Election News

Retail cannabis license hopefuls line up before vote in rural Oregon

Would-be recreational marijuana retailers are lining up outside municipal planning offices in Ontario, Oregon, to nab retail licenses should voters repeal a ban on cannabis sales within city limits. The City Council recently voted to impose a 1,000-foot buffer on adult-use marijuana stores, which means there will be space for only about 15 establishments if […]

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How California’s local elections could expand cannabis business opportunities

The biggest bottleneck to the development and expansion of the legal cannabis industry across California has been local governments banning commercial marijuana companies. That roadblock could morph into more of a speed bump after the November election, when at least 82 cannabis-related ballot measures are slated to go before voters in cities and counties around […]

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New Jersey lawmakers say adult-use cannabis vote likely won’t happen Oct. 29

New Jersey’s legislative leaders reported that a vote to legalize recreational marijuana they penciled in for next week now appears unlikely. Democratic Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin said Monday at an unrelated news conference in the statehouse that he does not anticipate a vote on Oct. 29. State Senate President Steve Sweeney said he believes the […]

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California marijuana PAC seeking ‘sensible regulation’ launches despite banking hurdles

A new cannabis political action committee, Californians for Sensible Regulation of Adult Use, hopes to raise $300,000 by 2020 to support industry-friendly candidates for public office in the state’s key locales. The PAC planned to be operational months ago and hoped to have more time to support candidates in 2018. But six banks declined to offer accounts […]

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Key advocacy group Marijuana Policy Project confronts leadership, funding challenges

Cannabis companies have benefited significantly from the legislative policy advocacy work of the Marijuana Policy Project. But the organization, which has been at the forefront of marijuana legalization across the United States, now faces challenges that cloud its future, including a leadership vacuum and a funding crunch. It recently cut its full-time staff by a […]

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Michigan anti-cannabis group now urges legalization

A campaign formed to combat a Michigan recreational marijuana legalization ballot measure has pivoted in a big way: It’s now asking state lawmakers to establish a more stringent adult-use MJ regulatory system instead of leaving it up to voters.

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Medical cannabis legalization headed to Missouri’s voters

An effort in Missouri to pass narrow medical marijuana legislation to pre-empt ballot initiatives died this week, shortly before the end of the session. The lack of agreement by lawmakers paves the way for voters to decide in November among what could be multiple ballot initiatives, the Kansas City Star reported. An MMJ bill introduced […]

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