CLOSE The Vermont Senate on Wednesday gave final approval to a bill that would allow recreational use of marijuana, putting Vermont on course to become the first state to legalize pot by an act of the Legislature rather than through a citizen referendum. (Jan 10) AP New York is launching a feasibility study to examine […]

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV)— The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) has reached a settlement with Capitol Petroleum and Mr. Farooq Shahzad, its owner. The settlement relates to the sale of synthetic cannabinoids out of Capitol Petroleum locations in Madison. Attorney General Brad Schimel said, “Thanks to creative thinking of investigators and attorneys, DOJ was able to […]

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It’s no surprise that an effort to overhaul Maryland’s medical marijuana law and to help bring more diversity to the roster of state licensed growers is proving contentious. There’s far too much money at stake for it to be any other way. Nonetheless, there is no reason lawmakers can’t move forward quickly with a bill […]

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Maryland lawmakers ran into controversy immediately Monday as they opened debate on how to reshape the state’s medical marijuana industry to include cannabis firms led by African-Americans. While General Assembly and marijuana industry leaders widely agree it’s unacceptable that none of the 15 lucrative licenses to grow marijuana are held by minority-owned companies, the passage […]

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The Department of Veterans Affairs says it will not conduct research into whether medical marijuana could help veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic pain, as veterans groups are pushing for the use of the drug as an alternative to opioids and anti-depressants. In a letter to U.S. Rep. Tim Walz (D-Minn.), Department of […]

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NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — New Jersey Governor-elect Phil Murphy plans to legalize marijuana within his first 100 days in office, but many who supported his campaign have urged him to step away from the controversial initiative. On Monday, Newark Bishop Jethro James invited Murphy to his Paradise Baptist Church in Newark to celebrate Martin Luther […]

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As the Trump administration begins to crack down on states that legalized marijuana, advocates for legalization hope Democrats will take their side. But many Democrats are still squeamish about fully embracing the drug.  Earlier this month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the Justice Department would reverse the policy from the Obama administration that restricted federal prosecution of marijuana offenses in states where it was legalized. When […]

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — One of the people looking to take Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s job says marijuana can help restore transportation systems across New York State. Former Erie County executive Joel Giambra is calling for a legalization of recreational marijuana statewide. He says the tax revenue that comes from marijuana sales can help with transportation […]

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Interested in more coverage of the California marijuana industry? Head to TheCannifornian.com or subscribe to The Cannifornian newsletter to get cannabis-related news, features and more. As recreational marijuana sales ramp up throughout the Bay Area, could the newly legal drug end up creating an unexpected type of high — in our real estate market? Researchers […]

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