Recreational Marijuana News

Chart: Sales fall for adult-use cannabis vape products on heels of health scare

Recreational marijuana vape product sales are suffering in the wake of a nationwide health scare that caused several deaths and hundreds of illnesses, with consumers shifting their spending into other merchandise such as flower and pre-rolls. The shares of vape sales in California, Colorado, Nevada and Washington state’s recreational markets have declined significantly since the first vape-related […]

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Marijuana labs adding tests targeting vitamin E acetate in response to vaping health scare

Cannabis testing labs around the country are adding more specific tests targeting an additive that’s been linked to the string of recent illnesses and deaths health authorities say are related to marijuana and tobacco vaping devices. Although no definitive cause of the vaping-related issues has been identified, early reports have targeted the additive vitamin E […]

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Federal crackdown on e-cigarette vaping could have broader ramifications for marijuana industry

President Donald Trump and Congress are taking aim at the nation’s vaporizer industry, raising questions over whether a possible crackdown could produce fallout for the legal cannabis space. Marijuana industry officials are concerned that any federal action targeting e-cigarettes ultimately could result in regulations curbing the sale of cannabis vaporizers. Those concerns come as the […]

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Weedmaps reiterates pledge to drop illicit marijuana retailers; L.A. dispensary group calls for immediate fines amid vaping crisis

Online marijuana advertising giant Weedmaps has offered more details on its plan to remove unlicensed cannabis retailers from its website. But a Los Angeles-area trade organization said it’s not satisfied and is calling for regulators to impose potentially billions of dollars in fines against the company and is even calling out Weedmaps in reference to the current vaping crisis.

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Massachusetts gov plans hands-off approach to any changes in marijuana rules

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker will take his cues from the state’s Cannabis Control Commission on any proposed changes to the state’s marijuana law, in the wake of a high-profile political arrest centered around marijuana licenses. The Republican was asked if any changes were needed after Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia was recently arrested on charges […]

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California marijuana banking bill dies but might return in 2020

A bill to set up a state-run banking system for California cannabis companies died after months of legislative wrangling, but the measure’s sponsor already pledges to reintroduce the bill in 2020. Senate Bill 51, sponsored by Sen. Robert Hertzberg, was one of the most closely watched cannabis industry measures in the California legislature this year. […]

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Massachusetts shutters marijuana business over alleged black-market activity

Massachusetts regulators shut down a licensed cannabis company to investigate the owner for allegedly conspiring to evade state licensing and drug laws. The state’s Cannabis Control Commission halted medical and recreational marijuana commerce at Nova Farms in Sheffield and Attleboro while quarantining the company’s products, according to the State House News Service. The action came […]

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Washington state cannabis trade group proposes capital equity fund

A cannabis industry trade group in Washington state on Monday proposed legislation to fund a social equity program that would help remove barriers to capital for minority business owners and would eliminate a residency requirement for potential investors in the market. The Washington CannaBusiness Association (WACA) put forward the Cannabis Capital Equity Act, which would be supported […]

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Cannabis industry insiders brace for potential fallout as health officials report new vaping deaths, issue warnings

U.S. health officials were once again cautioning the public to refrain from using vaping products as related respiratory illnesses and even deaths continued to be disclosed last week. As of Friday, officials linked at least five fatalities to e-cigarettes and electronic marijuana vaping devices. The outbreak has some in the cannabis industry expecting at least a […]

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Massachusetts mayor charged with extorting cannabis businesses

The mayor of Fall River, Massachusetts, was arrested on charges he conspired to extort $600,000 from at least four business owners in exchange for official letters needed to obtain a license to set up a marijuana business, according to federal authorities

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Police investigating rash of cannabis retail robberies in California capital

Police in Sacramento, California, are looking into roughly 10 break-ins at local marijuana shops in the past month, with the possibility the incidents might be connected. Such robberies apparently have escalated, according to West Sacramento TV station KOVR. Robberies have always been a problem for marijuana retailers, many of which operate on a cash-only basis […]

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