Monthly Archives: March 2018

Op-ed: Hemp legalization presents economic opportunity

For centuries, humans used the hemp plant for a wide variety of purposes. Its fibers were spun into cloth more than 10,000 years ago. Today the fast-growing plant has many industrial uses, from clothing and paper to biofuel and plastics_even

Weedmaps ads for unlicensed marijuana shops roils California market

LOS ANGELES — Weedmaps is a go-to website for people looking to find a marijuana shop. With a few clicks on a cellphone, customers can find virtually any type of cannabis product, along with the fastest route to the place

Nevada state Sen. Tick Segerblom: More marijuana tax funds for schools

LAS VEGAS — Two Las Vegas-area elected officials want more marijuana tax revenue to be used for education in Nevada, but Gov. Brian Sandoval says not to expect him to call a special session of the Legislature to take up

Canadian company seeks to be the Starbucks of American marijuana

Golden Leaf Holdings is taking the first step to becoming the Starbucks or McDonald’s of weed, even though marijuana remains illegal across much of the U.S. The cannabis company has opened a chain of marijuana stores in Oregon called Chalice

Iowa selects 3 companies to run marijuana dispensaries in 5 cities

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A state agency has offered licenses to three companies to operate medical marijuana dispensaries in Iowa. The Iowa Department of Public Health announced Tuesday it would allow medical marijuana sales in five Iowa communities. Dispensaries

California’s “largest marijuana business landlord” sues city over regulations

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A woman who owns a business that claims to be California‘s largest landlord of marijuana businesses sued the city of San Bernardino to overturn its pot regulation ordinance that could bar her from the industry. Stephanie Smith,

Remember that company developing a marijuana resort in California? They’re selling the town to an oil company.

LOS ANGELES — Could plans to turn an old California ghost town into a marijuana mecca be going up in smoke? Cannabis technology company American Green, which bought Nipton for $5 million last year, has sold it to another company

In the murky world of D.C. marijuana law, “pop-up” markets thrive

WASHINGTON – At the XO Lounge in downtown Washington one January night, people who paid a $10 cover charge were greeted with samples of caramel popcorn, brownies and crisped-rice treats – all infused with marijuana. Customers could browse three floors

New Jersey expanding its medical marijuana program, Gov. Phil Murphy pushing for recreational

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday announced an expansion of the state’s medical marijuana program and said residents would no longer have to “jump through hoops” to get access to the drug. Murphy unveiled the recommendations of

Diversity is coming to Colorado’s marijuana industry, business leaders and social justice crusaders say

Colorado’s cannabis industry so white — but not for much longer. Diversity is coming to the state’s marijuana industry, business leaders and social justice crusaders vowed at the Minority Cannabis Business Association’s first-ever Opportunity Summit held Friday and Saturday at

Federally legal hemp, a fruitful endeavor in Colorado, gets jolt from Republican Mitch McConnell

Colorado’s burgeoning hemp industry got a jolt Monday when Republican Mitch McConnell, the Senate’s Majority Leader, gave his full-throated support of shoring up federal laws around hemp. McConnell announced plans to introduce The Hemp Farming Act of 2018, which would remove

Nevada marijuana sales down in January, still ahead of projections

LAS VEGAS — Recreational marijuana sales hit $32.8 million in Nevada in January, outpacing the state’s projections but falling short of the $35.8 million sold in December. The state published the most recent statistics last week. Sales numbers for the

Surprise! Marijuana shows up at marijuana business convention despite ban

BOSTON — Banned cannabis has made an appearance at the New England Cannabis Convention in Boston. The event took place on Saturday and Sunday at the Hynes Convention Center, which bans the plant. Marijuana samples were photographed at a vendor’s

The U.S. Senate’s top leader wants to legalize hemp

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The U.S. Senate’s top leader said Monday he wants to bring hemp production back into the national mainstream by removing it from the list of controlled substances. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told a group of hemp

Colorado starts “Cannabis Conversation” to drive honest dialogue about marijuana use behind the wheel

Amid a rise in Colorado auto fatalities involving marijuana, state transportation officials are surveying thousands of residents this year to better understand public attitudes toward driving under the influence of pot, with the hopes of blunting the increasingly deadly trend.

Are there risks from secondhand marijuana smoke?

The inspiration arrived in a haze at a Paul McCartney concert a few years ago in San Francisco.”People in front of me started lighting up and then other people started lighting up,” said  Matthew Springer, a biologist and professor in the

You might feel paranoid visiting the Drug Enforcement Administration museum

WASHINGTON – Two kinds of people visit the Drug Enforcement Administration Museum and Visitors Center: those who could pass a DEA background check, and those who could not and become increasingly paranoid that they are about to be unmasked and

3 plead guilty to trying to ship 11 pounds of marijuana from Colorado to Mississippi

ST. MARTIN, Miss. (AP) — A third man has pleaded guilty to trying to FedEx 11 pounds (5 kilograms) of marijuana from Colorado to a Mississippi home. The Sun Herald reports that 23-year-old Kristopher Marcel Nguyen pleaded guilty to a reduced charge