Canadian Cannabis Legalization Delayed Until at Least August

Recreational cannabis sales in Canada will not begin on July 1 as anticipated as federal lawmakers have come to an agreement that will see the legislation taken up on or before June 7, CBC News reports. Health Minister Ginette Petitpas-Taylor said that it would take eight to 12 weeks after the legislation is approved to get […]

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Bi-Partisan Legislation Introduced to Protect State-Approved Cannabis Programs

A bipartisan measure to protect state-approved cannabis programs has been introduced in Congress which would, effectively, reimplement the principles of the now-defunct Cole Memo. The legislation, dubbed the Sensible Enforcement of Cannabis Act, was introduced by Democratic California Rep. Lou Correa, Republican Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, and Democratic Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer, who also serves […]

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Shopify Will Run Ontario’s Legal Cannabis Sales Platforms

The government of Ontario, Canada has tabbed Shopify Inc. to run online retail cannabis sales, the Canadian Press reports. Shopify’s platforms will also be used at retail points-of-sale. “Our top priority is fulfilling the province’s framework for the safe and sensible retailing of recreational cannabis for when it is legalized by the federal government. We […]

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Six Companies Sign on With Quebec, Canada Government to Supply Adult-Use Cannabis Market

Six licensed medical cannabis companies have signed on with the province of Quebec, Canada to provide 60,000 kilograms (132,277 pounds) of cannabis for the forthcoming adult-use cannabis market, the Globe and Mail reports. The provincial government expects to open 15 stores throughout Quebec and will allow online sales. The companies include: The Hydropothecary Corp. – […]

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California Compliance: Reducing the Risk of Federal Cannabis Enforcement

Kern County, California — somewhere along Highway 5 The driver belonged to a collective and was transporting about $2 million of unprocessed product, from Northern California to Los Angeles. He had with him various documents, including a bill of lading and authorization from the collective to transport. The collective had corporate counsel and had established […]

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Massachusetts Public Safety Director Opposes Social Clubs in Letter to Cannabis Regulators

Massachusetts Secretary of Public Safety and Security Daniel Bennett is opposing the creation of cannabis clubs in the state, alleging that allowing social use will increase access to minors and drugged driving incidents, according to a MassLive report. “We believe the difficulties of safely administering the adult use marijuana market in the near term will […]

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Poll: 56% of New York Voters Support Legalizing Adult-Use Cannabis

According to a Sienna College poll, 56 percent of New York voters support legalizing cannabis for adult use, with 40 percent opposed and 4 percent unsure. The reforms were supported by 66 percent of Democrats, 57 percent of Independents, and 41 percent of Republicans. The results represent a 12 percent difference from a November poll, […]

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Michigan Anti-Cannabis Legalization Committee Nets $150K from National Prohibitionists

Smart Approaches to Marijuana of Virginia has donated $150,000 to the newly formed Healthy and Productive Michigan organization – a group fighting a potential ballot initiative to legalize cannabis in Michigan, the Detroit News reports. Kevin Sabet, SAM co-founder, indicated this is just the first donation to the prohibitionist group. “Michigan is a priority because […]

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Washington’s Seed-to-Sale Traceability System Targeted in Cyber Attack

Already behind schedule, Washington state’s new seed-to-sale tracking system, known as Data Leaf Systems, opened on February 1 to immediate complaints. The database is reportedly filled with bugs — and now it has surfaced that the system was hacked in a cyber attack on Saturday, February 3. Since November, when MJ Freeway announced the system […]

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Report: Cannabis Industry Stakeholders Not Fearing Crackdown Following Law Enforcement and Cannabis Industry Summit

According to a National Law Review report on the Feb. 2 summit held in Oregon for law enforcement officials and cannabis industry representatives to discuss federal cannabis policy following Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recent policy changes, “none of the U.S. Attorneys in attendance expressed an interest in cracking down on the industry as a whole.” However, […]

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Fox News Poll Finds 59% Support for Cannabis Legalization

A Fox News poll has found 59 percent support for recreational cannabis legalization, up from the news organization’s polls in 2013 and 2015 which found 51 percent and 46 percent support, respectively. The poll was conducted by Democratic polling firm Anderson Robbins Research and Republican firm Shaw & Company Research from Jan. 21-23. Of the […]

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Colorado Gov. Considering Releasing 40 Nonviolent Cannabis Criminals

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is considering releasing 40 inmates convicted of nonviolent cannabis crimes, the Denver Post reports. The pardons would follow 14 commutations by the governor last November. Those pardons, however, applied to have their crimes expunged, while the 40 being considered for release were identified by the administration. “Right now, we have not […]

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Cannabis Retail Sales Outpace Alcohol Retail Sales in Aspen, Colorado

Last year’s retail cannabis sales in Aspen, Colorado outpaced retail alcohol sales by nearly a million dollars, according to Aspen Finance Department figures outlined by the Aspen Times. The city’s legal cannabis industry brought in $11.3 million, while booze revenues reached $10.5 million. This marks the first time legal cannabis sales outpaced retail alcohol sales […]

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Report: Canadian Cannabis Legalization Could be Stalled Past July

Some Canadian lawmakers suggest that federal cannabis legalization could be delayed past July as the legislation to implement the reforms must be approved by May in order for the industry to be fully prepared for the new regime, according to a CBC report. Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor said that officials from lower levels of […]

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Adult-Use Cannabis Bill Introduced in Georgia

Georgia Democratic state Sen. Curt Thompson has introduced a measure to legalize cannabis for recreational use in the state, WSB-TV2 reports. Thompson estimates that a taxed-and-regulated cannabis economy could bring in $340 million a year in tax revenues. This isn’t the first time that Thompson has introduced adult-use legislation; however, he indicated that this is […]

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Cannabis Home-Grow Bill Introduced in New Jersey

New Jersey Deputy Majority Leader and Lawrence Township municipal prosecutor Reed Gusciora has introduced a bill to allow adults to cultivate up to six cannabis plants if adult-use legislation is approved in the state, the Philadelphia Enquirer reports. The measure, which would be “melded” with the recreational use legislation introduced by Sen. Nicolas Scutari, would […]

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Canadian Territory of Nunavut Releases Cannabis Policy Draft Rules

The Government of Canadian territory Nunavut has released their draft rules for cannabis regulation, setting the legal purchase and possession age at 19 and keeping the possession limit at 30 grams – in line with federal proposals. The rules also provide landlords the ability to ban smoking or growing cannabis on their properties but suggest […]

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Oregon Cannabis Regulators Up Penalties for Sales to Minors

A temporary change in Oregon’s penalties for selling cannabis products to minors took effect last week, providing higher fines and cannabis worker permit suspensions for employees who knowingly sell cannabis to individuals under 21-years-old. The new rules up the fine from 1,650 to $4,950 and the permit revocation from 10 days to 30. The Oregon […]

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Per-Pound Cannabis Prices Drop in First Month of 2018

According to Cannabis Benchmark’s U.S. Spot Index, the price-per-pound of cannabis has fallen 3.5 percent from Jan. 12 to Jan. 19, to $1,292, representing a spot price-per-gram of $2.85, with a simple average price of $3.20. The report indicates that the drop “was driven primarily by significant week-over-week decline in wholesale rates in Oregon, though […]

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California Growers Association Sues California Over Large-Scale Cannabis Cultivation Concerns

The California Growers Association is suing the state, contending that the Department of Food and Agriculture defied the will of the voters by permitting large-scale commercial cannabis farms, the Sacramento Bee reports. According to the report, the suit states that Prop. 64 was intended to “ensure the non-medical marijuana industry in California will be built […]

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Massachusetts U.S. Attorney Won’t Rule Out Federal Charges Against Canna-Businesses

Massachusetts U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling, who was appointed by President Donald Trump and assumed office in December, told reporters yesterday that while opioid crimes are his top drug enforcement priority, he could not rule out bringing cases against canna-business operators and employees, the State House News Service reports. The comments come less than a month […]

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Drug Policy Alliance Report Espouses Social Benefits of Legalization

According to a Drug Policy Alliance report, “From Prohibition to Progress: A Status Report on Marijuana Legalization,” arrests have plummeted in states that have legalized cannabis for adults, youth use has remained stable, rates of opioid-related harm have been reduced, highway safety has not decreased, the industry is creating jobs, and tax revenues derived from […]

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Nevada Cannabis Taxes in November are Second Highest Since Program’s Launch

Tax revenues from Nevada’s cannabis industry are continuing to exceed expectations as the state raised more than $5.5 million in November from the 15 percent wholesale taxes on medical and recreational products, and the 10 percent excise tax on adult-use sales, the Las Vegas Sun reports. The governor’s office had projected the industry would bring […]

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Poll: Nearly 57% of Michigan Voters Support Legalizing Cannabis for Adults

A new Local 4-Detroit News poll has found that 56.6 percent of Michigan voters support legalizing cannabis for adult use, with 36.7 percent opposed and 6.7 percent undecided. Support was split across party lines, with 71.5 percent of “strong” Democrats supporting the measure, along with 67 percent of those who “lean” Democrat, and 51.1 percent of […]

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