NY Governor Cuomo Forms Workgroup To Draft Legislation for Regulated Adult-Use Marijuana Program

NY Gov forms committee to study adult-use cannabis

NEW YORK: Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today appointed a workgroup to draft legislation for a regulated adult-use marijuana program for the legislature to consider in the upcoming session based on the findings of a multi-agency study he commissioned in January. The study, led by the Department of Health, concluded that the positive impacts of a regulated marijuana market in New York State outweigh the potential negative Read the full article…

Vermont: Adult Use Marijuana Law Enacted

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VERMONT: Legislation permitting adults to legally possess and grow set quantities of cannabis for their own personal use took effect on Sunday, July 1. Vermont joins Alaska, California, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington in legalizing the adult possession and use of marijuana. It is the first state to enact legalization via an Read the full article…

District Attorney Vance to End the Prosecution of Marijuana Possession and Smoking Cases

"The dual mission of the @ ManhattanDA's Office is a safer New York and a more equal justice system. The ongoing arrest and criminal prosecution of predominantly black and brown New Yorkers for smoking marijuana serves neither of these goals. "

New Manhattan D.A. “Decline to Prosecute” Policy Effective August 1st NEW YORK:  Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced a new effort to reduce inequality and unnecessary interactions with the criminal justice system. Beginning August 1st, the D.A.’s Office will decline to prosecute marijuana possession and smoking cases. The District Attorney’s Office has invited Read the full article…

Michigan: Adult Use Legalization Measure Certified For November’s Ballot

According to statewide polling commissioned by Michigan NORML, which is a member of the Coalition, 61 percent of voters say that they intend to vote yes on the measure.

MICHIGAN: Election officials have confirmed that proponents of a statewide ballot measure, the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act, have gathered a sufficient number of signatures from registered voters to place it on the electoral ballot this November. Proponents of the voter-initiated measure, The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, submitted more than 360,000 signatures in an effort to qualify it Read the full article…

The Green Earth Farmacie Los Angeles Opens To Recreational Cannabis Consumers

The Green Earth Farmacie is Now Open for Adult Use Recreational Cannabis Sales in Los Angeles, California

CALIFORNIA:  The Green Earth Farmacie, leading cannabis dispensary specialists, announced they are now open for adult use recreational customers. The Green Earth Farmacie is one of the first dispensaries in Los Angeles to officially open their doors to the general public. To participate, customers must be adults 21 years and over, with a valid ID Read the full article…

Philadelphia: District Attorney To Cease Prosecuting Marijuana Possession Offenders

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PENNSYLVANIA: Newly elected District Attorney Larry Krasner has announced that his office will no longer prosecute marijuana possession offense violations. Although city policy has already decriminalized most minor marijuana possession offenses, police have continued to make several hundred possession arrests annually. Going forward, the DA’s office will drop these charges. Krasner said that the change in policy is “the right thing to Read the full article…

Sales Of Cannabis Products For Medical And Adult Use

Legal cannabis sales continue to rise according to a new report from New Frontier

NEW YORK:  The legal cannabis market was worth $6.6 billion in 2016 and is forecast to grow to $24.1 billion by 2025, registering a compound annual growth rate of 16 percent, according to a report by New Frontier Data. By segment, the medical cannabis market was worth $4.7 billion in 2016 and is expected to grow to $13.3 billion by 2025. Recreational cannabis sales Read the full article…

Vermont Governor Phil Scott Signs H. 511 Legalizing Marijuana For Adult Use

Vermont Gov Phil Scott signs bill legalizing adult-use of cannabis in Vermont

VERMONT:  On January 22nd, 2018 Governor Phil Scott signed H. 511, An act relating to eliminating penalties for possession of limited amounts of marijuana by adults 21 years of age or older, into law. Read his full message to the General Assembly below: “Today, with mixed emotions, I have signed H. 511. “As I said when I Read the full article…

Cannabis Sales Projected To Increase as California Paves the way for Recreational use

MJ and CBD sales point up in 2018

CALIFORNIA: The global legal cannabis market was valued at $14.3 billion in 2016 and is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 21.1% between 2017 to 2024 or culminating to $63.5 billion by 2024, according to a report by Ameri Research. The market is going through a period of strong growth thanks to increasing legalization and decriminalization of cannabis Read the full article…

Latest Arcview/BDS Data: Cannabis Consumer Spending Outpaces Industry Estimates

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NEW YORK: Arcview Market Research reports that consumer spending on legal cannabis in North America is outpacing previous estimates. The report indicates that retail cannabis sales will grow 33% from 2016 to nearly $10 billion this year. By 2021 the legal market is expected to reach $24.5 billion, at a 28% compound annual growth rate (CAGR). Arcview also reported that according Read the full article…