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Guam governor signs bill to legalize cannabis

Guam governor signs bill to legalize cannabis

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

April 8, 2019

A bill to legalize cannabis in Guam has been approved, after lawmakers voted in favor of legal weed on Thursday, March 28. Exactly one week later on Thursday, April 4, Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero (D) signed the bill, titled “Guam Cannabis Industry Act of 2019” into law.  Guam's governor is a longtime s...

California state cannabis excise tax could go up July 1

California state cannabis excise tax could go up July 1

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

April 2, 2019

A tax increase is on the horizon for California's cannabis industry, in spite of hopes that the industry would experience some tax relief in the near future. Hiking up California's cannabis excise tax could be a risky move. It will likely prompt buyers to shop elsewhere for cheaper products, such...

Drug Policy Alliance releases memo on how cannabis businesses can be socially responsible

Drug Policy Alliance releases memo on how cannabis businesses can be socially responsible

April 2, 2019

Thor Benson / Cannabis News Box Contributor The Drug Policy Alliance recently released a new memo that focuses on how people in the cannabis industry can be more socially responsible. The document points out that the War on Drugs has disproportionately harmed communities of color and that business...

MedMen taking Miami Beach to court over cannabis dispensary regulations

MedMen taking Miami Beach to court over cannabis dispensary regulations

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

March 29, 2019

MedMen is making the cannabis news headlines once again for yet another lawsuit. The multi-state cannabis operator is suing Miami Beach, Florida. Why? Because MedMen affirms that a local regulation violates the law. Based on a recent report by the Miami Herald, the cannabis company is filing a lawsuit i...

Alaska becomes first state to legalize ‘cannabis cafes’

Alaska becomes first state to legalize ‘cannabis cafes’

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

March 29, 2019

Alaska is taking steps to provide cannabis consumers with the privilege of lighting up a joint inside “social consumption” spaces. The state recently passed a law permitting social cannabis consumption inside specially licensed retail locations. This new law would enable people to purchase and smo...

Connecticut’s Democratic lawmakers urge for recreational cannabis legalization

Connecticut’s Democratic lawmakers urge for recreational cannabis legalization

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

March 29, 2019

A number of House Democrats in Connecticut have teamed up to unleash draft legislation that would legalize the plant for adult-use. Connecticut is the most recent Eastern state to bat for legal weed. If the measure is approved, the framework for legal adult-use cannabis in Connecticut would operate under a tightly-man...

New Mexico recreational cannabis bill fails, but Gov. wants to try again in 2020

New Mexico recreational cannabis bill fails, but Gov. wants to try again in 2020

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

March 28, 2019

The Governor of New Mexico, Michelle Lujan Grisham, has vowed to put recreational cannabis legalization at the top of her priority list for the 2020 legislative session. Her decision comes after a bipartisan bill crumbled without a single Senate vote by the close of a session. According to Grisham, next year’s 30-day legislative session will feature proposals for cannabis reform. Ch...

Rules for on-site cannabis consumption approved by Alaska’s lieutenant governor

Rules for on-site cannabis consumption approved by Alaska’s lieutenant governor

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

March 28, 2019

Social cannabis consumption is now being permitted at certain licensed cannabis retailers in Alaska. The news comes after the state's lieutenant governor signed into law regulations that make it the first state to legalize social cannabis consumption, where you can buy cannabis and consume it inn the same place.  With on-site ca...

NY cannabis trade group drops MedMen, but company says it hasn’t been informed

NY cannabis trade group drops MedMen, but company says it hasn’t been informed

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

March 28, 2019

MedMen Enterprises – a publicly-traded cannabis company that owns and operates 19 licensed facilities in cannabis cultivation, manufacturing and retail – has been exiled from the ranks of the New York Medical Cannabis Industry Association (NYMCIA). This is according to a spokesman from the NY...

Model legislation focuses on diversifying the cannabis industry

Model legislation focuses on diversifying the cannabis industry

March 18, 2019

Thor Benson / Cannabis News Box Contributor A piece of model legislation that was just released by the Minority Cannabis Business Association focuses on how to diversify the cannabis industry. It explains how communities of color have been most harmed by the prohibition of cannabis but members of t...

West Hollywood’s first cannabis restaurant will feature a rooftop smoking area

West Hollywood’s first cannabis restaurant will feature a rooftop smoking area

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

March 15, 2019

In December of last year, the launch of cannabis consumption lounges and restaurants in 2019 was publicly announced by the City of West Hollywood. Eight consumption licenses were approved by officials. Inside those consumption spaces, smoking/vaping cannabis or eating weed-laced edibles would be all...

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