Recreational Marijuana News

Alaska city rejects marijuana retail sales tax increase

(This story has been updated to include information from Jana Weltzin, a cannabis attorney.) The Anchorage Assembly voted against a 2% tax increase on cannabis retail sales Tuesday. MJ business owners see the Assembly’s 8-2 vote as a win for them and a blow to the state’s illicit cannabis market, TV station KTUU reported. Anchorage Mayor […]

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MJ Freeway cannabis software system hits new glitch in Washington state; contract up for renewal

Marijuana business owners in Washington state continue to grapple with problems in the state-selected traceability program, with some industry officials concerned the situation could trigger errors tied to tax reporting and regulatory compliance. The state has used MJ Freeway’s Leaf Data Systems for its traceability software platform since December. The kinks plaguing the system come […]

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Local control could become an issue if Michigan legalizes recreational cannabis

Will local governments have the power to unilaterally ban marijuana companies if a recreational legalization ballot measure is approved in Michigan in November? The answer seems to be up in the air, according to Detroit TV station WDIV. “One interpretation says all communities are opted in automatically until they opt out. The other interpretation is […]

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Registered but unlicensed cannabis grow raided in Northern California

A commercial cannabis grow in California that had been legally registered and apparently attempted to obtain legal permits was recently raided by local law enforcement agents after a county ban on marijuana cultivation took effect. Calaveras County Sheriff’s deputies raided a grow in Railroad Flat and seized more than 1,300 cannabis plants, as well as […]

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Alaska eyes new tax tier for cannabis cultivators in face of black-market demand

Alaska’s Department of Revenue is mulling a third tax tier for cannabis cultivators in an apparent bid to make the state’s legal marijuana prices more competitive with the black market. That’s according to Ken Alper, director of the state’s tax division, who was speaking at Alaska’s Marijuana Control Board on Wednesday. Here are the basics […]

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Vermont medical marijuana patient count plateaus; some blame recreational MJ

Vermont’s medical cannabis patient registry growth has plateaued in recent months at roughly 6,000, and it’s not showing any signs of picking back up any time soon. The change may stem from the state’s legalization of recreational marijuana consumption come July 1, the Burlington Free Press reported. It isn’t a good sign for Vermont’s MMJ […]

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Colorado gov’s veto could drive marijuana businesses out of state, officials warn

After Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper quashed a bill that would have allowed publicly traded companies to invest in the state’s marijuana industry, local cannabis companies are threatening to move to other states.

Cannabis industry representatives joined state lawmakers and patient advocates at a news conference Thursday to voice their displeasure with the governor’s vetoes of three marijuana-related bills the industry supported, the Denver Business Journal reported.

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California regulatory reversal: New marijuana delivery rules highlight Eaze’s political pull

New cannabis rules in California released Tuesday highlight again how fractious the state’s industry remains. The regulations also put the spotlight on the political influence wielded by a technology company that isn’t governed by the rules it has been lobbying to change. Several cannabis industry insiders say the updated regulations – issued by the state […]

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