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Steans Seeks to Mend Budget Woes by Legalizing Marijuana

CHICAGO, March 23, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago) seeks to create a new revenue source for the State of Illinois by legalizing and taxing recreational marijuana. Senate Bill 316 legalizes the possession of up to 28 grams of marijuana and will allow facilities to sell marijuana products.

Tennessee Tables Medical Marijuana Bill

Tennessee Tables Medical Marijuana Bill

On March 21, 2017, Rep. Jeremy Faison, the sponsor of a bill that would legalize medical marijuana in Tennessee, announced that he was tabling his bill and turning it over to a legislative task force led by House Speaker Beth Harwell and Lt. Gov. Randy McNally.

Legal Pot Could Steal More Than a Quarter of Beer Drinkers

Legal Pot Could Steal More Than a Quarter of Beer Drinkers

In the latest speculation about the impact of legal marijuana on beer sales, Cannabiz Consumer Group research shows more than a quarter of beer drinkers have switched or would switch to marijuana, causing a major hit to retail sales of beer. Cannabiz estimates retail sales of beer could drop $2 billion annually, or 7.1 percent of existing sales.

Marijuana Legalization in Rhode Island Gaining New Detractors, Supporters

Marijuana Legalization in Rhode Island Gaining New Detractors, Supporters

The issue of whether or not to tax and regulate marijuana like alcohol in Rhode Island is gaining additional detractors — and continued staunch supporters.

Will the Opioid Crisis Derail Canada’s Recreational Cannabis Train?

Will the Opioid Crisis Derail Canada’s Recreational Cannabis Train?

Reports continue to emerge of young teens overdosing and sometimes dying due to the use of drugs containing fentanyl, a potent synthetic opioid. Smoking pot is different than popping pills, but the risk for the government is that the lines might get blurred quite quickly in the eyes of parents who are trying to protect their kids from the current opioid threat.

Cannabis Industry Responses to Trump Administration's Stance on Marijuana

Industry Responses to Trump Administration’s Stance on Cannabis

On Feb. 23, 2017, during a daily briefing, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer answered a reporter’s question regarding marijuana enforcement, prompting immediate reactions from members of the legal cannabis industry.

Science and Medicine of Cannabis: What Role Will FDA Play in Medical Cannabis?

Science and Medicine of Cannabis: What Role Will FDA Play in MMJ?

Stephen Goldner, Senior Forensic Toxicologist at Quantum 9, learned early on how to work with the FDA, having developed the FDA-approved liquid dose form of methadone with his mentor John Broich. Hear Goldner discuss what role the FDA would likely play in life after medical cannabis legalization.

Poll: Support Growing for Legalization in Texas

Poll: Support Growing for Legalization in Texas

On Feb. 21, 2017, the University of Texas, in conjunction with the Texas Tribune, released the results of its February 2017 poll, with the outcomes demonstrating that opposition to legalization is on the decline while support for private use marijuana is on the rise.

Vermont Revisits Recreational Marijuana Legalization

Vermont Revisits Recreational Marijuana Legalization

Vermont lawmakers are taking another crack at legalizing recreational marijuana. Introduced by Reps. Maxine Grad, Charles Conquest and Thomas Burditt, H. 170 would take a more reserved approach to legalization than previous legislative efforts.

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Talib Kweli & The Pharcyde to Headline the 2017 National Cannabis Festival

WASHINGTON, Feb. 13, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The National Cannabis Festival announced Talib Kweli, The Pharcyde, and Backyard Band as headliners for the second-annual music, art, and advocacy festival celebrating the legalization of cannabis in Washington, DC.

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Parliamentary Secretary Bill Blair Launches Tour to Meet with Canadians to Discuss Cannabis Legalization and Regulation

TORONTO, Ontario, Feb. 16, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Bill Blair, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada Jody Wilson-Raybould, has started a cross-country tour to discuss the legalization and regulation of cannabis.

Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Calls For Legalization of Marijuana

Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Calls For Legalization of Marijuana

A justice on the Brazilian Supreme Court has called for the legalization of marijuana and even harder drugs as a means to ending violence among drug gangs, according to a Feb. 10, 2017, article from Reuters. The justice, Roberto Barroso, is a constitutional law professor who was educated at Yale University in the United States.

US Attorney General Says ‘Good People Don’t Smoke Marijuana’

US Attorney General Says ‘Good People Don’t Smoke Marijuana’

Jeff Sessions was sworn in as the new U.S. Attorney General Thursday. Sessions was confirmed Wednesday with a 52-47 vote, vowing in his subsequent speech to “defend the lawful orders” of President Donald Trump. The Attorney General is known for his criticism regarding the legalization of marijuana.

Should Investors Consider Canopy Growth Corp.?

Should Investors Consider Canopy Growth Corp.?

Investors are incredibly excited about Canopy Growth Corporation. But we’re now looking at a situation where the stock has increased quite aggressively thanks mostly to the belief that the future is bright. And there are still many investors sitting on the sidelines wondering if they should consider this company.

Rep. Applebaum Introduces Bill to Legalize Marijuana in Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn., Feb. 8, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – Deputy Minority Leader, State Rep. Jon Applebaum (DFL – Minnetonka) today announced plans to introduce a bill to legalize the personal, recreational use of marijuana in the state of Minnesota. Under the legislation, the state would regulate marijuana in a similar fashion to alcohol, with purchase, possession, and use only permitted by those aged 21 or older.

Connecticut Talks Green in Recreational Marijuana Estimate

Connecticut Talks Green in Recreational Marijuana Estimate

On Feb. 1, 2017, the Connecticut General Assembly’s Office of Fiscal Analysis released a fiscal estimate for the legalization of recreational marijuana in the state, noting that the state could earn $30.1 million to $63.9 million in tax revenue during the first full year of implementation.

Poll: Majority of Rhode Island's Residents Support Legalization

Poll: Majority of Rhode Island’s Residents Support Legalization

Support for legalizing recreational marijuana in Rhode Island is at an all time high. According to a poll conducted by Public Policy Polling, 59% of Rhode Island’s residents think that recreational marijuana should be legal for adults 21 years or older.

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Annual Colorado Government Report on Marijuana-related Health Concerns Highlights Several ‘Encouraging Trends’

DENVER, Feb. 2, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment highlighted several “encouraging trends” in its latest annual report on marijuana-related health concerns.

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Illicit Market Underscores Pent-Up Demand for Legal Cannabis

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 27, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Despite major strides in legalization at the state level, illicit trade still accounts for nearly 90 percent of U.S. cannabis sales on average, according to a recent report on the state of the cannabis industry in North America.

Ethan Nadelmann to 'Step Aside' as Executive Director of Drug Policy Alliance

Ethan Nadelmann to ‘Step Aside’ as Executive Director of the DPA

On Jan. 27, 2017, Ethan Nadelmann announced via Twitter that he is going to “step aside” as the executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, a non-profit organization advocating for the end of the drug war through sensible drug law reform.

New Mexico Legislators Push Pot Legalization as a Boost to State's Coffers

New Mexico Legislators Push Pot Legalization as a Boost to State’s Coffers

Two New Mexico state legislators are touting marijuana legalization as a way to bring more revenue into the state’s coffers. Rep. Bill McCamley, a Democrat from Mesilla Park, NM, has sponsored a bill in the New Mexico House of Representatives that would legalize, tax and regulate marijuana for adults. Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino, a Democrat from Albuquerque, has sponsored an identical bill in the Senate.

In Maine, Marijuana Legalization Raises Demand For Industrial Real Estate

In Maine, Marijuana Legalization Raises Demand For Industrial Real Estate

Since Maine voters legalized marijuana, real estate brokers in the state are seeing an increased demand for industrial space, according to a Jan. 16, 2017, article in the Portland Press Herald. Maine’s industrial real estate market had been improving in recent years, and the need for marijuana business space has given the sector a new boost.

Rhode Island Lawmakers Plan to Introduce Legalization Bill

Rhode Island Lawmakers Plan to Introduce Legalization Bill

On Jan. 11, 2016, Rhode Island state Sen. Joshua Miller and state Rep. Scott Slater announced in a press conference that they intend to introduce legislation that would legalize recreational marijuana in the state.

Guam Medical Cannabis License Applications

With the Passage of Public Law 33-220, also known as the “Joaquin (KC) Concepcion, II Compassionate Cannabis Use Act of 2013,” qualified patients will now be allowed the beneficial use of medical cannabis to alleviate symptoms caused by their debilitating medical conditions and their medical treatments.

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Marijuana Advocates Hitting Trump’s Inauguration With 4,200 Joints

On Jan. 20, 2017, attendees of Donald Trump’s inauguration in Washington, D.C., may get free joints, or at least a contact high, at the presidential ceremony.

Lawmakers in Massachusetts Vote to Delay Retail Marijuana Sales

Lawmakers in Massachusetts Vote to Delay Retail Marijuana Sales

On Dec. 28, 2016, Massachusetts lawmakers voted to pass S.2524, a bill that delays the retail sales of recreational marijuana by six months. Approved during an informal session, the bill’s swift and subtle passage came as a disappointment to many.

Study: More Australians Support Legalization Than Oppose It

Study: More Australians Support Legalization Than Oppose It

For the first time in their nation’s history, more Australians support the legalization of recreational than oppose it. This is according to The Australian Election Study, a multi-decade study conducted by Australian National University.

Rhode Island Governor Estimates Recreational Legalization Could Generate $15M

Rhode Island Governor Estimates Legalization Could Generate $15M

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo recently estimated that if The Ocean State legalizes recreational marijuana, it could generate between $10 to $15 million in revenue during its first year.


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