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Glut of marijuana in Oregon is cautionary tale, experts say

GILLIAN FLACCUS PORTLAND, Ore. — When Oregon lawmakers created the state’s legal marijuana program, they had one goal in mind above all else: to convince illicit pot growers to leave the black market. That meant low barriers for entering the

Hemp products now regulated like food ingredients in Colorado

Frisco, Colorado to Vice Media: Don’t smoke marijuana in public

Frisco’s marketing department doesn’t have a problem with Vice Media coming to town, but it would like the news and culture site to follow the rules if it returns to film another installment of its marijuana web series “Blunt Reviews.”

Legalizing and taxing marijuana boosts government revenue – a little, report says

A new report finds that legalizing and taxing marijuana boosts revenue for state and local governments, but not by much. The credit rating agency Moody’s Investor Service says in a study released Tuesday that legalizing recreational use of marijuana brings

Colorado’s first-in-the-nation marijuana “tasting rooms” bill heads to Hickenlooper’s desk

Licensed marijuana “tasting rooms” could be operating in Colorado by this time next year if Gov. John Hickenlooper signs a first-of-its-kind bill that state lawmakers sent to his desk Thursday. The bill allows adults at current recreational marijuana retailers to

More businesses are mellowing out over hiring pot smokers

WASHINGTON — FPI Management, a property company in California, wants to hire dozens of people. Factories from New Hampshire to Michigan need workers. Hotels in Las Vegas are desperate to fill jobs. Those employers and many others are quietly taking

Missouri House votes to legalize medical marijuana

By Blake Nelson, The Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri voters may have the option to legalize medical marijuana this November. Lawmakers are rushing to get there first. The Missouri House voted Tuesday to legalize medical marijuana and Republican

Pot industry pleads its case against potential Texas CBD ban

DENVER — A month after a Texas health agency proposed cracking down on CBD, the cannabis industry is actively trying to change the minds of health authorities about CBD to keep the products on shelves throughout the state.The confusion started

Pass the hemp: Colorado prepares to regulate the plant like any other food ingredient

With the stroke of a pen, hemp could be treated like any other food ingredient under Colorado law. A bill is on its way to Gov. John Hickenlooper’s desk to apply existing food manufacturing guidelines to products such as hemp

Pharmaceutical CBD bill heads to Colorado governor

A bill that creates a lane for the prescribing of FDA-approved CBD medicines in Colorado is now on the road to the governor’s desk. Members of the Colorado Senate on Tuesday morning unanimously passed House Bill 1187, which would allow

Colorado senators throw their support behind Majority Leader McConnell’s hemp bill

The U.S. senators from cannabis-friendly Colorado are formally supporting a federal push to legalize hemp. Sens. Michael Bennet, a Democrat, and Cory Gardner, a Republican, signed on as co-sponsors of the Hemp Farming Act of 2018, Senate Majority Leader Mitch

Op ed: What’s up with politicians suddenly embracing marijuana?

It’s not just because it’s 4/20 – though that contributed to at least one major senator’s announcement that he’s come around to the idea of decriminalizing marijuana. Marijuana legalization advocates say they’ve had the best week in Washington since, well,

Cannabis Trade Federation forms in wake of Gardner-Trump marijuana deal

Two cannabis organizations are coalescing to further legalization causes on Capitol Hill. Lobbying firm New Federalism Fund and business organization American Trade Association of Cannabis and Hemp announced plans to unite their operations to form the Cannabis Trade Federation. The

“A day to celebrate.” Rep. Jared Polis lauds Colorado marijuana industry during 4/20 grow op tour

Colorado Congressman and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jared Polis is celebrating 4/20 — but not like the throngs gathering in Denver’s Civic Center Park for the unofficial marijuana holiday. Instead, Polis took the morning to laud Colorado’s marijuana industry during a

Sen. Chuck Schumer backs decriminalizing marijuana at the federal level

WASHINGTON — The push to decriminalize marijuana has picked up another high-profile backer — Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer — just a week after President Donald Trump endorsed letting states decide how to regulate the drug. “I’ll be introducing legislation

Colorado marijuana delivery bill snuffed

Efforts to test drive cannabis delivery in Colorado stalled out in a state legislative committee. Members of the Senate Judiciary committee on Wednesday voted 3 to 2 to kill House Bill 1092, which sought to create a marijuana delivery pilot

Rep. Earl Blumenauer delivers the Cannabis State of the Union 2018

Editor’s Note: In advance of 4/20, Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore. and co-chair of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, released the following statement, published here in full, addressing his views on the state of marijuana in America. For the two decades after

Maine lawmakers send marijuana sales bill to Gov. LePage. He’s vowed to veto it.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Legislators in Maine have sent a compromise bill governing marijuana retail sales to Republican Gov. Paul LePage, who has vowed to veto it. The Senate gave final approval to the bill Tuesday. LePage recently said he’d

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