Tag Archives: marijuana

Harris: I’ve Smoked Pot, It Gives A Lot Of People Joy

Sen. Kamala Harris appeared on New York City’s popular Breakfast Club radio show this morning, where she revealed that she smoked marijuana “a long time ago” and that she “definitely inhaled.” Last year Harris came out for legalizing marijuana on the federal level, co-sponsoring Sen. Cory Booker’s Marijuana Justice Act. She has also called for more research into the drug’s …

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Baltimore To End All Arrests For Marijuana Possession

The Baltimore Sun reports: Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby [photo] announced Tuesday her office would cease prosecuting people for possessing marijuana regardless of quantity or criminal history. Calling the move a monumental policy shift, Mosby said she has asked the courts to vacate marijuana convictions against nearly 5,000 people. These convictions have saddled thousands of Baltimore residents with criminal records …

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Cuomo Forecasts $300M Annually In Legal Weed Taxes

The Buffalo News reports: Adult recreational use of marijuana will be legalized under a plan advanced today by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo along with the creation of three new taxes – eventually passed on to consumers – that will total $300 million annually. The Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act will regulate marijuana from cultivation to retail sales “for the purposes …

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CALIFORNIA: Legal Weed Was The Hot Holiday Gift

San Francisco’s NBC affiliate reports: Customers have been lining up and packing into Bay Area cannabis dispensaries to buy holiday gifts including gummies, chocolates, cartridges and flowers. “From the moment we were open at 9 o’clock we had a line,” Magnolia assistant general manager Kysa Butler said. “We’ve been knocking the lines out quickly but they’ve been steady, too.” Pot …

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Brooklyn DA Vacates Low-Level Weed Convictions

AM New York reports: More than two dozen people with criminal records for misdemeanor marijuana possession received new leases on life Wednesday as the Brooklyn district attorney moved to erase the cumbersome convictions. District Attorney Eric Gonzalez agreed to vacate 28 convictions in court Wednesday morning as well as 1,422 outstanding warrants related to misdemeanor marijuana possession cases, which he …

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Andrew Cuomo To Push For Legal Weed Early In 2019

ABC News New York reports: New York Governor Cuomo announced that he would push to legalize recreational marijuana early next year. He made the announcement as he laid out the upcoming legislative agenda for the first 100 days of 2019 at the New York City Bar Association on Monday. New York would join 10 other states and Washington, D.C. have …

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MICHIGAN: Legal Marijuana Use (But Not Sales) Begins

The Detroit Free Press reports: At 12:01 a.m. Thursday, Michigan turned green and became the 10th state in the nation to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use. But the old saying, “Smoke ’em if you got ’em,” carries many, many caveats. Marijuana won’t be commercially available for sale until state regulators draft rules and regulations for the recreational market. They …

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Fox News Guest: Weed Is Killing Americans Every Day

Mediaite reports: A Florida sheriff who appeared on Fox News this morning claimed — without evidence — that marijuana is both “killing people every day across the United States” and causing overdoses. After co-host Brian Kilmeade seethed about the supposed extreme addictiveness of weed — based on anecdotal evidence from his “friends” — the sheriff called use of the drug …

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MASSACHUSETTS: Long Lines As Legal Pot Sales Start

The Boston Globe reports: Hundreds of customers hoping to purchase marijuana on the first day of recreational sales in Massachusetts were waiting for hours in long lines Tuesday, despite the cold temperatures and rainy, overcast weather. At the New England Treatment Access shop in Northampton, the wait time as of 11 a.m. appeared to be around two and a half …

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Dem Rep. Joe Kennedy: Legalize Marijuana Nationwide

Democratic Rep. Joe Kennedy writes for STAT News: Legalization would restore the federal government’s ability to regulate a powerful new industry thoroughly and thoughtfully. It would allow us to set packaging and advertising rules, so marketing can’t target kids. It would help set labeling requirements and quality standards, so consumers know exactly what they’re buying. It would ensure that we …

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Marijuana Stocks Spike Upon News Of Sessions’ Firing

CNBC reports: Shares of major marijuana companies rallied after Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned Wednesday after months of public criticism from his boss, President Donald Trump. Canada-based Tilray closed up 30 percent while Canopy Growth and Aurora Cannabis rose 8.1 percent and 9 percent respectively. Cronos Group added 8.4 percent. “You’re happy if you’re long the cannabis stocks. He was …

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MEXICO: Supreme Court Inches Towards Legalizing Pot

Axios reports: Another U.S. neighbor is moving closer to approving the use of recreational marijuana after a ruling from Mexico’s Supreme Court last week that establishes a precedent for courts across the country. Fernando Belaunzarán, a former Mexican congressman and drug legalization activist, told Axios that the court’s ruling that three plaintiffs must be allowed to use marijuana recreationally provides …

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CANADA: Legal Marijuana Sales Begin [VIDEO]

Business Insider reports: Marijuana sales officially began in Canada on Wednesday, making it the first G7 country — and the second country in the world after Uruguay — to legalize the drug for all adults. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau campaigned on a promise to legalize marijuana, and his Liberal government delivered in the form of Bill C-45, otherwise known as …

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Marlboro Maker In Talks To Buy Canadian Pot Company

Business Insider reports: Aphria, a Canadian-based cannabis producer, rallied more than 16% Wednesday after a report said that Altria, the maker of Marlboro cigarettes, was in talks to buy a minority stake in the company, the Globe & Mail reported, citing unidentified people familiar with the matter. According to the Globe & Mail, Altria has expressed an interest in acquiring …

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CANADA: One Week Away From Legalized Marijuana

The Associated Press reports: Mat Beren and his friends used to drive by the vast greenhouses of southern British Columbia and joke about how much weed they could grow there. Years later, it’s no joke. The tomato and pepper plants that once filled some of those greenhouses have been replaced with a new cash crop: marijuana. Beren and other formerly …

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Homocon Peter Thiel’s Pot Company Now Worth $23B

The New York Post reports: Big pot has finally achieved big market cap. Shares of Peter Thiel-backed marijuana grower Tilray soared more than 60 percent on Wednesday, hitting a market value of $22.8 billion, as bullish comments from the company’s chief executive stoked Wall Street’s growing euphoria over the budding business of legalized marijuana. Shares of the Canada-based weed farmer …

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Coca-Cola In Talks To Produce Pot-Infused Drink

Bloomberg reports: The world’s largest beverage company may be the next industry giant to jump into the cannabis drinks business. Coca-Cola Co. says it’s monitoring the nascent industry and is interested in drinks infused with CBD — the non-psychoactive ingredient in marijuana that treats pain but doesn’t get you high. “We are closely watching the growth of non-psychoactive CBD as …

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US Border Official: Canadians Who Work In Legal Pot Industry Will Be Banned From US As Drug Traffickers

Politico reports: Canadians who work in the marijuana industry — and those who invest in the booming pot sector — risk a lifetime ban on travel to the U.S., according to a senior official overseeing U.S border operations. As Canada prepares to become the world’s only major industrialized nation to legalize retail marijuana sales starting Oct. 17, the Canadian cannabis …

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Palm Springs Area To Get Massive “Weed Campus”

The Desert Sun reports: On Ramon Road in Cathedral City, beams and walls are beginning to frame a structure so big, you could rebuild the Palm Springs Convention Center on top of the same footprint and still have space to spare. This is the future home of Sunniva, a Canada-based medical cannabis company that plans to grow, process and sell …

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New York State Moves Closer To Legalizing Marijuana

The New York Post reports: Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday named several close allies and aides to a new panel he is convening to draft legislation that would result in the legalization of recreational marijuana. “I have reviewed the multi-agency report commissioned last January and have discussed its findings with Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker,” Cuomo said in a statement. …

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