Recreational Marijuana News

Lobbying Group Turns Tables on Overconsumption Story

The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) is using a now-infamous first person account of excessive cannabis consumption to highlight the group’s new education initiative encouraging responsible consumption. MPP on Wednesday announced the launch of the website www.consumeresponsibly.org, which helps novice consumers navigate their their first cannabis experiences. As part of the campaign, MPP has taken a […]

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Black Market Marijuana Dealer Targets Rec Store’s Customers

Although recreational marijuana proponents often argue that legalizing and taxing cannabis will help undercut illegal sales, there’s still a long way to go before the black market is completely eliminated. That point was driven home last weekend outside the Seattle recreational marijuana shop Cannabis City, when police were called about a man who was allegedly […]

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Colorado Banking Co-Op Program Stalls

An attempt to ease the lack of banking services for Colorado’s cannabis industry may prove fruitless because businesses are not stepping up to form the type of financial cooperatives the state General Assembly approved last spring. According to The Denver Post, insiders say it’s a “game of chicken” between the Federal Reserve and the marijuana industry, […]

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Oregon Cities Levy Taxes in Hopes of Rec Law Passage

For many voters, a key selling point of recreational cannabis legalization is the possible tax windfall from the sale of cannabis and related products. At least two cities in Oregon are taking action now, weeks before the results of the state vote on marijuana legalization, in the hopes of securing such a windfall for their […]

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Cannabis Industry to Impact Energy Needs of Northwest Region

A 20-year power plan covering the northeast United States is taking into account the sizable energy needs of marijuana production. The Northwest Power and Conservation Council said it expects cultivators will require as much as 163 megawatts of power per year by 2035 – the equivalent of what a town with a population of 30,000 […]

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Latest Rec Sales Data: $7M in Washington, $30M in Colorado

Colorado and Washington have released updated tax data associated with their respective marijuana programs.

In Washington, the numbers indicate that monthly recreational marijuana sales more than doubled to hit nearly $5.5 million in August vs. $2.6 million in July. (Note: The July number only includes data for part of the month, as sales began July 8).

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Denver Considering Limits on Home Extraction

Denver is looking to ban residents from using explosive chemicals to create homemade hash oil, a move that could drive more consumers to dispensaries and recreational cannabis stores. Mayor Michael Hancock has proposed an addition to city codes that would “prohibit the hazardous solvent-based extraction process by which individuals directly and indirectly involved are subjected […]

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From Cannabis-Friendly B&Bs to Marijuana Food Trucks, New Business Models Emerge in Rec States

By John Schroyer When it comes to business opportunities, many entrepreneurs in the nation’s first recreational cannabis markets are focused on “the big three” – retail stores, cultivation sites and infused products companies. But the emergence of retail marijuana has given rise to entirely new business models and concepts that cater to the recreational cannabis […]

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CO’s Proposed Production Limits Spark Controversy

Colorado has proposed additional limits on cannabis producers in an effort to curb diversion to other states, drawing praise from large-scale cultivators and criticism from smaller growers. The move comes as Colorado approaches the Oct. 1 threshold where commercial growers will be allowed to operate in the state without being tied to a specific retail […]

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I-502 Ban Passes First Test

A judge in Washington State has upheld a municipality’s authority to ban marijuana retailers, though not under federal law. Judge Ronald Culpepper ruled that the city of Fife can deny retailer licenses to prospective cannabis businesses, but he said that right is given under the state’s recreational marijuana law (Initiative 502). The city argued that […]

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Week in Review: Retailers, Growers at Odds Amid Supply Shortage in Washington State

 By Chris Walsh After a rocky start to recreational marijuana in Washington State, many entrepreneurs on the front lines of the industry assumed the market would settle down fairly quickly. Unfortunately that’s not the case. Supply remains extraordinarily tight – many licensed cultivators are still awaiting their first harvest – while demand continues

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Colorado City Awards 21 Rec Shop Licenses

The third-largest city in Colorado awarded 21 licenses for cannabis shops on Thursday, paving the way for the first stores to open on Oct. 1. Aurora, located just east of Denver, sifted through 58 applications from businesses competing for 24 licenses in six wards scattered throughout the city. In all, 13 separate companies were awarded […]

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