Michigan lawmakers have delayed a promising bill that would overturn a law that declares the possession or transportation of marijuana in a vehicle a misdemeanor.
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Here’s Why McCarran International Airport Now Has Marijuana Amnesty Boxes
Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport is encouraging people not to gamble their luck when it comes to flying illegally with marijuana.
Officials Meet at New Jersey Cannabusiness Association Seminar
On Feb. 20, 2018, the New Jersey Cannabusiness Association sponsored a seminar which had 250 state and local government officials in attendance.
Connecticut Lawmakers Vote on Starting Recreational Marijuana Discussions
Connecticut lawmakers have put recreational marijuana back on the table — sort of. According to the CT Post, lawmakers are curious as to how they would successfully regulate the drug if it were ever to be legalized in the New England state.
Here’s Why the Vermont Government Redirected Marijuana Program Revenue
It appears the Vermont government is operating smoothly thanks to some extra green, causing state lawmakers to defend the risky move.
Enrollment Gaining in New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program
The New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program started 2018 on a high note, with the most enrolled patients it has ever had. As the month of January came to an end, the program had 47,840 registered patients, a nearly 50% increase from January 2017.
Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission Seeking Input From Counties
In an effort to hear what the public thinks about the proposed recreational cannabis regulations, the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission is traveling from county to county to gather feedback.
Alaska’s Marijuana Tax Revenue Falls Short Two Months in a Row
A new report has confirmed that Alaska’s marijuana tax revenue fell short two months in a row. The dip started in November 2017 and continued downward through December 2017.
Here’s How U.S. Marijuana Prices Range From Coast to Coast
Not only do the rules for marijuana consumption vary from state to state, but so do the prices. From coast to coast, marijuana prices in the United States range from just over $7 in the west to nearly $18 in the east.
Cannabis Oil Bill Introduced in Idaho House Committee
On Jan. 25, 2018, during the House Health and Welfare Committee, Rep. Dorothy Moon proposed draft legislation, RS25862, that would permit residents to use medically prescribed cannabis oil.
Nevada’s Recreational Cannabis Sales Continue to Surpass Projections
It has been just over six months since Nevada began selling legal recreational cannabis, and sales continue to surpass the Silver State’s projections.
Nebraska Senator Introduces Cannabis Amendment Resolution
On Jan. 18, 2018, Sen. Anna Wishart introduced an amendment resolution that would call for Nebraska residents to vote on the legal status of medical cannabis in the November election.
Canadian Cannabis Company Scores Supply Deal With Eighth Province
On Jan. 16, 2018, Canadian cannabis company Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX: WEED) announced its arrangement to provide marijuana to the province of Prince Edward Island.
Senator Nicholas Scutari Introduces New Jersey Marijuana Legislation
During his campaign, governor-elect Phil Murphy voiced his support for marijuana legalization in his state of New Jersey. Though Murphy is not officially in office until next week, Sen. Nicholas Scutari has already made moves to fulfill Murphy’s campaign promise.
Payment Provider Pulls Out of Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
Only a week into the New Year and it’s already been a rollercoaster ride for medical marijuana in the United States. Though some states have overcome regulatory hurdles, it seems like Massachusetts medical marijuana dispensaries are running into new banking issues.
Aurora Cannabis Partners With Denmark-Based Alfred Pedersen & Son
On Jan. 4, 2018, Canadian marijuana producer Aurora Cannabis (TSX: ACB) announced its decision to team up with Denmark-based Alfred Pedersen & Son in an effort to cultivate and eventually sell marijuana throughout Europe.
United States Postal Service Inspectors See Increase in Colorado Marijuana Packages
A new report has confirmed that United States Postal Service Inspectors were busy tracking down Colorado marijuana packages that were being sent to and from the state in 2016.
Michigan Warns Medical Marijuana Patients Against Third-Party Providers
The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs is advising residents who are interested in obtaining a medical marijuana card to register with the state rather than third-party providers.
Some California Recreational Cannabis Shops Won’t Open on New Year’s Day
On Jan. 1, 2018, California recreational cannabis shops will be allowed to sell recreational cannabis legally, but only if they’ve been issued their state-required licenses.
Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission Votes Yes on Drafted Rules
On Dec. 21, 2017, the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission voted yes on drafted regulations for the state’s recreational marijuana businesses.
A San Diego Marijuana Company Advising Residents on Home Grows
A San Diego marijuana company is offering up advice to local residents who are looking to properly grow their own marijuana.
Nevada Marijuana Businesses Have Created More Than 6,700 Jobs
Although the Silver State just started recreational marijuana sales this past summer, the number of workers Nevada marijuana businesses employ is creating quite the buzz.
Anti-Marijuana Organization Creates Retaliation Billboards in Phoenix
An organization of marijuana legalization opponents in Arizona has commissioned anti-marijuana billboards in the Phoenix area. Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy is responding to pro-marijuana billboards put up this past October by Weedmaps, a marijuana locating app.
Honolulu Police Department Retracts Marijuana Patient Gun Policy
On Dec. 6, 2017, Chief Susan Ballard of the Honolulu Police Department acknowledged that the department’s policy demanding medical marijuana patients surrender their guns was faulty.
Paraguay Approves Bill to Legalize Growing Medical Marijuana
On Dec. 5, 2017, the small country of Paraguay became the newest in South America to legalize the cultivation of medical marijuana.
This Is Why Wisconsin Farmers Can Now Add Hemp to Their Crop Rotation
Wisconsin farmers will soon be able to add hemp to their crop rotation. On Nov. 30, 2017, Gov. Scott Walker signed Senate Bill 119 allowing Wisconsin farmers to cultivate industrial hemp.
Minnesota Medical Marijuana Patients Struggle With Supply Shortage
Minnesota medical marijuana patients are worried after news broke that one of the state’s two cannabis providers is experiencing a distribution delay, leaving them with scarce supplies for treatment.
Nevada Cannabis Sales Exceed State’s September Estimate
It looks like Nevada cannabis sales are still ranking high for the recreational market. The Nevada Department of Taxation released the state’s results for recreational cannabis sales for the month of September, and the data proves that sales are still going strong.
Cheek Swab Test Can Now Determine If Marijuana Treatment Is Right for You
A large marijuana producer is hopeful that Canadian physicians will use a new test to help patients determine whether medical marijuana treatment would be effective for them.
Wisconsin Cannabis Legalization Supported by Gubernatorial Candidate
Wisconsin cannabis legalization has been endorsed by a gubernatorial candidate, as long as citizens of the state approve of it.
Executive Director of the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission Resigns
The executive director of the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission has announced his resignation, with plans to move on to new ventures.
Colorado Police Department Phases Out Marijuana Sniffing Dogs
A Colorado police department is going to stop teaching old dogs new tricks and focus on training new dogs with fewer tricks, especially when it comes to marijuana sniffing dogs.
California Approves Commercial Insurer’s Offering of Cannabis Business Insurance
It looks like the California Insurance Commissioner has taken a pivotal step for the state’s cannabis industry. On Nov. 2, 2017, Dave Jones approved a commercial insurer’s offering of cannabis business insurance for the first time.
Pennsylvania Governor Approves Luzerne County Marijuana Facility
The Keystone State has given the green light to a Luzerne County marijuana facility. On Oct. 31, 2017, Gov. Tom Wolf announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Health approved Standard Farms, LLC, to cultivate and process medical marijuana for the state’s medical marijuana program.
Washington State Tracking Software Going Up in Smoke
It looks like the highly talked about seed-to-sale tracking system for marijuana businesses in Washington state is going up in smoke.
This is Why Uruguay’s Hemp Crop Is Slated to Triple
It was only three months ago that Uruguay gave the green light for pharmacies to sell recreational marijuana, but now it looks like the country’s budding hemp crop is going to expand as well.
This Is Why New Zealand May Be the Next Country to Legalize Cannabis
On Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, the recently elected prime minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Arden, said she wants to initiate countrywide conversations regarding the legalization of cannabis.
Dallas County Puts Marijuana Cite-and-Release Program Into Effect
After being delayed in the beginning of October, the Dallas cite-and-release program was finally approved in Dallas County on Oct. 17, 2017.
Medical Marijuana in Montana Ready to Give Slight Boost to State Coffers
It looks like the enhanced legalization of medical marijuana in Montana will boost the Treasure State’s coffers this year, with sales increasing the amount of money in Montana’s general fund.
Wisconsin Lawmakers Lobby for Bill That Would Allow Farmers to Grow Hemp
On Oct. 10, 2017, Wisconsin lawmakers lobbied for a bill that would permit farmers to cultivate hemp in The Badger State.
Tax Deadline Approaching for Montana Medical Cannabis Providers
Montana medical cannabis providers have until Oct. 15, 2017, to file and pay their taxes for sales made in July, August and September. This represents the first time the state’s Department of Revenue has collected taxes on medical cannabis sales.
Early Numbers Show Alaskan Towns Rejecting Local Marijuana Bans
Three years after Alaska residents voted to legalize recreational marijuana, some Alaskan towns were still mulling whether to ban commercial cultivation and retail sales of the drug.
Nevada’s Pot Gamble Brings in Cannabis Tax Revenue Payout
Nevada took a chance on recreational cannabis this summer, and it looks like the payout is huge. In its first month of adult-use sales, Nevada raked in nearly $3.68 million in cannabis tax revenue
Fearful of Losing Funding, Albuquerque Denies Medical Marijuana Bus Ads
The city of Albuquerque has denied a New Mexico medical marijuana provider the chance to advertise their business on city buses. Citing federal funding concerns, Ultra Health, the state’s top medical marijuana company, will have to forego plans to promote its business via the ABQ Ride Buses.
Tennessee Medical Cannabis Task Force Tackles First Official Meeting
On Sept. 21, 2017, the Tennessee medical cannabis task force, created by Lt. Gov. Randy McNally and State House Speaker Beth Harwell, met for the first time to discuss legalization.
Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Challenging Ban of Medical Cannabis in Kentucky
Residents of the Bluegrass State won’t be smoking grass anytime soon. On Sept. 20, 2017, a judge dismissed a lawsuit fighting for the legalization of medical cannabis in Kentucky.
Florida Medical Cannabis Supply Safe in Wake of Hurricane Irma
On the night of Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, Hurricane Irma hit the state of Florida, bringing 140-mile-per-hour winds with it. After forcing residents in certain areas to evacuate, it seems as though Hurricane Irma let one thing off the hook —
Florida medical cannabis supply.
This Is How Hawaii Dispensaries Are Going Cashless
Hawaii dispensaries are saying goodbye to cash and aloha to debit payments. On Sept. 12, 2017, Hawaii’s Financial Institutions Commissioner Iris Ikeda announced that the state would be the first in the country to require that cannabis sales be cashless.
Vermont Governor Launches Marijuana Advisory Commission
On Sept. 7, 2017, Gov. Phil Scott signed Executive Order 15-17, officially launching the Vermont Marijuana Advisory Commission. The commission will explore several options concerning how to successfully legalize recreational marijuana in the state.
Las Vegas Airport Banning Possession and Advertisement of Cannabis
It looks like cannabis travelers and advertisers will have to be more conscientious when using the Las Vegas airport. On Sept. 5, 2017, Clark County commissioners approved a measure to ban both possession and advertisement of cannabis at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.