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…

Applications for Nevada Recreational Cannabis Sales Now Open

Good news Nevada cannabis enthusiasts: the application period for recreational cannabis sales is underway and stores are expected to open by July 1. Licenses will be distributed to currently operating medical marijuana dispensaries. Here’s everything you need to know about applying for a recreational cannabis license…

Marijuana Could Benefit Native Tribes in Nevada

Last week, tribal leaders in Nevada testified in support of a bill that would bring the medical and recreational cannabis industry to tribal lands. Senate Bill 375, introduced by Sen. Tick Segerblom (D-Las Vegas), would allow the state to work with individual tribes whose tribal councils have approved medical and/or recreational cannabis…

Alaska Debates Allowing On-Site Cannabis Use

The Alaska Marijuana Control Board to revive a proposal that would allow cannabis consumption at licensed pot shops. Following voter approval of recreational marijuana in 2015, the board began work on regulations that would allow retailers to create consumption spaces, similar to a cafe or bar…

Marijuana Grown on Federal Research Farm Full of Mold and Lead

It turns out that cannabis used in government research isn’t all that great. Unlike commercial marijuana, the government product is stringy, light in color, and full of stems. If you’re used to the cannabis sold at dispensaries, chances are you wouldn’t even recognize the government product as weed…

Las Vegas Cannabis Cup Celebrates Nevada’s End of Marijuana Prohibition

Las Vegas’ second-ever High Times Cannabis Cup wasn’t the toke-friendly festival that many hoped it would be–organizers were forced to make the Cup a cannabis-free event after a federal prosecutor sent a letter warning that anyone caught distributing or consuming marijuana would be subject to prosecution…

More Celebrities Launch Cannabis Brands, Help Normalize Industry

California is expected to become the largest recreational pot market in the country, so it’s not surprising that a number of celebrities are jumping on the marijuana bandwagon and creating their own cannabis brands. Industry experts say that by investing in cannabis celebrities like Willie Nelson, Whoopi Goldberg, Wiz Khalifa, and billionaire Richard Branson are helping promote broader social acceptance of marijuana…

Trump White House Indicates Possible Federal Crackdown on Marijuana

On Thursday, White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, told reporters that the Trump administration won’t be taking the same lax attitude towards marijuana as the Obama administration. At the press conference, Spicer said, “I do believe that you’ll see greater enforcement.”…

Pro-Marijuana Lawmakers Launch Cannabis Caucus

At a press conference on Thursday, Republican congressmen Dana Rohrabacher (California) and Don Young (Alaska) joined Democrats Earl Blumenauer (Oregon) and Jared Polis (Colorado) to launch the Congressional Cannabis Caucus. The coalition is focused on easing tensions between federal and state drug laws and supporting the growing cannabis industry…

New Mexico Bill May Give Military Veterans Access to Medical Marijuana

The Senate Judiciary Committee in New Mexico approved a bill that would make all military veterans eligible for a medical marijuana card. The changes to the state’s Medical Cannabis Program would automatically allow veterans to enroll without being diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition…

Retired NFL Players Bring Weed to the Super Bowl

Retired NFL players held a pro-marijuana event on Wednesday night to raise awareness about the benefits of cannabis use in treating chronic pain and traumatic brain injury. The event, Cannabis in Professional Sports, hoped to capitalize on the upcoming Super Bowl and to persuade the NFL Players’ Association to change their drug policy and lift the ban on marijuana.

Illinois State Treasurer Urges Trump to Let Banks Work with the Cannabis Industry

Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs issued a press release Monday, urging the Trump administration to give clear guidance to financial institutions regarding medical marijuana. In his letter, he urged President Trump to reassure banks that they will not face penalties or prosecution for doing business with state-licensed marijuana growers and dispensaries…

Denver: First U.S. City to Allow Public Cannabis Use

Denver is one step closer to setting guidelines for public marijuana use in clubs and businesses located in Denver. The initiative, passed by voters in November, allows adults 21 and older to consume cannabis at marijuana clubs and places like yoga studios, art galleries, and coffee shops…

Will Jeff Sessions Crack Down on Legal Marijuana?

In his Senate confirmation hearing on Tuesday, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala) answered questions about his stance on marijuana and the enforcement of federal laws. Sessions, President-elect Trump’s choice for U.S. attorney general, has been a staunch opponent of legal cannabis, making many in the cannabis industry nervous…

Cannabis Legalization Backers Give Free Marijuana on Inauguration Day

In response to Senator Jeff Sessions’ nomination for attorney general by President-elect Trump, a group of marijuana advocates are lighting up in protest at the upcoming inauguration. The protest isn’t anti-Trump or looking to disrupt the inauguration. “The main message is it’s time to legalize cannabis at the federal level.”…

2016: The Year in Weed

As a result of November’s election, medical cannabis is legal in more than half of U.S. states. Medical marijuana measures were approved in Arkansas, Florida, North Dakota. In Montana, existing medical cannabis rules were expanded by removing the three-patient limit for providers…

First Recreational Cannabis Shops Open in Anchorage This Month

Anchorage, Alaska’s most populous city, will finally see its first retail marijuana shops open for business on December 17. Dispensaries have been popping up around Alaska, but unlike other cities, Anchorage requires marijuana business applications to be certified by the state…

The State of Marijuana: 2016

We made it! The election is finally over–and the big winner is definitely cannabis. Recreational marijuana initiatives were on the ballot in five states, with Arizona as the only holdout. As of Tuesday’s election, medical cannabis is legal in more than half of U.S. states (28 states and Washington D.C.)…

Cannabis is Quickly Becoming Colorado’s Largest Industry

Total 2015 numbers for the Colorado cannabis industry were $996 million in marijuana sales and $121 million in new taxes. The cannabis industry is the fastest-growing business sector in the state and has created 8,005 direct and ancillary full-time jobs in 2015…

Florida Vote Could Create the Country’s Second Largest Medical Marijuana Market

On November 8th, Floridians will once again vote on a proposed medical marijuana amendment. Amendment 2 would broaden medical marijuana access and expand the number of debilitating conditions eligible for treatment….

Boom Time: Four Cannabis Companies Among Elite Inc. 500 List

Inc. magazine has named four cannabis companies in its annual list of the 500 fastest-growing private companies in the country. The rankings include companies in mainstream industries and are a subset of the Inc. 5000 list…

Denver Social Cannabis Initiative to Appear on November Ballot

A ballot initiative could solve a longstanding problem in Denver: where to consume legally purchased cannabis. Although Colorado legalized recreational use in 2012, Amendment 64 does not allow for public use of marijuana. This puts tourists to the city in a bind–outside of the few pot-friendly hotels, there’s not really any legal place to consume marijuana.