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Massachusetts House Approves Major Overhaul of Recreational Marijuana Laws

Massachusetts House Approves Major Overhaul of Recreational Marijuana Laws

Massachusetts House Approves Major Overhaul of Recreational Marijuana Laws

On June 21, 2017, the Massachusetts House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to approve a bill that would impose a major overhaul of the state’s recreational marijuana laws.

Report: Crown Corporation Should Sell New Brunswick Recreational Cannabis

Report: Crown Corporation Should Sell New Brunswick Recreational Cannabis

Canada’s recreational cannabis legalization is planned for a rollout in July 2018, but provinces and territories are in charge of drafting and establishing jurisdiction-specific rules, so they’ve been working hard to create rules that fall within the country’s legalization framework.

New Jersey Recreational Marijuana Bill Gets Committee Hearing

New Jersey Recreational Marijuana Bill Gets Committee Hearing

Democratic lawmakers in the Garden State are making moves on a New Jersey recreational marijuana bill. On June 19, 2017, the state Senate Judiciary Committee held a formal hearing on S-3195, a bill that would legalize, tax and regulate recreational marijuana in the state.

Massachusetts Senate Introduces Proposal to Preserve Current Recreational Marijuana Tax Rate

Massachusetts Senate Introduces Proposal to Preserve Current Recreational Marijuana Tax Rate

On June 16, 2017, the Massachusetts Senate introduced an outline to a bill that preserves the current tax rate on retail marijuana sales. The proposal is in stark contrast to the measure put forth by the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

Vermont Governor Thinks Legalization Deal Still Achievable Before Veto Session

Vermont Governor Thinks Legalization Deal Still Achievable Before Veto Session

Vermont just might get another chance at legalizing recreational marijuana. According to the Associated Press, Vermont Gov. Phil Scott has said that he still thinks it’s possible to reach a legalization deal before the legislature meets for a special two-day veto session.

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NJ Marijuana Legalization Hearing on New Legislation

TRENTON, N.J., June 15, 2017 / Weed Wire/ — On Monday, the New Jersey Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on Senate Bill 3195 at 11:00 am in Committee Room 4 in the New Jersey Statehouse. Senate Bill 3195, introduced last month by Senator Nicholas P. Scutari (D-Middlesex, Somerset, Union), would legalize small amounts of marijuana for adults 21 years and older.

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Drug Policy Alliance Launches Marijuana Legalization Campaign in New Jersey Focused on Racial and Social Justice

TRENTON, N.J., June 12, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Today, the New Jersey Office of the Drug Policy Alliance launched its racial justice focused marijuana legalization campaign with a video produced by Brave New Films.

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Libertarians Object to Proposed Marijuana Regulations

SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 12, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The Libertarian Party of California strongly supports legal marijuana, for either medical or recreational use. However, we oppose the increase in new laws and regulations that has accompanied this trend.

Medical Marijuana Advocates Worry Pot Price Spike Coming to California

Medical Marijuana Advocates Worry Pot Price Spike Coming to California

In 2016, more than 750,000 people in the state of California were registered medical marijuana users, making up nearly 2 percent of the state’s population. So what will change for the medical industry since the legalization of marijuana? Prices.

Green bubble? Cannabis investors on white-knuckle ride as share prices fall

Green Bubble? Cannabis Investors on White-Knuckle Ride as Share Prices Fall

Canadian marijuana stocks have been on a punishing slide for three straight months despite a temporary blip of investor fever in April that sent share prices soaring to record highs as Ottawa tabled legislation to legalize pot.

Albertans: Have Your Say on Cannabis Legalization

Albertans: Have Your Say on Cannabis Legalization

EDMONTON, Alberta, June 2, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The survey, along with a series of stakeholder engagements, will help guide how Alberta will adapt to proposed federal legislation that would legalize cannabis by July 2018. Albertans are asked to visit alberta.ca/cannabis to learn more about cannabis legalization and participate in the survey, which will run until July 31, 2017.

New Hampshire Marijuana Decriminalization Bill to be Signed by Governor

New Hampshire Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Sent to Governor

After a vote from the state House of Representatives, a New Hampshire marijuana decriminalization bill is headed to Gov. Chris Sununu’s desk. On June 1, 2017, the House approved House Bill 640, which would reduce the penalty for minor possession of marijuana.

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Maine Legislature Passes Bill to Fund the Implementation of the Marijuana Legalization Initiative and Change the Agency That Will Regulate Marijuana for Adult Use

AUGUSTA, Maine, May 25, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The Maine Legislature has passed a bill to fund the implementation of the successful 2016 marijuana legalization initiative and change the agency that will regulate marijuana for adult use.

Vermont Governor Has Vetoed Recreational Marijuana Legalization

Vermont Governor Has Vetoed Recreational Marijuana Legalization

On May 24, 2017, Vermont Gov. Phil Scott vetoed recreational marijuana legalization. Scott announced his decision during a press conference, citing concerns over health and public safety as his main reasons for vetoing S. 22, the legalization legislation that had been approved by the state legislature.

South Dakota Marijuana Legalization Petition Approved by State Attorney General

South Dakota Marijuana Legalization Petition Approved by State Attorney General

A South Dakota marijuana legalization petition has been approved by Attorney General Marty Jackley. On May 17, 2017, Jackley issued an Attorney General Explanation for the legalization initiative that aims to legalize all quantities of marijuana and have the South Dakota Department of Agriculture establish a regulatory system for recreational marijuana.

Alaska Police Standards Council (APSC) Addresses Possession, Distribution, and Cultivation of Marijuana by Officers

JUNEAU, Alaska, May 18, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – In February of 2015, following the legalization of recreational marijuana in Alaska, the Alaska Police Standards Council (APSC) examined the applicable state regulations prohibiting certified police, correction, probation/parole, and municipal corrections officers from using or consuming marijuana and determined by a unanimous vote that the regulations should and would remain unchanged.

Attorney General Explanation Released for Initiated Measure to Legalize All Quantities of Marijuana

PIERRE, S.D., May 17, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today an Attorney General Explanation for a proposed initiated measure has been filed with the Secretary of State.

Marijuana Legalization Ballot Language Filed with State of Michigan

Marijuana Legalization Ballot Language Filed with State of Michigan

DETROIT, Mich., May 5, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol officially submitted ballot language to the State of Michigan today that would legalize adult consumption of marijuana in Michigan. Signature collection drive is expected to begin shortly after the State Board of Canvassers meets to review and approve the petition language that would place the marijuana legalization initiative on Michigan’s November 2018 statewide ballot.

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Vermont Senate Passes Bill That Would Eliminate Penalties for Adult Marijuana Possession and Cultivation, Create a Study Commission to Consider Regulating and Taxing Marijuana

MONTPELIER, VT., May 8, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – The Vermont Senate passed a bill on Friday that would make personal possession and cultivation of small amounts of marijuana legal for adults 21 and older beginning in July 2018.

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Treasurer Chiang’s Cannabis Banking Working Group to Meet in Santa Rosa to Resolve Cannabis Banking Dilemma

SANTA ROSA, Calif., May 3, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Since December, California State Treasurer John Chiang’s Cannabis Banking Working Group has been engaged in an ongoing effort to ensure a safe and smooth transition for the public.

North Carolina Marijuana Legalization Garners Major Voter Support

North Carolina Marijuana Legalization Garners Major Voter Support

According to a recent poll published by Elon University, North Carolina marijuana legalization is gaining momentum, with more than half of the state’s citizens ready to legalize the plant for medicinal purposes.

Hickenlooper Doesn't Foresee Sessions Cracking Down on State-Legal Marijuana

Hickenlooper Doesn’t Foresee Sessions Cracking Down on Legal Marijuana

On April 27, 2017, in an interview with Chuck Todd, host of NBC’s Meet the Press, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper recounted a recent talk he had with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and indicated that he doesn’t foresee Sessions cracking down on state-legal marijuana.

4 Pitfalls to Avoid in Your Cannabis Career

4 Pitfalls to Avoid in Your Cannabis Career

When it comes to the cannabis industry, it’s difficult to even find an accurate comparison in business. Every business in this industry is effectively a startup in addition to the fact that we’re in one of the newest and fastest growing industries in the world; that makes it like a startup on steroids. To say it’s unpredictable and risky is an understatement.

Could Canadian Legalization of Recreational MJ Help US Pot Stocks?

Could Canadian Legalization of Recreational MJ Help US Pot Stocks?

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently introduced legislation to legalize use of recreational marijuana in Canada. While legalization should help Canadian marijuana providers, could it also provide a boost to U.S. marijuana stocks?

Poll: US Voters Support Legalization and Oppose Federal Meddling

Poll: US Voters Support Legalization and Oppose Federal Meddling

On April 20, 2017, Quinnipiac University announced the results of its latest national poll and found that 60% of American voters believe marijuana use should be legalized in the United States, the greatest level of federal legalization support ever recorded by Quinnipiac.

US Voter Support For Marijuana Hits New High; Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; 76 Percent Say Their Finances Are Excellent Or Good

HAMDEN, Conn., April 20, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — American voters say 60 – 34 percent “that the use of marijuana should be made legal in the U.S.,” the highest level of support for legalized marijuana in a Quinnipiac University national poll. Republicans and voters over 65 years old are the only listed party, gender, education, age or racial groups to oppose legalized marijuana.

Mountain State Medicine: West Virginia Governor Legalizes Medical Cannabis

Mountain State Medicine: West Virginia Governor Legalizes Medical Cannabis

On April 19, 2017, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice signed Senate Bill 386, also known as the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Act, legalizing medical cannabis as a treatment option for patients suffering from one of several qualifying conditions.


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