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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

State issues new plant limits for medical marijuana

9/1/17--Oregon public health officials drafted new rules for how many plants medical marijuana cardholders may grow at home or at a grow site registered with the state. The regulations are the result of legislation passed this year to tackle the flow of medical marijuana into the black market. Read

Learn from Colorado’s mistakes, says former cannabis czar

8/31/17--If he had to do it all over again, Andrew Freedman, Colorado’s former marijuana czar, would approach cannabis legalization by gathering loads more data, taking a calculated approach to edibles, and including an even greater cohort of public health voices. His hope is that others can learn from Colorado’s successes and its stumbles as it became the first state to regulate and tax the sale of cannabis for adult-use. Read

Aspen School District lands $250,000 state grant from marijuana taxes

8/30/17--The Aspen School District is receiving Colorado's marijuana tax collections in the form of a $250,000 grant the district will use to employ an on-campus social worker for the next three years. The money from the Colorado Department of Education's School Health Professionals Grant Program will pay for the new hire starting this fall. The social worker will deal directly with students and staff in grades pre-K through eighth to emphasize self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. Read

Former deputy indicted in huge marijuana trafficking case

8/31/17--Renee Rayton, a former Pitkin County sheriff’s deputy who left the department a few years ago to join the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division, faces charges for allegedly having a role in a massive trafficking ring that police say distributed and sold cannabis in other states. Rayton is charged with conspiracy to cultivate over 30 marijuana plants, a felony, and violating the state licensing authority. Read

Canna Care Docs opens medical marijuana practice in Pittsfield

8/29/17--Canna Care Docs has opened in Pittsfield, filling a void in the state's medical marijuana system. The arrival of the medical marijuana practice enables Berkshire County patients interested in this therapeutic option to be evaluated by physicians in Pittsfield, instead of having to travel out of the region. With nine offices in Massachusetts — and an equal number in seven other states, Canna Care Docs is emerging as one of the largest medical practices to evaluate prospective medical pot patients. Read

Colorado gov responds to Sessions marijuana letter questioning state’s regulatory regime

8/24/17--In a five-page missive obtained by The Cannabist, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Attorney General Cynthia Coffman responded to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ July 24 letter that raised “serious questions” about the state’s ability to regulate legal marijuana and prevent illegal activities. Coffman and Hickenlooper express in their letter that Colorado’s marijuana regulatory system is a model for other states, and the fledgling program could become even more robust with the federal government’s support. Read

San Diego may regulate marijuana cultivation more strictly than state

8/24/17--San Diego would regulate cultivation, manufacturing, and testing of marijuana more aggressively than the state under a long list of rules proposed by City Councilman Chris Cate. They include outlawing any signs on such businesses, requiring them to have a “positive impact” on the surrounding community, and mandating they have a round-the-clock liaison to respond to any complaints. Those proposals and several others go beyond state law. Read

Vacaville moves forward with marijuana regulations

8/23/17--After hearing a small group of speakers for and against marijuana, Vacaville city council members expressed ideas for what they want to see in marijuana-related land-use ordinances and regulations. The council told staff to come forward with a new moratorium on marijuana sales or cultivation in town as quickly as possible to give city staff time to research and come up with marijuana regulations later this fall. Read

Senator named to marijuana regulatory post opposed legal pot

8/23/17--Democratic state Senator Jennifer Flanagan, Leominster, is the first appointee to the five-member Cannabis Control Commission. She was named by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker to the regulatory board that will oversee the cannabis industry in Massachusetts. Flanagan played a key role in crafting a 2016 state law that offered several new approaches to stemming the deadly opioid addiction crisis. She opposed the marijuana initiative on the November ballot, citing concerns over unknown or unanswered questions about what legalization might mean to Massachusetts. Read

West Covina reconsiders ban on commercial cultivation of marijuana

8/16/17--West Covina leaders — although divided — are inching toward allowing the commercial cultivation of marijuana. The City Council on Tuesday voted 3-2, directing staff to develop an ordinance to allow cultivation and laboratory testing of marijuana and options for how to tax the pot-related businesses. Read

Alaska and Washington govs push back on Sessions’ marijuana enforcement letters

8/16/17--The governors of Alaska and Washington are questioning the data cited by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in recent letters he sent to their states regarding the efficacy of their respective marijuana regulatory regimes. Sessions referred to regional and state data depicting serious public health and safety issues arising from marijuana legalization. Both states note that the data Sessions utilized when discussing their state’s respective regulatory regimes is out of date and incomplete. Read

Is the marijuana industry actually making money for Alaska?

8/12/17--The potential for government revenue is one argument people make in favor of commercializing marijuana. But in Alaska, is it true? Some in the marijuana industry say that the state has moved too slowly, and more money could be coming in if the process were faster. According to Cary Carrigan, executive director of the Alaska Marijuana Industry Association, when the industry matures and operates at full speed, it will be dynamic, and there will be enough money coming in that it won't be a question whether Alaska should have a marijuana industry or not. Read

Patients greet the state’s first cannabis dispensary with smiles

8/9/17--Patients rejoiced after making the first legal purchases of medical cannabis at a licensed dispensary in the state at Maui Grown Therapies in Kahului. The Maui dispensary, one of two licensed on the island, got the green light from the state Department of Health to be the first dispensary in the state to begin sales of medical cannabis. Read

Marijuana devastated Colorado, don’t legalize it nationally

8/7/17--According to USA Today opinion contributor Jeff Hunt, the true impact of marijuana on communities is just starting to be learned. The negative consequences of legalizing recreational marijuana will be felt for generations, and the effects in Colorado neighborhoods, in particular, is not wished upon the nation. Read

Marijuana grows leaving more Colorado homes filled with mold

7/31/17--Law enforcement authorities say they’re seeing more and more houses that have been left with thousands of dollars in damage from marijuana grow operations. Often the plants are tended by people who have little or no experience in horticulture and don’t realize the damage that water and humidity can do to a home. The biggest environmental danger in homes where weed is grown is mold caused by the amount of humidity growers inject into the home. Read

Marijuana’s legalization fuels black market in other states

7/31/17--Marijuana smugglers are growing and shipping vast quantities of illicit cannabis across the USA. Many are starting in states where growing marijuana is legal, such as Colorado, and sending the drug elsewhere. Legalization advocates have long argued that regulating marijuana forces the industry out of the shadows and into the public eye, where the drug can be taxed and the black market effectively eliminated. But because marijuana remains illegal in so many states, smugglers can take advantage of the patchwork of laws. Read

Commentary: Nevada needs to implement safeguards for legal pot

7/29/17--Some reports have suggested that Nevada will sell so much weed that the state will never have to worry about tax revenue again. But, according to a commentary by Kevin Sabet published in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Nevadans should look at what has happened in states that previously legalized the drug before rushing to sell more marijuana and spend more time putting safeguards into place. Read

Black market marijuana bust leaves bruises on Colorado’s marijuana industry

8/26/17--Owners of a marijuana head shop in Colorado Springs were allegedly running a criminal enterprise that illegally distributed about 200 pounds of marijuana. At the public announcement of the indictment, 4th Judicial District Attorney Dan May said marijuana is the gateway drug to homicide. He also stated the homeless population has gone up 50 percent each year in Colorado Springs since marijuana was legalized. May has been asked to retract his statement because it is considered to be dangerous to Colorado’s fastest growing industry and to anyone associated with cannabis in Colorado. Read

Colorado official: ‘Marijuana is gateway drug to homicide’

7/29/17--4th Judicial District Attorney Dan May pronounced marijuana to be a "gateway drug to homicide." His controversial remarks came at a news conference about a large black market marijuana bust in the state. He went on to say that Colorado Springs had 22 homicides in 2016, and eight were directly tied to marijuana. Read

Easthampton Planning Board to discuss recreational marijuana zoning

7/28/17--The Easthampton Planning Board is preparing to discuss a purpose statement for new zoning for recreational marijuana. Such zoning could decide where cannabis shops are allowed, their hours of operation, signage, and describe other potential limitations. Any zoning change must ultimately be approved by the City Council. Read

There’s way too much weed in California

7/28/17--According to a report by Patrick McGreevy at the Los Angeles Times, California's marijuana producers are growing eight times the amount needed for consumption. It has also been reported the pot glut at 12 times what's being consumed. A consequence of the glut is that some growers on the black market would most likely export their product to other states in violation of federal law. Read

Governor Baker signs rewritten recreational pot law

7/28/17--Gov. Charlie Baker signed a law on Friday overhauling the marijuana legalization measure voters put on the books in November, and immediately afterward offered a cautious outlook on the future of the cannabis industry in Massachusetts. Read

Maine legislative panel mulls raising 10 percent tax on marijuana

7/23/17--As the legalization of recreational marijuana sales in Maine nears, a legislative panel has spent months pondering the best way to tax pot to bring in state revenue, fund regulatory enforcement, and discourage the illicit market. The referendum included licensing fees as well as a 10 percent tax on sales by retail marijuana stores and social clubs, but nothing has been decided yet. Maine is looking at examples from others states, some of which also allow local taxes. Read

Recreational marijuana dispensaries now able to restock shelves with fresh pot products

7/22/17--Since the Nevada Department of Taxation has started licensing pot distributors, the Northern Nevada dispensaries can start restocking their shelves with new marijuana products. Dispensaries around Reno are starting to get new shipments in now, but the state has only granted a handful of distribution licenses. Read

Pot users keep Lyft and Uber drivers busy

7/22/17--Rideshare drivers with Uber and Lyft say they're making more money than ever before due to the legalization of marijuana. Although Uber says they don't have any specific data on the number of marijuana-related trips in Las Vegas, their safety spokesperson released a statement stating, in part, that they have continued to see a steady growth in trips throughout Nevada. With our technology, we want to help everyone have a safe ride home." Read

What Maine’s new recreational marijuana market will look like

Voters backed legalization by a slim margin in the 2016 election, approving a law allowing Mainers over age 21 to possess 2.5 ounces of marijuana. It’s too early to tell what the market will look like, but the industry is watching closely. Paul Armentaro, the deputy director of NORML, a national pro-legalization group, said Maine’s initiative as written is “one of the more progressive regulatory schemes with regard to marijuana in the country.” Read

Uruguay’s marijuana law turns pharmacists into dealers

7/17/17--When Uruguay’s marijuana legalization law takes full effect, getting high will just take a visit to the pharmacy. Uruguay is the first nation in the world to fully legalize the production and sale of marijuana for recreational use. Under the law, only Uruguayan citizens and legal permanent residents are allowed to purchase or grow pot, and the government will limit how much people can buy each week. Furthermore, in an effort to undercut drug traffickers, it is setting the price below black market rates. Read

Mass. lawmakers unveil proposed overhaul of marijuana law

7/17/17--The Massachusetts Legislature is expected to approve a broad overhaul of the voter-approved marijuana legalization law this week after House and Senate negotiators agreed on a bill that would hike marijuana taxes and change how communities can ban local pot shops. Read

Vegas pot price hike has medical marijuana buyers looking for alternate sales

7/17/17--Some unintended consequences of the legalization of recreational marijuana in Nevada has forced medical marijuana buyers to return to the black market as a result of patients not being able to afford “the price gouging” at dispensaries. To offset the costs– dispensaries are offering incentives to medical card holders. Read

States keep saying yes to marijuana use. Now comes the federal no.

7/15/17--In a national vote widely viewed as a victory for conservatives, last year’s elections also yielded a win for liberals in eight states that legalized marijuana for medical or recreational use. But the growing industry is facing a federal crackdown under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has compared cannabis to heroin. Read

SF officials approve former Oakland Mayor’s marijuana dispensary

7/14/17--After a great deal of deliberation and heated discussion, the commission approved a measure with conditions regarding cultural and educational services for former Oakland Mayor Jean Quan to open a medical marijuana dispensary in the city. The measure will go to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors if opposition appeals. Many speakers who were present at the Planning Commission meeting don't want the dispensary in their neighborhood because they say it's bad for the children, nearby schools, and many in the community. Read

Here’s why Nevada’s marijuana supply can’t keep up with sales

7/12/17--Dispensaries in Nevada are facing a pot shortage, and lost sales could result in less funding for the state’s schoolchildren. The supply problem has little to do with wilting plants and a lot to do with regulations that give alcohol wholesalers exclusive distributor rights. Although 47 dispensaries obtained licenses to sell cannabis in Nevada, regulators have yet to approve any wholesalers' distributor applications. Read

Nevada issues first marijuana delivery license

7/14/17--The state of Nevada, which officially began selling legal marijuana on July 1, only issued its first license to Blackbird Logistics Corporation to actually transport the product from the farm to the store on Wednesday. The move will give some dispensary managers relief while officials sort out a larger distribution issue. Read

When did Nevada’s alcohol industry get dibs on marijuana delivery?

7/13/17--Lots of Nevadans are wondering when wholesale alcohol distributors got involved with Nevada's recreational marijuana program, and why the delivery of marijuana to dispensaries depend on them. In short, a small group of wholesale alcohol distributors gave money to the marijuana legalization campaign at its start, which inspired language in Question 2 that entitled distributors to exclusive rights to deliver recreational marijuana to dispensaries for the first 18 months of legal sales. Read

Inside story on Uruguay, where the government is your weed dealer

7/10/17--Uruguay is the world’s first country to fully legalize the production, sale, and consumption of marijuana. However, under its strict rules, there will be no Amsterdam-style smoking cafes, and foreigners won’t have access to the national stash. Nor will there be shops selling ganja candies, psychedelic pastries, or other edible derivatives. Instead, Uruguay’s government has developed a legalization model whose apparent goal is to make marijuana use as boring as possible. Read

Amid heavy demand at Nevada marijuana shops, gov gives go-ahead for emergency rule on distribution

7/10/17--Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval has authorized state regulators to consider an emergency regulation that would allow officials to determine whether the state has enough marijuana distributors to keep its retail shops supplied. Sandoval’s approval came after dispensaries across the state reported higher than expected demand for marijuana since recreational sales of the drug became legal in Nevada. Read

Digipath receives recreational testing license and renews medical license

7/10/17--Digipath, Inc., an independent testing laboratory and media firm focused on the burgeoning cannabis market, announced that it has both received its recreational testing license and renewed its existing medical testing license alongside the launch of the highly anticipated retail cannabis market in Nevada, which began on July 1, 2017. Read

Legalized it: Nevada’s first night with recreational weed

7/5/17--On Saturday at midnight, Nevada became the fifth state to open dispensaries to recreational users, joining Colorado, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska. Under Nevada law, people 21 years of age and older can now buy and possess up to an ounce of flower, or an eighth-ounce of concentrates like wax, shatter, and oil, available at dispensaries throughout the state. Nevada expects to collect $70 million for education in the next two years by taxing recreational at about 34 percent. Read

Mass. budget, marijuana bills entwined in larger bargaining

7/5/17--Apparently, the fate of two bills for a new state budget and legislation overhauling the retail marijuana legalization law have become inextricably linked, with some officials now believing that a compromise on the budget is contingent on the House and Senate first agreeing to the parameters of legal marijuana oversight and taxation. Read

What’s that smell in the air? In Boston, marijuana

7/4/17--As pot works its way further into mainstream society, its distinct odor is likely to become more of an issue, in businesses, housing, and schools. in Boston, marijuana smokers emboldened by the drug’s new legal status are altering the scentscape. Despite all the discussion and lobbying ahead of last November’s ballot question to legalize recreational marijuana, the problem of second-hand toking never seemed to be a big part of the conversation. Read

Questions remain on changes to pot law

6/29/17--Massachusetts legislators hit an impasse as they tried to iron out differences between a House version that would alter major parts of the ballot measure and a Senate bill with more modest changes. If lawmakers can find common ground, their bill would answer key questions about the future of legalization in the state. Read

Marijuana in Massachusetts: Here’s what you need to know

6/29/17--Massachusetts lawmakers are scrambling to change the new marijuana law. The Massachusetts House approved a bill that essentially repeals and replaces the voter-approved law, while the Massachusetts Senate wants to tweak the new law. Legalization advocates prefer the Senate version and have harshly criticized the House version. This article outlines the proposed changes. Read

Southern Utahns flock to Mesquite, Nevada, as state opens recreational marijuana sales

7/3/17--Southern Utahns have been eyeing the opening day for recreational pot in Nevada for some time. Yet, while marijuana is now legal to buy in the state, tight restrictions remain. Only an ounce of marijuana, or one-eighth of concentrated marijuana, may be possessed. And it can't be consumed in public, with violators facing a $600 fine. In addition, dispensaries deal only in cash. Read

Weed, weed, everywhere, but not a spliff to smoke

6/30/17--On July 1, when recreational marijuana goes on sale in Nevada, visitors should have no problem purchasing marijuana at dispensaries near the Strip. However, Nevada only allows for consumption in private residences with the owner’s permission. So, even if one makes the argument that a hotel room is a “residence,” Casino owners won't permit it. Read

Welcome to legal pot, Las Vegas-style

6/28/17--Some medical marijuana dispensaries in Las Vegas and other Nevada cities will begin selling pot on Saturday for recreational use for the first time since voters approved it in November. It's the fastest turnaround from the ballot box to retail sales of any of the seven other states and the District of Columbia where pot is legal. Read

Marijuana industry sees growth two years after recreational legalization

7/1/17--Two years following the legalization of recreational marijuana in Oregon, shop owners and workers believe the industry is heading in the right direction, even with restrictions from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. Read

California passes ‘open container’ law for pot

6/28/17--California’s governor recently signed into law a package of measures intended to aid police and prosecutors in addressing drugged driving prior to the state’s plans to make recreational marijuana legal in 2018. With recreational legalization on the horizon, California is attempting to pre-empt the myriad problems Colorado and Washington, which both legalized recreational marijuana in 2012, have encountered. Read

Marijuana moratorium dies, paving way for recreational pot

6/28/17--Recreational marijuana will be sold in Mesquite due to a resolution failing to pass that would have imposed a moratorium on recreational marijuana sales in the city. Resolution No. 928 only had the support of petitioner Dave Ballweg, who stated that the primary reason for this resolution is because an ordinance does not exist to regulate the sale of recreational marijuana at this time. Read

State law invalidated Miami Beach’s proposed medical marijuana zoning

6/28/17--After state lawmakers passed legislation governing Florida’s medical marijuana industry, local zoning regulations for dispensaries being considered in Miami Beach have stalled. The new state regulations pre-empt local governments from regulating medical cannabis dispensaries any more than they regulate pharmacies. The only other option for cities is to totally ban medical marijuana retail outlets. Read

Questions remain on changes to pot law

6/29/17--Massachusetts legislators hit an impasse as they tried to iron out differences between a House version of a rewrite of the voter-passed marijuana legalization law that would alter major parts of the ballot measure, and a Senate bill with more modest changes. Supporters fear that a significant delay could thwart the expected opening of retail stores, aimed for July 2018. Read

Las Vegas dispensaries brace for Saturday start of recreational sales

6/28/17--Fueled by one of the world’s largest tourism industries, Nevada is preparing to to start recreational sales on July 1. Gov. Brian Sandoval’s task force on marijuana estimates that up to 63 percent of recreational buyers will be tourists. However, buyers are still prohibited by state law from consuming marijuana, except at private residences. Read

How should Arroyo Grande handle legalized marijuana?

6/26/17--The Arroyo Grande City Council is starting to question how they want to deal with the often-controversial topic of recreational marijuana. The city has been relatively mum on recreational marijuana. Yet, with the passage of Proposition 64 last year, California cities and counties have been forced to reckon with the new world of legal recreational marijuana and all the challenges that come with regulating it. Read

House approves revamp of recreational pot law

6/21/17--The Massachusetts House has passed a revised version of the state’s recreational marijuana legislation. The bill will not revise any of the current rules around how much marijuana individuals can legally possess or how many plants they’re allowed to grow inside their homes. However, the bill does call for steeper taxes on recreational marijuana purchases when pot shops begin opening next year. Read

Senate passes marijuana bill calling for revisions to law

6/22/17--The Massachusetts Senate passed a bill Thursday calling for revisions to the state voter-approved recreational marijuana law, setting the stage for negotiations with the House. The Senate bill, approved on a 30-5 vote, would keep the current measure in place but with proposed changes in the way both recreational and medical marijuana would be overseen by the state. Read

Bellingham selectmen favor marijuana grow facility

6/26/17--The Board of Selectmen voted to issue a letter of non-opposition to Evergreen Farms, a possible medical marijuana grow facility in town. The board heard a presentation in favor of a dispensary, but selectmen suggested a grow facility as a more agreeable alternative. Representatives from Evergreen Farms said they would be amenable to such a change. After receiving the letter, they would then have to apply to the state for approval, and then return to the town to negotiate a host-community agreement. Read

Marijuana control board to revisit on-site pot consumption in July

6/26/17--The Alaska Marijuana Control Board will discuss three different options for on-site marijuana consumption proposed by board members at its next meeting. Read

Laws still ban public marijuana use

6/26/17--Nevada's current marijuana laws essentially restrict pot consumption to inside private residences. Since public consumption is banned, there is concern that some people might turn to renting out a house for use. Due to the expressed concern over party houses, Las Vegas City Council is passing tighter restrictions on properties like Airbnb's. Read

Christie successor likely to decide fate of marijuana in NJ

6/25/17--New Jersey voters go to the polls Nov. 7 to pick the term-limited Republican's successor, and a major issue that the Democrat-led Legislature is punting to the next governor will be marijuana legalization. Democratic nominee Phil Murphy has come out in favor of legalization, highlighting in particular the potential for up to $300 million in new revenue from taxes on marijuana sales. A key difference between Christie and supporters of legalization is whether marijuana is a gateway to other drug use. Advocates say it isn't; Christie disagrees. Read

Emergency regulations adopted for recreational marijuana

6/26/17--The Nevada Tax Commission today adopted emergency regulations for recreational marijuana, opening the door for sales to begin Saturday on a limited basis. The commission approved regulations for packaging, labeling, and advertising. Dispensaries will be allowed to sell what they have in inventory but won’t be able to restock because of a court ruling that only alcohol wholesalers can be licensed to distribute marijuana for the first 18 months of recreational sales. Read