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Nevada state legislators put the final touches on measures to regulate marijuana this week, just weeks before Nevada becomes the fifth state to legalize the use and sale of marijuana for recreational purposes.

Florida lawmakers reached a compromise on key details regarding the number of dispensaries and plans for additional licenses under the state’s full-fledged medical marijuana, paving the way for legislators to add MMJ legislation to this week’s special legislative session.

Legalizing marijuana helps all marijuana stocks, right?

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Some states that have legalized marijuana are encouraging minorities to enter the growing cannabis industry after years of drug enforcement that had a disproportionate effect on black and Hispanic communities.

First Trust Portfolios, an Illinois-based fund manager that oversees more than $100 billion, has filed paperwork to establish an investment vehicle containing medical marijuana stocks.

The real surprise is what this bill wouldn’t legalize, if approved.

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Vermont’s governor on Wednesday halted, at least temporarily, efforts to become the ninth state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, but offered to work with state legislators to resolve what he cited as the bill’s shortcomings.

A California retail estate investment firm and a wealthy Florida medical marijuana advocate separately pledged Tuesday to pump $100 million each into cannabis businesses, marking a notable new chapter in the MJ industry.

The bill would legalize adult use of marijuana and possession of certain amounts of pot.

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West Virginia’s House voted Tuesday to legalize doctor-prescribed marijuana to treat certain medical conditions following Senate passage of a similar measure last week.

Voters in Kansas City voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to eliminate the possibility of jail time for people caught with small amounts of marijuana or related paraphernalia.

A marijuana-themed exchange traded fund touted as the world’s first launched on the Toronto Stock Exchange Wednesday morning, giving investors a new way to bet on legal marijuana stocks.

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Lawmakers are proposing to legalize recreational marijuana in Illinois but say the legislation probably won’t come up for a vote until next year.

There hasn’t been much of an increase of teen marijuana use in the state of Washington in nearly five years.

Cannabis-related companies in Alaska, Oregon and Washington seeking capital may find some investors through the Cannabis Investment Network, an organization launching this week that aims to connect marijuana firms with financial backers.

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Startups are finding new ways to tailor technologies specifically to cannabis businesses.

A couple of marijuana reform supporters already have a couple of commentaries flagging some decisions of new SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch concerning marijuana: From Tom Angell here, “Trump’s Supreme Court Pick On Marijuana”; from Heavy.com here, “Neil Gorsuch & Marijuana: What Are His Views on Legalization?”

The first tangible results of state voters’ decision to legalize marijuana are being felt as possession and home growth of marijuana becomes legal in Maine. Voters narrowly passed the ballot question in November, and the waiting period between the vote and legalization has expired.

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Strong intellectual property is the cornerstone of most start-up companies, and in most cases it is the key asset utilized by companies in securing financing and investment.  Studies have estimated that non-tangible assets represent over 80% of an average business’ value, and when it comes to startups, the number is even higher.[1]  The marijuana industry, because of its uncertain legal status under federal law, is at a strategic disadvantage, but despite this fact, the industry has still continued to blossom and is currently valued at $6.7 B and is expected to rise to almost $20 B by 2020.[2]  However, failure to secure traditional forms of intellectual property (i.e., patents, trademarks, and copyrights) should not dissuade marijuana entrepreneurs from the inherent value intellectual property.  Developing a keen business strategy around both traditional and non-traditional forms of intellectual property can open the door to additional revenue opportunities. Continue Reading Unharvested Opportunities for the Marijuana Industry – Exploiting Non-Traditional Forms of Intellectual Property

Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana.

In a major positive step for the cannabis industry, the New York Stock Exchange last month listed a new real estate investment trust called Innovative Industrial Properties (NYSE:IIPR), the first cannabis company to be listed on a US national exchange.

San Diego and San Francisco, two of the most populous cities in California, moved to delay cannabis-related businesses. The San Diego City Council on Tuesday unanimously extended a moratorium on recreational marijuana retailers until December, and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved temporary restrictions on indoor marijuana cultivation until the city approves permanent zoning restrictions.

All the great articles from the UC Davis Law Review’s Symposium on “Disjointed Regulation: State Efforts to Legalize Marijuana” are now in print (and now available at this link) in the December 2016 issue of the UC Davis Law Review.

President Trump voiced support for medical marijuana and states’ rights during his campaign, but Jeff Sessions, his pick for Attorney General, has opposed legalization, and will have the power to enforce the federal drug laws that could send people to prison.

As we reported last month, on October 17, 2016, Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc., a real estate investment trust (colloquially, a REIT) specializing in the acquisition, ownership and management of industrial properties leased to experienced, state-licensed operators of regulated medical use cannabis facilities, filed a registration statement with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission under which the company is offering up to 8.75 million shares at an initial public offering price of $20 per share.  The Company simultaneously filed to list its shares on the New York Stock Exchange. Continue Reading November Surprise? NYSE Approves Industrial Innovative Properties’ Listing Application

Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana.  Note: we reported on the Florida ballot issue yesterday, so this is a look at what else is happening.

To the red-and-blue map of American politics, it may be time to add green.

Industrial real estate is being shaken up by a growing marijuana industry. Panelists at a CREW New York event focused on the industrial real estate sector during the organization’s annual convention held at the Midtown Hilton last week, said the business is among the most fascinating and complex trends underway right now.

DCM Ventures’ David Chao talks about his personal journey with medical marijuana.

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