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Ohio Lawmakers Want to Halt MMJ Licensing After Learning Application Scorer's Past

Ohio Lawmakers Want to Halt MMJ Licensing After Learning Application Scorer’s Past

Ohio Lawmakers Want to Halt MMJ Licensing After Learning Application Scorer’s Past

A growing number of Ohio lawmakers and state officials are calling on the state to put a halt to issuing medical marijuana cultivation licenses after learning that one of the consultants hired to score the applications, Trevor Bozeman, owner of iCann Consulting, was previously convicted on drug charges.

Massachusetts Marijuana Tax Revenue

Massachusetts Marijuana Tax Revenue Projection Swings Wide for First Year

Massachusetts marijuana tax revenue in the Bay State has been given a wide-ranging projection for recreational marijuana’s first year of sales. According to a Massachusetts Department of Revenue analysis, tax revenue will range between $44-82 million in fiscal year 2019.

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United States Army Granting Waivers for Marijuana Use to Gain More Recruits

As marijuana legalization sweeps the nation, it is becoming increasingly difficult for military recruiters to find recruits that have not used marijuana. In an effort to gain more recruits, the United States Army has begun to grant waivers for would-be soldiers that have used marijuana in the past.

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Government Shutdown Could Allow Marijuana Crackdown

Funding for the federal government is set to run out on Friday, unless Congress enacts a bill extending current spending levels. Also set to expire is a current rider that prevents the Department of Justice from interfering with state medical cannabis laws.

Regulation Questions Swirl as Sacramento Draws Closer to Recreational Marijuana

Regulation Questions Swirl as Sacramento Draws Closer to Recreational Marijuana

For months, Joe Devlin and his team have been working to create the rules and regulations for each aspect of Sacramento’s cannabis industry, including cultivation, delivery, dispensary, testing, and transportation.

Massachusetts Cannabis Regulators Could Get $2.7 Million in Additional Funding

Massachusetts Cannabis Regulators Could Get $2.7 Million in Additional Funding

Massachusetts cannabis regulators could be getting an early Christmas present this year in the form of additional funding. Budget writers with the state House of Representatives released a bill on Nov. 29, 2017, that would give the state Cannabis Control Commission $2.7 million in additional funding.

Members of Congress Urge Extended Protection of State Medical Cannabis Laws

Members of Congress Urge Extended Protection of State Medical Cannabis Laws

On Nov. 28, 2017, a bipartisan group of federal lawmakers sent a letter to congressional leaders, urging them to extend protection of state medical cannabis laws in the 2018 appropriations bill.

Three More Maryland Medical Marijuana Dispensary Licenses Awarded

Three More Maryland Medical Marijuana Dispensary Licenses Awarded

With several Maryland medical marijuana dispensary licensees preparing to open their doors within the next week and certified patients ready to buy their products, the state has awarded three more dispensary licenses, giving Maryland a total of nine licensed dispensaries.

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First Look at the Northwest Territories Cannabis Legalization Proposal

While Canada has launched a public consultation on its proposed federal cannabis regulations, the Northwest Territories cannabis legalization proposal was unveiled recently by the territorial government.

San Francisco Muni Bans Cannabis Ads on Its Buses

San Francisco Muni Bans Cannabis Ads on Its Buses

Cannabis ads on Muni buses are set to disappear in metaphorical a puff of smoke. Ads for recreational pot will be banned going forward on San Francisco’s public transit system after a vote by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency on Tuesday.

Task Force Discusses Legalization of Medical Marijuana in Kentucky

Task Force Discusses Legalization of Medical Marijuana in Kentucky

State officials met Tuesday in hopes to legalize medical marijuana here in Kentucky. A task force lead by Kentucky’s Secretary Of State Alison Lundergan Grimes met in Frankfort Tuesday afternoon to explore the possibilities.

Michigan Marijuana Group Turns in Signatures for Legalization Initiative

Michigan Marijuana Group Turns in Signatures for Legalization Initiative

Despite facing debt and deadlines, the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol’s voter initiative to legalize recreational marijuana in the state of Michigan will most likely qualify for the ballot. On Nov. 20, 2017, the CRMLA announced that it had turned in approximately 360,000 signatures to the Secretary of State, well above the state minimum

Congressman Steve Cohen Grills Jeff Sessions Over Federal Marijuana Laws

Congressman Steve Cohen Grills Jeff Sessions Over Federal Marijuana Laws

Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN 9th District) questions Attorney General Jeff Sessions on America’s marijuana laws and Session’s infamous quote “good people don’t smoke marijuana.”

New Hampshire Legalization Bill Rejected by House Criminal Justice Committee

New Hampshire Legalization Bill Rejected by House Criminal Justice Committee

New Hampshire legalization will have to wait for at least one more year. On Nov. 14, 2017, the state House Criminal Justice Committee voted to reject House Bill 656, a bill that aimed to legalize recreational marijuana in the state.

Back to the Drawing Board: Maine House Fails to Overcome Governor's Veto

Back to the Drawing Board: Maine House Fails to Overcome Governor’s Veto

It’s back to the drawing board for Maine legislators. On Nov. 6, 2017, the Maine House of Representatives fell 17 votes short of overriding Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of LD 1650, a bill regulating the state’s recreational market.

Maine Governor Vetoes Bill to Regulate Recreational Marijuana

Maine Governor Vetoes Bill to Regulate Recreational Marijuana

On Nov. 3, 2017, Maine Gov. Paul LePage vetoed LD 1650, a bill that would regulate recreational marijuana in the state. In his veto letter, LePage outlined three key concerns and urged legislators to come together and rework the bill.

Cannabis in Casinos? Not Until Law Changes, Vegas Congresswoman Says

Cannabis in Casinos? Not Until Law Changes, Vegas Congresswoman Says

Congresswoman Dina Titus voted for the marijuana legalization measure on Nevada’s ballot a year ago. Since then, she has been fighting on Capitol Hill to get the federal government to respect the decision she and a majority of her constituents made to end prohibition.

German Parties Consider Sale of Marijuana in Pharmacies or Dispensaries

German Parties Consider Sale of Marijuana in Pharmacies or Dispensaries

Cannabis reform may be coming to the European Union’s most populous country as German conservatives, the Green Party and the Free Democratic Party continue their talks on forming a coalition government. Part of their discussions include an agreement on fully legalizing marijuana and selling the drug through pharmacies or licensed dispensaries.

Lawmakers: Feds Should Research Medical Marijuana for Military Vets

Lawmakers: Feds Should Research Medical Marijuana for Military Vets

A group of 10 U.S. House members is pushing the Trump administration to begin researching medical marijuana’s potential benefits for military veterans struggling to cope with war wounds.

Sessions 'Can't Comment' On Rumors Of Marijuana Crackdown Plans

Jeff Sessions ‘Can’t Comment’ on Rumors of Marijuana Crackdown Plans

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is a longtime opponent of marijuana legalization. But in a radio interview on Thursday he was guarded about the Trump administration’s plans to push back against the growing number of states that are ending cannabis prohibition.

GOP Congressman Wants Trump to Help Legalize Medical Marijuana

GOP Congressman Wants Trump to Help Legalize Medical Marijuana

Rep. Matt Gaetz has been in Congress for less than a year, but the Florida Congressman has already become one of the House’s foremost leaders working to reform federal marijuana policies. Just one problem: GOP leadership doesn’t seem especially interested in giving the issue a fair shake.

Maine Governor May Veto Marijuana Law Rewrite Approved by Legislature

Maine Governor May Veto Marijuana Law Rewrite Approved by Legislature

On Oct. 23, 2017, the Maine House of Representatives and Senate voted in a special session to approve LR 2395, a bill that would rewrite the Marijuana Legalization Act and pave the way for recreational marijuana sales. The measure will now go to the desk of Gov. Paul LePage, where it faces an uncertain future.

Unlikely Allies Eye Vote to Legalize Cannabis in New Zealand

Unlikely Allies Eye Vote to Legalize Cannabis in New Zealand

New Zealand could become the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to legalize cannabis for personal use after an unlikely alliance of populist, centrist and leftist parties put drug policy immediately on the agenda of the incoming government.

West Virginia Medical Marijuana Regulators Want Input From Residents Right Now

West Virginia Medical Marijuana Regulators Want Resident Input Right Now

West Virginia medical marijuana may not be a reality for another two years, but state regulators are ready to start calculating the supply and demand needs of Mountain State patients.

Sen. Orrin Hatch Makes the Case for Medicinal Marijuana

Sen. Orrin Hatch Makes the Case for Medicinal Marijuana

In a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday morning, Senator Orrin Hatch made the case for medical marijuana. During the hearing Hatch questioned U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions about a path forward for marijuana research.

Florida Health Officials Request Judge's Removal from Medical Marijuana Case

Florida Health Officials Request Judge’s Removal from Medical Marijuana Case

On Oct. 10, 2017, Christian Bax, Executive Director of the Florida Office of Medical Marijuana Use, issued a request to Robert Cohen, Director of the Division of Administrative Hearings, asking for Administrative Law Judge John Van Laningham to be removed from a medical marijuana case involving cultivation licenses.

Big Tobacco Claims the Govt. is Playing Favourites With Cannabis Companies

Big Tobacco Claims the Govt. is Playing Favourites With Cannabis Companies

It is perhaps an overstatement to say that Big Tobacco is unhappy with weed becoming legal — after all, they claim that marijuana isn’t a substance that can act as a substitute for tobacco consumption.

Survey: 11% of Government Employees in D.C. Area Have Bought Legal Pot

Survey: 11% of Government Employees in D.C. Area Have Bought Legal Pot

Washington, D.C., isn’t a large market for the cannabis industry, but it could be very influential with regards to legalization. It turns out that quite a few cannabis buyers are government employees, according to new research.

Medical Marijuana in Montana Ready to Give Slight Boost to State Coffers

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

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.

North Dakota Counties Probe Potential Issues With Legalization of Medical Marijuana

North Dakota Counties Probe Potential Issues With Legalization of MMJ

With the clock ticking on the implementation of medical marijuana in North Dakota, county officials are examining the potential issues that may arise.


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