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The small North Dakota population of 755,400 allows a small number of petition signatures — just over 13,450 — to place an issue on a statewide ballot. That's the reason legalization backers in North Dakota were able to slide in a filing to place a legalization measure on the...
Following a vote of 119-23 in the House and 25-8 in the Senate, Maine legislators successfully overrode Republican Governor Paul LePage’s veto of a bill containing sweeping changes to the state’s medical marijuana programs. The veto, which angered advocates across the country, previously left critics wondering whether or not there...
Massachusetts officially began recreational marijuana sales on July 1. But there were no consumers lined up outside pot shops waiting to be the first to purchase recreational cannabis products legally. In fact, not a single joint was sold by licensed recreational cannabis retailers in the state. The reason was that not...
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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions named Uttam Dhillon as the new acting head of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). Dhillon takes over for Robert Patterson who served less than seven months after the departure of Chuck Rosenberg. Dhillon previously served as director of Department of Homeland Security's Office of Counternarcotics Enforcement...
In another significant signal that hemp’s day in the sun is coming, the Farm Bill, containing a measure to legalize hemp, has passed the U.S. Senate with broad bipartisan support. The Senate’s version of the Farm Bill passed by a wide margin with 86 senators voting in favor and only...
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Over 57% of Oklahona voters approved a strong medical marijuana ballot issue, June 26th, with an immediate call from GOP Gov. Mary Fallin for legislators to "scale it back." Oklahoma's new rules would allow home grows of 12 plants (6 mature), possession of up to 3 ounces outside the...
Oklahoma officially became the 30th U.S. state to legalize the medicinal use of marijuana after 57 percent of voters cast a ballot in favor of State Question 788, the legalization of Medical Marijuana, on Tuesday. Before the vote, Oklahoma already had a law in place allowing patients with severe seizure disorders and...
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This week’s big news is Canada’s historic vote to legalize and regulate cannabis. Meanwhile, in the U.S. a powerful Senate committee has trashed a cannabiz banking amendment. A silver lining appeared when Texas Republicans pledged support for decriminalization. All this and more in this week’s news. Canadian Rec. Sales Pushed...
The Canadian cannabis bill, otherwise known as Bill C-45 officially received Royal Assent Thursday morning, the final step in the legislative process leading to marijuana legalization across the country. With a nod of his head, the Governor General finalized what was at times an arduous and quarrelsome process on the road...
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On June 16, Denver Police undercover agents wrote $200/citations for illegal public consumption to 30 riders on two Denver cannabis tours. Both My420Tours and Colorado Cannabis Tours have operated for four years, signing people up for "instant memberships" as they board buses which allow consumption while bringing guests to...
Voting 52 to 29 in favor, the Canadian Senate approved a majority of the House of Commons’ revisions to Bill C-45, the nation’s cannabis legalization measure, making it the first major economy in the world to end the prohibition of marijuana. Making good on their pledge from the 2015 general...

Cannabiz News Briefs – July 13, 2018

Maine Lawmakers Smack Down Governor’s Veto of Two MMJ Bills

Massachusetts Recreational Marijuana Launch Comes and Goes Without a Single Sale