What We Know About Amazon’s Support of Federal Marijuana Legalization

Amazon’s recent moves in support of federal cannabis legalization and its decision to end marijuana screening tests for prospective employees indicates the corporate giant wants to enter the legal marijuana marketplace. In June, Amazon said it would stop cannabis screenings for all positions other than delivery drivers. Not long after though, the company advised its […]

Anti-Marijuana Republican Could Be Largest Shareholder of Cannabis Stocks in Congress

A North Carolinian GOP lawmaker who has been staunchly opposed to marijuana legalization throughout her career is likely the largest cannabis stock holder in the US Congress. Since September 2020, Rep. Virginia Foxx made six investments in Altria Group Inc. which is the owner of Marlboro cigarettes and one of the world’s largest tobacco companies. […]

Amazon Will No Longer Test Prospective Employees for Marijuana

Amazon pledged to no longer test most of its prospective employees in the US for cannabis use and has lent its support to a comprehensive federal bill that would decriminalize cannabis. “In the past, like many employers, we’ve disqualified people from working at Amazon if they tested positive for marijuana use. However, given where state […]

From Medical to Rec: New Recreational Marijuana Markets Are Being Launched Increasingly Fast

Back when California legalized medical marijuana in 1996, a whopping 7,308 days passed from that benchmark to when recreational adult-use launched officially. That’s 20 years, in case anyone was wondering, and a sharp contrast to California’s reputation as a liberal state. Despite the tortoise-like pace of California, western states have bravely fought for medical marijuana […]

Illinois’ Industry-Best Social Equity Program Is Flawed, Advocates Say

Nothing is perfect. That includes plans with noble intentions. Throw in a worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, and it’s safe to say that the roll-out of Illinois’ social equity program for cannabis companies isn’t quite what was envisioned. While the state can boast some of the most progressive social equity provisions, others say that the rules don’t […]

Cannabis Companies Can Claim These Payroll Tax Credits Under COVID-19 Relief Package

It’s generally agreed upon that cannabis companies are dealt different hands depending on the states they operate in, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. It shouldn’t be lost on anyone that weed is considered an essential staple during times of hardship —  every state with a regulated marijuana program continued to allow sales to some degree […]

Cannabis Businesses Resist State Efforts To Limit THC Content

Lawmakers in several states are pushing forward with something that was proposed and failed in Colorado — limiting the amount of THC in cannabis. Plenty of people – including marijuana industry officials, both for the medical and recreational side – are fighting back, arguing that THC limits are grounded on shaky science. Industry experts predict […]

The Most Significant Moments In The Cannabis Industry In 2019

The cannabis industry in the U.S. made serious progress in 2019, which isn’t too shabby considering the feds still consider it illegal. Hemp and CBD regulation was a huge topic this year. Along with additional states legalizing medical and recreational cannabis and the SAFE Banking Act, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released interim hemp […]