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USDA Denies Coronavirus Benefits For Hemp Farmers And Blocks Reevaluation Requests - Cannabis News

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on Tuesday that hemp growers are specifically ineligible for a coronavirus relief program it’s running.

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Virginia governor signs bill decriminalizing marijuana - Cannabis News

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed legislation on Thursday that decriminalizes marijuana possession, joining a majority of states that have ceased treating the drug as a criminal offense.

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USDA Unveils Guidelines For Federal Loans To Hemp Business - Cannabis News

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently released guidelines for processing federal loans for the hemp industry.

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House democrats introduce bill to include cannabis businesses in coronavirus relief - Cannabis News

Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) and Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.) have introduced a bill to make legal cannabis businesses eligible for federal coronavirus relief aid meant for small businesses.

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Montana: Recreational cannabis group seeks OK to gather electronic signatures - Cannabis News

A group working to legalize recreational marijuana use has sued the Montana Secretary of State for permission to collect signatures electronically as measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 have stymied their ability to carry out the traditional gathering process.

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Colorado Governor Asks Congress To Let Marijuana Businesses Get Coronavirus Aid Funds - Cannabis News

“Unfortunately, a large number of small businesses in Colorado are not eligible for these loans due to their involvement in the state-legal cannabis industry, which is a major employer and tax revenue generator in our state,” Gov. Jared Polis (D) wrote in a letter to a Colorado congressman on Monday.

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Marijuana lobby calls for relief from states - Cannabis News

The cannabis industry lobby urged governors to provide state-based loans for their businesses because cannabis companies are not eligible to receive funds from the coronavirus relief package.

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North Dakota marijuana legalization group changes plans - Cannabis News

Supporters of a ballot measure to legalize marijuana in North Dakota are delaying their effort to the next election cycle.

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Letting VA Doctors Recommend Medical Marijuana To Veterans Won’t Cost Anything, Congressional Analysts Say - Cannabis News

A bill that would allow doctors at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to recommend medical marijuana to military veterans would have zero fiscal impact, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said on Wednesday.

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Connecticut Residents Strongly Support Legalizing Marijuana, Poll Shows - Cannabis News

A majority of Connecticut residents favor legalizing marijuana, according to a new poll released on Thursday.

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New bill would change Utah’s medical marijuana program again

SALT LAKE CITY — A new bill again tweaking Utah’s medical marijuana program received a favorable recommendation from a Senate committee Monday, moving it to final passage in the full Senate.

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Mnuchin details IRS challenges with cash-only marijuana businesses - Cannabis News

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Wednesday that the cash-only nature of marijuana businesses poses challenges for the IRS.

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Bill To Legalize Marijuana Sales Officially Passes Vermont House Of Representatives - Cannabis News

The Vermont House of Representatives finalized its approval of a bill to legalize the retail sale of marijuana on Thursday, but Gov. Phil Scott (R) said he’s not happy with at least one key component of the legislation.

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Presidential Candidates Clash Over Marijuana Legalization At Democratic Debate - Cannabis News

The Democratic presidential debate in South Carolina on Tuesday revealed fissures in how the candidates view marijuana reform.

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Seven Governors Talk Marijuana Policy At Annual Conference - Cannabis News

Seven governors from across the country discussed marijuana issues at an annual policy conference on Friday.

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Connecticut Governor Renews Call For Recreational Marijuana - Cannabis News

Connecticut may be the next state to legalize recreational marijuana.

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Marijuana legalization may hit 40 states. Now what? - Cannabis News

Changes in state laws could usher in even more confusion for law enforcement and escalate the pressure on Congress to act.

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New York Governor Includes Marijuana Legalization In New Budget Plan - Cannabis News

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) included marijuana legalization in his budget proposal on Tuesday, setting the stage for another reform push in the legislature as the 2020 session gets underway.

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Pot politics: Some Northeast states regroup on legalization - Cannabis News

A year ago, marijuana legalization looked like it was on a roll in the Northeast — it had already passed in three of the region’s states and was a priority for governors in three more, including the populous New York.

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Hawaii’s Marijuana Decriminalization Law Is Officially In Effect - Cannabis News

Low-level marijuana possession is no longer punishable by the threat of jail time in Hawaii.

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