Pot Lottery Winners Already Cashing In

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WASHINGTON: The wheeling and dealing has started for lottery-winning pot-store locations. Seattle-based C & C Shop, which struck out in the recent lottery, announced it bought Bremerton’s Better Buds, a lottery winner. “We placed another bet on this new industry’s future,” said Pete O’Neil, spokesman for C & C, which applied for stores in Bremerton, Lynnwood Read the full article…

Minnesota House Advances Medical Marijuana Study Bill

Representatives voted 86-39 on a bipartisan basis to advance the bill, which differs from a measure state senators approved on Tuesday that would make physician-prescribed medical marijuana legal for a broad range of illnesses.

MINNESOTA: Minnesota state Representatives on Friday approved a bill that would establish an observational research study to make medical marijuana available in liquid or pill form to patients suffering from one of several severe illnesses.Representatives voted 86-39 on a bipartisan basis to advance the bill, which differs from a measure state senators approved on Tuesday that Read the full article…

Marijuana Boom Spawns Ancillary Businesses

"The sky's the limit," said Wu, 35, a New York University business school graduate and former vice president at Wedbush Capital Partners. "As long as states continue to adopt, we're going to double growth each and every year."

CALIFORNIA:  Ben Wu took a six-figure pay cut when he left a career in private equity for a shot at the marijuana boom. Trained to spot small businesses with big potential, he started this year as chief executive of Kush Bottles, a Santa Ana company that sells child-resistant plastic cannabis containers. It took some persuading Read the full article…

Republican John Fleming Wants To Block D.C. From Decriminalizing Pot

“Any place that I can have a say — whether it’s nationally, whether it’s individual states, or even in the District of Columbia — I’m going to speak out about the dangers of marijuana,” Fleming told CQ Roll Call

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Rep. John Fleming, R-La., a physician and outspoken opponent of liberalizing marijuana laws, intends to introduce a House resolution to block the District from decriminalizing possession of small amounts of pot. “Any place that I can have a say — whether it’s nationally, whether it’s individual states, or even in the District Read the full article…

Denver Warns Symphony To Cancel Classical Cannabis Concert

The symphony announced plans last week to hold three fundraising concerts where patrons could smoke marijuana on an enclosed patio at a private art gallery — an event designed to raise funds and attract younger patrons at time of declining support. The marijuana industry came forward with sponsorship money and 65 people bought $75 tickets on the first day of sales.

But in a letter sent Thursday to symphony President Jerome Kern, the city said "Classically Cannabis: The High Note Series" could violate city and state law.

COLORADO:  The Colorado Symphony’s novel effort to hold a bring-your-own-marijuana concert may illegally promote public consumption of pot and will be ordered shut down if the fundraiser goes on, Denver officials told the symphony Thursday. The pot concert controversy is the latest debate to arise since Colorado became the first state to allow recreational sales Read the full article…

4 Keys To Moving Forward With Marijuana Reform

retail marijuana stores will open around the state, providing residents with the legal access they demanded when they approved Initiative 502 a year and a half ago.

Guest Opinion: A leader in the legalization effort says there is a lot more to do to fulfill the promise of the voter-approved initiative.  By Pete Holmes WASHINGTON: Some time this summer, retail marijuana stores will open around the state, providing residents with the legal access they demanded when they approved Initiative 502 a year and a half Read the full article…

Colorado Collects More Than $20 Million From Marijuana Sales

Statewide pot-supply shortages slowed the edibles’ arrival, but manufacturers also were stifled by emergency regulations from the state Liquor Control Board, which has taken a cautious approach to opening the marketplace.

COLORADO:  Colorado raked in nearly $22 million from marijuana taxes, licenses and fees in the first three months of recreational pot sales, according to state Department of Revenue data released Thursday. Sales of recreational marijuana were nearly $19 million in March, up nearly one-third from about $14 million in February, according to state figures. The state has Read the full article…

In NY GOP’s View On Pot Easing

"There's a stigma out there that we're the 'Party of No,'" Langworthy said Wednesday, adding that he's been speaking to Republican state senators and prodding them to support the bill.

NEW YORK: In another sign that momentum might be shifting on the issue of medical marijuana, a rising leader in the Western New York branch of the state Republican Party is calling for the passage of a bill that’s currently blocked in the GOP-controlled Senate. Approval of the measure, contends Erie County GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy, would help with the Read the full article…

House Version Of Medical Marijuana Bill Favored By Minnesota Medical Association

The House bill from Rep. Carly Melin, DFL-Hibbing, would make marijuana available to certain patients from one state-regulated manufacturer.

MINNESOTA: The Minnesota Medical Association says it prefers a bill for medical marijuana that’s scheduled for a vote Friday in the House, saying cannabis legislation passed by the Senate earlier this week is “overly broad in scope.” The House bill from Rep. Carly Melin, DFL-Hibbing, would make marijuana available to certain patients from one state-regulated Read the full article…

Colorado House Backs Down, OKs Hemp-Farmers’ Access To Financial Co-Op System

Acquiescing to Senate insistence that hemp farmers be allowed to join the cooperatives, representatives voted 33-31 for House Bill 1398, sending it to Gov. John Hickenlooper's desk for approval and, ultimately, a showdown with federal banking regulators.

COLORADO: Backing down from a five-hour fight over whether industrial hemp farmers should be able to access a new credit union-like arrangement for marijuana businesses, the state House narrowly passed a bill that would create the first cooperative of its kind. Acquiescing to Senate insistence that hemp farmers be allowed to join the cooperatives, representatives voted Read the full article…