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Michigan bills would keep MMJ dispensaries open during licensing

Two bills going before Michigan lawmakers would allow medical marijuana dispensaries currently operating to remain open while they move through a new state licensing process. The measures run contrary to a proposal by the state’s MMJ regulatory agency that all retailers must close by Dec. 15 until they receive new business permits. The bills, by Rep. […]

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San Francisco rec marijuana sales won’t start in January

San Francisco, the birthplace of the modern marijuana industry, is a little behind schedule. City officials are now saying recreational marijuana sales won’t start in January, according to SF Gate, which is the earliest any California municipality would be able to launch an adult-use market. The reason is that San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors is […]

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Wisconsin tribe next to join hemp business via new CBD law

A Native American tribe in Wisconsin has voted to produce hemp-derived cannabidiol, saying a new CBD law in the state will enable it to avoid federal raids and road bumps that have beleaguered other tribes getting into the cannabis industry.

The vote last week by the St. Croix Chippewa – a tribe in northwestern Wisconsin that’s also called the St. Croix Band – sets up a CBD production facility in a former fish hatchery on tribal land. The facility has 200,000 square feet of usable space.

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L.A. marijuana businesses unhappy with draft rules, but talks continue

By John Schroyer

Newly released draft regulations that would govern Los Angeles’ licensed marijuana industry starting next year immediately created a firestorm among stakeholders, with some fearing they could force many companies to set up shop in other parts of the state

But according to industry insiders, negotiations with city officials are ongoing.

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Montana medical marijuana dispensary beats city ban – for now

One of two medical marijuana dispensaries in Billings, Montana, has won at least a temporary stay of execution. Montana Advanced Caregivers has won a preliminary injunction against a new city ordinance prohibiting dispensaries within city boundaries, meaning the dispensary will be allowed to continue operating until the district court can hold a hearing on the matter. A […]

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Maine’s smoking rules may hamper cannabis consumption clubs

Maine is poised to become one of the first states to allow public consumption in social clubs, but a key restriction could handicap potential marijuana clubs: no smoking. According to the Portland Press Herald, a bill to establish regulations covering Maine’s recreational marijuana industry doesn’t provide an exemption to a state law banning smoking in general […]

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British Columbia aims to pass recreational marijuana rules in ’18

British Columbia’s government plans to pass legislation next spring regulating recreational marijuana, a move that will have vast implications for dispensaries, lounges and other small businesses already operating in the province’s thriving gray market. The province is also asking the public to share their views by Nov. 1 on where cannabis should be sold, consumed […]

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Cannabis campaign in Fairbanks, Alaska, heads into final days

Leading up to a municipal election next week, it appears that marijuana companies in Fairbanks, Alaska are well-positioned to keep their business interests alive. Voters in Alaska’s third-largest city, along with Fairbanks North Star Borough, will decide on Oct. 3 whether to continue to allow cannabis companies to operate within the municipality’s boundaries, and so […]

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Nevada suspends Las Vegas marijuana testing lab’s license

A testing lab in Las Vegas has been temporarily shut down, a first for the state’s new recreational marijuana program. No reason has been given for the Department of Taxation’s decision to suspend G3 Labs’ business license on Aug. 24, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. A department spokeswoman indicated G3 Labs wasn’t in compliance but said […]

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Pennsylvania support for legal recreational marijuana nears 60%

Nearly six in 10 Pennsylvanians support recreational marijuana legalization, a dramatic upturn over the past decade, a new poll shows. According to the poll by Franklin & Marshall College’s Center for Opinion Research, 59% of the roughly 400 voters surveyed approve of adult-use legalization, The Inquirer reported. That’s up from the 22% who supported legalization in […]

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Ontario mulls pricing recreational marijuana at CA$10 per gram

The Ontario government is considering setting the retail price of recreational marijuana at around 10 Canadian dollars per gram ($8.10) come legalization next summer, raising the question of whether the price will be low enough to deter consumers from going to the black market for cheaper product. Experts are warning provinces to keep their legal marijuana […]

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