Cannabis News Box

Supreme court in Nevada halts cannabis distribution until early October

Supreme court in Nevada halts cannabis distribution until early October

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

September 19, 2017

After a month-long distribution dispute, the Nevada Supreme Court decided to halt all plans to allow entities other than alcohol distributors to transport cannabis for social-use dispensaries. Last November, the voter-approved cannabis legalization law granted liquor wholesalers exclusive rights to tr...

Special session called by Colorado Gov. to fix cannabis tax error

Special session called by Colorado Gov. to fix cannabis tax error

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

September 17, 2017

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper called lawmakers back to the state Capitol to fix a tax error which cost cannabis businesses in Denver hundreds of thousands of dollars a month in cannabis revenue. The special session is scheduled for Oct. 2, while the problem was discovered near the end of June, one...

Gov. concerned about future public cannabis use in Nevada

Gov. concerned about future public cannabis use in Nevada

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

September 15, 2017

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval raised concerns about a new opinion by state lawyers which said nothing in state law would prohibit local governments from allowing cannabis consumption within businesses. Sandoval said he is concerned the opinion would cause businesses which allow consumption to pop up syste...

Medical cannabis patients in Michigan will be left out in the cold come December

Medical cannabis patients in Michigan will be left out in the cold come December

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

September 14, 2017

Michigan officials are giving medical cannabis businesses until Dec. 15 to close in time for a new regulatory system to come into effect. The new regulations aim at increasing industry oversight and imposing new taxes. If dispensaries refuse to close, they risk not receiving a license under the revi...

Senate panel urges feds to test legal cannabis products nationwide

Senate panel urges feds to test legal cannabis products nationwide

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

September 11, 2017

A senate panel urged federal agencies to test products sold at dispensaries in states where cannabis is legal. After showing concern about the lack of data on potency and purity of the cannabis products available to consumers, the Senate Appropriations Committee is directing federal agencies to ...

Short-term deal extends state medical cannabis protections

Short-term deal extends state medical cannabis protections

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

September 11, 2017

Federal protections for medical cannabis states are to remain through December 8 after a short-term spending bill was approved by Congress and signed into law by President Trump on Friday. The $15.3 billion disaster aid package, debt limit increase and government spending extension included existing ...

Vermont gov creates social cannabis commission to discuss legalization

Vermont gov creates social cannabis commission to discuss legalization

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

September 8, 2017

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott established a commission which will study ways to legalize social cannabis in the state. The commission created Thursday must issue a report on their findings to the Legislature by January. In May, the governor vetoed a bill passed by the Legislature which would have legali...

Update: House committee blocks vote on cannabis amendments

Update: House committee blocks vote on cannabis amendments

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

September 7, 2017

Last night, the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Rules blocked multiple cannabis-related amendments from a federal appropriations bill. The committee's move meant multiple amendments which protect state cannabis laws did not get a vote on the House floor. The measures proposed were t...

Cannabis amendments to be heard by house rules committee

Cannabis amendments to be heard by house rules committee

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

September 7, 2017

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Rules will be considering two cannabis amendments which will affect the 2018 spending bill set to go before Congress later this month. The committee will be reviewing legislation which would affect the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment and bar the Justi...

Rohrabacher calls on fellow Republicans to support protections for medical cannabis

Pictured: Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-California

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

September 5, 2017

Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher called on his fellow Republicans to protect medical cannabis from federal government intervention and uphold the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment. Originally named the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment, Democratic Rep. Sam Farr and Rep. Dana Rohrabacher passed a bill three...

Newly formed Indian Nation association request meeting with California gov. on social cannabis

Newly formed Indian Nation association request meeting with California gov. on social cannabis

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

September 5, 2017

The California Native American Cannabis Association (C-NACA) asked Gov. Jerry Brown to hold government-to-government consultations with tribes and ensure cannabis regulations respect tribal sovereignty and the right to self-regulate. The association planned a conference on tribal cannabis issues ...

Social-use cannabis bill approved for New York ballot

Social-use cannabis bill approved for New York ballot

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

August 31, 2017

Earlier this month a cannabis social-use legalization proposal was certified by the New York Board of Elections. On November 7, 2017, New York State voters will either approve or reject a state constitutional convention, which is a gathering of elected delegates who propose revisions and amendment...

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