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USDA Forest Service researchers discover reduction in illicit cannabis grows in national forests

USDA Forest Service researchers discover reduction in illicit cannabis grows in national forests

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

August 13, 2019

A study recently published in Ecological Economics titled, "Cannabis legalization by states reduces illegal growing on US national forests," has shed some light on the impact that recreational cannabis legalization has had on the number of cannabis cultivation sites operating illegally in national forests. Based on sta...

West Hollywood’s first cannabis cafe will open next month

West Hollywood’s first cannabis cafe will open next month

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

August 13, 2019

The first cannabis restaurant in Greater Los Angeles is getting ready to open its doors and begin ushering in customers. Lowell Farms: A Cannabis Café is located in the West Hollywood district and the official launch date has finally been announced as September 1, 2019. Southern California has never ...

New York decriminalizes cannabis and offers medical cannabis delivery services to patients

New York decriminalizes cannabis and offers medical cannabis delivery services to patients

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

August 13, 2019

The landscape for legal weed in New York is most certainly evolving. Following a failed effort to legalize recreational cannabis in July, weed has now been decriminalized statewide. Unlawfully possessing cannabis will no longer be considered a crime but instead, a violation. A $50 fine must be pai...

Los Angeles’ cannabis equity program has failed to meet its target

Los Angeles’ cannabis equity program has failed to meet its target

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

August 13, 2019

When California legalized recreational cannabis under the terms of Proposition 64 back in 2016, nobody would have anticipated that it would take so long for former cannabis convicts and financially restrained individuals to receive cannabis social equity licenses.  Acknowledged as the largest cannabis industr...

State releases emergency administrative framework for Michigan’s adult-use cannabis industry

State releases emergency administrative framework for Michigan’s adult-use cannabis industry

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

July 30, 2019

At the beginning of July, emergency administrative framework for Michigan's recreational cannabis industry was issued by the state's Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA). Applicants keen to get involved in the industry have been informed that they can start applying for cannabis business applications f...

Is Wisconsin on its way to legalizing cannabis?

Is Wisconsin on its way to legalizing cannabis?

July 29, 2019

Thor Benson / Cannabis News Box Contributor Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers recently said in an interview that he wants to legalize both medical and social use cannabis, but he isn’t sure that the state’s legislature is ready to make any moves on the social use side. He said that pushing to legalize ...

Hawaii’s cannabis decriminalization law to be effectuated on January 1, 2020

Hawaii’s cannabis decriminalization law to be effectuated on January 1, 2020

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

July 29, 2019

Hawaii has long been desired as a surfer's paradise and culture-rich vacation spot, but now it is also emerging as a hotspot for cannabis consumption. The tropical volcanic archipelago entices some 10 million tourists on an annual basis; a figure that is likely to rise as of January 1, 2020, when can...

New Mexico cannabis company stakeholders submit recreational legalization recommendations to Governor

New Mexico cannabis company stakeholders submit recreational legalization recommendations to Governor

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

July 29, 2019

A fresh new insight into the potential of legalizing recreational cannabis in New Mexico will be put before state lawmakers by members of a newly-formed committee inaugurated by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham. The Cannabis Legalization Working Group – which is comprised of 19 state lawmakers and a numbe...

Just a handful of applicants apply for Massachusetts’ social equity business permits

Just a handful of applicants apply for Massachusetts’ social equity business permits

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

July 17, 2019

Surprisingly fewer applicants have filed for cannabis business permits in Massachusetts since the state launched the social equity application process back in April. A total of 123 people were invited to apply for social equity permits in Massachusetts but as of June 20, just 10 had applied.  Data fro...

California lawmakers launch cannabis ad campaign to hinder black market activity

California lawmakers launch cannabis ad campaign to hinder black market activity

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

July 15, 2019

California’s illicitly-operating cannabis market is not losing momentum, despite the fact that the plant has been legalized for recreational purposes statewide since January 1, 2018. In an attempt to tackle the ongoing problem, an advertising campaign was recently released by the Bureau of Cannabis...

U.S. Supreme Court rejects 280E cannabis tax case filed by dispensary owners in Colorado

U.S. Supreme Court rejects 280E cannabis tax case filed by dispensary owners in Colorado

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

July 15, 2019

Entrepreneurs involved in the cannabis industry still face a number of obstacles, such as cannabis banking woes and tax burdens. For the owners of one medical cannabis dispensary in Colorado, confusion regarding IRS tax code 280E has cost them a hefty fee.  Breckenridge-based dispensary Alpenglow Botanicals w...

Illinois is the first U.S. State to offer reparations after legalizing adult-use cannabis

Illinois is the first U.S. State to offer reparations after legalizing adult-use cannabis

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

July 12, 2019

It might be the 11th U.S. State to legalize cannabis, but Illinois has become the first to offer reparations in its legal cannabis program. On June 25, Governor JB Pritzker signed a bill into law making cannabis a legal and regulated product for adult consumption.  The Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act...

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