Cannabis News Round-Up

November 14, 2016

Marijuana wins big on election night. How pot won the election.

California legalizes marijuana in vote that could echo nationally. California scrambles to implement new recreational pot law. Colorado voters approve, reject local pot sales ballot measures. Massachusetts official wants to extend the deadline to open pot shops, alter parts of the law. Connecticut Governor Malloy reconsidering opposition to legal marijuana.

Donald Trump and marijuana: Will the two biggest winners of 2016 get along? Marijuana industry keeps a wary eye on how Trump will respond to pot legalization. Pres. Obama‘s artful stance allowed pot legalization to march ahead; Trump calls it ‘state issue.’What the future of marijuana legalization could look like under President Trump.

Market for legal pot could pass $20 billion. Marijuana company prepares to cross state lines, as legally as possible. The opportunities and pitfalls for the legalized marijuana industry. 

Cannabis News Round-Up

November 6, 2016

If Prop 64 passes, what happens to prisoners convicted of marijuana charges? Marijuana ballot initiatives could get people who’ve done time for drugs back on their feet.

California sees dollar signs with marijuana legalization; local municipalities are looking to cash in. Bay Area cities scramble to set rules on California recreational marijuana. Proposition 64: It makes pot legal to have, but not to buy — at first. Prop. 64: Reefer madness cured by legalization, education, treatment? Nancy Pelosi backs Prop 64. Opinion: California is ill-prepared for legal recreational marijuana. Who is funding the effort to legalize marijuana in California?

A “no-b.s.” guide to Prop 64. Humboldt County donates little to Proposition 64 campaigns. Seven reasons in support of Prop 64. Prop 64 is really a real estate story, and that has big implications for California. Younger voters overwhelmingly favor Prop 64, which is likely to pass, poll finds. Risks and benefits to Prop 64.

Clinton and Trump do agree on one thing—the right to use marijuana. Pot is popular among Clinton’s natural constituencies in Nevada, but she’s quiet on whether to legalize it. Sheldon Adelson fights marijuana legalization while funding medical marijuana research.

Colorado‘s marijuana industry is becoming an economic steamroller, creating over 18,000 new jobs. This Colorado county embraced the marijuana industry. Now it might ban pot businesses.

Massachusetts Attorney General rips pot industry, wants question defeated. Massachusetts opponents of marijuana legalization stress health dangers.

Supporters, foes of Arizona legalized marijuana in late push to sway vote.

Pot startups flying high with California poised to legalize marijuana. Private equity fund raises $100 million for cannabis startups. Want your marijuana startup to succeed? Study patent law. Why marijuana will be a ‘shadow’ business for a long time.

Weed or wine? Alcohol sellers question if voters can handle both. Is marijuana mind-set changing in the Bible Belt? Meet marijuana’s top evangelist.

Financial advice: Marijuana shakes taboo but it’s still a bad investment. Legal pot is still a tough deal for investors.

Voters ready to legalize pot for tens of millions across U.S. President Obama: New legal states would force the federal government’s hand on marijuana. The trend toward legalizing recreational marijuana. A watershed moment for marijuana legalization. Opinion: If you think the war on drugs is a miserable failure, you should vote to legalize pot.

British Columbia should have ‘zero’ tolerance for drivers found to be intoxicated by marijuana, solicitor-general says.

Cannabis News Round-Up

November 4, 2016

Pot-legalization movement seeks first foothold in Northeast with upcoming votes in Maine and Massachusetts.  Is Massachusetts‘ Question 4 the wrong way to legalize marijuana? The Catholic Church is leading the fight against legal pot in Massachusetts with an $850,000 contribution. Marijuana entrepreneurs eye Massachusetts market on eve of ballot initiative. 

Residents of Alaska now have a place to buy state-legal marijuana. Voters to decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana in Nevada. California‘s Proposition 64 would legalize recreational use of marijuana though it’s illegal under federal law. How will that work? Colorado officials take issue with an Arizona anti-marijuana group’s portrayal of their state’s experience with legal weed.

Marijuana legalization could get a boost in a Democratic Senate. After the election, marijuana could be legal for recreational or medical use in 29 states. Pharmaceutical companies developing THC-based drugs expect to see their stocks surge after election day. Bloomberg: skittish lenders drive the legal pot economy underground.

60 Minutes report on The Pot Vote. Watch the first 60 Minutes report on pot from 1970. Would you use pot if it were legal? 54% of Americans polled changed their answer depending on the scenario.

Legal marijuana could be a cash cow for Canada – but not right away, says Parliamentary Budget Officer.

Cannabis News Round -Up

October 28, 2016

Ballot initiatives in nine states may make November 8th a turning point for legal marijuana. This election could be the tipping point for national legalization.

Boston City Councilor attempts to guarantee a fair shot for Massachusetts minority-owned businesses if marijuana becomes legal.  If marijuana is legalized in Masschusetts, the tax rate could get higher.  Massachusetts trooper’s widow makes emotional plea against legalizing marijuana. If legalized, pot in Massachusetts still cannot be smoked on campus. Legalization of recreational marijuana in Massachusetts could impact Connecticut border towns.

Five things that must happen for New Jersey to legalize recreational marijuana. Marijuana legalization could be ‘game changer’ for New Jersey’s economy.

The Effect of State-Level Legalizations (spoiler: the pro-legalization Cato Foundation claims it’s minimal).

Medical-marijuana entrepreneurs worry that legalizing commercial supply will make it harder for medical users to find high-CBD, low-THC products.

Washington‘s testing for marijuana raises medical, legal questions.

Pot growers make a ‘green rush’ to Canada. Move to legalize Canadian pot easier said than done.              O Cannabis! Explore the future of marijuana in Canada.

Cannabis News Round-Up

October 24, 2016

Yes on Initiative 300: Denver measure is a reasonable test of social pot use. Colorado law enforcement officials warn dangers of legalizing marijuana. Denver’s marijuana policy office should be more transparent with pot-tax revenue. 

Prop 64: What would legalized recreational pot mean for California? How would legalization affect the drug war at San Diego‘s Mexican border? California small pot farmers believe that good old-fashioned branding is the key to post-legalization success. Coalinga voters to decide if city can tax legal marijuana sales.

Casino magnate Adelson gives $2 million to fight Nevada pot measure. Michigan should follow other states, legalize marijuana.

The risks of eating marijuana are most dangerous to inexperienced users. The future of cannabis sales is low-dosage edibles.

Marijuana law conferences sprout up. Why is support for marijuana legalization hitting record heights? Why the pot-punitive IRS Code 280E isn’t going anywhere. Business owners become donors in push to legalize marijuana.