Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Xzibit-Owned Vape Cartridge Company in California

A class action lawsuit against vape cartridge manufacturer Brass Knuckles has been filed in California which alleges breach of warranty, false advertising, unfair competition, misbranding, and adulteration of the THC concentrate pens, according to the Cannabis Law Report. The lawsuit also names SC Laboratories Inc. and company owner Alvin Nathaniel Jones, better known as Xzibit, […]

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U.S. Attorney for Oregon Stepping Up Enforcement to Curb Cannabis Trafficking & Diversion

U.S. Attorney for Oregon Billy Williams has announced five priority areas of enforcing federal law in the state, including what his office sees as threats to public safety and interstate trafficking, the Argus Observer reports. Williams outlined his concerns about the state’s industry in a January op-ed in the Oregonian and those concerns are reflected […]

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Michigan Prohibitionists Would Support Legalization if Passed by Legislature

A Michigan anti-cannabis legalization group has indicated that they would be open to cannabis legalization if the reforms were passed by the Legislature, the Detroit Free Press reports. The Committee to Keep Pot out of Neighborhoods and Schools has conceded that legalization “will be a reality” in the state but hopes legislative action will create […]

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California Bureau of Cannabis Control Proposes Extension of Emergency Cannabis Regulations

The California Bureau of Cannabis Control has proposed the state readopt and extend the current, emergency cannabis industry regulations. Previous regulations called for the merging of the medical cannabis industry (MCRSA) and adult-use industry (AUMA) into what’s now known as MAUCRSA, governed by the Bureau of Cannabis Control. As part of the current regulations, applicants have […]

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Ohio Ballot Board Certifies Rec. Cannabis Ballot Initiative

The Ohio Ballot Board has certified the ballot initiative to legalize cannabis for recreational use in the state, the Dayton Daily News reports. The group behind the initiative, Ohio Families for Change, now must collect 305,591 valid signatures from 44 of the state’s 88 counties – and, within each county, the group must collect enough signatures […]

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Adult-Use Cannabis Bill Introduced in Rhode Island

Adult-use cannabis legislation has been introduced in Rhode Island. The bill would create a taxed and regulated market, imposing a 10 percent excise tax on top of state and local sales taxes and allowing localities to tack on another 3 percent. The bill allows adults to possess 1 ounce of flower in public; 5 ounces […]

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New York City Comptroller: N.Y. Legal Cannabis $3.6B Market

In an interview with CNBC, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer estimated that New York state would see $435.7 million per year from adult-use cannabis tax revenues; while New York City would net about $336 million. “This is a new revenue stream. This is going to impact the kinds of resources we’ll have to invest […]

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Canopy Rivers Offering $1M Seed Capital to June ‘Pitch Day’ Winners

Canopy Rivers is hosting a “pitch day” for Canadian cannabis entrepreneurs ahead of federal legalization as part of the “Micro Cannabis, Macro Impact” program that will see the company provide $1 million in seed capital to burgeoning canna-businesses. Prospective companies should intend to or should be in the process of applying for a Health Canada […]

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Poll: Majority of Georgians Support Rec. Cannabis Legalization

According to an 11Alive News poll conducted by Survey USA, 55 percent of Georgians believe cannabis should be legalized for recreational use in the state. Thirty-five percent of respondent said cannabis should remain outlawed, with 10 percent unsure. An 11Alive poll in 2016 found 48 percent supported legalization, with 38 percent opposed. Despite the citizen […]

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New York Dems Plan to Pass Resolution Supporting Cannabis Legalization

The New York State Democratic Party plans to pass a resolution at its May 23-24 convention to support cannabis legalization, according to a draft of the documents obtained by the New York Post. The document indicates the party wants to highlight the reforms during the convention. Cuomo, the de facto leader of the New York […]

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California Raises $60.9M from Cannabis Taxes; Lower than Projected

California has raised $60.9 million in cannabis sales through the first quarter of 2018, after recreational cannabis sales began on Jan 1. The state levies a 15 percent excise tax on recreational purchases along with state and local sales taxes. Medical cannabis sales are exempt from the taxes. “California’s excise tax on cannabis generated $32 […]

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Poll: 61% of Michigan Supports Rec. Cannabis Legalization Initiative

A Michigan State University Institute for Public Policy and Social Research poll has found 61 percent support for cannabis legalization in the state, with 34 percent opposed and 5 percent undecided. Cannabis legalization was the only issue on the poll with fewer than 15 percent undecided. Pollsters found support lags among Michiganders 65-and-older. Just 30 […]

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Ohio AG Approves Cannabis Legalization Proposal Language; Moves to Ballot Board

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has certified that the language for a proposed recreational cannabis ballot initiative is “fair and truthful” – the first step toward putting the issue on the ballot, according to a Cleveland.com report. The proposal moves next to the Ohio Ballot Board which will determine whether the measure is one or […]

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Colorado Cannabis Sales in March Highest Yet in 2018

According to Colorado state Department of Revenue data, cannabis sales in March reached $105,945,278 — up from $85,869,215 in February and $88,729,914 in January. In the first three months of 2018, cannabis sales in the state have totaled $365,686,695. Denver County led the state in sales: the county totaled $34,757,371 in March. Arapahoe County, whose largest […]

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Massachusetts Cannabis Regulators Mistakenly Approve, Then Rescind, 10 Retail Cannabis Applications

The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission mistakenly approved 10 priority certification retail cannabis applications that were supposed to be denied, according to a State House News Service report. The CCC had approved 146 such applications but Executive Director Shawn Collins admitted that 10 of those were approved in error. “Upon further review, we’ve identified a number […]

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Washington’s Seed-to-Sale Traceability Issues Persist

In order to address ongoing issues with Leaf Data Systems (LDS) — Washington state’s traceability database, built by MJ Freeway — the Washington State Liquor Control Board (LCB) is in negotiations with Gartner Consulting to do an independent evaluation of the LDS’ implementation. Already holding a contract with the LCB, the firm will be asked […]

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New Jersey Gov. Open to ‘Sweeping Pardons’ for Cannabis Crimes

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is open to reducing or eliminating sentences for low-level cannabis crimes, telling NorthJersey.com that his main motivation behind legalizing cannabis is not to raise revenues but to correct the social justice problem. Murphy, the former U.S. ambassador to Germany under President Barack Obama, said he would be open to, and […]

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Canadian PM Trudeau: Cannabis Will be Legal this Summer

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has pledged that cannabis will be federally legal in the nation by this summer despite the recommendations of several Senate committees to delay the reforms’ implementation, CBC News reports. “We have been working with our partners across the country to make this happen and we are going to be moving […]

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Analysis Suggests Cannabis Users Consume Less Alcohol, Fewer OTC Meds

According to a High Yield Insights report, recreational cannabis users report sharp decreases in over-the-counter medication use, sleep aids, and alcohol use. By the numbers: 27 percent of recreational cannabis users reported using fewer over-the-counter medications, 22 percent reported using fewer sleep aids, 21 percent indicated they consumed fewer spirits, and 20 percent said they […]

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Colorado Legislature Approves Cannabis ‘Tasting Rooms’ Bill; Moves to Gov.

Colorado’s legislature has passed a social-use measure that would allow individuals to consume small amounts of cannabis – either by edibles or vaping – on site, the Denver Post reports. If signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper, Colorado would become the first state to allow social cannabis use. The bill limits consumption to current recreational cannabis […]

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Ontario Government Awards $300K Grant for Cannabis Beer Project

The Ontario, Canada government has awarded a $300,000 research grant to Province Brands of Canada to help them develop a beer brewed with cannabis, the Ottawa Citizen reports. The Toronto-based company will work with Loyalist College to develop the beer. Edibles are not included in the federal legalization plan but lawmakers have indicated they would […]

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GOP Lawmakers in Michigan Considering Tying Cannabis Legalization to Income Tax Bill

Republican lawmakers in Michigan are considering tying recreational cannabis legalization to a bill to cut the state’s income tax amid fears that having the issue on November’s ballot will drive voter turnout, especially among young voters who tend to vote Democrat, the Detroit Free Press reports. The Republicans working on the plan to cut the […]

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Maine Lawmakers Override Gov. Veto of Adult-Use Implementation Bill

Maine lawmakers have overridden Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of the recreational cannabis implementation bill, setting the stage for sales to begin in early 2019, the Bangor Daily News reports. The House voted 109-39 while the Senate voted 28-6 to override the veto. The re-written law is opposed by Legalize Maine. The measure makes significant changes […]

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Canadian Senate Committees Recommend Delaying Rec. Cannabis Bill

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is non-committal about whether he is willing to delay implementing the bill to legalize cannabis for adult use in the nation as Senate committees recommend changes to the landmark legislation, the Canadian Press reports. The chamber’s Aboriginal Peoples Committee released a report on Tuesday urging Liberals to delay the measure […]

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