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Marijuana in the Nevada Workplace Questions

Marijuana in the Nevada Workplace Questions

Marijuana in the Nevada Workplace Questions

Local businesses are facing a dilema now that recreational marijuana is legal in Nevada. The question is, do they hire someone who uses the drug on their own time? Companies are being forced to review their policies.

Massachusetts Marijuana Tax Revenue

Massachusetts Marijuana Tax Revenue Projection Swings Wide for First Year

Massachusetts marijuana tax revenue in the Bay State has been given a wide-ranging projection for recreational marijuana’s first year of sales. According to a Massachusetts Department of Revenue analysis, tax revenue will range between $44-82 million in fiscal year 2019.

Manitoba Distribution and Retail of Cannabis and Retail Sales

Manitoba Introduces Measures to Responsibly Control Retail Sales of Cannabis

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Dec. 5, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The Manitoba government is introducing new legislation today that would set out where and how legal cannabis may be sold, with additional measures to protect young Manitobans and empower municipal decision-making, Justice Minister Heather Stefanson announced today.

British Columbia and Cannabis Safety and Cannabis Regulation

BC Releases First Decisions on Cannabis Regulation After Public Engagement

VANCOUVER, B.C., Dec. 5, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — After considering input from 48,951 British Columbians, and submissions from 141 local and Indigenous governments and a range of other interested stakeholders, the Province has announced a number of key decisions related to the anticipated legalization of non-medical cannabis in July 2018.

Oregon Medical Marijuana Loses Foothold to Recreational Industry

Oregon Medical Marijuana Loses Foothold to Recreational Industry

A medical marijuana card used to be the key to buying and possessing pot in Oregon. But the rise of recreational marijuana is making the cards primarily valuable only as a discount card.

Alaska Suspends Frozen Budz

Consumer Alert: Edible Products Manufactured by Frozen Budz Have Not Been Tested

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Dec. 1, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – The Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office enforcement team has discovered that most edible products produced by Frozen Budz manufacturing facility (license #10012) were not tested as required by 3 AAC 306.550 before being transferred to retail marijuana stores and sold to consumers.

MMJ Took a Bite Out of Alcohol Sales. Recreational Pot Could Take More.

MMJ Took a Bite Out of Alcohol Sales. Recreational Pot Could Take More.

Alcohol sales fell by 15 percent following the introduction of medical marijuana laws in a number of states, according to a new working paper by researchers at the University of Connecticut and Georgia State University.

Regulation Questions Swirl as Sacramento Draws Closer to Recreational Marijuana

Regulation Questions Swirl as Sacramento Draws Closer to Recreational Marijuana

For months, Joe Devlin and his team have been working to create the rules and regulations for each aspect of Sacramento’s cannabis industry, including cultivation, delivery, dispensary, testing, and transportation.

Massachusetts Cannabis Regulators Could Get $2.7 Million in Additional Funding

Massachusetts Cannabis Regulators Could Get $2.7 Million in Additional Funding

Massachusetts cannabis regulators could be getting an early Christmas present this year in the form of additional funding. Budget writers with the state House of Representatives released a bill on Nov. 29, 2017, that would give the state Cannabis Control Commission $2.7 million in additional funding.

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AMO Calls on Ontario Government to Cover Municipal Cannabis Costs, Share New Taxes With Local Governments

TORONTO, Ont., Nov. 30, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) President Lynn Dollin was at Queen’s Park today to request that the Government of Ontario cover municipal costs related to the legalization of cannabis, and provide municipalities with a share of tax revenues generated by cannabis sales.

Travel Writer Rick Steves Makes Case for Legalizing Recreational Marijuana in Illinois

Travel Writer Rick Steves Makes Case for Legalizing Recreational Marijuana in Illinois

Travel writer and public television personality Rick Steves is making the case for legalizing recreational marijuana in the state of Illinois. On Nov. 28, 2017, Steves testified before a joint state House-Senate committee and explained why Illinois should become the ninth state to legalize recreational marijuana.

Nevada Gaming Policy Committee Set to Discuss Marijuana Issues

Nevada Gaming Policy Committee Set to Discuss Marijuana Issues

Policymakers with the Nevada Gaming Policy Committee are hoping to give recreational marijuana a second look. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the committee has scheduled a meeting on Nov. 29, 2017, to reexamine its marijuana policy.

Northwest Territories Cannabis

First Look at the Northwest Territories Cannabis Legalization Proposal

While Canada has launched a public consultation on its proposed federal cannabis regulations, the Northwest Territories cannabis legalization proposal was unveiled recently by the territorial government.

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The Government of the Northwest Territories Proposes a Way Forward for the Legalisation of Cannabis in the NWT

YELLOWKNIFE, NWT, Nov. 24, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Minister of Justice Louis Sebert released the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) proposed plan for legalizing cannabis in the NWT today. This is an important step in designing a system that will provide controlled access to a safe supply of recreational cannabis for NWT residents in order to maintain the health and safety of residents and communities across the North.

Santa Barbara to Welcome 5 Recreational Cannabis Shops

Santa Barbara to Welcome 5 Recreational Cannabis Shops

On Nov. 21, 2017, California’s Santa Barbara City Council approved an ordinance to amend the city municipal code to allow five recreational cannabis shops within city limits, as well as voting to ease requirements for onsite security officers, permit an unlimited number of wholesale cannabis operations and allow residents to cultivate one cannabis plant outdoors and five indoors.

Newfoundland and Labrador

Provincial Government Releases First Details on Cannabis Legalization in Newfoundland and Labrador

ST. JOHN’S, NL, Nov. 23, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador provided the first details today on how cannabis legalization will look in the province in July 2018, the timeframe the Federal Government has set for implementation.

Nevada Cannabis Sales Exceed State's September Estimate

Nevada Cannabis Sales Exceed State’s September Estimate

It looks like Nevada cannabis sales are still ranking high for the recreational market. The Nevada Department of Taxation released the state’s results for recreational cannabis sales for the month of September, and the data proves that sales are still going strong.

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Health Canada Launches Public Consultation on Proposed Approach to the Regulation of Cannabis

OTTAWA, Ont., Nov. 21, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The current approach to cannabis does not work. Earlier this year, the Government of Canada introduced Bill C-45, the proposed Cannabis Act, to legalize, strictly regulate and restrict access to cannabis. Bill C-45 aims to keep cannabis out of the hands of Canadian youth and the profits away from criminals and organized crime.

Michigan Marijuana Group Turns in Signatures for Legalization Initiative

Michigan Marijuana Group Turns in Signatures for Legalization Initiative

Despite facing debt and deadlines, the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol’s voter initiative to legalize recreational marijuana in the state of Michigan will most likely qualify for the ballot. On Nov. 20, 2017, the CRMLA announced that it had turned in approximately 360,000 signatures to the Secretary of State, well above the state minimum

EY: Scaling Up in Canada

Canadian Cannabis Companies Focused on Scaling Up to Meet Anticipated Post-legalization Demand

TORONTO, Ont., Nov. 20, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Thirty-seven percent of Canadian licensed cannabis producers are focusing on scaling up capacity and production to meet anticipated post-legalization demand, according to a new Canadian EY cannabis study of licensed producers.

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Third New Brunswick Company Signed to Supply Cannabis for Recreational Market

ATHOLVILLE, New Brunswick, Nov. 20, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – A memorandum of understanding has been signed with Zenabis to supply the provincial government with cannabis for the recreational market. The move is related to preparations for the federal government’s legalization of cannabis for recreational use, expected in July 2018.

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Licensing Authorities Release Emergency Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulations

SACRAMENTO, Nov. 16, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — California’s three state cannabis licensing authorities announced today that proposed emergency licensing regulations for commercial medicinal and adult-use cannabis have been posted online and are available to the public for review.

Group Behind Michigan Legalization Initiative Facing Debt and Deadlines

Group Behind Michigan Legalization Initiative Facing Debt and Deadlines

The group behind a Michigan legalization initiative is in dire need of cash to pay off the company it hired to gather signatures for its ballot initiative. The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol is in debt to National Petition Management for approximately $30,000.

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OLCC Suspends License of Oregon Marijuana Licensee Arrested in Nebraska Licensee Faces Major Violation Charges

PORTLAND, Ore., Nov. 15, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has suspended the Recreational Marijuana processor license of Rich Extracts, LLC on November 15, 2017. Rich Wilkinson, managing member at Rich Extracts was arrested November 8, 2017 by law enforcement in the state of Nebraska on criminal charges for possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.

New Hampshire Legalization Bill Rejected by House Criminal Justice Committee

New Hampshire Legalization Bill Rejected by House Criminal Justice Committee

New Hampshire legalization will have to wait for at least one more year. On Nov. 14, 2017, the state House Criminal Justice Committee voted to reject House Bill 656, a bill that aimed to legalize recreational marijuana in the state.

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Matt Flynn Comes Out in Favor of Legalizing Marijuana

MILWAUKEE, Wisc., Nov. 14, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Matt Flynn today announced that he supports the legalization of marijuana in Wisconsin. However, he made clear he would only push for it as governor if a majority of Wisconsinites approve.

First Look at the Proposed Canadian Cannabis Tax Framework

First Look at the Proposed Canadian Cannabis Tax Framework

While several provinces have announced their plans for recreational cannabis distribution and retail operations, industry stakeholders have been waiting for an announcement on the Canadian cannabis tax framework and that moment has now arrived.

Department of Canada: Proposed Excise Duty Framework for Cannabis Products

Government of Canada Announces Consultation on Proposed Excise Duty Framework for Cannabis Products

OTTAWA, Ont., Nov. 10, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The current approach to cannabis is not working, and the Government of Canada is committed to legalizing, regulating and restricting access to cannabis to keep it out of the hands of kids, and profits out of the hands of criminals.

Fitch: Cannabis Taxes Set to Rise With Votes in Seven California Cities

Fitch: Cannabis Taxes Set to Rise With Votes in Seven California Cities

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 8, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Residents of seven California cities voted to impose local taxes on cannabis in Tuesday’s elections. With retail sales set to begin on January 1, the newly approved measures will add to the already substantial tax burden on legal cannabis, potentially undermining California’s fledgling legalization initiative, according to Fitch Ratings.

John Chiang and Cannabis Banking and Lack of Banking

Treasurer Chiang Releases Recommendations to Address Lack of Banking for Cannabis Industry

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Nov. 7, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – State Treasurer John Chiang today released a report outlining steps California can take to address the lack of banking services that force much of the cannabis industry to operate in cash.

Manitoba Distribution and Retail of Cannabis and Retail Sales

Province Announces Hybrid Model for Distribution and Retail of Cannabis

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Nov. 7, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — In order to meet the July 2018 timeline mandated by the federal government to permit the recreational use of cannabis, the Manitoba government unveiled a hybrid retail and distribution model that allows both the public and private sectors to do what they each do best, Premier Brian Pallister announced today.

Back to the Drawing Board: Maine House Fails to Overcome Governor's Veto

Back to the Drawing Board: Maine House Fails to Overcome Governor’s Veto

It’s back to the drawing board for Maine legislators. On Nov. 6, 2017, the Maine House of Representatives fell 17 votes short of overriding Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of LD 1650, a bill regulating the state’s recreational market.

Maine Governor Vetoes Bill to Regulate Recreational Marijuana

Maine Governor Vetoes Bill to Regulate Recreational Marijuana

On Nov. 3, 2017, Maine Gov. Paul LePage vetoed LD 1650, a bill that would regulate recreational marijuana in the state. In his veto letter, LePage outlined three key concerns and urged legislators to come together and rework the bill.

Delaware's Adult Use Cannabis Task Force Will Likely Delay Release of Report

Delaware’s Adult Use Cannabis Task Force Will Likely Delay Release of Report

The Delaware legislature’s Adult Use Cannabis Task Force, which is charged with examining the potential effects of legalizing recreational marijuana in the state, will most likely delay the release of its report until the end of February 2018.

Gallup Poll: Support for Legalization Reaches All-Time High

Gallup Poll: Support for Legalization Reaches All-Time High

Support for legalizing recreational marijuana in the United States has reached an all time high. According to a new a Gallup poll, 64% of Americans support legalizing recreational marijuana, compared to 60% last year and 58% in 2015.

Provincial Crown Corporation to Sell New Brunswick Cannabis

Provincial Crown Corporation to Sell New Brunswick Cannabis

With New Brunswick cannabis set to be cultivated by Organigram (TSXV: OGI) and Canopy Growth (TSX: WEED), the provincial government has now determined that a Crown corporation, not the private sector, will handle retail cannabis sales.

Maine Governor May Veto Marijuana Law Rewrite Approved by Legislature

Maine Governor May Veto Marijuana Law Rewrite Approved by Legislature

On Oct. 23, 2017, the Maine House of Representatives and Senate voted in a special session to approve LR 2395, a bill that would rewrite the Marijuana Legalization Act and pave the way for recreational marijuana sales. The measure will now go to the desk of Gov. Paul LePage, where it faces an uncertain future.

Unlikely Allies Eye Vote to Legalize Cannabis in New Zealand

Unlikely Allies Eye Vote to Legalize Cannabis in New Zealand

New Zealand could become the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to legalize cannabis for personal use after an unlikely alliance of populist, centrist and leftist parties put drug policy immediately on the agenda of the incoming government.


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