Election News

Gubernatorial win could mean Kansas push toward medical marijuana legalization

The election in Kansas of Democrat Laura Kelly earlier this month puts a medical marijuana supporter in the state’s governor’s seat, and she recently said she senses “some momentum” among legislators to legalize MMJ with strict regulations, The Wichita Eagle reported. MMJ bills have been considered without success for years in Kansas, even though some […]

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Attorney: Utah medical cannabis compromise ‘undermines’ voters’ decision

A pair of pro-marijuana groups in Utah accused the Mormon church of “extreme undermining” with regards to a medical cannabis ballot measure. The letter, sent by attorney Rocky Anderson on behalf of the groups Together for Responsible Use and Cannabis Education (TRUCE), and the Epilepsy Association of Utah, accuses the church of trying to interfere […]

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Gov wins may provide business boost in some small, moderate cannabis markets

A number of pro-cannabis gubernatorial victories in the midterm elections could potentially lead to friendlier environments for marijuana firms in several states with small- to moderate-sized markets. Here are some key winners that cannabis entrepreneurs will be carefully watching: Connecticut: Ned Lamont, a Democrat, said he would like to legalize adult-use marijuana. Maryland: Republican Larry Hogan […]

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Pro-cannabis candidate Nessel wins Michigan’s closely watched AG’s race

In a victory for Michigan’s upcoming adult-use marijuana program and the cannabis businesses that will serve it, Democrat Dana Nessel defeated Republican Tom Leonard in the state attorney general’s race. Nessel was a vocal supporter of Proposal 1, the ballot question that legalized recreational cannabis. Leonard opposed the measure but told the press he’d uphold […]

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Vast majority of local California cannabis ballot measures approved

The vast majority of at least 94 cannabis-related local ballot measures in California were either approved easily by voters or appeared headed to victory after Election Day 2018, a development that is expected to be a boon for marijuana entrepreneurs looking for new markets. Just 15 of the 94 were defeated at the ballot box, […]

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Marijuana champion Rohrabacher loses US House seat to Democrat

U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, one of the cannabis industry’s most outspoken allies on Capitol Hill, has lost his congressional seat. The California Republican from Orange County lost his bid for re-election to Democrat Harley Rouda after a lengthy vote-counting process that stretched into Wednesday. The final tally: Rouda 50.7%, Rohrabacher 49.3%. Rohrabacher, who was first elected to […]

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Utah medical cannabis election victory could help ensure program’s viability

Voters approved a medical marijuana initiative in Utah, a victory that could put additional pressure on state lawmakers to ensure the modest program is financially viable. Proponents and opponents recently hashed out a legislative compromise in advance of Tuesday’s election, but some details are still being hammered out. “On some of these loose ends (of […]

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Key cannabis legalization wins could bring in upwards of $2 billion in new sales

Marijuana scored a sweeping victory at the ballot box on Tuesday, with voters approving new markets in Michigan, Missouri and Utah that eventually could generate $2 billion in medical and recreational sales.

Across the nation, voters installed the Democrats as the new majority party in the U.S. House of Representatives, improving the odds that lawmakers will pass federal marijuana reforms that benefit MJ businesses.

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Election updates, analysis & highlights

Marijuana Business Daily reporters were on the ground across the United States on Election Day 2018, providing live coverage of the midterms and their significance to the cannabis market. Scroll down for updates our staff filed from the states voting on cannabis-related proposals, as well as potentially pivotal U.S. congressional and gubernatorial races. For analysis of […]

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Michigan OKs recreational marijuana, creating potential $1.7 billion market

Michigan voters approved an adult-use cannabis initiative Tuesday, CNN projected, making the state the first in the Midwest to pass adult-use marijuana legalization. Nationally, Michigan is the ninth state to approve a full-fledged recreational marijuana program that permits commercial cultivation and sales. Marijuana Business Daily projects Michigan’s recreational cannabis market will generate $1.4 billion-$1.7 billion in […]

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US House flips to Democrats in a positive sign for marijuana reform

Democrats have retaken the U.S. House, TV networks projected, a development that could provide a shot in the arm for federal marijuana reform that benefits MJ businesses. Several experts have told Marijuana Business Daily that Democratic control of the House should improve the likelihood of passage of pro-cannabis legislation, such as the States Act. The measure would […]

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