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U.S. Attorney in Oregon Wants to “Do Something” About Excess Marijuana Supply

Last week the U.S. Attorney for the state of Oregon, Billy Williams, made a speech in front of a crowd that included members of law enforcement, the cannabis community and Oregon Governor Kate Brown, in which indicated his displeasure at the thought of excessive marijuana escaping the state and being sold elsewhere via the black market. Williams said that Oregon has an “identifiable and formidable overproduction and diversion problem.” “That is the fact,” he added. “And my responsibility is to work with our state partners to do something about it.” As to what his office plans on doing in...

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Colorado Might Be Dismissing Non-Violent Cannabis Convictions

When a state legalizes cannabis, there is one problem that does not seem to get the attention it deserves when considering the changes to come: Marijuana convictions for crimes that would no longer be considered crimes. These records are not simply tossed because the new laws contradict the old ones – especially since federal law still conflicts with more progressive state laws – so that means a number of people still have records, and some are even still incarcerated, even after prohibition has ended in their state. In Colorado, where cannabis has been legal for adult use, sale and...

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The Legal Marijuana Gift/Donation Loophole

One of the drawbacks when it comes to the current marijuana law reform successes that are sweeping the nation is instead of laws against marijuana being repealed, what we end up with is another layer of laws that regulate and restrict legal access to cannabis, often excessively. Legalization has introduced an entirely new layer of rules that govern sales, growing, possession, etc. In this way prohibition is simpler: for example, “everything to do with cannabis is illegal.” It’s obviously inferior to legalization terms of results and freedom, but it is much easier to grasp the rules under prohibition. And...

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Los Angeles Playing Catch-Up in the Adult Use Marijuana Game

Recreational marijuana sales became legal in the state of California on January 1st, and many towns and cities in the state were ready to go within the first week of the year. Other cities lagged behind, big cities like San Francisco. But the most notable exception when it came to cities without functioning adult-use cannabis industries at the beginning of the year is also the largest city to come under the banner of legal recreational marijuana: Los Angeles. With nearly 4 million people within the city limits, Los Angeles is by far the largest single potential market for cannabis...

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Willie’s Reserve Raises $12 Million For Company Expansion

Back in 2016, we reported on how Willie Nelson’s Cannabis Business was searching for skilled professionals looking to work in the cannabis industry. The company must have found some of the right people to surround Willie and help him grow the business, because Willie’s Reserve just scored a huge deal that will help them expand into the legal marijuana market in California. Currently, Willie’s Reserve is available in Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and Nevada. New York based firm Tuatara Capital made the bulk of the $12 million dollar investment in GCH, the parent company of Willie’s Reserve. GCH says they...

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California Treasurer Suggests Creating a State-Run Bank So Cannabusinesses Can Have Access to Banking

One of the biggest problems for anyone trying to open a cannabis-based business – whether it’s a cultivation facility, a producer of edibles or concentrates, or a dispensary – is lack of access to proper banking. This problem has been consistently brought up by activists, business owners and even lawmakers who see what a problem this is for these businesses. A multibillion dollar industry is currently being dealt mostly in cash, as though it were still illegal, because well, on a federal level it is. Since banks are backed by the federal government, many are weary of offering services...

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