Former ‘Wolf Of Wall Street’ Vying For State Medical Marijuana Deal

NEW YORK:  A former “Wolf of Wall Street” has his eyes on another pot of gold. Dean Petkanas’ new company is among the 43 entities vying for one of five lucrative medical-marijuana licenses in New York state — an eclectic group that includes a hospital group whose boss previously worked for an ex-governor, and two Read the full article…

Washington State Says Legal Marijuana Proves To Be A Success

WASHINGTON: In the year since Washington state launched its legal marijuana market, tax revenues have soared past expectations with state and local governments bringing in some $70 million. There are now about 160 shops selling pot in Washington, with sales topping $1.4 million per day. Washington pot farmers, processors and retailers have struggled to turn a Read the full article…

Recreational Marijuana In Washington: One Year Later

WASHINGTON:  Local marijuana growers and sellers are riding high nearly a year after sales started in Washington. Pot puns aside, the recreational marijuana market has proven to be an economic force in Cowlitz County. Since retail sales started July 8 last year, more than $5 million has exchanged hands and at least 60 jobs created Read the full article…

Lots Of Interest Shown For New Batch Of Marijuana Licenses

MASSACHUSETTS:  More than 50 applications from companies eager to open medical marijuana dispensaries flooded the offices of state regulators this week, two years after Massachusetts launched its ill-fated licensing process. The submission of so many applications indicated robust interest in the state’s emerging medical marijuana industry. The state had previously licensed 15 dispensaries, with the Read the full article…

New York Marijuana Development Firm Buys West Eugene Factory From Eugene Water & Electric Board

NEW YORK:  A west Eugene factory that once produced computer hard drives and later bottled water could next become an industrial-scale marijuana growing operation. The Eugene Water & Electric Board on Friday sold the 107,000-square-foot building at 3590 W. Third Ave. for $3 million, according to a deed filed with Lane County on Friday. The Read the full article…

Illegal Marijuana Dispensaries Not A Priority For Vancouver Police Chief Adam Palmer

CANADA:  The Vancouver Police Department‘s new Chief Constable Adam Palmer agrees with federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose that the city’s flourishing marijuana dispensaries are breaking the law — but he isn’t planning a crackdown. “They are illegal, so the minister is correct, there’s no issue there,” said Palmer Monday. Last week, after Vancouver city council Read the full article…

Towns Like Vail, Breckenridge Worry About Maintaining ‘Brand Image’ With Marijuana

COLORADO:  You can buy a Budweiser in Vail. You can smoke a bud, as in the flowering portion of a cannabis plant, in the privacy of your own home. But buy a bud, shatter, wax or chocolate chip cookies infused with THC, the psychoactive agent in cannabis? Not yet. And perhaps not ever. Unlike some Read the full article…

Marijuana Shops Bump Against Fort Collins Limits

COLORADO:  A handful of people hope to generate some green in Fort Collins by adding marijuana-related businesses to the highly-regulated market. The projects are still in their infancy and have a number of obstacles to overcome to avoid going up in smoke. If each is approved, the city’s marijuana industry will swell to include five Read the full article…

Denver Drops Marijuana Exhibits From County Fair

COLORADO:  The Denver County Fair is dropping marijuana exhibits from the event — a year after some people said they were unwittingly served pot-infused chocolate in the “Pot Pavilion.” The organizer of the county fair insists that the fair made the move because marijuana-related vendor sales were slow, not due to the incident at the Read the full article…

South Dakota Indian Tribe Signs Deal With Colorado Company To Grow Pot

SOUTH DAKOTA:  An Indian tribe in South Dakota that plans to start selling marijuana for recreational and medicinal purposes has chosen a Colorado-based company to grow and distribute the drug on the reservation. The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe on Wednesday signed a contract with Monarch America, Inc. The company will be responsible for designing the Read the full article…