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Congress Returns to Cannabis’ Banking Problem

Another move by the U.S. House of Representatives to help the emerging cannabis industry.   A majority of members of the US House of Representatives voted last week in favor of an amendment that restricts the Treasury Department’s ability to take action against financial institutions that possess relations with businesses engaged in state-sanctioned activities specific […]

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More on Cannabis’ Banking Problems

Here are some recent developments in the saga of cannabis trying to open a bank account.   The U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment Wednesday to prevent the federal government from penalizing financial institutions that do businesses with the marijuana industry. The Senate must now pass similar legislation for the amendment to become law, […]

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In Washington MMJ & Rec Exist in Different Worlds

In now legal Washington state the medical and recreational aspects of cannabis exist in different worlds.  How long can this last?   In the short term, at least, medical cannabis companies could benefit from the lack of regulations. Recreational business owners must pay licensing fees, meet zoning requirements and adhere to a slew of rules […]

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Casinos & Cannabis Won’t Mix in Nevada

Here’s a story that surprised me — the Nevada Gaming Board won’t let cannabis into their house.  Here’s the story:   The Nevada Gaming Control Board ruled this week that a Las Vegas restaurant needs to find a new slot machine operator because the company it planned to use has family ties to the cannabis […]

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Colorado Market Bigger Than Imagined

Here’s some reworked numbers out of first-legal Colorado.   Good news for Colorado cannabis businesses: Demand for marijuana in the state is much higher than previously estimated, according to a new report. The Market Demand Study – released by Colorado’s Marijuana Enforcement Division – estimates that adults who live in the state will consume 121.4 […]

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A Closer Look at Washington’s Rollout

Here’s more detail from the second state to re-legalize, Washington.   But the rollout of recreational sales wasn’t exactly smooth, and overall demand might not be as big as it seems. Some issues the industry experienced this week: #1. Edibles: Consumers were unable to buy edibles, as the state didn’t license an infused products company […]

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Colorado Marijuana Club Raid Raises Questions

In Denver, MaryJane’s Social Club was raided on June 27. What does that portend for the future?   A recent raid by police at a Denver marijuana lounge has prompted a debate over the legality of private clubs that cater to smokers. Denver police raided MaryJane’s Social Club on June 27, handcuffing smokers, seizing paraphernalia […]

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Best Cannabis Care Package Ever? [Unboxing Comparison & Contest Announcement]

Ah yes, it is finally time to find out once and for all which cannabis care package gives you the coolest smoking tools every month, as well as compile my own care package to give away to one lucky reader: The Wookwok Box.  As some of you may know, I already did an initial review […]

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First Days in Now Re-Legal Washington

So, what was now re-legal Washington’s experience in those first hours?   Washington State’s recreational industry did not run out of cannabis on its first day of sales, as some predicted. But several stores had to ration their supply, while others could run out of inventory later this week. The five retail shops across the […]

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Oregon Wants Re-Leg Put to a Vote

Here’s an update from Oregon, trying to get re-legalization put to a vote.   Proponents of a statewide initiative to regulate the commercial production and retail sale of marijuana [in Oregon] have turned in 145,000 signatures to the Secretary of State’s office. The total is almost twice the number of signatures from registered voters necessary […]

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