19 state attorneys general back Colo. Rep. Ed Perlmutter’s marijuana banking bill

Published: Jan 16, 2018, 12:57 pm • Updated: Jan 16, 2018, 5:19 pm By Alex Pasquariello, The Cannabist Staff A bill introduced by Colorado Rep. Ed Perlmutter that would allow banks to serve marijuana-related businesses without fear of penalties from the federal government got a boost Tuesday from a bipartisan…

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Federal marijuana bills boosted by new supporters as Congress gets back to work

Published: Jan 9, 2018, 9:49 am • Updated: Jan 9, 2018, 11:06 am By Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist Staff Lawmakers lined up behind several cannabis-related House bills in the wake of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ policy shift last week rescinding the Obama-era Cole Memo that had protected states with…

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With Isaac Dietrich back at helm, MassRoots dismisses lawsuit against him

Published: Dec 22, 2017, 1:02 pm • Updated: Dec 22, 2017, 1:37 pm By Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist Staff Marijuana social network operator MassRoots Inc. has dismissed a lawsuit against its founder Isaac Dietrich. The dismissal comes a week after the company’s board of directors and interim chief executive resigned,…

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“We don’t want you here”: Amsterdam, Europe’s weed capital, pushes back on overtourism

Published: Dec 11, 2017, 9:45 am • Updated: Dec 11, 2017, 9:46 am By Mike Corder, The Associated Press AMSTERDAM — A group of cyclists slams on the brakes as a man pushing a wheeled suitcase stops abruptly in the middle of a busy bike path in downtown Amsterdam to…

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Why some California communities are pushing back hard against marijuana farms

Published: Nov 24, 2017, 1:56 pm • Updated: Nov 24, 2017, 1:56 pm By Paul Elias, The Associated Press COPPEROPOLIS, Calif. — The four young men had just started their marijuana harvest in rural Northern California when a dozen sheriff’s deputies swooped in with guns drawn, arrested them and spent…

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The Aftermath of the MJ Freeway Outages: Can the Seed-to-Sale Pioneer Bounce Back?

Despite some lucrative contracts and agreements, this has not been a good year for MJ Freeway. Frequent outages and data breaches rendered their service unusable, leading to the obstruction of the entire Keystone State program before it even started. These unfortunate events were added to a growing list of problems…

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How the War on Drugs crushed California greenhouses and cannabis legalization is bringing them back

Published: Sep 18, 2017, 8:20 am • Updated: Sep 18, 2017, 8:38 am By Jeremy Bagott, Special To The Cannifornian SALINAS — The irony is rich. To weaken one mind-altering leaf crop 4,000 miles away, the feds inadvertently crushed California’s cut-flower crop, setting the stage for another mind-altering leaf crop…

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Colorado gov calls lawmakers back for rare special session to fix pot tax error

Published: Sep 14, 2017, 6:41 pm • Updated: Sep 14, 2017, 7:06 pm By Brian Eason, The Denver Post Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on Thursday called lawmakers back to the state Capitol to fix a bill-drafting error that has been costing a number of Denver-based institutions hundreds of thousands of…

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