Recreational Marijuana News

California plans to issue temporary marijuana business licenses

As part of the transition to a newly regulated market, California marijuana regulators will hand out temporary business licenses to existing companies starting Jan. 1. Lori Ajax, chief of the state’s Bureau of Cannabis Control, made the announcement Thursday at the California Cannabis Business Conference in Anaheim. To qualify for a temporary permit, businesses will […]

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Nevada Supreme Court halts cannabis distribution licensing

Nevada’s marijuana distribution court fight will last at least another few weeks. On Friday, the Nevada state Supreme Court issued a temporary injunction prohibiting the Department of Taxation from issuing any more marijuana distribution licenses, in a move that could extend supply chain problems for cannabis retailers in the short term. Oral arguments in the case […]

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DOJ official: Administration still unsure on marijuana stance

The Trump administration hasn’t yet decided what to do about marijuana enforcement in states that have legal cannabis programs, according to a top Department of Justice official who was asked about marijuana policy. “We’re looking at it,” Rod Rosenstein, the No. 2 enforcement official at the Department of Justice, said of the Obama-era Cole Memo meant […]

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L.A. planners approve marijuana business zoning regulations

The Los Angeles City Council Planning Commission approved an ordinance on Thursday that sets zoning regulations and land use guidelines for marijuana growers and retailers in the city. The ordinance mandates that retail marijuana stores be located at least 800 feet from schools, parks, libraries, drug treatment facilities or other marijuana shops, according to the […]

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Washington state considering recreational marijuana home grows

In a move that could have a serious impact on Washington marijuana retailers, the department overseeing recreational marijuana in the state will consider allowing home cultivation for adult use. The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) announced in a news release that it will hold a public hearing Oct. 4 to solicit public input […]

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Adult marijuana use increasing in US, two studies show

Some fundamentally good news for the American cannabis industry: Adult marijuana use is steadily increasing. That’s according to findings from two different studies – the National Survey on Drug Use and Health and a report from the Public Health Institute. The National Survey found that, in 2016: Nearly 21% of U.S. residents between the ages […]

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Recreational marijuana shortage predicted in Massachusetts

Massachusetts isn’t slated to begin recreational marijuana sales until next summer, but industry insiders are already predicting an inventory shortage akin to what happened in Nevada and other states that have launched MJ programs in recent years. The problem is simple: There won’t be enough supply to satisfy demand, according to MassLive.com. “The first places to open […]

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Arizona recreational marijuana foe accused of fraud

A company that contributed half a million dollars to help defeat recreational marijuana legalization in Arizona last year is now in the crosshairs of the state’s attorney general, who has accused the company of deceptive practices to bolster sales of an opioid product. Insys Therapeutics – which gave $500,000 to Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy during […]

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Alaska cannabis cultivators say licensing process takes too long

Six new marijuana cultivators came online in Alaska in July, but growers are complaining about problems with licensing procedures. “The process is taking a lot longer” than expected, Evan Schlosberg, cultivation director for Anchorage-based The Frost Frontier, told KTUU. Schlosberg told the TV station it took months to finally receive approval to start growing. He […]

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Which state legislatures could legalize recreational, medical marijuana in 2018?

By John Schroyer

Only 26 states in the United States – along with Washington DC – allow independent campaigns to place ballot measures before the general public. Which means the only way to change state laws in almost half the country is through the legislature.

For cannabis advocates, that means pinning legalization hopes on lawmakers, not voters.

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Colorado gov joins others in defending state MJ programs

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has joined his counterparts in Alaska, Oregon and Washington State in defending his state’s cannabis regulatory regime and pushing back against the possibility of federal intervention by the Department of Justice. Hickenlooper is the last of the four governors – who each received letters from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in […]

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