Recreational Marijuana News

AK cannabis regulators float on-site consumption, testing, tracking rule changes

The Alaska Marijuana Control Board is seeking public comment by June 19 on proposed changes to the state’s rules for on-site cannabis consumption spaces and the testing and tracking of marijuana. Among other changes, regulators recommend: Allowing retail stores not in freestanding buildings to have on-site consumption of edibles only. Increasing the cost of the license […]

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California marijuana sales a far cry from state’s projections

California is paying a price for the shaky rollout of its legal recreational marijuana market. State budget documents show Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration is sharply scaling back what it expects to collect in cannabis tax revenue through June 2020 – in all, a $223 million cut from projections only four months ago. The state projects […]

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Michigan AG forms group to ease implementation of recreational cannabis law

Michigan’s attorney general has created a marijuana work group to study and reevaluate adult-use marijuana rules and regulations, with the aim of avoiding “the years of uncertainty” that followed the 2008 passage of the state’s medical cannabis law. According to The Oakland Press, the group, chaired by AG Dana Nessel, will be tasked with making […]

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Nevada marijuana companies push for state to redo license selection process

Some cannabis businesses that lost out when Nevada awarded 61 new dispensary licenses last December are ratcheting up pressure in court for the state to redo the selection process. A filing this week in a lawsuit brought by Las Vegas cannabis retailers Planet 13 and The Dispensary accuses state tax officials of improperly having temporary […]

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Colorado lawmakers give final OK to bill allowing social use of marijuana

Colorado lawmakers have signed off on a bill to allow retail cannabis stores, hotels, restaurants and other businesses to apply for marijuana social consumption areas. House Bill 1230 moved through the Colorado Legislature after the House approved changes made in the state Senate. It now heads to Gov. Jared Polis, who is expected to sign the legislation, Denver […]

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Oregon marijuana company reaches agreement in suit with former partner

Oregrown, a vertically integrated cannabis company in Bend, Oregon, settled a dispute with former grower and business partner Justin Crawn. The company agreed to dismiss its lawsuit against Crawn, including all court fees and outstanding claims. The Bend Bulletin reports that the original suit filed by Oregrown in August sought $2.7 million in damages. Crawn […]

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Washington state cannabis retailers’ pesticide tests proving disruptive for processors

The practice of self-testing products for pesticides and other toxins by some Washington state marijuana retailers appears to be disrupting the market for cannabis producers and processors, particularly those working in the extraction space. Growers and manufacturers who have been exposed for selling unclean products have seen their revenues take a hit and scrambled to […]

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Marijuana Business This Week: Honing IL legalization language, taking reservations in Massachusetts, hempseeds enter space & more

Here are some notable stories and events to watch for in the coming days: LEARNING THE LANGUAGE: Substantial language to incorporate into a bill legalizing adult-use marijuana in Illinois could come as early as Tuesday, according to one of its key proponents. In early April, an Illinois Senate panel advanced a placeholder legalization bill that […]

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Andy Williams tapped as CEO of cannabis firm Medicine Man Technologies

Medicine Man Technologies, a Denver-based cannabis consulting firm, appointed co-founder Andy Williams as chief executive. Williams served as interim CEO after the abrupt death of Brett Roper in December. In the interim role, Williams oversaw the pending acquisition of MedPharm Holdings, an intellectual property development and holding company focused on cannabis research and product development. That deal, […]

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