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New Mexico bill would create first state-run pot shops in US

3/12/19--New Mexico would become the first U.S. state to set up its own government-operated marijuana stores and subsidize medical cannabis for the poor under a bill brokered between Republicans and Democrats, as a new wave of states weighs legislation that would legalize recreational sales and consumption. Read

Groups sue to block medical marijuana compromise in Utah

12/6/18--A pair of advocacy groups in Utah sued to block a compromise agreement legalizing marijuana for medical use, accusing the Mormon church of unconstitutional domination and interference in a process that led to the gutting of a measure approved by voters. The lawsuit alleges the revised initiative creates overwhelming obstacles for suffering patients who want to obtain the drug. It also asks a judge to set aside the revision passed by lawmakers and keep the original version that won with 53 percent of the vote in November. Read

Pot group predicts $1B in Nevada tax revenue over 7 years

10/26/18--The state of Nevada could reap more than $1 billion from marijuana production, processing, and robust sales during the first seven years of recreational pot sales, according to an industry group’s economic analysis released Friday. The 33-page report was made public just weeks after state officials reported first-year taxable pot sales totaled almost $530 million, exceeding expectations by some 40 percent. Nevada received just under $70 million in tax revenues on that figure. Read

Many California marijuana products failing safety tests

9/11/18--Nearly 20 percent of marijuana products in California have failed tests for potency and purity since the state started requiring the checks on July 1, a failure rate some in the industry say has more to do with unrealistic standards and technical glitches than protecting consumer safety. Read

Oklahoma awards first medical marijuana patient licenses

8/25/18--More than 1,600 people and businesses applied for Oklahoma medical marijuana licenses on the first day that applications were made available. Oklahoma State Department of Health spokesman Tony Sellars said that by Saturday evening, the agency had received 1,054 patient, 634 business, and three caregiver applications. Officials awarded 23 licenses to patients Saturday to test the approval process and will resume approving applications Monday. Read