Denver Makes Plans For Symposium On Local Marijuana Regulation, Seen As First Of Its Kind

Mayor Michael Hancock and his administration is taking a new opportunity to exhibit pride in the city’s regulation of the retail cannabis industry.

COLORADO:  Denver city officials didn’t exactly embrace Amendment 64 before voters statewide — and heavily in Denver — approved recreational marijuana legalization in 2012. But Mayor Michael Hancock and his administration is taking a new opportunity to exhibit pride in the city’s regulation of the retail cannabis industry. This week the city’s Office of Marijuana Policy, headed Read the full article…

Arizona Medical Marijuana Patients Can Now Buy Cannabis Legally In Las Vegas And Reno

Legal pot is on a fast track in NV

ARIZONA:  Arizona’s medical-marijuana patients now can patronize newly opened dispensaries in Reno and Las Vegas and possess up to 2.5 ounces anywhere in Nevada. Arizona, like some of the other 23 states with medical-marijuana laws, allows people with valid medical cards from other states to legally possess marijuana in Arizona, but they can’t legally buy Read the full article…

Do Alaska Cannabis Regulations Allow For Chefs To Get In The Game?

Alaska's current draft regulations don't take into account the range of likely scenarios involving chefs and the things they might use cannabis for.

ALASKA:  Shawn, a chef (and expert punster), wonders whether Alaska cannabis regulators have considered his industry as they’re setting the initial boundaries of the legal market. “I would like to know how they plan to address edibles and establishments that sell them. Are they going to allow a restaurant or dinner club that is an Read the full article…

Gov. Jerry Brown Brokering Late Deal On Medical Marijuana Regulations

Gov. Jerry Brown, who helped craft the deal, should not only sign the bills into law, but he should stay focused on ensuring their smooth, effective implementation.

CALIFORNIA:  Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration is crafting the framework for medical marijuana regulations in California, a session-closing play that could end nearly two decades of clashing interpretations and court battles. With the Legislature scheduled to leave town next week, Brown’s office is said to be bearing down on the details of a compromise medical cannabis Read the full article…

Why American Indian Tribes Are Getting Into the Marijuana Business

The Flandreau Santee Sioux plans to open a first-of-its-kind pot lounge by the end of the year.

SOUTH DAKOTA:  This New Year’s Eve, Tony Reider wants to throw a party unlike any his South Dakota tribe has seen. There will be live music, food, outdoor games—and, floating over the revelry, a haze of marijuana smoke, from a first-of-its-kind pot lounge that is set to open by the end of the year, said Read the full article…

Demand Soaring At State’s Lone Marijuana Dispensary

In just two months of operation, the state’s first and only medical marijuana dispensary has provided cannabis to 1,500 patients.

MASSACHUSETTS:  The executive director of the state’s first and only medical marijuana dispensary said this week that in just two months of operation, it provided cannabis to 1,500 patients — the first measure of consumer demand for the product in Massachusetts. That dispensary, Alternative Therapies Group in Salem,was granted permission by state regulators on Wednesday Read the full article…

Fears Of Marijuana ‘Monopoly’ In Ohio Undercut Support For Legalization

The referendum on the ballot this November to legalize recreational and medical marijuana proposal is drawing some unusual opposition from residents who generally support legalization.

OHIO:  Yellow Springs is a small college town in Ohio that has more than one head shop and a lot of tie-dye and hemp. Many would consider it ground zero for likely supporters of the referendum on the ballot this November that could make Ohio the fifth state to legalize recreational and medical marijuana. But the proposal Read the full article…

Advocates In Denver, Home To Legal Marijuana, Seek Public Place To Smoke

Under a thicket of state, local and private regulations, marijuana use in the state at the forefront of legalization is banned from parks and sidewalks, airport smoking areas, hotel rooms, gallery events, nightclubs and nearly every other corner of public life.

COLORADO:  Whether bought from a downtown shop or cadged from a friend’s basement greenhouse, legal marijuana is easy to find in Colorado. Places to smoke it, not so much. Smoking in private homes and on front porches is allowed. But under a thicket of state, local and private regulations, marijuana use here, in a state Read the full article…

Judge: Missouri Right-To-Farm Doesn’t Cover Marijuana

A Missouri judge ruled this week that a new constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to farm doesn't protect marijuana home grows.

MISSOURI:  A new constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to farm doesn’t protect a woman who reportedly grew marijuana in her home, a Missouri judge ruled this week. Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green ruled against a woman Tuesday whose public defender tried to argue that cultivating marijuana falls under the farming-rights amendment, the Jefferson City News Read the full article…

Massachusetts Attorney General OKs Marijuana Ballot Initiatives

Two ballot initiatives were approved by the Massachusetts attorney general on Wednesday, leaving it up to voters to decide whether pot smoking should be legal in the state.

MASSACHUSETTS:  Ballot initiatives from two marijuana advocacy groups were approved by the Massachusetts attorney general on Wednesday, leaving it up to voters to decide whether pot smoking should be legal in the state. The proposals, submitted to State Attorney General Maura Healey by the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol and the Bay State Repeal, Read the full article…