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Smell The Truth | October 19, 2018
 Canada is reportedly running short on legal marijuana


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Oscar Pascual
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 ....
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Denver Post | Oct 20, 2018
 Pot at a pub? Colorado agencies tell Denver theyre not budging on indoor marijuana smoking
Shawn and Dina Case, of Bloomfield, Ky., shop for smoking paraphernalia on Aug. 16, 2018, at The Coffee Joint, which received Denvers first social marijuana license.
Shawn and Dina Case, of Bloomfield, Ky., shop for smoking paraphernalia on Aug. 16, 2018, at The Coffee Joint, which received Denvers first social marijuana license.
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Andrew Kenney

Legislature or courts left to decide what open and public smoking is
Want to vape weed at a bar? Its not happening anytime soon, according to a new letter from five different Colorado state agencies to the Denver City Council. A city task force has been working for months on suggestions to make it easier for people to use cannabis at businesses. The task force had asked open-ended questions in a report about whether the state should reconsider some of its laws. The letter from the state, sent earlier this week, shot down the idea of allowing indoor smoking or the use of marijuana at liquor establishments two possibilities that the city ta....
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Denver Post | October 18, 2018
 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.
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.
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Joe Rubino

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....
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NORML | October 18, 2018
 Music Legend David Crosby: Join Me and NORML and Lets Legalize Marijuana Nationwide


David Crosby
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....
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NORML | October 19, 2018
 Weekly Legislative Roundup 10/19/18


Carly Wolf
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....
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The Joint Blog | October 19, 2018
 Colorado Sets Marijuana Sales Record With Over $140 Million Sold in August


Anthony Martinelli

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....
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Marijuana Business Daily | 10/18/2018
 Southern California recreational cannabis firms struggle with product shortages, licensing and black market


Chris Casacchia
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....
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Forbes | Oct 17, 2018
 Congressman Issues Blueprint To Legalize Marijuana For Democratic House In 2019


Tom Angell
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. TOM SYDOWTOM SYDOW ``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....
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The Joint Blog | October 11, 2018
 New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy Says State May Legalize Marijuana by the End of the Month


Anthony Martinelli

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy D says state lawmakers may vote on marijuana legalization on October 29.
Weve had good exchanges with both the legislative leadership sponsors and, most importantly, the teams in the trenches crafting this, Murphy said during a recent live Facebook interview in which he was asked about legalizing marijuana . I think its sooner than later. Murphy says that based on current discussions and support, having a vote on October 29 feels about right. The two things that may potentially delay a vote is a debate on marijuana taxes Senate President Stephen Sweeney says he wont support anything higher than 12 percent, while some have argued for as high as ....
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The Weed Blog | 10/13/2018
 MedMen Undertakes Largest Cannabis Acquisition In US History


Moira Feeney

MedMens network now holds cannabis licenses in 12 states; the combined companies will operate 79 facilities.
Can you say MedMen Monopoly? The companys already overly large footprint in the cannabis industry just outdid Big Foot with its acquisition of Illinois-based Pharmacann in a $682 million all-stock transaction. MedMen facilities can now be accessed in New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Massachusetts, Ohio, Virginia, and Michigan and of course its home base California. MedMen currently has 14 high-end stores in California, Nevada, and New York. As the race to become the biggest multi-state weed industry player heats up, the Pharmacann acquisition nearly doubles the size of M....
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CANN Media Group | October 9, 2018 | OLYMPIA, Washington
 Washington State Bans Gummies, Hard Candies, Other Edibles
The sweeping reclassification of allowable cannabis-infused edibles takes effect January 1; Existing inventory can be sold until stock is depleted or by April 3, 2019.
The sweeping reclassification of allowable cannabis-infused edibles takes effect January 1; Existing inventory can be sold until stock is depleted or by April 3, 2019.
Tom Hymes
The Washington State Liquor & Cannabis Board LACB has issued a sweeping reevaluation of cannabis-infused candy that includes a ban on several categories of products, starting January 1, 2019. In an announcement issued October 3, the board said the move was prompted by concerns raised by the Board, stakeholders, and the public regarding infused edible candy.Staff specifically reevaluated all approved marijuana infused candy products to ensure the products align with current and new rules prohibiting products that are especially appealing to children, said LACB. Results ind....
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The Seattle Times | October 5, 2018
 Washington to reevaluate marijuana edibles, crack down on products that might appeal to kids
Heidi Groover

Washington state regulators will reevaluate marijuana edibles and could bar production of fruit chews, colorful chocolates and other candies. The announcement sent parts of the local cannabis industry into panic.
Certain cannabis-infused candies could start disappearing from store shelves across Washington early next year. The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board announced during a meeting Wednesday that it will reevaluate all edible marijuana products in an effort to cut back on products that may be appealing to children. Washington state, which legalized recreational pot in 2012, has long had rules barring products that are especially appealing to children. Even so, the board has received public complaints that some candies currently sold in the states pot shops could be e....
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The Oregonian | Oct 3
 Readers respond: Package pot in recyclables


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Letters to the editor
I`m disappointed in the agencies responsible for licensing marijuana sales in Oregon, angered they have not required packaging to be recyclable. We carry our own reusable shopping bags and wring our hands about acres of plastic trash islands in the Pacific. The loud new cause du jour is plastic straws and yet, Oregon licensers had some sort of brain or wallet cramp and did not require recyclable packaging for our now legal weed. Imagine the Mt. Rushmore of pop-top containers floating offshore once marijuana is legalized in more states. Oregonians made a progressive decision....
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Marijuana Policy Project | Oct 01, 2018
 Penn. legalization and regulation bill has been introduced


Ask your legislators to end marijuana prohibition in Pennsylvania
he drum beat for sensible marijuana policy is picking up in Pennsylvania Last Monday, Rep. Jake Wheatley introduced a bill that would legalize marijuana for adults 21 or older. This bill would also expunge the records of people who have been convicted of certain cannabis offenses. If you are a Pennsylvania resident, email your state legislators today urging them to support HB 2600 Ending marijuana prohibition would let adults make their own decisions about a substance that is safer than alcohol. Earlier this year, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale released a report estim....
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