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Las Vegas Dispensary With ‘Snowball’s Chance’ Moves Forward

Tony C. Dreibus  | April 21, 2015

The owners of a planned Las Vegas dispensary held a ceremonial groundbreaking on Monday despite being told at one point – by their lawyer no less – that they had a “snowball’s chance in hell” of making it this far.

Desert Aire Wellness won’t begin selling medical cannabis to patients until the end of summer, …

Alaska Sets Up New Marijuana Board

John Schroyer  | April 20, 2015

The Alaska Legislature has decided to assign the difficult job of writing new regulations for recreational marijuana to a newly created supervisory board.

In February, Gov. Bill Walker asked lawmakers to set up a Marijuana Control Board to oversee the recreational cannabis industry, and this past weekend the state House and Senate obliged. …

WeedMaps Pumps $2 Million Into CA Marijuana Legalization

John Schroyer  | April 20, 2015

WeedMaps is getting into politics.

The popular dispensary listings site has pledged $1 million to a newly-formed campaign committee dubbed Californians for Sensible Reform, and another $1 million into a political action committee by the same name, according to

Chart of the Week: Denver’s 4/20 Tourism Bonanza

Becky Olson  | April 20, 2015

By Becky Olson

It’s April 20, and the nation’s first two recreational cannabis markets appear to be benefiting from a solid tourism bump tied to today’s annual marijuana celebration.

The increase is most pronounced in Colorado, where searches for Denver-area hotels this past weekend surged 60% from the 4/20 weekend last year, according to Hotels.com. …

Arizona Businesses, Advocates Unite Behind Single MJ Measure

John Schroyer  | April 17, 2015

The formerly fractured Arizona marijuana community emerged as a united front on Friday, with representatives from three separate organizations backing a single ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana in 2016.

Political differences on how the measure should be worded seemed to be coming to a head just a few weeks ago, when Marijuana Policy Project …