San Diego plans to crack down on marijuana ads, especially billboards
A billboard on Morena Boulevard advertises a MedMen marijuana store in San Diego. (image:Hayne Palmour IV)
San Diego officials say they plan to crack down on marijuana advertising, particularly the billboard ads that have become increasingly common with recreational use of the drug now legal in California.
Legislation proposed by City Councilman Chris Cate aims to keep marijuana billboard ads out of areas where young people congregate and to prevent illegal marijuana businesses from advertising anywhere.
The proposal, which would go beyond relatively new state laws that govern marijuana advertising, will be included in a series of city code updates that Mayor Kevin Faulconer....
Canada is reportedly running short on legal marijuana
Canada is running dry on cannabis just days after the country historically legalized recreational marijuana for adult use, reports CBC News.
Dubbed as Weed Wednesday, many dispensaries opened as soon as midnight struck on Oct. 17. However, many shops such as THC Distribution in Portugal Cove-St Philips ran out of product just after 4 p.m.
Owner Thomas Clarke predicted the store would be completely out of product by Friday.
Its very bad news in my eyes. I ran out at 4:20 today, believe it or not, Clarke told CBC News. Im a little shocked that I sold out so fast, and also ....
Colorado cracks a billion in annual marijuana sales in record time, generating $200M in tax revenue
Budtender Miriam Howes, left, talks about edibles with customer, Kelly Keckner, at LivWell Broadway in Denver, CO, January 29, 2015. Edibles purchases in Colorado rose 13.8 percent in the first half of 2018 over the first half of 2018, according to state regulators, helping drive records marijuana sales totals through August. (image:Craig F. Walker )
Growth in popularity of edibles, concentrates drives sales, state officials find
Marijuana sales in Colorado exceeded $1 billion as of August of this year, with tax revenue from those sales coming in at $200 million, according to a report from the Colorado Department of Revenue and its Marijuana Enforcement Division.
Its the earliest point in any of the four years Colorado has had legal recreational marijuana that combined medical and rec sales have cracked the billion-dollar mark.
Total combined recreational and medical marijuana sales through August hit $1,022,245,511, according to the MED, setting the state on a trajectory to break last years recor....
Music Legend David Crosby: Join Me and NORML and Lets Legalize Marijuana Nationwide
Hello. My name is David Crosby. You might know me as a founding member of rock legends The Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young. But today Im wearing a very different hat. Today, I am writing to you to personally introduce myself as the newest member of NORMLs Advisory Board.
Why have I decided to become involved with NORML? Its simple. Id like cannabis to be legal everywhere, and I like the good folks at NORML feel a responsibility to stick up for those people who have been punished as a result of this oppressive and senseless policy. That is why Im partnering with....
Welcome to the latest edition of NORMLs Weekly Legislative RoundupWe the People
Some news from across the border to start off, this week Canada became the second nation to explicitly legalize the social use, possession, cultivation, and retail production and sale of cannabis. The new law will also include pardons of all criminal possession charges of less than 30 grams.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is seeking public comments specific to whether changes ought to be recommended regarding the international classification of cannabis as a controlled substance. Member....
Colorado Sets Marijuana Sales Record With Over $140 Million Sold in August
There was over $140 million worth of marijuana and marijuana products sold legally in Colorado in August, setting a new monthly record.
In total there was $141,322,108 in marijuana and marijuana products purchased legally in Colorado in August, according to the states Department of Revenue. This bests the previous record set the monthly prior $138.8 million.
Of the $141 million in marijuana sold in August, $28.3 million came from medical marijuana sales, with recreational marijuana sales falling barely short of $113 million. These sales helped Colorado garner over $20 million in tax revenue for the month of August.
The new data brings the states total marijuana sales for 2018 to $1,022,245,511. This puts....
Thomas Cook, right, one of Canadas first cannabis consumers. (image:Vince Sharpe)
Canada has celebrated its first day of cannabis legalization, which was quite remarkable.
The country on Wednesday became the first country with a major world economy to legalize cannabis for adult recreational use, the New York Times reports.
The countrys new weed laws marks a historic moment for residents such as Montreals Tonino Ruggiero, who told the Washington Post, This is better than the Olympics. Not as good as the Rolling Stones, but close.
A group of Newfoundland residents have the distinction of being the countrys first pot consumers, purchasing packs of Auror....
The fight for Measure 3 is heating up in North Dakota
With less than three weeks until Election Day, efforts to pass Measure 3, which would legalize marijuana for adults in North Dakota, are ramping up. While opponents rely on the standard prohibitionist fear tactics, the Yes on 3 team is sharing a positive message of personal freedom and criminal justice reform with their neighbors across the state.
Please contribute here to help them reach and educate more voters. And if you live in North Dakota, commit to voting for Measure 3 and encourage friends, colleagues, and neighbors to do the same.
In a sign of growing support, st....
Southern California recreational cannabis firms struggle with product shortages, licensing and black market
Growing pains is an understatement to describe Southern Californias tumultuous recreational marijuana marketplace.
New regulations that took effect July 1, product shortages, slow license approvals and a thriving black market are rattling what was already a turbulent sector of the California MJ industry.
Southern California adult-use cannabis businesses, for their part, are facing a variety of curveballs and headwinds, including:
Sales at Blum, a recreational and medical marijuana facility in Santa Ana, are down about 20 percent compared to last year, according to De....
High Times is postponing its trademark Cannabis Cup festival just weeks before its scheduled date in Sacramento, the Sacramento Bee reports.
After multiple discussions with state and city leaders and extensive deliberations with all stakeholders, Cannabis Cup organizers have determined it is in the best interests of all parties to postpone the event, wrote High Times organizers in an email statement.
The postponement comes partly due to new legislation recently signed by Gov. Jerry Brown.
Brown approved AB 2020 on Sept. 26, allowing local governments to approve permits f....
Congressman Issues Blueprint To Legalize Marijuana For Democratic House In 2019
A key Democratic congressman has a step-by-step plan to enact the end of federal marijuana prohibition in 2019 if his party takes control of the House, and he`s laying it all out in a new memo.
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``Congress is out of step with the American people and the states on cannabis,`` Rep. Earl Blumenauer D-OR writes in the eight-page document addressed to House Democratic Leadership. ``We have an opportunity to correct course if Democrats win big in November. Theres no question: cannabis prohibition will end. Democrats should lead the way.``
House Republican lea....
Canada now worlds largest legal marijuana marketplace
Canopy Growth CEO Bruce Linton, left to right, poses with the receipt for the first legal cannabis for recreation use sold in Canada to Nikki Rose and Ian Power at the Tweed shop on Water Street in St. Johns N.L. at 12:01 am NDT on Wednesday Oct. 17, 2018. (image:Paul Daly/The Canadian Press Associated Press)
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Ian Power was among the first to buy legal recreational marijuana in Canada but he has no plans to smoke it. He plans to frame it.
Canada became the largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace as sales began early Wednesday in Newfoundland. Power was first in line at a store in St. Johns, Newfoundland.
I am going to frame it and hang it on my wall. Im not even going to smoke it. Im just going to save it forever, Power said.
And there was more good news for pot aficionados: Hours before a handful of retail outlets opened in the countrys easternmost provinc....
Marijuana becomes legal in Canada on Wednesday, but barriers remain for consumers
Employees collect cuttings from cannabis plants at Hexo Corp`s facilities in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada, on Sept. 26. (image:Chris Wattie/Reuters)
Canada becomes the first major industrialized country to fully decriminalize cannabis for recreational use on Wednesday, fulfilling a 2015 election pledge from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a process that has proven massively complex and remains fraught with uncertainty.
Concerns abound. Already there are worries about a shortage of legal cannabis for sale in the early months of legalization and a lack of retail outlets, leading to a possible boom in the illicit marijuana trade the new law is designed to thwart. Canadas 12 provinces and territories are tasked with regul....
Canadian Police Ready for Legalization No Major Issues But Dont Drive Stoned
Enforcing laws around legal weed will be ``a work in progress,`` but police will be on the lookout for impaired drivers.
With cannabis legalization happening in just one day October 17 Canadian police say no sweat, theyre ready to roll.
The head of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police CACP, Adam Palmer, held a press conference on the eve of Canada`s historic cannabis legalization wherein he outlined the CACPs plans.
While the legal recreational use of cannabis will be new for Canadians come Wednesday, enforcing laws around impaired driving, and the illegal production, distribution, and consumption of cannabis will not be new to police, said Palmer, who is also the chief of the Van....
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