Cannabis News Round-Up

Cory Booker said he’s “absolutely disappointed” marijuana legalization wasn’t discussed in first 2020 Democratic debate. Breaking down Congress’s vote to protect legal marijuana states from federal enforcement. Equity must be at the heart of marijuana legalization. Slow down on marijuana, Trump’s surgeon general says.

South Side Chicago neighborhoods hurt by war on drugs will get economic boost. Black entrepreneurs in Illinois worry new weed law will leave them behind, too. Illinois cannabis bill is first to incorporate “reparations.” Despite legalization, public marijuana use remains prohibited in Illinois. Car insurance premiums could rise as a result of Illinois legal marijuana. Recreational marijuana will be legal in Illinois. Some North Shore officials are apprehensive. How four “marijuana moms” led fellow lawmakers to legalization in Illinois. Where marijuana can and can’t be used once Illinois law goes into effect. A turning point for Illinois cannabis banking.

What do Iowans need to know about Illinois legalizing marijuana.
Iowa police prepares for effects of legal marijuana across the border.
Indiana governor keeping watchful eye on Illinois legalization.Want to grow or sell legal weed in Michigan? Wait till your 21st birthday.
Michigan towns and cities have three months left to ban recreational marijuana.

Using Oregon data to inform states considering legalization. Oregon has too much cannabis; two laws may help the state manage its surplus. Marijuana is legal in Oregon, but the illegal market still exists. Colorado reefer madness or pot paradise? The surprising legacy of the place where legal weed began.

Want to hold a concert and sell legal marijuana in Massachusetts? Don’t start planning yet.

Why Arizona will probably legalize recreational marijuana in 2020. Maryland task force begins work on potential pot legalization.

What’s next in New York and New Jersey? Marijuana business experts weigh in. New Jersey state’s attorneys react to Illinois marijuana law changes. New York advocates vow to fight to legalize marijuana in 2020.

Most states legalizing marijuana have yet to grapple with energy demand. Business owners describe the many and frustrating hurdles the feds throw at them. Rockefeller University doctor says reports claiming marijuana can curb opioid abuse are “not credible.” Sheriffs: Legal marijuana causing more crime, accidents.

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Is France about to legalize cannabis? French economists make the case for legal marijuana. Public cannabis consumption now allowed in Colombia: Is full legalization next? China says US legalization of marijuana is a “threat to China”.

Congress votes to block feds from enforcing marijuana laws in legal states.

Final push to legalize pot fails in New York. Progressive groups respond to Cuomo‘s defection from legal pot promises.

Governor Janet Mills expected to sign pot rules into law, put Maine on track for retail sales next year. Maine is legalizing marijuana, but where will you be able to buy it? Many expected Rhode Island to legalize recreational marijuana this year: what happened?

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker expected to sign marijuana legalization bill next week. After Illinois, these states could legalize recreational marijuana next. Illinois law enforcement has no way to roadside test for stoned driving as legalization looms. Employer insights: Recreational marijuana in Illinois. Illinoistruckers held to high standard as state prepares for marijuana legalization.

Testing of sewage confirms rise in Washington marijuana use: “the proof is in the pee.” Want cannabis cafes? Washington lawmakers say fat chance. Colorado made $1 billion in marijuana tax revenue: What could this mean for federal legalization?

Is California cannabis boom killing wild salmon? New California PSA targets black market marijuana. West Hollywood original marijuana dispensaries fear city will leave them behind. California to give struggling cannabis businesses more time on provisional permits. Eager for edibles? Here’s what you need to know about the new California regulations. California marijuana laws get weird when you’re in jail.

Michigan struggles with legal pot. Michigan picks up pace of reviewing and awarding marijuana business licenses.

Ohio Governor Mike deWine not a fan of Cincinnati‘s marijuana decriminalization. No Ohio marijuana legalization measure on the 2019 ballot. South Dakota officials debate merits of legalized marijuana. Indiana has its work cut out for it trying to stop interstate marijuana trafficking.

Another crappy cannabis day in New Jersey. Look for the union label, when you puff on that New Jersey legal weed.
Strong majority of Florida voters support legal marijuana.

The untold story of marijuana legalization: How billionaire George Soros and a few of his friends gave us bongs full of legal weed. Marijuana should be legal, but there are still good reasons to curtail pot advertising. Marijuana industry wants to prove it’s socially responsible. Lessons learned from state marijuana legalization. States that legalize marijuana should set a minimum age of 25. Legal weed is a danger to dogs. Here’s how to know if your pup got into pot. Potent pot, vulnerable teens trigger concerns in first states to legalize marijuana. Cannabis power list: the 100 most influential voices in the pot debate. Veterans who work in the legal cannabis industry are being denied benefits.

Illicit Tobacco and Nicotine Markets

In case you missed it, tobacco ads have been back on TV for almost five years now. One-fifth of teenagers are habitual vapers.

FDA proposes stricter 10-month deadline for e-cigarettes. San Francisco’s e-cigarette ban aims to goose the FDA. Debate on e-cigarettes lights up 10 years after FDA tobacco law. Juul’s new marketing is straight out of Big Tobacco’s playbook. Ex-FDA chief Scott Gottlieb: “Juul is going to be in a hard spot to ever get their product approved.” Philip Morris has a Nespresso problem.

Luxembourg customs officials confiscate 462,000 smuggled cigarettes at airport, coming from Hong Kong. Law enforcers in “transit country” of Ukraine find smuggled cigarettes worth over $2 million.

Huge haul of cash and illicit cigarettes seized by UK Customs in Bristol. British tobacco smuggler found with almost 30,000 illegal cigarettes from Qatar. UK man’s bold smuggling attempt from Qatar foiled at Manchester airport. Weapons and illegal cigarettes found during a North Ireland bust.

Europol releases 2019 Intellectual Property Crime Threat Assessment.

Carreras Ltd plans fierce pushback at more cigarette taxes in Jaimaca.

Guyana puts big dent in cigarette smuggling. On the trail of cigarette smuggling in Mali.

3.5 million illicit cigarettes seized in Malaysia.




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FDA seeks ban on menthol cigarettes. FDA’s proposed flavored tobacco policy draws mixed reaction. Is it racist to ban menthol cigarettes—or not to? FDA tobacco crackdown draws fire from the right. Black advocacy groups cheer FDA’s push to ban menthol cigarettes.

Can a menthol ban survive lawsuits? Why an FDA ban on menthol is likely to survive a tobacco industry lawsuit. British American Tobacco sets out defense of menthols.

Flavored vapes draw FDA ire, with some exceptions: Mint, menthol, and tobacco flavors will stay on shelves. E-cig users are already searching for ways around coming sales restrictions.

Reps. Pallone and Shalala introduce comprehensive legislation to address youth tobacco use.
Prohibits all characterizing flavors of tobacco products, including menthol, and provides FDA with authority to collect user fees from all classes of tobacco, including e-cigarettes.

Ban on menthol tobacco products predicts cigarette cessation at one year.
The study found higher rates of quitting among menthol smokers compared with non-menthol smokers.

Evaluating a real world ban on menthol cigarettes: an interrupted time series analysis of sales.
Implementation of a menthol ban was associated with significant reduction of menthol cigarette sales and total cigarettes sales.

Statement from FDA Commissioner on advancing new policies aimed at preventing youth access to flavored tobacco products.
“Recent evidence indicates that mint- and menthol-flavored products are preferred more by adults than minors. We’re also aware that some adults may be using mint- and menthol-flavored products with the goal of ceasing combusted tobacco use, seeking health benefits at the individual level, and may be at risk of migrating back to cigarettes.”

Effect of menthol bans on tobacco purchases in the RTI iShoppe virtual convenience store.

NYC Council ignoring “unintended consequences” in discussing menthol ban.

Consumption of legal and illegal cigarettes in the Gambia. Policy makers’ views on the implementation of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in the Gambia.

Strategies and barriers to achieving Finland tobacco endgame. Trends in UK use of roll-your-own cigarettes, 2008–2017.

Economics of tobacco control, part three: evidence from the ITC Project.


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Former anti-pot politicians are lining up to profit off the end of their war on drugs. Marijuana industry wants Los Angeles to crack down on illegal pot shops. Democrats urge tougher penalties for black-market sales in New York marijuana legalization bill. The $160 billion cannabis industry, much of it still illegal, makes for a “beautiful opportunity”. Behind Oregon’s blockbuster marijuana deal: a Russian billionaire, cannabis consolidation. Marijuana industry could surpass NFL in revenue by 2020. Could Big Cannabis overrun California?

New study: Making medical marijuana legal does not prevent fatal opioid overdoses.

Nevada becomes first state to ban pre-employment marijuana drug testing. Nevada to try limited banking for cash-heavy pot industry. Nevada US Attorney says marijuana prosecutions possible. Oregon hopes to be an interstate marijuana supplier. Portland, Oregon invests cannabis tax dollars into black-owned businesses. California prisoners can legally possess marijuana, appeals court rules.

Colorado touts reaching $1 billion in cannabis taxes but the industry is stagnating. Colorado still exporting black-market cannabis because it makes tons of money in other states. Colorado hard seltzers want to take over legal weed, too. Can Colorado micro-business licenses diversify the marijuana industry?

Why Illinois legalization law is different from all others. The economic impact of recreational marijuana in Illinois. What’s legal weed gonna cost in Illinois? A lot. Legal weed could send millions of dollars to Illinois violence prevention groups. Illinoisresidents see benefits in legalization, but concerns persist. Legal pot in Illinois means concerns in Iowa. Want to work in the Illinois legal pot industry? Here’s who’s hiring right now.

New York Farm Bureau backs marijuana legalization. Majority in New York back use of recreational marijuana. So many reasons to legalize cannabis in New York. Will New York legal marijuana go up in smoke before June adjournment? Chairman to New York Senate Democrats: Don’t vote on marijuana this year.

Washington DC is one step closer to recreational marijuana dispensaries. Will Delaware legalize marijuana this year? New Jersey medical marijuana expansion stalls, expungement reform advances amid legal weed protest.

Maine can have say about new recreational marijuana rules. Maine marijuana rules up for important committee vote. Rhode Island marijuana legalization probably dead this year.

In Michigan‘s Upper Penninsula, weed is a lonely pursuit for its one and only dispensary.

Democratic presidential candidates mostly agree on marijuana legalization. The exception? Joe Biden.

Canada blew its chance to be the world’s pot leader. Veteran cannabis company Harborside joins wave of US firms listing on Canadian exchange.

Why legal weed in United Kingdom may be a pipe dream.

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Colombia loses iconic cigarette as Philip Morris International packs up and goes.
PMI blamed the closing of its factories and the end of Pielroja on another iconic element of Colombian culture: contraband.

New report exposes continued impact of illicit tobacco trade in the European Union. The trade in black market cigarettes cost member states a total of €10 billion ($11.23 billion) in lost tax revenues in 2018.

Illicit cigarette factory discovered in Belgium.
The packaging indicated that the products were destined for Greek, Turkish and British markets. The number of cigarettes found was equivalent to over a million packs and the worth of the scheme was estimated at €6 million.

Manitoba man caught with thousands of contraband cigarettes.
In relation to the seized tobacco, Manitoba stood to lose $37,130.72 in tax revenue if these products had been sold. If convicted, the accused is subject to a triple tax penalty of $111,392.16.


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How Illinois became the first state legislature to legalize marijuana sales. Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker vows to sign recreational pot bill heading to his desk. Illinois poised to enact historic marijuana bill that could clear convictions for 770,000. Legalizing marijuana is a victory for freedom in Illinois. Illinois legalization: How did your legislators vote? Will legalizing marijuana and sports betting solve Illinois budget problems? What you need to know about legalization in Illinois. Illinois is close to legalizing recreational marijuana: here’s what that means for Indiana. Marijuana legalization leader: Illinois just made New York and New Jersey look like dorks.

New York pot legalization bill sponsor questions Cuomo’s commitment to effort. Cuomo on New York marijuana legalization: “I don’t think it’s feasible at this point.” New top New York GOP leader is open to legalizing marijuana. New York legalization a few votes short in Senate, hung up on New York City suburbs. With New York marijuana legalization pending, enforcement gets murky. With marijuana legalization in doubt, will New York take baby steps? New York pot legalization opponents exaggerate dangers. Cannabis oil prompts debate about New York marijuana legalization. Symposium to tackle New York marijuana legalization’s impact on public health.

Impact of Illinois legalization on Wisconsin. Wisconsin should take cue from Illinois and legalize marijuana. Wisconsin will soon become an island surrounded by legal weed. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer promised to expunge marijuana-related criminal records in Michigan: those convicted are still waiting. Michigan is blowing its lead as the first state in the Midwest to legalize pot. Recreational marijuana movement takes root in Midwest but efforts elsewhere have stalled. Coalition406 is taking a thoughtful approach to Montana legalization.

Oregon, awash in marijuana, takes steps to curb production. Last year’s harvest alone may give Oregon a surplus of more than 1 billion joints. How legal weed is killing Humboldt County, California marijuana farmers.
Medicine Man agrees to buy country’s largest outdoor marijuana farm in Colorado. Marijuana has been legal in Colorado for five years. Business is booming, but there’s a dark side. Gov. Hickenlooper touts Colorado marijuana legalization measure he opposed to raise money on Instagram.

Massachusetts governor leads governors in asking Congress to leave marijuana laws up to states. Maine tries again to enact marijuana rules before 3-year anniversary of legalization vote. As Connecticut General Assembly passes on pot, a new poll shows majority of residents support legal marijuana, expunging criminal records. Delaware marijuana legalization bill clears first legislative hurdle.

Marijuana advocates hit unexpected roadblocks. Bipartisan governors team up to demand federal marijuana reform. Congressional funding bill protects cannabis banking and lets DC legalize marijuana sales. Kirsten Gillibrand unveils wide-ranging marijuana plan.

Career pot-demonizer John Boehner stands to make millions off marijuana. Elizabeth Warren says she has always supported making recreational marijuana legal, but is that true? The No. 1 reason adults are interested in legalized cannabis (it’s not to get high). Americans spend roughly the same amount on legal weed and Taco Bell. Joint effort? Breweries add cannabis to their beer to fight rise in popularity of legal marijuana.

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Fourty-two people arrested across metro Denver in massive black market marijuana bust. Largest pot bust in Colorado history claims over 80,000 plants. Colorado marijuana industry opened to outside investors. Marijuana banking bill advances in U.S. House Committee. In a world of legal weed, Michael Thompson languishes in prison for selling it in 1994. Five questions that legal pot and Colorado face about stoned driving. New Colorado marijuana law addresses future of drug-sniffing dogs.

Legal pot sales coming to Michigan, but finding a store could wreck your high. Michigan recreational pot market to rival Colorado. With marijuana now legal in Michigan, Movement fest dances to a slightly different beat. Mom and dad, I’m going to Northern Michigan University cannabis school. Michigan governor: Smoking tons of weed could fix our terrible roads.

Illinois on the precipice of legalizing marijuana. As a deadline for legalizing marijuana in Illinois approaches, a new poll finds strong public support. Illinois legalization proposal unclear on what information about pot companies could be kept secret. The Illinois legalization debate: Who’s afraid of a little home grow? If pot is legalized in Illinois, what happens to medical marijuana? Illinois marijuana market could rival Colorado in the coming years, report finds.

Cuomo cites New York marijuana legalization as a top priority. Why civil rights advocates say New York decriminalization of marijuana isn’t enough. Would your county opt out of marijuana sales in New York? Unions come out in support of New York marijuana legalization bills. Drug Policy Alliance statement on Illinois State Senate passing legislation to legalize marijuana. Hundreds of drug dogs could face an uncertain fate if marijuana is legalized in New York.

New Jersey marijuana legalization: Legislature goes “back door” on pot. A wise pause on New Jersey and New York marijuana legalization. Recreational marijuana laws put on hold by New Jersey and New York: what’s that mean for Pennsylvania? Legalizing recreational marijuana in Pennsylvania still unclear. Home grow issue divides some Delaware marijuana legalization advocates.

No will in Connecticut legislature for legal marijuana. Connecticut lawyers react to failed marijuana legalization efforts. We must move forward on Connecticut marijuana legalization. Three years after voters legalized marijuana, Maine develops plan to begin sales. New Hampshire Senate votes to delay recreational marijuana legalization bill.

Marinette County, Wisconsin board formally opposes legalized recreational marijuana. Lawmaker’s “lonely ship” filling up as support for Wisconsin legalizing cannabis grows. What happened at the Minnesota Capitol with medical and recreational pot.

Louisiana marijuana legalization shot down in House committee. Tennessee needs to get a clue about cannabis and update its laws. Look inside bills directed at legalizing marijuana in North Carolina.

More cannabis shops in “weed desert” cities? California lawmakers just sank that idea. Plan to create special cannabis-friendly banks moves forward in California. Where does California cannabis tax money go? You might be surprised. Oregon brewery wants to become the unofficial beer of legal marijuana.

Snoop Dogg is right: Legal weed would benefit from more accurate dosing information. How the cannabis industry is revolutionizing the beverage sector. Legal weed can raise the roof on home prices. When pot legalization fails: Plan Bs and “consolation prizes”. For military members, cannabis still off limits despite growing legalization. Marijuana marketing is often far from mellow.

Implications of possible Mexico pot legalization. Legalizing cannabis in the United Kingdom will leave the working classes behind – just as we’ve seen in America.

Illicit Tobacco and Nicotine Markets

Scientists wanted: Recruited by Juul, many researchers say no. Most large public relations agencies swear off e-cigarette clients.

Man fined $20,000 after he’s busted trying to smuggle 9,000 cigarettes into Australia from UAE. This huge haul of dodgy cigarettes was seized in raid on UK shop. Ireland retailer ‘staggered’ by smuggling surge.

Cigarette smugglers find safe harbor in Montengro, again. Synonymous with cigarette smuggling in the 1990s, Montenegro is again the hub of a global tobacco smuggling scam funneling millions of copycat cigarettes into the EU through the use of ‘ghost’ ships, shell companies and fake paperwork.

Volumes of detained cigarette contraband have tripled in Lithuania reaching a value of 11 million euros.

Revenue vs public health in Pakistan. Several studies have shown that the share of illicit trade in cigarettes is far less than that claimed by the industry. Therefore, activists request that the government increase taxes on cigarettes.

Survey finds 36 illegal e-cigarette brands in India.

Will Philippines cigarette smuggling worsen with sin tax hike? The proposed law prohibits selling tobacco products at a price lower than the combined taxes with penal provisions against violators of not less than 10 times the amount of the excise tax plus value and imprisonment of four to six years.


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British American Tobacco pays Uganda $24,000,000 in taxes despite illicit cigarette trade persistence. Brazil studies reduction of cigarette tax to curb smuggling. Updated research quantifies relationship between cigarette taxes and smuggling.

Philip Morris social media snafu hurts its image turnaround. Health groups push technology firms to police Philip Morris marketing. Philip Morris going totally smokeless, looks to quit nicotine, executive says. Feel the burn.

Vaping regulations will empower the black market.

£60,000 fine for UK shopkeeper caught with illegal cigarettes. Man caught with 1,500 cartons of cigarettes on I-81, Augusta County, Georgia.