Recreational Marijuana News

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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Colorado marijuana companies brace for flood of cannabis from outdoor grows

By Bart Schaneman With some of the largest licensed outdoor grow facilities in the country, Pueblo County produces a significant amount of Colorado’s wholesale marijuana – and this year’s harvest could be its biggest. It’s understandable, then, that indoor and greenhouse wholesale growers across Colorado might be worried about a possible flood of product this fall. 

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Dixie Elixirs recalls some marijuana edibles in Colorado

Dixie Elixirs, one of the biggest names in the edibles business, has issued a voluntary recall for six products in Colorado because of potentially unsafe non-food-grade essential oils. Left Bank LLC, which does business as Dixie Elixirs in Colorado, recalled four recreational cannabis products and two that are medical, including specific batches of Dixie mints, […]

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Second Michigan recreational marijuana campaign gets OK

A second – and now competing – campaign to legalize recreational marijuana in Michigan has gotten the go-ahead from state officials to begin collecting signatures in a bid to make the 2018 ballot. The campaign, Abrogate Prohibition Michigan, was approved Thursday by the state board of canvassers to move ahead with its goal of 315,654 […]

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Two states rebut AG Sessions’ critiques of their cannabis laws

Governors in at least two states that have legalized recreational marijuana are pushing back against the Trump administration and defending their efforts to regulate the industry. Alaska Gov. Bill Walker, a former Republican, sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions this week asking the Department of Justice to maintain the Obama administration’s more […]

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Washington state rule change expands business options for marijuana cultivators

By Bart Schaneman Washington state recently eased restrictions on how many producer licenses marijuana businesses can own, a move that could lead to more competition, an uptick in mergers and acquisitions and possibly increased supply. Under the state’s revised policy, business owners can up their licenses from one to three, effective immediately.

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AG Sessions questions cannabis regulatory efficacy in CO, WA

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has contacted the governors of Colorado and Washington state and, using parallel language, questioned the effectiveness of state regulations designed to comply with the 2013 Cole Memo. In letters to Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee, Sessions referenced reports from the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), […]

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Task force tells AG Sessions to keep status quo for legal cannabis

A task force assembled by Attorney General Jeff Sessions is giving him no ammunition to go after the legal marijuana industry, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. The Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety has offered no new policy recommendations to advance the attorney general’s aggressively anti-marijuana views. The group’s report largely […]

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Massachusetts marijuana oversight board is taking shape

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday picked five people to serve on the Cannabis Advisory Board that will help guide regulators enforcing recreational and medical marijuana laws. The governor’s selections bring to 15 the number of advisory board members. The panel eventually will consist of 25 members, who will be tasked with offering recommendations to the Cannabis Control […]

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