Oregon Legislature Raises Tobacco Sales Age To 21, Bill Awaits Governor’s Signature

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OREGON:  The Oregon House of Representatives today ratified previous action by the Oregon Senate in passing an historic Tobacco 21 bill. The bill was amended in the House Rules Committee to remove any language prohibiting possession of tobacco products for those under 21. SB 754 will need to return to the Senate floor for a concurrence vote Read the full article…

WSLCB Issues Changes to Marijuana Advertising Laws

WSLCB issues new advertising regulations

WASHINGTON: Effective July 23, 2017, marijuana licensees will see changes and additional advertising restrictions, mainly around signage and billboards. These changes come from the passage of ESSB 5131 during the legislative session. The LCB will follow with additional communication regarding potential clarifying rulemaking, however, we wanted to make licensees aware so that they can comply with Read the full article…

New Jersey Weedman Does “Hunger Strike for Bail” From Mercer County Jail

Cannabis activist, cancer patient and self-proclaimed "Superhero of the Potheads" Ed Forchion aka NJ Weedman might well be pondering this dilemma as he sits out his "Hunger Strike for Bail" protest in New Jersey's Mercer County Jail.

NEW JERSEY:  Is orange the new green? Cannabis activist, cancer patient and self-proclaimed “Superhero of the Potheads” Ed Forchion aka NJ Weedman might well be pondering this dilemma as he sits out his “Hunger Strike for Bail” protest in New Jersey’s Mercer County Jail. The free speech activist was originally incarcerated on March 3, 2017 and is being held Read the full article…

Franwell and METRC Withdrawal Proposal; MJ Freeway Is Washington’s New Marijuana Traceability Software

MJ Freeway wins WSLCB seed to sale contract

Attention Licensees: The below message was sent yesterday by Deputy Director Peter Antolin to licensees who had written to the Board and staff regarding the marijuana traceability Apparent Successful Vendor and RFID tags. WASHINGTON: The WSLCB will not require RFID as part of the marijuana traceability project. It’s Request for Proposal (RFP) was clear that the Read the full article…

WSLCB NOTICE OF RULE MAKING – Pre-proposal – #17-11

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WASHINGTON: The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board would like your input on the attached proposed rule changes (CR-102) to amend rules in Chapter 314-55 WAC related to Marijuana Producers Licenses and Tiers, and related rules. This notice can be found at lcb.wa.gov/laws/laws-and-rules under Proposed Rules. The Liquor and Cannabis Board encourages you to give input on this Read the full article…

Vermont: Governor Rejects Marijuana Depenalization Measure

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VERMONT:  Republican Gov. Phil Scott has rejected legislation, Senate Bill 22, that sought to eliminate criminal and civil penalties for the adult use and possession of marijuana. The Governor said that he did not support the legislation as written, but remains open to working with lawmakers over the summer on ways to amend the state’s cannabis policies. Representatives from the Read the full article…

NORML Responds To Steve Cook Addressing Marijuana Policy At The Department Of Justice

“Given that Sessions has recently reiterated that the Cole Memo is valid, Steve Cook would be wise to maintain the current interpretation and not interfere with the right of states to set and enforce their own marijuana policies," concluded Justin Strekal, Political Director of NORML.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: In response to the Department of Justice detailing Steve Cook to address marijuana policy, Justin Strekal, Political Director for NORML stated: “Steve Cook and Jeff Sessions are advocating for the failed policies of the “Just Say No” era — policies that resulted in the arrests of millions of otherwise law abiding citizens who possessed personal use Read the full article…

Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board Upgrades Marijuana Report

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WASHINGTON:  The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) today updated its dashboard-style report that includes snapshots of frequently requested marijuana data. The new Marijuana Report is more automated than the previous iteration. Users will see new visualizations and have greater access to the data that powers those visualizations. A list of features: Data fields – Enhanced data Read the full article…

Will Higlin Named OLCC Deputy Director

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OREGON: Will Higlin has been appointed Deputy Director for the Oregon Liquor Control Commission as of April 1, 2017.  The announcement comes after Merle Lindsey, respected 35-year veteran of OLCC, announced his retirement from the agency as Deputy Director. Higlin joined the OLCC in May 2014 as the Liquor Licensing Director, and was quickly promoted to Read the full article…

WSLCB Notice of Extension: Petition of Kittitas County for a Declaratory Order

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WASHINGTON: Recently the Board solicited comments from interested parties concerning the Petition of Kittitas County for a Declaratory Order. Initially the Board anticipated issuing a Declaratory Order by today unless an extension of time was necessary. Due to the volume and nature of the comments received the Board has determined that additional time is needed Read the full article…