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Nevada Judge Lifts Restraining Order on Recreational Marijuana Distribution Licenses

Nevada Judge Lifts Restraining Order on Recreational Marijuana Distribution Licenses

Nevada Judge Lifts Restraining Order on Recreational Marijuana Distribution Licenses

On Aug. 17, 2017, Nevada District Judge James Todd Russell lifted a temporary restraining order against the Nevada Department of Taxation that prevented the department from issuing recreational marijuana distribution licenses to businesses other than licensed alcohol distributors.

Canadian Mental Health Association Wants Restraints on Recreational Marijuana

Canadian Mental Health Association Wants Restraints on Recreational Marijuana

On Aug. 14, 2017, the Ontario chapter of the Canadian Mental Health Association released a report that calls for wide ranging rules and restrictions to be placed on the province’s recreational marijuana market once it becomes legal in 2018.

State and Local Politicians Oppose Opening of Philadelphia Medical Marijuana Dispensary

State and Local Politicians Oppose Opening of Philadelphia Medical Marijuana Dispensary

A political storm is brewing in the City of Brotherly Love over the location of a medical marijuana dispensary. A cadre of state and local politicians have rallied together in an attempt to stop the opening of TerraVida Holistic Centers, a Philadelphia medical marijuana dispensary.

Nevada Judge Issues Injunction to Halt Issuance of Marijuana Distribution Licenses

Nevada Judge Issues Injunction to Halt Issuance of Marijuana Distribution Licenses

In the state of Nevada, the issue of recreational marijuana distribution licenses is once again back in court. On Aug. 11, 2017, Nevada District Judge James Todd Russell issued an injunction against the Department of Taxation to prevent the issuance of distribution licenses to businesses other than alcohol distributors.

Nevada Tax Department Opens Up Distribution Rights for Recreational Marijuana

Nevada Tax Department Opens Up Distribution Rights for Recreational Marijuana

On Aug. 10, 2017, the Nevada Department of Taxation determined that there is an insufficient number of alcohol distributors applying for recreational marijuana distribution licenses, paving the way for other players within the marijuana industry to participate.

Inslee and Ferguson Defend Washington Marijuana Regulations in Reply to Sessions

Inslee and Ferguson Defend Washington Marijuana Regulations in Reply to Sessions

On Aug. 4, 2017, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and state Attorney General Bob Ferguson responded to a letter sent by United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions that criticized the efficacy of Washington marijuana regulations designed to prevent illegal diversion and public health issues.

American Green Buys Town of Nipton in California

It’s All Going to Pot: American Green Buys Town of Nipton in California

The great Willie Nelson once said that it’s all going to pot, but what he may not have realized is that it would start in Nipton, California. On Aug. 4, 2017, the company American Green (OTCPK:ERBB) announced that it had purchased Nipton with the intention of turning it into the first marijuana-friendly tourist destination.

Nevada Judge Denies Request to Block Emergency Marijuana Regulations

Nevada Judge Denies Request to Block Emergency Marijuana Regulations

A Nevada judge has denied a request by the Independent Alcohol Distributors of Nevada to block emergency regulations allowing the state to temporarily issue recreational marijuana distribution licenses.

Maine Medical Marijuana Dispensary Offers Free Marijuana for Community Service

Maine Medical Marijuana Dispensary Offers Free Marijuana for Community Service

Over the weekend, a Maine medical marijuana dispensary gained national attention after offering a unique reward for community service. Dubbed “Weed for Weeds,” Summit Medical Marijuana, a dispensary in Gardiner, offered free marijuana to legal adults willing to collect trash from around the area.

Regulators Granted Budget Increase for Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program

Regulators Granted Budget Increase for Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program

On July 24, 2017, the Ohio Department of Commerce and State Board of Pharmacy formally requested that the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program receive a substantial budget increase. With the Ohio Controlling Board approving the request, the program will receive a budget increase of $6 million over the next two years.

Gallup Poll: 45 Percent of Americans Have Tried Marijuana

Gallup Poll: 45 Percent of Americans Have Tried Marijuana

The number of Americans that have tried marijuana has hit an all time high. According to a recent Gallup poll, approximately 45% of Americans have tried marijuana, marking a record high since the polling organization began asking the question in 1969.

San Francisco Board of Supervisors Votes to Create the Office of Cannabis

San Francisco Board of Supervisors Votes to Create the Office of Cannabis

On July 18, 2017, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to create the Office of Cannabis. Consisting of three employees, the new department will be responsible for approving permits for recreational cannabis dispensaries in the city.

This Is Why a Court Ruled in Favor of a Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Patient

This Is Why a Court Ruled in Favor of a Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Patient

On July 17, 2017, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that a Massachusetts medical marijuana patient could sue her employer for handicap discrimination after she was fired for being a registered medical marijuana patient.

Colorado Court: Drug Dog Alert Not Enough Cause for Car Search as Cannabis Is Legal

Colorado Court: Drug Dog Alert Not Enough Cause for Car Search as Cannabis Is Legal

If a drug dog detects the scent of a controlled substance on a vehicle, it isn’t enough probable cause for police in Colorado to search the vehicle, according to a ruling issued by the Colorado Court of Appeals on July 13, 2017.

Michigan Marijuana Campaign Reaches Significant Milestone

A Michigan marijuana campaign to legalize recreational marijuana in the state has reached a significant milestone. On July 10, 2017, the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol announced that its petition to put legalization on the 2018 ballot had earned more than 100,000 signatures.

Nevada Dispensaries on the Verge of Running Out of Marijuana

Nevada Dispensaries on the Verge of Running Out of Marijuana

After nearly a week of sales, Nevada dispensaries are on the verge of running out of marijuana. On July 7, 2017, it was announced that Gov. Brian Sandoval had endorsed a “statement of emergency” issued by the state Department of Taxation, giving the department the latitude to adopt emergency regulations aimed at fixing the marijuana shortage.

John Morgan Suing the State of Florida Over Medical Cannabis Smoking Ban

John Morgan Suing the State of Florida Over Medical Cannabis Smoking Ban

Orlando trial attorney John Morgan has filed a lawsuit against Florida over the state’s ban on medical cannabis smoking. As the chief financier of the push to legalize medical cannabis in Florida, Morgan has long threatened to sue the state if the legislature banned medical cannabis smoking.

DC Slated to Give Licensing Preference to Minority Owned Cannabis Businesses

DC Slated to Give Licensing Preference to Minority Owned Cannabis Businesses

The Washington D.C. city council has advanced emergency legislation that would grant licensing preference to local and minority owned cannabis businesses applying for a medical marijuana license.

Legislative Conference Committee Stalls on Massachusetts Marijuana Bill

Legislative Conference Committee Stalls on Massachusetts Marijuana Bill

he Massachusetts House and Senate continue to be at odds over how to regulate recreational marijuana. On June 30, 2017, a six-member conference committee comprised of both House and Senate leadership announced that although it had missed its self-imposed deadline to come to an agreement, it would continue negotiations after the Fourth of July holiday.

Massachusetts Lawmakers May Compromise on Recreational Cannabis Taxes

Massachusetts Lawmakers May Compromise on Recreational Cannabis Taxes

Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Stanley Rosenberg are confident that the House and Senate can come to an agreement on recreational cannabis taxes before their self-imposed deadline of June 30, 2017.

Florida

Florida Medical Marijuana Legislation Signed by Governor

Florida medical marijuana legislation has finally expanded the state’s medical marijuana program. On June 26, 2017, Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed into law SB 8-A, a bill that expands the state’s program by adding cultivators and qualifying conditions.

Vermont Legalization Bill Blocked by House of Representatives

Vermont Legalization Bill Blocked by House of Representatives

Vermont will have to wait another year until recreational marijuana is legalized. During a special veto session, which took place on June 21, 2017, the Vermont House of Representatives voted to block consideration of a bill that would legalize recreational marijuana.

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.

Jeff Sessions Wants Congress to Let Him Prosecute Medical Marijuana Cases

Jeff Sessions Wants Congress to Let Him Prosecute Medical Marijuana Cases

United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions personally pleaded with Congress to oppose a provision in the federal spending bill that protects medical marijuana providers operating in accordance with state laws from federal enforcement actions so that the Department of Justice can prosecute medical marijuana cases.


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