Nebraska

Nebraska Medical Cannabis Campaign Submits Signatures for November Ballot

If it qualifies, Nebraska will join two other states, South Dakota and Mississippi, where voters will decide on medical cannabis this year.

Colorado

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis Signs Bill Expanding Cannabis Equity and Pardons

The biggest cannabis companies in the state lobbied in support of the bill.

New York

NY Majority Leader Describes Cannabis Legalization Talks as “Active”

Crystal Peoples-Stokes makes the case for legalization, but not for tax revenue to help balance the budget, in a Q&A with Cannabis Wire.

Colorado

Denver’s Cannabis Work Group Debates How to Fund Social Equity Program

During the group’s fourth and final meeting, suggestions for how to fund the equity program ranged from more fees for current cannabis licensees, to “reallocating” the city’s police budget.

Coronavirus, Global

United Nations Report Suggests COVID-19 Lockdowns Are “Increasing Demand for Cannabis”

A new report on global drug trends also notes that cannabis accounts for more than half of all global drug law offenses, and “remains the main drug that brings people into contact with the criminal justice system.”

Hemp

Hemp Businesses Eligible for Federal “Socially-Disadvantaged Groups” Grants

For the first time, a USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service funding announcement explicitly includes hemp.

Congress

Justice Department Whistleblower Testifies on Attorney General Barr’s Cannabis Bias

An official in the Department’s Antitrust Division said during a House Judiciary Committee hearing that cannabis is “unpopular” with Barr, and therefore he influenced investigations.

Newsletter

Montana legalization campaign submits signatures • Australia clears exports path • New Jersey decrim advances • & more…

An excerpt from recent editions of the Cannabis Wire Daily newsletter.

California

Is Los Angeles Poised to Finally Have an Equitable Cannabis Industry?

The City Council will vote today on a cannabis industry equity overhaul after the LA Rules Committee voted Tuesday on recommendations.