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


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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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// 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)

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

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Friday, January 15, 2021 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Friday, January 15, 2021 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Marijuana Sales Broke $2 Billion for 2020 by November (Denver Westword)

// Virginia Governor Unveils Bill To Legalize Marijuana As Lawmakers Schedule First Hearing (Marijuana Moment)

// BREAKING NEWS: Cannabis for Medical Use Just Became Fully Legal in Mexico (Canna Law Blog)


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// New Mexico Governor Says Marijuana Legalization Is A 2021 Priority (Marijuana Moment)

// Marijuana MSO Cresco inks $213M all-stock deal to expand into Florida (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Rhode Island’s Likely Next Governor Backs Private Legal Marijuana Model Over State-Run Market (Marijuana Moment)

// Michigan Prosecutor Won’t Pursue Most Marijuana Or Psychedelics Cases ‘Regardless Of The Amount’ (Marijuana Moment)

// GW Pharma expects fiscal 2020 sales to reach $526 million (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Texas Woman Connected to Oklahoma Marijuana Industry Arrested for Rioting in DC (Celeb Stoner)

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Canadian Cannabis Sales Increase 108% in September to C$256 Million (New Cannabis Ventures)

// Virginia Will Be A Leader On Marijuana Legalization In The South Governor Says (Marijuana Moment)

// Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr: Boxers will take drug tests but not for Iron Mike’s favourite marijuana (Give Me Sport)


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// Number Of Banks Working With Marijuana Industry Continues To Drop Amid COVID Federal Report Shows (Marijuana Moment)

// Cannabis MSO Jushi plans $50 million expansion in Pennsylvania (Marijuana Business Daily)

// South Dakota’s recreational marijuana law to be challenged in court (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Longtime California cannabis czar Lori Ajax is stepping down (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Canadian Officials Respond To Psychedelics Decriminalization Petition Saying No Legal Changes Needed (Marijuana Moment)

// Report: Canadian cannabis firms received millions in pandemic subsidies (Marijuana Business Daily)


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Tuesday, November 17, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Tuesday, November 17, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// New Jersey Senate Approves Marijuana Decriminalization Despite Contentious Psychedelics Provision (Marijuana Moment)

// Rescoring of retail marijuana licenses in Illinois allowed to proceed (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Mexico slowly advances adult-use cannabis law – setting up key vote next week (Marijuana Business Daily)


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// Canadian cannabis firm Pure Sunfarms delivers another profitable quarter (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Vireo Health Raises $5 Million with Pennsylvania Dispensaries Sale (New Cannabis Ventures)

// Wholesale marijuana hemp oil prices fall nationwide amid growing supply of raw material (Marijuana Business Daily)

// America’s longest serving nonviolent cannabis prisoner to be released after 32-year sentence (Independent)


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Virginia governor calls for marijuana legalization in 2021 as commission issues recommendations on provisions

The governor of Virginia said on Monday that he wants the state to legalize marijuana and will work with lawmakers to pass a reform bill in 2021. His comments come on the same day that a legislative commission tasked with studying the issue issued  recommendations to lawmakers on how a legal cannabis market could be structured.

Gov. Ralph Northam (D) campaigned on simple decriminalization, a policy he signed into law earlier this year, but until now had never previously taken a stand on broader adult-use legalization.

“We are going to move forward with the legalization of marijuana in Virginia. I support this and I’m committed to doing in the right way,” he said during a briefing, adding that it’s “not going to happen overnight.”

“Marijuana laws have been based originally in discrimination and undoing these harms means things like social equity licenses, access to capital, community reinvestment and sealing or expunging people’s prior records,” Northam said.

That’s consistent with the analysis put forward in a report by the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC) on Monday. The panel made recommendations on the policy change from a number of angles—including economic, social equity and public health. Members drew from the experiences of other states that have enacted legalization, as well as existing research into the topic.

Although the panel did not formally recommend whether legislators should pursue legalization, they noted the projected tax revenue the Commonwealth could bring in and possible restorative justice policies that could help repair the damages of the drug war if the state were to enact the reform.

JLARC was tasked with conducting the study and issuing recommendations as part of a resolution approved by the legislature earlier this year.

“If Virginia legalizes marijuana, the General Assembly would need to make several policy choices,” the commission said in its report. “The General Assembly would need to determine legal limits on the amount of marijuana an individual could possess; where marijuana could legally be smoked or consumed; the legal age for marijuana use; and whether to allow individuals to grow their own plants. Legislators would also need to determine whether to adjust existing penalties for illegal distribution and possession above the legal amount.”

The panel made 45 recommendations and also gave lawmakers 29 “policy options” related to legalizing cannabis. They based the recommendations on interviews with more than 100 stakeholders and more than 200 prior studies on the issue.

Here are some of the main findings

  • By legalizing marijuana, the state would see an 84% reduction in cannabis-related arrests.
  • If the state enacted the reform and taxed marijuana sales at a rate of 25-30 percent, it could bring in $154-$308 million in revenue annually five years after implementation.
  • The cannabis program could also create upwards of 11,000 jobs by year five.
  • Social equity in the industry could be promoted using a variety of tactics. For example, Virginia could use some tax revenue to support reinvestment programs for communities most impacted by the drug war. Legislators could also prevent vertical integration and provide loans for small businesses.
  • The commission said their review of studies on legalization in other states shows that more people would consume marijuana, but evidence indicates that youth use would remain the same, if not decline.
  • Local jurisdictions should have “substantial authority” over how to regulate, or whether to allow, cannabis facilities. That includes allowing them to set licensing caps on marijuana retailers.
  • Members agreed that the industry should be privatized, rather than having the state control it.
  • Legislators should wait to set up the basic market infrastructure prior to deciding on whether to allow cannabis delivery services or on-site consumption.
  • Allowing home cultivation would provide a low-cost access option for consumers and, if lawmakers provide for it, they should set a two-to-six plant limit per adult.
  • JLARC also said that the legislature should establish restrictions on marijuana labeling and advertising to deter youth consumption.

“I’d like to emphasize that we were directed to look at how Virginia could legalize marijuana and create a commercial market,” Mark Gribbin, JLARC’s project manager for this report, said during a presentation on Monday. “We’re not asserting if that should be done.”

Northam’s office, in a press release, said that he is “working closely with lawmakers to finalize legislation” to legalize cannabis ahead of the 2021 session that begins in January.

He said the proposal will need to address social, racial equity and economic equity. It also must protect public health, limit young people’s access to cannabis, align with the state’s Indoor Clean Air Act and include data collection components to track implementation.

Last week, top Virginia lawmakers signaled that legal cannabis could have enough support to be enacted in 2021.

House Majority Leader Charniele Herring (D) said there is a “good chance” it could happen, and Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw (D) put the odds at “slightly better than 50-50.”

Meanwhile, legislation to stop police from searching people or seizing property based solely on the smell of marijuana in Virginia is set to take effect after lawmakers adopted recommended changes from the governor this month.

Also during the recently concluded special session, Northam signed another bill that will allow people issued summonses for cannabis offenses under the state’s new decriminalization law to prepay their civil penalty rather than having show up in court.

Together, when enacted, the two new reforms will build upon the measure to decriminalize cannabis that the governor signed earlier this year during the regular legislative session, which makes it so possession of up to one ounce of marijuana is punishable by a $25 fine with no threat of jail time and no criminal record.

But not all proposed reforms advanced.

Lawmakers were ultimately not able to reach an agreement during the special session on legislation to provide expungements for prior cannabis convictions that had appeared destined for Northam’s desk after passing either chamber in differing forms. The issue died in conference.

A bill to legalize marijuana possession was filed for the special session by a delegate who is running to replace the term-limited Northam as governor in 2021, but it did not advance out of the committee to which it was referred.

Meanwhile, former Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D), who is considering running again next year, endorsed Northam’s call for legal cannabis in a tweet.

Attorney General Mark Herring (D), who had considered a run for governor but has decided to seek another term in his current office, said that the new JLARC report “just confirms what I have long been saying – Virginia needs to allow legal, regulated adult use of marijuana as a matter of public safety, justice, equity, and economic opportunity.”

During this year’s regular legislative session, the governor and lawmakers also expanded Virginia’s limited medical cannabis program in addition to enacting the decriminalization law.

Beyond the JLARC study, several executive agencies—including “the Secretaries of Agriculture and Forestry, Finance, Health and Human Resources, and Public Safety and Homeland Security—have formed a work group that is also studying the potential implications of legalization, and their report is due by the end of this month. That action is required under the approved decriminalization bill.

“It comes as no surprise that Governor Northam has announced his support for legalizing the responsible use of cannabis by adults,” NORML Development Director Jenn Michelle Pedini, told Marijuana Moment.

“Governor Northam has always been thoughtful in his approach to cannabis policy,” Pedini, who also serves as the executive director of Virginia NORML and is a member of the Virginia Marijuana Legalization Work Group, said. “NORML appreciates that social equity, racial equity and economic equity are among his top considerations for legalization. We look forward to continuing our work with the administration and the legislature to ‘get this right.’”

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

Marijuana Today Daily Headlines
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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