Cannabis News Round-Up

Retail pot sales still 12 months off as marijuana now legal in Maine. Workshop looks at workplace concerns around legal pot in Maine. New Hampshire lawmakers weigh latest marijuana bills on decriminalization, legalization.

We now know how much pro- and anti-Prop 64 marijuana campaigns spent in California. California deadline for marijuana regulations may be impossible. Legislators, regulators emphasize need for urgency in rollout of California marijuana laws.

Where does Washington legal weed money go? A breakdown. Colorado report says  adolescent marijuana use “has not changed since legalization.” Drug analyst Kevin Wong tells New Jersey forum that Colorado pot law is a bust. AAA: Legalizing marijuana likely to increase drugged driving.

Should Maryland consider legalization? Could legal ever happen in North Carolina?

North Dakota legislature rejects marijuana legalization study. Alaska marijuana board rejects onsite use at retail shops.

Legal marijuana and the real estate professional. Cannabis asset acquisitions exploding in global legal marijuana markets. How much does legal weed cost? If President Trump wants to help American businesses, he should start by legalizing marijuana.

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Pot industry breathes easy, feels Sessions won’t smoke sector. No one knows how Neil Gorsuch would rule on marijuana once on the Supreme Court. Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett named to pot advisory group for Trump administration.

Israel moving toward marijuana legalization. Canada pressing forward with marijuana legalization amid US uncertainty.

Recreational marijuana becomes legal in Maine. Massachusetts recreational marijuana law is facing some major changes. Massachusetts marijuana legalization leads to rethinking of alcohol laws. Vermont House members propose bill to legalize marijuana. Legalizing marijuana in New York may ease opiate crisis, advocate says. Maryland lawmakers to again propose legalizing marijuana.

California new pot economy valued at $7 billion. San Diego legalizes recreational pot dispensaries. Lawmakers have doubts that the system to license marijuana sales in California will be in place by deadline. Legal marijuana sales, growth, possession proposed in Wyoming. As states rush to legalize weed, Colorado still at it five years later. Smoke, because you can: Inside a legal marijuana dinner. New Mexico lawmakers continue push to legalize marijuana.

Your business is legal, but you can’t use banks. Welcome to the cannabis all-cash nightmare. Marijuana legalization must include justice reform.

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Conservative Christian legislators really want to legalize weed in the US.

As pot prices plunge, growers scramble to cut their costs. The mistake most states made when legalizing marijuana. Cannabis software companies seek to legitimize the marijuana industry and cash in. North American legal and illicit pot sales top $50 billion. How the payments industry came to accept legal marijuana. The 6 most bogus claims in the marijuana industry. Trump’s marijuana options.

Bid to take down Colorado marijuana laws revived in court. Two retirees create marijuana packaging business in Colorado. Colorado marijuana legalization experiment is making pot a lot cheaper. Colorado mayor advises Massachusetts to ‘start out strict,’ use green energy. Will Massachusetts lawmakers gut key parts of marijuana law? Massachusetts pressured to wipe away traces of old pot arrests. Maine lawmakers weigh calls to delay retail sales of marijuana.

Two of Washington‘s largest recreational marijuana chains on the selling block. Northwest marijuana producers apprehensive about Sessions. Alameda County, California lays groundwork for marijuana farms. Nevada governor wants 10 percent tax on retail pot sales.

Cities in Canada weigh bans, new regulations in march toward cannabis legalization. Richmond, British Colombia vows to shut doors on legal marijuana dispensaries.

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Marijuana backers vow to fight new bid to delay retail pot sales in Maine. Connecticut to consider legalizing recreational marijuana. Rhode Island lawmakers push to legalize marijuana, following Massachusetts. Lawmakers revisiting the Massachusetts marijuana law: Are they making big changes or small tweaks? Legal pot, opioid crisis come to an awkward crossroads in New England.

California cannabis farmers seek legal way to grow. Innovators of new pot products in California are struggling to protect their ideas. California legalization of recreational marijuana brings no immediate change on dispensaries.

Majority of police think marijuana laws should be relaxed. Marijuana reforms flood state legislatures. Legal marijuana states see flood of new weed products as cannabis goes mainstream. Cowen & Co. races to be $6 billion pot industry’s financial guru. New workplace challenge: marijuana laws. Colorado marijuana sales top $106M in November.

New Jersey marijuana legislation inches ahead despite Gov. Christie warning. D.C. considers defying federal law on full marijuana legalization.

No, marijuana legalization isn’t crushing craft beer. When will marijuana stores open in Nevada? Despite being legal, it’s going to be a while.

North Korea cheered as pot paradise, but evidence is hazy. Canada marijuana industry needs innovation to thrive, not protection.

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Pot’s legal in California. So why are people still getting busted in Yosemite? California cannabis growers call for changes to Proposition 64 harvest tax.

This DEA tweet accidentally reveals one of the big arguments for legalizing marijuana. DEA’s marijuana-eradication program still targets Washington, where (some) pot is legal. Will legal weed come to Yakima County, Washington? The issue could end up in court.

What’s the future of marijuana in Colorado? Colorado grants $2.3 million for marijuana health and safety research. Oregon medical marijuana dispensaries no longer selling recreational pot.

Home growers in Massachusetts experimenting under new marijuana law. Connecticut legislature considers legalizing recreational marijuana. Maine financial institutions steering clear of marijuana businesses.

Arizona man arrested for possession surprised to find state didn’t legalize marijuana. Marijuana legalization question could land on future Missouri ballot with the correct number of signatures. DC Council member proposes law to fully legalize marijuana. 2-1 vote kickstarts Nevada department to oversee recreational marijuana sales.

Guam marijuana legalization takes a new turn.

The real estate industry smells big money in marijuana. Senators urge Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) to update guidelines on legalized marijuana.

Marijuana legalization in Europe: Is France next? 

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California braces for change as marijuana industry stakes out legal future. Drug war overkill: A pot bust against California legal growers seems to go too far. Marijuana is legal in California. Now politicians and pot pushers need to help keep it out of kids’ hands. What does 2017 hold for California marijuana economy? California marijuana production is already mind boggling.

Legal weed is hard to find in Alaska.

Maine recreational marijuana to become law January 30th. The loopholes of legalizing weed in Maine. Weed advocates don’t like this Massachusetts senator. Sen. Elizabeth Warren seeks to pull pot shops out of banking limbo.

The legal weed market is growing as fast as broadband internet in the 2000s. America’s $6.7 billion marijuana habit, mapped. 

No one really knows how Trump will handle legal weed.

Canada dispensaries will keep selling weed in 2017, and police will keep raiding them. Canada gears up for marijuana legalization in 2017. Canada First Nations should explore cashing in on legal cannabis.

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Mexico is catching up to US states on marijuana legalization. Surge in Australia support to decriminalize marijuana, multi-decade survey finds. How the largest legal weed company in the world is preparing for coming Canada legalization. Looming legal marijuana industry remains hazy for Alberta  justice officials. The global experiment of marijuana legalization.

Colorado marijuana sales breaking records, could hit $2 billion by 2020. No change in Colorado teens’ marijuana use before and after legalization, study finds. Lessons from Colorado: One city bucks pot legalization. Do more teens smoke when pot is legal? We still don’t know.

Oregon cannabis sales jump 29 percent during Christmas shopping season. Masked intruders hit Oregon legal marijuana grow. Oregon should streamline and inform its efforts in fostering the pot market. What happened in Washington after voters legalized recreational marijuana.

Massachusetts governor signs bill delaying pot shop openings. Fix the Massachusetts pot law, but not in a smoke-filled room. Why a skirmish over pot legalization in Massachusetts is making some progressives paranoid.Pot among likely issues for the new Massachusetts Legislature.

Anti-marijuana forces urge Maine lawmakers to delay legalization. Lots of work to do before Maine marijuana smokers can light up. Visions of legal made-in-Maine pot brownies dance in their heads. New Hampshire Senate president to-do list: Legalize pot. New Hampshire neighbors push pot legalization dialogue.

Despite loss in Arizona, recreational pot backers upbeat about future. Countdown to Nevada legal pot: How will the law impact the court system? Twenty things to know about legal marijuana in Nevada. Recreational marijuana legal in Nevada but not to purchase.

California agencies may struggle to implement new pot tax due to state and federal laws. California town will charge home growers $141 for the privilege.

Reuters: After states legalized medical marijuana, traffic deaths fell. LA Times: The voters have spoken on marijuana. Trump ought to listen. Three factors that could change the DEA’s mind about marijuana.

Ohio marijuana supporters worried by Sessions. Friends, foes of pot watching Sessions nomination.

NCADD: A strategy to assess the consequences of marijuana legalization. Should Mary and Jane be legal? Americans’ attitudes toward marijuana and same-sex marriage legalization, 1988–2014. Michael Wilding’s In the Valley of the Weed: Fiction on legalizing marijuana. Six predictions for the marijuana industry In 2017.

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Massachusetts, marijuana capital of the world? With statewide legalization, UMASS bans marijuana.

Does Maine Governor have the right to stop marijuana legalization? Towns consider moratoriums after Maine voters legalize marijuana.

Legalized pot could add up to $15 million to Rhode Island coffers in first year.

“Invalid” Colorado county special marijuana tax collected $1.36 million that could have to be returned. Teen marijuana use drops sharply in Colorado. Survey indicates adolescent marijuana use fell after Colorado pot shops opened. How has legalization affected teen marijuana use? Already a brain drain of Colorado expertise on legalized marijuana?

Is marijuana legalization in California the beginning of the end of the war on weed? Pot ads along highways? California lawmakers wrangle over legalization’s consequences. Legal pot growers are driving a different kind of boom in California.

Oregonians see value in banks working with legal marijuana businesses.

Guam Governor: Legalize recreational pot.

The marijuana business comes to Washington DC.

What legal states need to know about sketchy pot tax predictions.

Don’t tread on weed. VP-Elect Pence: Where will the new administration take cannabis policy? What the drug war could look like under President Trump.

Urgent quest for answers has states, nations upping ante on cannabis research. Half of Americans continue to support legalizing recreational marijuana. The growing movement for marijuana amnesty.

How legalizing marijuana could change Canada-US relations. ‘Real money is in recreational marijuana’: Canada businesses look forward to a pivotal 2017.

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Marijuana will be legal in Maine; opposition drops recount request. Maine new marijuana law may take effect by end of January. New Hampshire Senate minority leader to propose bill to legalize marijuana.

Felony pot convictions could become misdemeanors under California marijuana legalization law. Marijuana apps taking off while California legal uncertainty persists. California prohibition, then and now.

Federal ban means pot still outlawed in some parts of Massachusetts. Changes in Massachusetts pot law may be clouded in controversy.

How will Nevada legalized recreational marijuana affect the gaming industry? Nevada marijuana industry urges strict testing for recreational market.Arizona bill would legalize marijuana, nullify federal prohibition.

One way to protect Washington legal weed market from Trump: Burn it to the ground.  Colorado offers another model for marijuana industry: Its pot czar.

Why pot industry will keep growing under Trump. Hemp growers may try to block federal ban on marijuana extracts. Brave New Weed: Adventures into the Uncharted World of Cannabis.  Bussinesswire: The Legal Marijuana Market (2016–2020). Risky business: Marijuana real estate boom or bust?

How Canada legalization of marijuana could change relations with the US.

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Cannibidiol hemp oil named a Schedule I drug by DEA.

It’s wicked dank in Massachusetts, brah: pot is legal. Boston reminds residents about marijuana rules. Legal marijuana will be a real test for Massachusetts. Boston dispensary giving away free seeds. What Massachusetts residents need to know about legal weed. With pot legal in Massachusetts, how goes Vermont effort?  What can New Hampshire expect now that pot’s legal in Massachusetts?

Maine recount heads into second week after snow delay. Connecticut seeks to take leading position in expanding marijuana market.

Parents face custody issues over California legal cannabis use. Why California legal marijuana sales rollout could be delayed. How new regulations aid Santa Cruz growers.

Here’s what Colorado‘s governor has to tell other states about legalizing marijuana. Fake news alert: LA Times wrongly reports cannabis edibles deaths, repeated by Colorado governor. Colorado proposes to build affordable housing with legal marijuana tax revenues. Colorado researchers receive $2.35 million to study marijuana use on driving, other impacts of legalization. Colorado marijuana sales: $1 billion in first 10 months of 2016.

Anchorage sees first retail pot store open Thursday. Nevada legal pot launch not expected to hurt state budget. Efforts to legalize pot hit roadblock via a Missouri county prosecutor.

Sessions pick could have a huge impact on all of Colorado. The marijuana industry needs to stand up to Sessions. How marijuana could be Trump’s political vice.

Bipartisan group of senators presses federal regulator for clear guidance on banking services for vendors working with legal marijuana businesses.

Even the weed industry isn’t safe from automation. Don’t bet your job on legal pot. Marijuana is harder than ever for younger teens to find.

DUI: Why this issue should be cannabis consumers’ most pressing concern.

Canadian task force advises wide-ranging legalization of recreational marijuana. Canadian legal marijuana is coming. Canadian legal weed will be ridiculously profitable — and a huge headache. Pot chains make plans to expand across Canada ahead of legalization. British Columbia cannabis growers high on legal pot prospects. Marijuana chain to defy law, open outlets in Montreal.