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Wed
01
Sep

Rapid City working session proposes $5,000 for business related medical marijuana licenses

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Rapid City Officials have drafted an ordinance allowing the installation of a medical marijuana dispensary for every five thousand people. Considering the population of Rapid is near 75 thousand, that works out to 15 dispensaries.

Assistant City Attorney Carla Cushman says, “Some people will miss out. In the ordinance there’s a provision that if an additional dispensary becomes available, either because our population, or maybe some of the licenses have become inactive or not renewed, there’s a variety of things that might happen -- then, there’s a process where we can issue some new licenses once they become available.”

Wed
01
Sep

Snoop Dogg thinks athletes should opt for weed over opioids

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During an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Snoop Dogg said that sports leagues should stop testing players for marijuana use. The rapper, actor and cannabis activist said they should instead allow athletes to use cannabis for therapeutic purposes, as an alternative to opioids and other drugs. (PHOTO BY EMMA MCINTYRE/GETTY IMAGES)

The issue of cannabis use among athletes has been heavily discussed over the past few months, stemming from Sha’Carri Richardson’s suspension from the Tokyo Olympics after testing positive for cannabis use.

Richardson, who had qualified for the events and was an exciting prospect for Team USA, had to drop out of the competition.

Wed
01
Sep

August Township Committee meetings focus on COVID, food trucks, and cannabis

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At its two bi-monthly meetings in August, the Hopewell Township Committee discussed COVID cases, food truck licenses, and the next phase of the cannabis ordinance.

As the COVID Delta variant continues to prolong the pandemic, Township Health Officer Dawn Marling explained at the August 2 meeting that Hopewell has seen a spike within its own residents. “We were doing about four cases a week during July, and I had five cases this past weekend, so that was a big uptick there. We are seeing cases among vaccinated residents, but again, given that a large number of our residents are vaccinated, that’s not unexpected,” Marling said.

Tue
31
Aug

Man with weed-sounding name busted for, well, weed

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The decision to take an early-morning drive with cannabis debris clearly visible inside his vehicle turned out to be a bad one for a 20-year-old California man with a weed-sounding moniker.This past Saturday proved anything but relaxing for Kody Idica — just one letter shy of Indica, a cannabis variety long associated with sedating effects — when police stopped his vehicle at about 3:30 a.m. in Redwood Valley, Calif.

Tue
31
Aug

Weed Insurance — Yes, It Is Going To Be A Very Big Thing!

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Want to know how I know that weed is going to be legalized on a federal level fairly soon Insurers are getting ready. That’s right! One of these days you’ll be able to get weed insurance on your crops, cannabis-related business ventures and much more.

There is no denying that cannabis is BIG business. Some estimates believe that by 2026 the cannabis industry could hit $41b annually. Despite the yearly earnings for the cannabis industry, insurers only wrote out about 250 million in policies and in many cases are charging far more than typical retailers with extreme limits in place.

This might not be of significant importance to consumers, but if insurers do get a chance to play with the cannabis industry, it could revolutionize the industry within a matter of months.

Tue
31
Aug

Social Equity Entrepreneurs Want More From Colorado Cannabis Industry

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When Colorado became the first state to legalize recreational marijuana in 2012, it didn't have a playbook.

While the state worked out the early rules regarding sales and taxation, it didn't initially consider how years of marijuana criminalization had impacted historically marginalized communities, and whether those communities should get special access to opportunities in the cannabis industry. (As originally posted on Westword by )

Tue
31
Aug

Joe Biden Can No Longer Hide From Cannabis Legalization Efforts

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Cannabis legalization efforts in Congress have been a series of hits and misses during the Joe Biden administration, even as Congress juggles more cannabis-related bills than ever before. There are currently 35 cannabis-related bills in Congress—26 in the House, nine in the Senate.

The foot-dragging on cannabis legalization wasn’t the plan when Biden got elected. Many industry stakeholders expected a slam dunk on legalization when he took office. 

Tue
31
Aug

Coloradans will vote on hiking marijuana taxes to fund out-of-school-learning

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Colorado voters will decide in November whether to hike pot taxes to boost funding for out-of-school learning programs.

The Colorado Secretary of State’s office announced last week supporters of Initiative 25, titled the Learning Enrichment and Academic Progress Program, are projected to have gathered enough signatures to clear the threshold to qualify for the ballot.

Supporters of the so-called LEAP measure needed 124,632 valid signatures to qualify and submitted a total of 203,335 petition signatures. After reviewing a 5% random sample of the submitted signatures, the Elections Division is projecting Initiative 25 garnered just over 145,000 valid signatures.

Mon
30
Aug

Judge Rules Texas Ban on Smokable Hemp Unconstitutional

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Texans will have the ability to legally manufacture smokable hemp products after all. A judge in the Travis County District Court in Texas ruled that a ban on smokable hemp in the state is unconstitutional—siding with several hemp companies that filed a lawsuit, challenging the 2019 ban on smokable hemp products passed by Texas lawmakers.

Last year, four hemp businesses filed the lawsuit in a Travis County District Court against the Texas Department of State Health Services and its commissioner—John Hellerstedt. In the end, they prevailed. This follows a ruling last week that allows smokable hemp to be sold in Texas. With the latest ruling, smokable hemp products can also be manufactured in the state.

Mon
30
Aug

Federal Taxation of Cannabis Under Proposed Legislation

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This summer three U.S. senators released a discussion draft of legislation that would remove cannabis from the schedule of controlled substances under federal law and provide for federal taxation of cannabis products. Greg Kaufman of Eversheds Sutherland outlines the key provisions and urges lawmakers to consider data collected at the state level to get it right.

On July 14, 2021, U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) released a long-anticipated bill that would provide for comprehensive federal cannabis reform.

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