Easier Marijuana Access Could Be a Winner in Democratic Wave

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By Nicolas Juarez By David A. Lieb and Geoff Mulvhill, The Associated Press From New York to New Mexico, residents in a number of states can expect a leftward push for expanded health-care coverage, gun control, education funding and legalized recreational marijuana as Democrats who gained new or stronger powers in the midterm elections seek… Read more »

Study: Marijuana Would Provide 24,000 Jobs, $1B to Illinois

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By Nicolas Juarez Illinois voters just elected a new governor who supports legalizing, regulating, and taxing marijuana — and a new study indicates that the state would reap significant economic benefits if lawmakers follow through in 2019. According to an analysis from the Illinois Economic Policy Institute and the Project for Middle Class Renewal at… Read more »

The US Government is Hiring Professional Marijuana Joint Rollers…Kind Of

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By Marijuana Moment The federal government is hiring professional joint rollers, according to a recent notice published by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). OK, that’s oversimplifying the job quite a bit. But twisting up “standardized marijuana cigarettes” with strains of various potencies will be one of the responsibilities of whatever small business lands… Read more »

Veterans’ Advocates Want Cannabis to Serve Those Who Served

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By Jessica Peralta Randy Madden was in a bad place when he returned from Iraq after more than four years of serving in the U.S. Army. “When I first got back, I was miserable, I was yelling at a lot of people,” Madden, 36, told Marijuana.com. “[I] started isolating myself.” Suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder… Read more »

Twitter Lights Up Before, During, and After Weed Won Nov. 6

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By Monterey Bud What’s in a tweet? Twitter is a sociopolitical arena where activists, politicians, journalists, entertainers, and the masses do battle 280 characters at a time. The election was no exception. While the election didn’t exactly provide the blue wave liberals had hoped for — though Democrats won back the House of Representatives and… Read more »

California Rules May Black Out ‘White-Label’ Canna-preneurs

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By Don Jergler Marilyn Robinson is a solo entrepreneur who found recognition and business success with Lizzy Tish, her line of artisanal THC-infused cookies she sold through Los Angeles dispensaries and at private events. The former fashion designer from Los Angeles, California, began selling her tins of shortbread cookies last year and was preparing to… Read more »

Massachusetts Dispensary Days Away from 1st Adult-Use Sales

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By Marijuana Moment By Bob Salsberg NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — With its youthful vibe and eclectic mix of culture, a small Massachusetts city seems a logical site for the nation’s first legal recreational cannabis sales east of Colorado. An existing medical marijuana dispensary in Northampton — nestled in Massachusetts’ scenic Pioneer Valley — plans to… Read more »

Midwest May Be Next Frontier For U.S. Marijuana Legalization

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By Marijuana Moment Michigan fully legalized marijuana, Missouri voted to allow medical cannabis, and Democrats picked up four gubernatorial seats in the Midwest on Nov. 6, 2018. What does that say about the future of marijuana reform in the region? With the gubernatorial wins of Democrats Gretchen Whitmer in Michigan, J. B. Pritzker in Illinois,… Read more »

Some Marijuana Votes That Got Less Attention on Election Day

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By Marijuana Moment For good reason, there was a lot of excitement among marijuana reform advocates after the Nov. 6, 2018 election. Three states — Missouri, Utah, and Michigan — passed measures legalizing cannabis for medical or adult use, after all. But there were also a few smaller cannabis-related measures on state and local ballots… Read more »