Election News

Week in Review: Liquor giant eyes MJ drinks, notable MJBizCon quotes & Denver voters make history

By John Schroyer, Omar Sacirbey and Bart Schaneman A liquor giant eyes cannabis-infused beverages, conference goers offer valuable business intelligence, and Denver voters make the city the first in the nation to allow cannabis use in bars, restaurants and businesses. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

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Maine governor to query Trump on marijuana stance

Maine’s governor Paul LePage plans to ask President-elect Donald Trump if his incoming administration will enforce federal marijuana laws before LePage decides if he will challenge the state’s vote last week to legalize cannabis. The answer to LePage’s question for Trump is of large interest to the cannabis industry as a whole, as Trump has […]

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Update: Denver’s public-use cannabis initiative passes

Denver voters have passed an initiative to allow cannabis consumption in public businesses such as bars and restaurants, overcoming initial predictions the measure faced an uphill battle. As of 2 a.m. ET on Tuesday, Initiative 300 had received 53.31% of the approximately 302,000 votes that had been counted. The official election results won’t be certified until Nov. […]

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Week in Review: 5 business takeaways from the landmark election

By Omar Sacirbey and Bart Schaneman Now that voters in seven additional states have legalized recreational or medical marijuana, business leaders and political observers are bullish about the potential for industry growth. They point to surge in opportunities for interstate expansion, increased investor interest in cannabis and greater innovation in technology and business strategies.

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Denver’s public-use MJ initiative poised to pass by narrow margin

Denver’s vote to allow cannabis consumption in public businesses, including bars and restaurants, appears poised for passage, overcoming initial predictions that the initiative faced an uphill battle. As of 9:30 p.m. Eastern Time Friday, Initiative 300 had received 53% of the approximately 273,000 votes that had been counted. A representative of the Denver County Clerk’s office said […]

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Arkansas health department to oversee new MMJ industry

The day after Arkansas voters approved legalized medical marijuana, the state’s Department of Health unveiled plans for how it will set up the necessary infrastructure to launch the new MMJ industry and regulate it once businesses are up and running. The Department of Health said it will take several months to establish a regulatory system that […]

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15 Oregon towns vote to reverse rec cannabis bans; new taxes set

Fifteen Oregon localities have voted to opt back in to allowing recreational marijuana, overturning bans on cannabis sales or MJ businesses, election results show. According to the Oregonian, voters in 60 communities considered ballot initiatives that basically asked residents to determine whether recreational or medical cannabis should be permitted. The newspaper said most cities and counties […]

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