States That May Legalize Weed In 2020

New Jersey voters will decide the issue for themselves as a handful of other states also consider making adult-use cannabis legal in 2020. January 23, 2020 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This year already promises to have plenty of election drama thanks to the presidential race. But in some states — including some of the biggest in the U.S. — it also could prove to be a big election for marijuana.  In other states, leaders are choosing legislative action over the ballot box. It’s setting up what should be an interesting year for cannabis advocates in 2020. Chief among the states considering legalization are New Jersey and New York. Lawmakers in both states failed to pass legalization in 2019. Voters in New Jersey will take matters into their own hands this November. Meanwhile, New York is looking to partner on the issue with a neighboring state […]

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Florida Man Arrested For Passing Out Weed On Christmas

He just wanted to spread some holiday cheer. Instead, he ended up in jail in St. Petersburg. January 14, 2020 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Over the holidays, police arrested a Florida man as he stood on Second Avenue in downtown St. Petersburg, handing out marijuana to people as they walked by around 11:30 p.m. They had been pointed in his direction by other pedestrians on Second Avenue and nearby Central Avenue, the heart of the city’s entertainment district. When he was arrested, the 67-year-old told police he was handing out the cannabis “because it was Christmas.” This marijuana Santa wasn’t bothering to hide it, either. Police reported that he had marijuana leaves on his shirt sleeves, 45 grams of cannabis in a backpack and a black digital scale. The police report doesn’t say how many people accepted his gift, but it does note […]

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Crossing The Border With Weed Can Mean Trouble — The Michigan-Ohio Border, That Is

With national legalization not yet a reality, the state-by-state laws on cannabis have created enforcement issues along state borders. The latest example comes from Michigan and Ohio. January 9, 2020 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Marijuana buyers from Ohio are making up as much as half of the total cannabis sales at a dispensary in Morenci, Michigan, right on the Ohio border. According to the Detroit Free-Press, the parking lot at the dispensary was recently full of license plates from Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. That’s good business for Michigan, which recently legalized cannabis, but risky business for Ohio customers, since bringing Michigan marijuana back into Ohio violates both Ohio and federal law. RELATED: Colorado Rolling Toward Another Record Year In Cannabis Sales Ohio Buyers Of Michigan Marijuana Could Face A Fine If Caught The Ohio-Michigan border offers a great example of what happens when marijuana remains […]

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Major League Baseball Drops Weed From Its Drugs Of Abuse List

MLB also focuses on providing treatment over punishment for those who test positive for opioids and other substances. January 7, 2020 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Major League Baseball made a major change to its drug-testing policy in December, removing cannabis from its list of Banned Substances. The league now plans to treat weed like alcohol, offering players optional treatment. That’s a major change in how most professional sports league’s treats cannabis, which many athletes have turned to for training and recovery. Also, in the wake of the overdose death of a pitcher — the Los Angeles Angels’ Tyler Skaggs — the league has focused on testing for opioid misuse. The policy amendments also provide players treatment when they test positive for substances on the Drugs of Abuse list, which now includes opioids, cocaine, LSD and MDMA, among other drugs. Jim Carroll, the White House drug […]

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It’s Now A Possibility In Kentucky

A Kentucky lawmaker filed a bill to legalize recreational marijuana as a way of providing funding for the state’s debt-ridden employee pension fund. December 31, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In an era of political polarization, the legalization of recreational marijuana has fallen for the most part along blue state-red state lines. That is, blue states do it and red states don’t. But that could potentially change with Kentucky. A Kentucky lawmaker has filed legislation that would create a legal recreational cannabis system in the state. A driving force behind the proposal is to use taxes generated from cannabis sales to fund the retirement system for state employees, as well as the state teachers’ retirement fund. Rep. Cluster Howard, the Democrat who filed the bill, said other states have shown that “legalizing cannabis for adult use is a win-win situation for everyone involved,” […]

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More Americans Ready To Put Money Into Cannabis Investments

While legalization at the national level remains elusive, almost half of investors say they are willing to put cash into cannabis stocks if Washington gets it done. December 26, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Survey after survey has found a majority of Americans favor marijuana legalization. Now, a new study finds Americans are also willing to back the legal marijuana industry with their cash, too. In a survey of 800 American investors, GOBankingrates asked about views on legalized marijuana and willingness to add cannabis stocks to their investment mix. They found that 49 percent are willing to put their money into cannabis stocks, and that some have already done so — even as federal legalization in the U.S. is still questionable. The reported stated: “The results demonstrated that, despite people’s concerns about the future of the legal cannabis industry, about half of Americans […]

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Cops And Criminals Confused By Difference Between Cannabis, Hemp

Farmers say they are targeted by thieves who want to steal marijuana plants, as well as police who want to make a drug bust. December 19, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. For legal hemp farmers, it’s just as important to protect themselves against police as it is to protect themselves against thieves. One is as likely as the other to mistake a field of hemp for a field of cannabis. Farmers recently told the New York Times that they are taking unusual measures to let both police and thieves know that hemp — which the U.S. Congress made legal across the country in 2018 — is not the same as marijuana. Those measures include a sign posted by a farmer near Salem, N.Y., reading: “Warning! No trespassing. Industrial hemp. Not marijuana, no THC. Will not get you high.” RELATED: Illinois Officials Clash Over Marijuana Legalization, Social […]

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Illinois Officials Clash Over Marijuana Legalization, Social Justice

Illinois moves forward with legal cannabis sales, even as Chicago politicians argue the law doesn’t do enough for minority business owners. December 17, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. As Illinois gets closer to recreational marijuana sales, the issue of social justice has been raised again, with African American leaders in Chicago voicing concerns that the law will allow white cannabis dispensary owners a jump start over people of color. A push by the city’s Black Caucus Chairman to move back the start date for legal sales until July failed in early December. Recreational marijuana sales are still expected to start Jan. 1, however. During a recent city council meeting, opponents to the plan voiced their opposition, according to numerous media reports. RELATED: Inside The World Of Cannabis Influencer Trippy Treez Social Justice Has Become A Key Reason To Support Legalization Debate over minority participation in […]

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Rep. Ayanna Pressley’s “People’s Justice Guarantee” Is The Most Sweeping Weed Legislation Proposal Yet. But Will It Pass?

Pressley’s massive criminal justice reform would also decriminalize sex work and end the cash bail system, solitary confinement, and the death penalty. December 10, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. While there are many proposals on legalizing marijuana, few are as sweeping as the recent “People’s Justice Guarantee” from Rep. Ayanna Pressley, the Democrat from Massachusetts who is best known nationally as a member of a group of young, progressive legislators called “The Squad.” Yes, the proposed legislation would legalize cannabis at the national level. It would also expunge the criminal record of those convicted of marijuana charges in the past. But it goes far beyond that, calling for changes in the criminal justice system that Pressley said are needed to make the system fair to people of color and other minority groups. “For far too long, those closest to the pain have not been […]

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Can You Major In Marijuana?

Schools around the country are creating courses and degree programs to meet the growing need for experts in the marijuana industry. Read_More Related posts: Why Is Medical Marijuana Still Banned on College Campuses? College Students Sue After Getting Expelled From College For Using Medical Marijuana Trump Says He’ll “Probably” Back New Marijuana Bill These Are the States Voting on Legal Marijuana in November John Boehner Succeeded in Politics Opposing Marijuana but in Retirement Has Joined the Medical Marijuana Industry Florida Finally Allows Actual Marijuana Flower in Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Which Major Country Will Be the First to Truly Adopt Cryptocurrency? 4 Major Marketing Trends for 2020 and Beyond

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Detroit Says ‘No’ To Recreational Marijuana Sales

Most major cities have said “yes” to recreational marijuana, but the Motor City has taken a different position — for now. November 28, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In a last-minute decision, Detroit leaders have decided to temporarily ban adult-use recreational marijuana sales. When legal marijuana sales start in Michigan, which is expected to happen Dec. 1, residents in the Motor City will have to go elsewhere for cannabis. The decision came in November. While Detroit is the largest city to ban marijuana sales in the state of Michigan, it is not alone. About 79 percent of municipalities in Michigan have done the same. The long list is available from the state. The decision to ban marijuana comes in the wake of voters statewide approving a referendum in November 2018 to allow legal recreational marijuana sales.  “Detroit completely dropped the ball,” Rush Hasan, […]

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Americans Believe Marijuana Is Safer Than Tobacco, Alcohol

Considering that, not long ago, across the whole country, police arrested people for possessing even small amounts of cannabis, this is a big deal. November 26, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. A majority of adults living in the United States think marijuana is safer than tobacco and alcohol, according to the findings of a new survey. Conducted by Harvard University and Politico, the survey found that just one in five Americans think marijuana is “very harmful” to those who use it.  Meanwhile, two in five say alcohol is harmful and 80 percent said tobacco is harmful. Those findings are especially noteworthy given that not long ago, marijuana wasn’t legal anywhere in the United States. Robert Blendon, a professor of health policy and political analysis at Harvard, said in a statement: “Ten years ago, we were jailing people for marijuana. Now people see this as […]

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Florida Could Grab 12 Percent Of The Cannabis Market If Legalization Is Approved In 2020

The Sunshine State is the next big prize in marijuana legalization – but will it happen in 2020? November 21, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. If voters in Florida legalize recreational marijuana in 2020, the number of cannabis-related jobs in the state may increase by seven times the current number, according to a new study. By 2025, the number of people employed in the hemp and cannabis industry could increase to more than 128,000, according to the U.S. Cannabis Report 2019 Industry Outlook from New Frontier Data. According to a report on the study from the Miami New Times, the current number of marijuana-related jobs in the state is 16,792. The New Frontier Data projections also call for Florida to get 12 percent of the country’s $29.7 billion legal marijuana market by 2025. Of course, all this hinges on whether marijuana legalization passes. […]

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College Students Sue After Getting Expelled From College For Using Medical Marijuana

Fearing the loss of federal funds, schools are banning medical marijuana on campus even in the 33 states where it’s legal. November 7, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Much like cities and counties, colleges and universities find themselves caught between state laws that allows medical marijuana use, and federal laws that consider cannabis a dangerous drug. The difference is that colleges and universities are getting sued over the issue — and, until marijuana is legal at the federal issue, the problem is expected to continue. In a series of recent lawsuits, students are looking to recover tuition costs, or get reinstated into degree programs, after several have gotten expelled for using legal medical marijuana. The court system has become the students’ only path to resolve the issue. RELATED: How Medical Cannabis Programs Fare In States With Recreational Markets An Arizona Student Recently Sued A College After […]

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Should Pregnant Women Use Marijuana? New Study Helps Reveal The Answer

The immediate answer for most would be “no,” but a new study shows details of how cannabis impacts pregnant women and their babies. October 31, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Pregnant women need to be extremely mindful of what they put into their bodies. And, one thing that many wonder about is legal marijuana consumption and how it impacts the woman and her baby. A new study from the University of Denver aims to answer that question. Due to the dearth of marijuana research in the United States, there is a “limited understanding” of how cannabis impacts pregnant women and their babies “if they are exposed to cannabis inside the womb,” said Pilyoung Kim, the professor of psychology at the University of Denver, who is leading the research. RELATED: Chelsea Handler Gets Into The Cannabis Business Professor Kim Wanted To Answer Women’s Questions About Weed […]

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Florida Man Needs To Stop Calling Police About His Stolen Weed

It’s the latest in a weird list of stories that show many people remain clueless about complex cannabis laws. October 29, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. It’s always a good idea to call the police if something has been stolen from you. It’s only a bad idea if the item stolen is something that is illegal to have in the first place. A Florida man who recently called police to tell them that his roommate had stolen $20 worth of cannabis just learned that the hard way.  As explained by the Pasco County Sheriff’s Deputy who responded to the call: ”A guy’s calling in saying his roommate stole his weed. Twenty dollars’ worth and he’s upset. He keeps calling 911. So, I got to give him a call and tell him to stop calling about his weed.”  If the officer seems amused, that’s […]

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Most Democratic Candidates Favor Marijuana Legalization — With One Important Exception

Joe Biden is the lone frontrunner who hasn’t backed marijuana legalization at the federal level October 24, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. As Mexico prepares to join Canada in legalizing marijuana at the federal level, a U.S. Democratic presidential candidate suggested that the United States should do the same as part of the battle against the opioid crisis. In an extraordinary moment noticed by marijuana advocates, former U.S. congressman Beto O’Rourke of El Paso, Texas, said during the October Democratic primary debate that he had met a veteran who had become addicted to opioids. “Now imagine that veteran, instead of being prescribed an opioid, had been prescribed marijuana, because we made that legal in America [and] ensured the VA could prescribe it, expunge the arrest records for those who’d been arrested for possession and made sure that he was not prescribed something to which […]

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Cannabis Arrests Are On The Rise — Again

The places where you can buy marijuana are increasing, but so are the number of arrests on marijuana-related charges. October 22, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. While more U.S. states continue to legalize marijuana, more U.S. citizens keep getting arrested for marijuana-related crimes. FBI crime statistics show that, for the third year in a row, the number of marijuana-related arrests increased in 2018. How is that possible? The crime stats from the FBI don’t offer an explanation, only raw data. However, it was clear that arrests have increased in areas where marijuana is not yet legal. In the West, where many states have legalized cannabis, marijuana possession arrests accounted for only 13.4 percent of all such arrests nationwide. It’s a different story in other parts of the country, however, with the most arrests happening in the Northeast (48.9 percent), with the Midwest (45.8 percent) and the […]

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Black Market Weed Is Still Popular In Some States, But It’s Also Very Dangerous

October 17, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The marijuana black market remains strong across the country, even in places with legal adult-use sales such as California. The main reason for this is that black market marijuana is cheap, although consumer confusion about decriminalization may also contribute to the problem. What’s certain is that, for consumers, black market cannabis is dangerous. Legal cannabis businesses — both for medical and recreational marijuana — must meet state standards for the growing of marijuana, the product of marijuana-related products (including CBD), and the sale of cannabis-related products. In the black market, of course, no such standards exist, which is why the entire industry is urging for a regulated market. “When we take this off the market, this black market marijuana, it could save a life,” Captain Holly Francisco of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department told ABC […]

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Mexico’s Proposed Law To Federally Legalize Marijuana Aims At Cutting Out Drug-Related Crime

The United States could find itself sandwiched between two huge countries with legal marijuana markets. October 10, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Mexican lawmakers are debating the details of legislation that would legalize marijuana nationwide. Some are projecting that legislation could be ready for consideration as soon as late October, making for a quick turnaround on the issue.  If Mexico legalizes marijuana for adult use nationwide, the country will become only the third in the world to do so. Uruguay and Canada have both made cannabis legal at the federal level. The decision would put the United States, where marijuana is illegal at the federal level, between two large countries that are getting a big head start in creating legal cannabis markets.  Lawmakers are considering 13 different proposals during hearings that will include comments from the public, according to Mexico News Daily. These include […]

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