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Marijuana Business Daily | July 17, 2017
  Wholesale marijuana prices surge in Nevada in response to new recreational program


Eli McVey
Wholesale marijuana prices in Nevada increased sharply around the July 1 rollout of the states new recreational program, a week in which businesses faced stronger-than-anticipated demand and supply shortages caused by hiccups in the distribution process. According to figures provided by Cannabis Benchmarks a Connecticut-based provider of wholesale marijuana pricing data the four-week trailing average price per pound of wholesale cannabis increased for the first time in months, suggesting that Nevada marijuana businesses significantly underestimated the demand for recrea....
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The Joint Blog | July 6, 2017
Those convicted of marijuana-related charges, and those in neighborhoods that police have excessively targeted for drug crimes, will be given 50 of all marijuana business licenses distributed by the city.
 Reparations for Drug War: Oakland to Give 50 of Marijuana Licenses to Those Most Effected


Anthony Martinelli
Oaklands city council has unanimously given approval to the Equity Permit Program. The new law mandates that half of all licenses for marijuana businesses be given to Oakland residents who have either been imprisoned for a cannabis crime in the past 10 years, or live in one of several specific neighborhoods that cops have been shown to aggressively and excessively target in an attempt to arrest drug users. Communities of color have been negatively and disproportionately impacted by disparate enforcement of cannabis laws, states the ordinances WHEREAS section. It also notes ....
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The New York Times | JULY 7, 2017 | BELVIDERE, N.J.
 Marijuana Industry Gears Up After N.J. Candidate Backs Legalization
Marijuana plants in a grow room at Breakwater Treatment and Wellness Center, a medical marijuana dispensary in Cranbury, N.J. Credit
Marijuana plants in a grow room at Breakwater Treatment and Wellness Center, a medical marijuana dispensary in Cranbury, N.J. Credit
(image:Bryan Anselm for The New York Times)
NICK CORASANITI
Stacks of rsums from retired state troopers sit on a desk just outside the Terra Tech farm here, though the need for experienced armed security appears excessive amid the serene setting and the scent of basil and rosemary growing at the five-acre indoor farm. The troopers, however, are hoping to work for the companys next major agricultural expansion in New Jersey: marijuana. They told us, Keep us in mind for when you guys do get that cannabis permit, said Mike James, the chief financial officer for Terra Tech, which owns five marijuana farms and dispensaries around the c....
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NPR | July 8, 2017
 Colorado Employers Rethinking Drug Testing
BEN MARKUS
Eight states and Washington, D.C. allow for recreational cannabis, but none have solved the problem of workforce drug testing. Zero tolerance polices are being reconsidered in light of legalized pot. SCOTT SIMON, HOST: Even in marijuana-friendly Colorado, anyone can be denied employment for using the drug. In fact, there are few protections anywhere in the country for employees who fail a drug test, even in states where cannabis is legal. From Colorado Public Radio, Ben Markus reports. BEN MARKUS, BYLINE: In 2013, The Denver Post named Ricardo Baca its editor for marijua....
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The Daily Cronic | June 23, 2017
Survey Finds Overwhelming Support for Individual-State Marijuana Laws Rather Than Umbrella Federal Policy
 Poll: 3 of 4 Americans Want Trump to Respect State Marijuana Laws
Medical marijuana patients protest during a DEA raid on a medical marijuana dispensary in Hollywood, California in 2007.
Medical marijuana patients protest during a DEA raid on a medical marijuana dispensary in Hollywood, California in 2007.
(image:Wikimedia)
Tom Angel
A new Survey USA poll commissioned by Marijuana Majority finds the strongest support yet for letting states legalize cannabis without federal interference. In the survey of 1,500 American adults, three out of four 76 percent say that states should be able to implement their own marijuana laws regardless of federal prohibition. In the new poll, just 14 percent say that Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Department of Justice should enforce federal prohibition and arrest people who are complying with state marijuana laws. There is strong majority support for respecting ....
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NORML | June 22, 2017
 Study: Adult Use Marijuana Laws Do Not Adversely Impact Traffic Fatality Rates


Paul Armentano
The enactment of statewide laws regulating the adult use and sale of cannabis is not associated with subsequent changes in traffic fatality rates, according to an analysis of traffic safety data Crash fatality rates after recreational marijuana legalization in Washington and Colorado published today in the American Journal of Public Health. Investigators from the University of Texas-Austin evaluated crash fatality rates in Colorado and Washington pre- and post-legalization. They compared these rates to those of eight control states that had not enacted any significant chan....
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Marijuana Business Daily | June 5, 2017
 Retail cannabis chains are on the rise in Colorado


Eli McVey
As Colorados retail marijuana market matures, a growing number of stores are controlled by a handful of retail chain operators. Its a sign the cannabis industry may be headed in a direction similar to traditional retail businesses, where players like a Wal-Mart or Home Depot squeeze out smaller mom-and-pop stores. In Colorado, chain retailers are opening more stores across the state than those entrepreneurs who are opening stand-alone shops. Roughly 9 percent of recreational retailers in the state currently own and operate three or more stores up slightly from 7 percen....
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