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California Confirms Recreational Sales Should Begin January 1st

Almost a year ago, four more states made the bold decision to vote in favor of cannabis legalization – and California is preparing for legal sales of recreational marijuana to begin at the start of the new year. While Nevada followed Oregon’s model, allowing medical marijuana dispensaries to sell to adults 21 and older while they prepare licensing and regulating new cannabis businesses, California, Maine and Massachusetts all decided to hold off until 2018 to begin sales to recreational customers. California is shaping up to be the first state to have their fully functional recreational cannabis market open for...

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The Persecution of James Slatic and His Family Drags On

Image Credit: Med West Security Footage Readers of The Marijuana Times that were with us earlier this year likely saw one or more of the stories we did on James Slatic – the owner of Med-West, once a well-respected and state-legal cannabis extract manufacturer – and what he, his family and even his attorneys have been put through at the hands of the San Diego District Attorney’s office. The saga began when a combination of local and federal law enforcement officials raided Med-West in January of 2016. This began a process and fight that has yet to end almost...

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Great Grandson of Anheuser-Busch Founder Calls for Medical Cannabis Legalization in Missouri

Getty From Publix Supermarkets to NASCAR, and the obvious pharmaceutical companies, we’ve seen a ridiculously large amount of pushback from various U.S. corporations taking a stand against the outright legalization of medical cannabis nationwide. With this in mind, it’s great to see corporate elites come out in favor of legal cannabis – in whatever fashion. That’s exactly what Adolphus Busch IV recently did. Busch, the heir to the throne of the Anheuser-Busch beer conglomerate, has been gaining support for medical cannabis legalization in the state of Missouri. Busch is the great-grandson of the founder of the beer corporation. Busch...

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‘Right to Try’ and Proving and Disproving Medical Marijuana Claims by the FDA

Getty Recent statements from the Federal Drug Administration Commissioner suggest that the agency may be considering the legitimacy of medical marijuana claims, years after legalization of the herb for medicinal purposes has taken hold in over half of the country. Most specifically, the concern revolves around claims that cannabis has anti-tumor effects that can cause cancerous tumors to shrink. “I see people who are developing products who are making claims that marijuana has antitumor effects in the setting of cancer,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said at a hearing before Congress on a separate matter. “It’s a much broader question...

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New Marijuana Edibles Regulations Take Effect in Colorado

AP On October 1st new regulations of cannabis edibles took effect in Colorado. From now on, no edibles made in the state legally are allowed to resemble candy, with shapes like humans, animals, fruits or cartoons no longer allowed. Instead, edible makers must restrict themselves to generic shapes like circles and triangles. Beyond that, new regulations took effect regarding edible packaging. From Herb: Now, products must be labeled either in a font size that is at least two font sizes larger than the surrounding label text, not less than 10 point font, and be bold and enclosed within an...

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Nevada’s First Month of Legal Sales Saw More Tax Revenue Than Both Colorado and Washington

Getty Nevada saw huge lines on July 1st when dispensaries opened their doors to recreational cannabis users for the first time. The state sold $27.1 million in just the month of July – nearly doubling the sales of both Colorado and Oregon during their first months. The Nevada Department of Taxation reported that there has already been $10.2 million in tax revenue collected by the state. Of that $10.2 million, over half ($6.5 million) came from industry fees – such as licensing fees for new facilities – and $3.68 million came from sales. Of the $3.68 million, there was...

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