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The Weed Blog | 11/13/17 | PORTLAND, Ore.
Everybody Loves Rep. Earl Blumenauer D-OR and the Cannabis Fund PAC
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Longtime marijuana advocate and congressman Rep. Earl Blumenauer D-OR has begun a PAC to fight lawmakers that are against legalizing weed. The new political action committee is called the Cannabis Fund.
Longtime marijuana advocate and congressman Rep. Earl Blumenauer D-OR has begun a PAC to fight lawmakers that are against legalizing weed. The new political action committee is called the Cannabis Fund.
Longtime marijuana advocate and congressman Rep. Earl Blumenauer D-OR has begun a PAC to fight lawmakers that are against legalizing weed. The new political action committee is called the Cannabis Fund. The Cannabis Funds goal is to change the stigma associated with medical marijuana and to turn voters to candidates that support legalizing marijuana. Blumenauer wants to use any revenue raised by the PAC to block anti-marijuana legislatures like Texas congressman, Rep. Pete Sessions. Sessions has stood in the way of legislation that would allow veterans to get medical marij....
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Marijuana Business Daily | November 8, 2017
 Leading US marijuana retailer LivWell takes significant ownership stake in Canadian producer

Matt Lamers
One of the largest marijuana retailers in the United States has acquired a significant equity stake in an Alberta cannabis producer, a move that could pave the way for other U.S. companies to enter the Canadian market. Denver-based LivWell Enlightened Health purchased the undisclosed stake in Lethbridge, Alberta-based 51st Parallel, Marijuana Business Daily has learned. The deal essentially makes the Canadian company a LivWell affiliate. Executives from the two privately held companies confirmed the transaction but declined to disclose the financial terms of the deal. ....
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The Joint Blog | November 8, 2017
New Jersey voters have elected Philip D. Murphy as their next governor.
 New Jersey Governor-Elect Vows to Legalize Marijuana in First 100 Days

Anthony Martinelli
The election of Governor-elect Murphy comes as amazing news to advocates of marijuana legalization; the former Wall Street banker says he has a plan to legalize marijuana in his first 100 days in office. If successful, New Jersey would become the 9th state to legalize marijuana for personal use. Governor-elect Murphys position on legalizing marijuana couldnt be further from the position of outgoing Governor Chris Christie, who staunchly opposes legalization and has done everything in his power to weaken the states medical cannabis program. Christie is leaving office with th....
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The New York Times | NOV. 4, 2017 | TIVERTON, Ontario
 Ready or Not, Recreational Marijuana Use Is Coming to Canada
John Fowler, the chief executive of Supreme Pharmaceuticals, inside the greenhouse complex where the company grows legal marijuana.
John Fowler, the chief executive of Supreme Pharmaceuticals, inside the greenhouse complex where the company grows legal marijuana.
(image:Cole Burston for The New York Times)
Behind a forbidding high-security fence topped with razor wire, Supreme Pharmaceuticals is busy preparing for the legal marijuana trade, with workers expanding a greenhouse complex where the lucrative crop grows. But while Supreme looks like it will be ready for the day when prohibition ends, Canadas governments still have a lot of work to do. Proposing legislation to legalize the recreational use of marijuana was the easy part for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. With about eight months to go before Canada becomes the second nation after Uruguay to take this step, the fede....
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The Joint Blog | November 6, 2017
California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has announced that for the first time legal marijuana businesses in the state now have an insurance company willing to offer them commercial insurance.
 California Company Becomes First to Offer Commercial Insurance to Marijuana Businesses

Anthony Martinelli
According to Jones, legal marijuana businesses are now able to purchase commercial insurance from Golden Bear Insurance Company, the first company willing to offer such services to the marijuana industry. The insurer was given approval last week to began providing commercial insurance to marijuana businesses that are explicitly following state law. Consumers who visit cannabis businesses, workers who work there, businesses who sell products to or rent property to cannabis businesses, and the investors, owners and operators of cannabis businesses all should have insurance co....
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Marijuana Business Daily | November 1, 2017
 Focus on marijuanas future, not the future of your MJ company: Q&A with marketing guru George Blankenship

Kristen Nichols
The marijuana business has a lot to learn from Tesla. Ever heard of Tesla? Of course you have, though youve never seen a TV commercial for its electric cars or seen a promotion from a local dealer. Thats because Tesla used innovative showroom experiences to get people talking about its cars. By focusing on showroom experiences and building personal connections with question-filled shoppers, the fledgling automaker became a household name with a years-long waitlist. Tesla can thank George Blankenship, a retired marketing maven who led the carmakers retail strategy after ....
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The New York Times | OCT. 29, 2017, | LOS ANGELES
 Confusion Coming With California`s Legal Marijuana
Ready or not, California kicks off recreational marijuana sales on Jan. 1. And, mostly, it`s not. Los Angeles and San Francisco are among many cities still struggling to fashion local rules for pot shops and growers. Without the regulations, there could be limited options in many places for consumers eager to ring in the new year with a legal pot purchase. ``The bulk of folks probably are not going to be ready Jan. 1,`` conceded Cara Martinson of the California State Association of Counties. In general, California will treat cannabis like alcohol, allowing people 21 and ....
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The Joint Blog | October 29, 2017
 Theres Now More Marijuana Shops in Colorado than Starbucks or McDonalds

Anthony Martinelli
There are nearly 500 stores in Colorado that are licensed to legally distribute cannabis and cannabis products to anyone 21 and older, according to figures released by the state. This is considerably more than the number of Starbucks in the state 392, and well over twice the number of McDonalds 208. Clearly, times are changing. The large number of marijuana stores have results in over $1 billion in legal marijuana being sold in the first 8 months of the year. These sales have resuled in over $162 million in taxes for the state. Since legal marijuana sales began in Colorado ....
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NORML | October 25, 2017
 All Time High: New Poll Shows Two-Thirds Of Americans Support Marijuana Legalization

A record percentage of US adults, including majorities of Democrats, Independents, and for the first time ever, Republicans, believe that the adult use of marijuana should be legal, according to polling data released today by Gallup. Sixty-four percent of adults believe that the use of marijuana should be made legal in the United States the highest percentage ever reported by Gallup since they began asking adults their views on legalization in 1969, which began at 12 percent. The following year NORML was founded. At a time when the majority of states now are regulating m....
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Marijuana Business Daily | October 24, 2017
 MJ Freeways issues mount with more outages, delayed seed-to-sale program

Bart Schaneman
MJ Freeway, one of the leading technology companies in the cannabis industry, continues to experience security and performance issues with its inventory tracking software. The companys point-of-sale system failed multiple times over the past few days, forcing marijuana retailers nationwide to log transactions by hand or in some cases even close temporarily. And just last week, Washington state regulators announced that MJ Freeways seed-to-sale tracking program Leaf Data Systems wont be fully functional by Oct. 31. Thats the date when MJ Freeway is scheduled to take ove....
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The Daily Chronic | October 18, 2017
 Senate Heavyweights File Sentencing Reform Bill

Phillip Smith
A bipartisan group of Senate heavy-hitters have filed a bill aimed at reducing the swollen federal prison population by moving away from harsh mandatory minimum drug sentences, among other reforms. But its not completely reformist. The measure is a mixed bag, a product of lengthy discussions among senators seeking a compromise that could actually pass the Senate. While it has a number of progressive sentencing reform provisions, it also includes new mandatory minimum sentences for some crimes, including some drug offenses. Those provisions will provide political cover to c....
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