Recreational Marijuana News

Nevada enacts plan to start adult-use marijuana sales July 1

Kevin Huhn  | June 23, 2017

Nevada’s marijuana regulators believe they have found a way around a judge’s order that threatens to block the state’s first recreational marijuana sales scheduled to begin next month.

Gov. Brian Sandoval on Thursday signed an emergency regulation intended to allow rec sales to start July 1 at some existing medical dispensaries.

Under …

Vermont adult-use cannabis legalization bill stalls in legislature

Kevin Huhn  | June 22, 2017

The Vermont state House of Representatives has blocked consideration of a bill to legalize recreational marijuana in the state.

Lawmakers in the House refused to take up the bill late Wednesday during a special veto session.

The measure won approval in the Senate on a voice vote earlier in the day, and Senate negotiators said they …

Week in Review: Vermont’s MMJ expansion, cannabis standards & Sessions’ warning

John Schroyer  | June 16, 2017

By John Schroyer and Bart Schaneman

Vermont adds dispensaries and qualifying conditions to its medical marijuana program, two standards organizations begin work on the cannabis sector, and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions tries to strip MMJ protections.

Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

Massachusetts’ recreational marijuana bill causing concern

Bart Schaneman  | June 14, 2017

A sharply divided legislative committee in Massachusetts voted Wednesday to advance a bill calling for major changes to the voter-approved recreational marijuana law, including higher taxes on retail sales and handing more control over cannabis shops to municipal officials.

Some lawmakers suggested that as currently written, the proposal would give Massachusetts the highest tax …

Ex-Mexico president calls for NAFTA-like international MJ trade

John Schroyer  | June 13, 2017

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox called for cannabis to be included in international deals such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Speaking to reporters Tuesday before delivering a keynote address at the National Cannabis Industry Association conference in Oakland, California, Fox predicted the rise of a legal Mexican marijuana market that will lead …

Study: California rec marijuana sales to surpass $5B annually

Omar Sacirbey  | June 12, 2017

California’s looming legal recreational marijuana market eventually will total more than $5 billion in annual sales, but the black market will continue to provide substantial competition, according to a study by the University of California Agricultural Issues Center.

Contracted by the the state's Bureau of Marijuana Control, the study mirrors Marijuana Business Daily's projection in May that …

Week in Review: Tobacco + cannabis, Maryland planning restarts & Native Americans’ MMJ

John Schroyer  | June 9, 2017

By John Schroyer, Omar Sacirbey and Bart Schaneman

Massachusetts cigarette wholesalers eye recreational marijuana distribution, a Maryland court allows MMJ planning to continue, and a Seminole-owned firm partners with a cannabis investment group.

Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.