Recreational Marijuana News

Two states rebut AG Sessions’ critiques of their cannabis laws

John Schroyer  | August 17, 2017

Governors in at least two states that have legalized recreational marijuana are pushing back against the Trump administration and defending their efforts to regulate the industry.

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker, a former Republican, sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions this week asking the Department of Justice to maintain the Obama administration’s more …

Washington state rule change expands business options for marijuana cultivators

Bart Schaneman  | August 17, 2017

By Bart Schaneman

Washington state recently eased restrictions on how many producer licenses marijuana businesses can own, a move that could lead to more competition, an uptick in mergers and acquisitions and possibly increased supply.

Under the state’s revised policy, business owners can up their licenses from one to three, effective immediately.

AG Sessions questions cannabis regulatory efficacy in CO, WA

John Schroyer  | August 7, 2017

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has contacted the governors of Colorado and Washington state and, using parallel language, questioned the effectiveness of state regulations designed to comply with the 2013 Cole Memo.

In letters to Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee, Sessions referenced reports from the High Intensity Drug …

Task force tells AG Sessions to keep status quo for legal cannabis

John Schroyer  | August 4, 2017

A task force assembled by Attorney General Jeff Sessions is giving him no ammunition to go after the legal marijuana industry, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.

The Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety has offered no new policy recommendations to advance the attorney general’s aggressively

Massachusetts marijuana oversight board is taking shape

Bart Schaneman  | August 4, 2017

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday picked five people to serve on the Cannabis Advisory Board that will help guide regulators enforcing recreational and medical marijuana laws.

The governor’s selections bring to 15 the number of advisory board members.

The panel eventually will consist of 25 members, who will be tasked with offering recommendations to …

Marijuana company buys California town envisioning cannabis Epcot Center

John Schroyer  | August 3, 2017

By John Schroyer

An Arizona-based ancillary marijuana company said Thursday it’s taken the arguably historic step of purchasing an entire town with the aim of transforming it into a cannabis tourism mecca.

American Green, based in Phoenix, paid $5 million for the 80-acre town of Nipton near the California-Nevada border.

California lawmakers seek to expedite cannabis rulemaking

John Schroyer  | July 31, 2017

In a move to ensure they can meet their January 2018 deadline to establish a new regulatory system for medical and recreational marijuana businesses, California legislators have established an “emergency rulemaking process” that won’t include a normal public comment period.

The lawmakers fear that going through a typical comment period would prevent …

Study: Recreational cannabis sales would be boon for Colorado city

John Schroyer  | July 28, 2017

If Colorado Springs – the second-largest city in Colorado – were to allow recreational marijuana sales, its share of the state’s cannabis market would double to 14%, according to a new economic impact report by a University of Denver professor.

The study also found that allowing rec sales could create 1,320-1,762 jobs for the city as …

Coalition sues US government with aim of legalizing cannabis

John Schroyer  | July 25, 2017

A group of five diverse plaintiffs have filed suit against the federal government and two Trump administration officials, claiming that marijuana’s status as a Schedule 1 narcotic is unconstitutional and should be changed.

The 89-page lawsuit, filed in New York District Court, asks that the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 be declared unconstitutional and that …

Week in Review: Canadian premiers mull recreational marijuana delay, Uruguay begins adult-use sales & Hawaii’s MMJ still on hold

Matt Lamers  | July 21, 2017

By Matt Lamers, John Schroyer and Bart Schaneman

Canada’s provinces consider delaying the launch of the nation’s recreational marijuana industry, adult-use cannabis goes on sale in Uruguay, and Hawaii’s health department stalls the country’s medical MJ market.

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

Alaska recreational marijuana shop owners eye tourists in push for onsite consumption

Bart Schaneman  | July 20, 2017

By Bart Schaneman

Alaska’s recreational marijuana business owners are fighting for the right to outfit their shops with a separate space to accommodate full consumption, including smoking, on their premises.

The move is largely designed so they can offer the 1 million-plus tourists who visit the state every year a place to consume cannabis.

Uruguay kicks off recreational marijuana sales

John Schroyer  | July 19, 2017

Marijuana aficionados lined up at pharmacies across Uruguay on Wednesday to be among the first in the South American nation to legally buy cannabis as a law regulating its sale took full effect.

Customers showed off blue-and-white envelopes containing the substance, which is now available as part a 2013 measure that made …