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Colorado’s Natural Medicine Division Sets Forth Its Rulemaking Timeline to Establish the State’s Psilocybin Market

Colorado’s Natural Medicine Division Sets Forth Its Rulemaking Timeline to Establish the State’s Psilocybin Market

In 2022, Colorado passed Proposition 122 to legalize psychedelics, specifically psilocybin for therapeutic uses in mental healthcare. Through creating the most comprehensive psychedelics measure ever introduced on a statewide ballot, many are anxiously awaiting to enter Colorado’s soon-to-be-booming psychedelic market as it is only the 2nd state to introduce a regulatory licensing framework. With the enactment of SB23-290, the Colorado Department of Revenue …

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Advancements in Psychedelic Legislation: Developments in Arizona and Indiana

Advancements in Psychedelic Legislation: Developments in Arizona and Indiana

In the realm of mental health and therapy, significant strides are being made as lawmakers across various states delve into the potential benefits of psychedelics. Recently, Arizona has proposed a new bill, aiming to establish an advisory board tasked with crucial responsibilities. Further, Indiana pushed for development by creating a funding initiative for research. Here’s a closer look at the …

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Pennsylvania Governor Calls for Recreational Marijuana Reform in Budget Address

Pennsylvania Governor Calls for Recreational Marijuana Reform in Budget Address

In his 2024–2025 Budget Address, Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro called for marijuana reform. Shapiro urged legislators to collaborate to create a bill that legalizes recreational marijuana. Emphasizing the importance of a well-regulated and responsibly taxed industry, Shapiro highlights the potential for increased state revenue and the creation of thousands of jobs. As neighboring states like New York, New Jersey, Maryland, …

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HSA-1 Pharmaceutical Processor License in Virginia is Up for Grabs

HSA-1 Pharmaceutical Processor License in Virginia is Up for Grabs

During the Virginia Cannabis Control Authority’s (“VCCA”) meeting on January 31st, 2024, members officially addressed their proposed timeline—albeit very aggressive timeline—to grant the one (1) remaining pharmaceutical processor license. Let’s delve into what is next for Virginia’s medical cannabis program as recreational sales is right on its tail: Background of Virginia’s Medical Cannabis Program Virginia’s cannabis laws date back all …

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The Watchlist: 2024

The Watchlist: 2024

Multiple states have potential to make changes to their state cannabis laws. Although big changes happened in 2023 for a few states, like Delaware, Ohio, and Minnesota, eleven others should be on your watchlist for 2024.  It is probable for some states to legalize cannabis, some are still a ways away from deciding, and others are somewhere in the middle.  …

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Indicates Recreational Marijuana on the 2024 Ballot

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Indicates Recreational Marijuana on the 2024 Ballot

Earlier this week, Governor Ron DeSantis made a groundbreaking announcement revealing that he believes the Marijuana Legalization Initiative is on track to reach the November ballot. DeSantis anticipates approval from the Florida Supreme Court, marking a significant milestone in allowing Floridians to decide on the issue of recreational marijuana legalization. The proposed Florida Marijuana Initiative seeks to legalize recreational marijuana …

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Rescheduling Marijuana: What Will 2024 Bring?

Rescheduling Marijuana: What Will 2024 Bring?

In late 2023, multiple governors sent another push for the Biden administration to reschedule marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule III of the Controlled Substances Act by the end of the year. But since the 2024 presidential race is coming up, reform progress may be waiting in line at the polls with the rest of us. However, that doesn’t stop …

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Are “Magic Mushroom” Spores Federally Legal Prior to Germination? DEA Says Yes

Are “Magic Mushroom” Spores Federally Legal Prior to Germination? DEA Says Yes

On January 2nd, 2024, Drug Enforcement Agency (“DEA”) representative, Terrence L. Boos, Ph.D., responded to an inquiry from Michael McGuire from New York Cultivation PLLC regarding the federal legality of “magic mushroom” spores under the Controlled Substances Act (“CSA”). Although the psychoactive components of magic mushrooms – psilocybin and psilocin – are listed in Title 21 of the United States …

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Arizona’s Psilocybin Research Grant Application Window Opens December 26th, 2023

Arizona’s Psilocybin Research Grant Application Window Opens December 26th, 2023

On May 11th, 2023, Arizona’s Governor signed Senate Bill 1720 into law, setting forth state funding of psilocybin research in the Copper State. Rather than enact a standalone psychedelics bill such as House Bill 2486, the Governor and state lawmakers agreed to incorporate the proposal into a general appropriations bill. Although it set a lower funding level compared to the …

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Amsterdam-style Cannabis Cafes Coming to California? Here’s What it Would Look Like if Assembly Bill 374 is Signed into Law

Amsterdam-style Cannabis Cafes Coming to California? Here’s What it Would Look Like if Assembly Bill 374 is Signed into Law

California’s cannabis businesses may take on an “Amsterdam cannabis café style-approach” in the near future if Governor Newsom signs Assembly Bill 374 into law. In summary, Assembly Bill 374 would authorize a local jurisdiction to allow the preparation or sale of non-cannabis food or beverage products by a licensed retailer or microbusiness in an area where the consumption of cannabis …

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