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First Commercial Insurer to File Cannabis Business Insurance is Approved by Insurance Commissioner

Cannabis businesses licensed by the State of California may now purchase commercial insurance coverage from an admitted commercial insurance company. Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has approved the filing of the first admitted commercial insurance company to file cannabis business insurance, so that the insurer can begin writing policies and offering coverage for cannabis business owners.

Advocates for Utah Medical Cannabis Legalization Launch Signature Drive

Advocates for Utah Medical Cannabis Legalization Launch Signature Drive

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.

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Utah Patients Coalition to Launch 2018 Signature Drive for Medical Cannabis Ballot Initiative

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Aug. 16, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The campaign to place a medical cannabis initiative on the November 2018 ballot will hold a news conference on Thursday to announce the official launch of signature gathering efforts.

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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.

Montana Judge Rules Dispensaries Can Reopen Immediately

Montana Judge Rules Dispensaries Can Reopen Immediately

On Dec. 7, 2016, District Judge James Reynolds ruled that a drafting error in Montana’s recently passed Initiative 182 cannot delay the medical marijuana initiative’s implementation, immediately striking down a three-patient limit that previously went into effect on Aug. 31, as reported by the Associated Press.

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Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) Endorses Question 2, The Initiative to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Nevada

MEDFORD, Mass., Oct. 28, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), a nonprofit group of police, judges, prosecutors, and other criminal justice professionals, today announced its endorsement of Nevada’s ballot Question 2.

Arizona Supreme Court: Recreational Legalization Measure on Ballot

Arizona Supreme Court: Recreational Legalization Stays on Ballot

On Aug. 31, 2016, the Arizona Supreme Court rejected the final legal challenge to Proposition 205, a voter initiative to legalize recreational marijuana in the state, as reported by the Associated Press.

Anti-pot Initiative Sponsor Gives Up Montana Ballot Effort

Anti-pot Initiative Sponsor Gives Up Montana Ballot Effort

The sponsor of a proposed initiative to repeal Montana’s medical marijuana law said Wednesday he won’t appeal a judge’s refusal to place the measure on November’s ballot, but instead will focus on defeating a separate initiative to expand medical pot distribution.

North Dakota Voting on Medical Marijuana in November

North Dakota Voting on Medical Marijuana in November

On Aug. 11, 2016, North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger announced that the North Dakota Compassionate Care Act, an initiative to legalize medical marijuana in the state, had received enough signatures to appear on the ballot on Nov. 8.

South Dakota Judge Denies Ballot Access to Medical Marijuana Petition

South Dakota Judge Denies Ballot Access to Medical Marijuana Petition

Organizers behind New Approach South Dakota, a campaign to legalize medical marijuana, has suffered a serious setback. On August 9, 2016, Circuit Judge Mark Barnett denied the group’s lawsuit to place a voter initiative legalizing medical marijuana on the November ballot.

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First Major Newspaper Endorsement: Prop 64 “Solid,” “Smart,” “Long Overdue”

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Aug. 9, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — The Yes on Proposition 64 campaign announced today that California’s first major newspaper endorsement of Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, has come out strongly in favor of the measure.

Golden in California: Adult Use of Marijuana Act Qualifies for Ballot

Golden in California: Adult Use of Marijuana Act Qualifies for Ballot

On June 28, 2016, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced that the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, a ballot initiative legalizing recreational marijuana in the state, had enough signatures to qualify for the 2016 November ballot.

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Proposed Ballot Initiative Would Ban More Than 80 Percent of Cannabis Products

BOULDER, Colo., June 9, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — A proposed initiative to install a new cannabis-related measure into the Colorado Constitution would effectively end Colorado’s successful first-in-the-nation effort to permit the sale of recreational cannabis to adults.

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Nebraskans Abandon 2016 Medical Marijuana Ballot Initiative

Nebraska’s medical marijuana campaign has hit another major snag. On May 23, 2016, advocates pushing for medical marijuana in the state announced they would no longer be pursuing a 2016 ballot initiative due to prohibitive costs and not enough time.

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Arkansas Attorney General Approves Medical Marijuana Bill

In Arkansas, a constitutional ballot initiative legalizing medical marijuana in the state has cleared a critical milestone in the process to get on the 2016 ballot. On Feb. 17, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge approved the language of the proposed initiative; dubbed the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment of 2016. According to KATV Little Rock, this is

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Legalization Initiative in Massachusetts Bolstered by Out-of-State Donors

With out-of-state contributions representing 44 percent of the amount raised in 2015 for the CRMLA in Massachusetts, sponsored by the Marijuana Policy Project, out-of-state parties could potentially influence the state’s legalization initiative.

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Third Michigan Legalization Petition Joins the Fray

Michigan now has a third full adult use legalization initiative in the signature gathering phase: MILegalize, Michigan Cannabis Control and Revenue Act and the most recent contender, Abrogate Prohibition Michigan, the least restrictive of the three.

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Napster Co-Founder Backing New Legalization Initiative in California

On Nov. 2, 2015, proponents Michael Sutton and Donald Lyman filed the Control, Regulate, and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act with the Office of the Attorney General in the state of California’s Department of Justice.

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Author & National Cannabis Pioneer Steve DeAngelo Weighs In On Sean Parker’s Move for Cannabis Legalization In California for 2016

OAKLAND, Calif., Nov. 3, 2015 /Weed Wire/ — California is roaring toward legalization efforts in 2016, and the field of initiatives submitted to the state is getting crowded. On Monday billionaire philanthropist Sean Parker, a known disrupter in the music and technology space, announced that he is backing initiative language filed Monday.

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Ohio Assembly Wants to Thwart ResponsibleOhio Monopoly

In Ohio, a handful of marijuana legalization groups are scrambling to get their competing voter initiatives on the ballot for 2016. ResponsibleOhio is the most notable of these groups and has drawn heavy criticism from both sides of the debate.


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