California's New Cannabis Regulations

California’s New Cannabis Regulations

California’s New Cannabis Regulations for the industry were released last Thursday. The rulebook gives aspiring and established marijuana businesses their first look at 276 pages of regulations they must abide by beginning Jan. 1, when the state will start issuing licenses for the multibillion-dollar industry and allowing recreational pot sales to start for the first time. You can read the official documents here: Regulations for shops, distributors and testers (PDF) Regulations for cultivators (PDF) Regulations for manufacturers (PDF) The rushed timeline is the result of a series of conflicting laws passed over the last two years. In fall 2015, Gov. […]

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Blumenauer Advocates For Medical Marijuana Research To Fight Opioid Crisis

Earl Blumenauer – “As we’re slowly acknowledging the depths of the opioid crisis, which is good, we seldom acknowledge one of the simplest, most effective solutions: medical marijuana.” Oregon’s Congressman Earl Blumenauer dropped this mic in testimony before a U.S. House Subcommittee on Health hearing on proposals for ending the opioid crisis. The testimonial was in support of a bill Blumenaur is sponsoring, the Medical Marijuana Research Act of 2017. He also distributed a pamphlet to the members of the subcommittee: “Physician Guide to Cannabis-Assisted Opioid Reduction,” which was prepared by Adrianne Wilson-Poe, Ph.D., of Washington University in St. Louis, School of Medicine. The […]

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Jeff Sessions cannabis

Former Attorney General Says Jeff Sessions Is ‘Obsessed’ With Cannabis

Former Attorney General Eric Holder, is just as confused as we are by current AG Jeff Sessions cannabis war and why he is obsessed. “I think the policy we had in place was a good one,” said Holder while speaking at John Jay College of Criminal Justice’s Smart on Crime Innovations Conference. “Let the states experiment with the notion that again we have these eight or nine federal factors and if you trigger one of these eight or nine factors the feds are going to be coming in.” He went on to call out Sessions’ “almost obsession” with cannabis alongside his claimed […]

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Oregon Genetics

$1 Million Cannabis Theft From Oregon Genetics

CORVALLIS, Ore.  — Over $1 million worth of marijuana and marijuana extract was stolen from Oregon Genetics during the night on Tuesday in Benton County. The founder and CEO of the Oregon Genetics, Caleb Mata says the weed bandits made off with around 10 pounds of hash oil which was ready to be sold in stores, along with $1,000 worth of cannabis flower. “Taking anything from someone is wrong, but $1 million — no matter which way you cut it is a lot of money to anyone,” the owner said. Mata told KOIN 6 News that the suspected thieves were captured on surveillance video […]

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Atlanta Decriminalizes Marijuana

Atlanta Decriminalizes Marijuana

Atlanta Decriminalizes Marijuana – “In the weeks leading up to this, there has been all this emphasis on decriminalization and legalization, and that is not what the ordinance is,” said Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields. “The ordinance is not written requiring anything different of law enforcement. The ordinance strictly deals with the city courts and municipal court and their fine process.” In case you were getting your hopes up: this is far more about the kinds of penalties that people picked up for weed-related offenses in Atlanta, Georgia, will see. The drug is still considered illegal in the state of […]

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California Legalization

California Legalization of Marijuana Requires New Government Jobs

With California Legalization of cannabis in 2018, and is rushing to fill what will amount to hundreds of positions relational to the shift, positions that will need to be filled by 2019. These positions will include things like scientists, tax collectors, typists, analysts, and lawyers; not only will taxes be pouring in from a newly legal recreational system, but new jobs will fill the market and benefit many. Hundreds at the state level are expected and thousands are expected at the city level in the state. These new recruits will be dealing with a variety of responsibilities: monitoring streams near […]

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Nevada marijuana sales

How Much Did Nevada Make In The First Month Of Legalization?

Despite issues with distribution when legal recreational cannabis sales opened in the state of Nevada in July, Nevada marijuana sales hit $27M in first month of Recreational Sales. Nevada had a rough start for recreational sales, which started on July 1st. The law making cannabis recreationally legal also set out regulations that guaranteed alcohol wholesale distributors sole rights to transport cannabis and derivative products for the first 18 months of sales. However, none had attained licensing by July, and the Governor issued a state of emergency to make emergency legislation, due to the real threat of dispensaries running out of […]

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California Recreational Marijuana

California Recreational Marijuana Struggles Continue

You heard that right: due to regulatory red tape, many if not all Bay Area cities, as well as cities throughout the rest of the Sunshine State, won’t be prepared to permit businesses when California Recreational Marijuana becomes legal in the state on the first of January. There are a few reasons for the lag: some cities are likely dragging their feet on getting their own regulatory framework up and going, but the state also has not delivered its final regulations, which are expected sometime in November. Many localities are waiting for direction from state regulators before clarifying and finalizing […]

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Michigan Dispensaries

Michigan Dispensaries Receive Cease And Desist Orders

Michigan Dispensaries – Due to concerns about influencing minors and medical marijuana collectives in Grand Traverse County allegedly selling more than the state’s 2.5 ounce caregiver limit to those who aren’t patients of the collectives, eight in the county have been raided and shut down. This comes with a looming December 15th deadline to shut down all dispensaries in the state, the same deadline for licensure under the state’s new system which was set forth by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. Helping Hands, Traverse City Provisioning Center, Select Pro-Visions, Superior Genetics, the Farmacy, Interlochen Alternative Health, Great Lakes […]

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Feds Crack Down On Marijuana

Feds Are Formulating Plan To Crack Down On Marijuana

The Department of Justice has been dogged by setbacks in implementing the drug “crackdown” hat has been promised by the Attorney General, but the Deputy Attorney General says they’re formulating a plan to move ahead. Among other issues faced by AG Sessions and the DoJ include and unwillingness in Congress to remove preexisting federal protections for states that have legalized cannabis, pushback from states that have legalized medical and/or recreational cannabis, and a lurch in nominations for federal positions and a freeze on hiring, which has prevented Sessions from implementing the intended crackdown. This has, This has, thus far, been […]

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