North Dakota recreational cannabis legalization campaign launches

April 17, 2024 · MJ Biz Daily

North Dakota voters could see a “consumer-friendly, yet highly regulated” recreational cannabis legalization proposal on their November ballots. Only limited business opportunities would be available if the ballot initiative campaign that submitted initial paperwork to the secretary of state on Tuesday is successful, according to the North Dakota Monitor. If the petition is approved for circulation, organizers would need to collect 16,000 valid signatures by July 8 to qualify for the ballot. State voters rejected adult-use legalization in 2022 by a margin… Read more.

Ohio Recreational Marijuana Sales Could Launch In June Under Regulators’ Expedited Plan, Lawmaker Says

April 12, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

Ohio marijuana sales could launch as soon as June under a regulatory plan that a legislative rulemaking committee is set to approve as lawmakers’ plans to revise the voter-approved legalization law continue to stall out. Regulators have until September to start issuing cannabis business licenses under the ballot initiative that was approved last November, but the Division of Cannabis Control (DCC) has devised a plan to start granting dual licenses to existing medical marijuana operators to begin serving adult consumers… Read more.

Ohio recreational cannabis launch stymied by GOP dispute

April 8, 2024 ·

Infighting among Ohio Republican lawmakers is threatening the rules promulgation process for the voter-approved adult-use cannabis market and delaying when products will actually be available for purchase in the state. Issue 2, which passed with a 57-43% margin in November, allows adults 21 and older to consume cannabis in all of its main forms, as well as grow up to six plants per individual or 12 per household. However, the delay stems from expected disagreement between the Republican-controlled state Senate and House. The Senate passed… Read more.

Judge clarifies New York adult-use marijuana ruling after creating chaos

April 5, 2024 · MJ Biz Daily

New York’s adult-use marijuana industry rode a chaotic roller coaster the past two days, after a state Supreme Court judge on Wednesday struck down nearly all regulations for the market, only to issue a revised, much narrower ruling one day later. Last year, Leafly Holdings sued New York’s Office of Cannabis Management (OCM), challenging the state’s ban on third-party advertising for cannabis retailers on free-speech grounds. But in a scathing ruling dated April 3 that began to circulate Thursday, Albany Supreme Court Judge Kevin… Read more.

5 Years After Legalization, Canada Hits CA$5 Billion in Recreational Marijuana Sales (And That is Just the Legal Side)

February 25, 2024 ·

Canadian Cannabis Sales Hit CA$5 Billion in Just 5 Years Post Legalization If you remember, the first piece of legal rercreational cannabis sold in Canada took place at 12:01:01AM on October 17th, 2018 in Newfoundland, Canada and then CEO of Canopy Growth, Bruce Linton, sold the first order at the Tweed store in Newfoundland. was there to record the historic first recreational sale as it went down live! Fast forward almost 5 years, and Canada is selling a whooping $5 billion CA… Read more.

New Report Projects Global Recreational Cannabis Market To Nearly Double by 2027

December 26, 2023 · High Times

A new report projects that the global recreational marijuana market will nearly double over the next four years, with legal sales of adult-use cannabis climbing to almost $50 billion per year by 2027. The report, from U.K.-based cannabis data, media and tech company Prohibition Partners, credits global momentum in cannabis reform and the opening of new recreational cannabis markets in Europe over the next three years as the prime drivers of the industry’s worldwide growth. “North America remains the global… Read more.

Ohio recreational cannabis group claims enough signatures to qualify for ballot

August 4, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

Organizers of a campaign to legalize recreational cannabis in Ohio said they’ve submitted more than enough signatures from registered voters to qualify for the November ballot. The campaign on Thursday submitted 6,545 to state election officials, campaign spokesperson Tom Haren said in a statement. That total is almost 10 times as many signatures as the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol needed. Earlier this summer, the campaign turned in roughly 223,000 signatures to the Ohio secretary of state’s office, which told the campaign… Read more.

Baltimore County Council prepares framework for recreational cannabis this July

May 4, 2023 · WMAR 2

Voters widely approved it last November, and in two months, legal cannabis will become a reality in the state of Maryland. Governor Wes Moore signed the state's framework into law Wednesday, and now Baltimore County is looking to bring its own laws up to speed. Councilman Julian Jones, chair of the Baltimore County Council, introduced that update at the council's meeting this past Monday. The measure would apply county rules for medical dispensaries to recreational ones. "For me, it was just… Read more.