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Feds move to extend cannabis growing monopoly (Newsletter: December 15, 2020)

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Revised NJ marijuana sales bill advances; GA Senate candidates on cannabis; VA lawmakers: Center equity & expungement in legalization

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The New Jersey Senate Judiciary Committee approved a revised bill to implement legal marijuana sales—with floor votes expected on Thursday, though equity advocates still have concerns about provisions. Meanwhile, separate legislation to lower psilocybin penalties is also advancing.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse is proposing to extend the University of Mississippi’s monopoly contract to cultivate marijuana for research “without providing for full and open competition” while the Drug Enforcement Administration stalls the process of licensing additional growers.

The fate of federal marijuana reform largely rests on two Senate runoff elections in Georgia next month. Marijuana Moment’s latest analysis looks at where all four of the candidates stand on cannabis issues and what the results of the elections could mean for the country.

Several Virginia lawmakers are insisting that equity and expungements be at the center of the upcoming governor-supported marijuana legalization push in 2021.

/ FEDERAL

President Trump tweeted that a Michigan judge’s ruling mandating the release of a report on voting equipment involved in a closely decided local ballot measure on whether to allow marijuana businesses “shows massive fraud” and is an “election changing result!”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released a new short podcast on hemp crop insurance.

The Senate passed a resolution designating December as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month.

The House Republican Conference tweeted, “Nancy Pelosi’s priorities are out of touch. House Democrats have prioritized marijuana, lions, tigers, and ceiling fans (yes, really) over helping small businesses and workers. This is unacceptable. Small businesses need relief TODAY.”

Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-VA) said that his brother has a felony conviction for marijuana.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) tweeted, “The House voted to decriminalize marijuana. Let’s build on this by expunging the records of all those who were charged for possessing it and investing the industry’s profits in BIPOC communities who have been disproportionately harmed by the war on drugs.”

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) tweeted, “The war on marijuana has failed to stop anyone from using cannabis. Instead, it’s cost millions of Americans — disproportionately POC — their jobs, housing, opportunities, & freedom. I was proud to vote to end this injustice & reinvest in our communities.”

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) tweeted, “The cynicism of Speaker Pelosi to ignore the needs of the American people proves that she has been here too long. Instead of voting to legalize marijuana or protect exotic cats, we should be voting, today, to give small businesses the relief they need.”

Rep. Roger Williams (R-TX) tweeted, “How many more businesses need to close before @SpeakerPelosi decides to extend the Paycheck Protection Program instead of voting on cannabis and ceiling fan legislation?”

/ STATES

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) received a report from a task force he formed, which includes recommendations to decriminalize marijuana, deprioritize prosecutions and study broader cannabis legalization.

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis’s (D) office sent a press release about Slang Worldwide choosing the state as the place to expand its operations.

Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor tweeted, “At the very least, national decriminalization is likely during Biden’s presidency. How about Pennsylvania make the sensible investment right now, putting its stock in the people of the Commonwealth, who have already said they want legal cannabis?”

The Ohio House of Representatives is expected to vote this week on a Senate-passed bill to lower drug penalties.

The Oregon Senate’s Interim Judiciary Committee discussed the state’s voter-approved drug decriminalization law and a proposed Cannabis Equity Act during a hearing.

The California Horse Racing Board sent a letter warning trainers about the use of CBD.

Arkansas regulators will consider a medical cannabis company’s appeal of rule violations on Wednesday.


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Deschutes County, Oregon is suing state agencies over marijuana tax revenues it says are owed.

A former Fall River, Massachusetts mayor’s chief of staff pleaded guilty to federal charges of extorting and bribing marijuana businesses.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Bermuda’s attorney general filed a marijuana legalization bill.

Ireland’s minister of health announced that patients can now directly access medical cannabis in the country.

An Australian Capital Territory lawmaker is filing a local drug decriminalization bill.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A review concluded that “while stigmas surrounding cannabis appear to have diminished, there is little evidence that such stigmas have entirely disappeared.”

A study found that “MDMA holds promise as a facilitator of [cognitive-behavioural conjoint therapy] to achieve more robust and broad effects on individual and relational functioning in those with PTSD and their partners.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial board cheered the U.S. House’s approval of a federal marijuana legalization bill.

/ BUSINESS

HEXO Corp. reported quarterly gross revenue of $41.3 million and a net loss of $4.2 million.

Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc. announced a quarterly dividend of $1.24 per share.

Steep Hill Inc.’s former CEO sued its board, current and former leaders and investors.

Weedmaps said in an investor presentation that a federal inquiry in which it had to submit documents on its operations and clients remains “unresolved.”

/ CULTURE

Former basketball player Paul Pierce is being sued for allegedly underpaying a marijuana cultivation consultant.

The Onion joked about the release of the nation’s longest-serving marijuana prisoner.

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Tom Angell is the editor of Marijuana Moment. A 20-year veteran in the cannabis law reform movement, he covers the policy and politics of marijuana. Separately, he founded the nonprofit Marijuana Majority. Previously he reported for Marijuana.com and MassRoots, and handled media relations and campaigns for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and Students for Sensible Drug Policy. (Organization citations are for identification only and do not constitute an endorsement or partnership.)

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IRS wants cannabis biz to access banks (Newsletter: February 26, 2021)

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KS gov medical marijuana bill filed; CT gov touts legalization plan before hearing; VA deadline; MO psychedelics bill; MT weighs cannabis restrictions

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Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Charles Rettig said he’d “prefer” if marijuana businesses were able to pay their taxes in direct deposits instead of having to use cash because they can’t get bank accounts.

  • “It’s a security issue for our employees in our taxpayer assistance centers.”

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly’s (D) bill to legalize medical marijuana and use revenue to fund Medicaid expansion has been officially introduced just as a House committee held back-to-back hearings on separate medical cannabis legislation.

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont (D) hosted a roundtable discussion to lay out the case for his marijuana legalization bill ahead of its first official hearing on Friday. But some equity advocates say they’re “insulted” by how he’s framing the legislation.

  • “This has been a long time coming. We’ve been talking about this for ages, and I think now is the time to legalize adult-use recreational marijuana in a carefully regulated way with an emphasis upon equity and justice. Now is the time.”

Disagreements among Virginia conference committee members are threatening a marijuana legalization deal ahead of Saturday’s deadline. Lawmakers are divided over a proposed delay in regulatory decisions until next session, but have reportedly settled on delaying the legalization of cannabis possession until 2024 in any case.

A Missouri representative filed a bill to allow seriously ill people to use psilocybin, MDMA, LSD, DMT, mescaline and ibogaine under the state’s Right To Try law.

The Montana House Business and Labor Committee held a hearing on bills to severely limit the number of marijuana businesses that are allowed in the state and to provide employment protections for medical cannabis patients.

/ FEDERAL

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is being sued for allegedly improperly blocking imports of hemp trimming machine components.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is testing the idea of including hemp questions in the 2022 Census of Agriculture.

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) tweeted, “For 4 years, @SenLeiladeLima has been unjustly imprisoned in the Philippines for shining a spotlight on police abuses & killings during Pres. Duterte’s ‘war on drugs.’ Today, I again call on @philippinesusa to #FreeLeilaNow & cease all attacks on #HumanRights defenders.”

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) disclosed that she sold between $1,001 and $15,000 worth of stock in Medical Marijuana, Inc. this month.

/ STATES

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) made additional appointments to the Cannabis Regulatory Commission. Separately, he said it “might be a little bit aggressive” to expect legal marijuana sales to begin within the next six months. He also did a radio interview about legalization implementation and tweeted, “Is adult-use cannabis legal in New Jersey? Yes 👇Yes 👇Yes 👇”

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) spoke about the benefits of legalizing marijuana for the state’s farmers. Separately, the lieutenant governor replaced the cannabis and LGBT flags that Republicans keep having removed from his office with even bigger ones.

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts (R) tweeted, “The marijuana industry, which is now partially owned by Big Tobacco, has its eye on NE as a new place to turn a profit.  Previously, they hid this moneymaking motive under the guise of ‘medical’ marijuana.  Now they are just pushing for full legalization.”

Alabama’s House speaker said the body will “take our time” with a Senate-passed medical cannabis bill and send it through the body’s Judiciary and Health committees.

Connecticut’s House speaker and Senate majority leader suggested that there are likely to be substantial changes to Gov. Ned Lamont’s (D) marijuana legalization bill.

The South Dakota House of Representatives approved a bill to delay the implementation of medical cannabis legalization. Separately, the Senate defeated bills to decriminalize up to an ounce of marijuana and to defelonize drug possession.

The Colorado Senate approved a bill to create a program to assist marijuana entrepreneurs. Separately, the Senate Education Committee advanced a bill to require schools to allow students to use cannabis-based medicines.

The Indiana Senate approved a bill to provide a defense to prosecution for anyone who operates a vehicle with marijuana or its metabolites in their blood as long as they don’t cause an accident. Separately, a federal judge rejected a petition to place a preliminary injunction on the state’s smokable hemp ban.

The Washington State Senate passed a bill to exclude certain felony drug convictions from counting towards a person’s criminal history score.

The Utah House Health and Human Services Committee approved a bill to allow more providers to recommend medical cannabis.

The West Virginia Senate Health Committee rejected an amendment to remove marijuana from the scope of a bill to require TANF cash assistance applicants to be drug tested.

The Georgia Senate Agriculture Committee approved a bill to revise hemp definitions.

The Idaho House Agricultural Affairs Committee delayed a planned vote on a hemp legalization bill.

The Missouri House Downsizing State Government Committee held a hearing on a bill to prevent state agencies from sharing medical cannabis patient data with the federal government.

Wyoming lawmakers are likely to consider several marijuana reform bills this year.

Massachusetts cannabis regulators are hiring a director of equity programming and community outreach.

Florida officials published an ad saying that having a medical cannabis card is not an excuse for impaired driving.

The Illinois Adult Use Cannabis Health Advisory Committee announced its meeting dates for later this year.


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Morocco’s government plans to legalize farming, export and sales of cannabis for medical and industrial use.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study found that legalizing medical and recreational marijuana “reduced morphine milligram equivalents per enrollee by 7% and 13%, respectively.”

A review concluded that “while hemp inflorescence is rich in nonpsychoactive, yet biologically active cannabinoids, such as cannabidiol (CBD), which exerts potent anxiolytic, spasmolytic, as well as anticonvulsant effects, hempseed has a pleasant nutty taste and represents a valuable source of essential amino acids and fatty acids, minerals, vitamins, and fibers” and that “hempseed oil is a source of healthy polyunsaturated fatty acids, and hemp sprouts are rich in antioxidants.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

A poll found that Canadians support decriminalizing drugs, 59%-41% and that they back supervised injection sites, 65%-35%.

The Alabama Democratic Party tweeted, “Legalizing cannabis for medical use is an important 1st step. However, as we move to expand the legal uses of cannabis we must also expunge convictions and release folks charged with low-level cannabis offenses. It’s past time for criminal justice reform.”

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The CEO of Hightimes Holding Corp. said the company will “definitely” go public this year, with a target date of 4/20.

A subsidiary of Acreage Holdings, Inc. is selling its Florida operations to Red White and Bloom Brands, Inc.

Indus Holdings, Inc. is acquiring the assets of the Lowell Herb Co. from The Hacienda Group.

Columbia Care Inc. closed a previously announced bought deal private placement offering worth nearly C$29 million.

Fyllo has a new COO.

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“The Marijuana Conspiracy” is a new film being released on 4/20 that tells the story of a controversial 1972 Canadian study on the effects of marijuana on women.

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AL Senate approves medical cannabis (Newsletter: February 25, 2021)

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NM legal marijuana heads to floor; VA’s Sat. legalization deadline; Biden pick defends cannabis $ for schools; 1st NY hearing; PA bill’s GOP support

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Deb Haaland, President Joe Biden’s nominee for interior secretary, defended her support for using marijuana tax revenue to fund schools in response to an attack from Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY). She added that we “don’t know what President Biden’s stance is on cannabis.”

The Alabama Senate passed a bill to legalize medical cannabis. It now heads to the House of Representatives.

Virginia lawmakers face a Saturday deadline to resolve differences between separate marijuana legalization bills passed by the House and Senate. Marijuana Moment compiled a look at issues that need to be hashed out by the conference committee—including timelines, licenses and a referendum.

The New Mexico House Taxation & Revenue Committee approved a bill to legalize marijuana, sending it to the House floor as the next step.

The New York Senate Finance Committee and Assembly Ways & Means Committee held the first joint hearing of the year on marijuana legalization proposals.

A bipartisan team of Pennsylvania senators announced a new marijuana legalization bill. It’s the first time a GOP lawmaker has signed onto cannabis legalization legislation in the Republican-controlled legislature.

  • “It’s clear to me that public attitudes towards marijuana have changed dramatically in the past decade, maybe more than any other issue in recent memory.”

/ FEDERAL

The Drug Enforcement Administration is reopening the comment period for rules on suspicious orders of controlled substances.

Rep. Troy Balderson (R-OH) wrote in a constituent letter that he is in favor of leaving marijuana policy up to the states.

Rep. Dwight Evans (D-PA) tweeted about New Jersey’s marijuana legislation being signed, saying, “This is great news & I continue to support federal legalization of adult-use #cannabis as well!”

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) tweeted, “Should Congress legalize cannabis? The only correct answer is: Yes”

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Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts (R) authored an op-ed about his opposition to marijuana reform.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) tweeted, “This week, we made history by reforming a decades-old approach to marijuana that failed the meaning of justice at every level. Let’s continue building on the progress and move forward — together.” Separately, his budget proposal document touts the growth of the state’s medical cannabis program since he took office.

The South Dakota Senate approved a bill creating a framework for recreational marijuana sales in case the state’s voter-approved legalization initiative is held up in court on appeal.

The New Hampshire House of Representatives passed a bill to let patients grow their own medical cannabis.

The Arizona House of Representatives approved a marijuana testing bill.

The Montana House Business and Labor Committee held a hearing on a bill to limit the number of marijuana business licenses in the state.

A Pennsylvania court ruled that the Housing Authority of Indiana County must create a policy on medical cannabis use by residents.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture published 2020 hemp harvest data.

Colorado regulators issued bulletins on marijuana delivery and social equity.

New York officials stripped a doctor of his license for violations in New Jersey “related to the indiscriminate authorization of the use of medicinal marijuana for several patients.”

Vermont regulators are hosting a hemp conference on Friday.

The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission will meet on Tuesday.


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More than 70 New Jersey municipalities have proactively banned marijuana businesses.

The Chittenden County, Vermont state’s attorney spoke about a forthcoming drug decriminalization bill in the state legislature.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Morocco’s government is considering a marijuana legalization bill.

Jamaica’s Cannabis Licensing Authority has a new chairman and membership.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A review concluded that data support “CBD’s therapeutic value in improving sleep (increased sleep duration/quality and reduction in nightmares) and depression, which are often comorbid with anxiety” and that “these features of CBD make it an attractive novel therapeutic option in COVID-related” post-traumatic stress symptoms.

New York University Langone Health is establishing a new Center for Psychedelic Medicine.

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

A poll found that Virginia voters oppose making marijuana possession in a vehicle illegal, 59%-35%.

The Democratic Governors Association tweeted, “Democratic governors are working to legalize marijuana – bringing us closer to social, racial, and economic justice.”

The NAACP New York Branch will hold a webinar on marijuana legalization on Thursday.

/ BUSINESS

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation launched a new $2.5 million fund to support “social justice organizations working toward criminal justice reforms and economic inclusion as more states regulate cannabis.”

Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc. reported quarterly revenue of $37.1 million.

Canopy Growth Corporation filed a preliminary short-form base shelf prospectus allowing it to raise up to $2 billion.

Verano Holdings Corp. announced a bought deal private placement of special warrants worth more than C$100 million. It also announced a deal to acquire three dispensaries and a cultivation and production facility in Arizona.

Aurora Nordic Cannabis A/S medical cannabis products made in Denmark are now available in German pharmacies.

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Rapper Sean Paul spoke about his relationship with marijuana.

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ND House votes to legalize cannabis (Newsletter: February 24, 2021)

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NJ AG’s marijuana memos; Biden Treasury nom pressed on cannabis banking; MN legalization advances; Poll: SC support for medical marijuana

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The North Dakota House of Representatives approved a bill to legalize marijuana. It’s an attempt to avoid a more far-reaching cannabis measure that activists want to put on the 2022 ballot.

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal (D) issued a memo directing prosecutors to drop pending marijuana cases now that legalization has been signed into law. A separate memo clarifies what police can and can’t do when it comes to cannabis.

Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) pressed President Joe Biden’s nominee for deputy treasury secretary on revising marijuana banking guidance. Meanwhile, House Democrats left the cannabis financial services issue out of their latest coronavirus relief bill despite including it twice last year when the party didn’t control the Senate or White House.

The Minnesota House Labor, Industry, Veterans and Military Affairs Finance and Policy Committee amended and approved a bill to legalize marijuana—one week after a separate panel also advanced it.

A new poll found that South Carolina voters support legalizing medical cannabis by a five-to-one ratio.

A new federally funded study found that workers’ compensation claims and payouts decline in states that legalize marijuana.

  • “We hypothesize that access to marijuana through [recreational marijuana laws] increases its medical use and, in turn, allows better management of symptoms that impede work capacity—e.g., chronic pain, insomnia, mental health problems, nausea, and so forth.”

/ FEDERAL

Under secretary of state for political affairs nominee Victoria Nuland disclosed that she has consulted for cannabis firm Tilray.

Congressional Democrats filed an immigration reform bill that excludes some marijuana offenses from a provision that blocks people with certain convictions from citizenship eligibility.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) spoke at a Black History Month Town Hall about his work to lead marijuana reform efforts in the Senate.

House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth (D-KY) purchased several marijuana stocks shortly after Election Day and ahead of his vote on a federal legalization bill.

Rep. Don Young (R-AK), in introducing interior secretary nominee Deb Haaland before her confirmation hearing, said, “Anybody who thinks you’re going to cut off fossil fuel immediately is smoking pot—that’s legal in the state of Alaska, by the way.” (About 37 minutes into the video.)

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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) tweeted, “Tell your state legislator to get a bill legalizing adult-use marijuana to my desk. I’d be more than happy to sign it into law.”

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) tweeted, “Let me be blunt: Today, I signed historic adult-use cannabis reform bills into law – with social justice, racial justice, and economic justice leading the way.”

New York’s lieutenant governor tweeted, “Great news for farmers and small business entrepreneurs. New York State is now accepting applications from businesses seeking to operate as cannabinoid hemp processors, retailers or distributors.”

Florida’s agriculture commissioner tweeted, “Florida should legalize marijuana for adult use.”

The South Dakota House of Representatives approved a bill to amend hemp rules. Separately, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill to defelonize the ingestion of drugs.

The Indiana Senate approved a bill to allow the state attorney general to take over cases that local prosecutors refuse to pursue, including those for marijuana.

The California Legislative Analyst’s Office published an overview of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s (D) plan to consolidate the state’s marijuana regulatory responsibilities.

The Vermont Senate Judiciary Committee will consider a bill to revise marijuana regulations on Thursday and Friday.

Missouri’s Administrative Hearing Commission awarded medical cannabis cultivation licenses to two businesses that were originally rejected by regulators. Meanwhile, regulators extended deadlines for approved businesses to open.

Arizona regulators sent guidance on tax requirements for marijuana businesses, including that the official code for such businesses is 420.

Oklahoma regulators began signing up people for trainings on medical cannabis seed-to-sale tracking.

Massachusetts regulators sent a bulletin on telehealth consultations for medical cannabis patients.

Nebraska activists held a rally to pressure lawmakers to legalize medical cannabis.

The Washington State Social Equity in Cannabis Task Force’s Disproportionately Impacted Communities Workgroup will meet on Thursday.

The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission will meet on Thursday.

Colorado regulators will hold a marijuana rulemaking hearing on Friday.


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A St. Louis County, Missouri councilman is preparing a marijuana decriminalization proposal.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Iceland’s health minister is proposing decriminalizing drugs.

A Kenyan lawmaker is pressing colleagues to pass legislation legalizing medical cannabis.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study concluded that medical cannabis “may represent an alternative treatment for patients with [fibromyalgia syndrome] who are unresponsive to conventional therapy.”

A study suggested that “convenience and lower cost of administering psilocybin as a fixed dose outweigh any potential advantage of weight-adjusted dosing.”

/ ADVOCACY, OPINION & ANALYSIS

The Republican National Committee posted a tweet criticizing interior secretary nominee Deb Haaland’s support for legalizing marijuana.

The South Dakota Democratic Party tweeted about the passage of hemp legislation.

Students for Sensible Drug Policy has a new executive director.

Illinois marijuana social equity advocates erupted into disagreements about preferred legislative approaches at a press conference.

/ BUSINESS

Green Thumb Industries Inc. raised $56 million by selling shares.

The AdvisorShares Pure US Cannabis ETF announced that it has surpassed $1 billion in assets under management.

Liberty Health Sciences Inc. shareholders voted to approve its acquisition by Ayr Wellness Inc.

Canopy Growth Corporation announced that it beneficially owns approximately 20% of TerrAscend Corp. shares following the closing of its plan of arrangement with RIV Capital Inc.

Acreage Holdings, Inc. announced that its CFO is leaving the company.

The U.S. Tax Court ruled that Desert Organic Solutions owes taxes due to the 280E provision.

/ CULTURE

Filmmaker Kevin Smith said that in the upcoming Clerks III movie, Jay and Silent Bob run a marijuana store.

Comedy Central posted a tweet about New Jersey’s legalization of marijuana.

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