Newly Legal Pot To Be Delayed Weeks, If Not Months, In Boulder County

Dylan Donaldson, owner of Karing Kind Medical Marijuana Dispensary, arranges jars of medical marijuana at Karing Kind in Boulder, Colorado.

COLORADO:  Marijuana opens for business in Colorado on Jan. 1 — but not in Boulder County. More than a hundred state licenses for retail marijuana stores have been issued in Denver, but just one in all of Boulder County. Marijuana businesses also need local approval, and a web of regulations means even that business — Read the full article…

Seven Apply For Retail Marijuana Licenses In Kittitas County

Four retail applications were submitted in Ellensburg, two in Cle Elum and one in Roslyn.

WASHINGTON: A total of seven applications for retail marijuana licenses were filed in Kittitas County before the Dec. 20 deadline, according to the Washington State Liquor Control Board. There’s no limit on the number of grower or processors in the state, but the liquor control board will only allow 334 marijuana retailers in Washington. Four stores Read the full article…

As Colorado, Washington Legalize Recreational Pot, California Mulls Its Options

Some advocates want California to have a regulatory scheme in place for the marijuana market before moving forward, while others argue that 2016 will present a more favorable voting poll for broader legalization.

CALIFORNIA:  On New Year’s Day in Colorado, state-licensed marijuana stores will begin selling pot purely for pleasurable consumption. Colorado, already home to the nation’s most regulated medical marijuana industry, expects to open its first two dozen stores selling recreational cannabis users up to an ounce of pot each. Another 400 applications are pending for retail Read the full article…

Employers Can Still Fire Pot Smokers For Legal Use In Colorado

“Right now there is a great deal of confusion,” said attorney Danielle Urban of labor-law firm Fisher & Phillips in Denver. “People are surprised to learn that they can lose their jobs.”

COLORADO: As Colorado cannabis sales begin Jan. 1, one fact is sometimes overlooked: Employers still can fire workers for using it on- or off-duty. State law gives employers full authority to impose any drug prohibitions they wish, despite it being legal in Colorado for adults to possess and consume marijuana. “Employers hold all the cards,” said Curtis Read the full article…

Denver To Hand Out First Marijuana Business Licenses Friday

As of Monday, 42 of those applicants have been approved by the City and County of Denver; but officials expect that fewer than 10 stores may actually be ready to open when recreational marijuana officially becomes legal on Jan. 1.

COLORADO: Denver’s Department of Excise and Licenses will begin to administer approved retail marijuana business licenses on Friday, Mayor Michael Hancock’s office announced Thursday. Last week, the state sent out licenses to 342 prospective retail marijuana businesses, all of which are existing medical marijuana centers that are now transitioning to the recreational market. As of Monday, Read the full article…

Attorney General: Marijuana Legalization Would Save Calif. "Hundreds of Millions"

If California legalized marijuana, the state would save "hundreds of millions of dollars," according to the Attorney General's office.

CALIFORNIA: Forget social justice, equality, and doing the right thing — when it comes to getting it done, politics and policy are all about that money. Backers of marijuana legalization have long argued that ending the war on a plant and lifting prohibition on cannabis means big money for California. And Attorney General Kamala Harris agrees Read the full article…

Woburn, MA City Council Extends Medical Marijuana Moratorium A Year

"This (extension of the moratorium) will give us a little bit of time, but we're not going to ignore the voters."

MASSACHUSETTS: On a unanimous vote, the Woburn City Council at its recent meeting extended the moratorium on medical marijuana shops by one year, until Dec. 31, 2014. The council imposed the moratorium in February, but it was slated to expire at the end of this year. Several other communities have imposed temporary bans in the wake Read the full article…

West Plains Warehouse Could Host Eastern Washington's First Legal Marijuana Crops

Some of Eastern Washington’s first marijuana crop might be grown and harvested in converted warehouses between a gravel pit and Spokane International Airport in a West Plains industrial park.

WASHINGTON: With more than 1,100 applications to grow legal marijuana in Washington, the state has no shortage of would-be entrepreneurs eager to jump into the new industry created by voters last year. But don’t expect the successful marijuana-growing businesses to feature aging hippies sporting tie-dyed shirts and vacant looks. Stringent state regulations for security, testing and Read the full article…

Maine DHHS Denies Bid To Make Marijuana Legal For Tourette’s

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services this week denied a request by Dr. Dustin Sulak to add Tourette’s syndrome to the list of qualifying medical conditions that marijuana use is allowed to treat.

MAINE: Peter Hasty said if he couldn’t use marijuana to control severe muscular tics caused by Tourette’s syndrome, he would be confined to his home in Ellsworth. “I would not be able to go out the door,” Hasty said. “It (marijuana) has vastly improved my quality of life.” Although medical marijuana is legal in Maine, Tourette’s Read the full article…

Marijuana Businesses In Colorado Can Get Insurance, But It's Pricey

An Indian tribe in South Dakota that plans to start selling marijuana has chosen a Colorado-based company to grow and distribute the drug on the reservation.

COLORADO: Colorado’s marijuana-related businesses have to work a little harder and pay more to insure their businesses because standard carriers won’t cover them, but they are able to get the coverage they need. Standard insurance carriers like Farmers Insurance Group, State Farm Insurance and others so far aren’t covering pot businesses in the state because of the conflict between Read the full article…