Panel Discusses Marijuana Businesses, Zoning For Fairbanks

Possible zones compatible with marijuana facilities are agricultural, commercial, industrial and general use

ALASKA:  Just where in the Fairbanks North Star Borough marijuana businesses should be allowed and under what conditions continued to be discussed Friday by a special panel convened by Mayor Luke Hopkins It was the second meeting of the marijuana working group. Hopkins is working on a new zoning ordinance, dealing with pot businesses, that is Read the full article…

The Best Industries for Starting a Business in 2015

Evergreen Herbal CEO Marco Hoffman at MJBA Job Fair

The old adage that timing is everything in business is incomplete. When it comes to launching a successful startup, the other crucial ingredient is identifying a new, untapped market opportunity. Breaking into any industry is hard, but certain sectors are particularly ripe for new entrants. Inc.’s annual look at the best industries for starting a Read the full article…

Apple’s Ban On marijuana Social Networking App Goes Up In Smoke

MassRoots first became available through the App Store in 2013, but Apple decided to pull the app last month due to conflicts with company guidelines banning “apps that encourage excessive consumption of alcohol or illegal substances.”

CALIFORNIA: Apple has lightened up on restrictions that once banned cannabis-focused social networking apps from its App Store. The tech giant reversed course Thursday night by making MassRoots, a social network for cannabis lovers, available on the iOS App Store a little over three months after banning the site’s app. MassRoots first became available through the App Read the full article…

New Push To Regulate Medical Marijuana In California

Fundraising is key.

CALIFORNIA:  There’s a new push to regulate medical marijuana in California after similar legislation failed at the state Capitol last year. The debate centers on how much control cities and counties should have over local marijuana businesses. There’s general agreement that medical marijuana should be regulated in California, with uniform health and public safety standards. Read the full article…

What’s The Inventory Story? Hard To Say, But Let’s Try Anyway.

Since national media has decided to throw unsubstantiated, alarming numbers around, I have decided that it is necessary to provide the best educated guess I can based on actual data received from the WSLCB.

Warning: this post contains calculations from data provided by the WSLCB, without contextual explanation for the December 2014 anomalous sales data; and without a clear definition for retail gram volumes given how difficult that is to include concentrates and edibles. The WSLCB has recently tightened their information provision services and informs me that I should have answers Read the full article…

Guest: Cities And Counties Have A Right To Ban The Sale Of Marijuana

“It seems like the people that were smoking before are mainly the people that are smoking now,” Hickenlooper said as Colorado marked six months of legal recreational sales last week.

WASHINGTON: Marijuana legalization under Initiative 502 is a bold experiment. As attorney general, I am defending that state law rigorously. But one question threatens to unravel marijuana legalization in Washington state and, potentially, across the country: Can cities and counties ban the sale of marijuana within their local jurisdiction? When asked to answer that important question, Read the full article…

FBI Approves Illinois Marijuana Business Background Checks

The FBI has approved the use of its criminal history records for out-of-state and federal background checks of Illinois medical marijuana business owners.

ILLINOIS:  Illinois officials say the FBI has approved the use of its criminal history records for out-of-state and federal background checks of medical marijuana business owners. Two state licensing agencies announced the FBI approval Tuesday. The Associated Press first reported last week that Gov. Bruce Rauner had awarded the marijuana business licenses before out-of-state criminal Read the full article…

Small Town In Washington Expects To Open Its Own Legal Cannabis Store By Month’s End

The primary reason for that choice, according to North Bonneville Mayor Don Stevens, is to assure the city takes control of its own destiny in the inevitable evolution of a legal cannabis market that holds great promise but still remains marked by citizen concerns and pockets of hard-core opposition to the very idea of legal weed.

WASHINGTON: The City of North Bonneville is only weeks away from securing a license to open Washington’s first municipally controlled and operated recreational marijuana store, which local leaders say could serve as a model to be adopted by cities across the state. The bucolic community of some 1,000 residents is located along the Columbia River amid Read the full article…

Cities Argue For A Bigger Share Of Pot Tax Revenue

"Somebody else thought they knew how much we were going to need," says Scott Winkels, lobbyist with the League of Oregon Cities.

WASHINGTON: When voters in four U.S. states — Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Oregon — approved recreational marijuana sales, part of the appeal was the promise of a new revenue source to buoy cash-strapped cities and states. But tensions are growing in those four states over how the tax rewards from pot sales should be divided. Read the full article…

Everyone in Olympia Has a Pot Plan

In the state senate, two major plans emerged at the start of the session.

WASHINGTON: It’s progress that Washington State‘s most high-profile drug war is presently being fought with bills and proposed amendments in the hushed chambers of the Capitol building in Olympia. But it’s still a goddamn mess. This year, lawmakers are under pressure to reconcile our largely unregulated medical marijuana market with the highly regulated recreational market. Read the full article…