Colorado Wide Open For Recreational Marijuana

This week Colorado allows new applicants to sell marijuana.

COLORADO:  The transformation to Colorado’s Recreational Marijuana (RM) industry started Tuesday, 1 July, an opening that could add hundreds of new Marijuana  businesses to the state and remake the RM market’s structure. Up until Tuesday, only owners of existing Medical Marijuana shops could apply to open RM stores, and all businesses had to be generalists, growing the Read the full article…

Marijuana Legalization May Open Door To “Big Cannabis”

Marijuana legalization may lead the way for big tobacco into big cannabis

CALIFORNIA:  In 1978, two market forecasters with the Brown & Williamson tobacco company wrote a report in which they imagined what might happen if marijuana was legalized. While legalization would cause “a period of difficult reappraisal in tobacco company strategy,” they wrote, “marijuana products seem to be a logical new industry for tobacco companies.” There Read the full article…

On Medical Marijuana, Focus Turns To Implementation

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NEW YORK:  With Gov. Andrew Cuomo set to sign a medical-marijuana bill into law this week, supporters and medical providers are turning their attention to the state’s efforts to implement the program and whether any additional diseases will become eligible for treatment. Cuomo has until July 5 to sign the marijuana bill, which he helped Read the full article…

Denied Massachusetts Pot Shops Weigh Options

The Colorado Senate has given preliminary approval to a bill to add marijuana businesses to the list where EBTs can't be used to withdraw cash.

MASSACHUSETTS:  State health officials could find themselves deeper in the legal weeds after several of the nine proposed medical pot shops that were snuffed out yesterday after a round of “enhanced” background checks said they’re mulling potential lawsuits, including the lone pair of Boston hopefuls and a group led by former U.S. Rep. William Delahunt. Read the full article…

Massachusetts Cracking Down On Medical Marijuana Caregivers

Massachusetts cracks down on caregivers providing to more than one medical marijuana patient at a time.

MASSACHUSETTS:  Massachusetts health officials cracked down this week on a booming cottage industry of self-described caregivers who have been selling marijuana to meet the demand created by the state’s 18-month-old medical marijuana law. The state sent letters to more than 1,300 patients, plus 17 caregivers, warning them that state regulations prohibit any caregiver from selling marijuana to Read the full article…

Pennsylvania State Committee Passes Medical Marijuana Bill

Pennsylvania passes medical marijuana bill.

PENNSYLVANIA:  The state House Law and Justice Committee on Friday passed Senate Bill 1182, which would allow access to medical marijuana in Pennsylvania. “The number one priority of Senate Bill 1182 is patient care and compassion and the bipartisan bill that we crafted certainly reflects that, Sen. Jim Ferlo, Democrat from Highland Park, said in a Read the full article…

5 Ways Medical Pot Complicates Employment Law

Medical marijuana laws are forcing employers to update their policies.

NEW YORK:  New York lawmakers voted to legalize marijuana for medical purposes on June 20, becoming the 23rd state to do so. Despite a continued federal ban, most Americans live in jurisdictions where weed has been at least partially legalized. This makes for an especially complicated environment for employers, workers and labor unions. Here’s five things you need Read the full article…

No Colorado Marijuana Stores Found Selling To Minors In Police Checks

Multiple stings by have authorities have found zero marijuana sales to minors by pot shops in Colorado.

COLORADO:  Police have so far sanctioned no recreational marijuana stores for selling to minors during underage compliance stings across the state, according to the Colorado Department of Revenue. Authorities in Denver and Pueblo, working with regulators from the state Marijuana Enforcement Division, have conducted 20 undercover stings in which they see whether a store will Read the full article…

Oregon Pot Advocates To Submit Signatures For November Vote

A separate marijuana ballot measure was dropped for lack of signatures. To get on the ballot in Oregon, New Approach Oregon needs to turn in 87,213 valid signatures by July 3.

OREGON:  Advocates of legal recreational marijuana in Oregon plan to submit a ballot petition with more than 145,000 signatures on Thursday to force a vote in November on legalizing pot. “We are confident that our measure to regulate, legalize and tax marijuana will qualify for the November ballot and that Oregonians are open to the Read the full article…

Cannabis Business Summit Takes Debate Over Pot Edibles Safety Seriously

Marijuana businesspeople in Colorado are hyper-aware that their fortunes could turn on a legal or political dime at any moment.

COLORADO:  Between the hotel room antics of Maureen Dowd and a tragic pot-related tourist death and a fatal earlier this year, marijuana’s national image has taken some heavy hits recently. All of those incidents involved edibles — and like members of any industry, marijuana salespeople (medical and adult-use alike) are concerned about the effect this could have on the potential Read the full article…