If Legalization is So Great, Why Are So Many Cities and Towns Opting Out of Their State’s Marijuana Licensing?

It is pretty disturbing that several municipalities, cities, and towns are refusing to participate in their state’s adult-use legal cannabis marketplace or programs. Cannabis experts and enthusiasts are asking why and this article provides some perspective on the issue.  In the United States of America, 16 states, including Washington D.C,…

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Illinois Legislature Passes New Bill to Expand Cannabis Licensing

More than 100 additional recreational marijuana dispensaries will be coming to Illinois under a bill approved by state lawmakers last week. The measure, HB 1443, received nearly unanimous approval from the state Senate on Friday after being passed by a bipartisan majority of the House of Representatives on Tuesday. Passage…

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Boston’s would-be pot entrepreneurs lie in wait as city slow-walks new marijuana licensing board

Two Boston entrepreneurs’ plans to open the state’s third independent testing laboratory to check the safety of cannabis products — including vape cartridges — are being slow-walked as the city works to roll out a brand new marijuana licensing board amid an already slow-moving pot industry. “There is a dire…

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The Boston Strangler – How Landlords Control Massachusetts Marijuana Licensing Now

The Boston Strangler – How Landlords Control Massachusetts Marijuana Licensing Now What looked good on paper has turned into a nightmare for cannabis businesses The road to hell is paved with good intentions, and the Pubic Policy college degree was created to find the potholes and fix them. I should know,…

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Arkansas judge tosses state’s medical marijuana licensing process

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — An Arkansas judge on Wednesday struck down the state’s decision to issue its first licenses to grow medical marijuana, ruling that the process for awarding the permits and the rankings of applicants were unconstitutional. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen granted a preliminary injunction preventing the…

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Bill licensing marijuana “tasting rooms” introduced in Colorado legislature

Published: Feb 27, 2018, 12:06 pm • Updated: Feb 27, 2018, 12:54 pm By Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist Staff As taprooms are to craft brewers, “tasting rooms” could be to Colorado cannabis purveyors, under a bill introduced late Monday. Existing licensed medical and recreational marijuana businesses would be able to…

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Marijuana committee removes social club licensing from Maine bill

Published: Feb 23, 2018, 3:51 pm • Updated: Feb 23, 2018, 4:09 pm By The Associated Press AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine’s marijuana implementation committee has voted to remove social clubs from the state’s Marijuana Legalization Act. The Portland Press Herald reports the committee voted Wednesday to strip the adult-use bill of…

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City of Denver attorney recommends licensing of first legal marijuana club

Published: Feb 15, 2018, 12:05 pm • Updated: Feb 15, 2018, 12:05 pm By The Associated Press DENVER — A Colorado business is closer to becoming one of the nation’s first legal marijuana clubs. Owners of The Coffee Joint plan to charge an entry fee to the bring-your-own marijuana space,…

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California’s cannabis industry licensing system is now open for business

Published: Dec 8, 2017, 2:57 pm • Updated: Dec 8, 2017, 2:57 pm By The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — California on Friday began accepting applications from businesses that want to operate in the state’s legal marijuana industry next year, a milestone for the emerging market. After months in development,…

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