Recreational Marijuana News

Massachusetts marijuana agency seeking executive director

The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission is hiring. And not just for any job. The board needs an executive director. The director “will guide internal operations and chair the Cannabis Advisory Board,” according to TV station WWLP. Qualifications for the position include a bachelor’s degree and at least five years in a supervisory role. Applications will […]

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L.A. marijuana businesses unhappy with draft rules, but talks continue

By John Schroyer

Newly released draft regulations that would govern Los Angeles’ licensed marijuana industry starting next year immediately created a firestorm among stakeholders, with some fearing they could force many companies to set up shop in other parts of the state

But according to industry insiders, negotiations with city officials are ongoing.

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Cannabis campaign in Fairbanks, Alaska, heads into final days

Leading up to a municipal election next week, it appears that marijuana companies in Fairbanks, Alaska are well-positioned to keep their business interests alive. Voters in Alaska’s third-largest city, along with Fairbanks North Star Borough, will decide on Oct. 3 whether to continue to allow cannabis companies to operate within the municipality’s boundaries, and so […]

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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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