Category: cannabis legalization

Recreational Cannabis in New York Could Be a $3 Billion Market

Back in 2016, market research experts predicted that the legal cannabis industry would earn over $21 billion by 2020. Looking back on that prediction after all of the lucrative advancements made by legal marijuana businesses and entrepreneurs since then, that figure seems fairly conservative at this point. CNBC recently highlighted that sentiment in a story about the predictions made by the New York City comptroller. The comptroller, Scott Stringer, said that legal cannabis in the empire state could be over a $3 billion dollar market, right from the start. “This is a new revenue stream,” Stringer said on the...

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Ohio Activists Prepare Again to Gather Signatures to Put Legalization on the Ballot

In 2015, Ohio voters had the opportunity to pass a ballot initiative that would have legalized marijuana for adult use – before the state had even legalized medical marijuana. Unfortunately, the nature of the initiative aimed to create a monopoly on the cannabis industry by limiting grow sites to 10 and giving those sites away to campaign investors – and that was enough to lose support of many pro-legalization groups and ultimately lead to its defeat. Then, in 2016 lawmakers took it upon themselves to legalize medical marijuana, and the law went into effect immediately. However, it has taken...

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Illinois Sheriff Claims Legal Cannabis Will Lead to Dead Dogs

Prohibitionists say the strangest things. Jeff Sessions claiming that ‘good people don’t smoke marijuana’ is just the tip of the iceberg. Some of the most disturbing anti-weed prohibitionist propaganda we’ve seen recently has come from a sheriff in Illinois. As state officials and lawmakers debate whether to legalize recreational cannabis and possession of up to an ounce, one prohibitionist is pulling on the heart strings of animal lovers. Macon County Sheriff Howard Buffett claimed that if cannabis is legalized in the state, drug-sniffing K-9s would have to be replaced, and that some may even be euthanized. “The biggest thing...

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Will Marijuana be Legalized in Canada this Year?

Canada’s road to marijuana legalization began in late 2015, after the election of The Liberal Party and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. For about a year officials worked to create a list of recommendations concerning legalization, which they released in December of 2016. Legislatively, things got moving in the summer of 2017 and there have been several delays since. Now we are getting reports that even further delay could be a possibility. Three separate Senate committees are calling for amendments to the legalization bill, with the Senate Aboriginal Peoples Committee calling for a delay of up to a year. They...

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Quinnipiac University Poll Finds 74 Percent of US Voters Support Protecting State-Legal Cannabis

A few short weeks ago, Colorado Senator Cory Gardner announced his efforts to pass legislation that would protect state-legal marijuana businesses, as well as the fact that President Trump is said to be on board for such legislation – should it find its way to his desk. This was likely only an agreement to convince Gardner to stop holding back on his nominees for the Department of Justice, but either way, it is now very public knowledge that some sort of protection for states’ rights is finally in the works. This information comes at a time when the CBD...

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Cannabis Legalization in Michigan Looks More Than Likely to Happen in 2018

In 2016, Michigan was very close to being one of the states that got the opportunity to vote on whether to legalize cannabis for adults 21 and older – but due to a change in the signature certifying process, the ballot initiative (led by MILegalize) never reached voters. This year, things appear to be going better for a group of activists who are proposing the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act, and who just recently turned in their signatures. The Bureau of Elections announced that they estimated that organizers collected 277,370 signatures that were able to be validated,...

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