Spokane City Council Uninterested In Regulating Marijuana Industry Out Of Existence

Stuckart said he wanted to ensure legal marijuana businesses that Spokane would not entertain proposals to regulate them out of existence, including adding buffer zones to churches.

WASHINGTON: There is no desire among a majority of Spokane city officials to further regulate the sale of marijuana downtown absent data showing it is a problem, City Council President Ben Stuckart said. “I believe that this whole thing is based on fear, not truth or data,” Stuckart said, referring to Monday’s story that Mike Fagan and Read the full article…

Chelan Community Meeting About Plain Marijuana Farm; Jan 22nd

his issue and meeting are of particular importance to our area because of the marijuana growing operation proposed for site in “downtown” Plain.

WASHINGTON: As previously posted on this site, the Chelan County Planning Commission will hold a hearing on the status of marijuana operations in the County on January 27th. This issue and meeting are of particular importance to our area because of the marijuana growing operation proposed for site in “downtown” Plain. The site is immediately adjacent Read the full article…

Relief In Sight: WA Liquor & Cannabis Board To Consider Rules Changes

To the credit of the WSLCB, they have heard and listened to the comments, constructive or otherwise and are prepared to loosen some of the constraints that have held the Washington market back artificially,

By Myles Harlow Kahn WASHINGTON: I have been telling my cannabis industry clients and constituents for two years to be patient; the regulations which, to a great extent, have choked the development and growth of the legal cannabis industry in Washington, will loosen up eventually. Washington’s restrictive and conservative approach, which has purposefully stayed under the federal Read the full article…

Mass. Senators Learn The Ins And Outs Of Colorado’s Marijuana Businesses

The DEA along with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Office of National Drug Control Policy announced they would review marijuana's classification after multiple letters from senators last year, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York.l

MASSACHUSETTS: It’s still early, but Fall River state Sen. Mike Rodrigues is eager. He’s grilling an Uber driver who was taking him to a high-tech Denver laboratory that extracts potent compounds from marijuana leaves. “You’re out and about driving, picking people up. Do you see more people under the influence when they get into the vehicle? Read the full article…

WSLCB Revises Draft Marijuana Rules Following Public Comment Period

Under the revised rules timeline, a public hearing would be held Feb. 10, 2016, with the Board being asked to adopt the rules on Feb. 24, 2016. If adopted, the rules become effective March 24, 2016.

WASHINGTON: Following six public hearings held throughout the state, the Liquor and Cannabis Board (Board) today voted to revise the draft rules to accommodate public input it received on its original draft rules. The draft rules are necessary to implement 2015 legislation which aligns the medical marijuana market with the existing recreational market. Under the Read the full article…

Warm Springs Tribes Approve Marijuana Sales In Historic Vote

The referendum passed with 86 percent approval, said Don Sampson, CEO of Warm Springs Ventures, the tribes' economic development corporation, the group behind the proposal.

OREGON: Members of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs said yes to growing, processing and selling marijuana on the recreational market in a historic vote Thursday that drew record turnout, tribal officials said. The referendum passed with 86 percent approval, said Don Sampson, CEO of Warm Springs Ventures, the tribes’ economic development corporation, the group behind the Read the full article…

Feds Ask Supreme Court To Stay Out Of Lawsuit Over Colorado Marijuana

illegally crossing state lines. Oklahoma and Nebraska have sued Colorado, asking the Supreme Court to block the state’s legal marijuana system.

COLORADO: The federal government has asked theU.S. Supreme Court to avoid wading into a lawsuit brought by Oklahoma and Nebraska over Colorado’s legalized marijuana system. Oklahoma and Nebraska say Colorado’s legal marijuana system has created a flood of modern-day bootleggers who are buying pot in Colorado and then illegally crossing state lines. Oklahoma and Nebraska have Read the full article…

MILegalize Extends Deadline For Petition Signatures

“We’re really strong financially," Hank said.  "We’ve received or have pledged to us more than $500,000.”

MICHIGAN: A Lansing-based group collecting signatures to get a marijuana-legalization question on statewide ballots next year says it’s extending its petition campaign past a previous deadline of Dec. 21 that its leaders had set. “For a variety of reasons, MILegalize is extending its campaign,”  Lansing attorney Jeffrey Hank, chair of the Michigan Comprehensive Cannabis Law Reform Committee, said Read the full article…

Up In Smoke: New Oregon Law Closing ‘Cannabis Cafes’

With this new law, marijuana lounges, of which only a handful exist, are not allowed in the state of Oregon.

OREGON: As of Jan. 1. the World Famous Cannabis Cafe in Portland is being forced to close, as state lawmakers have broadened the state’s clean indoor air regulations to include marijuana. Within House Bill 2546, lawmakers defined what they mean by “inhalant.” By law an Inhalant means:  “Nicotine, a cannabinoid or any other substance that’s inhaled Read the full article…

A Former Facebook Exec Just Got A Big Boost In His Effort To Legalize Marijuana In California

The move brings to a close weeks of behind-the-scenes negotiations aimed at closing the gaps between the initiatives, amid concerns that neither would succeed if both wound up on the ballot for 2016.

CALIFORNIA: Efforts to legalize marijuana in California got a boost this week after competing ballot measures joined forces behind the stronger of the two, backed by billionaire Sean Parker, a former president of Facebook. The initiative has the support of Democratic Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom and the Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform. Coalition board member Antonio Read the full article…