Adult-Use Sales in 2 Massachusetts Shops to Begin on Nov. 20

By Bob Salsberg, The Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Two marijuana stores in Massachusetts were given the green light Nov. 16, 2018, to begin selling to recreational customers in week, making them the first commercial dispensaries in the eastern United States. Both stores — New England Treatment Access in Northampton and Cultivate Holdings in Leicester […]

Easier Marijuana Access Could Be a Winner in Democratic Wave

By David A. Lieb and Geoff Mulvhill, The Associated Press From New York to New Mexico, residents in a number of states can expect a leftward push for expanded health-care coverage, gun control, education funding and legalized recreational marijuana as Democrats who gained new or stronger powers in the midterm elections seek to put their […]

Massachusetts Dispensary Days Away from 1st Adult-Use Sales

By Bob Salsberg NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — With its youthful vibe and eclectic mix of culture, a small Massachusetts city seems a logical site for the nation’s first legal recreational cannabis sales east of Colorado. An existing medical marijuana dispensary in Northampton — nestled in Massachusetts’ scenic Pioneer Valley — plans to open its doors […]

It’s Not Binding, But Wisconsinites Favor Legal Marijuana

Voters in 16 counties across Wisconsin have signaled strong support for marijuana reform, voting in the affirmative on advisory questions asking whether voters approve of various legalization and decriminalization policies. The advisory questions were non-binding, meaning that they won’t translate into actual policy changes. Rather, the purpose of the questions is to gauge public sentiment, […]

North Dakota Voters Reject Marijuana Legalization Measure

North Dakota voters rejected a measure to fully legalize marijuana Election Day Nov. 6, 2018. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, the initiative, Measure 3, was rejected 59 percent to 41 percent. Under the proposed law, adults 21 and older would no longer have been subjected to criminal penalties for growing, consuming, selling or distributing […]

Missouri Voters Approve Medical Marijuana Measure

One of three medical marijuana legalization initiatives on the Missouri ballot passed Election Day Nov. 6, 2018, while two other competing initiatives have failed. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, the initiative, Amendment 2, was approved 66 percent  to 34 percent. The fight to legalize in Missouri was complicated in 2018 after three initiatives qualified […]

Utah Voters Approve Medical Marijuana Legalization

Utah voters approved a measure to legalize medical marijuana Election Day Nov. 6, 2018. With 74 percent of precincts reporting, the initiative, Proposition 2, is up 53 percent to 47 percent, and NBC News and other outlets have projected it passed. BREAKING: Fox 13 is projecting that Prop 2, the medical marijuana initiative, will pass. […]

5 Ohio Cities Decriminalize Marijuana

Five out of six Ohio cities that had local marijuana decriminalization measures on the Nov. 6, 2018, ballot have passed the initiatives, including in the state’s sixth-largest  city. Decriminalization passed in Dayton, Fremont, Norwood, Oregon and Windham. Voters in Garrettsville rejected the local measure, though. Currently, getting caught possessing up to 200 grams, or about […]

Michigan Voters Legalize Adult-Use Marijuana

Michigan voters approved a measure to fully legalize marijuana Election Day Nov. 6, 2018,, making it the first state in the Midwest to allow retail cannabis sales for adults 21 and older. As of 2:30 p.m. Central time Nov. 7, 2018, the Michigan Secretary of State’s unofficial tally from 82 of 83 counties has Proposal […]

Pro-Marijuana Democrat Pritzker Elected Illinois Governor

Venture capitalist J.B. Pritzker, a Democrat, beat incumbent Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner to become the next governor of Illinois, NBC News projected Tuesday evening, Nov. 6, 2018. Marijuana legalization was a primary campaign promise from Pritzker, and he’s emphasized both the economic benefits of legalization as well as the racial injustice of prohibition. “Criminalizing marijuana […]

The Conversation: Marijuana Legalization Going to Lose Steam

By Daniel J. Mallinson, Pennsylvania State University, and Lee Hannah, Wright State University The midterm elections could loosen cannabis restrictions in the United States, as four states put ballot initiatives on legalization to a vote. Voters in Utah and Missouri will choose whether patients should gain access to medical cannabis. In Michigan and North Dakota, […]

Doctor Wants Ohio to Allow Marijuana as Opioid Alternative

By Mark Gillispie CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio physician and medical professor believes medical cannabis should be used to treat opioid addiction in a state that saw a record number of overdose deaths in 2017. Dr. F. Stuart Leeds has been preparing data and research to submit to the State Medical Board of Ohio as […]

Ex-Aide: Trump Will Back Legalizing Marijuana After Election

President Donald Trump will push for marijuana legalization after the upcoming elections, according to former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci. “I do. I think he’s going to legalize marijuana,” Scaramucci told Succeed.com founder Charles Peralo in an interview on Oct. 30, 2018. “I think he’s waiting for after the midterms. I think he’s on […]

Francis Ford Coppola Launches Cannabis Brand

Francis Ford Coppola, the legendary Academy Award-winning director of films like “The Godfather” saga, “Apocalypse Now,” and many other major films over his storied career is also known for his popular lifestyle brand named “Francis Ford Coppola Presents.” The lifestyle brand which consists of restaurants and resorts also includes a line of fine wines bottled […]

2 New York City DAs All But Abandon Marijuana Prosecutions

NEW YORK (AP) — Marijuana prosecutions have plunged in two New York City boroughs as their district attorneys stopped pursuing most cannabis cases and police changed their approach to marijuana enforcement. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. released statistics Nov. 1, 2018,  showing arraignments for low-level marijuana offenses dropped about 87 percent from August through […]

Cannabis Farm Wins in Colorado Case; Similar Verdicts Likely

By, Paul Elias SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Colorado jury likely threw cold water on future legal challenges against cannabis companies by homeowners who consider filing racketeering lawsuits alleging proximity to pot operations hurts their property values, analysts and industry lawyers said Nov. 1, 2018. A federal jury in Denver on Oct. 31, 2018, rejected […]

Watch Pro-, Anti-Marijuana Groups’ Ads for Ballot Measures

Campaigns supporting and opposing marijuana ballot measures are filling up airwaves and social media feeds with political advertisements in the run-up to the elections Nov. 6, 2018. From Utah to Michigan, battles to convince the electorate via video advertisements to vote one way or the other on cannabis-related initiatives are heating up. Here’s a roundup […]

Pro-Marijuana Student Advocates Reach Out and Touch Voters

You’ve probably heard that marijuana legalization is on the ballot in several states in Nov. 6, 2018. But if you haven’t heard — and you live in one of those states — you might soon be receiving a call from a volunteer with Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP). The national advocacy group recently launched […]

NORML Delivers Marijuana Reclassification Petitions to FDA

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requested public input on the international classification of marijuana and other drugs in October 2018. Well, ask and you shall receive. More than 20,000 people submitted comments ahead of the Oct. 31, 2018 deadline. And about half of those were gathered and hand-delivered to FDA headquarters by the National […]

Mexico Supreme Court: Marijuana Prohibition Unconstitutional

By, Peter Orsi MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s Supreme Court issued two more rulings Oct. 31, 2018, ordering that complainants in individual cases be allowed to use cannabis for recreational purposes, establishing a precedent that a blanket prohibition on marijuana is unconstitutional. The court found that adults have a fundamental right to personal development which […]

U.S. House Speaker Touts Benefits of CBD and Industrial Hemp

The top Republican in the U.S. House has issued a surprise endorsement of a key marijuana ingredient’s medical benefits, as well as the uses of industrial hemp. “It has proven to work,” Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan said of cannabidiol (CBD) on Oct. 30, 2018, specifying that it “helps reduce seizures.” “We do this in […]

Michigan and Missouri Marijuana Campaigns Fill Up War Chests

Major late contributions are flowing into the coffers of Michigan and Missouri political action committees that have been set up to support or oppose marijuana ballot initiatives in those states, Marijuana Moment’s latest analysis of campaign finance data shows. In Missouri, physician Bradley Bradshaw continues to pour money into the Find the Cures committee in […]

Analysis: Louisiana Medical Marijuana Policy Stuck in Swamp

By, Melinda Deslatte BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — More than three years have passed since Louisiana lawmakers established a framework for dispensing medical marijuana in the state, and the timeline for patients to gain legal access to the drug keeps getting pushed back. The new estimate for when therapeutic cannabis will be available is late […]

Advocacy Groups Seek Equity in Colorado Marijuana Industry

Colorado can do a lot more to make its legal marijuana market more open, transparent and equitable, a coalition of criminal justice reform advocacy groups said in an Oct. 25, 2018, letter outlining regulatory recommendations. The coalition, led by the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), put forward 12 recommendations — ranging from the revocation of an […]

Gallup Poll: 66% of Americans Back Marijuana Legalization

Two-thirds of Americans now support legalizing marijuana, the highest percentage ever in Gallup’s ongoing decades-long series of national polls on the topic. The new survey released Oct. 25, 2018, shows that U.S. adults back ending cannabis prohibition by a supermajority margin of 66 percent to 32 percent. That’s more than a two-to-one ratio. It is […]

Trial to Decide Marijuana Grow’s Impact on Property Values

By, Kathleen Foody DENVER (AP) — A federal trial in Colorado could have far-reaching effects on the United States’ budding cannabis industry if a jury sides with a couple who say having a marijuana business as a neighbor hurts their property values. The trial set to begin Oct. 29, 2018, in Denver is the first […]

Marijuana.com’s 5 Election Contests You Have to Watch

The fate of marijuana reform rests largely in the hands of our elected officials. Ballot initiatives can introduce marijuana legalization into states and counties, but elected officials ultimately are responsible for shaping the policy, creating the programs, and implementing the will of the people. It doesn’t hurt when elected officials steering the legalization of marijuana […]

Mo’ Better Booze: NY Liquor Stores Want to Sell Marijuana

Instead of creating a whole new system of specialized stores to distribute marijuana when it becomes legal, New York should just allow existing liquor and wine retail outlets to sell cannabis to adults. That’s the position of a new advocacy effort launched by owners of booze shops in October 2018. “With more than 2,000 wine […]

Michigan’s Marijuana Legalization Vote Campaigns Heat Up

Initial reports ahead of a key filing deadline less than two weeks ahead of Election Day for Michigan campaign committees formed to support or oppose the state’s marijuana legalization ballot measure show that only two of the groups are still actively receiving and spending money. The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, a pro-legalization group, […]

Colorado’s anticipated marijuana report details youth usage, driving and crime over the last 5 years

After five years of data collection, the Colorado Department of Public Safety released its much-anticipated baseline report on the impacts of marijuana legalization. The data provide glimpses for the first time into the how legalization has impacted several highly-charged subjects, including usage among young people and driving impairment. The report shows that Colorado has not […]

‘Where Do I Vote?’ Find Out in Exactly 100 Words

Why is voting hard? You’ve presumably read several articles on why your vote matters, voter registration deadlines, and how weed smokers need to fight for their marijuana rights in the voting booth. You get it. But where do you vote? Luckily, finding your polling location is easy. Vote.org has a polling place locator that provides […]

New York Senate Report: Expand Medical Marijuana Coverage

Two days after New York Assembly members filed legislation that would require certain health insurance programs to cover medical marijuana on Oct. 22, 2018, a report from members of the state’s Senate recommended a similar move. The state should be “expanding health insurance coverage options for medical marijuana as a method to reduce overall usage […]

See How the California Election May Change Cannabis Access

When Californians go to the polls on Nov. 6, 2018, voters in 13 cities and three counties will see significant cannabis-related measures on the state ballot. The measures will begin to address the voids in cannabis availability throughout the state. The interactive map, below, features the measures that could improve cannabis regulation and grant Californians […]

Utah senator tries a gummy bear ahead of Prop. 2 vote

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah lawmaker drove to Las Vegas and tried marijuana for the first time ahead of an upcoming vote on a proposition that would legalize its use in his state for individuals with qualifying medical conditions. Salt Lake City CBS affiliate KUTV-TV reported Utah Democratic state Sen. Jim Dabakis wanted […]

Why You Should Grow Your Own Cannabis

With marijuana legalization efforts continuing to spread around the world (most recently in Canada) more and more folks have been looking into the possibility of being able to grow their own cannabis from the privacy and comfort of their own homes. There are many reasons as to why one would want to cultivate their very […]

We[ed] the People: Fight for Your Marijuana Rights Nov. 6!

A quick question for the 420 community: Are you prepared to vote? As American voters count down to the Nov. 6, 2018, general election, it’s essential that people understand that voting is a privilege and a civic duty that should be embraced by every United States citizen — particularly those within the cannabis community. Marijuana […]

Oregon’s Marijuana Minor Decoy Operations and Fining Dispensaries

Oregon started a minor decoy operation last year testing if dispensaries were selling adult-use cannabis to minors. The results were not great late last year, but the latest minor decoy operation turned out very well with 100% of the Oregon dispensaries turning away minors. Oregon dispensaries can face a 30-day suspension and a $4.950.00 fine […]

Marijuana-Friendly States Want Meeting With Sessions

By Michael R. Blood LOS ANGELES (AP) — California, Oregon and other marijuana-friendly states are seeking a meeting with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in hopes of resolving the conflict between federal and state laws that has left the nation’s cannabis industry in legal limbo. Marijuana is illegal at the federal level, even as 29 […]