Where's Weed Marijuana News Blog https://wheresweed.com/blog Blog about medical marijuana dispensaries, politics and legal weed Oregon bans tobacco sales to under 21s, matching rules on marijuana https://wheresweed.com/blog/2017/aug/oregon-bans-tobacco-sales-to-under-21s-matching-rules-on-marijuana <p>In a statewide effort to better the health of it&#39;s youth, Oregon has decided to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco from 18 up to 21, the same age needed to be able to purchase cannabis products in the state. According to Oregon&#39;s public health department, around 7,000 Oregon residents die each year due to cigarette-related illnesses. While most adults in the U.S. may be familiar with a legal purchasing age limit of 18 for tobacco, it&#39;s becoming more common as states like California, Hawaii, Maine and New Jersey have also adopted similar policies. The new age limit will go into effect starting Jan. 1, 2018 and will include tobacco products and vape devices.</p> <blockquote> <p>Oregon is raising the minimum age for buying tobacco and e-cigarettes in the state to 21, bringing its regulations into line with sales of marijuana products.</p> <p>The new law, signed by Governor Kate Brown on Wednesday and taking effect on Jan. 1, bans under-21s from buying tobacco products and vaping devices, and makes vendors liable for fines for under-age sales.</p> </blockquote> Marijuana company buys California town, plans pot paradise https://wheresweed.com/blog/2017/aug/marijuana-company-buys-california-town-plans-pot-paradise <p>Some towns and cities have adopted medical marijuana laws either in favor or against incoming marijuana businesses, but one cannabis technology and grow company decided to purchase a whole town in hopes of creating a one-of-a-kind community for cannabis lovers. Tourists will be able to enjoy lodging, mineral baths, retail marijuana shops, and a unique eco-cannabis experience for the &quot;conscious cannabis consumers&quot;.The town of Nipton in California, near the Nevada border,&nbsp;will surely be making a big transition over the next two years and will likely become a tourist hot spot for cannabis lovers. The company initially wanted to produce cannabis-infused bottled water in the small town, but now has big dreams for what the town could become.</p> <blockquote> <p>The company plans to make Nipton the country&rsquo;s &ldquo;first energy-independent, cannabis-friendly hospitality destination,&rdquo; American Green said in a statement.</p> <p>American Green said it will initially focus on bottling cannabis-infused water in the town. The production of marijuana edibles and the cultivation of cannabis won&rsquo;t be far behind in American Green&rsquo;s 18-month, $2.5 million development time frame</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </blockquote> New York medical marijuana patients granted more ways to consume cannabis: tablets, lozenges and ointments https://wheresweed.com/blog/2017/aug/new-york-medical-marijuana-patients-granted-more-ways-to-consume-cannabis-tablets-lozenges-and-ointments <p>New regulations have been announced by the Health Department of New York in order to expand the state&#39;s current medical marijuana program and make it easier for patients to access and use their prescribed medication. Among the changes are allowing more forms of cannabis medication such as chewable tablets, lozenges, ointments, and patches. The state&#39;s medical marijuana program still operates on non-smokable forms of cannabis only, however there will now be more options for patients than ever. In hopes of training more doctors to prescribe the drug a newer and shorter program will be offered, as well as 5 more licenses for growers and distributors to sell medical marijuana around the state.</p> <blockquote> <p>&quot;This is yet another positive step forward for New York State&#39;s Medical Marijuana Program,&quot; said state Health Commissioner Howard Zucker. &quot;These regulations will continue to improve the program in several ways, including making new forms of medical marijuana available and improving the dispensing facility experience.&quot;</p> <p>The new regulations were the latest of several steps the state has taken to try and boost the program. Last week, the state announced that it was licensing five new companies to grow and distribute the drug, effectively doubling the number of medical marijuana producers operating in New York.</p> </blockquote> First medical marijuana dispensary opening in Hawaii https://wheresweed.com/blog/2017/aug/first-medical-marijuana-dispensary-opening-in-hawaii <p>Hawaii was one of the earliest states to adopt a medical marijuana law back in 2000, but during all this time patients had no legal way to purchase medication - until now. This week the first medical marijuana dispensary in Hawaii opened it&#39;s doors and served a limited number of patients by appointment only. The state legalized medical marijuana dispensaries back in 2015, followed by licensing 8 stores around the islands, and the final setback was overcome once the state certified a laboratory to test the potency and safety of the plants. It&#39;s been a long wait, but finally the 18,000 patients in Hawaii are able to easily find reliable and safe cannabis within their communities.</p> <blockquote> <p>&quot;Clearly this is a historic day not just for Maui but for the state of Hawaii,&quot; Freitas Gorman said. &quot;This is the first time in Hawaii that patients will be able to buy lab-tested, quality-assured medical cannabis from a state-licensed dispensary. We&#39;re so excited.&quot;</p> <p>Hawaii granted licenses to eight medical marijuana dispensaries throughout the Hawaiian islands last year. Several dispensaries began growing and harvesting the product, but they were unable to sell it because until recently the state had not certified a lab.</p> </blockquote> Sen. Cory Booker introduces bill to end the federal prohibition on marijuana https://wheresweed.com/blog/2017/aug/sen-cory-booker-introduces-bill-to-end-the-federal-prohibition-on-marijuana <p>Last week Senator Corey Booker took a stand against the long-winded failed War on Drugs by introducing the Marijuana Justice Act which would remove cannabis entirely from the Controlled Substances Act, legalizing cannabis on a federal level. Booker says the war on drugs has not made communities safer and has continued to discriminate against minorities despite people of all races using recreational drugs at similar rates. There&#39;s no telling how much support the bill will receive at first glance, but such reform could bring great change and tax dollars to the U.S. and it&#39;s communities.</p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;Our country&rsquo;s drug laws are badly broken and need to be fixed,&rdquo; Booker said. &ldquo;They don&rsquo;t make our communities any safer&mdash;instead they divert critical resources from fighting violent crimes, tear families apart, unfairly impact low-income communities and communities of color and waste billions in taxpayer dollars each year.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;This bill is the most ambitious marijuana bill we have seen in Congress,&rdquo; Queen Adesuyi, policy associate at the Drug Policy Alliance, said. &ldquo;Uniquely, it recognizes the fact that people of color have borne the brunt of the failed war on drugs and seeks to repair the damage done. We applaud Senator Booker for his leadership on this issue.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> Ex-NFL player sues Jeff Sessions to decriminalize marijuana https://wheresweed.com/blog/2017/jul/ex-nfl-player-sues-jeff-sessions-to-decriminalize-marijuana <p>A small group of people including former NFL player Marvin Washington&nbsp;are suing U.S. Attorney Genereal Jeff Session, the Department of Justice, and the DEA on grounds that it is unconstitutional to categorize cannabis as a Schedule 1 drug. To be classified as a Schedule 1 drug the substance must be considered to have no medical value and a high potential for abuse, and the government agencies in charge have kept cannabis in this category despite over half of the U.S. now having access to some forms of medical marijuana. What some people may not know is that cocaine and crystal meth remain in Schedule II and are considered less dangerous and addictive than marijuana, but does anyone truly believe that? Marvin Washington is currently held back by the Controlled Substances Act in his attempts to open a business that would allow football players the option to use medical marijuana over addictive and dangerous opioid pain killers.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>Attorneys for Washington, who was a defensive end in the National Football League from 1989-99 for the Jets, 49ers and Broncos, argue that &quot;Classifying cannabis as a &#39;Schedule I drug&#39; is so irrational that it violates the U.S. Constitution,&quot; according to the lawsuit.</p> <p>&quot;The record makes clear that the CSA doesn&#39;t make any rational sense, and the Federal Government knows it,&quot; said Michael Hiller, lead counsel for the plaintiffs in the case. &quot;If the Federal Government doesn&#39;t believe in the rationality of its own statute, it&#39;s unconstitutional to enforce it.&quot;</p> </blockquote> What Maine’s new recreational marijuana market will look like https://wheresweed.com/blog/2017/jul/what-maines-new-recreational-marijuana-market-will-look-like <p>Maine was one of 8 states to pass a marijuana law in the 2016 election and it&#39;s recreational program is set to begin in 2018 to allow time for proper regulations to be made. As of now adults over &nbsp;the age of 21 will be able to purchase 2.5 ounces of marijuana taxed at 10%, but raising that tax rate has been a hot topic for legilslators recently. Colorado and Washington, the first two states to legalize cannabis, had famously high taxes on the plant at 29% and 37%, but Maine&#39;s lawmakers are currently aiming closer to 20%. The goal is to find the sweet spot for the tax so that people will willingly transition out of black market sales into the newly regulated system. Experts predict Maine could bring in around $29 million a year in marijuana taxes, with the end destination for those taxes still to be determined. Legal states typically use the money for public health and law enforcement, but Maine is still heavily debating the subject.</p> <blockquote> <p>The committee hasn&rsquo;t agreed on a tax figure even in a straw vote yet, but Sen. Roger Katz, R-Augusta, the panel&rsquo;s co-chairman, said there&rsquo;s a consensus that the initiative&rsquo;s rate of 10 percent is too low. There are discussions now about placing it at or around 20 percent.<br /> But that rate is based in part on lessons from Washington and Colorado, the first two U.S. states to legalize marijuana. Washington&rsquo;s rate is 37 percent and Colorado&rsquo;s was 29 percent until a recent decrease aimed at capturing more of the black and grey markets, according to the Tax Foundation.</p> <p>Expect this money to be heavily debated later on. Bills were introduced earlier this year to direct revenue toward substance abuse prevention, county government, healthcare research and offsetting income taxes. More lawmakers will want to get their hands on it when it&rsquo;s rolling in.</p> </blockquote> L.A. Could Ban the Production of Dabs https://wheresweed.com/blog/2017/jul/la-could-ban-the-production-of-dabs <p>With California on it&#39;s way to implementing recreational marijuana by Jan. 1, 2018, regulations are well on their way, but some are unhappy with what certain cities are heading towards. California state law allows for cannabis to be processed into concentrates, often called dabs, and the concentrated products make up&nbsp;around 60% of the market in Southern California. Officials are not aware of any accidents taking place at licensed concentrate processing facilities around the country, but lawmakers are concerned after hearing how amateurs have accidentally blown up homes or hotel rooms while attempting to make the concentrates themselves. It should be noted that those amateurs are not licensed to process cannabis at all, and by restricting access to concentrates they would be more likely to try themselves. While on the other hand licensed and trained professionals never see issues processing cannabis in the proper facilities and with the right equipment.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>&quot;It&#39;s perfectly safe when there&#39;s a trained operator using high-quality materials,&quot; Sparer says. &quot;We&#39;re talking to the City Council about what is safe use. If the City Council doesn&#39;t allow this to happen in a highly regulated environment, the good players will go to outlying cities and the tax revenue will go with them. And it will still be sold in L.A. Those bad players left will continue to blow things up.&quot;</p> <p>&quot;Southern California Coalition strongly believes the cannabis industry should be allowed to use the same manufacturing processes used to make everyday household items such as shampoos, makeup, vitamins, medicines and children&#39;s products in the city,&quot; he said. &quot;It makes no sense to ban a proven, safe and reliable manufacturing process for compliant and licensed businesses, and we will continue to work hard to ensure that is not the case.&quot;</p> </blockquote> Colorado appeals court rules scent of marijuana not enough to search vehicle https://wheresweed.com/blog/2017/jul/colorado-appeals-court-rules-scent-of-marijuana-not-enough-to-search-vehicle <p>In a victory for personal privacy, a Colorado appeals court ruled that the scent of cannabis, even if signaled by a drug sniffing dog, is not a valid reason to search a vehicle without permission. In a state like Colorado or Washington&nbsp;where recreational marijuana is legal, it&#39;s a violation of privacy to rifle through a person&#39;s possessions simply because a legal aroma is detected in the vicinity. Drug sniffing dogs in Colorado might as well retire if theyre going to signal at each and every bag of cannabis legally possessed by an adult. The case being debated was from a 2015 traffic stop, but the longstanding effort put into this case will set a precedent for many others and hopefully allow innocent Coloradans to feel safe when traveling with their legal cannabis.</p> <blockquote> <p>A Colorado appeals court ruled Thursday that the possible presence of marijuana in a vehicle, detected by drug-sniffing dogs, does not give police the authority to search the vehicle.</p> <p>&ldquo;Because Amendment 64 legalized possession for personal use of one ounce or less of marijuana by persons 21 years of age or older in Colorado, it is no longer accurate to say, at least as a matter of state law, that an alert by a dog which can detect marijuana &mdash; but not specific amounts &mdash; can reveal only the presence of &lsquo;contraband,&rsquo;&rdquo; he wrote.</p> </blockquote> Massachusetts court rules for woman fired for medical marijuana use https://wheresweed.com/blog/2017/jul/massachusetts-court-rules-for-woman-fired-for-medical-marijuana-use <p>A new precedent has been set in Massachusett&#39;s as a medical marijuana patient who was fired for testing positive for cannabis&nbsp;now has legal ground to sue for handicap descrimination. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court sided with the medical marijuana patient and rejected the employer&#39;s concern that cannabis is still federally illegal. The medical marijuana patient was prescribed the drug by her doctor to treat her lack of appetite caused by Crohn&#39;s disease and IBS, and the judges ruled that a doctor can allow &quot;an exception to an employer&#39;s drug policy...&quot; It&#39;s unclear how far this ruling will ripple but a state Supreme Court decision is no small feat. This ruling could give many Massachusetts patients peace of mind when it comes to their medication and job security.</p> <blockquote> <p>Lawyers for the former employee, Christina Barbuto, said the ruling represents a major win for employees in the state and set a precedent that they said could have an impact in other states where medical marijuana is legal.</p> <p>Barbuto had accused Advantage Sales and Marketing of firing her after her first day of work because she tested positive for the drug, which she had been prescribed by a doctor to treat low appetite, a side effect of her Crohn&#39;s disease.</p> <p>&quot;The fact that the employee&#39;s possession of medical marijuana is in violation of federal law does not make it per se unreasonable as an accommodation,&quot; Gants wrote.</p> </blockquote> Mass. lawmakers unveil proposed overhaul of marijuana law https://wheresweed.com/blog/2017/jul/mass-lawmakers-unveil-proposed-overhaul-of-marijuana-law <p>Last year Massachusetts voter&#39;s said YES on Question 4.&nbsp;legalizing recreational marijuana for adults in the state. After months of legislators tweaking the voter approved initiative to their liking, the bill now seeks approval before being turned over to Governor Baker. Among the changes to the voter initiative is the raising of maximum taxes on cannabis sales from 12% up to 20%, and allocating regulations for both the medical and recreational marijuana industry to a five-person Cannabis Control Commission. One issue that could have legal backlash is officials&#39; decision to take away voters ability to ban or limit marijuana shops in their city, if that city voted &quot;No&quot; as a majority to Question 4, and instead gives the decision to ban shops to local elected officials.</p> <blockquote> <p>The bill raises the total tax on retail pot purchases to a maximum of 20 percent, up from a maximum of 12 percent that was spelled out in the ballot law. The legislation would merge oversight of the recreational and medical marijuana industries into a five-person Cannabis Control Commission.</p> <p>The legislative compromise splits the difference: In cities and towns that voted &ldquo;Yes&rdquo; on legalization last November, it would still require a voter referendum to ban or severely limit marijuana shops. But in cities and towns that voted &ldquo;No,&rdquo; local elected officials would get to make those decisions.</p> </blockquote> Alaska marijuana regulators to revisit onsite pot use debate https://wheresweed.com/blog/2017/jul/alaska-marijuana-regulators-to-revisit-onsite-pot-use-debate <p>After Alaskan legislators ruled against cannabis smoking clubs in the past, they&#39;re now reopening the discussion and considering allowing on-site dispensary consumption. Recreational marijuana is legal in Alaska and several other U.S. states, but a common problem among them is a lack of public space or private clubs&nbsp;for smoking. As a result, consumers are forced to smoke inside their homes, and some have resorted to smoking in public areas where it is illegal. Some officials want a moratorium on on-site consumption, while others would like to see an expansion of smoking areas.</p> <blockquote> <p>Alaska marijuana regulators plan to revive debate over onsite use of marijuana in retail cannabis shops.</p> <p>But the board later voted to re-open the debate. Proposals are expected to be discussed at a Friday meeting.</p> <p>One board member has proposed a two-year moratorium on the onsite consumption issue. Other board members have offered proposals that would allow some form of onsite use.</p> </blockquote> Family members, lawmakers push for medical marijuana in South Carolina https://wheresweed.com/blog/2017/jul/family-members-lawmakers-push-for-medical-marijuana-in-south-carolina <p>The Compassionate Care Act is being debated in South Carolina&#39;s General Assembly and pushed by the group&nbsp;Compassionate South Carolina and local families in hopes of expanding the states medical marijuana program. One family pleaded with lawmakers over their daughter&#39;s rare disease and the need for a higher strength cannabis medication. There are already addictive and harmful pain killers that patients are prescribed and becoming problematic, but some are ridding themselves of the dangerous opioids and instead finding relief in cannabis. Now the state just needs to expand access to allow more patients and more variety of cannabis.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;it&rsquo;s a bill to help sick people and if we can make sick people comfortable and take away their side effects of chemo therapy and chronic pain and seizures, we have to do whatever we can,&rdquo; said Bennet.</p> <p>&ldquo;There are stronger drugs than this already. People are addicted to them. We have an opioid crisis because of this. It&rsquo;s not that people are buying these drugs on the street. They&rsquo;re addicted to them because they&rsquo;re prescribed to them,&rdquo; said Bennet.</p> <p>The Compassionate Care Act is currently making its way through the South Carolina General Assembly but is still in committee, something Bennet said should be moving forward.</p> </blockquote> Nevada issues first marijuana delivery license https://wheresweed.com/blog/2017/jul/nevada-issues-first-marijuana-delivery-license <p>On July 1st Nevada opened recreational marijuana dispensaries and the legal sale of cannabis to adults officially began. Sales have been going so well that the stores&#39; inventories have nearly depleted and the only suppliers allowed are liquor wholesalers, and not 1 has stepped up to take on the job. While officials are debating on allowing businesses other than alcohol distributors to become cannabis suppliers, one medical marijuana supplier decided to get a liquor license and step up as the first licensee and began delivering orders almost immediately. The Nevada Tax Commission will vote soon on whether or not to open cannabis deliveries to non-liquor companies.</p> <blockquote> <p>The Nevada Department of Taxation, which oversees the industry, reached out earlier this year to liquor distributors and found no takers, blaming either a lack of interest or a failure to meet application requirements.<br /> The department subsequently invited non-liquor companies to participate in the supply chain, and was promptly sued by the Independent Alcohol Distributors of Nevada, a liquor industry group.</p> <p>The Nevada Tax Commission could vote Thursday on &quot;emergency regulations&quot; to open deliveries up to non-liquor companies to meet the boom in demand from customers. The commission is meeting to determine the appropriate number of distributors to supply the state&#39;s 47 legal dispensaries.</p> </blockquote> Getting doctors certified is next step to dispensing marijuana in Pa. https://wheresweed.com/blog/2017/jul/getting-doctors-certified-is-next-step-to-dispensing-marijuana-in-pa <p>Medical marijuana has been legalized in Pennsylvania for over a year now but the state is far off from being ready to dispense the medication to patients. Though several marijuana businesses have received permits, current projections have the program beginning in 2018. Officials are still creating regulations to allow physicians to register to recommend cannabis, as well as the regulations for patients and caregivers.&nbsp;Once physicians are&nbsp;registered they will be added to the publicly-accessible database maintained by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Officials hope patients will be able to start applying for their medical marijuana ID card by fall 2017. To be eligible for medical marijuana, patients must have one of 17 serious ailments including&nbsp;Autism, Cancer, Crohn&#39;s Disease,&nbsp;Epilepsy, Glaucoma, HIV/ AIDS, PTSD, chronic or intractable pain, and more.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>The state is still hammering out regulations governing which doctors will dispense marijuana and which patients are eligible to receive it. These hurdles will keep the drug from being handed out legally until 2018.</p> <p>The Pennsylvania Department of Health said no doctors are certified yet to dispense cannabis. The department is working to develop regulations for physicians and is just now beginning the process of registering them, said Director of Communications April Hutcheson.</p> <p>The regulations for patients and caregivers are also being developed and patients are not expected to be able to start applying for medical marijuana identification cards until fall 2017, Hutcheson said.</p> </blockquote> Michigan drive to legalize marijuana has 100,000 petition signatures so far https://wheresweed.com/blog/2017/jul/michigan-drive-to-legalize-marijuana-has-100000-petition-signatures-so-far <p>Following up on last year&#39;s narrowly failed effort to leglalize recreational marijuana, The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Michigan has already gained over 100,000 signatures in only 7 weeks. At this rate the the proposal would recieve all 252,523 signatures 2 months before the deadline, meaning voters would have their chance to pass the amendment on the November 2018&nbsp;ballot. If the proposal is passed next year, adults over 21 in michigan would be able to possess, cultivate, and use cannabis, as well as license the businesses to grow, process, test and sell the plant. It would also legalize the cultivation of industrial hemp.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>Organizers of a Michigan petition drive to legalize recreational use of marijuana say they&#39;re ahead of schedule to get the required number of signatures by the Nov. 22 deadline.</p> <p>&quot;If we can keep up this momentum, we will have all signatures in four months rather than the six months required by state law,&quot; CRMLA spokesman Josh Hovey said.</p> </blockquote> Chronic pain, PTSD now qualify for medical marijuana https://wheresweed.com/blog/2017/jul/chronic-pain-ptsd-now-qualify-for-medical-marijuana <p>New Hampshire takes a positive step forward next month as PTSD and chronic pain are added as qualifying conditions for the state&#39;s medical marijuana program. Patients in New Hampshire were able to use the drug when the law passed in 2013, but it wasn&#39;t until 2016 that medical marijuana dispensaries opened and were able to provide cannabis for patients. After applying and receiving a registry identification card, patients are now able to go to one of the state&#39;s 4 dispensaries to find relief. With New Hampshire&#39;s particularly large amount of veterans per capita, adding PTSD and chronic pain to the list will allow many in the state to finally have alternative options to addicting and numbing opioids.</p> <blockquote> <p>Rep. Jess Edwards (R-Auburn) wrote in the committee majority report that &ldquo;New Hampshire has the fourth largest veteran per capita population in the Nation&rdquo; and that PTSD &ldquo;in this population is a significant health concern. PTSD can often go untreated while many victims choose to self-isolate and self-medicate. The potential to use medical cannabis may bring more patients into a clinical setting.&rdquo;</p> <p>Next month, the qualifying medical conditions the state allows for medical cannabis use will expand to include chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder. The law also inserts language to inform users of the potential loss of federal rights.</p> <p>The bill&rsquo;s sponsor, Eric Schleien (R-Hudson), said in a written message that the addition of moderate to severe chronic pain to the law &ldquo;is an insanely big step forward in the right direction as it will allow many patients to use cannabis as an alternative to opioids.</p> </blockquote> The Other 420: Cannabis Oil 710 'Holiday' Gains Prominence Promoting Concentrated Marijuana https://wheresweed.com/blog/2017/jul/the-other-420-cannabis-oil-710-holiday-gains-prominence-promoting-concentrated-marijuana <p>Happy July 10, 7/10, or Dab Day! Whateve you like the call it, the 420 rivaling cannabis holiday is gaining traction and with more states legalizing every year it&#39;s popularity is only going up. &nbsp;The numbers 7-10 upside down read &quot;OIL&quot;, and July 10 is a day you&#39;d likely find great deals on cannabis concentrates at your local dispensary. For some consumers who may have only used flower marijuana in the past, it&#39;s a great way to see what other forms cannabis can be delivered in, and many seasoned smokers even prefer the concentrated and plant-matter free methods that wax, oil, crumble, shatter or hash provide. Some medicinal users even claim greater relief specifically from using concentrates over flower marijuana.</p> <blockquote> <p>Most peoples still don&#39;t have a clue what 710 is, and even many former marijuana smokers have no experience with the products it represents. If you haven&#39;t seen much marijuana since the 1990s, you might be surprised at the range of products that modern dispensaries sell.</p> <p>Filice said that concentrates bring greater relief to medical users, and designating one day to celebrate concentrates helps bring awareness to the growing cannabis-oil market. A medicinal user himself, Filice said that he discovered dabbing only a few years ago.</p> <p>When free of contaminants, concentrates don&#39;t seem to be any less safe than regular marijuana, which itself is often considered safer than alcohol or any illegal drug.&nbsp;</p> </blockquote> Nevada sold out of legal marijuana so quickly that the governor endorsed a 'statement of emergency' https://wheresweed.com/blog/2017/jul/nevada-sold-out-of-legal-marijuana-so-quickly-that-the-governor-endorsed-a-statement-of-emergency <p>It&#39;s been almost two weeks after Nevada&#39;s recreational marijuana sales began and nearly all cannabis stores have already almost depleted their inventory. Under current Nevada law, alcohol wholesalers have the exclusive rights to middle man product from the growers to the dispensaries, but so far no alcohol wholesaler have met the requirements for a license. Because no one is currently able to resupply the dispensaries&#39; high demand, officials have called for a &quot;statement of emergency&quot; which sounds bad, but it would allow new regulations like licensing businesses outside of the alcohol industry, Without stocked shelves in the dispensaries, the state&#39;s budget could take a big hit, including the 15% taxes that go toward public education.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>On Friday, Gov. Brian Sandoval endorsed the department&#39;s call for a &quot;statement of emergency,&quot; which would allow for more licensed distributors, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported.</p> <p>As of Friday, the Department of Taxation had issued zero distribution licenses to alcohol wholesalers, because of incomplete applications and zoning issues, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported.</p> <p>Dispensaries started selling the marijuana they had in stock on July 1. Several establishments told state officials they expected to run out in the coming days.</p> </blockquote> Mass. marijuana talks to resume after finishing the budget https://wheresweed.com/blog/2017/jul/mass-marijuana-talks-to-resume-after-finishing-the-budget <p>Last year Massachusetts voters passed an initiative legalizing cannabis for adults, similar to alcohol, and while since it&#39;s been legal to use, possess, and grow marijuana in the state, regulators have pushed back the date to license and open retail marijuana stores. After missing the June 30th deadline, regulators wanted to meet this coming Friday to finalize details, but a new budget deal has been announced that will be discussed in it&#39;s place. The primary issues to be decided still are the rates of taxation and acceptable&nbsp;locations of retail cannabis shops, which are planned as the topic of discussion after Friday&#39;s budget meeting, though some officials aren&#39;t confident in the new deadlines.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>While marijuana use, possession and the right to grow plants at home became legal last year, the Legislature in December delayed other keys aspects of the law -- including the timeline to license retail stores -- by six months to give lawmakers time to reconsider other elements of the law.</p> <p>The self-imposed deadline that passed last week was put in place in order to make sure that the new regulatory body, which will be known as the Cannabis Control Commission, had a year to get up and running and begin licensing retail pot stores by July 2018.</p> </blockquote>