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Back in Session: A Look at California’s Latest Cannabis Bills

Though it still feels like summer in balmy Los Angeles, school is back in session and so is the California legislature. From banking reform to labeling, state legislators are set to mull over at least five bills directly impacting the $2.5 billion legal cannabis industry in California, now ranked the fifth largest economy in the world.

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New Mexico Judge Goes Old School; Issues Writ of Mandamus Opening Medical Marijuana Program to Out-of-State Residents

You don’t see many Writs of Mandamus these days. Yet on August 5th, Santa Fe District Court Judge Bryan Biedscheid signed an Alternative Writ of Mandamus officially ordering the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) to allow out-of-state residents to participate in New Mexico’s Medical Cannabis Program.

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Oops?! Ohio Bill Legalizing Hemp Has Effectively Decriminalized Marijuana, At Least For Now

On July 30, 2019, Governor Mike DeWine signed a bill legalizing hemp and hemp-derived CBD in Ohio. Like many other jurisdictions, the Ohio measure defines hemp to be cannabis with less than 0.3% THC, which is the key compound of the cannabis plant that can cause a psychoactive effect in certain concentrations. As a practical matter, however, it appears that the hemp law may have actually decriminalized marijuana (cannabis with 0.3% THC or more) for at least the next few months as well.

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Illicit Market Continues to Stifle California’s Legal Cannabis Market

It’s been nearly two years since California legalized recreational marijuana, and despite promises to curtail the illegal market, California’s black market continues to thrive. In 2018, according to estimates, about 78% of all marijuana sales in California occurred on the black market. That number (and the associated lost revenue for legal marijuana-related businesses and the California treasury) is frightening.

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