Week in Review 1.22-26

Vermont Becomes Ninth State To Legalize Marijuana, New Jersey Reviews Medical Marijuana Program, California Bill Seeks To Legalize Banking For Cannabis Businesses

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott signs marijuana legalization bill “with mixed emotions”

Vermont on Monday became the ninth U.S. state to legalize recreational marijuana and the first to do so via a legislative act. Read more

Phil Murphy moves to expand access to medical marijuana in New Jersey

Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday ordered a 60-day review of New Jersey's "constrained" medical marijuana program, saying he would consider allowing home delivery, purchases beyond the 2-ounce limit and expanding the number of licensed dispensaries to improve patient access. Read more

US cannabis companies look to Canada when going public

California-based cannabis company MedMen wants to go public — in Canada. MedMen, which operates dispensaries and production facilities in three states and has 700 employees, may be one of the biggest American cannabis companies to look to the north for growth, but it isn't the first, and it certainly won't be the last. Read more

California bill seeks to legalize banking for cannabis businesses

California’s fast-rising cannabis industry, which has been forced by federal law to conduct almost all its business in cash, got a boost Thursday when legislation was introduced to allow banks to open accounts for people involved in the field. Read more

Rohrabacher-Blumenauer: What Are The Stakes – Revisited

In what has become a de facto annual event on Capitol Hill (where a version was first proposed in 2001, finally passed in 2014, and renewed each fiscal year since), the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment was again blowing in the wind for the past week amid all the talk about a shutdown of the federal government. Read more