News Roll Up: Wilmington OKs Retail Again, NH Senate Rejects Cannabis Bill, Thailand Giving Away A Million Cannabis Plants
“[Vermont] is a state to watch. They’re starting with small cultivators and social equity. Small business exemptions for the more onerous requirements. And a limit of ONE license of each type! Keep an eye on VT…”
— Shaleen Title on Twitter, May 2, 2022
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Welcome To The Weekly Roll Up
A Compendium of The Week’s Cannabis News
⭐ LICENSING UPDATE: Control Board ‘On The Cusp’ of Issuing First Licenses
⭐ With no Integrated License applications in, VT will likely not see retail cannabis in May
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⭐ Op-Ed: House Seeks to Prohibit Cannabis Concentrates From the Adult-Use Market
⭐ CCB approves the social equity status of eight cultivator applications
Steep Hill Enters License Agreement For a Licensed Lab in Vermont
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NECANN: Vermont Cannabis and Hemp Convention in Essex Junction
An update today from VT Cannabis Control Board member @juliehulburd. This is a state to watch. They’re starting with small cultivators and social equity. Small business exemptions for the more onerous requirements. And a limit of ONE license of each type! Keep an eye on VT… https://t.co/w3puxPfT0k
— Shaleen Title (@shaleentitle) May 2, 2022
Brattleboro Reformer: Wilmington approves retail cannabis sales, again
Reformer: Pot cultivation, sales to be allowed in many town zoning districts
Reformer: As close to the plant as you can get’: Guilford hemp farm ‘experiments’ with marijuana
Bennington Banner: Cannabis Control Board deals with licensing delays
Vermont cannabis board to push off deadline to issue licenses to small growers
Reformer: Before re-vote, Wilmington leafs through retail cannabis question
Rutland Herald: DePoy fails to talk aldermen out of cannabis control board
Castleton Spartan: Castleton retail cannabis revote fails
VT Control Board Misses May 1 Deadline to Begin Issuing Adult-Use Cannabis Licenses
Banner: Pownal gets inquiries, one application for marijuana businesses
Manchester Journal: Select Board hears proposed cannabis zoning changes
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New CT legislation closes loophole for ‘marijuana gifting parties.’
CT’s quasi-public venture capital arm invests $1.25M into Colorado cannabis company moving to the state
Claiming the current law discriminates against out-of-staters, it is highly likely The First District Court of Maine is going to strike this down.
New legislation in Maine provides protections for caregivers, home delivery, and increased efforts to prioritize social equity.
MA Senate unanimously passed a bill that will decrease the ‘exorbitant’ fees expected of licensed cannabis businesses in the state.
NH Senate rejects bill that would have legalized recreational cannabis sales in state-run storefronts
The Cannabis Control Board of NY approved 36 conditional cultivator licenses; expects to review an additional 100 applications.
While cannabis regulators in NY drag their feet, the illicit market continues to thrive
NY Supreme Court ruled that a $600M lawsuit against a multi-state cannabis company may proceed
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⭐ Collectively, states with adult use cannabis have generated more than $3.7 billion in revenue
Reaching $72.9M in the first quarter, latest revenue report out of Montana reports cannabis sales are exceeding projections
D.C. Mayoral debate neglected to address cannabis despite it being a major topic of recent debate in the District’s politics
Acquisitions & Mergers
Multistate operator MariMed recently locked down two new acquisitions: Kind Therapeutics, in Maryland, and Green Growth, in Illinois.
3 Oregon cannabis trade associations come together to form the Cannabis Industry Alliance of Oregon
⭐ Politico: Cannabis crime wave boosts banking prospects on Capitol Hill
Senate Leadership urged by Bankers Associations from all 50 states to pass SAFE Banking Act
West Town Bank & Trust launches a comprehensive banking program for cannabis businesses
The War on Drugs has been a war on people—particularly people of color
I stood with organizers and advocates to ensure NY legalized Marijuana in a way that would help undo the damage of the War on Drugs
I’ll keep working to end the federal prohibitionhttps://t.co/9AEsgy7UCV
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) April 14, 2021
⭐ Cannabis Excise tax already outpacing alcohol in multiple legal states
CBD & Hemp
Denim company partners with hemp processing firm BastCore to create first-of-its-kind denim made from hemp
⭐ Lab study finds that COVID infection can be prevented by certain cannabis compounds
Cultivation & Production
Consumption & Culture
Prolific cannabis YouTube channel mysteriously removed by YouTube without explanation
Part of an annual “Agricultural History and Creativity” schoolchildren in Florida are invited to brainstorm new uses for hemp in an essay contest
Hypocrisy, Prevarication and Outright Lies
Labor & Unions
⭐Employees at Green Dragon in Denver are unionizing to combat poor working conditions and overall mistreatment
Rather than bombing Mexico, US should end the ‘war on drugs’- a failure by any measure. Decriminalize drugs, addiction is an illness, set up easy access methadone treatment centers to help addicts wean from dangerous drugs to controlled substance. Cartels will go out of business
— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) May 6, 2022
Legalization & Politics
⭐ Kentucky Governor continues to push for legalization of medical cannabis, intends to employ executive action
Delaware House passed ‘historic’ legislation that would eliminate all penalties for adults 21+ who were found possessing up to an ounce of cannabis
Media & Advertising
Strict advertising-related bill passes through CT House, awaiting Senate approval
MG Retailer: A Solution for the Cannabis Advertising Obstacle
Nebraska Medical advocacy group loses two top donors, proceeds with grassroots efforts regardless
⭐ Psychedelic use for therapeutic reasons becomes increasingly accepted
⭐ NY has begun its search for a SE Fund manager – the state has pledged $200M to the fund
San Francisco has received $4.5M from the state of California to augment its Cannabis Equity Grant Program
⭐ American Basketball Star Brittney Griner ‘Wrongfully Detained’ Over Cannabis in Russia
Studies and Surveys
⭐ 61% of recent survey respondents stated they are more likely to vote for a political candidate who supports cannabis legalization
Survey data indicates that patients with MS frequently turn to cannabis for symptomatic relief
Subjects in new insomnia study report ‘significant benefits’ from cannabis use
⭐ The Black women redefining California’s cannabis market – one curated store at a time
⭐ Medical cannabis reform now a national priority in Argentina
⭐ Is Recreational Cannabis Reform Coming to Ecuador?
⭐ Germany Speeds Up The Process To Legalize Recreational Cannabis