Recreational Marijuana News

Denver gets first marijuana social-use applicant

More than a year after Denver voters approved marijuana social-use lounges, the city has its first applicant – a coffee shop that plans to allow vaping and the consumption of cannabis edibles. The Coffee Joint’s application comes more than five months after Denver finalized rules for social-use clubs. The rules are so restrictive that some […]

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Ohio recreational marijuana campaign unveiled for 2018

A new statewide ballot measure campaign will take a second stab at legalizing recreational marijuana in Ohio. According to a news release from Ian James – a key player in the ill-fated 2015 ResponsibleOhio legalization campaign – a statewide ballot issue push is underway. The drive will be spearheaded by Jimmy Gould, founder and chairman of […]

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Los Angeles paves way for regulated marijuana market on ‘historic day’

Los Angeles could be among a handful of California cities to begin recreational marijuana sales on New Year’s Day after the City Council’s unanimous approval of cannabis industry regulations Wednesday. “Let’s don’t be a part of history. Let’s make history,” Council President Herb Wesson said moments before 12 council members voted to pass three ordinances […]

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L.A. City Council passes cannabis industry regulations

In a 12-0 vote Wednesday, the Los Angeles City Council approved a regulatory framework for licensing marijuana businesses ahead of California’s statewide cannabis market launch on Jan. 1. The council voted to advance three ordinances to the mayor’s desk, all of which establish a wide-ranging set of rules for marijuana businesses that want to operate […]

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Alaska suspends marijuana edibles maker’s license during probe

One of the first infused product manufacturers in Alaska has been forced to halt operations because of an allegation it may have bypassed required lab testing for some of its edibles.

Fairbanks-based Frozen Budz on Monday was ordered to cease production when the state Marijuana Control Board suspended the company’s manufacturing license until the board can complete an investigation into the potency levels of its edibles, the Daily News-Miner reported.

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Recreational cannabis legalization gains momentum in Delaware

Delaware is making progress toward becoming the first state to legalize recreational marijuana through legislation, according to a leading cannabis advocate. The Adult Use Cannabis Task Force, formed after a July resolution by the General Assembly, has met monthly to study the possibility of rec legalization. “Progress is definitely being made, and we are one step closer […]

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Chart: How California’s largest cities are regulating recreational marijuana

California’s recreational marijuana program is set to launch Jan. 1, and lawmakers have laid the regulatory foundation to govern the new industry at the state level. But at the local level – where municipalities can further regulate or even outright ban marijuana businesses – California’s largest cities are in varying stages of the rulemaking process.

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Canadian rec marijuana retail opportunities: Ontario gloom versus ‘Alberta euphoria’

Cannabis retailers face starkly different futures in Canada as West Coast entrepreneurs prepare for a retail cannabis “gold rush,” while their counterparts in Ontario dig in – or in some cases hit the road – ahead of that province’s promised crackdown on dispensaries. Private capital already is leaving Ontario and pouring into Western Canada as […]

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Recreational cannabis legalization foes in Michigan prepping for 2018 campaign

Opponents of recreational marijuana legalization in Michigan have formed two resistance campaigns to a ballot measure likely to go before voters next year. The pro-marijuana campaign submitted signatures a week and a half ago to make the 2018 ballot and hasn’t yet been formally approved by the secretary of state, but opponents are waiting in […]

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FAQ: What business owners need to know about California’s new marijuana regulations

The latest version of the California state marijuana market regulations were released earlier this month, and there’s a sea of particulars for cannabis entrepreneurs to wade through. The California market – already the biggest on Earth – will officially launch on New Year’s Day, meaning that companies wanting to participate have a good bit of […]

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Massachusetts aims to release recreational cannabis draft rules in December

A Massachusetts commission is planning to make significant headway next month in crafting regulations for the state’s upcoming recreational marijuana industry, with draft rules expected before the end of the year. The Cannabis Control Commission will hold public meetings on the draft regulations the week of Dec. 11, State House News Service reported, along with […]

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Sacramento begins widespread marijuana crackdown

The Sacramento, California, police department plans to ask the City Council this week for an additional $850,000 in funding to continue a crackdown on its marijuana industry through the first six months of 2018. According to the Sacramento Bee, California’s capital city began its months-long crusade in August, including a 60-day citywide sweep by the […]

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