In landmark move, Illinois lawmakers approve adult-use cannabis program that could hit $2 billion in sales

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(This story has been updated to include statements from Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker.) Illinois on Friday became the country’s first state to legalize recreational marijuana cultivation and sales through its Legislature, a landmark move that paves the way for the creation of one of the nation’s largest adult-use cannabis markets offering “huge” business opportunities. Marijuana Business Daily projects the Illinois … Read More

Alabama bill to create medical cannabis study group advances

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The Alabama Legislature might create a medical marijuana study commission that could recommend legislation for next year. The proposal is a compromise after a Senate-passed bill to legalize medical marijuana hit opposition in the House of Representatives. The House might vote Friday on the watered-down bill. State Sen. Tim Melson, a Republican, said the measure would be a step toward … Read More

Oregon marijuana regulators could soon have the ability to deny new grow licenses

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Oregon’s oversupply of cannabis has prompted lawmakers to attempt to give the Oregon Liquor Control Commission more leeway to deny new cultivation licenses based on supply and demand. A bill that passed the Senate and is now before the House would not only reduce the huge surplus but would prevent diversion of unsold legal marijuana into the illicit market and … Read More

IL adult-use and NJ medical cannabis legislative moves, Harvard MMJ research & more

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The Illinois Senate passes a recreational cannabis sales and taxation bill, an expansion of New Jersey’s medical marijuana program advances, Harvard and Canadian MJ firm Atlas sign a medical research partnership – plus other important news from around the industry. Will Illinois mark an MJ first? Illinois could be on the verge of becoming the country’s first state to legalize … Read More

If Cannabis Is Having Any Dire Health Effects, Canadian Hospitals Haven’t Seen Them

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More than half a year in, Canada’s relaxed cannabis laws appear to be earning a clean bill of health from major medical organizations. While many hard numbers on health shifts are not yet available, some of the country’s largest mental health and emergency centres say the new laws have dumped no discernible increase in cannabis-related cases on their doorsteps. “It’s … Read More