Recreational Marijuana News

New Zealand to hold recreational cannabis referendum

Kristen Nichols  | October 20, 2017

New Zealand will hold a public referendum on whether to legalize recreational marijuana for personal use at some point over the next three years, according to the nation’s newly-elected prime minister.

Jacinda Ardern – who was confirmed as the nation’s next prime minister on Thursday after a close September election – hasn’t said whether she favors legalization. But …

Maine gov proposes stalling rec marijuana sales until 2019

John Schroyer  | October 20, 2017

Maine’s Republican governor is proposing that state lawmakers consider simply delaying recreational marijuana sales, instead of passing a legislative rewrite of the voter-approved marijuana law.

The Maine Legislature is set to return Monday to consider a rewrite offered by a legislative committee handling adult-use marijuana implementation.

Republican House Minority Leader Ken Fredette said he is …

As marijuana consumption licenses stall, some entrepreneurs see opportunity

Kristen Nichols  | October 10, 2017

By Kristen Nichols

More than three months after setting rules for the nation’s first licensed marijuana consumption clubs, Denver has yet to receive any applications.

The stalemate has officials in other states and jurisdictions holding off on licensing consumption clubs or lounges until they see how it goes in Colorado’s capital.

Chart: Record first month of recreational marijuana sales in Nevada

Eli McVey  | October 9, 2017

By Eli McVey

Nevada’s recreational marijuana industry is off to a blistering start, with early sales far surpassing the totals other adult-use markets posted their first few weeks.

The development highlights how different approaches to the rollout of recreational marijuana – as well as unique market dynamics – can greatly influence early sales.

Massachusetts marijuana agency seeking executive director

John Schroyer  | September 27, 2017

The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission is hiring. And not just for any job.

The board needs an executive director.

The director “will guide internal operations and chair the Cannabis Advisory Board,” according to TV station WWLP. Qualifications for the position include a bachelor’s degree and at least five years in a supervisory …

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

John Schroyer  | September 27, 2017

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.

Cannabis campaign in Fairbanks, Alaska, heads into final days

John Schroyer  | September 25, 2017

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 …

California plans to issue temporary marijuana business licenses

John Schroyer  | September 21, 2017

As part of the transition to a newly regulated market, California marijuana regulators will hand out temporary business licenses to existing companies starting Jan. 1.

Lori Ajax, chief of the state’s Bureau of Cannabis Control, made the announcement Thursday at the California Cannabis Business Conference in Anaheim.

To qualify for a temporary …