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Vermont on Fast Track to Legalize Recreational Marijuana

Vermont on Fast Track to Legalize Recreational Marijuana

Vermont on Fast Track to Legalize Recreational Marijuana

Vermont legislators are on the fast track to legalize recreational marijuana. On Jan. 4, 2018, the state House Judiciary Committee voted to approve H. 511, a bill that would legalize recreational marijuana in the state.

US to End Policy That Let Legal Pot Flourish

US to End Policy That Let Legal Pot Flourish

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions is rescinding the Obama-era policy that had paved the way for legalized marijuana to flourish in states across the country, two people with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press.

Alaska Investigating Inconsistent Results at Marijuana Testing Facilities

Alaska Investigating Inconsistent Results at Marijuana Testing Facilities

On Jan. 2, 2018, the Alaska Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office announced that it had been made aware of several inconsistencies at two marijuana testing facilities in the state. In an announcement released by AMCO, officials outlined two specific examples of inconsistencies found at the testing facilities.

Get a Pencil: California Marijuana-Tracking System Not Used

Get a Pencil: California Marijuana-Tracking System Not Used

California’s legal pot economy was supposed to operate under the umbrella of a vast computerized marijuana-tracking system to track from seed to storefronts, ensuring that plants are followed throughout the supply chain and don’t drift into the black market.

Recreational Marijuana Sales Begin in California

Recreational Marijuana Sales Begin in California

Dozens of retailers in California have been licensed to begin selling recreational marijuana on New Year’s Day. Emily Dufton, author of “Grass Roots: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Marijuana in America,” joined CBSN to discuss whether we’ll see other states follow suit.

Mike Tyson Breaks Ground on Cannabis Resort in Nevada

Mike Tyson Breaks Ground on Cannabis Resort in Nevada

After a lifetime of conquering opponents in the ring, legendary boxer Mike Tyson has set his sights on a new opponent: the legal cannabis industry. On Dec. 20, 2017, Tyson broke ground on a 40-acre cannabis resort in California City, Nevada.

California Recreational Cannabis Sales Commence at 100 Retailers Across State

California Recreational Cannabis Sales Commence at 100 Retailers Across State

While not all Golden State dispensaries had received their temporary licenses to start adult-use sales on New Year’s Day, the state’s legal commercial cannabis market still went live on Jan. 1, 2018, with California recreational cannabis sales commencing at approximately 100 retailers across the state.

Michigan Warns Medical Marijuana Patients Against Third-Party Providers

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.

With More States Legalizing Recreational Weed, Will Sales in Colorado Suffer?

With More States Legalizing Recreational Weed, Will Sales in Colorado Suffer?

Colorado’s marijuana sales continue to rise, from more than $683 million sold the first year it was legal to more than $1.2 billion from January to October this year. But with more and more states legalizing recreational cannabis, will sales in Colorado suffer?

Florida Judge Halts Issuance of Cultivation License Intended for Black Farmer

Florida Judge Halts Issuance of Cultivation License Intended for Black Farmer

On Dec. 29, 2017, a Florida judge ordered the state health department to halt the issuance of a medical marijuana cultivation license intended for a member of the Florida chapter of the Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association.

As California Legalizes Pot, Laws Collide at U.S. Checkpoints

As California Legalizes Pot, Laws Collide at U.S. Checkpoints

California legalizes marijuana for recreational use Monday, but that won’t stop federal agents from seizing the drug — even in tiny amounts — on busy freeways and backcountry highways.

New Mexico Legislator Wants Marijuana on the 2018 Electoral Ballot

New Mexico Legislator Wants Marijuana on the 2018 Electoral Ballot

A New Mexico legislator is once again working to legalize recreational marijuana. On Dec. 21, 2017, state Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino introduced a measure that would put a ballot amendment legalizing recreational marijuana on the 2018 electoral ballot.

Pot-Smoking on the Rise Among U.S. Pregnant Women

Pot-Smoking on the Rise Among U.S. Pregnant Women

More pregnant women seem to be using pot — sometimes to ease the nausea of morning sickness or heightened anxiety — and a new study suggests that this slight rise in marijuana use is most pronounced among those younger in age.

Former California Attorney General Bill Lockyer Launches Cannabis Distribution Company

Former California Attorney General Bill Lockyer Launches Cannabis Distribution Company

After spending the bulk of his professional career enforcing federal cannabis law, former California Attorney General Bill Lockyer is cashing in on the state’s legal cannabis industry by co-founding his own cannabis distribution firm.

These States Are Likely to Legalize Marijuana in 2018

These States Are Likely to Legalize Marijuana in 2018

After four of five statewide marijuana legalization ballot initiatives were approved by voters in 2016, no additional states ended cannabis prohibition in 2017 (though New Hampshire did decriminalize possession of the drug and West Virginia allowed its medical use).

California Tax Help for the Cannabis Cultivator or Manufacturer

California Tax Help for the Cannabis Cultivator or Manufacturer

A video for California cultivation and manufacturing businesses, one of three in a series by the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration, to help cultivators and manufacturers learn about their tax responsibilities.

Vast Majority of Utah Voters Support Legalizing Medical Marijuana

Vast Majority of Utah Voters Support Legalizing Medical Marijuana

The vast majority of Utah voters support legalizing medical marijuana. According to a new poll by UtahPolicy.com, approximately 73% of registered Utah voters either strongly or somewhat support legalizing medical marijuana in the state.

Mexico to Legalize Marijuana-Based Product Sales Next Year

Mexico to Legalize Marijuana-Based Product Sales Next Year

Mexico will legalize sales of marijuana-based medicines, foods, drinks, cosmetics and other products early next year, its health regulator said on Wednesday, bringing some forms of cannabis into legal commerce even as the country struggles with the illicit drug trade.

Nevada Marijuana Sales in October Generated $5.8 Million in Tax Revenue

Nevada Marijuana Sales in October Generated $5.8 Million in Tax Revenue

Tax revenue from Nevada’s fledgling marijuana industry continues to climb. On Dec. 20, 2017, the Nevada Department of Taxation reported that marijuana sales brought in approximately $5.8 million in tax revenue in the month of October.

Central Oregon Cannabis Retailers Pass Sting Operation With Flying Colors

Central Oregon Cannabis Retailers Pass Sting Operation With Flying Colors

United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions has a negative view of Oregon’s legal cannabis market, but a recent sting operation conducted by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission revealed positive news about central Oregon cannabis retailers that Sessions should take into consideration.

New Veterans Affairs Rules Allow Docs to Talk About Medical Marijuana

New Veterans Affairs Rules Allow Docs to Talk About Medical Marijuana

Doctors and pharmacists at the Veterans Affairs Department have been cleared to talk about the pluses and minuses of medical marijuana use with vets who ask about the drug.

Senator Ron Wyden Becomes First Co-Sponsor for the Marijuana Justice Act

Senator Ron Wyden Becomes First Co-Sponsor of Marijuana Justice Act

On Dec. 18, 2017, United States Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., announced that he would be the first co-sponsor of S.1689, better known as the Marijuana Justice Act, a bill that would take marijuana off of the federal list of controlled substances.


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