Massachusetts Issues Cannabis Retail Licenses in Northampton, Leicester

The first recreational cannabis licenses in Massachusetts have now been granted—but would-be customers will still have to wait a few weeks before the stores are open for business. On Thursday, regulators at the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission voted to grant four final licenses to adult-use cannabis businesses, issuing one to a Northampton retailer and three […]

California’s Cannabis Equity Act Just Changed the Game

California took another step this week toward making reparations for its war on marijuana users. Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law on Thursday a bill offering small cannabis business assistance to those most impacted by past drug law enforcement. The California Cannabis Equity Act magnifies programs already up and running in cities like San Francisco […]

US Reschedules CBD Drug—but Not CBD Itself

Roughly three months after the Food and Drug Administration approved the cannabis-derived pharmaceutical Epidiolex for the treatment of epilepsy disorders, the US government has officially rescheduled drugs that contain CBD—but only if they’ve already been greenlighted by the FDA. “Any other CBD product other than Epidiolex remains a Schedule I controlled substance.” Rusty Payne, DEA […]

California Governor Signs Bill that Will Support Local Cannabis Equity Programs to Increase Representation in Industry by Persons Most Harmed by Cannabis Prohibition

Statement from Rodney Holcombe of the Drug Policy Alliance On Wednesday afternoon, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the California Cannabis Equity Act (SB 1294), authored by Sen. Steven Bradford and sponsored by the Drug Policy Alliance. With his signature, Brown approved the distribution of grants to cities with local cannabis equity programs – such […]

Quebec Election Could Sweep in a Cannabis Clampdown

With less than a week to go ahead of the Quebec provincial election, those keeping track of cannabis politics in Quebec have a lot to consider. Quebec is set to begin adult-use legalization—in just over three weeks—with the nation’s most austere provincial cannabis laws. But opposition party Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) wants to crack down even […]

Hit This: The Leafly Weekly Agenda for Sept. 24-30

Over the weekend, a Maine chef who gave THC to lobsters drew some unwanted attention, and the Utah medical marijuana initiative campaign heated up. Now what? Spark some Trainwreck, grab those new ‘Fresh Prince’ Air Jordan 5s, and put on Cypress Hill’s first new LP in eight years — that’s what. It’s all part of […]

Coca-Cola eyes CBD ‘functional wellness beverages’ as soda market cools

The Coca-Cola Co., the world’s largest beverage maker, is looking at a line of CBD beverages, the company confirmed Monday. “Along with many others in the beverage industry, we are closely watching the growth of nonpsychoactive CBD as an ingredient in functional wellness beverages around the world,” Coca-Cola spokesman Kent Landers said in a statement. “The space is […]

Aurora makes big move into European hemp, CBD market

Continuing its global acquisition spree, Aurora Cannabis acquired two Lithuanian hemp companies for 6.3 million euros ($7.3 million) in cash and stocks. Edmonton, Alberta-based Aurora acquired hemp grower and processor Agropro UAB, which has some 4,000 acres growing hemp, and Agropro’s sister company, Borela UAB, which processes and distributes organic hulled hemp seeds, hemp seed protein, […]

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