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Cannabis Law Newsletter by HK Cannabis Law – April 15, 2022

In today’s HK Cannabis Law Newsletter, we present articles concerning the issuance of commercial cannabis licenses in New York, Arizona and Illinois, a proposal in Virginia to re-criminalize marijuana possession, the return of approximately $1.1 million seized by police from an armored car company carrying dispensary cash, California cannabis cultivators in danger of going out of business, and more!

  • New York regulators approved and issued 52 conditional cultivation licenses.

  • Illinois’ issuance of adult-use dispensary licenses has been halted by a new lawsuit alleging that the state unconstitutionally discriminated against out-of-state residents in the licensing process.

  • Arizona issued 26 social equity cannabis licenses, 10 of which were awarded to applicants who partnered with existing cannabis companies.

  • The US Dept. of Justice has agreed to return approximately $1.1 million seized by the San Bernardino County Sheriff from dispensary cash transported by armored car company Empyreal Logistics.

  • Virginia’s Gov. Glenn Youngkin has proposed an amendment to re-criminalize personal possession of marijuana.

  • Licensed cannabis cultivators in California are making last-ditch efforts to remain in the legal market and avoid going out of business – letting costly licenses expire, combining resources with other licensees, and even foregoing planting altogether this season.

  • By bipartisan vote, the House of Representatives passed the Medical Marijuana Research Act, which would amend the Controlled Substances Act and broaden access to medical cannabis research.

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