Colombia looks to become the world’s supplier of legal marijuana

Published: Mar 10, 2018, 2:52 pm • Updated: Mar 10, 2018, 2:52 pm By Anthony Faiola, The Washington Post MEDELLIN, Colombia – Tens of thousands of Colombians died in the U.S.-backed war on drugs. But after an official about-face on marijuana, Colombia is looking to exchange gun-toting traffickers for corporate…

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California looks deeper into a taxpayer-backed bank for cannabis industry

Published: Jan 31, 2018, 8:50 am • Updated: Jan 31, 2018, 8:50 am By Michael R. Blood, Associated Press LOS ANGELES — California officials announced Tuesday that they will take a detailed look at the possibility of creating a taxpayer-backed bank to handle what could be billions of dollars in…

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Another Texas county looks to reduce penalties for marijuana possession

Published: Oct 31, 2017, 1:15 pm • Updated: Oct 31, 2017, 1:17 pm By The Associated Press EL PASO, Texas — A new program in western Texas could waive some marijuana charges for community service. The El Paso Times reports that El Paso County commissioners on Monday unanimously approved the…

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Here’s what it looks like when a town uses a lottery system for marijuana biz licenses

Published: Oct 2, 2017, 2:44 pm • Updated: Oct 2, 2017, 3:32 pm By Courtney Tompkins, Long Beach Press-Telegram Officials often boast about doing things the Long Beach way, and Thursday’s lottery drawing for medical marijuana licenses was no different. Shortly after 9 a.m., officials kicked off a process inside…

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Cannabis industry looks to get women, people of color into business

Published: Sep 21, 2017, 1:35 pm • Updated: Sep 21, 2017, 1:35 pm By Justin Wm. Moyer, The Washington Post WASHINGTON – Compared to a year ago, times may seem tough for those banking on the legalization of marijuana. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has raised “serious questions” about legalization,…

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Canada looks to spend $274M to bolster cannabis-related law enforcement

Published: Sep 8, 2017, 2:39 pm • Updated: Sep 8, 2017, 2:39 pm By Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist Staff Canada intends to commit upward of a quarter-billion dollars to deter drug-impaired driving and diversion in preparing for national cannabis legalization, the country’s public safety officials announced Friday. Canada’s federal government…

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Looks like Florida will get at least one more medical marijuana distributor

Published: May 24, 2017, 2:25 pm • Updated: May 24, 2017, 2:25 pm By The Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — An administrative ruling has paved the way for at least one more medical marijuana distributing organization in Florida. Division of Administrative Hearings Judge John Van Landingham ruled on Tuesday that…

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Colorado looks to marijuana tax as budget fix, stretching the limits of what voters approved

Published: May 2, 2017, 7:54 pm • Updated: May 2, 2017, 8:48 pm By John Frank and Alicia Wallace, The Denver Post In last-minute negotiations between Colorado lawmakers on a major spending bill, a dubious budget fixer has emerged: marijuana taxes. The tentative legislation unveiled this week seeks to extract additional…

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