Legislation Passes in California Senate Allowing for Creation of Cannabis Banks

Among canna-preneurs, the most common complaint regarding everyday operations has remained the inability to establish accounts at traditional banks and credit unions. Due to conflicting federal and state law, financial institutions continue to refuse service to such companies. As a result, dispensary owners must operate in cash, which raises security…

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Senators: Add protections for state marijuana laws to legislation funding federal government

Published: Feb 13, 2018, 4:06 pm • Updated: Feb 13, 2018, 5:09 pm By Alex Pasquariello, The Cannabist Staff A bipartisan group of 18 senators led by Colorado Sens. Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner want protections for state marijuana laws inserted into legislation funding the federal government. Precise language in…

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With marijuana banking legislation stalled, cannabusinesses awash with cash, vulnerable to violent crime

Published: Feb 10, 2018, 2:05 pm • Updated: Feb 10, 2018, 2:05 pm By Stuart Leavenworth, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Stung by robberies in California, Colorado, Washington and other states, the cannabis industry is pressing Congress to change federal banking laws so that its retailers no longer have to…

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NFL uses its muscle to endorse criminal justice legislation

Published: Oct 17, 2017, 1:33 pm • Updated: Oct 17, 2017, 2:06 pm By Karoun Demirjian and Beth Reinhard, The Washington Post The National Football League, still in political crosshairs over whether players should take a knee during the national anthem, is throwing its weight behind another cause in Washington’s…

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Massachusetts cannabis legislation talks appear to stall as deadline nears

Published: Jun 30, 2017, 2:15 pm • Updated: Jun 30, 2017, 2:15 pm By Bob Salsberg, The Associated Press BOSTON — Talks between the House and Senate over a compromise marijuana law appeared stalled Friday, even as lawmakers faced a self-imposed deadline for delivering a bill to Republican Gov. Charlie…

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Florida medical marijuana legislation not perfect, but must pass today

Published: May 5, 2017, 6:45 am • Updated: May 5, 2017, 8:19 am By Joe Reedy,  associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Legislature is closer to getting medical marijuana legislation passed. The Senate approved a bill (HB 1397) on Thursday by a 31-7 vote. The measure passed the…

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Medical marijuana for PTSD legislation heads to Colorado House for debate

Published: Mar 9, 2017, 6:36 pm • Updated: Mar 9, 2017, 6:40 pm By Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist Staff Colorado legislation to add PTSD as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana is headed to the full House. Rep. Jonathan Singer, D-Longmont, who co-sponsored the bill with Sen. Irene Aguilar, D-Denver,…

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Maryland, hampered by lawsuits and legislation, struggles to get medical marijuana program off the ground

Published: Mar 9, 2017, 9:28 am • Updated: Mar 9, 2017, 9:28 am By Natalie Schwartz, Capital News Service ANNAPOLIS, Md. — After Carey Tilghman’s 6-year-old daughter, Paisley, suffered from a stroke, doctors drafted a plan to use a round of Botox injections and muscle relaxers to treat her condition.…

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Complete guide to federal marijuana legislation and members of the congressional Cannabis Caucus

Published: Mar 3, 2017, 12:13 pm • Updated: Mar 3, 2017, 12:43 pm By Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist Staff There may be uncertainty in regards to cannabis on the federal stage, but some U.S. lawmakers are trying to keep the legislative gears churning. A bipartisan quartet of congressmen in February…

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List: 2017 Colorado legislation, see what’s new in marijuana and hemp bills

Published: Feb 27, 2017, 3:12 pm • Updated: Feb 27, 2017, 7:04 pm By Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist Staff Colorado was the first U.S. state to initiate legal, regulated sales of recreational marijuana, starting in 2014. The first-of-its-kind effort has been a fluid process, as the state has worked to…

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