The small town of Cheney, Wash., is mourning the death of a murdered dispensary employee who was the victim of a carjacking in the dispensary’s parking lot.
On Sept. 15, 2017, the Canadian province of New Brunswick announced during a news conference that Organigram (TSXV:OGI) and Canopy Growth (TSX: WEED), both already licensed producers in Canada’s medical marijuana program, will distribute recreational marijuana to retail stores established by a newly created provincial crown corporation.
On Sept. 12, 2017, the Arizona Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal to a case challenging state medical cannabis laws.
On Sept. 13, 2017, Juan Andrés Roballo, head of Uruguay’s National Drug Board, announced in a press conference that the country is establishing new cannabis retail stores dedicated to cash-only sales of cannabis because most banks are refusing to work with pharmacies involved in the country’s legal cannabis industry.
While Maine marijuana regulation has faced delays, the Pine Tree State finally has a regulatory draft to show for itself.
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.
On Sept 12, 2017, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs announced that existing medical cannabis dispensaries have until Dec. 15 to shut down or they risk losing the opportunity to become licensed under the state’s new medical cannabis laws.
Hawaii dispensaries are saying goodbye to cash and aloha to debit payments. On Sept. 12, 2017, Hawaii’s Financial Institutions Commissioner Iris Ikeda announced that the state would be the first in the country to require that cannabis sales be cashless.
From gluts to labeling updates and the combination of medical and recreational sectors, the Washington cannabis market has been on a rollercoaster ride, but flower has managed to remain king of the hill.
While Canada’s House of Commons is hashing out the details of legalization, stakeholders have been trying to determine how many recreational cannabis consumers will participate in the legal market and now there’s a new report to help them.
On Sept. 10, 2017, at approximately 12:45 p.m., a man shot and carjacked an employee of Lucid Cannabis, a dispensary in Cheney, Wash.
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.
According to the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health, teenage marijuana use has fallen to its lowest point in nearly two decades.
The “gateway theory,” the theory that cannabis use leads to the use of harder drugs, has been debunked once again by academia.
The North American Marijuana Index, a stock index that tracks the top performing cannabis stocks in the U.S. and Canada, decreased 11% in August.
On Sept. 6, 2017, organizers behind Cannabis World Congress & Business Expositions announced that the events in Los Angeles and Boston would no longer feature political provocateur Roger Stone as keynote speaker. The announcement comes after weeks of outrage and threats of boycott from marijuana organizations over Stone’s inclusion.
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.
Alaskan marijuana businesses can now apply for the state-run “Made in Alaska” program, which is designed to help promote products made and manufactured in the state.
It looks like cannabis travelers and advertisers will have to be more conscientious when using the Las Vegas airport. On Sept. 5, 2017, Clark County commissioners approved a measure to ban both possession and advertisement of cannabis at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.
Louisiana State University has selected its medical marijuana vendor and now LSU Health Shreveport is ready to prepare for Louisiana medical marijuana research.
Washington recreational cannabis sales and diversion rates took a dip when neighboring Oregon enacted recreational legalization.
On Sept. 5, 2017, Hocking College announced that it would be the first public college to step forward and apply for an Ohio medical marijuana testing license.
Washington has one more statistic to support the legalization of recreational cannabis in the Evergreen State: Washington youth cannabis use hasn’t increased since the enactment of Initiative 502, the measure that legalized recreational cannabis in the state.
With the Centennial State enjoying one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, workers in Colorado have a lot to celebrate, but so do the state’s dispensaries.
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.
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.
Oregon cannabis pesticide testing has undergone a rollercoaster of changes in response to the market, stakeholders and regulators, but permanent pesticide rules are now finally in place.
On Aug. 29, 20017, the Nevada Tax Commission rejected an appeal from the state’s alcohol distributors to restore its exclusive rights to recreational cannabis distribution.
On Aug. 6, 2017, Sue Sisley, M.D., sent a letter to Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin to request that he stop a Phoenix hospital’s obstruction of the first clinical trial to study the effects of medical cannabis in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder in military veterans.
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.
On Aug. 24, 2017, the Nevada Gaming Commission reiterated its stance on prohibiting any association with the recreational marijuana industry.
On Aug. 24, 2017, San Mateo County Narcotics Task Force announced that a series of San Mateo County cannabis raids eradicated 11,400 cannabis plants with a value of approximately $22.8 million.
The possibility of Tennessee medical marijuana legalization has been given new hope with a recent announcement from state lawmakers.
The road to regulate Denver cannabis clubs has been a long one and while doors aren’t open quite yet, the city of Denver started accepting applications for cannabis consumption establishment licenses on Aug. 24, 2017.
As California gears up for the sale of recreational cannabis, lawmakers are still concerned about cannabis packaging that could appeal to minors. On Aug. 24, 2017, state lawmakers sent Gov. Jerry Brown Senate Bill 663, a bill intended to thwart edibles from being marketed to adolescents, as reported by the Los Angeles Times. Crafted by…
With approximately 1,000 homes having been converted for illegal residential cultivation, illegal Sacramento marijuana grows have become a public safety concern for California’s capital city.
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.
On Aug. 21, 2017, a member of Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Licensing Board introduced a proposal that would effectively shut down all Michigan medical marijuana dispensaries.
Activists within the cannabis community are boycotting a major industry event because of the inclusion of self-described “political dirty trickster” Roger Stone as a keynote speaker.
On Aug. 21, 2017, the Denver Department of Environmental Health announced that Dixie Elixirs had six cannabis products recalled because they had not been made with food grade essential oils.
Nevada recreational cannabis sales have declined by approximately 20-30% since first launching in July of this year, according to a report published by the Nevada Department of Taxation and obtained by the Reno Gazette-Journal.
On Aug. 17, 2017, the San Diego Police Department narcotics unit raided two illegal cannabis dispensaries, bringing the number of raids on illegal dispensaries to more than 60 since March 2016.
A federal marijuana impairment report has cast a shadow of doubt over the THC testing methods and regulations used by law enforcement officers in America, citing the inability to detect THC impairment from biological test samples and the worthlessness of establishing a “per se” limit to designate THC impairment.
Utah medical cannabis legalization has taken a critical step forward. After earning the approval of state election officials last week, volunteers with the Utah Patients Coalition started gathering signatures to get medical cannabis on Utah’s ballot in 2018.
Smoking marijuana may reduce your risk of having a stroke, according to a new study published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology.
While Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti named Cat Packer, a former policy coordinator at the Drug Policy Alliance, as the Department of Cannabis Regulation’s executive director on Aug. 9, 2017, the Los Angeles City Council approved Garcetti’s selection of Packer at its meeting on Aug. 16, as well as approving five members for the Los Angeles Cannabis Commission.
It looks like residents of the Pine Tree State will now have to wait several more months for recreational marijuana sales in Maine.
While the West Virginia medical cannabis industry has another two years until its program is implemented, a delegation of legislators and business leaders traveled to Colorado to get a head start and study the Centennial State’s medical cannabis system.
On Aug. 14, 2017, the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission greenlit eight final cultivation licenses, meaning the newly licensed can finally start cultivating medical cannabis.
On Aug. 11, 2017, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission announced that it had issued a clarification on prohibited cannabis strain names in the state. The rules are intended to prevent strain names from appealing to minors and from misleading consumers.