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Alaska collects first full month of marijuana tax revenue

Alaska collects first full month of marijuana tax revenue Laurel Andrews | January 5th, 2017 The state of Alaska has received its batch of cannabis tax revenue from the first full month of retail marijuana sales. In November, seven marijuana cultivators paid $81,100 to the Alaska Department of Revenue’s Tax Division, division director Ken Alper wrote in an email. About 98 pounds of marijuana bud and 10 pounds of trim — the leaves and stems — were sold wholesale, Alper wrote. Under Alaska law, cultivators pay the state’s tax. Bud is taxedRead More


State of Cannabis: Colorado Comes in Second

State of Cannabis: Colorado Comes in Second Daniel Shortt | January 8, 2017 2016 was a huge year for cannabis. As a result, we are ranking the fifty states from worst to best on how they treat cannabis and those who consume it. Each of our State of Cannabis posts analyzes one state and our final post will crown the best state for cannabis. As is always the case, but particularly so with this series, we welcome your comments. We have reviewed all 50 states and are now almost ready toRead More


Cannabis farmers ask Spokane County to lift moratorium on new outdoor grows

Cannabis farmers ask Spokane County to lift moratorium on new outdoor grows Wilson Criscione | January 05, 2017 Before Spokane County Commissioners passed a temporary ban on new pot farms, they never heard what cannabis farmers thought about it. But now, farmers are making sure their voices are heard. More than a month ago, Spokane County Commissioners purposely passed a temporary ban on new outdoor cannabis farms without telling anyone. The goal, said Commissioner Al French, was to not to attract too much attention that would lead to a rush of aspiringRead More


Judge: Insurance company must pay for medical marijuana for injured N.J. worker

Judge: Insurance company must pay for medical marijuana for injured N.J. worker JANUARY 6, 2017 | Jan Hefler In what could be a precedent-setting decision, a New Jersey administrative law judge has ordered an insurance company to pay for medical marijuana for an injured worker who suffers from lingering neuropathic pain in his left hand after an accident while using a power saw at an 84 Lumber outlet in 2008. Judge Ingrid L. French took testimony from the worker, a 39-year-old Egg Harbor Township man, and a Cherry Hill psychiatrist/neurologist whoRead More


Man suffers rare flu-like syndrome from smoking medical marijuana

Man suffers rare flu-like syndrome from smoking medical marijuana Kellee Azar and KATU | January 4th 2017 A man says his medical marijuana made him violently ill, and Portland-area doctors say they’ve seen more cases of the illness since recreational pot became legal in Oregon. Matthew Johnson says he suffers from anxiety, PTSD and has chronic pain from a car accident. He says it helped him for many years, until he recently started seeing flu-like symptoms. Man suffers rare flu-like syndrome from smoking medical marijuana


Cannabis Seed Breeder Franco Loja of Strain Hunters Dies at 42

Cannabis Seed Breeder Franco Loja of Strain Hunters Dies at 42 01/02/2017 | Keith Mansur Franco Loja, one half of the famed “Strain Hunters”, died today, January 2nd, 2017. The reason for his death is unknown at the time of this post. He was a partner of Arjan Roskam in the Green House Seed Co. in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Franco was the head breeder for the company which is the most awarded seed company in the world by many accounts. The two spent years crossing the globe looking for cannabis strains. TheirStrainRead More


Sen. Elizabeth Warren seeks to pull pot shops out of banking limbo

Sen. Elizabeth Warren seeks to pull pot shops out of banking limbo THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | January 1, 2017 As marijuana shops sprout in states that have legalized the drug, they face a critical stumbling block — lack of access to the kind of routine banking services other businesses take for granted. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, is leading an effort to make sure vendors working with legal marijuana businesses, from chemists who test marijuana for harmful substances to firms that provide security, don’t have their banking services takenRead More


What do Colorado and Washington Cannabis Have That Oregon Doesn’t?

What do Colorado and Washington Cannabis Have That Oregon Doesn’t? Lauren Terry | December 27, 2016 Inside Oregon’s recreational marijuana dispensaries, you’ll find some of the finest flower, concentrates, edibles and topicals anywhere. Although the variety is hindered by the current testing backlog, the products available are light years beyond the likes of street merchandise 10 years ago. Once you leave the shop, things aren’t so great in Oregon. If you head up to Washington—or, better yet, over to Colorado—you have far more options for enjoying your high. If the three statesRead More


Alaska made $81k in marijuana taxes from first full month of sales

Alaska made $81k in marijuana taxes from first full month of sales Shannon Ballard | December 30, 2016 Taxes from Alaska’s first full month of marijuana sales are in, and the tax director for the Alaska Department of Revenue, Ken Alper, says the state collected just over $81,000 in November. The state saw only $10,400 in pot taxes in October. At the moment, marijuana in Alaska is only taxed at the cultivation level. Buds bring in $50 per ounce and $15 for all other parts of the plant. Alper says November’s numbersRead More


What happened in Washington state after voters legalized recreational marijuana

What happened in Washington state after voters legalized recreational marijuana DECEMBER 29, 2016 | CHRISTOPHER INGRAHAM Conventional wisdom, based on results since marijuana was legalized three years ago in Colorado, is that availability of legal weed is having little or no effect on teen’s use of the drug. However, a study of Washington high school students out Tuesday flies somewhat in the face of prevailing opinion. Examining marijuana use among students in the state two years before and after the vote to legalize in 2012, it finds that marijuana use increasedRead More