Five Things Every Cannabis Business Needs Before They Open {$excerpt:n} When it comes to small business opportunities these days, few phrases give people the old dollar-sign-eyes more than “legal cannabis”. From states like Michigan where it’s been approved for both medicinal and adult use, to places like South Carolina where legalization has been a popular…

A Look at the Rise Of The East Coast Cannabis Market {$excerpt:n} The rise of the East Coast cannabis market gained another foothold in late March 2021 when New York became the most recent state to legalize adult use cannabis, joining ranks with other Atlantic stalwarts, including New Jersey, Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, Virginia and Washington,…

Virginia Finalizes Legalization Plan {$excerpt:n} On April 7, 2021, legislators in Virginia finally came to an agreement for their adult use cannabis legalization plan. Back in February of this year, lawmakers passed a bill to legalize adult use cannabis with a launch date of 2024, but Governor Ralph Northam wanted to move quicker than that.…

Political & Corporate Lobbying Influences Emerge in Cannabis {$excerpt:n} In a press release sent out this morning, a new coalition announced their launch to “end the prohibition, criminalization, and overregulation of cannabis in the United States.” The Cannabis Freedom Alliance (CFA) says their core values include federal descheduling, criminal justice reform, “reentry and successful second…

New Mexico Poised to Legalize Adult Use Cannabis {$excerpt:n} On March 31, 2021, legislators in New Mexico reached an agreement on SB2/HB2, a bill that legalizes adult use cannabis. The bill now heads to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s desk, where she is expected to sign it. Following the conclusion of the regular legislative session, the…

Changing European hemp policy {$excerpt:n} Lorenza Romanese, Managing Director of the European Industrial Hemp Association, speaks with HEQ about the benefits of hemp and its derivatives and the need for further policy change. In early February, the European Commission announced that it had added CBD, which is naturally derived from the hemp plant to CosIng (cosmetic…