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Looming Federal War On Legal Marijuana

BOSTON (CBS) – One thing we know for sure about marijuana – it makes people crazy, and I don’t mean the people smoking it. As you know, in 2016 voters here in Massachusetts legalized recreational marijuana possession, sales and home-growing by a convincing 7-percent margin. We are one of 29 states that have legalized the […]

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Marijuana Industry Not Freaking Out Over Threat Of Federal Crackdown

WASHINGTON ― The marijuana industry and its advocates collectively held their breath this week following the release of new Justice Department guidance that gave federal prosecutors the go-ahead to aggressively pursue state-legal marijuana operations. But just a day after the decision, many experts are cautiously optimistic that their initial fears of a crackdown were overblown. In […]

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California Is Taxing the Hell Out of Pot, but Washington Is Even Greedier

Marijuana merchants in California, who began legally serving recreational customers on Monday, complain that they are overtaxed, and they have a point. Of the eight states that have legalized marijuana for nonmedical use, California has the second highest total taxes, beaten only by Washington, where legal recreational sales began in 2014. Alaska, where state-licensed pot […]

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Sen. Cory Gardner Rips Jeff Sessions’ Weed Reversal, Threatens To Hold Up DOJ Nominees

Three days after California legalized the use of recreational marijuana, Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday indicated he intends to reverse an Obama-era federal policy that discouraged federal prosecution of the drug in states where it was legal. Lawmakers in states that have legalized the drug for medical and/or recreational purposes reacted negatively to the news, many of them calling […]

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A Day Of Liberation In The Golden State

For the third day in a row, marijuana is legally available for both purchase and consumption in California, for purely recreational purposes, to any adult age 21 or older. Also, for the third day in a row: the sky did not fall, the sun still rose in the east, and people are not rioting in […]

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As 2017 Ends, Mass. Works Toward Marijuana Retail Sales On July 1

In just a little over six months, the first retail sales of recreational, or “adult use,” marijuana will take place. Regulations governing the new legal cannabis industry are on track to be finalized by March, with businesses sending their license applications to the Cannabis Control Commission soon after. A Look Back At This Year In […]