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After long wait, New Jersey moves ahead on recreational pot

A recreational marijuana marketplace, cannabis decriminalization and looser penalties for underage possession of the drug and alcohol became law Monday in New Jersey, more than three months after voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot question to legalize adult use of the drug. Read More via The Times Leader

By | February 23rd, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Are Increased Cannabis Tax Revenues Part of the New ‘Green’ Economy?

In the post-pandemic economy, under the Biden Administration, many Americans are wondering, “where’s the money going to come from?” Especially with large regions under COVID-19 restrictions for the better part of a year, there’s a tangible level of fiscal uncertainty in the air, even with the latest $1.9 trillion stimulus package proposed by the new president. [...]

By | February 20th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Maryland Lawmakers Hold First Committee Hearing On Marijuana Legalization

The issue of legalizing marijuana in Maryland had its first committee hearing on Tuesday, with lawmakers considering a bill to regulate adult-use cannabis and earmark large portions of industry tax revenue for programs aimed at communities disproportionately harmed by the drug war. “This bill ends Maryland’s failed policy of cannabis prohibition and replaces it with [...]

By | February 19th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Maryland House Bill Aims To Legalize Cannabis, Expunge Convictions

Maryland lawmakers want to legalize marijuana. House Bill 32 would not only legalize four ounces of possession for those 21 and over- it would also expunge past cannabis-related convictions. “We must end the continuously raging war on drugs,” said Rajani Gudlavalletti, with Baltimore Harm Reduction Coalition. Read More via WJZ

By | February 16th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Feldman Pushes Cannabis Legalization, Ferguson Co-Signs

Senate Finance Committee Vice-Chair Brian J. Feldman (D-Montgomery) has filed legislation to legalize adult-use cannabis and pump funding into communities that have been adversely impacted by its current criminalization. The bill has a powerful set of cosponsors, including Senate Majority Leader Nancy J. King (D-Montgomery), Budget and Taxation Chair Guy J. Guzzone (D-Howard), Judicial Proceedings Committee Chair [...]

By | February 4th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Maryland Cannabis Legalization Bill Directs Millions to Historically Black Colleges and Universities

While cannabis legalization bills are getting introduced in state legislatures across the United States, Maryland is one state where such a bill is picking up momentum. On Tuesday, the Maryland Cannabis Policy Coalition held a virtual press conference to bring together supporters of HB 32, also known as the Cannabis Legalization and Regulation, Inclusion, Restoration, and [...]

By | January 26th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Roaring 2020s ‘Will Be Fueled By Weed’ As Cannabis Experts Predict Regulatory Shakeups In 2021

Cannabis industry professionals tell Benzinga that 2021 should be a year of ongoing regulatory movement even as uncertainty lingers due to the Jan. 5 Georgia Senate runoffs. Experts in the space predict a year of reform, setting up for continued progress throughout the decade. Read More via Benzinga

By | January 4th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Medical cannabis master’s program at University of Maryland sees growth since launch

Catrena Almonte’s current educational pursuits were motivated by her experience in the Army National Guard Chaplain Corps. “Many soldiers I counseled struggled with traumatic brain injuries or post-traumatic stress disorder,” Almonte said. “At some point, I thought I needed more tools.” Read More via Washington Post

By | December 18th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Feds Announce $350K Grant To Develop Method To Distinguish Hemp And Marijuana

The Department of Justice is issuing a different federal agency a grant to help to develop a method of differentiating hemp and marijuana. After hemp was federally legalized under the 2018 Farm Bill, laboratories have been increasingly tasked with determining whether cannabis seized by law enforcement contains THC in excess of 0.3 percent, classifying it [...]

By | December 16th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Maryland’s Medical Cannabis Commission Expands Patient Services Under COVID-19

From restaurants to retail, the COVID-19 pandemic has, for better or worse, turned nearly every business on its head. The state’s medical cannabis industry is no exception. Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) declared medical cannabis dispensaries essential businesses under an executive order, allowing them to remain in operation throughout the course of the pandemic.  Read [...]

By | December 11th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments