When Cannabis Reform Stumbles: Week in Review


<![CDATA[This week, we were very pleased to announce a new partnership with the Minority Cannabis Business Alliance: the diversity scholarship, which will provide selected MCBA members with 20 complimentary Cannabis Conference 2021 All-Access passes, and 10 complimentary Hemp Grower Conference 2021 All-Access passes.It was heartening to see this news come together, and we’re just excited to be able to extend this offer to a broad audience through the MCBA. I mention it here because, too often, the industry is pushed backward by outside forces. In Mississippi, the state’s Supreme Court knocked down a voter-approved medical cannabis initiative. Progress: thwarted. This industry is still very much emerging from an illicit market/gray market background. Pieces of the puzzle are being set in place, and now is the time to be as inclusive as possible—to keep the door open and examine new ways of working together. You can read Associate Editor Tony Lange’s report on Mississippi in the list below, and here’s what he wrote in our Friday newsletter (subscribe here!). “If Mississippians want to instill their own system of checks and balances, they have the power to vote out Supreme Court justices at the polls when their eight-year terms expire. Then, their voices surely will be heard.”We’ve rounded up some of the key cannabis headlines from the week right here.Assistant Editor Andriana Ruscitto reports: “Adult-use cannabis is making its way to Montana after Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte signed a cannabis legalization implementation bill into law on May 18.” Read more Senior Editor Zach Mentz reports on Ascend Wellness’s new dispensary in New Jersey. Read more Contributor Raj Chander provides a close look at the state of cannabis reform in Washington, D.C. …Will the District flip to rec? Read more The Parent Company will place a $50-million investment in southern California’s Glass House Group, which will open…

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