Recreational Marijuana News

Industry insiders, state officials in recreational cannabis markets vow to stay the course

Prominent figures from the nine recreational marijuana markets in the United States reacted defiantly to the announcement that Attorney General Jeff Sessions is throwing out Obama-era protections for the legalized cannabis industry. From Alaska to Maine, industry insiders in states with legal adult-use programs and politicians from both sides of the aisle spoke out against the action. But […]

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Florida recreational marijuana legalization groups say they won’t make 2018 ballot

It looks as if Florida’s bid to legalize recreational cannabis will have to wait until at least 2020. Two separate campaigns trying to gather the requisite 766,000 voter signatures to place initiatives on the November 2018 ballot told the Naples Daily News that they won’t make the threshold. And that means there almost certainly won’t be […]

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$4B Brave New World: Updates on the launch of California’s recreational marijuana market

Marijuana Business Daily reporter John Schroyer is on the ground in Berkeley, California, and will post live updates throughout New Year’s Day from the longest-operating medical cannabis dispensary in the country – Berkeley Patients Group (BPG).

Scroll down for a front-row seat to the challenges and successes BPG experiences on its first day selling recreational marijuana as well as insight on the launch of California’s recreational marijuana industry, which Marijuana Business Daily estimates could generate at least $4 billion in annual retail sales in several years. (All entries are in Pacific Time.)

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Chart: California recreational marijuana sales set to begin in limited number of stores

Recreational cannabis sales officially begin in California today, but fewer than 100 adult-use retail licenses have been issued throughout the state – which may lead to long lines and supply issues for the rec stores able to open their doors on New Year’s Day. California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control – the agency overseeing the licensing process for […]

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Break-in at Alaska marijuana operation, $150k of product stolen

A marijuana business in Anchorage had a large amount of freshly packaged cannabis stolen, police said, highlighting the ongoing danger robberies can present for plant-touching companies. The owner of Danish Gardens – a licensed grower, product manufacturer and retailer – arrived at his store to find the glass employee entrance smashed in, with a small […]

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Berkeley Patients Group’s journey: Prepping for California’s recreational marijuana launch

California’s conversion from a two-decades-old medical cannabis gray market to a regulated marijuana industry isn’t going to be easy for companies that are set in the ways they’ve been doing business for years.

In fact, it’s probably going to be downright painful, considering the extra expenses required to become fully compliant and obtain all the necessary permits.

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Uruguay ups THC limit as recreational cannabis customer base grows

Uruguay’s government has increased its THC limit for recreational customers from 2% to 9%, meaning the country is a step closer to a full-strength adult-use program. Five months after the launch of recreational cannabis sales, more than 16,000 Uruguayans have registered to buy marijuana, The Independent reported. Roughly 5,000 had signed up for the rec program […]

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Denver gets first marijuana social-use applicant

More than a year after Denver voters approved marijuana social-use lounges, the city has its first applicant – a coffee shop that plans to allow vaping and the consumption of cannabis edibles. The Coffee Joint’s application comes more than five months after Denver finalized rules for social-use clubs. The rules are so restrictive that some […]

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Ohio recreational marijuana campaign unveiled for 2018

A new statewide ballot measure campaign will take a second stab at legalizing recreational marijuana in Ohio. According to a news release from Ian James – a key player in the ill-fated 2015 ResponsibleOhio legalization campaign – a statewide ballot issue push is underway. The drive will be spearheaded by Jimmy Gould, founder and chairman of […]

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Los Angeles paves way for regulated marijuana market on ‘historic day’

Los Angeles could be among a handful of California cities to begin recreational marijuana sales on New Year’s Day after the City Council’s unanimous approval of cannabis industry regulations Wednesday. “Let’s don’t be a part of history. Let’s make history,” Council President Herb Wesson said moments before 12 council members voted to pass three ordinances […]

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