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Blumenauer blasts Oregon U.S. Attorney on pot stance

1/12/18--U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Oregon, Oregon's leading marijuana advocate in Congress, took exception to a Friday opinion piece penned by Billy Williams, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon. The rebuke came in response to Williams voicing a range of concerns about marijuana production, sales, and black marketing in Oregon. Read

Gov. Scott says he will sign marijuana bill

1/11/18--Gov. Phil Scott intends to sign the marijuana legalization bill, he said Thursday at his first news conference since the final version of the bill cleared the House and Senate. H. 511 would remove all state penalties for adults who possess up to one ounce of marijuana and two mature or four immature plants. The bill does not allow any retail sales for the drug or generate new tax revenue. It would take effect July 1. Read

Vermont senate passes bill to legalize marijuana use

1/10/18--Vermont's senate passed a bill to legalize recreational marijuana use, which would make the state the first in the nation to do so through the legislative process rather than a ballot initiative. Republican Gov. Phil Scott is expected to sign the bill, which passed the Democratic-controlled Senate by a voice vote. Read

Colorado politicians ignore major pot problems

1/10/18--According to an published editorial by the Colorado Springs Gazette Editorial Board, Gov. John Hickenlooper, D-Colo., and Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., don't seem to care much about the toll recreational marijuana imposes on Colorado. Each reacted with righteous indignation to the Trump administration's decision to rescind the Obama administration's lax pot policies. Read

OLCC finds Portland marijuana shops selling to minors: ‘These results are unacceptable’

1/10/18--State inspectors checked seven Portland marijuana retail shops in late December, and they say four failed to adequately stop the sale of cannabis to a minor. Sale of marijuana products to anyone under the age of 21 is a violation that for a first offense could result in a 10 to 30 day license suspension, or a fine of $1650, depending on whether or not the sale is intentional. Read

Former federal prosecutor buys California’s first legal cannabis

1/1/18--Henry Wykowski, a former federal prosecutor turned legal mastermind of the marijuana industry, bought the Golden State’s first legal bag of marijuana, but he didn’t wait in line for hours to purchase it. Wykowski is Harborside’s tax attorney, so the purchase opportunity was a sort of gift from client to counsel for years of effective service. Read

Legal weed isn’t the boon small businesses thought it would be

12/29/17--The data behind the first four years of legal pot sales, with drops in retail prices and an increase in well-funded cannabis growing operations, shows a market that increasingly favors big businesses with deep pockets. As legal weed keeps expanding, pot prices are likely to continue to decline, making the odds of running a profitable small pot farm even longer. Read

‘Where are all the people?’ Capital crowds modest as California starts selling legal pot

1/1/18--Nine Sacramento dispensaries obtained the state and city permits needed to sell recreational marijuana by the time the legal market opened on New Year’s Day. Many of the first buyers were long-time users, not cannabis rookies. Some said they had been buying marijuana on the street and were happy to be able to walk right into a regular store and buy it legally. Read

Medical marijuana users flock to dispensaries ahead of new pot regulations

12/29/17--The countdown to cannabis legalization is underway in California and Harborside in Oakland is seeing a rush of customers before new regulations go into effect. More than 1,000 customers are estimated to have visited Harborside on Friday and the business expects bigger crowds on Monday. Read

Legal marijuana: Medley of agencies tasked with enforcing laws

12/29/17--Licensed businesses around California can begin legally growing and selling marijuana for recreational use Monday, and a hodgepodge of enforcement agencies will be trying to make sure they adhere to a slew of new pot laws. Three state agencies will issue a combined 19 types of permits to growers, retailers, manufacturers, and distributors. Each agency has enforcement officers tasked with cracking down on unlicensed operators. Read

China says marijuana legalization to blame for US opioid crisis

12/28/17--According to Yu Haibin of the China National Narcotics Control Commission, the United States should look within to cut down demand for opioids which are fueling its deadly drug crisis rather than stressing unsubstantiated claims that China is the major source of these chemicals. Read

Black market weed could take off after California legalization

12/28/18--California is set to legalize marijuana for recreational use, and the high taxes on pot sales may have a big side effect by fueling the already-massive black market. Read

New marijuana laws in 2018

12/27/17--On January 1st, a few new laws will take effect in Colorado. Some of those will change how some things are done in the marijuana industry in regards to research, growing, testing, and labeling. Read

10 Sweet Leaf marijuana dispensary employees formally charged in ‘looping’ scheme

12/28/17--Ten employees arrested earlier this month in a sweep of Sweet Leaf marijuana dispensaries in Denver and Aurora have been formally charged with varying degrees of marijuana distribution. Five of those charged face felony charges of marijuana distribution of more than four ounces, while the other five face misdemeanor charges for distribution of more than one ounce. Read

See a map of all the legal pot farms in the Sacramento region

12/11/17--More than 150 pot farms have been permitted in the capital region in the last year. All of them are located in the city of Sacramento and Yolo County, the only jurisdictions that have approved commercial pot farming in the region. Read

Legal pot: Canada will sell marijuana in liquor stores

12/9/17--One province in Canada has decided to sell its marijuana in liquor stores. Nova Scotia, a province on Canada’s eastern shore, announced on Thursday that the Nova Scotia Liquor Corp., its sole alcohol distributor, would sell the drug in its stores and on its website once Canada legalizes weed in July of next year. Read

Supes OK limited commercial cultivation of marijuana

12/10/17--It will soon be OK to grow marijuana for commercial purposes in unincorporated San Mateo County if it's grown in a greenhouse, according to an ordinance given preliminary approval Dec. 5 by the Board of Supervisors. Under the ordinance, growers must get a license from the county, which will permit them to grow the marijuana on unincorporated land that is either zoned for or commonly used for agriculture. Applicants must pass a criminal background check. Read

By legalizing recreational marijuana sales, LA will ‘set the tone for the rest of the country’

12/8/17--Los Angeles is on its way to legalizing recreational marijuana after the City Council unanimously approved a framework to regulate sales of the drug. Los Angeles will also be among the first California cities to establish a legal framework for selling the drug once sales officially become legal at the state level starting January 1. Read

Here are the benefits of obtaining your medical marijuana card in 2018

11/30/17--Proposition 64 has legalized recreational marijuana use in California, and the initiative is laced with restrictions.  and a closer look reveals several major benefits of getting a medical marijuana card in 2018. In fact, now’s the best time to get one. Berkeleyside reveals several major benefits of getting a medical marijuana card in 2018, and says that now is the best time to get one. Read

Santa Barbara City Council to allow 5 recreational marijuana storefronts

11/26/17--The Santa Barbara City Council took several steps toward regulating the location of recreational marijuana storefronts and wholesale grow centers. Although it must still approve an ordinance, the council appears to be moving toward allowing five recreational storefronts, an unlimited amount of wholesale cultivation centers, and up to six plants for personal use at home, with only one allowed outdoors. Read

Mass. is getting one step closer to legal marijuana sales

11/21/17--The Cannabis Control Commission is pushing to write a first draft of new rules permitting the legal sale of marijuana in Massachusetts by the end of the year. Among numerous details, the commission plans to spell out the criteria for winning dispensary licenses, rules for marijuana consumption bars, and a plan for ensuring diversity in the industry. Read

Implementing legalized marijuana needs to give protecting public health higher priority

11/10/17--A letter written by Stanton A. Glantz, PhD, director of Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, sent to the San Francisco supervisor who is sponsoring legislation on how to implement legalized marijuana in San Francisco, urges her to keep public health issues in mind. So far, the health community has been all but absent from the public discussion (except Americans for Nonsmokers Rights). Read

The sad anniversary of Big Commercial Pot in Colorado

11/11/17--This week marks the fifth anniversary of Colorado's decision to sanction the world's first anything-goes commercial pot trade. According to a published commentary in the Washington Examiner by The Gazette editorial board, commercial pot's five-year anniversary is an odious occasion for those who want safer streets, healthier kids, and less suffering associated with substance abuse. Experts say the worst effects of widespread pot use will culminate over decades. Read

New marijuana grow op is offering free, full facility tours

11/9/17--Seed & Smith’s Denver grow facility is offering free, full facility tours. The company’s grow facility tours take visitors on a journey through every stage of the production process. Whether the final product is flower or concentrate, the entire life-cycle of cannabis is on display. They’re the first company to give the public such an extensive glimpse into a process that’s usually closely guarded and kept under wraps—a vestige, perhaps, of the era of prohibition. Read

Marijuana tax revenue grows again

11/1/17--Alaska is continuing to make more money from marijuana, according to new figures from the Alaska Department of Revenue. The state collected $723,757 in taxes from marijuana farms in September, according to excise tax director Kelly Mazzei. Marijuana revenue has risen every month of 2017, climbing from $107,527 collected in January. According to preliminary figures for October, Alaska could collect more than $1 million when that tally is finalized at the end of November. Read

Marijuana in casinos? Not until federal law changes, Vegas congresswoman says

11/2/17--Congresswoman Dina Titus voted for the marijuana legalization measure on Nevada’s ballot a year ago. Since then, she has been fighting on Capitol Hill to get the federal government to respect the decision she and a majority of her constituents made to end prohibition. Titus says she is hopeful that shifting poll results on legalization and the growing number of changing state laws will make Congress come around soon. Read

Fears mount for California MMJ patients over “cannabis deserts”

10/31/17--With California on the verge of creating a cannabis market worth an estimated $7 billion by 2025, medical marijuana advocates are sounding the alarm that legalization is having the unintended consequence of cutting off scores of patients from their medicine. The local-rights language of California’s Proposition 64, which legalized adult use and sales of recreational cannabis starting Jan. 1, has prompted more cities and counties to temporarily or permanently ban commercial cannabis operations — including those for medical marijuana — effectively creating large “cannabis deserts” across the state. Read

The smell of marijuana on a local high school campus comes from growers, not smokers

10/31/17--Students and teachers of Carpinteria High School are affected by the smell of marijuana grown legally in greenhouses on property nearby. In addition to possible adverse health effects, there is also an expressed concern about the temptation at risk kids may experience. Although politicians have talked about regulating the distance pot can be grown near schools, parents and politicians will have to work together to combat this issue. Read

Legislature sends marijuana regulation bill to LePage, who may kill it

10/23/17--The Maine Legislature endorsed a plan to regulate the state’s new recreational marijuana market to set up a state licensing system for cultivators, stores, marijuana product manufacturers and testers. It passed in both chambers and went to Gov. Paul LePage, but it fell short of the two-thirds threshold in the Maine House of Representatives needed to override an expected veto from the governor. Read

Future of new Maine marijuana laws uncertain after initial votes by lawmakers

10/23/17--A legislative effort to rewrite the Maine recreational marijuana sales law so far lacks enough votes in the House to become law. The Maine House voted 85-53 on Monday evening on comprehensive regulations backed by the Legislature’s marijuana implementation committee. But the bill will likely need at least 101 votes in the House to become law. The bill now heads to the governor’s desk for consideration. Read

Fundraiser for burned marijuana farms shut down

10/25/17--The wildfires scorching Northern California have burned down at least 34 marijuana farms, just as the state prepares to launch a legal recreational marijuana industry. An attempt to crowdfund money online for farmers in Sonoma and Mendocino counties has been shut down by payment provider WePay. Now affected growers will have to find other ways to cover their losses. WePay did point to a potential workaround for future fundraisers. Read

Adult-use marijuana bill carefully crafted to make new industry, Maine communities safer

10/21/17--Seventeen lawmakers from both parties agreed to help shape Maine’s adult-use marijuana industry as members of the Joint Select Marijuana Legalization Implementation Committee for the 128th Legislature. The draft bill, known as LR 2395, An Act to Amend the Marijuana Legalization Act, makes critical changes to the original referendum while protecting the core tenets of the law as passed by Maine voters. Read

Uruguay to produce medical marijuana for export

10/16/17--International Cannabis Corporation will produce Uruguay's first batch of medical cannabis oil for export in December, according to Alejandro Antalich, the company's chief executive. Exporting cannabis oil would mark a new first for Uruguay, a small South American nation that in 2013 became the first country in the world to legalize marijuana from its cultivation to distribution. Read

LA proposes limiting who can appeal marijuana dispensary licenses

10/13/17--The Los Angeles City Council is considering legislation that would only allow individuals who work, live, or own property within 500 feet of a marijuana dispensary business to appeal the dispensary’s license. The policy may affect Westwood, which has several medicinal marijuana dispensaries, if those dispensaries choose to sell recreational marijuana once it becomes legal in January. Read

Marijuana crop is burning in the California wildfires

10/14/17--Fatal fires that have consumed nearly 200,000 acres in Northern California are taking a toll on recreational marijuana. Many of the region’s farms, including those that harvest cannabis, have been scorched, including those in Sonoma County and in Mendocino County, the center of California’s marijuana industry. Mendocino is one of three California counties that comprise Emerald Triangle, where much of the United States’ marijuana is produced. Read

Proposed ban on smoking, vaping for Denver’s 16th Street Mall discriminates homeless

10/12/17--The Denver City Council’s safety, housing, education, and homelessness committee approved moving the “Breathe Easy” ordinance along for consideration by the entire council. The measure, introduced by council president Albus Brooks, would ban all forms of traditional tobacco smoking and the use of vaporizers and e-cigarettes on the high-traffic, public mall. The measure has support from medical professionals, downtown property owners, and business groups. Read

Marijuana crop is burning in the California wildfires

10/13/17--Fatal fires that have consumed nearly 200,000 acres in Northern California, devastating the region’s vineyards particularly in Napa and Sonoma Counties, are also taking a toll on a recreational marijuana. Many of the region’s farms, including those that harvest cannabis, have been scorched, including those in Sonoma County and in Mendocino County, the center of California’s marijuana industry. Read

Marijuana bill would let communities decide on allowing recreational pot businesses

10/10/17--According to attorney Amy Tchao of Drummond Woodsum, a last minute change to a proposed legislative rewrite of the Marijuana Legalization Act would make moratoriums and bans on recreational marijuana operations superfluous. The change would require cities and towns to approve adult-use cannabis operations, not forbid them, Woodsum said. Read

Oregon begins distributing nearly $85 million marijuana tax revenue

10/7/17--The state of Oregon has started to distribute tax dollars collected from legal marijuana sales totaling nearly $85 million. The reason money is now finally being distributed is because the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, the state agency that governs legal marijuana, had to reimburse the administrative costs associated with setting up the program. The OLCC took out a loan for $13 million to cover initial administrative costs, according to agency spokesman Mark Pettinger. Read

Massachusetts farmers hope to keep marijuana business local

10/8/17--Sheffield farmer Ted Dobson is one of a number of farmers in Massachusetts who are hoping to get into the nascent recreational marijuana industry. While many of the companies currently growing medical marijuana in Massachusetts are large corporations, these farmers have been lobbying for laws and rules that would keep recreational marijuana growing accessible to local agriculture. Read

Retail marijuana is spreading to California, Massachusetts and Maine

10/7/17--Recreational marijuana sales will launch in California, Massachusetts, and Maine next year. These states already have medical marijuana programs and dispensaries, but soon they'll also have stores that can sell recreational marijuana to anyone 21 and older. California is aiming to open retail marijuana stores by January 1, Massachusetts and Maine plan to open stores next summer. Read

Uncertainty surrounds Maine’s recreational marijuana law

10/2/17--There is now a distinct possibility that Maine’s recreational marijuana implementation bill could be shot down. According to a report from the Portland Press-Herald, House Minority Leader Ken Fredette has said that he will likely oppose a bill that a special legislative committee has been working on for months in an attempt to hash out the details of the state’s legal marijuana market. The state’s House leader says the current proposal, which has been nine months in the making, attempts to tackle too many issues at one time. Read

As the top pot-producing state in the nation, California could be on thin ice with the federal government

10/1/17--The new California Bureau of Cannabis Control is scrambling to put regulations in place to begin issuing state licenses to grow, transport, and sell marijuana starting Jan. 2. Those rules explicitly prohibit the export of marijuana to other states. California officials say they plan to impose regulations to keep pot off the black market and ensure that marijuana offered for sale is safe. But leaders of the marijuana industry remain concerned the surplus will still need to be addressed. If the new regulated system in California does not make a dent in exports, more federal action is likely. Read

Pot legalization in California brings a bonanza of government jobs

9/30/17--Recreational marijuana use becomes legal in California in 2018, and one of the things to blossom in the emerging industry is government jobs. The state is on a hiring binge to fill what eventually will be hundreds of new government positions by 2019 intended to bring order to the legal pot economy, from keeping watch on what’s seeping into streams near cannabis grows to running background checks on storefront sellers who want government licenses. Thousands of additional jobs are expected to be added by local governments. Read

Growing Pains: Wholesale marijuana prices continue to drop

9/21/17--In many states where cannabis is legal, wholesale marijuana prices continue to drop. As more cannabis producers enter the market, with bigger cultivation facilities, this drop is entirely predictable. As reported by Marijuana Business Daily, the average asking price for a pound of cannabis on Colorado’s wholesale market is currently at an all-time low of $1,298, down from a three-year high of $2,007 in January 2015. All the factors driving down the price—more competition, more efficient production and even more competition—are still at play, meaning prices should plummet even further. Read

Denver and Colorado Springs residents both high on legalizing cannabis

9/21/17--Nearly five years after Colorado voters decided to legalize recreational cannabis, Colorado Springs has yet to allow any retail pot businesses within city limits. Meanwhile, Denver has the largest number of recreational dispensaries and cultivations in the state. Despite differences, Denver and Colorado Springs share many similarities when it comes to cannabis consumption. According to a new study by Consumer Research Around Cannabis, a majority of the residents, in both Denver and Colorado Springs, are in favor of legal pot. Read

Proposed marijuana rules would let adults buy online and at drive-thrus

9/21/17--Proposed adult-use cannabis regulations from the Legislature’s marijuana committee would allow licensed retail stores to sell pot from drive-up windows and over the internet. Like any other recreational marijuana consumer, drive-up and online customers would have to show identification to the window or delivery employee to prove they are at least 21 years old. Supporters say marijuana purchase regulations should mirror those for alcohol, but opponents warn against making it too easy to buy a drug that's still illegal under federal law. Read

Conflicting advice presented to marijuana rulemakers

9/18/17--When Maine solicited advice on how to set up its new recreational cannabis market, about a dozen groups from all over the country chimed in. Responses released show opinions that varied widely, from those who want to encourage this new industry to those who would rather undo the results of the November referendum that legalized recreational cannabis use. Some want to make sure the state can capitalize on the benefits of adult-use cannabis, while others sought to avoid other states’ mistakes on the road to legalization. Read

Cannabis use on the rise, but not because of legalization

9/18/17--While cannabis use in the U.S. has been on a sharp rise the last decade plus, some studies try to get to the root of why. Many people and entities have speculated that changes in law have emboldened the masses; however, a study published in the journal Addiction conclusively showed no link between the rise in pro-pot policies across the states and increased use by Americans. Read

California officially calls on feds to reclassify marijuana

9/18/17--Last November, California voters approved a ballot measure to legalize marijuana. Now, the state’s lawmakers are formally calling on the federal government to reclassify cannabis. Researchers have long complained that marijuana’s classification creates additional hurdles that don’t exist for studies on other substances. Heroin and LSD are also in Schedule I alongside cannabis, yet cocaine and methamphetamine are classified in the less restrictive Schedule II category. Read

Legal marijuana is not staying where it’s supposed to in the US

9/7/17--According to a recently released paper from economists at the University of Oregon, huge amounts of legally purchased marijuana spill over from Washington into other states. They estimate that about 7.5% of the marijuana sold in Washington leaves the state. The finding has important implications for legalization across the US, as it’s a blow to the argument that legalized marijuana can be contained within a state. Read

Dunes City votes to ban future marijuana grows, keep existing ones

9/13/17--Dunes City Council voted unanimously to temporarily ban any future medical grow sites in the city but allow existing grow operations to remain. Ordinance 245, originally proposed in August, would have banned all processing sites, producers, dispensaries, processors, and wholesalers from opening within city limits, including those facilities which are currently being built. But, Councilor Robert Orr moved for an amendment to the ordinance, stating that existing operations should be allowed to stay. Read

Alaska regulators to revisit onsite marijuana use proposal

9/14/17--Alaska regulators in November plan to revisit onsite use of marijuana in cannabis shops around the state. Alaska's Marijuana Control Board has gone back and forth on the onsite consumption issue and will take up the matter at its meeting scheduled for Nov. 14 and 15 in Anchorage. Read

Cannabis lounges looking more likely in Las Vegas

9/13/17--Nevada is moving forward on consumption lounges, festivals, concerts, and one-off events after a new legal opinion, in the form of a letter from its legislative council bureau to State Sen. Tick Segerblom, states that such businesses would not violate state law. While cannabis industry representatives in Nevada celebrated news of the legislative council’s opinion, they described feelings of “cautious optimism” toward local licensing processes, which could take months to complete before the first Las Vegas marijuana lounge opens its doors. Read

Marijuana consumption lounges don’t run afoul of Nevada law

9/11/17--According to a new opinion released by the Legislative Counsel Bureau, nothing in Nevada law prevents a business from establishing a lounge or hosting a special event where legal recreational marijuana is used. A ballot measure passed in 2016 that legalized recreational marijuana in Nevada bars public consumption of marijuana, but doesn’t speak to the legality of venues that control access and bar people under the age of 21 from entering. The public consumption ban limits legal use by Nevada’s tens of millions of visitors, who are technically not allowed to use pot except in private locations like someone’s home. Read

California bans drones from delivering marijuana

9/11/17--California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control has recently unveiled new regulatory rules that will ban drones from delivering marijuana, as spotted by Ars Technica. The Bureau is currently developing regulation surrounding weed use and sales under the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) after recreational marijuana was legalized in California. Read

Legal marijuana is almost here. If only pot farmers were on board.

9/9/17--More than nine months after California voted to legalize recreational marijuana, only a small share of the tens of thousands of cannabis farmers in Northern California have joined the system, according to law enforcement officers and cannabis growers. Despite the promise of a legal marketplace, many growers are staying in the shadows, casting doubt on the promise of a billion-dollar tax windfall for the state and a smooth switch to a regulated market. Read

Mass. marijuana czar hopeful for on-time rollout of pot sales

9/6/17--In his first public comments since becoming chair of the new Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission, Steve Hoffman said that he believes marijuana isn’t harmful, that the country’s prohibitionist drug policies have failed, and that he’s committed to creating a thriving recreational sector. Hoffman’s remarks should help soothe the angst of the many voters, advocates, and cannabis entrepreneurs who are upset that state officials have delayed implementation of the Question 4 ballot initiative that legalized marijuana. Read

How legalization caused the price of marijuana to collapse

9/5/17--All the diverse effects of legalizing recreational marijuana may not be clear for a number of years, but one consequence that has become clearly evident is pot has never been so cheap. Steven Davenport of the Pardee Rand Graduate School has analyzed marijuana retail prices in Washington state since legal recreational markets opened in July 2014. Remarkably, prices have fallen every single quarter since. Read

Haze surrounding California marijuana regulations is starting to clear

8/30/17--On January 1, California will begin issuing licenses allowing businesses to legally sell marijuana for recreational use. To get a state-issued license, businesses must first find a local jurisdiction that allows them to operate and must be operating in compliance with all local-level regulations. Additionally, prior to receiving a license, business owners must submit fingerprints and pass a general background check. Licenses will not be issued to persons convicted of certain felonies. There will be 20 types of licenses in all, and the types of licenses issued will be the same for medicinal and recreational use. Read