Recreational Marijuana News

Southern California county seizes 20 tons of illegal cannabis

Santa Barbara County, California, has the most marijuana cultivation licenses of any county in the state. It also just made a huge bust, with sheriff’s deputies seizing 20 tons of illegal cannabis and destroying 350,000 plants. That should come as good news to licensed MJ businesses in the county who have seen their bottom lines […]

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California county seizes almost 20K illegal cannabis plants in May, June

In the past month and a half, officials in one California county – assisted by members of the Army National Guard – have served multiple search warrants and seized nearly 20,000 illegal marijuana plants. It’s a reminder that the state’s ongoing crackdown continues against an unlicensed cannabis market that is undermining legal operations. The raids all […]

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CA anti-illegal marijuana campaign drives buyers toward licensed firms only

Aiming to slow illicit cannabis sales that are undercutting the nation’s largest licensed market, California is kicking off a public information campaign – Get #weedwise – that encourages consumers to verify their purchases are tested and legal. Advertisements will be hitting social media sites and billboards promoting a state website, CApotcheck.com, where shoppers can quickly check […]

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Only five applicants for 123 social equity marijuana permits in Massachusetts

Despite a well-intentioned social equity program in Massachusetts that aims to provide a pathway into the cannabis industry for victims of the war on drugs, few have jumped at the opportunity. Only five entrepreneurs have turned in business license applications, though 123 permits are up for grabs, according to Masslive.com. The situation may reflect the high […]

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45 marijuana firms join forces to set industrywide environmental, ethical goals

An alliance of 45 large marijuana businesses wants the public to know they’re good corporate citizens. The Global Cannabis Partnership, which includes Canada’s Canopy Growth Corp., issued guidelines aimed at minimizing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting ethical conduct and responsible cannabis use. The emerging marijuana industry is “in a unique position to set a new […]

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Michigan accelerates medical marijuana business licensing

In the past month and a half, the state of Michigan has dramatically increased turnaround times for processing and approving medical cannabis business license applications. In May alone, the new state Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) ruled on 213 medical cannabis business permit applications, the Detroit Free Press reported. That’s up from an average of 95 […]

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Los Angeles seeking advisers for cannabis social equity program

The Los Angeles Department of Cannabis Regulation (DCR) issued a request for qualifications as it searches for consultants to help shape what is thought to be the largest municipal marijuana social equity program in the nation. The agency is looking for “consultants to develop and conduct business development curriculum, training, business, licensing and compliance assistance, and […]

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California doesn’t plan to raise marijuana excise tax in July

Although the California cannabis industry probably won’t see any state-level tax relief anytime soon, at least the excise tax won’t go up in July. The state Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) confirmed in an email to Marijuana Business Daily that the 60% markup rate that provides the basis for California’s 15% excise tax will […]

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Cannabis firm Acreage, Maine partner might sue over state residency requirements

The largest medical marijuana company in Maine threatened to sue the state if it doesn’t alter course on proposed residency requirements for recreational cannabis business permits. According to the Portland Press Herald, MMJ provider Wellness Connection has financial ties to New York-based multistate operator Acreage Holdings, and the recreational rules as currently written would prohibit […]

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