Tag Archives: marijuana

NY Gov Proposes Huge Fines For Illegal Weed Shops

Gothamist reports: New York Gov. Kathy Hochul is proposing steep fines for stores selling weed without a license. The move comes as pressure builds to crack down on unlicensed cannabis shops – something other city and state officials have struggled to do effectively. The governor introduced legislation in Albany Wednesday that would clarify and expand the authority of the state …

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Oklahoma Voters Reject Recreational Weed Measure

Omaha’s CBS affiliate reports: Oklahoma voters rejected a state question Tuesday to allow for the recreational use of marijuana, following a late blitz of opposition from faith leaders, law enforcement and prosecutors. Oklahoma would have become the 22nd state to legalize adult use of cannabis and join conservative states like Montana and Missouri that have approved similar proposals in recent …

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Twitter Becomes First Platform To Allow Weed Ads

Axios reports: Twitter on Wednesday updated its advertising policies to allow cannabis ads to run on its service in states where cannabis is legal, in accordance with federal guidelines. The policy represents the biggest step forward that any major tech company has made toward allowing cannabis advertising where it’s legal in the U.S. Twitter will only accept cannabis advertisers that …

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Adams: NYC Will Evict Any Shop Illegally Selling Weed

The New York Daily News reports: Mayor Adams and Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg put illegal cannabis shops on notice Tuesday that they will face eviction if they continue to break the law. Adams, Bragg and several other top elected officials announced that prosecutors will now rely on a decades-old public nuisance law to evict businesses selling marijuana without a license. …

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NYC’s First Legal Weed Store Opens In East Village

Gothamist reports: New York City’s first licensed, recreational marijuana dispensary opened in the East Village Thursday afternoon, and other legal shops will follow in the coming weeks and months. Nobody is pretending the ability to buy weed at NYC stores is exactly new. Mayor Eric Adams recently announced a crackdown on the multitude of bodegas and smoke shops selling unregulated …

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National “Weed Glut” Is Causing Prices To Plummet

Politico reports: Ill-fated hopes that a Democratic-controlled Washington might loosen decades-old restrictions on the drug have given way to a market glut and plummeting prices that have put scores of businesses at risk of collapse. In Colorado, prices have dropped by 51 percent over the last two years. The price of a pound of weed has plunged by 36 percent …

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McConnell Tanks Bill To Legalize Marijuana Banking

The Hill reports: Marijuana advocates and executives are up in arms after opposition from Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) resulted in Congress failing to pass a key cannabis banking bill, dealing a massive blow to the industry. The $1.7 trillion omnibus spending bill unveiled Tuesday includes all kinds of expenditures, but it does not include the SAFE Banking Act, …

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Man Who Blames Mass Shootings On Weed Allowed Mike Tyson To Smoke Weed While Staying At His Home

Rupert Murdoch’s Page Six reports: We’re told Carlson invited heavyweight legend Mike Tyson to stay at his home before the champ appeared on his Fox Nation streaming show “Tucker Carlson Today.” But insiders say that Tyson thought he’d have to turn down the hospitable offer because he has a heavy weed habit and didn’t want to impertinently hotbox Carlson’s tastefully …

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Fox News Host: Teenage Girls “Like The Alcohol Scene”

“Let’s go through the pros and cons of smoking marijuana. The pros: food tastes tastier, music sounds better and nature is more impressive. “Cons: It kills your sperm, girls don’t dig it, the scene isn’t as cool as people think it is. If you’re an athlete, it affects your conditioning. It stays in your system and it kills your brain. …

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Senate Plans “Must-Pass” Pro-Weed Bill For Lame Duck

Axios reports: A bipartisan group of senators plans to attach significant marijuana legislation to “must-pass” year-end bills, Axios has learned. The group, led by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), has the Justice Department’s blessing for legislation letting cannabis companies access banking institutions, and creating grants for state expungement of past marijuana convictions. In an email reviewed by Axios, the …

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GOP Rep Compares Legal Weed Sales To Slavery

Marijuana Moment reports: Congressional lawmakers held a hearing on Tuesday to discuss federal marijuana legalization and state cannabis developments, hearing testimony from a panel of broadly pro-reform advocates. Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX), who as a former chairman of the House Rules Committee regularly blocked cannabis amendments from advancing to the floor for votes, delivered a series of prohibitionist talking points …

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Voters In Missouri And Maryland Approve Legal Weed

ABC News reports: Voters approved recreational marijuana in Maryland and Missouri but rejected it in two other states, signaling support gradually growing for legalization even in conservative parts of the country. The results mean that 21 states have now approved marijuana’s recreational use. Arkansas and North Dakota voters rejected legalization proposals in Tuesday’s elections. A similar initiative went before voters …

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Sean Combs Moves To Become Retail Weed Kingpin

Gothamist reports: Sean “Diddy” Combs is jumping into New York’s cannabis industry with a $185 million deal — a strong foothold that would also create the largest Black-owned cannabis company in the U.S. Combs is planning to purchase marijuana production facilities and retail shops in multiple states, including New York, from cannabis giants Cresco and Columbia Care, according to an …

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Circle K Signs Deal To Sell Weed At Florida Gas Stations

Bloomberg News reports: Weed is coming to US gas stations. Green Thumb Industries Inc., one of the largest US cannabis producers, signed a deal with Circle K, the global convenience-store chain, to sell licensed marijuana at its Florida gasoline retailers. The partnership will begin next year with 10 of the company’s 600 locations in the state, Green Thumb said. The …

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OK Legal Weed Ballot Measure Delayed Until March

NBC News reports: Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt on Tuesday set a statewide election for March 7 for voters to decide whether to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, a question Democrats had hoped would be on the November ballot to help energize liberal voters. Oklahomans for Sensible Marijuana Laws gathered enough signatures to qualify the question for a statewide vote …

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Texas Gov Refuses Biden’s Call For Marijuana Pardons

Axios reports: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott won’t consider pardons for low-level marijuana offenders despite President Biden’s call for governors to do so. “Texas is not in the habit of taking criminal justice advice from the leader of the defund police party and someone who has overseen a criminal justice system run amuck with cashless bail and a revolving door for …

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Republican Rep Hails Biden For Weed Pardons [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: Republican Rep. Nancy Mace (S.C.) on Thursday applauded President Biden’s decision to pardon all individuals convicted of simple possession of marijuana under federal law, giving the White House “credit where credit is due.” “I want to give credit where credit is due. I don’t always agree with the Biden administration, I’ve been very vocal about that, but …

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Biden To Pardon Thousands For Weed Possession

The Associated Press reports: President Joe Biden is pardoning thousands of Americans convicted of “simple possession” of marijuana, as his administration takes a dramatic step toward decriminalizing the drug and addressing charging practices that disproportionately impact people of color. He is also calling on governors to issue similar pardons for those convicted of state marijuana offenses, which reflect the vast …

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Fetterman Prods Biden On Decriminalizing Marijuana

The Hill reports: Pennsylvania Democratic Senate nominee John Fetterman called on President Biden to deschedule marijuana, with a goal of ultimately decriminalizing the drug, ahead of Biden’s visit to the state next week. Biden is expected to travel to Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, two key swing states, on Labor Day ahead of the November midterms. “It’s long past time that we …

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NY To See Up To 200 Weed Stores By End Of Year

The New York Daily News reports: State regulators approved rules Thursday governing New York’s soon-to-begin retail cannabis sales, ensuring the first batch of licenses will go to business owners with past pot convictions. Under the state’s Seeding Opportunity Initiative, between 100 and 200 dispensary licenses could be issued by this fall, with sales allowed before the end of the year. …

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