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Week in Review: Sessions’ cannabis remarks, Oxford MMJ research & odd pairing in MA

By John Schroyer, Bart Schaneman and Omar Sacirbey Attorney General Jeff Sessions again criticizes marijuana without offering a clear policy plan, Oxford University receives millions to study medical cannabis, and Massachusetts liquor store owners are eyeing the rec MJ market. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

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Cannabis public use measures could spur MJ sales, businesses

By Bart Schaneman From Alaska to Massachusetts, a number of states are weighing measures to allow people to consume cannabis in public places such as clubs and other venues. Legalizing cannabis clubs and other venues for public consumption could spur MJ sales and create new business opportunities, said industry officials.

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Chart: Marijuana business licensing backlog in Alaska

By Eli McVey Despite having legalized adult-use cannabis in 2014, Alaska’s recreational marijuana industry is taking much longer than expected to begin realizing its potential. An understaffed state regulatory agency has been slow to license new businesses, and significant amounts of red tape at the local level have prevented some licensees from opening their doors.

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Massachusetts cannabis businesses warily await lawmaker tinkering

By Omar Sacirbey

Cannabis industry advocates in Massachusetts know changes are coming to the law that voters passed last November legalizing recreational marijuana.

But how modest or extreme those changes will be, and whether they’ll constrain the market, is less certain.

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Election first step to clarity for L.A.’s legal cannabis industry

By John Schroyer

The outcome of Los Angeles’ municipal election Tuesday could enable the city to surge to the forefront of the regulated cannabis industry, or it could prove a major setback for thousands of marijuana businesses.

Residents will vote on four proposed changes to city laws, and two of the questions are about marijuana.

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