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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Eaze Director Talks Big Tech Limitations, Industry Trends

Elizabeth Ashford, Senior Director of Corporate Communications at Eaze, shares her insights and projections for the future of the cannabis industry in California. January 13, 2020 3 min read This story originally appeared on Benzinga Before working as a communications consultant for the cannabis industry, Ashford sat at senior offices at the California State Government, serving as press secretary and chief of communications with Governors Schwarzenegger and Brown. Her participation in state government gave her a fluid familiarity with the departments of agriculture and public health, which she later applied to the cannabis industry. Her last public charge was serving as chief of staff Kamala Harris’ office as Attorney General of California. After leaving the public space in 2015, Ashford managed Activision Blizzard’s corporate communications, where she learned the ins and outs of a publicly traded company. RELATED: Don’t Invest In Legal Cannabis Until You’ve Read These 5 Tips Big Tech As Key […]

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Two More Polls Show Americans Support Marijuana Legalization

With growing support from the public, will lawmakers finally make the next big step in federally legalizing weed? January 7, 2020 3 min read This story originally appeared on Weedmaps Two more new national polls show that a majority of Americans are in favor of legalizing marijuana. A Fox News survey, which involved phone interviews with 1,000 adults from December 8-11, 2019, showed that 63 percent of respondents support legalizing “the recreational use of marijuana on a national level,” while 34 percent oppose the policy. A Marist poll, conducted in collaboration with NPR and PBS, surveyed 1,744 Americans from December 9-11, 2019, The results similarly showed 62 percent of respondents saying it is a “good idea” to legalize cannabis, with 33 stating it would be a “bad idea.” The last time Fox News posed the question, in January 2018, 59 percent said the country should legalize. Marist found that 63 percent supported legalization in July of this year. RELATED: Why […]

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The Tango For Cannabis Legalization And Home Growing In Latin America

Advocates of cannabis are urging Latin American countries to surrender against the war on the drug. January 2, 2020 6 min read This story originally appeared on Benzinga Latin America’s cannabis market is poised to become a central piece in the development of a legal global cannabis industry. With land and weather perfectly fit for cannabis cultivation, relatively low labor costs, and a strategic location for exports into North America, the region is on its way to becoming an important cannabis hub. Some markets like Colombia are welcoming investments from some of the top cannabis companies like Canopy Growth, Aurora Cannabis, Cronos Group and Aphria.  However, other countries in the region are far behind on cannabis policy. Aside from holding these nations back on the possible economic development associated with production, this reluctance to moving forward is having even stronger consequences on citizens who depend on the plant as basic medicine to lead a healthy life. […]

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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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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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The Number Of People Who Abuse Weed Is Decreasing. Legalization May Be Responsible

As more states legalize marijuana, studies have shown that less people are using it more responsibly. December 13, 2019 4 min read This story originally appeared on Weedmaps Contrary to the expectations of public health experts, the rate of frequent marijuana consumers who are diagnosed with cannabis use disorder (CUD) is not increasing, a new study reports. In fact, it’s actually decreasing, and that may be due to the growing number of states that have legalized access to marijuana. According to the paper, “CUD prevalence decreased significantly across all ages reporting daily/almost daily cannabis use between 2002-2016. Cannabis dependence prevalence decreased for adolescents and young adults and was stable only among adults ages 26+ reporting daily/almost daily cannabis use.” Recent studies have had mixed results on the prevalence of CUD — a diagnosis that includes either misuse and/or dependence — in the last two decades. Because people who consume marijuana every day or almost every […]

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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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Kiva Confections’ Fast-Acting, Cannabis-Infused Turkey Gravy Will Make Thanksgiving Even More Relaxing

Dinner conversation with family and friends just got a lot more entertaining. November 22, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. We’ve talked before about the weird CBD products on the market, but Kiva Confections is taking things to a whole new level that offers a new way to survive Thanksgiving this year: A fast-acting, cannabis-infused gravy that’ll be perfect to douse your turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing with this holiday season. Available in California only for a limited time, Kiva is bringing a cheeky addition to Thanksgiving dinner, with the cannabinoids absorbed into the soft tissue and stomach, bringing effects in a groundbreaking 2 to 15 minutes, versus traditional edibles’ typical onset of 90 minutes or longer. The resulting experience is predictable, precisely dosed and controllable, every time. RELATED: Why Marijuana-Infused Edibles Are A Huge Opportunity For Entrepreneurs We caught up with Kiva Confections to get more info behind the […]

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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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How To Add Delivery Service To Your Cannabis Retail

Weed delivery services can bring in additional revenue, so here’s what to do in order to implement the strategy. November 15, 2019 8 min read This story originally appeared on Weedmaps As a retail cannabis business owner or manager, you’re always looking for ways to offer a higher level of service to your customers. And one potential opportunity to do that? Delivery service. Offering delivery is a rising trend at dispensaries where laws permit them — and for many consumers, it’s quickly becoming the preferred method of getting cannabis. But how, exactly, do you add delivery service to your retail? Why Should You Add Delivery? First things first — before we jump into how to add delivery services to your dispensary, let’s first cover why you should consider adding delivery in the first place. Adding delivery to your roster of services adds a variety of benefits for your consumers — […]

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More Jane For Your Buck, But At What Cost?

How cannabis consumers, manufacturers and legislative stakeholders must combat the Black Market. November 4, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. While growing numbers of licensed cannabis dispensaries and reputable supply-chain companies are popping up throughout the nation, an unregulated black market is also looking to capitalize on the multi-billion dollar consumer demand. Such impostures have flooded the market with unlicensed cannabis dispensaries, as well as illegal delivery services, which sell knock-off cannabis products that are not tested for pesticides and other contaminants. California, for example, is the biggest legal marijuana market in the world, and still, the black market is three times larger than the legal one. Such illicit competition has resulted in a significant threat to public health and safety and has created a massive problem for the marijuana community. In order to counter such a colossal illicit market, manufacturers, consumers and legislative stakeholders need […]

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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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New California Laws Allow Some Marijuana Firms To Deduct Expenses On State Returns

The hope is to help normalize marijuana as an agricultural commodity. October 22, 2019 6 min read This story originally appeared on MJBizDaily Cannabis-related bills signed into law by California Gov. Gavin Newsom are significant steps in both providing marijuana businesses with the ability to write off business costs on state tax returns as well as normalizing cannabis as an agriculture commodity for cultivators. On Oct. 12, Newsom signed Assembly Bill 37, which will allow California’s cannabis businesses to deduct expenses on state income tax returns. “This shows a lot of intent from the state to support the industry,” said Avis Bulbulyan, a longtime Los Angeles-based cannabis consultant. “It’s a move in the right direction.” In September, Newsom signed two Senate bills – SB 527 and SB 657 – which might not have as immediate impact on the bottom line of most marijuana companies but should benefit growers in the long run. The former might free up additional farmland for […]

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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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Efforts Intensify To Battle Corruption Involving Local Government Officials And Cannabis Industry

States are taking action against government officials involved in bribery and extortion. October 16, 2019 6 min read This story originally appeared on MJBizDaily Law enforcement authorities across the country, including the FBI, have cast a wide net in their efforts to root out corruption among local government officials overseeing the marijuana industry. The crackdown has ensnared local government and cannabis industry officials in states such as California, Massachusetts and Michigan. Charges have included bribery and extortion. While claims of licensing bias and flawed scoring are more common, an examination of the landscape suggests that there have been a number of blatant efforts over the years to improperly influence public officials into awarding highly coveted marijuana licenses. Such corruption, combined with flawed and biased licensing, undermines the process, hurting the opportunities for businesses that play by the rules, industry experts warn. RELATED: More States Have Made Marijuana Legal, So Why Are […]

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