FEDERAL

The Industrial Hemp Farming Act is back — is this the year Congress legalizes the crop?

http://www.thecannabist.co/2017/08/15/industrial-hemp-farming-act-congress-comer-polis/85923/

A bipartisan group of lawmakers are again calling for industrial hemp to be legally separated from marijuana in the Controlled Substances Act, and advocates believe they might just have the political momentum to succeed.

BI-PARTISAN COALITION LAUNCHED TO URGE THE PRESIDENT TO KEEP HIS 2016 PLEDGE TO SUPPORT THE STATES RIGHT TO LEGALIZE MEDICAL MARIJUANA.

BI-PARTISAN COALITION LAUNCHED TO URGE THE PRESIDENT TO KEEP HIS 2016 PLEDGE TO SUPPORT THE STATES RIGHT TO LEGALIZE MEDICAL MARIJUANA.

STATES

Two states rebut AG Sessions’ critiques of their cannabis laws

Canna Conflict: States, Not Feds, Control The Fate Of Marijuana Law And Policy

The National Conference of State Legislatures has cut to the chase, mandating Congress de-schedule marijuana altogether.

http://abovethelaw.com/2017/08/canna-conflict-states-not-feds-control-the-fate-of-marijuana-law-and-policy/

Last week, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) adopted a formal resolution that Congress enable financial institutions to serve marijuana businesses. The forcefulness of the resolution is a first from a cannabis angle: it did not ask Congress to pass a banking bill specific to cannabis, or even to revisit the FinCEN guidelines for financial services. Instead, NCSL cut to the chase, mandating Congress de-schedule marijuana altogether.

CALIFORNIA

California considering creating a state-run bank for cannabis businesses

http://www.thecannabist.co/2017/08/16/california-cannabis-business-banking/86206/

California government, financial and marijuana business leaders met last week in a far-from-resolved debate over whether a state-run bank could be the solution to the cannabis industry’s banking problem.

Supporters argued during a Los Angeles gathering of California’s Cannabis Banking Working Group that a public bank would give the state autonomy, serve communities that struggle with bank access and send a message that could shift the nation’s financial paradigm away from Wall Street.

Critics insisted a public bank would be too pricey, too risky and do little to overcome banking problems triggered by the conflict between state and federal marijuana laws.

 

Inside The Ever-Expanding Complexities Of California’s Cannabis Market. The state has the most long-standing, established cannabis-based economy in the entire United States, if not world.

http://www.alternet.org/drugs/inside-ever-expanding-complexities-california-cannabis-market?mc_cid=0d1c6db029&mc_eid=178dec0b63

The state of California has the most long-standing, established cannabis-based economies in the entire United States, if not world. Starting back in the 1960’s and 1970’s, Northern California counties such as Humboldt, Mendocino, and Trinity replaced their once booming logging industries with outdoor marijuana farms.

Los Angeles, California Cannabis Regulators Approved

 

Los Angeles appoints chief of marijuana department

CONNECTICUT

No Licenses For Hartford Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/harford/aegis/ph-ag-medical-marijuana-0818-20170817-story.html

No licenses have been issued for medical marijuana dispensaries, growers or processors based in Harford County, but the state’s licensing process is beginning to pick up steam with final approvals granted for a handful of licenses earlier this week during a meeting of the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission in Bel Air.

WASHINGTON

Washington state rule change expands business options for marijuana cultivators

WEST VIRGINIA

State cannabis board holds first meeting

https://www.theet.com/news/free/state-cannabis-board-holds-first-meeting/article_4e05a09f-764e-57f9-ae05-46f33f37530e.html

CHARLESTON — A group of state health officials, doctors and other health-care providers that was set up to figure out how to put West Virginia’s medical marijuana law into practice held its first meeting in Charleston on Wednesday.

The West Virginia Medical Cannabis Advisory Board held a two-hour organizational meeting.

“This is important work,” said Dr. Rahul Gupta, state health officer, commissioner of the state Bureau of Public Health and chairman of the cannabis board.