Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed legislation expanding the number of people eligible for medical cannabis licenses, including those previously barred due to a cannabis-related misdemeanor or felony.
Colorado Voters Reject Plan to Increase Cannabis Taxes for Education Agency
Colorado voters have rejected a proposal to raise taxes on adult-use cannabis in the state from 15% to 20% as part of a plan to create an independent education agency, Denver Business Journal reports.
Arkansas Cannabis Advocates Gathering Signatures for Adult-Use Ballot Question
Arkansas advocates are currently gathering signatures to put a constitutional amendment on next year’s ballot to legalize adult-use cannabis in the state 4State News reports.
Overhaul to Michigan Medical Cannabis Caregiver System Ready for Vote
Michigan lawmakers are set to vote on a package of bills that would make sweeping changes to the state’s 2008 voter-approved medical cannabis law, including reducing the number of patients allowed per caregiver and limiting the number of plants caregivers can grow at one time from 60 to 12, Michigan Advance reports.
DC Voters Strongly Support Drug Decriminalization, Poll Finds As Activists Launch Campaign
Washington, D.C. voters are strongly in favor of proposals to broadly decriminalize drugs and establish harm reduction centers, a new poll found.
Rhode Island to Release New Medical Cannabis Dispensary Licenses
After a series of delays and legal obstacles, the state of Rhode Island finally appears ready to dole out new licenses for medical marijuana dispensaries.
Luxembourg to Become First EU Country to Legalize Cannabis Cultivation and Consumption
The European country of Luxembourg, which shares borders with Belgium, Germany…
Costa Rica Congress Passes Medical Cannabis Legalization
Costa Rica’s Congress on Tuesday voted to legalize cannabis for medical use despite opposition from President Carlos Alvarado, Reuters reports. Independent lawmaker Zoila Volio told Reuters that she trusts Alvarado understands the reforms will not increase cannabis use in the nation and will not veto the law.
New Mexico Considering $5M Credit Line for Cannabis Microbusinesses
The New Mexico Finance Authority put forward a proposal that opens a $5 million line of credit for cannabis microbusinesses in order to promote social and economic fairness in the cannabis industry, the Associated Press reports.
Democratic Candidates for Florida Governor Vow to Legalize Marijuana
Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate and congressman Representative Charlie Crist announced on Thursday that he will legalize marijuana and expunge past cannabis-related convictions if he is elected governor.
USDA to Survey Hemp Farmers
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) plans to send 20,500 hemp producers across the country their first Hemp Acreage and Production Survey, beginning October 18.
First Nevada Cannabis Dispensary Approved at Border of Idaho
The Nevada-Idaho border is about to get a little bit greener.
U.S. Senators Ask Justice Department to Decriminalize Cannabis
U.S. Senators Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren have sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland urging the Department of Justice to decriminalize cannabis by removing it from the federal controlled substances list.
Oregon State University Hemp Center Receives $10M Grant
The Global Hemp Innovation Center at Oregon State University announced last week that it has received a $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to study and define the economic opportunities for hemp in the western United States.
Oklahoma Advocates Campaign to Put Cannabis Reforms on 2022 Ballots
Cannabis advocates in Oklahoma have filed ballot initiatives for 2022 to legalize adult-use cannabis and replace the current medical cannabis oversight agency, the Tulsa World reports.