Republican Controlled Congress Aims to Protect Medical Marijuana Businesses
Jun17

Republican Controlled Congress Aims to Protect Medical Marijuana Businesses

Few industries are creating a buzz with investors quite like legal cannabis. According to research firm ArcView, the North American legal weed industry grew sales by 33% in 2017, to $9.7 billion, and it’s estimated to grow at an average annual rate of 28% through 2021. Should ArcView’s projection prove accurate, we could be talking about nearly $25 billion in legal pot sales in North America by the end of 2021. Last year,...

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Thank you, Jeff Sessions, for inadvertently kickstarting Congress’ effort to legalize marijuana
Jun16

Thank you, Jeff Sessions, for inadvertently kickstarting Congress’ effort to legalize marijuana

Good job, Jeff Sessions! It seems the attorney general’s misguided attempts to revive the unpopular and unjust federal war on marijuana may be having the exact opposite effect — prompting a new bipartisan effort in Congress to allow states to legalize cannabis. Last week Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) introduced a bill that would essentially end the federal prohibition in states that have chosen to...

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Florida judge lifts stay on smokable medical marijuana
Jun05

Florida judge lifts stay on smokable medical marijuana

Floridians allowed to use medical marijuana are one step closer to being able to smoke it. Leon County circuit court Judge Karen Gievers on Tuesday lifted a stay on her May 25 ruling that the Florida Legislature’s provision banning smokable medical marijuana is unconstitutional. The state’s Department of Health had filed an appeal of Gievers’ ruling, which automatically put it on hold. Attorney John Morgan and two...

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Gas Pipe owners charged in federal court with selling synthetic marijuana
May14

Gas Pipe owners charged in federal court with selling synthetic marijuana

                The father and daughter who ran The Gas Pipe head shop chain have been charged with conspiracy to sell synthetic marijuana. Gerald “Jerry” Shults and his daughter, Amy Lynn Herrig, turned themselves in on Wednesday. Last June, federal authorities said they shut down what they called a criminal organization that was manufacturing synthetic marijuana in North Texas and selling the product at the The Gas Pipe. The U.S....

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Oregon Senate going own way on medical marijuana dispensaries
May14

Oregon Senate going own way on medical marijuana dispensaries

                SALEM — Senate and House Democrats remain at odds over a bill placing new limits on Oregon’s medical marijuana program, and now the Senate will forge ahead alone with its preferred version. Senate President Peter Courtney, a Salem Democrat, created a new Senate-only marijuana committee Wednesday morning. That will allow the legislation — now in the new Senate Bill 964 — to initially bypass the joint House-Senate...

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Major Colorado pot shop chain lays off 45% of its employees
May14

Major Colorado pot shop chain lays off 45% of its employees

                   One of Colorado’s largest chains of marijuana stores on Wednesday laid off 65 employees — or about 45 percent of the company’s total workforce, according to owner Shawn Phillips. The pot layoffs are believed to be the largest in Colorado’s 16-month recreational era. Phillips owns nine cannabis stores in Colorado, all of which are part of the Strainwise-branded network, and he called the cuts “drastic” but...

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