The SAFE Banking Act is no longer in the National Defense Authorization Act and therefore will not pass in this Congress. For weeks, both industry sources and Congressional sources have been predicting that SAFE would pass in the lame duck session.  As late as this past Friday, we heard from two different sources who attended a meeting with Democratic Senate

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Nevada regulators approved rules for consumption lounges.  THC edibles got the green light in Minnesota.  Will the SAFE Act’s road to legalization run through the National Defense Authorization Act?  Medical marijuana users in DC will be able to self-certify.  And finally,
Continue Reading The Week in Weed: July 8, 2022

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The SAFE Act rises like the phoenix once again.  An Ohio initiative heads to the legislature.  Idaho legalizes hemp.  Illinois has more licensing problems.  And finally, if you’re a woman who likes hemp drinks, Pepsi has a new product just for
Continue Reading The Week in Weed: February 4, 2022

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Often, our news summary focuses on the states – they seem to have all the action.  This week, however, we start with news from the federal government.  The SAFE Banking Act is back.  There’s new legislation that would allow cannabis companies
Continue Reading The Week in Weed: March 26, 2021

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The news getting the most attention this week is the reopening of Massachusetts’ recreational marijuana shops, scheduled for May 25.  Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) criticized the cannabis banking provisions in the latest stimulus bill, while state Attorneys General wrote a letter
Continue Reading The Week in Weed: May 22, 2020

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The big news this week is that cannabis banking is included in the latest federal relief bill.  SBA funds, however, are not.  There’s also lots of state news.  We’ve got an update on the latest Montana legalization developments.  Maine made changes
Continue Reading The Week in Weed: May 15, 2020

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You might think news about Rudy Giuliani and Ukraine wouldn’t appear on a blog devoted to cannabis, but you’d be wrong.  Two of the former mayor’s associates were indicted for moving foreign money into U.S. elections.  One of their targets was
Continue Reading The Week in Weed: October 18, 2019