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Los Angeles is expected by many to become the world’s largest marijuana market. To handle that kind of regulator workload, one might think the city would also have the world’s largest team working for the city to manage the mountainous task. But that’s not the case. In fact, the...
It seems the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) is feeling left out in the world’s lurch towards legal recreational marijuana. In its 2017 annual report, INCB claimed that countries which have legalized cannabis are in clear violation of the U.N.'s 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs accords...
The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission has announced the approval of the licensing process for companies wishing to grow, sell, and distribute cannabis in the Commonwealth. Applications for Priority Certification as Registered Marijuana Dispensaries (RMD) will be accepted starting April 2nd through April 16th. The agency's statement on the matter says the...
A bipartisan bill has been introduced in California to lower cannabis taxes. Should it pass, it could temporarily reduce taxes on the state’s recreational cannabis by about 9 percent. The purpose of the proposal is to help California marijuana merchants compete with black market prices. The legislation, which comes two...
Filing a federal suit against the governor and attorney general of California, AG Jeff Sessions journeyed to Sacramento on March 7, telling officials that federal rules are the “supreme law” and signaling an ominous development for the U.S. cannabis industry.  While Sessions' court argument is to remove California’s three bills...
Facing a full federal agency assault on most cannabis policy, VA head Dr. David Shulkin seems to be the only Trump cabinet member with an open mind on medical cannabis treatment options. As an Obama agency head hold-over, Shulkin has written that medical marijuana should be further examined as...
A new global study has scanned pricing, consumption and government policy for adult-use cannabis (regulated and illicit), finding that nations of the Asian region have the highest prices in the world, while remaining home to the toughest drug laws in the world. On the flip side, the world’s lowest...
The Koch brothers are one of the Republican party’s biggest donors. In fact, they have pledged to donate up to $400 million to Republicans running for office in the 2018 midterm elections. That kind of money carries a lot of weight with the party. In January, the brothers began throwing...
Blockchain technology is disrupting finance in much the same way as legalization and regulation are disrupting cannabis. Both are booming and bringing with them some major technological and financial innovations. Cryptocurrency investments remain the hottest offering in finance, even though many cryptocurrency investments have lost nearly half their value in a January...
Most industries, products, and markets that achieve broad public acceptance have been shown to follow a particular growth trajectory known as an “S Curve.” Essentially, early adopters touch off initial growth called the "infancy stage" in which the market slowly ramps up. As the offering becomes more popular, more...
First it was Constellation Brands with a major investment into Canada's marijuana grow giant Canopy Growth for $200 million. Then a tobacco-concern dipped its toe in the water, buying a stake in two Canadian medical marijuana growers and an industrial hemp firm in its home state of North Carolina....

“Woefully Understaffed” LA To Add 21 New Positions to Department of Cannabis Regulation

U.N. Report: Legal Cannabis Breaks International Treaties

MA Announces License Application Period, RI and CT Consider Legalization, NH and ME Bills Falter