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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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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Oregon U.S. Rep.: Cannabis Will be Federally Legal in Five Years

Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer told canna-business owners that he believes cannabis will be treated like alcohol throughout the U.S. in five years during an appearance at the Cultivation Classic in his home state, Willamette Week reports. He said if lawmakers who support legalizing do their job “it’s game over in two years.” “If Democrats control […]

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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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Salt Lake County, Utah DA Plans to Vote ‘Yes’ on MMJ Ballot Initiative

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill has indicated he will vote in favor of the ballot initiative to legalize medical cannabis in Utah, the Deseret News reports. The support comes as Gov. Gary Herbert and the Utah Medical Association strongly oppose the reforms. “This is not about recreational marijuana, that is not what I […]

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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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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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Push to Put MMJ Ballot Initiative to Idaho Voters Stalled

Advocates in Idaho have stopped collecting signatures for the ballot initiative to legalize medical cannabis in the state and the group behind the effort, the Idaho Medical Marijuana Association, has dissolved, according to a Spokesman-Review report. The organization’s president, Tesla Gillespie, said the group wasn’t sufficiently organized or funded to collect enough signatures. Gillespie said […]

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Cannabis Legalization Will Appear on Michigan Ballots in November

Michigan voters will have the opportunity to legalize cannabis for adult use this November after the State Board of Canvassers approved the petition launched by the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol. What’s in the initiative: Create a taxed and regulated recreational cannabis system, allowing adults 21-and-older to possess and consume cannabis. Legalization of industrial […]

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U.K. Royal College of Physicians Calls for Legalization of Cannabis, Cocaine, Heroin

The Royal College of Physicians, a professional organization in the United Kingdom which represents 26,000 medical professionals, have called for the legalization of cannabis, heroin, and cocaine saying the criminal justice system is stopping people from seeking help, according to a report from the Sun. The position is in line with a Royal Society of […]

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Cannabis Canada Council Launches as Nation Moves Toward Legalization

Members of Canada’s cannabis industry have formed the Cannabis Canada Council, a single national industry association for the sector. The council includes members of the Cannabis Canada Association, the Canadian Medical Cannabis Council, and operators such as Canopy Growth, Tilray, Aurora Cannabis, MedReleaf, Aphria, Emblem, Cronos Group, Hydroapothecary, Emerald Health Therapeutics, The Supreme Cannabis Company, […]

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Michigan Election Officials Approve Legalization Petition Signatures; Moves to Board of Canvassers

The Michigan State Bureau of Elections has recommended that the state Board of Canvassers approve the recreational cannabis use petition by the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol and put the issue on November ballots. According to the recommendation, the agency determined that the petition contains 277,370 valid signatures. The advocates needed to collect 252,523 […]

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Survey: 90% of Cannabis Consumers Would Vote to Legalize in their Home State

According to a Civilized and PSB survey of 1,000 Americans and 600 Canadians, 61 percent of Americans said they plan to use the same amount of cannabis in the future as they do now, along with 61 percent of their Canadian counterparts. Another 58 percent of American respondents indicated they would vote for cannabis legalization […]

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Australian Green Party Proposes Cannabis Legalization

The Australian Parliamentary Budget Office has found that legalizing cannabis throughout the nation would be worth nearly $2 billion a year for the government, according to a Guardian report. The Green Party has proposed a plan to tax-and-regulate cannabis for adults, which, according to the PBO, would raise $3.6 billion over the first four years […]

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer Announces Bill to De-Schedule Cannabis

The Senate’s top Democrat, Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, has announced legislation that would de-schedule cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act. The announcement — which fell symbolically on April 20, the international cannabis celebration known colloquially as 4/20 — represents a major shift for Democrats, according to a CNBC report. Schumer’s bill would reportedly […]

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New York Gov: Legal Cannabis is ‘Going to be Here Anyway’

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo seems to have softened his anti-legalization position, remarking during a stop in Brooklyn that “the situation has changed dramatically” on legal cannabis, asking “do you not legalize it when it is legal 10 miles from both sides of your border?” “You have states that have legalized it now…. It is […]

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Maine Senate Passes Adult-Use Cannabis Bill with Veto-Proof Majority

Maine’s Senate has passed the bill to implement the voter-approved recreational cannabis laws 24-10, making it veto-proof from Gov. Paul LePage, the Portland Press Herald reports. A final legislative review of the measure is still required before it heads to LePage but barring any issues the first recreational licenses will be issued in spring of […]

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Democratic Gubernatorial Hopeful Cynthia Nixon Takes Social Justice Approach to Legalization in Facebook Video

Cynthia Nixon, the former “Sex and the City” actress challenging New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, elaborated on her cannabis legalization position in a Facebook video on Wednesday, taking a social justice approach to the reforms. “There are a lot of good reasons to legalize marijuana but, for me, it comes down to this: We have […]

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