreational marijuana legislation in North Dakota (Rapid City Journal (AP))

// Missouri pushes back deadline for medical cannabis businesses to open (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Canadian marijuana firm Canopy Growth files $2 billion shelf prospectus (Marijuana Business Daily)

// New Jersey Attorney General Orders Marijuana Cases To Be Dropped Following Legalization Bill Signing (Marijuana Moment)

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Friday, February 19, 2021 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Friday, February 19, 2021 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// N.J. legal weed revived again as Murphy gets another reprieve from lawmakers. But it’s far from a done deal. (NJ.com)

// Draft of bill aims to curb underage use of concentrated THC set potency cap in Colorado (KOAA News 5 NBC)

// North Dakota Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Legalization Bill In Committee (Marijuana Moment)


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// Cannabis bill with no commercial production cap passes committee (Taos News)

// Tax Court Rules Against Harborside In 280E Case (Green Market Report)

// Oklahoma medical marijuana sales surpass $800 million for 2020 (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Oregon marijuana firms enjoy booming market fueled by pandemic consumers shunning illicit suppliers (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Oregon marijuana firms enjoy booming market fueled by pandemic consumers shunning illicit suppliers (Green Market Report)

// Tilray Delivers Solid Quarter As Revenue Rises 20% (Green Market Report)

// NFL Explores How Marijuana And CBD Can Be Used As Opioid Alternatives For Players (Marijuana Moment)

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News


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Marijuana Today Daily Headlines
Tuesday, January 26, 2021 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Boycott spurs Massachusetts cannabis trade group to withdraw delivery suit (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Virginia Marijuana Legalization Bill Approved By Senate Committee With Home Cultivation Provisions Intact (Marijuana Moment)

// Arizona Begins Recreational Marijuana Sales Just Weeks After Voters Approve Legalization (Marijuana Moment)


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// Harvest closes $34.6M Florida sale-leaseback deal with marijuana REIT (Marijuana Business Daily)

// New Psychedelics Reform Group Sets Sights On Congress As Movement Builds (Marijuana Moment)

// Washington Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Homegrow Bill In Committee (Marijuana Moment)

// Premium flower demand drives Colorado wholesale marijuana prices to nearly five-year highs (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Marijuana Legalization Could Create $43 Million In Annual Tax Revenue Delaware State Auditor Reports (Marijuana Moment)

// Anti-Marijuana Lawmaker Files Legalization Bill In North Dakota To Avoid Activist Ballot Measure (Marijuana Moment)

// New Mexico Governor And Senate Leader Say Marijuana Legalization Can Pass This Year (Marijuana Moment)

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Friday, March 6, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Friday, March 6, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Boston’s First Legal Weed Shop Is Finally Expected to Open on Monday (Merry Jane)

// New York arrest video makes the case for cannabis legalization (Leafly)

// Oregon Activists Collect Enough Signatures For Drug Decriminalization And Treatment Measure (Marijuana Moment)


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// New Michigan rule could increase business for cannabis growers (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Ontario Cannabis Store releases first annual report covering legalization (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Utah’s top medical marijuana regulator is stepping down (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Pot distribution charges dropped against man transporting hemp through state (Rapid City Journal)

// New Justice Department Memo Aims To Block ‘Habitual Marijuana Users’ From Buying Guns (Marijuana Moment)

// VI cannabis advisory board meets for the first time (Vibe High)

// Check Out Leaked Photos of Nike’s New ‘Strawberry Cough’ Sneakers for 4/20 (Merry Jane)


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Monday, April 6, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Monday, April 6, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Ontario cannabis stores to close after removal from ‘essential’ list (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Map: Where Canadian cannabis businesses can stay open during COVID-19 pandemic (Marijuana Business Daily)

// North Dakota Activists Say Marijuana Legalization Initiative Unlikely In 2020 Due To Coronavirus (Marijuana Moment)


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// Cannabis Consumer Behavior Alters With Covid-19 Quarantine: Edibles & Drinks Surge (Green Market Report)

// CCC weighing options to help shut down pot businesses (Worcester Telegram)

// Hemp Businesses Eligible for Coronavirus Stimulus Package (Leafly)

// Hawaii’s Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Remain Open During Virus Crisis (Civil Beat)

// Colorado Marijuana Takeovers Still Planned Amid Economic Dip (Denver Westword)

// Green Growth Brands Puts Its CBD Business Into Receivership (New Cannabis Ventures)

// How to conduct clean cannabis sales in the age of COVID-19 (Leafly)


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Wednesday, May 6, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Wednesday, May 6, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// MassRoots Gets Payroll Protection Loan Of $50,000 (Green Market Report)

// Oklahoma sees robust April medical marijuana sales despite coronavirus (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Illinois Sold $37 Million of Weed in April Despite COVID-19 Lockdowns (Merry Jane)


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// Chart: Adult-use cannabis markets see uneven impact in April from coronavirus crisis (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Headset Releases Report on COVID-19’s Impact on Cannabis Sales (Union Bulletin)

// Shut down amid coronavirus pandemic, Mass. recreational marijuana businesses plan to make pitch to be part of May 18 reopening plan (MassLive)

// DC Council Approves Bill That Will Help Psychedelics Decriminalization Initiative Qualify For Ballot Despite Coronavirus (Marijuana Moment)

// North Dakota Marijuana Legalization Campaign Reassesses 2020 Ballot Strategy, But Concedes 2022 Is More Likely (Marijuana Moment)

// Massachusetts Bill To Give State Coronavirus Relief To Marijuana Businesses Gets Hearing (Marijuana Moment)

// Hightimes CEO Stormy Simon up in smoke after just weeks at the helm (New York Post)


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Wednesday, May 6, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

Marijuana Today Daily Headlines
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// MassRoots Gets Payroll Protection Loan Of $50,000 (Green Market Report)

// Oklahoma sees robust April medical marijuana sales despite coronavirus (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Illinois Sold $37 Million of Weed in April Despite COVID-19 Lockdowns (Merry Jane)


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// Chart: Adult-use cannabis markets see uneven impact in April from coronavirus crisis (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Headset Releases Report on COVID-19’s Impact on Cannabis Sales (Union Bulletin)

// Shut down amid coronavirus pandemic, Mass. recreational marijuana businesses plan to make pitch to be part of May 18 reopening plan (MassLive)

// DC Council Approves Bill That Will Help Psychedelics Decriminalization Initiative Qualify For Ballot Despite Coronavirus (Marijuana Moment)

// North Dakota Marijuana Legalization Campaign Reassesses 2020 Ballot Strategy, But Concedes 2022 Is More Likely (Marijuana Moment)

// Massachusetts Bill To Give State Coronavirus Relief To Marijuana Businesses Gets Hearing (Marijuana Moment)

// Hightimes CEO Stormy Simon up in smoke after just weeks at the helm (New York Post)


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North Dakota’s marijuana legalization campaign is setback due to Coronavirus

With North Dakota among the states gradually reopening business amid the coronavirus pandemic, there’s renewed hope that a campaign to legalize marijuana could soon proceed after temporarily suspending signature gathering. But because of the setback in signature gathering efforts in recent weeks, activists say it’s more likely that the initiative will appear on the state’s 2022 ballot rather than the one voters will see this November.

Legalize ND, the group behind the measure, said last month that door-to-door signature collection would be put on pause due to the risk of spreading the virus. Many businesses that carried the petition on-site were also shuttered due to state orders and social distancing requirements.

The organization’s proposed initiative would allow adults to purchase and possess up to two ounces of cannabis. Unlike a much more far-reaching proposal the same group pushed in 2018 that included no possession or cultivation limits, which voters rejected, this version would prohibit home growing, impose a 10 percent excise tax and establish a regulatory body to approve licenses for marijuana businesses. Voters previously approved a medical cannabis legalization measure in 2016.

On Monday, the campaign signaled that activities may continue again on a limited basis now that North Dakota has entered into a first phase of reopening, allowing certain businesses to resume operations. Legalize ND is soliciting input from businesses that have their petition available for patrons to sign, though they said they feel “it is too soon” to have petitioners go door-to-door to gather signatures at this point.

“What we’re doing is, the state of North Dakota is in phase one of reopening and we want to make sure that business owners are comfortable carrying the petition in their establishment” before publicizing it for voters, Legalize ND’s David Owen told Marijuana Moment in a phone interview on Tuesday. “We don’t want to send a bunch of people to a business and for them to get spooked because of COVID or for them to not have the floor space to be able to handle it.”

So far, it seems that vaping retailers and headshops are most willing to allow voters to sign in support of the measure at their locations. Tattoo shops, meanwhile, carry more risks in terms of exposure to open skin and capacity restrictions, so those will likely not host petitions for the time being.

To qualify for the November ballot, activists would have to collect 13,452 valid signatures from registered voters by July 6. But if they don’t make that cut—and organizers say it’s likely it won’t be possible in that timeframe—the signatures they’ve collected so far won’t go to waste. They have a full calendar year from the launch of the campaign to gather the required signatures to appear on the next election cycle.

In this case, that means Legalize ND has until December to meet that requirement and qualify for the July 2022 primary election.

The debate over how and when to let petitioners go door-to-door largely comes down to differences in opinion among board members from rural and urban areas of the state, Owen said.

“North Dakota is weird, right? We have cities and we have rural areas,” he said. “In the super rural areas, it might be as simple as a mask and [santizing pens] every time you hand it to someone. But in, say, Fargo where you’re hitting apartment buildings and you’re going to hundreds of people, well maybe we don’t want to allow that yet.”

“It’s hard to create a one-size-fits-all policy for a state,” he said.

Asked what his message to supporters is during this period of uncertainty, Owen said the campaign is “going to try” to make the November ballot, “but we don’t want to put people’s lives at risk,” and it’s unlikely that they will meet that earlier deadline.

“Our whole thing is about ending people going to prison, our whole point is about ending the dangers of the war on drugs, so it would be irresponsible for us to endanger people while we try to do it,” he said. “Two wrongs don’t make a right. We’re going to try, but [qualifying for November] likely still isn’t in the cards. That just means we have more time to get prepared to push for that 2022 date.”

He added that while some who haven’t signed the petition yet might be compelled to head to businesses to sign it now that the state is reopening, individuals should practice serious caution, especially those who are immunocompromised or otherwise vulnerable.

“If you are someone who hasn’t signed the petition and has issues—whether it be immuno, whether it be caring for someone—please don’t rush out to go sign the petition,” he said. “This is important, it’s not that important. It’s not worth killing yourself over.”

The coronavirus pandemic has dealt a serious and wide-ranging blow to the drug policy reform movement in 2020, with numerous campaigns either closing down or suspending. Several activists have asked for state assistance to help qualify for ballots, but those calls have largely gone unanswered.

  • A Montana cannabis legalization campaign that sued the state to allow digital signature collection had their case dismissed last week, but organizers say they may file an appeal and will be pushing ahead despite the legal setback.
  • In Arizona, the organizers of a legalization effort are petitioning the state Supreme Court to instruct the secretary of state to allow people to sign cannabis petitions digitally using an existing electronic system that is currently reserved for individual candidates seeking public office.
  • A California campaign seeking to amend the state’s cannabis law also asked for a digital petitioning option.
  • A campaign to legalize cannabis in Missouri officially gave up its effort for 2020 last month due to signature collection being virtually impossible in the face of social distancing measures.
  • Idaho medical cannabis activists announced that they are suspending their ballot campaign, though they are still “focusing on distributing petitions through online download at IdahoCann.co and encouraging every volunteer who has downloaded a petition to get them turned in to their county clerk’s office by mail, regardless of how many signatures they have collected.”
  • Activists behind a campaign to legalize medical cannabis in Nebraska are holding out hope that they will qualify and recently unveiled a new strategy amid the pandemic.
  • In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) conceded last month that the 2020 legalization push is “effectively over” in the legislature. Coronavirus shifted priorities, and comprehensive cannabis reform seems to have proved too complicated an issue in the short-term.

There have also been several COVID-related developments on the psychedelics reform front as well.

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Monday, April 6, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

Marijuana Today Daily Headlines
Monday, April 6, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Ontario cannabis stores to close after removal from ‘essential’ list (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Map: Where Canadian cannabis businesses can stay open during COVID-19 pandemic (Marijuana Business Daily)

// North Dakota Activists Say Marijuana Legalization Initiative Unlikely In 2020 Due To Coronavirus (Marijuana Moment)


These headlines are brought to you by Curaleaf, one of the leading vertically-integrated cannabis operators in the U.S. With legal medical marijuana dispensaries, cultivation sites, and processing facilities all over the United States, Curaleaf has served more than 165,000 medical cannabis patients and looks forward to helping many more long into the future. Swing over to Curaleaf.com to learn more about this very cool company!


// Cannabis Consumer Behavior Alters With Covid-19 Quarantine: Edibles & Drinks Surge (Green Market Report)

// CCC weighing options to help shut down pot businesses (Worcester Telegram)

// Hemp Businesses Eligible for Coronavirus Stimulus Package (Leafly)

// Hawaii’s Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Remain Open During Virus Crisis (Civil Beat)

// Colorado Marijuana Takeovers Still Planned Amid Economic Dip (Denver Westword)

// Green Growth Brands Puts Its CBD Business Into Receivership (New Cannabis Ventures)

// How to conduct clean cannabis sales in the age of COVID-19 (Leafly)


Check out our other projects:Marijuana Today— Our flagship title, a weekly podcast examining the world of marijuana business and activism with some of the smartest people in the industry and movement. • Marijuana Media Connect— A service that connects industry insiders in the legal marijuana industry with journalists, bloggers, and writers in need of expert sources for their stories.

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