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Tue
20
Nov

New York: Debates about marijuana legalization continue with talk about jobs

New York is hoping to become the next budding state to join those that legalized recreational adult-use marijuana.  Buffalo took center stage in the ongoing debate Monday with City Hall hosting the second of four statewide public hearings.

Those both for and against legalization spoke out.  Jobs were a hot topic. A study by a cannabis analytics group cited by Forbes, reported federally legalizing could add more than 650,000 jobs.

Tue
20
Nov

Growing access to medical marijuana in NY

The Medical Marijuana program first started four years ago in New York and since its conception, it has grown considerably. The Department of Health released its two-year report outlining some of the successes of the program and ways it can grow.

"This program really has helped thousands of patients," Nicole Quackenbush, Director of Medical Marijuana Program for the Department of Health, said.

In just the past two years, the medical marijuana program has expanded to include chronic pain, PTSD and opioids as reasons why patients could receive medical marijuana.

Tue
20
Nov

New Jersey finally back on track to legalize marijuana

After months of delay and backroom disputes, state lawmakers are expected to finally take action next week on legalizing marijuana for adults over age 21. 

And it's getting the fast-track treatment, even though legislative leaders and  Gov. Phil Murphy remain at odds over details of the legislation.

Separate Assembly and Senate committees will meet together for a hearing of debate and are expected to vote on the legalization bill (S2703) on Monday, Nov. 26 at 10 a.m., according to sources familiar with the plan.

Tue
20
Nov

Greece issues first medical cannabis licenses

Greece on Monday issued its first licenses for the cultivation and processing of medical cannabis in a taboo-breaking move, the agriculture ministry said Monday.

The licenses went to two companies, Biomecann and Bioprocann, respectively based in Larissa and Corinth, who are expected to invest a combined 22 million euros ($25 million) and hire over 100 people.

"It's a greenhouse cultivation expected to create many jobs," junior agriculture minister Vassilis Kokkalis said in a statement jointly released with the ministries of health and development.

The licenses have a five-year duration and are revised annually. A law permitting the production of medical cannabis was passed earlier this year by Greece's leftist-led government.

Mon
19
Nov

Marijuana is getting cheaper: Problem for some states?

Marijuana prices are collapsing in Colorado and in other legalization states (e.g., Oregon, where the price can go as low as $100 per pound) because a legal business is dramatically cheaper to operate than an illegal one. Because states generally set their marijuana tax rates as a percentage of price, their revenue per sale sinks in direct proportion to the fall in marijuana prices. Ironically, in a bid for more tax revenue per marijuana sale, Colorado increased its marijuana tax rate from 10 percent to 15 percent last year, only to see the anticipated added tax revenue wiped out by falling prices in a year's time.

Fri
16
Nov

Key N.J. senator, once opposed to legalizing marijuana, is 'leaning yes'

One of the most strident opponents in the state Senate to legalizing marijuana said Thursday he is now "leaning yes," and predicted enough Democrats will change their minds and make one of Gov. Phil Murphy's top priorities a reality.

Political insiders have said the "adult use" marijuana legislation has enough support in the 80-member Assembly to pass, but the reluctance of a handful of Democratic senators has stalled negotiations all year. 

Fri
16
Nov

Utah’s medical marijuana initiative is about to get swapped out with a compromise bill in the legislature

On Utah's Capitol Hill, lawmakers are finalizing a bill that would replace Proposition 2, the medical marijuana ballot initiative approved by voters last week.

Thursday morning, Fox 13 News learned TRUCE and others have retained attorney Rocky Anderson and are threatening a lawsuit over the involvement The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has had with the Utah Legislature regarding that bill. 

Fri
16
Nov

How the marijuana industry is organized in legal states

Regardless of the federal legal status of marijuana, states have proceeded to implement their own medical and recreational cannabis programs.

State programs can be classified as either horizontally or vertically integrated marijuana industries. The horizontally integrated states are more business-friendly than the vertically integrated ones due to the restrictions typically imposed on marijuana businesses.

Fri
16
Nov

Cannabis goes global - is the US falling behind?

With Mexico moving closer to legalization, the U.S. is increasingly looking out of step with cannabis trends.

This week, Mexico’s Congress is expected to begin deliberating a bill to legalize medical and recreational cannabis use across the country. President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador signaled his willingness to consider legalization during the campaign. Then last week, the country’s Supreme Court ruled that anti-cannabis laws are unconstitutional, forcing lawmakers to decide how to regulate its use.

Fri
16
Nov

Nevada City council moves forward with adult-use cannabis ordinance

The only cannabis dispensary in Nevada County could be switching from medical-only to adult-use sales by the beginning of next year.

Months of emotional debate had marked Nevada City's decision last year to allow for the establishment, permitting and regulation of medical-only cannabis cultivation, manufacturing, distributing and testing laboratory businesses.

The city awarded its only dispensary permit to Elevation 2477' in February. But after the dispensary opened in August, its owners found they were turning away two-thirds of their potential customers because they did not have a medical marijuana recommendation. Dispensary co-owner Daniel Batchelor told the city council he estimated the city was losing $100,000 in tax revenue.

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