Canopy Growth Board Fires Founder Bruce Linton

Canopy Growth’s long-time CEO Bruce Linton is officially out after the Canadian company saw significant losses this year. Linton says the decision stemmed from company directors that were installed by Constellation Brands, an alcohol distributor with 38 percent ownership of the company.

Oregon Passes Interstate Cannabis Commerce Law

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed into law several cannabis policy updates, including a bill allowing the state to export cannabis products to other states with cannabis programs.

Illinois Becomes 11th State to Legalize Cannabis

Illinois is officially the 11th state to legalize adult-use cannabis and will be the first state to regulate cannabis sales via the legislature. The new law, signed this morning, will also set up nearly 800,000 prior cannabis convictions for expungement.

Colombia Court Ruling: Public Cannabis Use Is Legal

Colombia’s Constitutional Court has ruled that the ban on public cannabis consumption is unconstitutional, effectively legalizing the public use of cannabis. According to one senator, the ruling was based on “technical legislative errors.”

Health Canada Caps Edibles at 10mg of THC Per Package

Under new Health Canada regulations, single-serving cannabis edibles will have their THC content capped at just 10 milligrams of THC per package. Industry advocates call it regulatory overreach and warn that the rules will lead to excessive packaging waste.

USPS Updates Policies to Allow Hemp Shipping

The U.S. Postal Service has updated its policies to clarify that hemp and hemp products — including CBD — are legal to mail so long as they comply with hemp rules laid out by state agricultural programs.

Nevada Bans Most Pre-Employment Cannabis Tests

Nevada is the first state to prohibit employers from drug testing applicants for cannabis use during pre-employment. The governor also signed a bill creating industry oversight boards for the industry.

Researchers Find Evidence of Cannabis Use In 500 BC

Archaeologists in China have discovered evidence of human cannabis use and cultivation dating back to 500 B.C.; researchers indicate that cannabis appears to have been used during burial rituals.

FDA Holds First-Ever CBD Hearing

The FDA’s first-ever CBD hearing took place last Friday. The agency heard from a host of speakers including nutritional supplement experts, private citizens, medical cannabis patients, hemp businesses, and more.

Colorado Gov. Signs Cannabis Lounge & Delivery Bills

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has signed two new cannabis bills into law: one allows cannabis delivery as an option in the state, the other gives Coloradans the right to establish and visit social-use cannabis lounges.

Google Bans Cannabis Apps from Play Store

Google has officially banned apps that assist with cannabis transactions, including delivery apps and any app that includes a “shopping cart” feature for cannabis products.

Washington Hemp Farmers Plan 6K Acres

Hemp farms in Washington are expected to expand from last year’s 140 acres to more than 6,000 acres of hemp this year now that the crop has been federally legalized via the 2018 farm bill.Washington farmers intend to plant more than 6,000 acres of hemp this year after planting just 140 acres last year and 175 acres in 2017, the Capital Press reports. In 2018, the hemp crop was grown by the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation and the majority of the hemp grown in 2017 was also by one farm.

Cannabis Investment Firm Acquires Former Federal Lawmakers

Cannabis industry investment firm Northern Swan Holdings has announced that former federal lawmakers Rep. Joseph Crowley and former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle have been added to the company’s advisory board.