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Cannabis in the Presidential Race: Biden-Harris Pledge to Decriminalize Marijuana

wjla - Democratic vice presidential nominee and California Sen. Kamala Harris put marijuana policy on the agenda as an issue in the November presidential election, promising that she and former Vice President Joe Biden would decriminalize cannabis.

Harris announced the position at an ABC virtual town hall Monday. "Under a Biden-Harris administration, we will decriminalize the use of marijuana and automatically expunge all marijuana-use convictions and end incarceration for drug use alone".

Women-owned Company at the Forefront of Arkansas' Emerging Cannabis Industry

katv - A group of "buds" in Washington County is at the forefront of the industry’s advancement in the state.

Julie Brents, Antigone "Tig" Davoulas, Brittany Phillips and Syrona Scott are partners in Shake Brands Corp., an industrial hemp branding and manufacturing company based in Johnson.

Their company, which now has six workers, eventually developed, designed, and brought to market CBD & Me, Shake Brands' first organic product line of full-spectrum hemp oil-infused products.

Still No Date For Cannabis License Lottery As More Applicants Sue

patch - Facing court challenges and growing criticism from the lawmakers who wrote the state's cannabis legalization bill, state regulators put off scheduling a lottery due to award billions of dollars worth of licenses to sell recreational marijuana.

Earlier this month, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation announced 21 companies had received perfect scores on their applications for adult-use cannabis dispensary licenses. Department representatives initially said the Illinois Lottery would draw the winners of licenses in each of the state's regions by the end of the month but have since declined to schedule a date.

No date has been scheduled to award the first recreational cannabis licenses to social equity applicants. Unsuccessful applicants are seeking a chance to correct what they say are errors and inconsistencies in the scoring process. - Gettyimages

Missouri Democrats Allege Foul Play In Medical Cannabis Licensing

ganjapreneur - House Democrats in Missouri are claiming that the Department of Health and Senior Services – the agency responsible for regulating the state’s medical cannabis program – obstructed an oversight committee’s investigation of the program, according to a memo by House Democrats’ council outlined by the Kansas City Star.

Paterson Considers City Tax on Medical and, If Approved in NJ, Recreational Marijuana

northjersey - City officials are getting ready to start collecting taxes on the medical marijuana sold at the cannabis dispensary that opened on Route 20 last December.

The business has been making about $500,000 in monthly sales, city officials said. The maximum 2%  "transfer tax" allowed under state law would generate about $120,000 for the city over the course of a year, officials said.

Farming, Racial Justice Coalition Opposing Regulated Cannabis Bill

wcax - Vermont lawmakers are in the 11th hour of creating a regulated market for cannabis, but not everyone is happy with their work. A coalition of racial justice and agricultural organizations say that as written, the bill will actually hurt Vermont's minority communities.

The Vermont Racial Justice Alliance, NOFA Vermont, and others say the Legislature hasn't taken into account how systemic racism could affect the pot market when it’s set up. In the bill's current form, when applying for licenses to sell, women and minority-owned businesses are placed behind existing medical dispensaries. The coalition also says minorities traditionally don't already have the grow operation infrastructure and resources to open a business. The groups are calling on Governor Scott to veto the bill.

Illinois Department of Agriculture Announces Cannabis Division Manager

cannabisbusinesstimes - The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) named David Lakeman as division manager for the Department's cannabis division.

Lakeman comes to IDOA from Massachusetts, where he assisted the launching of the state's cannabis industry. Lakeman represented the Massachusetts Municipal Association during the state's cannabis legislation negotiations. He then joined the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission and worked on the initial set of cannabis regulations as well as the state's social equity program.  

Lakeman will oversee medicinal and adult-use cannabis, as well as the Department's hemp program. To reach David Lakeman regarding IDOA's cannabis and hemp programs, email him at David.Lakeman@illinois.gov or call 217-524-2267.

Boston Cannabis Board Goes with Homegrown over Out-of-state for Hyde Park Pot Shop

universalhub - The Boston Cannabis Board yesterday voted to approve a proposal for a pot shop on Hyde Park Avenue by three local entrepreneurs and to reject a plan for a dispensary a block away by a company based in Arizona.

The vote means that Sean Berte and Jullian Domenici of Roslindale and Armani White of Roxbury can now seek a license to open their proposed Evergreen Farms at 883 Hyde Park Ave. from the state cannabis commission. The board voted unanimously in favor.

Fetterman: Pennsylvania Farmers Will Grow Better Marijuana than New Jersey's

phillyvoice - Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and Lt. Gov. John Fetterman have been in a full court press to legalize recreational marijuana over the past few weeks.

Last month, Wolf called on state lawmakers to bring him a bill that would direct revenue from legal marijuana to disadvantaged businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. He also urged making restorative justice a priority for Pennsylvania communities that have been harmed by marijuana criminalization. 

Tom wolf spoke in favor of marijuana legalization at an event in harrisburg on wednesday - phillyvoice

Greenbits Becomes First Cannabis Technology Company To Reach $4 Billion In Annual Retail Sales

prnewswire - Greenbits, the nation's largest cannabis retail platform, announced today that it has achieved $4 billion in annualized retail sales as customers continue to grow during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The company is the first cannabis technology provider to achieve this retail sales milestone as its customers have realized same-store sales growth of more than 25% year-to-date.

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