Recreational Marijuana News

Canadian firm acquires three California marijuana companies

A publicly traded Canadian cannabis company announced Wednesday that it has acquired three California businesses, including a major distributor that generated over $25 million in revenue last year. Ottawa, Ontario-based CannaRoyalty Corp. acquired: RVR, a large-scale distributor of both medical and recreational cannabis brands. Alta Supply, a smaller distributor of medical marijuana. Kaya Management, an […]

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Chicago voters back recreational marijuana legalization

By an overwhelming margin, Chicago metro area voters told lawmakers they want legal cannabis. In a vote on a nonbinding referendum that asked locals if they want the state to legalize recreational marijuana, 63% of Cook County voters responded “yes,” the Chicago Tribune reported. The county – which includes more than 130 municipalities, including Chicago […]

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‘Nothing is going smoothly’ in California’s regulated marijuana market

It’s been almost three months since the official start of California’s recreational – and regulated medical – marijuana markets. So, how are things going? Depends on whom you ask. But the general consensus among business owners, advocates, regulators and elected officials is there’s still a mountain of uncertainty and troubles ahead before California’s cannabis market […]

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Week in Review: CBD in gas stations, AG Sessions hints status quo for cannabis & Arkansas hits MMJ snag

A cannabis company plans to offer low-dose CBD products at convenience stores, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions says federal attorneys have bigger concerns than “routine” marijuana cases, and an Arkansas judge blocks regulators from issuing MMJ business licenses. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week. Fill […]

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Week in Review: Smokable flower in PA, MJ air transport in Alaska & CBD setback in Idaho

Pennsylvania ponders allowing smokable flower to combat a medical marijuana supply shortage, police in Juneau, Alaska, green light transporting cannabis on commercial airlines, and Idaho lawmakers shelve a CBD bill. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week. Slim pickings in Pennsylvania Pennsylvania’s medical cannabis program hit […]

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Oregon to boost law enforcement efforts against black-market cannabis

Oregon lawmakers have dedicated an extra $1.5 million to local law enforcement agencies to combat illegal cannabis businesses in poorer counties. According to The Register-Guard, the move was largely in response to a summit last month hosted in Portland by a U.S. attorney who warned that if states don’t do more to combat the illicit […]

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Massachusetts finalizes recreational cannabis regulations

Massachusetts got closer Tuesday to making recreational marijuana sales in the state a reality this summer after the approval of final regulations for MJ companies. The state Cannabis Control Commission voted unanimously in support of the rules, Boston radio station WBUR reported. The regulations have been in the works for months. Commission chairman Steve Hoffman told […]

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Nevada gaming panel: Casinos should stay out of cannabis business

It looks as if MJBizCon won’t have to relocate its long-running November show. A Nevada gambling commission unanimously recommended Monday that a strict wall be maintained between casinos and the cannabis industry. However, the group also said it should remain permissible for gaming licensees to host marijuana industry business conferences. “The gaming industry and the […]

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Denver awards first marijuana social-use business permit

And the winner is … The Coffee Joint. That’s the moniker of a proposed coffee shop that wants to allow customers to vape cannabis and use edibles onsite under a social-use permit it was awarded Monday, The Denver Post reported. The company is the first in the city to win one of the permits, which were […]

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Week in Review: White House versus hemp, CA crackdown & Massachusetts’ MMJ shortfall worries

The Trump administration opposes nationwide hemp production, California takes action against unlicensed marijuana businesses, and Massachusetts fears a medical cannabis shortage. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week. Hemp sector fires back The hemp industry gasped this week when a Trump administration official said hemp production […]

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Cannabis legalization lawsuit gets key hearing Wednesday

A lawsuit that seeks marijuana legalization nationwide through the courts will face one of its first major hurdles Wednesday, when attorneys present oral arguments to halt the U.S. Department of Justice’s bid to dismiss the case. The suit, filed in July by a collection of plaintiffs that range from a retired NFL player to a young […]

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