New York Marijuana News

Lotteries, Licenses and Lawsuits: Attaining Equity in the Cannabis Industry – WTTW News

When recreational marijuana was legalized in Illinois more than a year ago, Gov. J. B. Pritzker’s stated goal was to use the burgeoning cannabis industry to reverse the harm done to primarily Black and brown populations during the war on drugs.  However, those profiting from pot sales in Illinois have been nearly all white men, …

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Mental Health Advocates Invest in Minority Focused Research

CANNABIS CULTURE – The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) is investing $2 million to address research gaps in the effects of cannabis on mental health among diverse populations of Canada. “To gain a clear understanding of the mental health impacts of cannabis use in Canada, we must include representations from all areas of the …

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Supporting tiny NM cannabis businesses – Albuquerque Journal

Organtica founder David White stands in the company’s Albuquerque dispensary. White helped found NM Micro Biz to help smaller cannabis producers compete with large out-of-state companies. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Journal) Now that cannabis is legal for recreational use in New Mexico, growers – including large, established medical cannabis producers – are jockeying for market share. But what …

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Cannabis license lottery winners face supply chain challenges – Alton Telegraph

SPRINGFIELD — After more than a year of delays, 55 new cannabis dispensary licenses have been awarded in a lottery — but the winners may face further delays and challenges. The winners were chosen from a pool of 626 applicants who scored 85% or greater on their applications. Since Illinois legalized recreational marijuana last year, …

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Rhode Island Medical Cannabis Lottery Delayed

Rhode Island is still dealing with legal setbacks to its medical cannabis lottery.  Regulators in the state have once again delayed the lottery, which was initially supposed to take place this week. Now, it has been postponed because of an administrative appeal from a rejected lottery applicant.  This is the second time the lottery has …

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Charlotte’s Web Announces Completion of One of Three Hemp Studies

Charlotte’s Web Holdings, Inc. announced on July 30 that the company’s CW Labs science division and Colorado State University’s (CSU) College of Agricultural Sciences have completed the first of three collaborative metabolomic hemp studies to decode the complex chemical profile of full spectrum hemp extracts—made from the company’s patented hemp cultivars.  Researchers continue to examine …

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New York Cannabis: Lawyers Can Consume, Advise Businesses and Own Them (if They Dare)

In the continuing trend of normalizing the cannabis industry for practical reasons, the New York State Bar Association’s (NYSBA) Committee on Professional Ethics issued Opinion 1225 (the Opinion). In short, the NYSBA now expressly permits lawyers to represent clients in New York’s recreational cannabis industry. The NYSBA actually issued 3 separate determinations, each of which …

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Panel to explore ways to issue 2 pot permits – Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

After deciding last month that it will issue the remaining two dispensary licenses allowed under the state constitution, the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission this week will look at how those license recipients could be selected. In 2016, Arkansas voters approved Amendment 98, the constitutional change legalizing cannabis for medical use. The state’s first dispensaries opened …

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