Recreational Marijuana News

Downturn in California lab-tested marijuana batches adds to confusion over state’s supply chain

The number of marijuana product batches undergoing laboratory testing in California has dipped in recent months, sparking worries among some industry officials over the health of the state’s cannabis market and the possibility that product supply is dwindling. But several insiders also were careful to note it’s too early to reach any conclusions based on […]

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Dueling recreational cannabis legalization campaigns in Montana

At least two political campaigns are underway in Montana to get recreational marijuana ballot measures before voters in 2020. If multiple measures end up making the ballot, they could split the vote and deter legalization for several more years According to the Missoulian, one of the two campaigns, MontanaCan, had already filed its ballot measure […]

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Massachusetts sets August hearings for cannabis cafes, home delivery

Proposed regulations in Massachusetts surrounding marijuana business opportunities in social consumption and home delivery are on the calendar for next month, when officials will take public testimony on both. According to MassLive.com, the first Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission hearing will be Aug. 14 at the Health Policy Commission in Boston. A second hearing will be […]

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Week in Review: IL gov signs historic cannabis bill, MA moves on MJ cafes/delivery, new CA vape cartridge symbol rules & more

Illinois’ governor makes his state the first to legalize recreational marijuana through its Legislature, Massachusetts moves forward with cannabis cafes and deliveries, California requires a universal symbol on vape pens, the hemp sector makes big inroads – plus other important news from around the industry. Illinois marks a marijuana first Illinois officially became the first […]

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California marijuana retailers charge product suppliers for shelf space, creating friction in the industry

A growing trend among California cannabis retailers to charge brands for shelf space – and, thus, access to customers – has some in the industry decrying the practice as “pay-to-play” that threatens to crowd out smaller companies from the market. According to several industry sources, the practice first cropped up in early 2018 and quickly […]

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What’s next in New York and New Jersey? Marijuana business experts weigh in

Illinois became the 11th state in the nation Tuesday to legalize adult-use marijuana after Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a recreational bill into law. The governor’s historic bill signing comes not long after New York and New Jersey both failed to legalize potential billion-dollar commercial recreational programs. What lessons were learned by the cannabis industry, and how […]

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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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