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Saliva tests for cannabis won't provide an accurate depiction of impaired driving

Changes to impaired-driving laws in preparation for cannabis legalization are not only proving flawed but are threatening the charter rights of all drivers on the road, even those who have never consumed pot.

Since amendments to Bill C-46 passed in June—adding more cannabis-specific laws to the Impaired Driving Act—Canadian drivers have mainly focused on what tools police will use to detect drug intoxication.

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Second Alaska cannabis event fined over public consumption

The Alaska Marijuana Control Board penalized Alaska Hempfest for allowing public consumption at its June festival in Wasilla.

The board voted Wednesday to fine Hempfest director Niki Raapana, of Fairbanks, $10,000 with $7,500 suspended pending no future violations.

The vote was unanimous with one board member abstaining.

The fine is the second imposed on an organizer of a gathering of cannabis enthusiasts in Alaska as some call on a review of the definition of public, which is “a place to which the public or a substantial group of people has access.”

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Industry experts say Washington grew too much cannabis, and it could be a serious problem

Go to any weed store in Washington these days, and you're likely to leave a happy customer. Strains of seemingly all kinds stock the shelves. A gram sells for less than $10.

Yet for those in the cannabis industry, the endless selection and continually dropping prices are emblematic of a serious problem.

"There's too much weed," says Eric Skaar, general manager at Sativa Sisters.

In Inlander interviews with farmers, retailers and industry experts, all agree on one thing: The state has grown too much cannabis and there aren't enough dispensaries to sell it. It's forced farmers, once eager to open up their own business, to sell their supply for pennies on the dollar.

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Miami-Dade's fifth medical marijuana dispensary opening in Dadeland

Medical pot is on the rise in Florida. Since voters legalized medical marijuana and low-THC cannabis in the November 2016 general election, Florida has added 144,557 patients to the Office of Medical Marijuana Use's user registry, according to the Department of Health’s latest update. For a state with a population of 21 million, about one in 145 Floridians can legally use medical weed.

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State marijuana taxes pick up but still far off target

When it comes to the taxman, California’s legal pot market is off to a sluggish start.

Marijuana cultivation and excise tax collections hit $48 million between April and June, state officials announced Wednesday. That’s a jump from the prior three months but well below the windfall envisioned by the state.

Finance officials had estimated California would bank $185 million from excise and cultivation taxes in the first six months of broad legal sales, which kicked off Jan. 1.

But collections by midyear hit only $82 million.

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Officers voice concerns over lack of framework for medical marijuana regulation

On Wednesday, members of law enforcement agencies from across Oklahoma voiced their concerns to lawmakers about medical marijuana.

"We think our DUIs will double because of this," Kay County District Attorney Brian Hermanson said.

From police officers to district attorneys, law enforcement officials had plenty to say now that medical marijuana is legal in Oklahoma, thanks to the passage of State Question 788.

Hermanson said, for edible medical marijuana, state officials need to make sure the packaging clearly states that it contains something that is not regular food.

"There is no reason why this medicine, marijuana should look appetizing to children," Hermanson said.

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NJ marijuana legalization: Here are the North Jersey towns that have said no

Anticipating that New Jersey soon will allow anyone 21 and older to buy and use marijuana, a number of North Jersey towns are responding with a message of their own: Count us out.

Gov. Phil Murphy championed legal marijuana as a candidate last year. As governor, he has expanded access to medical marijuana, but bills to allow non-medical use have stalled in the Legislature.

Senate President Stephen Sweeney, who also supports legalization, said last week that he expects a vote in September.

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Aug

Louisiana's medical marijuana crop halted by state regulations

Louisiana's first medical marijuana crop will take longer to reach patients than originally thought.

The marijuana grower for the LSU AgCenter, GB Sciences, had planned to release product to Louisiana's 9 licensed medical marijuana pharmacies by September. However, the company now says the earliest harvest will likely be in November.

GB Sciences say they're waiting for the state agriculture department, who will regulate the medical marijuana industry in Louisiana, to sign off on their plans.

Louisiana's Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain says he's not the reason that the process is stalled. He says GB Sciences has to finish its operating procedures and its background checks with the state police.

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Aug

MedMen Releases Preliminary Fourth Quarter 2018 Systemwide Retail Revenue Results

MedMen Enterprises Inc. (“MedMen” or the “Company”) (CSE: MMEN) (OTCQB: MMNFF) (FSE: A2JM6N) announced today unaudited systemwide retail revenue for its fiscal 2018 fourth quarter ended June 30, 2018.

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Aug

This Michigan city is about to get 400 marijuana jobs

Developers plan to break ground soon on a new medical marijuana growing and processing facility in Marshall, in south central Michigan, that’s expected to create 400 jobs, an official said Tuesday.

Michigan Pure Med plans to develop about 20 acres in the city's industrial park south of the downtown, said Scott Fleming, CEO of the Marshall Area Economic Development Alliance.

The first phase — 250,000 square feet of greenhouses — is expected to create more than 100 jobs, Fleming said. Once plans are fully developed more than 1.3 million square feet will be utilized and about 400 people will be employed, he said.

"It's pretty big," Fleming said. "Marshall has not really been getting a lot of jobs lately," and the new jobs should also help with housing development.

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