Denver, Thornton mayors join with other U.S. city leaders to call for federal marijuana policy reforms

The Denver and Thornton mayors have joined a new coalition of U.S. city leaders that will lobby Congress and the Trump administration to increase local control over marijuana policy. Announced during the weekend meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Boston, the group’s formation is the latest effort by…

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Diversity is coming to Colorado’s marijuana industry, business leaders and social justice crusaders say

Colorado’s cannabis industry so white — but not for much longer. Diversity is coming to the state’s marijuana industry, business leaders and social justice crusaders vowed at the Minority Cannabis Business Association’s first-ever Opportunity Summit held Friday and Saturday at the University of Denver. The new organization is determined that…

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Mistrial declared for Denver cannabis church leaders charged with open and public marijuana consumption

Published: Mar 1, 2018, 5:00 am • Updated: Mar 2, 2018, 7:44 am By Alex Pasquariello, The Cannabist Staff The prosecution of leaders of a Denver cannabis church on charges of open and public consumption of marijuana didn’t make it past jury selection Wednesday. Denver County Court Judge Fred Rodgers…

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Will New Jersey congressional leaders hop on the marijuana legalization train?

Published: Mar 2, 2018, 10:08 am • Updated: Mar 2, 2018, 10:12 am By Michael Catalini, The Associated Press TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The chatter at New Jersey’s annual power-player cocktail party shed light on what the state government is up to. Specifically, Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy could be on…

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Cannabis industry leaders: Marijuana businesses can redefine Corporate Social Responsibility

Published: Feb 12, 2018, 3:14 pm • Updated: Feb 12, 2018, 3:15 pm By Bruce Kennedy, The Cannabist Staff The cannabis industry is in a unique position to reshape and redefine Corporate Social Responsibility by creating a better version of so-called “corporate citizenship”– and making it the new standard in…

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Marijuana will be “way bigger” than craft beer, Lagunitas Brewing founder tells cannabis industry leaders

Published: Feb 7, 2018, 5:54 pm • Updated: Feb 7, 2018, 6:04 pm By Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist Staff A former Budweiser executive was “way, way wrong” when he likened the cannabis industry to craft beer, the founder of Lagunitas Brewing Co. told marijuana industry leaders. “I think (cannabis) is…

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How California leaders are fighting back against Sessions’ marijuana crackdown

Published: Jan 19, 2018, 8:32 am • Updated: Jan 19, 2018, 8:32 am By Brooke Edwards Staggs, The Cannifornian California legislators are fighting back against U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ attempt to crack down on state cannabis programs, launching letter-writing campaigns, proposing new laws and discussing federal lawsuits to safeguard…

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Oregon leaders vow to fight Sessions’ marijuana policy rollback

Published: Jan 5, 2018, 12:08 pm • Updated: Jan 5, 2018, 12:08 pm By Andrew Selsky, Associated Press SALEM, Ore. — Oregon’s governor said Thursday the state will fight U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ move to roll back a lenient policy on federal enforcement of the drug to protect its…

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Sessions’ marijuana moves slammed by Washington State leaders

Published: Jan 5, 2018, 10:57 am • Updated: Jan 5, 2018, 10:57 am By Sally Ho, Associated Press OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington state leaders slammed the Trump administration’s move Thursday to roll back Obama-era leniency on legalized marijuana, saying they’ll defend the will of state voters who approved recreational pot…

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Maryland legislative leaders in stand-off over special session on medical marijuana

Published: Apr 13, 2017, 10:33 am • Updated: Apr 13, 2017, 10:33 am By Fenit Nirappil, The Washington Post Advocates who want to diversify and expand Maryland’s medical marijuana industry are calling on the General Assembly to hold a one-day special session to get the job done. But the top…

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