Recreational Marijuana News

More Input Sought for CA Legalization Measure

Supporters of a measure to legalize and regulate marijuana in California are seeking additional input from the public and MMJ professionals before submitting their final proposal to the state. The group behind the effort, Americans for Policy Reform, has extended the deadline for soliciting ideas and suggestions by at least another week. It must submit […]

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1st Recreational Cannabis License in US History Awarded

Annie’s, a medical marijuana dispensary in the Colorado mountain town of Central City, has received the first business license in the United States to sell recreational marijuana. Local officials approved the license this week. Annie’s still must also receive a business license from the state, which could happen in the next few weeks. The first […]

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Maryland Recreational Cannabis Market Could Generate $450M

Maryland could generate up to $450 million annually in marijuana sales via retail stores if the state legalizes cannabis for recreational use, according to estimates in a plan unveiled by a gubernatorial candidate today. Heather Mizeur, a Democratic lawmaker who is running for governor, said in her plan to legalize and regulate cannabis sales that […]

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Marijuana Sales OK’d Near Vail

Retail marijuana businesses in unincorporated Eagle County, Colorado, will be allowed to begin selling recreational marijuana on Jan. 1 – despite the fact that the ritzy resort town of Vail has temporarily banned all cannabis sales. Vail is the largest town in the country and draws tens of thousands of visitors each year, making the […]

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300+ Applications for WA Cannabis Licenses

Hundreds of entrepreneurs threw their hats into the Washington State recreational marijuana ring on Monday, submitting paperwork to open retail stores, cultivation sites and infused-products companies. The state Department of Revenue said it received 299 online applications as of 2 p.m. Monday, the first day of the process. A handful of additional applications were submitted […]

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ACLU Lobbies for Private Cultivation in Washington

The ACLU of Washington has asked the state to allow medical marijuana patients to grow their own cannabis at home. In a seven-page letter to the Washington State Liquor Control Board, Alison Holcomb – who penned the measure legalizing adult-use marijuana (I-502) and serves as the ACLU ‘s local drug policy director – argues that […]

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136 CO Dispensaries Line Up for Rec Licenses

Colorado’s Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) has accepted 136 applications for licenses to operate recreational marijuana retail shops since the process began in October, representing about a quarter of those eligible to apply. Under the law, only existing medical marijuana businesses can vie for licenses until next fall. Colorado currently has 517 MMJ dispensaries, so at […]

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3.1 Million Potential In-State Marijuana Customers in Colorado, Washington

The recreational marijuana market in Colorado and Washington could be substantially larger than initial predictions, with the local customer pool alone hitting a combined 3.1 million in the two states. A new poll found that 26% of Americans said they would purchase marijuana at least on rare occasions if it were legal in their state. […]

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Marijuana Tourism Companies Carving Niche in Colorado

Marijuana tourism companies are preparing for the start of recreational marijuana sales in Colorado on Jan. 1, promoting themed packages that include visits to retail marijuana shops and access to concerts and parties. One company – Get Elevated – is offering a $1,500, five-night cannabis tour in Denver over the New Years holiday. The package […]

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Week in Review: International Green Wave + Medical Marijuana Bombshell in Washington

By Chris Walsh Get ready for the international green wave. A growing number of countries are considering legalizing marijuana for recreational or medical use, and they’re turning to cannabis businesses in the United States for a glimpse of what’s possible. Earlier this week, two dozen dignitaries from Canada, Mexico and Uruguay spent several days getting […]

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