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Although marijuana is legal in California on the state level, that doesn’t mean it’s all smooth sailing for the industry.

Nearly 1,000 individual cannabis businesses have been sent cease-and-desist letters or emails by California regulators.

Talk about a buzz kill. The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals gave the go-ahead to prosecute marijuana growers in California, where voters approved recreational pot nearly two years ago.

A lack of diversity in the marijuana industry has been a problem for the state of Maryland, but the legislature is seeking to address that.

The bill includes language which would force regulators to consider race and barriers for minorities, including women, with the issuance of those licenses.

Maryland lawmakers agreed to expand the state’s medical marijuana industry, in large part to resolve a conflict over minority representation in the business.

And finally, perhaps the future tagline will be, “Have a toke and a smile.”

The U.S. legal cannabis industry is expected to reach $75 billion in sales by 2030, according to research firm Cowen & Co.

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The expansion of California’s legal marijuana industry will bring a major cash problem.

The first cannabis dispensaries are set to open in Maryland, nearly five years after state lawmakers legalized marijuana for medical use.

The Trump administration should carefully consider how legalizing marijuana can help reduce opioid addiction and overdose deaths, Sen. Elizabeth Warren says.

And in case you needed any further proof that the Chris Christie era is over in New Jersey…

The momentum to legalize recreational cannabis in New Jersey continues to grow.

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A state task force is continuing to examine issues surrounding legalized recreational use of marijuana.

Maryland regulators have given eight more medical marijuana companies the green light to begin operations, a positive sign for a program that’s been fraught with problems.

Voters in some parts of Alaska rejected efforts to ban commercial marijuana cultivation and retail sales, three years after the nation’s largest state passed a voter initiative legalizing recreational use.

And finally, a peek into the early years of some of our Supreme Court Justices:

When the justices took the bench this morning to hear oral argument in District of Columbia v. Wesby, there were two young children, dressed in their Sunday best, seated in the front row of the public section.

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The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently soliciting public comments about the therapeutic benefits and abuse liability of various controlled substances, including cannabidiol (CBD).

On the fourth anniversary of the Cole Memo, Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) announced it had sent a report to Attorney General Jeff Sessions detailing how legal states have failed to live up to the responsibilities of the memo.

The owner of a recently licensed medical marijuana dispensary in Maryland is under federal investigation for workplace discrimination stemming from a previous business, a situation the state’s embattled medical marijuana commission had no knowledge of.

And in case you were wondering what Joe Montana has been doing since hanging up his cleats:

Marijuana content website Herb has raised $4.1 million in seed funding from a group of investors that includes Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana.

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Vermont’s Legislature has become the first in the nation to approve a recreational marijuana legalization bill.

The Maryland Medical Marijuana Commission has failed to pay the lion’s share of a $2.6 million bill incurred in large part for hiring a third party to review a deluge of applications for grower, processor and dispensary licenses.

Chris Christie, the deeply unpopular outgoing governor, is a vehement marijuana opponent but the political winds are shifting.

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Oklahomans won’t vote until next year on whether to legalize medical marijuana, but a state lawmaker has already introduced legislation that would set the framework if sales of the drug are approved.

Maryland’s medical marijuana program rollout has been rife with stumbles, delaying what could become one of the largest markets on the East Coast. Still, industry officials and regulators are working to get the state’s MMJ program on steadier footing and launched.

When Massachusetts voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot measure in November to legalize recreational marijuana, Josh Miller saw this as a sign that his time had finally arrived.  The Rhode Island state senator has a reputation among colleagues as a cannabis crusader — a battle that, so far, he’s lost.

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The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission announced yesterday that it will hire a diversity consultant to examine what steps it could take to improve racial diversity in the state’s medical marijuana industry.  The announcement comes after a losing applicant for a medical marijuana license filed a lawsuit against the Commission alleging that its selection process for coveted marijuana growing licenses ignored a statutory mandate to consider the racial diversity of the applicants. The complaint alleges that the Commission was “derelict in its legislatively mandated duty to ‘actively seek to achieve racial, ethnic, and geographic diversity when licensing medical cannabis growers.’”

Maryland’s Legislative Black Caucus has also criticized the lack of racial diversity in the Commission’s licensing process.  Of the 30 business that were cleared for growing and process licenses in 2016, minorities held leadership positions in only two. Continue Reading Racial Diversity in the Spotlight for Cannabis Industry

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Opponents of a state ruling that would prevent bars and many restaurants in Denver from offering on-site marijuana consumption said the ruling would overturn a law approved by voters and force people to sneak around while they use pot and consume alcohol.

The signatures have been certified on petitions calling for the recounts, the Secretary of State’s Office says.

Applicants for Maryland’s medical marijuana dispensary licenses will soon know whether they won or lost. The Maryland Cannabis Commission has announced that winners of preliminary licenses will be chosen Nov. 28 but won’t be revealed to the public until December 9.

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Ohio’s Supreme Court affirmed that lawyers in the state will be allowed to serve medical cannabis business clients, much to the relief of hopeful cannabis entrepreneurs.

 

Until he was released from the Baltimore Ravens this year, Eugene Monroe was the NFL’s foremost advocate for allowing players to use medical marijuana. Now he’s a partner in a company suing Maryland regulators for rejecting its application to grow the drug.

 

Gov. Rick Snyder has signed into law new marijuana regulations that he says clarify Michigan’s 8-year-old voter-approved initiative that legalized the drug for medical use.

 

A proposal to allow medical marijuana in Missouri won’t go to voters this year because of an insufficient number of valid signatures, a judge has ruled.

 

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The Justice Department can’t interfere with states’ medical pot laws.

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The Ohio Supreme Court signaled Wednesday it might rewrite its ethics rules to permit lawyers in the state to help medical marijuana businesses, a move that would no doubt be welcomed by MMJ entrepreneurs and attorneys.

 

The state has awarded preliminary licenses to more than 20 companies to grow and process marijuana in Maryland, a major step forward in the effort to make medical cannabis available to patients in Maryland.

 

 

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