Cannabis News Round-Up

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.

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Marijuana is now legal in California but it can still keep you from getting a job. Marijuana legalization may be put on hold in San Mateo County.  California attorneys and marijuana. California medical pot shops could sell recreational marijuana under this proposal. California Proposition 64: Legalizing pot a game-changer for many. California Courts: the nitty gritty details of Prop 64 (The Adult Use of Marijuana Act). How will California small marijuana businesses fare in the wake of Proposition 64? California Treasurer asks Trump for guidance on pot, banking. Eight unknowns about California‘s new marijuana laws. How will marijuana legalization affect California black-market exports? Will California marijuana be a bigger, better industry for Native Americans than casinos? California recreational pot is now legal, but Fresno, Tulare counties look to tighten rules. Can Oakland, a new capital of legal weed, undo the injustices of the war on drugs? Will Los Angeles legal pot shops be stymied by local politics?

Marijuana to be legal Thursday in Massachusetts. Pot becoming legal in Massachusetts, but not sell–yet. Rhode Island, Massachusetts marijuana markets intertwined. Marijuana legalization in Massachusetts and Maine raises concerns in New Hampshire.Maine marijuana legalization opponents criticized for coming up short on volunteers at start of recount. Massachusetts marijuana experts, activists give advice on legally growing, obtaining weed before retail stores open. Massachusetts Senate leader confirms parts of pot law may be delayed. Boston City Councilors look for ways to keep minorities from being shut out of legal marijuana business.

Maine employers facing new questions regarding legal marijuana. Maine legal marijuana recount could drag on for months. Maine police hold seminar to better understand legal marijuana.

What to know about legalization after Arizona Prop 205 defeat. Colorado lawmakers plan crackdown on home pot growers. Kentucky marijuana legalization not in pre-filed bills for 2017. Nevada regulators examining impact of legal marijuana on casinos.

Trump EPA pick: States have a right to spew pollution but not to legalize pot. Activists roll joint, offer free pot to Sessions staffers. Seven reasons why a war on pot would be a bad idea for Trump. Trump‘s prospective pick for head of FDA a hopeful sign for legal pot. At Philadelphia pot conference, industry leaders ponder business under Trump, Sessions. DEA laments that “media attention” is making it tough to put people in jail for pot. 

Legalizing marijuana might have negligible impact on border security. Industrial real estate market gets boost with marijuana legalization. The true story of two drifters who became cannabis pioneers. How the creative world is helping legal weed rebrand itself. Legal pot farmers hope to grow a green energy revolution.

Multinational firm with roots in Canada makes moves into Colorado cannabis. As another weed company enters the Canadian stock market, the word ‘bubble’ is popping up. Canada‘s parents prepare for realities of legalized marijuana. Trudeau urges Canadian police to ‘enforce the law’ on marijuana.

Legal cannabis in New Zealand? Green Party offers green light to pot smokers. Marijuana a step closer to being legalized in South Africa.

New York tweaks medical marijuana law, but no signs of legalization yet. New York police to keep close eye on pot-legal Massachusetts. Ex-Navy Seal who transported $1.4 million worth of marijuana makes impassioned plea for pot. Wall Street wants weed to become the next big investment opportunity.

Oregon moves to ease testing rules for legal marijuana. How soon could Denver businesses open the first social marijuana use areas? It’s still not clear.  Is legal weed flattening beer sales?  Where things stand on weed in the workplace.

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There could be more delays to Massachusetts marijuana law. New Massachusetts pot law needs minor fixes, not big delays. Massachusetts is banking on the pot industry. Massachusetts Treasurer Deb Goldberg on marijuana legalization. New Hamphire cops worry about impact of Massachusetts pot law.

Recount for Maine‘s Question 2 withdrawn. Investors bet Maine legal marijuana will boost warehouse rents.

California legalized marijuana setting scores of defendants free. California treasurer to study legal marijuana and banking. The Tax Man Cometh: California ponders legal pot, paying up.

What does a Trump Administration mean for legal marijuana? Trump adds another marijuana opponent to his Cabinet. Obama says marijuana should be treated like “cigarettes or alcohol.” Former Washington Attorney General says “it’s possible” feds will raid pot shops when Trump takes power. County attorney in Arizona calls on Trump to end medical marijuana “charade.” Activists fear a battle ahead with Sessions.

Canadian public will have to wait for much-anticipated task force report on legalizing pot. Marijuana advocates skeptical about Canada‘s path to legal pot. Trudeau’s lead on legalizing marijuana lobbied during cash-for-access fundraiser. Canadian recreational pot sales could reach $6 billion by 2021. Eight burning questions about the coming Canadian pot report. Planning to grow legal pot in Canada? Check real estate rules first. Canadian flower growers turn to weed ahead of pot legalization. Canada may face marijuana shortage when it’s legalized. Alberta to be home to ‘world’s largest’ legal marijuana grow operation. Canada‘s reefer madness reaches new heights as rivals merge.

With Oregon legal pot, warehouses cash in on rent. Oregon strict pot rules hurting fledgling industry.

Could Colorado legal pot help solve homeless epidemic? Murkowski to feds: Let Alaskan marijuana users buy guns. Alaska collecting first tax deposits from pot businesses. Inside story on how Texas advocates are mobilizing for marijuana reform. South Dakota marijuana advocates hope to blaze effective path to legalization. Countdown to Nevada legal pot: Not everything will be legal.

Vice: The challenges facing legal weed in America. RAND: The legal marijuana middle ground. Is transporting marijuana legally between states still a pipe dream? Cannabis real estate company hits Wall Street with a whimper in downsized IPO.

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California marijuana legalization comes with legal reprieves. Medical marijuana is legal in California. Except when it’s not. California town looking to cash in on growth in legal marijuana.

Prohibition of pot use in Nevada casinos likely to continue. Massachusetts pot shops may be delayed to mid-2018. Two men from legal marijuana states sentenced for pot in Idaho. Legal marijuana already on the table again in Arizona. Why Arizona lawmakers should legalize marijuana. As neighbors legalize marijuana, New Hampshire advocates see opening for decriminalization. RAND Corporation Report: Insights for other jurisdictions from analysis of Vermont legalization possibilities.

Sessions appointment sparks fears among legal pot advocates. States fear what Trump means for legal marijuana laws. Sessions could scrap policy memorandum allowing protecting state-legalized marijuana. Editorial: Marijuana legalization should be up to the states.

Forbes: Legalized marijuana could drive a new tech boom. Legal marijuana poses new problems for employee drug testing. Some companies trying to make pot growing a green industry using LED lights. Why projecting marijuana use after legalization is so difficult. Alcohol industry ponders effect of cannabis legalization.

Marijuana is becoming a billion-dollar business in Canada; now all it has to do is become legal. Canada can learn how to legalize pot from America’s example. What’s in your pot in Canada?

United Kingdom could be forced to consider marijuana legalization. United Kingdom should legalize marijuana and make $1.3 billion a year in tax revenue, report finds.

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Oregon charts an uneven course toward legal marijuana sales. Oregon cities setting rules after opting in to legal pot. Bonfires of moldy pot in Oregon.

Does Colorado regret legalizing marijuana? New poll says voters see pot as boon to state. Colorado pot paradox: Recreational marijuana is legal, but it’s tough to find a place to consume it. Colorado regulators ban marijuana use in businesses that serve alcohol.

Everything you want to know about California legal weed but forgot to ask. With California legalization, marijuana industry approaches ‘the end of the beginning.’ California black market weed growers suffer as medical growers go corporate with legalization. Taxes get higher on newly legalized pot as California cities and counties move to take their own cut. Sacramento region scrambles to regulate pot growers after passage of Prop. 64. San Diego illegal pot delivery services stealing business from legal dispensaries. South Bay prepares for legal pot sales after Prop. 64 passes.

Tax revenue from New Jersey legal pot would be ‘blood money,’ Christie says.  Will New Hampshire follow in marijuana legalization? Massachusetts marijuana gold rush? Walmart of weed? Not so fast. How Texas advocates are mobilizing for weed reform. After Nevada vote, uneven approach emerges in pot law enforcement.

Will the Trump administration go to war against legal weed? Trump‘s pick for attorney general may be bad news for legal marijuana. With Jeff Sessionsappointment to attorney general, does marijuana legalization go up in smoke? Trump‘s pick for attorney general: “Good people don’t smoke marijuana.” Three reasons Trump is unlikely to go after legal marijuana.

A test for marijuana impairment? A UMass professor has an app for that.

As more states legalize marijuana, investors and marketers line up. How the cannabis industry could act as a catalyst for the evolution of our stagnant banking system.  The little-known costs of the unbanked: Another aspect of the pot industry’s uphill financial battle.

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November 19, 2016

Legal pot won big at the ballot box last week. Now the real challenges start. Five immediate concerns for states with new marijuana laws. A public health framework for legalized retail marijuana based on the US experience: Avoiding a new tobacco industry.

Now what? A California dispensary owner, a scientist, a defense expert and a city manager reflect on the new pot law. Gateway to drugs? A California border city’s future in a legal pot world. The marijuana-initiative blunder that could cost California millions of dollars.

New Jersey lawmakers eye Colorado ballot question that scares pot industry. Colorado voters approve marijuana use in bars–but there’s a catch. Colorado offers tips to Massachusetts on coping with legal marijuana. Lawmaker discusses impact legalizing marijuana in Nevada will have on Utah. Legal marijuana sits close by most of Idaho‘s borders.

Lawmakers shouldn’t ‘dilly dally’considering revisions to new Massachusetts marijuana law. Massachusetts legal home-grown marijuana on track for December despite concerns.

Multiple marijuana legalization bills introduced in Texas. The tide turns on legalizing pot in Virginia. Maine opponents of legalized marijuana set to request recount, at cost of $500,000. Group pushes ballot proposal to legalize marijuana in Michigan for the 2018 ballot. 

Will President Trump legalize weed? Marijuana industry wary of Trump-Administration. Marijuana advocates wait for Trump’s stance on legalized cannabis. 

Legal marijuana expansion brings rush of business conferences. Legal pot poses a problem for gun buyers.

Support for marijuana legalization and predictors of intentions to use marijuana more often in response to legalization among US young adults.

Canada needs driver education before legalizing marijuana. 

Berlin to trial legal marijuana plan.