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Nevada Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument in Marijuana Distribution Dispute

Nevada Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument in Marijuana Distribution Dispute

Nevada Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument in Marijuana Distribution Dispute

On Oct. 3, 2017, the Nevada Supreme Court heard oral arguments regarding a dispute over the distribution rights of recreational marijuana in the state of Nevada. The case is the culmination of months of back and forth between the state’s Department of Taxation and the Independent Alcohol Distributors of Nevada.

Canada Proposes Federal Pot Excise Tax, Provinces React With Caution

Canada Proposes Federal Pot Excise Tax, Provinces React With Caution

Canada is proposing a federal excise tax on marijuana to help ease the path to legalizing the drug, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday, drawing a cautious response from provinces that would oversee the process.

Washington State Officials Met With Feds to Talk Cannabis Policy

Washington State Officials Met With Feds to Talk Cannabis Policy

Officials with the offices of Inslee, Ferguson, the Washington State Liquor & Cannabis Board and the Department of Financial Institutions went to Washington, D.C., to meet with Department of Justice officials on Sept. 29, 2017, to discuss state and federal cannabis policy.

This Is Why Atlanta Marijuana Decriminalization Passed City Council Unanimously

This Is Why Atlanta Marijuana Decriminalization Passed City Council Unanimously

After months of local and committee debate, Atlanta marijuana decriminalization is now a reality in Georgia’s capital. The Atlanta City Council approved the decriminalization ordinance on Oct. 2, 2017, reducing the penalty of simple marijuana possession from a $1,000 fine and up to six months in prison to a $75 fine and no imprisonment.

Nevada’s Pot Gamble Brings in Cannabis Tax Revenue Payout

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 Grant Money, Albuquerque Denies Medical Marijuana Bus Ads

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.

Los Angeles City Council Committee Approves Revised Cannabis Regulations

Los Angeles City Council Committee Approves Revised Cannabis Regulations

On Sept. 25, 2017, a Los Angeles City Council committee approved revised draft regulations for the city’s cannabis industry. While the original draft regulations were released on June 8, the revised version wasn’t released until Sept. 22, giving industry members little time to prepare for the meeting on Sept. 25.

Trump Extends Cannabis Protections 'Til December as Plans for Study, States Remain Hazy

Trump Extends Cannabis Protections ‘Til December as Plans for Study

In his temporary budget-dealing with Democrats, President Trump has agreed to continue a ban on using federal funds to interfere in states’ legal cannabis practices, but as 2018 nears, a government stance is largely still up in the air.

Tennessee Medical Cannabis Task Force Tackles First Official Meeting

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

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.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Says Marijuana Still Illegal

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Says Marijuana Still Illegal

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday criticized the legalization of marijuana in multiple states and warned that the federal law banning use and sale of the drug “remains in effect,” remarks that could stoke fears of a federal crackdown.

Canada's Provincial Justice Ministers Want Answers on Marijuana Legalization

Canada’s Provincial Justice Ministers Want Answers on Marijuana Legalization

Canada’s justice ministers are asking for clarity and support as they scramble to organize and police an entirely new marijuana industry in less than 10 months.

Pot at Poker Tables? Democrats Push Weed to Boost Garden State Finances

Pot at Poker Tables? Democrats Push Weed to Boost Garden State Finances

New Jersey reaped billions from slot machines and blackjack tables in the decades before casino fever jumped state lines. With Atlantic City’s gambling heyday now past, politicians in the Garden State are aiming to grab marijuana’s riches while neighbors again play catch-up.

Poll: Massachusetts Voters Afraid Marijuana Legalization Will Take Hit

Poll: Massachusetts Voters Afraid Marijuana Legalization Will Take Hit

Massachusetts voters have strong doubts about the state’s ability to oversee the new law legalizing recreational pot, and most are concerned it will be influenced by politics, according to a new poll conducted by the Bernett Group for the Boston Herald.

This Is What Orrin Hatch Told the Senate About Medical Cannabis Research

This Is What Orrin Hatch Told the Senate About Medical Cannabis Research

On Sept. 13, 2017, U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, introduced legislation to cut the bureaucratic red tape thwarting medical cannabis research so health care professionals can harness the medicinal properties of the plant to reduce the suffering of patients in need.

Canadian Cannabis Legalization Hearings Happening in Parliament Right Now

Canadian Cannabis Legalization Hearings Happening in Parliament Right Now

On Sept. 11, 2017, Canada’s House of Commons health committee returned to Parliament Hill in Ottawa to begin the first of five full-day hearings on Canadian cannabis legalization.

This Is How Ontario Plans to Regulate Canadian Cannabis

This Is How Ontario Plans to Regulate Canadian Cannabis

On Sept. 8, 2017, Ontario became the first province to reveal its plans to regulate Canadian cannabis, proposing to handle it in a fashion similar to that of tobacco and alcohol.

Vermont Governor Launches Marijuana Advisory Commission

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.

Pennsylvania auditor general says it's time to legalize marijuana

Pennsylvania Auditor General Says It’s Time to Legalize Marijuana

Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale believes legalizing and regulating recreational marijuana could be an antidote to the state’s budget woes.

House Rules Committee Opts Not to Protect Medical Marijuana

House Rules Committee Opts Not to Protect Medical Marijuana

On Sept. 6, 2017, the House Rules Committee decided to block the House of Representatives from voting on an amendment to protect medical marijuana in states that have legalized it.

Pennsylvania Ordered to Reveal Members of Secret Medical Marijuana Panel

Pennsylvania Ordered to Reveal Members of Secret Medical Marijuana Panel

On Aug. 31, 2017, the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records ordered the state health department to reveal the names of members belonging to a secret medical marijuana panel that scored the applications of prospective medical marijuana licensees.

Head of Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission Voted No to Legalization

Head of Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission Voted No to Legalization

On Aug. 31, 2017, the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission appointed Steven Hoffman as the new head of the state agency. According to WCVB, Hoffman, a former business executive, was selected by Massachusetts Treasurer Deb Goldberg, who was in charge of choosing a person to lead the Cannabis Control Commission.

Colorado's Aspen School District Awarded Marijuana Tax Grant

Colorado’s Aspen School District Awarded Marijuana Tax Grant

The grass is looking greener for one Colorado school district as it has recently accepted a marijuana tax grant. The Aspen School District was given a $250,000 grant from the Colorado Department of Education’s School Health Professionals Grant Program.

Medical Marijuana Groups Ask Texas Gov, DPS for More Dispensary Licenses

Medical Marijuana Groups Ask Texas Gov, DPS for More Dispensary Licenses

Medical cannabis companies and investors are calling on Gov. Greg Abbott’s office and the Department of Public Safety to approve more dispensary licenses beyond the three given provisional approval in May.

Oregon Governor's Open Letter Explains Cannabis Policies to Jeff Sessions

Oregon Governor’s Open Letter Explains Cannabis Policies to Jeff Sessions

On Aug. 22, 2017, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown issued a response to a letter sent by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions that criticized that state’s cannabis policies aimed at regulating recreational marijuana.

Charlie Baker's Pot Board Pick Opposed Legalization

Charlie Baker’s Pot Board Pick Opposed Legalization

Gov. Charlie Baker has started shaping the powerful state commission charged with overseeing the pot industry, tapping a longtime Beacon Hill pol who opposed legalizing weed to fill the panel’s public health-centered post.


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