Maryland: Early voting has begun

Check out the Maryland Cannabis Policy Coalition’s voter guide to find out where candidate’s stand on marijuana policy! Maryland’s General Election Day is less than two weeks away, and early voting is already underway! Now is the perfect time to study up on where your candidates stand on legalizing and regulating cannabis. The Maryland Cannabis Policy Coalition has put together a comprehensive voter guide with the results of their candidate Read entire story

Cannabis in Canada: Big Banks Are Missing a Boom

KushCo Holdings, a company that sells packaging and supplies to the cannabis industry, would love to borrow money from a real bank. CEO Nick Kovacevich wants to secure up to $30 million in revolving credit, so he can hire more employees and build new warehouses. But a line of credit or loan of that size isn't an option because traditional banks are not willing to lend to marijuana businesses. Even though Canada legalized recreational Read entire story

Uk Government Must Look into Legalizing Cannabis, Says Former Met Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe

Former Metropolitan Police chief Bernard Hogan-Howe has called for an urgent review of the evidence supporting cannabis legalisation. It marks a significant shift in the attitude of the ex-police commissioner, who backed tough laws against cannabis during his time leading Scotland Yard. The veteran police officer of nearly 40 years was made a life peer last year. Lord Hogan-Howe said the Home Office must now reconsider its position following the Read entire story

Rick Steves to tour Michigan in support of legalization ballot measure

Next week, legendary travel host Rick Steves will be visiting Michigan to give talks in support of Prop 1, the ballot initiative to legalize and regulate marijuana. Known for his hit PBS series “Rick Steves’ Europe,” Rick’s engaging personality and first-hand experience seeing the benefits of legalization in his home state of Washington make this an event you don’t want to miss. You can catch him in two locations, Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor. Both Read entire story

U.S. territory to legalize, regulate marijuana!

The remote U.S. territory of the Northern Mariana Islands is so far ahead of the mainland U.S., it’s already late evening there. And the Northern Mariana Islands are also far ahead of the mainland U.S. when it comes to reforming marijuana laws. The Northern Marianas just made history when it became the first jurisdiction in the U.S. where a governing body enacted legislation to both end marijuana prohibition and establish a system of regulation Read entire story

New Jersey getting closer to finally legalizing marijuana

While the new bill to legalize and regulate marijuana has not yet been revealed to the public, lawmakers and the Murphy administration are reportedly close to reaching a deal. However, it is not yet clear what the legislature intends to do to help people who are still suffering from the collateral consequences of a prior marijuana conviction. If you’re a New Jersey resident, please ask your lawmakers to support not only ending marijuana Read entire story

Voter guide for New Hampshire’s general election published

Find out where N.H. candidates stand on marijuana policy, then help good candidates win on Nov. 6! Less than seven weeks remain until the November 6 general election. The winners will have the power to determine New Hampshire’s marijuana policies for the next two years, so it is critically important for supporters of cannabis legalization to become informed and active participants in this year’s election. Click here to learn where candidates on Read entire story

Online Sale of Pot After Legalization Raises Privacy Concerns, Experts Say

Existing laws should protect privacy, but one ex-privacy commissioner says, 'we need to keep eyes on it'. Buyers who have to provide personal information to purchase recreational pot online after legalization this fall should be able to rely on existing laws to protect their privacy but the issue needs to be watched closely to ensure regulations are obeyed and mistakes are avoided, experts say. The matter is important given the stigma many people Read entire story

California Bureau of Cannabis Control accepting public comments on proposed rules

Members of the public are invited to provide comments on California’s proposed rules for cannabis businesses. The Bureau of Cannabis Control and other agencies seek public comments as they consider a permanent set of rules — replacing those temporarily in place. For background, including the text of the proposed rules, summaries, and the agencies’ reasoning for seeking changes, visit the state’s website. Comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Read entire story

N.J. hits pause on low-level marijuana prosecutions

It was a confusing news cycle, with Jersey City’s municipal prosecutor, Jake Hudnut, releasing a memo effectively decriminalizing marijuana locally and state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal declaring that action invalid. Now, AG Grewal has told all prosecutors to “adjourn” (postpone) marijuana prosecutions in municipal court until at least September 4, when his office will issue new guidance. Hopefully, the state will legalize, tax, and regulate Read entire story

Legalization becomes reality in Vermont

It’s a big day. July 1, 2018 will go down in Vermont’s history as the day the state officially stopped punishing adults for consuming marijuana. Residents of Vermont are seeing the fruits of our movement’s tireless efforts to reform harmful and ill-conceived marijuana laws. Adults can now legally possess, consume, and grow limited amounts of marijuana. Read our summary of the law here. MPP was a primary driving force behind this victory – and Read entire story

New Jersey announces it’s doubling the number of medical marijuana businesses

Good news! Today, the New Jersey Department of Health announced that it will begin accepting applications for six additional businesses that can grow, process, and sell medical cannabis in the state. The winning businesses are supposed to be announced on November 1. Unfortunately, there is no provision yet for equity applicants, although applicants may be awarded up to 50 (out of 1,000) points for diversity. With the tiny number of existing Read entire story

Rhode Island legislative session ends…and the election season begins

The 2018 Rhode Island legislative session recently came to a disappointing close. By extending its unproductive marijuana study commission into next year and failing to expand the number of medical marijuana compassion centers, the General Assembly has once again ignored the overwhelming majority of Rhode Islanders who support sensible marijuana policy reform. If you are a Rhode Island resident… The best way to make your voice heard now is Read entire story

NY Health Dept. will expand medical program; looks favorably toward adult use

The Health Commissioner of New York, Howard Zucker, recently announced that a long-awaited study by the Cuomo administration will recommend the legalization and regulation of marijuana for adult use. The study is believed to be at least partly in response to gubernatorial primary candidate Cynthia Nixon’s strong support of marijuana legalization. Mr. Zucker also announced that the Health Department will issue regulations to allow patients who Read entire story

Craft Cannabis Growers Say Better Bud Will Be Key to Thriving in the Legal Market

While Canada’s licensed cannabis producers are in a frenzy of deal-making, jockeying to take control of rivals and massive greenhouses ahead of legalization, cannabis entrepreneurs like Kelly Coulter are operating at a different pace. This spring, she leased two acres of farmland in Vancouver Island’s Cowichan Valley with several other women and intends to launch an environmentally sustainable market garden and cannabis operation called Slo Read entire story

All the Reasons Pot Isn’t Legal in Indiana

Staying firmly behind the times is as traditional in Indiana as basketball, racing, and wearing shorts in 45-degree weather. Having just legalized Sunday alcohol sales this year, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Indiana was also last to legalize cannabis—unless the handful of lobbyists that ultimately control our vice industry cut themselves a big enough piece. From puritans to profiteers, here are the top reasons pot isn’t legal in Indiana. David Read entire story

It’s on: Michigan’s adult-use legalization initiative advances to the ballot

After lawmakers opted not to take legislative action, the initiative to regulate marijuana officially moved to the November ballot. Michigan is poised to become the 10th state to legalize marijuana for adult use. According to recent polls, six out of 10 voters in Michigan support the proposal to end marijuana prohibition. But these campaigns are never easy, and opponents are expected to put up a tough fight. Michigan represents an opportunity to Read entire story

Ex-speaker Boehner, Who Opposed Pot Legalization, Joins Marijuana Firm’s Board

John Boehner, the former Republican speaker of the House who once said he was "unalterably opposed" to decriminalizing marijuana laws, has joined a board of directors for a cannabis company with an eye on rolling back federal regulations. The former Ohio congressman has been appointed to the board of advisers of Acreage Holdings, invoking the need for veterans to access the drug legally to explain his change of heart, Boehner said in a statement Read entire story

High-Tech Firms Get Ready to Light Up the Weed Industry

Start-ups mobilize to get a piece of what could be a $13.9B industry. In a trendy studio in Toronto's fashion district, shared by several tech start-ups, you can slip on a pair of glasses and be transported to a weed production facility thousands of kilometres away. Users of Patio Interactive's virtual reality lens can walk through the building, touch the cannabis buds, and learn all about where their weed comes from. It's just one Read entire story

California is Celebrating the End of Weed Prohibition with Cannabis Cocktails

Prohibition is over, again! That’s how Californians are hailing the state’s recent legalization of marijuana—and it’s gotten plenty of creative juices flowing. The response to the Jan. 1 decision echoes the reaction in San Francisco on Dec. 5, 1933 to the news that Congress had repealed the 21st Amendment, lifting a 13-year-long nationwide ban on alcohol. With legal booze flowing again, fourteen trucks hauling wine and gin rolled through the Read entire story