Author: Jimi Devine

  • Legal Cannabis Comes to Connecticut

    Connecticut is on the verge of becoming the 19th state to legalize marijuana, with the bill now on its way to the governor’s desk.  S.B. 1201 would legalize, tax, and regulate cannabis for adults 21 and over. The effort passed the Senate by 16-11 and House of Representatives by 76-62 votes. Governor Ned Lamont is […]

  • Talking Cannabis Industry Financing with Casa Verde

    We chatted with Casa Verde, one of the most talked-about venture capital firms in the cannabis field, to see how things played out for their well-positioned investments over the course of the pandemic. Beyond the hype of being founded by Snoop Dogg, any group of investors would be thrilled to have the stuff in Casa […]

  • The Time Has Come for Cannabis Equity

    As cannabis legalization enters its newest phase with social equity dominating the conversation, Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law hosted an advocate and regulator-packed panel to map out a path to  Social Equity 2.0. The Tri-State was well represented on the panel. Incoming New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission chair Dianna Houenou spoke to how […]

  • Born to Batroc: Georges St-Pierre Returns to the MCU

    On the heels of the biggest fight in MMA history failing to materialize, Georges St-Pierre sat down to chat with us about his transition into full-time acting following his recent return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe reprising his role as Batroc the Leaper in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier on Disney+. St-Pierre was born to […]

  • Out of the Shadows: New York Legalizes Adult-Use Marijuana

    Village Voice article about Governor Cuomo signing bill to legalize marijuana in New York State

    Albany was all about cannabis on Tuesday, with New York lawmakers debating the issue across three committee meetings, a few more hours in the senate, and a marathon, almost seven-hour session in the assembly. This morning, Governor Andrew Cuomo tweeted that he had signed the three-way deal, the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act.  For hours […]

  • New York Cannabis Legalization Deal Imminent

    On Thursday, March 25, New York lawmakers reached a deal to legalize marijuana in the state. But despite early reports, advocates claim the ink is not dry. From bits and pieces making it out of the backroom discussions, the deal sounds promising. David C. Holland of the New York City Cannabis Industry Association jumped on […]

  • Safe Banking Act Reintroduced to Protect Pro-Pot Banks

    The effort to provide the cannabis industry access to financial institutions and services returned to Capitol Hill on Thursday as the SAFE Banking Act was reintroduced in the House of Representatives. The bill would protect banks offering services to state-legal operators. It’s widely regarded as the most bipartisan cannabis effort in Congress and this year, […]

  • Cuomo Delivers New Cannabis Proposals

    Last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced his plans for cannabis legalization in New York. Highlights include $100 million in social equity funding, the enabling of cannabis delivery services, and, in this age of growing legalization, tweaks to laws governing unlawful sales, which have long had a disproportionate and devastating impact on communities of color.  “As […]