Recreational Marijuana News

Maine governor pledges veto of new rec cannabis implementation bill

Maine Gov. Paul LePage indicated that he’ll again veto legislation to implement the 2016 voter-approved recreational marijuana industry in his state. According to the Portland Press-Herald, LePage said he’ll strike down the bill – passed by the full Maine Legislature last week – because the measure fails to combine the state’s existing medical marijuana program […]

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While Weedmaps battles state, its executives seek cannabis distribution license in California

Two of the masterminds behind Weedmaps – perhaps the most successful online advertising platform for cannabis businesses – are working to set up a new company that would be directly involved in California’s marijuana supply chain. The venture recently moved a step closer to fruition when the proposed business received conditional approval for a distribution […]

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California reminds marijuana firms temporary licenses set to expire

California cannabis regulators are alerting marijuana companies that temporary business permits that took effect at the start of the year will begin expiring at the end of April. Regulators issued the temporary permits during the state’s transition into a new marijuana regulatory system. The permits took effect beginning New Year’s Day and were valid for […]

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Massachusetts gets 218 recreational cannabis applicants on first day

Massachusetts companies that want to operate retail marijuana stores in Massachusetts submitted a whopping 218 applications on the first day businesses could apply for recreational MJ business permits. The applicants are seeking priority certification that will give them a place in line when the actual licensing process begins April 17, MassLive.com reported. Priority certification was available for […]

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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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