Recreational Marijuana News

Oregon Recreational Marijuana Bill Approved for Ballot

Oregon voters will get another shot at legalizing recreational marijuana. The state announced Tuesday that advocates submitted enough signatures to qualify a legalization bill for the ballot this November. The measure would allow adults 21 and over to consume cannabis. It calls for a system of regulated, state-licensed businesses to grow and sell the drug […]

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VT Moves Forward With Marijuana Legalization Study

Rand Corp. is set to begin a study on the possible impacts of marijuana legislation in Vermont, the results of which could have broad implications for cannabis legalization efforts across the country. Officials from Rand Corp. – a prestigious research firm – will be in Vermont early next week to do initial work on the […]

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WA Product Shortages Could Last Months

When will Washington State’s recreational marijuana industry have enough product to satisfy demand? One cultivator expects it will take months for cannabis inventory to stabilize. Until that happens, supplies will be constrained and prices will reflect product scarcity. Brian Stroh – who owns CannaMan Farms, a cultivation site in Clark County – said licensed growers […]

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Legal Marijuana Nets WA $318K in Excise Taxes

The first week and a half of recreational marijuana sales in Washington have generated several hundred dollars in excise taxes for the state. Through July 17, the state has pulled in an estimated $318,000 in excise taxes on $1.27 million in cannabis sales. The sales figure includes cannabis transfers at each step in the supply […]

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Denver Issues Edibles Recall, Despite Lack of Illness

Products from the popular Colorado edibles brand At Home Baked are being removed from store shelves at the order of the Denver Department of Environmental Health. The recall was triggered because the company allegedly used a device not tied to food production – a washing machine – to create a concentrate with the end purpose […]

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Washington’s MMJ Businesses Surviving Amid Rec Rollout, but Fearful About Future

By Fred Dreier Washington State’s nascent recreational cannabis industry has dominated national headlines over the past week. But little attention has been given to the state’s sizable – albeit unregulated – medical marijuana sector. Dispensaries and their suppliers say demand is holding up well so far. Yet the start of recreational sales has cast

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Washington’s Recreational Cannabis Shortage Continues

Retail cannabis stores in Washington state are still struggling to replenish their depleted inventories, with some saying it could take a few days or even another week to secure more supplies. Cannabis City – the only recreational shop to open in Seattle when sales began July 8 – ran out of marijuana last Friday and has […]

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Week in Review: Success, and Hiccups, for Recreational Marijuana in Washington State

By Chris Walsh The first few days of recreational sales in Washington State were a resounding success by most measures. The handful of shops that opened this week reported brisk business, national media coverage was largely favorable and consumers were on their best behavior – painting a positive picture of the industry. But the rollout […]

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Study: Colorado Marijuana Market Larger Than Expected

Good news for Colorado cannabis businesses: Demand for marijuana in the state is much higher than previously estimated, according to a new report. The Market Demand Study – released by Colorado’s Marijuana Enforcement Division – estimates that adults who live in the state will consume 121.4 metric tons of cannabis in 2014,  while visitors 21 […]

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Washington’s Rec Supply Holds, but Inventory Concerns Remain

Washington State’s recreational industry did not run out of cannabis on its first day of sales, as some predicted. But several stores had to ration their supply, while others could run out of inventory later this week. The five retail shops across the state that opened for business on Tuesday all reported long lines and […]

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Oregon Marijuana Bill Good for Businesses, Backers Say

Supporters of a cannabis legalization bill in Oregon believe the measure would create a more favorable business climate than the recreational systems in Washington State and Colorado. Dave Kopilak, a Portland attorney who helped draft New Approach Oregon’s legalization initiative, told the Oregonian that the bill’s proposed tax model is better for entrepreneurs. Kopilak said […]

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Raid Raises Questions Over Legality of CO Marijuana Lounges

A recent raid by police at a Denver marijuana lounge has prompted a debate over the legality of private clubs that cater to smokers. Denver police raided MaryJane’s Social Club on June 27, handcuffing smokers, seizing paraphernalia and ticketing the club’s owner for violating a state law banning indoor cigarette smoking. The club shut down after […]

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