Recreational Marijuana News

Rhode Island dispensary owner fears Massachusetts’ recreational cannabis

At least one of Rhode Island’s three medical cannabis dispensary chiefs is afraid the launch of the Massachusetts recreational market will be the death of his business. Seth Bock – the CEO of Greenleaf Compassionate Care Center in Portsmouth – told a Rhode Island legislative committee that unless officials make changes to the MMJ program, […]

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Election results: Recreational cannabis legalization strong possibility in New Jersey + wins in Detroit

By John Schroyer

New Jersey is poised to legalize recreational marijuana after a pro-cannabis candidate won the state’s gubernatorial race Tuesday, giving the MJ industry a potentially huge win in what could be a lucrative new market for businesses.

Come January, anti-marijuana Gov. Chris Christie will be out of office and Democrat Phil Murphy will be in.

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Maine lawmakers vote to sustain gov’s recreational cannabis veto

The Maine House of Representatives on Monday opted not to overturn the governor’s veto of a bill that would have implemented a recreational marijuana ballot measure approved by voters last year. Gov. Paul LePage wrote in a veto letter last week that he torpedoed the bill because it “sets unrealistic timelines for launching the market, fails to address […]

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CA senator: San Francisco proposal a ‘ban’ on new cannabis firms

A San Francisco land-use committee has given an initial green light to a restrictive zoning proposal that one state senator from the city is claiming would “ban all new cannabis retail businesses in almost all of San Francisco.” Sen. Scott Wiener – a former member of the board of supervisors – wrote in a lengthy Facebook […]

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Alcohol giant buys $190M stake in Canadian cannabis company

One of the biggest alcohol businesses in the world is entering into a strategic relationship with one of the largest medical marijuana companies on the globe, a move that could usher in a new era of investments and partnerships between the industries. New York-based Constellation Brands will acquire 9.9% of Smiths Falls, Ontario-based Canopy Growth […]

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Distribution emerging as important cog in California’s marijuana supply chain

By John Schroyer A new niche sector within the larger marijuana industry is developing in California: independent distribution firms that don’t produce their own cannabis products. Such companies – which often act as inventory clearinghouses for existing dispensaries and other plant-touching businesses – are a relatively new phenomenon in California.

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WA cannabis firms may be without seed-to-sale system until 2018

Marijuana companies in Washington state may have to record their business transactions manually for at least two months because the state will lack a working seed-to-sale tracking system, thanks to a delay in getting a new platform online. The Washington State Liquor and Control Board has announced that Leaf Data Systems – Denver-based MJ Freeway’s seed-to-sale […]

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Maine passes recreational marijuana bill, but gov may veto

Maine lawmakers approved a bill to regulate the state’s recreational marijuana industry late Monday night that now heads to the governor, who has 10 days to sign the legislation, veto it or let it pass into law without signing it. Republican Gov. Paul LePage has threatened to veto any legislation that doesn’t delay until 2019 the start […]

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California insurance commissioner seeks more marijuana coverage

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones is calling on private insurers to provide more widespread coverage for the state’s marijuana businesses. During a public forum on Thursday, Jones discussed his efforts to get mainstream insurance providers to work more closely with marijuana businesses and to get those in the cannabis industry to help educate insurers on […]

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New Zealand to hold recreational cannabis referendum

New Zealand will hold a public referendum on whether to legalize recreational marijuana for personal use at some point over the next three years, according to the nation’s newly elected prime minister. Jacinda Ardern – who was confirmed as the nation’s next prime minister on Thursday after a close September election – hasn’t said whether she favors legalization. […]

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Maine gov proposes stalling rec marijuana sales until 2019

Maine’s Republican governor is proposing that state lawmakers consider simply delaying recreational marijuana sales, instead of passing a legislative rewrite of the voter-approved marijuana law. The Maine Legislature is set to return Monday to consider a rewrite offered by a legislative committee handling adult-use marijuana implementation. Republican House Minority Leader Ken Fredette said he is […]

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