Poll:  Decision Belongs to the States
Dec18

Poll: Decision Belongs to the States

A new poll sees cannabis as a state, not a federal, issue.   When presented with the option, 60 percent of respondents said that state officials ought to possess the authority to "control and decide whether to legalize marijuana." Only 34 percent of those polled said that the federal government ought to enforce marijuana laws. Similarly, a supermajority of voters (67 percent) agreed, "Congress should pass a bill giving states...

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Per Se THC Limits for Driving “Not Based on Evidence”
Dec17

Per Se THC Limits for Driving “Not Based on Evidence”

One of the on-going discussions accompanying re-legalization is when is a person too high to drive?  A Federal agency just chimed in to keep things honest.   . . . United States Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Per se traffic safety laws criminalize those who operate a vehicle with trace or specific levels of a controlled substance in their bodily fluids, even in the absence of...

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How Big Is Medical Marijuana?
Dec17

How Big Is Medical Marijuana?

Here are some new facts:   Just how quickly has the medical marijuana industry grown? Here’s one indication: In three years, the portion of the U.S. population living in states with medical cannabis dispensaries has more than doubled. In 2011, just 22% of residents lived in states with existing dispensaries. By the end of 2014, 46% of the population resides in states with operating or planned dispensaries. With that expanded map...

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The Pros and Cons of Legalizing Marijuana

Last century if you were to ask conventional doctors or politicians what the pros and cons of legalizing marijuana were, you might've heard about lots of cons and not many pros. That was an era when people were demonized for even mentioning the word "marijuana" even after government studies suggested it wasn't as dangerous as alcohol or cigarettes. Today state and local governments as well as medical professionals are finally...

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Consultant Says “Big’s Not Coming”
Dec16

Consultant Says “Big’s Not Coming”

Here at HMJ we keep an eye on the big kids -- alky, pharma and 'baccy.  Here's someone to say we don't need to be concerned.  Meet John Conlin:   I’ve been providing management consulting services as well as valuation, merger and acquisition assistance to beer, wine and spirits distributors for the last couple decades. I know the beverage alcohol world pretty well. I’m also in the process of entering the new and exciting world of...

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Taxes Crushing Washington Rec Market
Dec16

Taxes Crushing Washington Rec Market

Right now pioneer business types are putting up with the tax mess, but it is unfair and cannot continue.   Taxes on recreational marijuana businesses in Washington State are so extreme that some shops are struggling to stay open despite burgeoning sales. Cannabis City, the first retail marijuana store to open in Seattle, has racked up $2.5 million in sales, but much of that has been eaten up by state and federal taxes, owner...

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