- New York lawmakers anticipate unveiling a REC bill this week.
- The Biden Administration’s decision to dismiss several staffers for past cannabis use has some allies “scratching their heads.“
- After a REC push fell short in the legislature, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham(D) says she plans to call a special session to legalize.
- In a lawsuit, MSO Harvest alleges an employee of failed merger partner Verano took a flight carrying smuggled cannabis clippings in a Whole Foods salad in order to provide starter genetics to a new state. Verano called the allegations “totally false and absurd.”
- After a long wait, investors are bullish on ancillary pot stocks.
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- Scottsdale, Ariz.-based cannabis corporation The Pharm has settled a lawsuit with a former executive that “led to dueling allegations of drug-law violations and extortion.” The company denied any lawbreaking.
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- MJBiz offers tips on how to vet celebrity partnerships and avoid embarrassing missteps.
- Iris Dorbian interviewed Papa & Barkley‘s new CEO, beauty industry veteran Evelyn Wang.
- The slow rollout of L.A.’s equity licenses is hurting entrepreneurs.
- Michael Thompson, a Michigan man who spent 25 years in prison for a cannabis offense, is now a brand ambassador for UBaked.
- MSO Curaleaf is touting the release of THC-infused “beverage enhancer” Select Squeeze as one of the first national product rollouts.