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Published: Fri, 21 Jul 2017 02:01:07 -0700

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US NV: Nevada Has A Drug Problem: Shops Are Running Out Of Marijuana

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Los Angeles Times, 11 Jul 2017 - Nevada officials have declared a state of emergency over marijuana: There's not enough of it. Since recreational pot became legal two weeks ago, retail dispensaries have struggled to keep their shelves stocked and say they will soon run out if nothing is done to fix a broken supply chain.



US MA: Mass. Towns Balking At Pot Shops As Beacon Hill Weighs Tighter

Sat, 08 Jul 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Boston Globe, 08 Jul 2017 - At least 103 cities and towns - nearly one-third of all Massachusetts communities - have placed outright bans or other restrictions on marijuana businesses since voters legalized the drug for recreational use in November, according to a Globe analysis. And another 47 municipalities are actively considering restrictions, the review found, as local elected officials express unease about the state's venture into legalized recreational marijuana.



US MA: Marijuana Do's And Don'ts For The Fourth Of July

Tue, 04 Jul 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Boston Globe, 04 Jul 2017 - Independence Day is a celebration of freedom. But on this July Fourth, for the first time in more than a century, our freedoms in Massachusetts include the ability to legally buy, possess, and use marijuana. These privileges took effect in December, after voters approved a ballot question on recreational pot use. And that measure remains the law of the land, despite state legislators' ongoing debate over a rewrite of the rules.



US NV: Las Vegas Adds A New Lure To Its Repertoire With Legalized Pot

Sat, 01 Jul 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Los Angeles Times, 01 Jul 2017 - They arrived -- by the hundreds, on foot, in party buses and Uber rides -- at a strip mall marijuana dispensary, and the merchandise started flying off the shelf: Snake Eyes OG, double chocolate chunk brownie bites. "What we're experiencing right here and now is history," Ross Goodman, co-owner of Las Vegas ReLeaf, said early Saturday as he stood behind a glass counter at the pot shop watching staff shuffle patrons in and out. "This is the future and we're a part of ending prohibition."



US MA: Behind Closed Doors, Lawmakers Hash Out Plan To Rewrite Pot

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Boston Globe, 26 Jun 2017 - The fate of marijuana legalization, enshrined in law by about 1.8 million Massachusetts voters, is now in the hands of a half-dozen lawmakers meeting in secret. Those legislators' first action on Monday was to kick out members of the news media, close the door, and begin their deliberations to reconcile fundamentally different Senate and House rewrites of the ballot question that legalized adult recreational marijuana's use and sale.



US MA: Sorting Out The Cannabis Conundrum

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Worcester Telegram & Gazette, 24 Jun 2017 - BOSTON -- After a week of sharp divisions and heated rhetoric over the future of the state's recreational marijuana law, it's now up to a conference committee of six legislators to try and sort everything out. On one hand, there's a House bill that infuriated pro-marijuana activists by proposing a major overhaul of the voter-approved law. On the other, a more restrained Senate bill won praise from the groups behind the November ballot question.



US OH: Cases Proceeding Against Marijuana Petition Circulators

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Columbus Dispatch, 23 Jun 2017 - Criminal charges filed against petition circulators accused of falsifying signatures on petitions for the marijuana-legalization ballot issue in 2015 show that people must be careful, Delaware County Prosecutor Carol O'Brien said. "It serves as a cautionary note that people circulating petitions need to be very careful and follow the law when they are gathering signatures," O'Brien said. "People need to be careful to only sign their own names."



US MA: Central Mass. Has Mixed Views On Marijuana Law Changes

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Worcester Telegram & Gazette, 22 Jun 2017 - On the heels of a House rewrite Wednesday of the state's adult-use recreational marijuana law, approved by voters in November, local reaction has been mixed. Increasing the tax rate on marijuana sales from 12 percent to 28 percent and allowing local governing boards to ban or limit pot stores without asking local voters are among the more significant changes in the House bill.



US NJ: Legislators Begin Marijuana Legalization Effort As They Look

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Herald News, 19 Jun 2017 - Looking beyond Gov. Chris Christie and seeing a more socially liberal future, Democratic lawmakers opened their campaign to legalize marijuana in New Jersey with a lengthy legislative hearing Monday. Although no vote was planned on the bill that was introduced last month, the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing formally set in motion a campaign to make New Jersey among the first states in the Northeast to legalize marijuana. Voters in eight other states and Washington, D.C., have approved marijuana legalization, but New Jersey would be the first to do so through legislation.