August 8, 2022

This Week in Cannabis News: August 5, 2022

Jay Rosenthal
August 8, 2022

Welcome to This Week in Cannabis Retail, Episode 3: Friday, August 5, 2022.

Here’s what you need to know this week

Massachusetts is considering changes to its Cannabis Retail regulations

In a whirlwind end to their legislative session, Massachusetts legislators sent a bill to Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker this week for some fixes to that state’s cannabis market.

The goals of the bill are as follows:

  • To encourage a more diverse group of business owners into the market;
  • To provide greater oversight of the agreements between cannabis dispensaries and the cities and towns in which they are operating; and,
  • To build a framework for cities and towns to provide a thumbs up for on-site consumption lounges

As part of this program, it is unclear if/when the Governor will sign the billβ€”however, Β Governor Baker previously expressed support for improvements to the cannabis market in Massachusetts.

Michigan recognizes Social Equity All-Star Program

Michigan has a program where they acknowledge operators as gold, silver, or bronze all-stars as part of their Social Equity All-Star Program. This week, the Cannabis Regulatory Agency (CRA) announced their first gold all-star. Operators are judged on the development, publishing, and implementation of social equity plans, corporate spend plans, and community reinvestment plans.

Arkansas election officials reject legalization initiative

In Arkansas, election officials failed to certify a legalization measure for this year’s ballot. Next steps for activists pushing the legalization initiative is to head to the State Supreme court, according to Marijuana Moment.

It turns out states that legalize cannabis see an uptick in applications to universities in their states, according to new research. The research also showed this has no impact on the quality of candidates applying.

Legalization does NOT increase cannabis use among teens

More research this week as well that legalization does not increase cannabis use among teens in states that legalize.

State leaders want reform from the feds

National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), the nation's most respected bipartisan organization providing state support on Capitol Hill, voted to adopt a revised policy directive to push Washington to deschedule cannabis and pass banking reform.

Mainstream publications on cannabis

USA Today published an editorial talking about the need for legalization - it was titled, Time for change: Federal ban on marijuana use causes more harm than good.

This week also saw Berner, the founder of cannabis retail brand Cookies, on the cover of Forbes this week.

And finally, The Daily Mail reported that Joe Biden’s daughter-in-law was shopping at a dispensary in Malibu (with Secret Service in tow).

Featured guest: Brendon Robinson, Co-founder of 420NJEvents and CEO of the Minority Cannabis Academy

This week, our From an Expert conversation was with Brendon Robinson, the Co-Founder of 420NJEvents, as well as the CEO of the Minority Cannabis Academy (MCA) based in Jersey City, New Jersey. The MCA is mid-way through their summer cohort of educating the future leaders in the New Jersey marketβ€”so we stopped by to see for ourselves and speak with Brendon about the program, its future, and generally about cannabis in New Jersey.

About the author
Jay Rosenthal
Lead Content Producer @ Dutchie