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Cannabis & Denver’s Commercial Real Estate Market

Do you remember Donald Rumsfeld’s famous quote about “being aware of the things we don’t know?”  He was talking about going to war but the idea applies to re-legalization, too. How wili re-leg impact the commercial real estate market?  Here’s a glimpse at that impact in the city of Denver.   Vacancy rates for warehouses and […]

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13 of 15: Texas

A cannabis advocate might feel like a child in the wilderness in Texas, except for the fact that so many Texans are calling for change.   A strong majority of Texas voters (58%) support making marijuana legal for adults and regulating it like alcohol, according to a Public Policy Polling . . . Only 38% […]

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Colorado: Automating Cannabis Purchases

Once the threshold of selling cannabis legally was crossed new ways of doing it are inevitable.   Marijuana entrepreneurs unveiled a high-tech marijuana vending machine in Eagle County [CO] Friday night. The machine isn’t in use yet, but it went on display at Montana’s Smokehouse barbecue in Avon. Stephen Shearin’s company, American Green, delivered the […]

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12 of 15: South Dakota

Next on our list of the seldom seen is South Dakota, the “Mount Rushmore State.” Here we find both mmj and recreational cannabis standing out in the rain with the door slammed in their faces. But this struggle is not over.   South Dakota’s 2013 legislative session saw lawmakers in Pierre consider two proposals to […]

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11 of 15: South Carolina

Today’s seldom seen place is South Carolina, where the first shots of the Civil War* were fired and Stephen Colbert was born.  Let’s take a look at the cannabis scene.   We’ve seen this previously — the truth about cannabis / medical marijuana seeping into hardened attitudes about the plant not based on science but […]

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Colorado: Lots More Tax $$$ Than Expected

Follow the tax money to ultimate re-legalization. America loves money.   Colorado, the first state to tax legalized recreational marijuana sales, expects to bring in an estimated $98 million in revenue this year, exceeding the state’s original expectations by 40 percent. The state began levying sales and excise taxes on recreational marijuana on January 1, […]

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10 of 15: Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania, “The Keystone State” is our next seldom visited jurisdiction, and things are happening here.   Pennsylvania lawmakers have introduced legislation, House Bill 2137, which would place a question regarding marijuana legalization before state voters. If approved, HB 2137 would put a non-binding ballot question on the ballot “to determine the will of the electorate […]

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Maine: MMJ Expands

There are going to be more professionals who can authorize medical marijuana in Maine.   The state’s medical marijuana law, first approved by Maine voters in 1999, has been amended, and the biggest change replaces the word physician with the words “medical provider.” The amendment , which was signed into law by Gov. Paul LePage […]

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3 Months Legal & Colorado Still Standing

All you really need is the headline from the Huffington Post, “After Three Months of Legal Pot Sales Denver Still Not A Crime-Filled Hellscape.”  Just gotta love the Huff with stuff like that.  Let’s go in closer:   Three months into Colorado’s historic legal recreational marijuana sales, crime hasn’t gone up in Denver, according to […]

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Follow Up: An Edible Fatality

Here at HMJ we anticipate the inevitable blow-back to re-legalization to come with claims that “cannabis can kill.”  Our first report was about Gemma Moss, who used cannabis to help her sleep.  Ms. Moss’ died from a heart attack.  The new story is about a student named Levy Thamba, age 19, who died in a […]

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