Recreational Marijuana News

Recreational Marijuana News

MA tobacco wholesalers angling for MJ distribution monopoly

Cigarette wholesalers in Massachusetts are lobbying state lawmakers hard for a monopoly on recreational cannabis distribution, which would likely increase the cost of doing business for marijuana growers and retailers. According to The Boston Globe, a tobacco trade group is leading the charge, trying to persuade policymakers that the best way to go on MJ […]

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Nevada OKs tax schedule for rec cannabis, increases MMJ rates

Nevada lawmakers have given final approval to a regulatory structure to tax the cultivation and sale of recreational marijuana when the industry is up and running. Senate Bill 487 – which the governor is expected to sign into law – levies a 10% tax on retail sales and 15% tax on marijuana growers. The tax also […]

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Chart: Retail cannabis chains are on the rise in Colorado

By Eli McVey

As Colorado’s retail marijuana market matures, a growing number of stores are controlled by a handful of retail chain operators.

It’s a sign the cannabis industry may be headed in a direction similar to traditional retail businesses, where players like a Wal-Mart or Home Depot squeeze out smaller mom-and-pop stores.

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Vermont governor hopeful about marijuana legalization deal

Vermont Republican Gov. Phil Scott says he believes it’s still possible to pass a marijuana legalization bill in what’s expected to be the upcoming two-day veto session of the state Legislature. Scott says negotiations have been taking place to address his concerns with the legalization bill he vetoed last month. The Republican leaders in the Legislature have […]

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Nevada early rec marijuana sales may be delayed after court order

The early rollout of adult-use cannabis sales in Nevada may not start in July after a district court judge signed an order barring the state from issuing MJ distribution licenses under rules recently adopted by regulators. The order stems from a lawsuit filed by liquor wholesalers. They argue that under the letter of a voter-approved ballot […]

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Oregon marijuana regulations about to undergo major changes

Oregon medical marijuana growers and processors could soon have direct access to the burgeoning adult-use market under a bill that aims to move MMJ under the purview of the regulatory agency that oversees recreational cannabis. According to The (Bend) Bulletin, Senate Bill 1057 authorizes the Oregon Liquor Control Commission to: Begin permitting MMJ growers and processors so […]

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Michigan rec cannabis campaign gets OK to collect signatures

A campaign to put a recreational marijuana legalization initiative before voters in Michigan got the green light from state election officials to start collecting signatures. The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol announced that the state board of canvassers signed off on its initiative language, clearing the way for the group to start gathering the […]

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AK cannabis businesses denied ‘Alaska Grown’ label

At least two marijuana companies in Alaska have applied for – but almost certainly won’t receive – formal state advertising labels that are typically granted to other agricultural products. The labels, which simply read “Alaska Grown,” are handed out via the state Division of Agriculture. But a spokesperson for the agency told Alaska Dispatch News […]

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Denver issues proposed rules for social marijuana use

Denver, which could become the first major U.S. city to allow cannabis consumption at mainstream businesses like restaurants and clubs, has put forward proposed rules to govern places that want to allow marijuana use on their premises. The proposed regulations – which were issued by the head of the city’s Department of Excise and Licensing – won’t be finalized […]

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