Denver Voters To Decide “Social Use” Of Marijuana

COLORADO:  Ballot initiative could allow clubs and bars to operate as cannabis friendly locations.

Voters in Colorado’s largest city will decide if social clubs for cannabis can exist this fall.

Right now residents and tourists are limited in where they can consume. Technically, the privacy of a local home is the only allowable location. Lighting up in public is still against the law.

Those visiting from out of state to sample the flowery fare or hash-oil vape pens also face a conundrum. Rental car companies don’t allow hot boxing their rides and mainstream hotel chains are against toking in their rooms.


California Delivery Service Dubbed ‘Birchbox of Marijuana’

CALIFORNIA:  The Guild, a subscription-based marijuana delivery service, launched in San Francisco, California, this year — on April 20, or “420,” no less.

Founded by two New Yorkers who transplanted west in pursuit of like-minded cannabis users, The Guild is being dubbed the “Birchbox of marijuana” for its familiar business model.

Members of The Guild, a non-profit collective, browse the company’s online catalogue of flowers, concentrates, edibles, and cannabidiols and customize a box of goodies. Like Birchbox with its sample-sized lipsticks and lotions, The Guild can provide products with low doses of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, for members to try before they buy in bulk.

In order to participate, customers must verify their status as a medical marijuana patient in California by uploading a doctor recommendation.


Flandreau Tribe Votes To Legalize Marijuana

SOUTH DAKOTA:  A South Dakota tribe has voted to grow and sell marijuana as soon as Fall 2015.

The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe executive committee voted 5-1 Thursday to legalize the growing and use of marijuana on tribal land. Trustee Roxee Johnson was the sole opposition to the ordinance.

The marijuana control ordinance will establish a facility where marijuana will be grown. Another location will offer marijuana for recreational use.

The ordinance approves marijuana consumption only inside of a single facility that has yet to be determined. Officials describe the proposed facility to function similarly to a bar. Tribe officials said that marijuana will not be allowed to leave that location.


Denver Dank Vs. Boulder Bud: How The Cities’ Pot Scenes Differ

COLORADO:  In the microcosm of Colorado marijuana, how do Denver and Boulder compare to one another?

Is Denver the more conservative, older sister to a younger, more liberal brother in Boulder? The answer might surprise you.

Denver pot shop L’Eagle owner John Andrle and Stashlogix co-founder Sam Campbell join Denver Post marijuana editor Ricardo Baca on The Cannabist Show to compare Denver and Boulder’s marijuana communities.

Oregon Marijuana Legalization 2015: Weed Smell Could Trigger $500 Fine In Pendleton

OREGON:  Come July 1, it will be legal to possess and use marijuana recreationally in Oregon. But in the eastern town of Pendleton, recreational marijuana smokers might not want to hit the bong too hard once legalization hits.

The municipal authorities have labeled the smell of marijuana a nuisance and plan to fine residents should the scent travel to a neighbor’s property, KNDO of Yakima, Washington, reported Wednesday. Pendleton reworked its nuisance ordinance — which deals with problems like loud music or barking dogs — to include marijuana smell, the station reported. The resulting fine could cost marijuana smokers up to $500.

The ordinance change is intended to prevent marijuana growers from causing overwhelming scents for neighbors, but police could also enforce the rule on homeowners, according to KNDO. “It gives us some tools to be able to force people to figure out a different way to legally process their marijuana,” said Pendleton City Manager Robb Corbett. A local citizen reportedly told the city council that a medical marijuana grower had left a scent on his property.


How D.C. Pot Legalization Has Become ‘The Dealer-Protection Act Of 2015’

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Not long ago, a man who had covertly dealt pot in the nation’s capital for three decades approached a young political operative at a birthday party in a downtown Washington steakhouse.

He was about to test a fresh marketing strategy to take advantage of the District’s peculiar new marijuana law, which allows people to possess and privately consume the drug but provides them no way to legally buy it for recreational use. Those contradictions have created a surge in demand and new opportunities for illicit pot purveyors.

“Do you like cannabis?” asked the dealer.

America’s Marijuana Traders In Anti-Tax Revolt

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  In the US, marijuana businesses are on a war footing. Although 23 states have legalised cannabis for medical or recreational use, sellers continue to be seen and treated as second-rate entrepreneurs.

The cultural prejudice of public opinion is partly to blame but it’s mainly because of the current system of federal taxation, which is based on the old prohibitionist principles that penalise the selling of a substance that was illegal until very recently. Unlike other businesses, those dispensing marijuana can’t deduct their business overheads from their income tax, including rent of the premises or staff salaries. In short, there are two very different sets of rules. As Bruce Nassau, a marijuana trader in Colorado, told the New York Times, this could suffocate a sector that has enormous growth potential.

Their reasons for protesting are: “We are proud to make our contribution to the state treasury but we want to pay a fair amount.”

Pot Tourism Blazes Way For Marijuana Hotels

COLORADO:  For stoners looking for a weekend of pampering, the Four Seasons isn’t an option – marijuana legislation allows for the possession and use of marijuana, just not in a public place.

In states like Colorado and Washington where recreational marijuana use has been legalized, pot tourism has become a major source of revenue, and eager entrepreneurs are looking to fill the void for pot-friendly hotels with their own offerings.


‘Donations’ For Pot: It’s $30 Per Gram At The Cannabis Cup, But Is This Legal?

COLORADO:  While sampling was rampant on the Cannabis Cup’s first day, you may be better off bringing your own. Out-of-state companies, along with Colorado businesses that don’t hold state licenses, were running low on samples by the end of Saturday after being swamped with visitors as the only outlets for free or paid samples.

Yes, paid.

One of the biggest lines on Day One stretched from the booth for Kurupt’s Moon Rock, which took a very unregulated-California (and illegal-in-Colorado) approach to the event. With every $30 “donation” to the booth, attendees walked away with a bandanna and a gram of their signature Moon Rock, what they call “the strongest bud in your galaxy.”

Multiple buyers confirmed the price and transaction details on Saturday and Sunday, and one of Kurupt’s booth employees, “GoldTeeth” Miller of Colorado Springs, also spelled things out for us.

Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Program Faces Deficit Over $1 Million

MASSACHUSETTS:  The state’s medical marijuana program is projected to run a $1.17 million deficit in fiscal year 2015 despite a state law requiring the program to pay for itself, according to the program’s annual report.

Nichole Snow, deputy director of Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance, a medical marijuana patient advocacy group, said the deficit “shows that the people who were in charge originally really didn’t put enough thought into it.”

Scott Zoback, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, said, “The administration is in the process of revamping a poorly functioning medical marijuana program it inherited in order to best serve patients safely and ensure the system is living up to the law passed by Massachusetts voters.”