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Dec

As Michigan legalizes marijuana, the race is on with Illinois for 1st commercial sales in Midwest

When Michigan legalized possession of marijuana Thursday, the drug joined craft beers, perfect summers and the Upper Peninsula as tourist attractions for out-of-staters.

But Illinoisans should know that, as of now, there is nowhere they can buy marijuana legally in "Pure Michigan," as the state's tourism ads put it. Until businesses are licensed -- which could take more than a year -- the drug remains illegal to sell to the general public, illegal to consume in public and illegal to take across state lines.

Those contradictions in the law, as well as the conflict with the ongoing federal ban on pot possession, could mean real problems for both residents and visitors, opponents warned.

Fri
07
Dec

What happened in the stock market yesterday

It was a roller-coaster ride for the stock market Thursday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJINDICES:^DJI) plummeting almost 800 points in the morning before largely recovering. The S&P 500 (SNPINDEX:^GSPC) also had a small loss, but the Nasdaq Composite actually gained 0.42%.

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07
Dec

3 top marijuana stocks to watch in December

Marijuana has been a red-hot subject this year, with many states and even some countries easing restrictions or even outright legalizing the use of the drug. Despite the well-publicized news and hype surrounding those moves, there may still be opportunity to be had in the sector.

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07
Dec

Michigan journalists pass out joints to kick off legalization

Recreational marijuana officially became legal in Michigan today. And to celebrate the occasion, staffers from a Michigan newspaper gave away free joints to lucky passersby.

City Pulse Gives Away Free Weed

Today, members of the Lansing City Pulse gave away free joints. They stood outside Lansing City Hall, which is conveniently located across from the Michigan state Capitol. The giveaway was part of a celebration in honor of Michigan’s legalization of recreational cannabis.

Fri
07
Dec

Michigan celebrates marijuana legalization, regulations still hazy

Debra Young pulled out a handful of lighters from her glittery silver purse and smacked them on the table at Cannabis Counsel on Jefferson, then she and other activists celebrated — a few smoke alarms going off amid a dense fog — the first day of legalized recreational marijuana in Michigan.

“I bought a tray off Amazon of about 50 of them and they’re already disappearing,” said Young, a 61-year-old grower and caregiver from Ferndale. “I knew (the proposal to legalize marijuana) would pass because we’ve been pushing location initiatives for the last decade and when the time came, we had the knowledge, the people and almost had the money. We pulled the trigger and here we are.” 

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Dec

Beware of counterfeit vape cartridges, concentrate producers warn consumers

Largely fuelled by illicit cannabis dispensaries, knock-off brand name vape cartridges are a growing concern, writes Calvin Hughes.

Counterfeit products are nothing new. With a quick Google search, you can find your pick of knock-off designer goods, from handbags to sunglasses. Increasingly, however, the cannabis market has become a target for bootleggers as brands start to build wide-ranging consumer recognition and pull in huge sums of money. And producers of cannabis vaporizer products seem to be the choice pick for counterfeiters.

Fri
07
Dec

Here's what Massachusetts is planning to do with its marijuana money

Massachusetts finally began allowing recreational marijuana sales a few weeks ago, almost a year later than originally planned. And while the state may have dragged their feet in the process, they're certainly more than happy to spend that cannabis tax money, writes Joseph Misulonas. 

Thu
06
Dec

Arkansas startup unveils plans for state's first accredited cannabis lab

Arkansas’ first announced cannabis testing lab will hold an open house and dedication next week as the Natural State moves closer to entering the fast-growing medical marijuana industry that is now legal in 31 states.

On Wednesday, Dec. 12, Steep Hill Arkansas has scheduled an open house for its state-of-the-art cannabis testing lab at 11711 Hermitage Road, Suite 5, in Little Rock, from 5-7 p.m. Steven DeAngelo, co-founder of Harborside, Steep Hill Laboratory, the Arc View Group, the National Cannabis Industry Association and other cannabis-related businesses and organizations, will give the dedication speech at 6 p.m.

Thu
06
Dec

New Missouri medical marijuana law takes effect Thursday

Marijuana and Missouri. The two take a huge step forward Wednesday when the state's new medical marijuana law goes into effect.

Here's the deal.

If you have cancer, HIV, epilepsy or many other disorders, you'll be able to legally access the drug.

But that doesn't mean you'll be getting legal marijuana Wednesday.

The law takes effect Wednesday, kicking off a list of deadlines.

No later than June 4th, the state health department needs to make applications available, so you have something you can take to a doctor and get signed.

Thirty days after that, so no later than July 4th, they have to start accepting applications.

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