Addison Herron-Wheeler

New Mexico State Legislators Stall on Legal Cannabis

New Mexico has not moved any closer to fully legalizing recreational cannabis, as a Senate panel has decided to pull discussions at the last minute. Initially, a hearing was scheduled for this past Sunday, but the topic has now been pulled and won’t be discussed at this time. This is probably due to the fact that the Senate is finding it hard to agree on issues like taxation, pardoning and expungement, and licensing—the issues that often hold cannabis industries up initially.  This is stressful for advocates, as New Mexico’s Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham wants to go ahead and get legalization […]

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Mexico Publishes Approved Cannabis Regulations

Mexico turned a bunch of heads this week with the news that, finally, recreational cannabis is being seriously considered. The House supports it, and the president is expected to sign it into a law. Now, the country has also announced what the cannabis regulations will be if it passes.  While the bill still has to make it through the Senate, it is expected to pass, as the MORENA party, who are pro-cannabis, also control the Senate.  “One of the most important aspects is that the National Commission Against Addictions will have the mandate of the regulation of the industry,” Jorge […]

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New Legislation Would Stop Denial of Citizenship Based on Cannabis Use

A new proposed piece of legislation would change the Immigration and Nationality Act to allow the naturalization of new citizens despite their past cannabis use.  Representative Brendan Boyle of Pennsylvania introduced the bill to the Federal House of Representatives this week. HR 1614 would remove cannabis offenses from the list of things that make it inadmissible to gain citizenship.  In the past, despite the growing acceptance of cannabis in the U.S. and elsewhere, cannabis possession could keep someone out of the country for good.  “Have You Ever Been A Habitual Drunkard?” The bill, which would serve “to amend the Immigration […]

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Hawaii Senate Approves Measures to Legalize Cannabis

Hawaii is a cannabis market that the industry has been looking at with interest, and now, they may get the green light to come online. This week, the state Senate voted to approve two cannabis reform bills that are now headed to the House.  Senate Bill 767, which would legalize and regulate recreational cannabis, passed the Senate at a 20 to 5 margin. If it becomes law, individuals 21 years of age and older will be able to purchase and possess one ounce of cannabis and grow up to six plants for personal use.  Hawaii is already somewhat decriminalized, as […]

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Chicago Cannabis Firm Accused of Drug Trafficking in RICO Case

A cannabis lawsuit has made it all the way to federal proceedings this month, as Verano Holdings, based in Chicago, is being accused of violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) Act by trafficking cannabis.  The charges are based on the fact that Verano Holdings are being accused of smuggling cannabis from Illinois to Arkansas as part of their business plan. The lawsuit claims that Verano planned to open up a dispensary in Arkansas along with Harvest Health of Arizona and Natural State Wellness Enterprises in Arkansas. A former employee of Harvest Health, Nicholas Nielsen, is claiming that he […]

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Rhode Island Senators Propose Recreational Cannabis Legalization

Rhode Island is the next in a series of states to propose recreational cannabis as a way to boost the economy following the impacts of COVID.  The bill was introduced by the state Senate, who proposed a legal cannabis bill that would tax cannabis at 20 percent in order to generate revenue.  The bill is being backed by Josh Miller, chairman of the Senate Health & Human Services Committee, and Michael McCaffrey, the majority leader. If the bill gets signed into law, it will make it legal for those 21 and older to possess at least an ounce of cannabis […]

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Business Insurance Carrier Offers Services to Cannabis Market in Arizona

While the legal cannabis industry is slowly spreading across the U.S. and becoming legal, regulated, and accepted in more states, one thing the cannabis industry struggles with is having access to services that most businesses have access to, including banking and insurance. Now, one company has stepped forward to offer insurance services to the Arizona market, which is very much in need.  The insurance broker M.J. Hall & Company is the carrier who offers this insurance option to the cannabis industry. Through an exclusive partnership, a product called Cannabis Businessowners Policy (CannaBOP) covers the insurance needs of cannabis business owner […]

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New Jersey Introduces Workplace Safety Legislation Following Cannabis Legalization

It took New Jersey some time to finally get their new, legal cannabis industry up and running. Now that it is, some politicians feel that workplace safety could be an issue, and have introduced legislation to establish workplace safety laws in light of legalization. Senator Paul Sarlo, a Democrat, introduced this legislation in order to make sure that cannabis laws would not negatively impact workers or employees while they are on the job. His goal is to promote workplace safety and keep things up to state and federal standards in order to ensure there are no negative impacts from legalization. […]

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