Colorado Governor Vetoes Cannabis “Tasting Room” Bill

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper vetoed a bill on Monday that would have allowed licensed cannabis tasting rooms, citing health and safety concerns, according to a Denver Post report. The legislation — the first of its kind in the nation — would have allowed adults at recreational cannabis retailers to consume small amounts of cannabis via either a […]

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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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Montana’s New Voter-Approved MMJ Rules Are Now In Effect

Montana’s new medical cannabis rules took effect yesterday, requiring providers to test, label, and track plants from seed to sale, the Associated Press reports. The new rules were approved by voters in 2016 after lawmakers passed laws effectively gutting the state’s medical cannabis program. Some rules have not been finalized. The Department of Health and […]

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Alaska Cannabis Regulators Table Social-Use Action Until June

Alaska’s Alcohol and Marijuana Control Board have tabled action on regulations to allow social cannabis use under the state program until the board once again has a full panel of members, the Associated Press reports. The board is down one member after the resignation of member Travis Welch last month. The board expects to revisit […]

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West Hollywood, California Approves Cannabis Social-Use Plan

West Hollywood, California plans to license 16 cannabis consumption lounges where patrons can smoke, vape, or eat infused foods and beverages. In total, the city plans to issue 40 total canna-businesses licenses. Two types of consumption lounge licenses will be available: One will allow smoking, vaping, and consumption on-site; the other will allow only edible […]

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada City Council Votes to Ban All Public Cannabis Use

The Calgary, Alberta, Canada City Council has moved to ban all cannabis consumption in public but included exceptions for those with medical need, the Calgary Herald reports. The regulations also prohibit retail shops from opening 150 meters (about 492 feet) from schools and emergency shelters and 10 meters (about 33 feet) from daycares, pawnshops, and […]

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Colorado Senate Committee Rejects Social-Use Bill

Colorado’s Senate Business, Labor & Technology Committee voted 6-1 against a measure to create social-use cannabis licenses, according to a Cannabist report. The measure was opposed by state cannabis regulators and by members of the law enforcement and medical communities. Colorado State Patrol Major Steve Garcia argued that the measure would increase the likelihood of […]

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Social Cannabis Use Lounge Opens in San Francisco

A cannabis smoking lounge has opened in San Francisco, California, the Associated Press reports, and the Barbary Coast lounge is the first of its kind in the state. Nicole Elliot, the city’s cannabis “czar” indicated that more shops will be licensed once city health officials finalize the regulations. Other California cities are also considering allowing […]

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Massachusetts Cannabis Regulators Adopt Final Rules

The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission has finalized the regulations for the state’s voter-approved recreational cannabis industry, four months before the program is set to go live, according to a WBUR report. The commission will begin accepting applications for industry operators on Apr. 1. What’s in, what’s out? Social consumption and home delivery is off the […]

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Denver Regulators Approve First Social-Use Business License

While lawmakers in Massachusetts are blocking the state’s voter-approved plans for social cannabis use, regulators in Denver, Colorado have finally moved forward on the successful 2016 voter initiative that enables certain businesses — such as bars, restaurants, cafes and yoga studios — to seek licenses allowing the use of cannabis in their establishment. On Monday, […]

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Massachusetts Cannabis Regulators Reject Social-Use Proposal

Massachusetts will not be the first state to allow social cannabis use as the Cannabis Control Commission voted 4-1 against the proposals, according to a MassLive.com report. The board also voted against allowing home delivery services. Medical cannabis home delivery is still permitted. The panel did indicate they would re-start the social-use conversation in October, […]

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Maine Committee Votes to Strike Cannabis Social Club Language from Implementation Bill

The Maine committee tasked with implementing the state’s voter-approved recreational cannabis law voted 10-4 to remove all references to social use licensing from the legislature’s proposed regulations for the program, the Portland Press-Herald reports. The vote is not binding; however, a final committee vote on the proposals will be held tomorrow. Social-use clubs were included in […]

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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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Maine Regulators Move to Delay Social-Use Cannabis Provisions Until 2023

The Maine Legislature’s Marijuana Legalization Implementation Committee has voted 5-1 to delay the rollout of the social-use provisions of the voter-approved recreational cannabis bill until 2023, the Portland Press Herald reports. The move comes as lawmakers look to appease those members who don’t support measure and due to concerns over being an early adopter of […]

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Montreal Officials Want to Keep 1/3 of Cannabis Taxes and Jurisdiction Over Outdoor and Event Use

The city of Montreal, Quebec, Canada is seeking a third of the tax revenues derived from recreational cannabis sales in the city, claiming the funds will help raise the estimated $4 million to $9 million it will need to hire as many as 50 police officers, and train firefighters and other civil security workers once […]

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Cannabis Barred from Coachella Despite Legalization

Despite legalization taking effect in California on Jan. 1, Coachella concert-goers are not allowed to bring cannabis to the event, held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. “Sorry bro. Marijuana or marijuana products aren’t allowed inside the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Even in 2018 and beyond. If that changes we will update […]

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Massachusetts Cannabis Regulators Approve Rec. Draft Rules

Massachusetts’ Cannabis Control Commission has approved draft regulations for the forthcoming recreational cannabis industry, including rules for cannabis clubs and potential licenses specifically for research, according to a WCVB5 report. The regulations are not final and require public comment before gaining final approvals. What else is included? Rules allow home-delivery, but require positive identification that […]

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Massachusetts Cannabis Regulators Approve Social-Use Policy

Massachusetts‘ Cannabis Control Commission has approved a social-use policy that will allow cannabis to be consumed on premises in so-called “cannabis cafés,” WBUR News reports. Under the rules, budtenders will need to undergo training to identify whether a patron should be cut off and alcohol will not be served at the cafés. “I think that […]

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‘Cannabis Clubs’ Being Considered in Massachusetts

A Massachusetts Cannabis Advisory Board subcommittee has recommended that state regulators allow public use – or so-called cannabis clubs – under the state’s adult-use regime, which they suggest could keep cannabis products away from children but also limit how much product is illegally diverted out-of-state, according to a State House News Service report. The measure, […]

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Maine Draft Rules Would Prohibit Smoking, Vaping at Cannabis Clubs

Draft rules for Maine’s forthcoming adult-use program do not provide an exemption to the state’s no-smoking laws, which would force so-called cannabis clubs to only permit consumption of edibles or tinctures, according to a Portland Press Herald report. The rules also wouldn’t allow club licensing until June 2019, one year after the state’s first recreational […]

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Survey Finds Majority of Ontarians Prefer Private Cannabis Sellers to State-Run

According to a Nanos Research and Consumer Choice Centre survey, 55 percent of Ontarians prefer to have cannabis sold by licensed private retailers than the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, with 40 percent preferring the state-run option. Respondents were split 48 percent to 46 percent in favor of licensed and regulated cannabis lounges. Of the […]

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Nevada Governor: Recent Opinion Allowing Social-Use Venues ‘Circumvented’ Legislative Process

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval insists that a recent decision by the state Legislative Counsel Bureau indicating that the state’s adult-use law does not prevent municipalities from licensing social-use clubs has “no precedential value,” and the issue should be determined by the legislature in 2019 according to a KTVN report. “I also question it because there […]

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Nevada Legislative Counsel Bureau Opinion Could Set Stage for Cannabis Social-Use

In an opinion issued on Monday, Nevada’s Legislative Counsel Bureau said that nothing in the state’s recreational cannabis law prevents local governments from permitting cannabis consumption at businesses, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. The opinion effectively allows municipalities to create social-use licenses that could be granted to cannabis-friendly lounges, coffee shops, and special events such […]

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Alaska On-Site Cannabis Consumption Proposal Unveiled

Cannabis regulators in Alaska have released a draft for on-site cannabis consumption rules that would allow licensed retail stores to obtain an on-site consumption endorsement and allow use in a designated area. The proposal would require the area to be separated from “the remainder of the premises” either as a separate building or by a secure […]

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