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California Report Calls for Strong Regulations on Legal Marijuana

John Schroyer  | July 23, 2015

A working group overseen by California’s lieutenant governor has issued a report outlining 58 policy suggestions for regulating recreational cannabis in the state should voters legalize marijuana for general adult use next year.

The report focuses on restricting children’s access to cannabis, cracking down on the black market and forming a strict regulatory …

Florida Medical Cannabis Campaign Takes Step Forward

John Schroyer  | July 22, 2015

United for Care, which was behind the failed 2014 campaign to legalize medical cannabis in Florida, is slowly making its way toward the 2016 ballot.

On Wednesday, the campaign announced that it has submitted 100,000 signatures to the Supervisor of Elections. Roughly 68,000 valid signatures are required for a state Supreme Court review as part …

University Will Assist With Maryland MMJ Applications

Tony C. Dreibus  | July 22, 2015

Prospective cultivators and dispensary owners seeking medical cannabis licenses in Maryland might be scrutinized by not only the state, but also possibly by university researchers.

Maryland has inked an agreement with Towson University’s Regional Economic Studies Institute (RESI), which will help develop applications and assist in managing applicant evaluations, the Herald Mail reported.


Warming Up to the Recreational Marijuana Industry: Q&A With Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper

John Schroyer  | July 22, 2015

By John Schroyer

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has been both an enemy and an ally of the cannabis industry over the years.

He vocally opposed recreational legalization in 2012 and said last year that voters were “reckless” in approving the law, a controversial statement that gave more ammo to marijuana opponents. But he also oversaw …

Willie Nelson Hopes to Debut Marijuana Strain Soon

John Schroyer  | July 21, 2015

In just two months, Colorado recreational shops may have some serious star power to contend with.

Country music legend Willie Nelson is planning on having his own personal strain, dubbed Willie’s Reserve, available in his own line of shops – and his plans might come to fruition as soon as September.

Nelson told …

Another Possible Setback for Florida’s CBD Program

Tony C. Dreibus  | July 21, 2015

Florida’s CBD industry may face further delays after a key official overseeing implementation of the program stepped down.

Patricia Nelson has left the the Department of Health’s Office of Compassionate Use to join the governor’s office, leaving the director position she held since December open, according to Politico.

The move comes at a …

Lawsuits Likely in New York After Winners of Medical Marijuana Licenses Announced

John Schroyer  | July 21, 2015

By John Schroyer

A bevy of lawsuits has become the new norm in states that legalize medical cannabis and set tight caps on the number of business licenses.

And that is precisely what’s expected to happen in New York, which will award just five such permits to grow, produce and dispense MMJ. The winners are …

Google Boots Marijuana Delivery App From Play Store

John Schroyer  | July 20, 2015

Tech giant Google has removed a California medical marijuana delivery service from its Android-based app store, yet another indication of how mainstream companies shun cannabis-focused businesses and services.

The app – called Loud Cannabis – launched in early March and originally received approval from the Google Play store, so it was available to …

Anchorage Marijuana Delivery Service in Crosshairs

John Schroyer  | July 20, 2015

Although recreational marijuana is now legal to possess and consume in Alaska, cannabis sales are most decidedly not.

That distinction was highlighted last week when a marijuana delivery service employee was detained and his car impounded.

The driver, who works for a company called Absolutely Chronic Delivery Company (ACDC), was surrounded by local …

New Mexico to Reveal Names of MMJ Businesses, Employees

John Schroyer  | July 20, 2015

New Mexico’s medical marijuana dispensaries and their employees are about to feel the full weight of government transparency.

Gov. Susana Martinez has approved a policy change that will make the names of the state’s MMJ producers/dispensaries and their workers public information, according to the Albuquerque Journal. The move reverses a confidentiality clause in …