Topic: Legislation

Latest Senate Coronavirus Relief Bill Omits Cannabis Banking Protection

Once again, the Senate appears to be punting on much-needed banking and insurance reform for the cannabis industry.  The SAFE Banking Act would allow banks and insurance companies to offer their services to marijuana-related businesses without violating federal law. As we discussed here, it’s had solid support in the House—a standalone bill passed the House with bipartisan support last year and the text of the bill was included in the House’s proposed stimulus package in May 2020.

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Where’s the Money At? Industry Cash Crunch Exacerbated by the Pandemic

If you’ve been following the cannabis industry in 2020, you’ve likely heard the term “cash is king” more than once. This has become the industry consensus as stocks (mostly traded in Canada) began to slide after some disappointing earning numbers in the middle of 2019. That, in turn, resulted in decreased valuations and a reduction in investment capital.

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Not So Blind Item – The IDFPR is in a Pickle Over Its Tiebreaker Rule

Many in Illinois have been waiting with bated breath for the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) to issue new (conditional) adult use cannabis dispensary licenses and it appears that wait may not end anytime soon. By way of background, under the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act, an ambitious and precedent-setting social equity centered piece of legislation, these license were to be issued before May 1, 2020.

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You Won an Illinois Dispensary License, Now What?

In early January, Illinois received thousands of applications for adult-use cannabis dispensary licenses. Only 75 of those applications will be granted a license…eventually. Although the Illinois Cannabis Tax and Regulation Act (the Act) required the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) to issue the licenses before May 1, 2020, Governor J.B. Pritzker and the IDFPR have delayed their issuance indefinitely due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

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