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Wed
07
Nov

Post Midterms: What comes next for cannabis?

And so a few more dominoes fall. Michigan voted to legalize the recreational use of cannabis, while Utah and Missouri legalized it for medical use, according to projections made late Tuesday night.

Wed
07
Nov

Michigan's medical marijuana licensing mess isn't over yet

It's still not over for the business owners and patients caught up in the medical marijuana licensing mess.

The next step will be on Friday in Court of Claims Judge Stephen Borello's courtroom. That's when the state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs and the Michigan Medical Marihuana Licensing Board are scheduled to show cause justifying the shutdown of currently open marijuana businesses before Dec. 15. Last week, Borello issued a stay on an Oct. 31 deadline previously set by the MMMLB.

Wed
07
Nov

Colorado: Language concerning 'industrial hemp' will be stripped from the Constitution

Colorado will define 'industrial hemp' by either federal law or state statute after voters passed Amendment X, which pulled the definition from the state constitution. Colorado would maintain compliance with federal regulation if federal law changes.

The state legislature referred the measure to the state ballot, and it enjoyed bipartisan support from state senators and representatives. Amendment 64 allowed recreational marijuana use in the state, and it also added the definition of 'industrial hemp' to the state constitution. Since the language is embedded in the state constitution, it can only be changed by amendment, a potentially lengthy and arduous process.

Wed
07
Nov

These proposed federal laws could open the financial floodgates for marijuana companies

Although the legalization of recreational and medicinal marijuana has become a talking point of the 2018 midterm elections, legislation is making its way through Congress that would be good news for the cannabis industry.

Tue
06
Nov

Election Day: How the U.S. midterm elections will play into legal cannabis laws

While more than 60 per cent of Americans support making pot legal, the politics remain fraught. When it comes to cannabis, Canada is nice but the U.S. would be a lot better.

In the aftermath of pot legalization north of the border, attention has turned to the world’s largest economy and the potential for a U.S. marijuana market that could be worth US$75 billion by 2030, according to an estimate from Cowen & Co.

Entrepreneurs and investors who are flocking to the industry say legalization is inevitable in the U.S. But while more than 60 per cent of Americans support making pot legal, the politics remain fraught.

Here’s a look at the political landscape for cannabis in the U.S. ahead of Nov. 6 elections:

Tue
06
Nov

NJ: Marijuana companies find room to grow in South Jersey

Calling New Jersey the next "Silicon Valley" of cannabis, out-of-state marijuana entrepreneurs are competing hard to grow the leafy crop here with promises of jobs and tax revenues for towns willing to accept them.

Several applicants said they want to set roots in South Jersey because they found municipalities to write letters of support or make tentative agreements to lease property. 

And each said they will apply again if they don't win one of the six licenses now up for grabs. The state Department of Health is reviewing 146 applications for two licenses each in North, Central and South Jersey. 

Tue
06
Nov

UK: Medicinal cannabis legalization could very well open the door to allowing recreational use

The home secretary is adamant that the law change will not mean further marijuana liberalisation, but there are substantial financial forces working for exactly that outcome.

Only two things are clear in the Home Office move to allow access to cannabis for health reasons, you won’t be allowed to smoke a joint and the home secretary is adamant the new policy is not a step towards allowing access to cannabis for pleasure. But this still leaves a lot of issues unclear.

Tue
06
Nov

California judge protects will of voters by allowing home cultivation under marijuana legalization initiative

On November 8, 2016, the people of California voted in favor of Prop. 64, which allows adults 21 and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and cultivate up to six marijuana plants at their private residence away from public view.  Despite these protections a number of localities have adopted overly restrictive ordinances aimed at severely limiting this provision of Prop. 64.

Tue
06
Nov

8 things to know about Tuesday's Missouri medical marijuana vote

More than two decades after California first made medical marjiuana legal in the United States, Missouri voters will have their say on whether the policy is right for the Show-Me State.

Here's a roundup of things to know ahead of this historic vote.

Tue
06
Nov

Colorado issues report assessing legalization's impact on public safety

The Colorado Department of Public Safety has issued its first-ever baseline report assessing the impact of adult use marijuana regulations in Colorado. Lawmakers in 2013 passed legislation authorizing regulators to conduct the five-year review, which seeks to better identify ways in which legalization has impacted public health and safety.

Authors reported that the total number of marijuana arrests fell 52 percent between the years 2012 and 2017. In Denver, marijuana arrests fell 81 percent over this same period of time.

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