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Colorado is Issuing New Cannabis Licenses

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For those looking to break into the market with a new Colorado cannabis license, Denver is welcoming entrepreneurs for the first time since 2016. Recently, city officials from the Department of Excise and Licenses announced the acceptance of licenses for new cannabis businesses. New applicants will still be required to follow all proximity restrictions, which…

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Cannabis is Now Legal in Connecticut!

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As of July 1st, cannabis is legal in Connecticut. This is a change in the Connecticut cannabis law that previously decriminalized cannabis use and means that adults can begin consuming legal cannabis in Connecticut in the coming years. It has been a long road for the state, but the recent change in the law was…

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The CCC Has Launched an Online Marijuana Catalog

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Identifying legal marijuana has become a whole lot simpler in Massachusetts thanks to the cannabis catalog. Learn more about the marijuana catalog. Massachusetts has taken a proactive stance when it comes to managing legal marijuana identification in the state. The first of its kind in the country, the Cannabis Control Commission launched its cannabis catalog…

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Oklahoma Cannabis Convention: Welcome to Toke-lahoma

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Since the legalization of medical cannabis in 2018, Oklahoma has become the wild west of legalized cannabis markets, surpassing the rest of the country in medical license carriers and licensed cannabis businesses. And with House Bill 1961 up for a vote in 2022, the legalization of recreational cannabis may not be too far away. All…

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Updates on Cannabis Legalization in New York

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Effective March 31, 2021, Governor Andrew Cuomo legalized adult-use of cannabis, and provided for the licensure of producers, distributors and retailers of marijuana throughout the Empire State. Under this New York legalization, the legislature has established the New York State Cannabis Control Board under the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act, and authorized this Board to…

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Embracing Cannabis Consumption Lounges

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Between all the excitement around sweeping legalization measures and a focus on ensuring an equitable and reparative industry, many seem to have forgotten an important element that could lead towards further social acceptance of cannabis consumption: safe spaces to consume. People have long gathered together to share in the consumption of cannabis and cities across…

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Does Your Cannabis Business Need Insurance?

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Distinct aspects of the cannabis industry separate it from other types of business, however, all business includes elements of protection and preservation. Just as banking has been a thorny subject, cannabis insurance held the same reputation until recently. Today, however, the ability to obtain coverage for all divisions of the industry is less convoluted. Diligence…

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New Marijuana Banking Bill: What’s Included and What’s Missing

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The Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act (a marijuana banking act) has been reintroduced to the House by Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO); this bill protects financial institutions that service state-legal marijuana businesses from being penalized by federal regulators. Previously, the bill had cleared the House but did not advance in the Republican-controlled Senate. There…

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Michigan Legalizes Cannabis-Infused Beverages

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One of the many benefits of legalization is the opportunity to research and develop new ways of consuming cannabis. Cannabis-based beverages are an example, and the state of Michigan has taken notice. Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency Director Andrew Brisbo had noted in October 2020 cannabis-infused beverages were “an area of interest to a lot of processors…

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Can New Jersey’s Slow Start to Cannabis Legalization Recover?

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Is recreational weed legal in New Jersey? Despite the recent bill NJ Governor, Phil Murphy signed to finally legalize cannabis in New Jersey and put an end to arrests for possession, some say it’s long overdue. The main position from his 2017 campaign for governor included committing to sign any cannabis legalization that ended up…

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Will Kentucky (Finally) Legalize Cannabis?

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Both medical and recreational cannabis are illegal in Kentucky but times may be changing for this southern state. In early 2020, House Bill 136 passed 65 to 30; this bill marked the first occasion in which a medical marijuana bill had been taken up by the full House. Proposed in the Kentucky cannabis laws bill…

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Michigan Cannabis Licensing Expansion

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Although Michigan has been a recreationally and medically legal state since 2018 and 2008 respectively, the laws that govern the businesses are not static. Nearly two full years into recreational legalization, the medical side is under review and proposals are in play to ease one burdensome aspect of the industry that impact people with a…

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Oklahoma Boom! The Sooner State Spin On Cannabis

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The state of Oklahoma has proven to be fertile grounds for the thriving cannabis industry. Medical marijuana was legalized June 2018 via a ballot referendum, and in a short time, the Oklahoma marijuana market truly became a Boomers Paradise. Learning from other states as well as diverging from some standard practices in the United States…

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Cannabis Legislation and the Coronavirus

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Cannabis legislation and the coronavirus update as of May 2020. As the world adapts to eradicate COVID-19, lawmakers from the United States have not forgotten the cannabis industry. Although relief to other small businesses has been rolled out by the federal government in the form of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs),…

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The State of Cannabis Legislation & Licensing: Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah

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Below is a compiled listing of marijuana legislation and cannabis business licensing in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah. Vertical growing is a growing trend within the cannabis industry. This practice of producing plants in vertically stacked layers or vertically inclined surfaces previously hit a particular roadblock of distance required between plants and high-pressure sodium…

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The State of Cannabis Legislation & Licensing: Washington, Oregon, California

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The following is a list of marijuana legislation and cannabis business licensing in Washington, Oregon, and California, as of January 7, 2020.  Firsts are ever-present in the cannabis world but a new proposal in California includes furry friends. The bill would allow veterinarians to recommend medical cannabis products for pets, furthering last year’s state regulators…

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The State of Cannabis Legislation & Licensing: Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas

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PBS recently released a series under their News Hour segment entitled “The Green Rush” which is a review of the cannabis industry in the United States, including legalization, attitudes, and benefits plus challenges. The insight provided includes information from researchers, experts, and financial analysts and focuses on the latest wave of cannabis legalization. The following…

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The State of Cannabis Legislation & Licensing: Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee

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The following is a summary of marijuana legislation and cannabis business licensing in Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee, as of July 2019. Eleven U.S. states and Washington, D.C. have legalized recreational cannabis use. Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar from Minnesota doesn’t think states individually mandating is the best course of action. Rep. Omar called on the federal…

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The State of Cannabis Legislation & Licensing: Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Washington, D.C.

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Newly introduced to the cannabis world within the education sector is the nation’s first master’s degree program in medical cannabis through the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. Both on campus and online, classes in this two-year program will include basic science, clinical use, adverse effects and public health, and federal and state laws and…

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The State of Cannabis Legislation & Licensing: Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota

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If you are starting a cannabis cultivation or marijuana-related business, then it’s wise to pay attention to the latest cannabis news. Cannabis legislation is consistently developing throughout the United States, creating opportunities for business owners everywhere. But every state is different, especially when it comes to cannabis business licensing. CannaCon is heading to the Midwest…

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