California Opens for Recreational Marijuana Sales

Recreational marijuana sales in California officially began January 1. The most populous state in the nation, California is home to nearly 40 million people–and expectations are high that the state’s marijuana market will earn billions of dollars…

Denver Coffee Shop First to Apply for Social Pot Use

More than a year after Denver voters approved social marijuana use at licensed businesses, the city has received its first application: The Coffee Joint in west Denver will be the first in the city to allow vaping and the consumption of edibles…

Recreational Marijuana Sales Begin in California Jan. 1

2018 is just around the corner, and California’s recreational marijuana program is set to launch on January 1. The state is expected to become the country’s largest marijuana market, generating $4.5-$5 billion in annual sales…

Cannabis Industry Grows, So Does Access to Banking Services

29 states plus the District of Columbia have legalized cannabis for medical and/or recreational use, but financial institutions are still bound by federal law, making working with cannabis companies a legal risk…

Legal Marijuana Leads to Fewer Opioid Related Deaths

There’s a growing body of evidence that marijuana is beneficial to opioid users and effective at treating chronic pain. Marijuana essentially has zero chance of fatal overdose. The University of Michigan published a study in 2016 that found that chronic pain sufferers who used marijuana saw a 64-percent drop in opioid use…

Remember DARE? It’s back.

DARE is back, this time with a curriculum called “Keepin’ It REAL”. REAL stands for refuse, explain, avoid, leave. DARE is pushing the curriculum as a prevention program for middle school students as part of its mission to “teach students good decision making skills to help them lead safe and healthy lives.”…

Gorilla Glue Settles in Trademark Suit vs. Cannabis Strain

In what may be a sign of things to come, the adhesive brand Gorilla Glue Co. has reached a settlement with the Las Vegas-based cannabis company behind Gorilla Glue #4 (as well as #1 and #5). The Gorilla Glue Co. filed a trademark infringement suit against GG Strains back in March of this year…

California: A Testing Ground for E-commerce Weed Delivery

California doesn’t require dispensaries to have a storefront, and in a state that’s an economic powerhouse with a population of nearly 40 million people, it’s uniquely placed to become the testing ground for e-commerce weed delivery. And when recreational marijuana sales begin in 2018 the potential for growth is huge…

Hawaii the First State to Require Debit-Only Cannabis Sales

Beginning Oct. 1, Hawaii will be the first state in the U.S. to require cashless-only cannabis sales. A Colorado-based credit union will permit dispensaries in Hawaii to open bank accounts, and a debit app called CanPay will enable patients to purchase cannabis with their smartphones…

Alaska’s Expanding Cannabis Market Sets New Sales Record

The Alaska Department of Revenue reported that they collected nearly $600,000 in marijuana tax revenue during July–which equals about a third of the total marijuana tax revenue brought in last fiscal year. The figures are the highest to date in Alaska since recreational sales began last October…

Denver Ready to Issue Cannabis Social Use Licenses

The problem of where to consume cannabis in Colorado has been an issue since recreational marijuana use was approved by voters in 2012. Now, five years later, the city of Denver is ready to become the first in the nation to launch a program allowing businesses to set up social marijuana consumption areas…

The FDA Wants Your Feedback on CBD!

The U.S. Food and Drug (FDA) is asking for input from patients who have experience using Cannabidiol (CBD) to treat medical conditions. CBD is a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis that’s proven therapeutic for treating pain, seizures and epilepsy….

Justice Department Blocks DEA Cannabis Research

A year after the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) began accepting applications to grow cannabis for research, it appears that the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Attorney General Jeff Sessions are blocking researchers from moving ahead with their proposals…

Hawaii Opens First Medical Marijuana Dispensary After 17-Year Wait

After a 17-year wait, Hawaii’s 18,000 medical marijuana patients will finally have a place to shop. Maui Grown Therapies is set to open next week, having been the first dispensary to receive approval from the Department of Health to begin selling medical cannabis…

New Jersey Senator Introduces Bill to End Cannabis Prohibition

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker introduced the Marijuana Justice Act this week, a bill that would end the federal prohibition on marijuana, as well as begin to address social justice issues that have resulted from the war on drugs…

Colorado’s $100 Million/Month of Cannabis Sales the “New Norm”

Another month, another record-breaking amount of cannabis sales in Colorado. The cannabis industry achieved a milestone in May, with $100 million in pot sales for the 12th consecutive month. “I think that $100 million a month (in sales) are the new norm,” said Bethany Gomez, director of research for Brightfield Group, a cannabis market research firm…

Massachusetts Court: Employees Can’t be Fired for Using Medical Cannabis

In a first of its kind ruling, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decided on Monday that employers in the state cannot fire employees for medical cannabis use. The employee claims that her termination violated state anti-discrimination laws…

Nevada Governor Declares State of Emergency After Weed Runs Low

There’s a first for everything, especially when it comes to the cannabis industry, so perhaps it’s not surprising that a lack of weed has led the governor of Nevada to declare a state of emergency. Less than two weeks after recreational marijuana sales began, dispensaries report that they’re running out of product to sell…

A Win for Cannabis Industry Banking (Sort of)

Denver-based credit union, Fourth Corner, has another shot at bringing banking to the cannabis industry. Since the beginning, banking has always been an issue for cannabis businesses since cannabis is still federally illegal, but this marks a small step forward in progress…

UN Report: Cannabis Still Hasn’t Caused One Overdose Death

Cannabis is the most widely used, cultivated, and confiscated drug on the planet, according to a new report from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). But despite its prevalence, there hasn’t been a single report of fatal cannabis overdose…

Recreational Cannabis in Nevada Hits a Roadblock

On Tuesday, a Carson City judge, James Wilson, issued an injunction that reverses the Tax Department’s decision to allow more than just alcohol wholesalers to transport recreational marijuana from growers to dispensaries. The move could delay a planned July start date for recreational cannabis sales…

Medical Marijuana in Dispensaries Hawaii are Open but Not Able to Sell

Hawaii’s first medical marijuana dispensary opens Thursday, but don’t expect to see any cannabis on the shelves. The problem? The state labs tasked with testing medical marijuana prior to sale have yet to be certified…

Vermont Governor Vetoes Current Marijuana Bill

Vermont Governor Phil Scott (R) vetoed a bill on Wednesday that would have legalized recreational marijuana. Scott cited concerns about public safety, seeking changes to the bill that would include more aggressive penalties for driving while impaired or in the presence of children…