• Connecticut Considers Legalization: Bills, Buds, and Big Bucks
    by Monterey Bud on March 16, 2018 at 6:13 PM

    Connecticut lawmakers are facing an intriguing dilemma – they must either reform their marijuana law and legalize recreational use, or sit back and watch as neighboring states that passed adult-use laws reap the fiscal benefits. Massachusetts voters legalized marijuana in November 2016, and are scheduled to implement their adult use marijuana program on July 1. [... […]

  • Massachusetts Regulators to Begin Taking Applications for Cannabis Businesses in April
    by Associated Press on March 16, 2018 at 4:00 PM

    BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts marijuana regulators plan to begin accepting applications for commercial pot businesses next month. The Cannabis Control Commission on Thursday approved a schedule that the panel says will allow for the “safe, equitable and effective implementation,” of the state’s voter-approved recreational marijuana law. Beginning on April 2, operators of licensed medical marijuana [... […]

  • Judge: California Medical Rec Provides Immunity in Arizona as Visitor
    by Associated Press on March 16, 2018 at 2:00 AM

    PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona Court of Appeals ruling says a man’s medical marijuana recommendation letter obtained from a physician under California’s medical marijuana law provides the same legal immunity as registry cards issued by Arizona authorities. The three-judge panel’s decision Thursday upholds a La Paz County Superior Court judge’s dismissal of drug possession charges [... […]

  • California Bureau of Cannabis Control Issues Cease-and-Desist, Weedmaps Replies
    by Duke London on March 13, 2018 at 10:00 PM

    Last week, it was reported that the California Bureau of Cannabis Control issued a cease-and-desist to Weedmaps,’s parent company, on the grounds that the website and smartphone application advertises cannabis dispensaries and delivery services that are unlicensed by the state. Weedmaps responded to the notice from bureau chief Lori Ajax on Monday, stressing the [... […]

  • New Jersey Gov. Murphy Proposes Legalizing Marijuana, Tax Reform Measures
    by Associated Press on March 13, 2018 at 9:31 PM

    By Michael Catalini  TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday proposed raising the state sales tax, hiking income taxes on the wealthy and legalizing recreational marijuana under a budget plan he said represents a sharp break from the way the state was run the past eight years under a Republican administration. Murphy, a [... […]

  • Colorado Bill Would Allow School Nurses To Administer Medical Marijuana
    by Monterey Bud on March 13, 2018 at 4:51 PM

    Elected officials in Colorado’s House of Representatives want to make it legal for qualifying students to receive their medical marijuana from a school nurse. Colorado House Bill 18-1286 was introduced on March 8 and is sponsored by Rep. Dylan Roberts (D), Sen. Irene Aguilar (D) and Sen. Vicki Marble (R). The first draft of the [... […]

  • North Dakota Lawmakers Sign Off on Medical Marijuana Rules
    by Associated Press on March 13, 2018 at 12:00 AM

    By Blake Nicholson  BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota lawmakers on Monday signed off on rules for the state’s developing medical marijuana program, a necessary move if the drug is to be available to patients later this year. The Legislature’s Administrative Rules Committee reviewed the dozens of pages of proposed rules that the advisory State [... […]

  • Former Dispensary Owner Robs His Competition, Blames Heroin
    by Duke London on March 12, 2018 at 9:20 PM

    Though cannabis has seen tremendous progress in terms of legislative reform and cultural acceptance in America over the last decade, the emerging industry still faces a number of roadblocks on the path to prohibition’s end. One Colorado man has seemingly hit all of these roadblocks on his descent from hopeful cannabis entrepreneur to a convicted [... […]

  • Illinois, Politics, and Pot: Six Dems and Zero Republicans Support Legalization
    by Monterey Bud on March 12, 2018 at 7:35 PM

    Every Democratic candidate vying to be the next governor of Illinois believes the time to legalize recreational marijuana has come –  as the GOP’s candidates continue to embrace prohibition. The Democratic candidates participating in the March 20 primary are State Sen. Daniel Biss (9th District), entrepreneur Chris Kennedy, billionaire-businessman J.B. Pritzker, educator Bob Daiber, community [... […]

  • Sessions: US Prosecutors Won’t Take on Small-Time Cannabis Cases
    by Associated Press on March 12, 2018 at 6:07 PM

    By Sadie Gurman WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors won’t take on small-time marijuana cases, despite the Justice Department’s decision to lift an Obama-era policy that discouraged U.S. authorities from cracking down on the pot trade in states where the drug is legal, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Saturday. Federal law enforcement lacks the resources to [... […]