Interest in Massachusetts Marijuana Licenses Appears Strong

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By Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — There appears to be no shortage of interest in obtaining commercial marijuana licenses in Massachusetts. The state’s Cannabis Control Commission reported on Tuesday that more than 200 applications have been started on the agency’s website since a “priority certification” period opened one day earlier. Operators of registered medical marijuana… Read more »

Mass. State Cannabis Regulators to Begin Accepting Commercial Bids

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By Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts is taking another step on the road toward commercial sales of recreational marijuana, which are expected to begin on July 1. On Monday, the Cannabis Control Commission will begin accepting applications for “priority certification” of marijuana businesses. Operators of medical marijuana dispensaries seeking to expand into commercial sales… Read more »

Albuquerque City Council Votes to Decriminalize Marijuana

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By Associated Press By Mary Hudetz ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Albuquerque City Council voted to decriminalize marijuana possession in small amounts Monday night, after lengthy testimony from citizens mostly urging them to approve the change to the local criminal code. The proposal put forward by city council members Pat Davis and Isaac Benton would… Read more »

Colorado to Have Weed Beer on the Shelves by Fall

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By Duke London We’ve already heard of large alcohol conglomerates exploring the idea of creating cannabis-infused beverages to establish a foothold in the industry that greatest threatens their very existence. But one major brewer is ready to let loose three varieties of marijuana beer on shelves across one legalized state as soon as this fall…. Read more »

Talking to Your Children About Cannabis by, Dr. Adie Poe

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By Adrianne Wilson-Poe, PhD The relationship between cannabis and society is evolving and with it comes incredible opportunities for medicine and an overall better quality of life. Children born in the last decade have the chance to be the first generation raised entirely in the post-cannabis prohibition era. This is an exciting time, where individuals… Read more »

Studies Link Legal Marijuana With Fewer Opioid Prescriptions

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By Associated Press By Malcolm Ritter AP Science Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Can legalizing marijuana fight the problem of opioid addiction and fatal overdoses? Two new studies in the debate suggest it may. Pot can relieve chronic pain in adults, so advocates for liberalizing marijuana laws have proposed it as a lower-risk alternative to… Read more »

Weekly Legislative Schedule: Marijuana Bills in CO, CA, and NJ, Get Hearings

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By Monterey Bud Colorado lawmakers schedule a hearing on consumption club licenses for Tuesday; two California bills will also go before a committee this week, the first proposes banning certain types of butane sales, the second seeks to unbind hemp’s restrictive definition. And in New Jersey, another bill considers removing their 2-ounce limit for medical… Read more »

April Fool’s Day: How Fake News Clouds the Cannabis Conversation

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By Duke London BREAKING NEWS: Cannabis has been legalized globally and everyone incarcerated or carrying a nonviolent charge on their record for marijuana possession has been cleared of their “crimes.” Just kidding, happy April Fool’s Day. Unfortunately, the above statement is #fakenews at its finest. While it would be amazing if it truly happened, our… Read more »

The Politics of Cannabis: Marijuana, A Week in Review

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By Monterey Bud Hemp, Vets, and Banking: There was a lot of intriguing marijuana news in the press last week; Sen. Mitch McConnell cultivated new industrial hemp legislation, congressional leaders supported veterans through medical marijuana research, and seven senators encouraged bank access for marijuana-related businesses. In other words, it was another busy week for progressive… Read more »