Experts Predict the Next 5 States to Legalize Weed

In the United States, cannabis legalization is spreading like wildfire (sorry, California), and now experts predict the next five states to legalize weed. There is currently a grand total of eight states, plus Washington D.C., that have successfully passed recreational cannabis. So now, the question on everyone’s mind is: who’s going to be next?

Trying to predict political and legal outcomes is a national pastime.

In recent years, cannabis acceptance has been making strides. And as a result, the legalization of recreational weed has been spreading. So far, there are eight states (out of 50) which now allow adults to purchase marijuana without a medical card. The states that have passed recreational weed are Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada. Recreational cannabis is also legal in Washington, DC. Continue reading “Experts Predict the Next 5 States to Legalize Weed”

Colorado Hits Billion Dollar Sales Mark in Nine Months

According to data from the Colorado Department of Revenue, the Rocky Mountain state sold over $1 billion dollars in cannabis through the first nine months of 2017.

It took the state 10 months to reach the billion dollar mark in 2016. Sales totals through the first nine months of this year have reached a total of about $1.1 billion—the highest amount of total sales to date in the country.

When comparing the data to last year, through 9 months of sales Leafly found that Colorado totaled $942 million, with the totals in 2017 so far showing there was over a $100 million dollar increase in sales from the same time period, totaling $1,118,207,832.87 in sales.

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California marijuana growers reeling from “most financially trying, stressful year ever”

“This time of year, everyone’s harvesting. And now, the annual paycheck that we’ve been working all year to earn may have been burnt to a crisp or will soon dry out due to lack of water.”

The stresses felt by cannabis farmer Ahren Osterbrink, a Redwood Valley resident evacuated since the onset of the Mendocino Lake Complex fire, are feelings mirrored by countless farmers. Continue reading “California marijuana growers reeling from “most financially trying, stressful year ever””

Legal Risk Takes 6% Bite Out Of Canadian Cannabis Index

It’s normal for high-growth industries to have huge swings. One day it’s a big win and then the next day its a step or two back.

2017 has been another big step forward for the Canadian cannabis industry. Canada officially announced recreational cannabis will be legal in the summer of 2018.

And after some weakness this spring, the Canadian cannabis stock index is up 23% in the last month.

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Eagle County ballot initiative would create new marijuana tax for mental health funding

Suicide kills an American every 12 minutes — 44,000 Americans every year and 10 in Eagle County so far this year.

“Think about that,” said Andrew Romanoff, with Mental Health Colorado. “If someone attacked the United States and killed an American every 12 minutes and wiped out 44,000 of us in the course of a year, we would declare war.”

“In some ways, we have declared war, and this is a war we can win,” Romanoff said. Continue reading “Eagle County ballot initiative would create new marijuana tax for mental health funding”

Congress Debates Medical Pot For Cops and Calls for More Research

Congress debates medical marijuana for cops and calls for more research, marking a significant shift in the culture. Yesterday, they discussed a measure calling on federal agencies to study the use of medical marijuana by police officers. The sponsor of this measure? A Republican from Florida. Wait, what? Continue reading “Congress Debates Medical Pot For Cops and Calls for More Research”

Prohibitionist Post: 125 years covering Colorado’s love-hate affair with alcohol and cannabis

Denver has long been a premier spot for getting wasted.

Back in 1859, the Denver City was founded when land speculators led by Gen. William Larimer persuaded a competing mining claim to surrender its rights with a barrel of whiskey. The first city government was subsequently formed in a saloon. Over the next decades, a silver boom – and the arrival of the railroad – transformed the town into a frontier watering hole as prospectors and immigrants flocked to the foot of the Rocky Mountains to soak in sorrows and toast good fortune. Continue reading “Prohibitionist Post: 125 years covering Colorado’s love-hate affair with alcohol and cannabis”

California Wildfires Are Hitting Marijuana Farms

Fatal fires that have consumed nearly 200,000 acres in Northern California, devastating the region’s vineyards particularly in Napa and Sonoma Counties, are also taking a toll on a fledgling industry just months before its debut: recreational marijuana.

Many of the region’s farms, including those that harvest cannabis, have been scorched, including those in Sonoma County and in Mendocino County, the center of California’s marijuana industry. Mendocino is one of three California counties that comprise Emerald Triangle, where much of the United States’ marijuana is produced.

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Cannabis Dispensaries Open Late in Major Legal Cities

We’ve all had those moments when our cannabis reserves are running low yet it’s too late to hit up our go-to neighborhood dispensary. But with so many locations out there, it’s usually not too late to track down your favorite strain somewhere—if you know where to look. Below, we dug into our Leafly database to find you the dispensaries open the latest in major cities where cannabis is legal.

From 10 p.m. door closers to 24/7 convenience, you can find what you need at most any hour and get in and out well before closing time.

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Men arrested in Rifle with 120 pounds of marijuana from “nearby” grow site

The regional drug task force arrested four men found with about 120 pounds of marijuana last week in Rifle. A couple of the men said they were working at a grow site somewhere in the mountains.

A Rifle police officer on patrol Wednesday spotted an SUV without working brake lights that evening. “As soon as [the officer] stepped out of his patrol car he could smell the overwhelming, nauseating smell of marijuana,” according to an arrest report. Continue reading “Men arrested in Rifle with 120 pounds of marijuana from “nearby” grow site”