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NORML | November 28, 2018
 Utah: Make Your Voice Heard; Make Your Vote Count


Lawmakers are planning to convene a special session beginning on Monday, December 3 to debate replacing Proposition 2: The Utah Medical Cannabis Act.Medical marijuana Yet, the reason a majority of Utah voters decided in favor of Prop. 2 was precisely because many of these same lawmakers, year after year, failed to adequately address this issue in a manner that provided adequate access to those patients who could benefit from it. Do you trust them to do the right thing now? Proposition 2 assures that those patients with qualified debilitating conditions who need medical ca....
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Marijuana Business Daily | November 26, 2018
 Dozens of marijuana licenses at risk after Oregon inspections


Eli McVey and Maggie Cowee
More than a quarter of Oregons outdoor recreational marijuana producers had deficiencies or potential compliance violations in their harvest processes, according to the results of Operation Good Harvest the states effort to observe and inspect the 2018 outdoor cannabis harvest. Of the 354 licensed outdoor recreational grow sites inspected by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission OLCC between September and early November, 95 licensees 27 percent were found to have discrepancies or shortcomings in their harvest activities, and 41 face possible revocation of their cultivati....
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The Joint Blog | November 29, 2018
 Marijuana and Marijuana Concentrates Become Legal in Michigan on December 6



The possession of marijuana and marijuana concentrates will become legal in Michigan next week on Thursday, December 6.
Michigans Board of State Canvassers certified the election results for Proposition 1 on Thursday, meaning that key provisions of the initiative will take effect 10 days after, on Decebember 6. Starting that day, those 21 and older in the state will be allowed to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana and up to 15 grams of marijuana concentrates. In addition, they will be allowed to grow up to 12 marijuana plants at a private residence. The initiative also legalized marijuana stores, though they wont be open for some time. The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs n....
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Stop the Drug War.org | 11/30/18
 Chronicle AM: Harborside Loses Pot Tax Case, Hemp in Final Version of Farm Bill, More... 11/30/18
Pot shops can`t deduct standard business expenses, the US Tax Court ruled in a case Thursday.
Pot shops can`t deduct standard business expenses, the US Tax Court ruled in a case Thursday.
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The US Tax Court has ruled against Harborside being able to deduct standard business expenses, a hemp provision is in the final version of the farm bill, Mexico and the US disagree over Mexican heroin production levels, and more. Pot shops can`t deduct standard business expenses, the US Tax Court ruled in a case Thursday. Sonya Yruel/DPA Marijuana Policy California Dispensary Loses in US Tax Court. In a decision Thursday, the US Tax Court rejected a bid from Harborside Health Center to be able to declare normal business expenses on its taxes. The court held that Harbors....
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Boston Globe | November 20, 2018 | NORTHAMPTON
 Recreational marijuana sales begin in Massachusetts, first on the East Coast
Dan Adams, Michael Levenson and Felicia Gans
Daquaan Hamilton wasnt about to let a little sleet stop him from making history. On Tuesday morning, the 22-year-old UMass Amherst student and hundreds of other people from around New England rose hours before dawn, bundled up in warm clothing and rain jackets, and made a pilgrimage to this progressive enclave for one reason: to be among the first to legally purchase recreational marijuana in Massachusetts. ADVERTISING The legalization of marijuana is a huge step forward for all of us, and I wanted to be a part of that, said Hamilton. Advertisement He waited outside the ....
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NORML | November 20, 2018
 Massachusetts Marijuana Sales Begin; Rep. Joe Kennedy Supports Legalization


Justin Strekal
Citizens of the Bay State have much to be thankful for this week. On November 20th, just two days before Thanksgiving, adults over the age of 21 were able to legally purchase marijuana in the state of Massachusetts for the first time in over a century. Massachusetts was the first state to enact marijuana prohibition doing so on April 29th, 1911. Voters decided in favor of repealing the ban in November 2016. This signal to open retail marijuana establishments marks a major milestone for voters who approved legal, adult-use cannabis in our state, Commission Chairman Steve....
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The Oregonian | Nov 16 2018
 Oregon marijuana prices plunge and sales soar


Rampant overproduction in Oregons market for legal, recreational marijuana has produced a 50 percent decline in prices, according to state economists. That widely documented collapse has been hard on farmers and retailers but a boon for consumers. A new state analysis finds the price collapse sparked a big uptick in marijuana purchases and a corresponding increase in associated tax revenue. Lower prices are helping to drive the volume of sales higher and induce black and medical market conversions into the legal, recreational market, according to Josh Lehner of the Oreg....
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NORML | November 16, 2018
 US Senate: Leading Marijuana Prohibitionist Out As Senate Judiciary Chair


One of the US Senates leading marijuana prohibitionists, Iowa Republican Charles Grassley, will no longer be heading the Senate Judiciary Committee in the 116th Congress. Representative Grassley announced today that he is stepping down as Chair of the Committee. As Chair, Grassley refused to hold any hearings or votes on marijuana-related legislation, including bipartisan legislative efforts like the STATES Act. Virtually all Senate legislation specific to marijuana policy must pass through the Judiciary Committee. Representative Grassley received a D- grade on NORMLs 201....
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Marijuana Business Daily | November 16, 2018
 Week in Review: OR cannabis firms owe the tax man, Ohio nears MMJ sales & some MI cities ban rec marijuana businesses


Bart Schaneman, Jeff Smith and John Schroyer
Oregon cannabis businesses fall behind on their tax obligations, Ohio inches closer to launching its tardy medical marijuana program, and some Michigan cities are prohibiting adult-use MJ companies. Heres a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry this week. Oregon tax crunch Oregon marijuana businesses may owe the state up to $15.7 million in back taxes, but that shouldnt necessarily be seen as a cannabis-specific problem, according to one analyst. In any industry where the stakeholders are faced with bleak situations and the ability to make a....
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The Joint Blog | November 16, 2018 Facebook Twitter Reddit Google Pinterest
 The first legal recreational marijuana sales in Massachusetts will take place on Tuesday, November 20


Anthony Martinelli
Two marijuana retail outlets were given the green light today to begin selling recreational marijuana next week. New England Treatment Access in Northampton and Cultivate Holdings in Leicester will become the first outlets to sale marijuana as part of the states legalization initiative passed by voters in 2016. Both stores, which were given the go-ahead to open in three days by the Cannabis Control Commission, say they will open their door to recreational marijuana customers the morning of November 20. New England Treatment Access plans to open at 8 a.m., while Cultivate H....
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Stop the Drug War.org | November 16, 2018
 Chronicle AM: NJ Gov Still Ready to Legalize It, Court Rejects OH MedMJ Racial Justice Provision, More... 11/16/18


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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy D is still committed to marijuana legalization, the Albany DA announces an end to low-level pot prosecutions, an Ohio court throws out a racial justice requirement in the state`s medical marijuana licensing plan, and more. Marijuana Policy New Jersey Governor Reiterates Support for Legalization. In remarks to the state League of Municipalities Thursday, Gov. Phil Murphy D said he remains in favor of marijuana legalization. ``I remain equally committed to sensible legislation to legalize adult use of marijuana, and to continue to expand our medi....
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NORML
 Indiana NORML: Midterm Elections Shakeup State Legislature


Justin See
On Tuesday, November 6th, Indiana voters took their final opportunity to vote in the 2018 midterm election. While Indiana did not have the opportunity to vote directly on cannabis propositions as in other states, there were numerous candidates on the ballot supportive of reforming our cannabis laws. Many of them did not win their races, but this election was not without wins for cannabis reform in Indiana. Here are some highlights and some races were still watching: JD Ford: State Senate District 29 During the 2018 session, state senator Mike Delph R voted against legaliz....
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The Joint Blog | November 15, 2018
 New Jersey Lawmakers to Vote on Marijuana Legalization This Month Says Senate President and Assembly Speaker


Anthony Martinelli

New Jersey lawmakers will vote later this month to advance legislation that would legalize marijuana, says Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin and Senate President Steve Sweeney.
On Wednesday at the state League of Municipalities annual conference in Atlantic City Coughlin said he has enough in committee to pass a measure that would legalize marijuana for everyone 21 and older. Speaking after Coughlin, Sweeney said he agrees with Coughlins timeline, but noted that he needs help from Governor Murphy to lobby votes; Murphy made legalizing marijuana one of his primary platforms in his successful run for governor last year, evening going as far as vowing to legalize marijuana in his first 100 days a timeline which has passed, though most people dont hol....
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The Oregonian | ASTORIA
 Some Oregon pot stores consolidating to weather weak market


The Associated Press
Signs for Mr. Nice Guy, an ode to the 1998 stoner comedy ``Half Baked,`` recently began popping up in Astoria. The Daily Astorian reports that the marijuana retailer has merged with a sister company, Hi Cascade, absorbing its location at the foot of the South Slope. Mr. Nice Guy will open another store next month on Bond Street downtown. The new addition to Astoria`s growing number of marijuana stores is also part of a trend toward consolidation, as many shops try to weather a weak market, sometimes taking on outside investment capital. Will Wiedenmann, an assistant dire....
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| November 14th, 2018
 N.H. voters send prohibitionists packing


Kate Zawidzki

Election results put legalization on the agenda for 2019
Last week, New Hampshire voters sent a strong message to Gov. Chris Sununu and the political establishment: its time to end marijuana prohibition Although Sununu a prohibitionist won re-election, his margin of victory over legalization supporter Molly Kelly was smaller than anticipated. Most importantly, the Democratic party which added support for legalization to its platform earlier this year gained control of both chambers of the legislature. The Senate, in particular, promises to be much less hostile to reform advocates in 2019. To illustrate, here are a few senators....
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