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Mon
07
Jan

NJ towns buck marijuana legalization

As marijuana legalization inches forward in New Jersey, a coalition of mayors, law enforcement, and town councils are working to ensure that dispensaries never open up shop in their towns.

The municipalities banning marijuana are geographically and demographically diverse with the most concentrated areas of opposition in Bergen County and the Jersey Shore. So far, more than 45 towns have preemptively banned marijuana dispensaries, and the list continues to grow.

Mon
07
Jan

Washington State governor announced plan to clear marijuana convictions

Amid a flurry of rumors regarding his possible run for the White House in 2020, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee announced a limited program to pardon misdemeanor cannabis convictions stemming from 1998 to 2012.

“We shouldn’t be punishing people for something that is no longer illegal behavior in the state of Washington,” said Inslee on Friday morning at the annual Washington State Cannabis Summit, an event held by marijuana business interests.

Fri
04
Jan

Oregon again sees huge marijuana harvest

 For the second year in a row, Oregon cannabis farmers have harvested more than a million pounds of usable marijuana.

The huge harvest (more than 453,592 kilograms) is again driving down prices for consumers and putting pressure on growers who aren't getting the price they hoped for after a similar phenomenon in 2017, The Bulletin reported Thursday.

Oregon's cannabis market is limited to sales within the state's borders, yet the state of about 4 million people has 1,107 licensed active producers and another 900 producers seeking licenses from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.

Fri
04
Jan

California renters’ dilemma: What to do when you can’t smoke in your own home

In November, the property manager of MiraBella Apartments in Palm Springs sent a memo to the residents: “We have been noticing recently that the smell of marijuana has become increasingly noticeable on the premises of MiraBella,” wrote Kevin Millard, the complex’s community director. “We have also been receiving complaints from many residents about the smell of marijuana.”’

Fri
04
Jan

Walls won't secure the US-Mexico border, but cannabis legalization will, says think tank

President Trump insists that a border wall would inhibit drug smuggling from Mexicointo the US, but the statistics don't support his claim. However, legalizing marijuana would take a huge bite out of the illicit drug trade, according to a recent report published by the Cato Institute—a conservative think-tank based in Washington, DC, writes Calvin Hughes. 

Thu
03
Jan

Will a new democratic congress help make marijuana dreams a reality?

Washington D.C. is on the heels of a major shake-up this month, write Alexander Lekhtman. As President Donald Trump nears the third year of his term, the 116th Congress will begin session on January 3 with new Democratic control of the House of Representatives (235 of 435 seats) and strengthened Republican control of the Senate (53 of 100 seats).

Thu
03
Jan

Will Minnesota approve recreational marijuana in 2019?

It's a buzzy headline for Forbes: "These States Are Most Likely to Legalize Marijuana in 2019," with Minnesota as one of the top states on the list.

Forbes cites Governor-elect Tim Walz's stated support for legal weed as the chief reason, and points out Walz was the first to get a cannabis bill passed through a committee in Congress.

So is Minnesota really ready to let people light up?

Thu
03
Jan

How cannabis equity programs are shaping the industry’s future

The face of cannabis will soon be defined, writes Zack Ruskin. 

Thu
03
Jan

Gift of pot? Marijuana businesses work in Michigan law's gray area

Selling marijuana won’t be legal for another year in Michigan, but entrepreneurs are seeing green with a loophole in the new law.

Since recreational marijuana became legal Dec. 6, a few have made hundreds, even thousands, of dollars by selling overpriced inexpensive goods such as snacks, T-shirts and chocolates with a “gift” of marijuana. They agree their businesses operate in a gray area under state law, leaving law enforcement waiting for the Michigan Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Department to clarify the statute's language.

Thu
03
Jan

With medical cannabis legal in the U.K., Canopy Growth plans to start selling there in the first half of 2019

Canopy Growth (WEED.TO) has expanded its international footprint with the legalization of cannabis in U.K, as reported in a recent article.

“Mark Ware, chief medical officer for Canopy Growth (which generated $80 million in sales last year), said a new U.K. subsidiary, Spectrum Biomedical, would begin importing and distributing cannabis to pharmacies at the request of physicians in the first half of 2019,” The Telegraph reports.

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