Friday already? It’s been another busy week in cannabis, so we’ve rounded up the top headlines to keep you in the know. Here’s what you may have missed in this week’s cannabis news:
Mary Jones is coming to Washington. Following a successful launch in California, the spinoff of the classic Jones Soda beverage will launch 10 mg and 100 mg sodas in the Evergreen State. As a Washingtonian myself, I can’t wait to get my hands on a berry lemonade drink.
Connecticut retail launched this week and the state also approved five equity joint ventures. The state denied nine applications, though the council says the denied applicants can reapply. All nine were said to be denied because it appeared that the social equity applicant would not be in control of the company, explains Ginny-Rae Clay, executive director of the council. In the first full day of retail, Connecticut brought in over $250,000 in cannabis sales.
More perfect unions? Sunnyside Dispensary workers in Buffalo Grove, Illinois have voted unanimously to join Teamsters 777, marking the third Sunnyside location to join Teamsters since September. Additionally, employees at California-based delivery service, Grassdoor, have voted to join Teamsters 630.
Minnesota is making its way toward recreational cannabis – and this time, nothing’s accidental. A Minnesota House panel approved a recreational cannabis bill earlier this week. It’s a first step in what will surely be a long process toward flipping the state recreational, but it’s a start.
Relief is coming for Portland cannabis businesses. Companies struggling with reduced demand and an influx of robberies can apply for nearly $500,000 in relief funds coming straight from the state’s weed taxes. The money will be disbursed from NuProject.