Cannabis News Round-Up

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.

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 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.

Cannabis News of the Day

A pro-cannabis group in Arizona halts its 2016 legalization effort. The Massachusetts retailers association comes out against pot legalization. Michigan may not legalize cannabis due a signature deadline. A group intensifies its effort to defeat marijuana legalization in Maine.

As cannabis grows in Oregon, so do investors. Cannabis edibles were legalized in Oregon on Thursday. Bernie Sanders is campaigning on a legalization platform in California. A Ventura police chief becomes face of opposition to Californian legalization of recreational cannabis. The Public Policy Institute Of California finds 60% support for legalization.

Employers can still fire you if you smoke in Colorado. The University of Washington will host a conference on June 14. The US Federal Reserve shared that retail storefront demand picks up in legal states. SAM announced a $300k war-chest to stop legalization. The cannabis movement may be overextended with the false promise of tax revenue. A Los Angeles man got high and killed his wife. A lawsuit claims edible marijuana is to blame.

Drug testing companies are working to block legalization in the US. Legalized cannabis may lead to more underage use. British Columbia may harvest revenue from cannabis. Trudeau has caused parliamentary chaos around cannabis legalization. A former cabinet minister of the Canadian government will head a legalization panel. A new law from the U.N. allows for international legalization.