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Man busted for edible marijuana with Cookie Crisp cereal logo: Police

Published: Feb 6, 2020, 8:04 pm • Updated: Feb 6, 2020, 8:05 pm By Rick Sobey A man driving in Boston is accused of carrying several large bags of weed, along with dozens of edible marijuana packets that have the Cookie Crisp cereal logo, according to police. Daniel Keegan, 20, of Weymouth, was arrested on drug-related charges after a traffic stop in downtown Boston Wednesday night, police said. Officers at around 8 p.m. stopped Keegan’s car for an equipment violation in the area of 85 Bedford St. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.

NY man charged after cops find over 360 pounds of alleged pot in traffic stop

Published: Feb 6, 2020, 1:33 pm • Updated: Feb 6, 2020, 1:35 pm By Marie Szaniszlo A New York man was arrested Wednesday night during a traffic stop in Sturbridge, where more than 360 pounds of marijuana were found in the minivan he was driving, State Police said. Trooper Michael Barrera was on patrol shortly after 8:30 p.m.in the area of Exit 3A on Interstate 84 when he saw a 2017 Toyota Sienna minivan merge onto the off-ramp at a clocked speed of 50 mph – 20 mph over the ramp’s speed limit, police said. Barrera activated his cruiser’s lights and stopped the minivan on Route 20 East, police said. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.

Bill would scrutinize deals between communities, pot firms

Published: Feb 6, 2020, 7:03 am • Updated: Feb 6, 2020, 7:04 am By Associated Press By STEVE LeBLANC BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts House lawmakers approved a bill Wednesday that would tighten oversight of payments made by marijuana companies to the cities and towns that host them. The bill, which passed by a 121-33 vote, would give the state’s Cannabis Control Commission the power to review, regulate and enforce “host community agreements” following criticism that some local officials have used the contracts to demand more money from companies than is allowed under state law. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.

Suspect charged in armed robbery of Denver marijuana dispensary — may be connected to 5 others

Published: Feb 5, 2020, 4:12 pm • Updated: Feb 5, 2020, 4:15 pm By Tiney Ricciardi Denver prosecutors have charged a suspect in the armed robbery of a marijuana dispensary last month that law enforcement officials believe is connected to five similar hold-ups in late 2019. Courtesy Denver District Attorney’s OfficeSabastian Littlejohn Sabastian Tremayne Littlejohn, 25, was arrested on charges stemming from a robbery at Lightshade dispensary at 330 S. Dayton St. on Jan. 8. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

Glendale plans to open Colorado’s first marijuana tasting room inside a replica jail cell

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Glendale plans to open Colorado’s first marijuana tasting room inside a replica jail cell

Patrons at the Smokin Gun dispensary in Glendale will be among the first in Colorado to have a place to socially smoke marijuana when the pot shop opens an onsite tasting room this spring. Smokin Gun, billed as a late-night dispensary and anti-Prohibition museum, is planning a tiny onsite tasting room called The Joint where customers can consume products they buy at the dispensary, including flights of different strains of flower, according to an announcement Wednesday. Because the dispensary has something of a Wild West theme, The Joint will resemble a jail cell. It’s expected to open on April 20. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

Whoopi Goldberg’s California cannabis company has shut down

Published: Feb 5, 2020, 7:52 am • Updated: Feb 5, 2020, 7:54 am By Cnn.com Wire Service By Alicia Wallace | CNN Business Whoopi & Maya, the medical cannabis company co-founded by Whoopi Goldberg, is closing up shop, according to a statement posted on its website. In an interview with CNN Business, Rick Cusick, a Whoopi & Maya board member who helped found the company with Goldberg and Om Edibles founder Maya Elisabeth, said he received word Friday from Goldberg that she planned to step away from the brand. Read the rest of this story on MercuryNews.com.

Editorial: Roll back California pot taxes to save legal market

Published: Feb 3, 2020, 1:26 pm • Updated: Feb 3, 2020, 1:27 pm By Mercury News & East Bay Times Editorial Boards California’s legal marijuana industry has been a bust, falling far short of the sales projected when voters legalized it in 2016. With the approval of Proposition 64, Californians made clear that they wanted to end the farce of criminalizing marijuana-related offenses, and they wanted to allow a legal market for recreational marijuana to operate. Unfortunately, high taxes, a slow-moving permitting process and local government resistance has stifled the ability of the legal market to better get off the ground.

Irvine’s Weedmaps delists 2,700 rogue marijuana stores, but bad actors find loopholes

Facing massive fines from state regulators, Irvine-based Weedmaps has taken major strides toward fulfilling its pledge to drop ads for illicit cannabis shops from its online directory, cutting about 2,700 rogue stores from its site since the start of this year. The company’s long-awaited move to follow state law is drawing praise from legal cannabis operators. Some licensed stores have seen an uptick in business since Jan. 1, a trend they attribute to Weedmaps making it more difficult for potential customers to find unlicensed competitors. But Weedmaps’ new filtering system hasn’t prevented all unlicensed operators from advertising on the site, and many in the regulated market are hoping for even more diligent screening by the prominent, industry-driving platform. Read the rest of this sto...

Did California city break its own laws scoring marijuana dispensary applications?

While Pasadena’s most prominent retail cannabis controversies have centered on technical details and surprise application requirements for the city’s top six applicants, a more fundamental question is making its way through the courts: Did the city abide by its own procedures when choosing the best contenders? Instead of using three scorers — each meant to independently judge a single application and provide three separate scores that would later be totaled and averaged, per city law — documents from a city consultant indicate only one person scored each application. Critics, including two City Council members, say the requirement was meant to insulate the city’s cannabis application process from undue biases and disproportionate influence from a single person; losing that safeguard may ha...

Newsom’s budget calls for changing how California regulates its cannabis industry

Gov. Gavin Newsom is recommending a major overhaul to how California regulates its multibillion-dollar cannabis industry, with changes aimed at streamlining oversight and tax collection included in the proposed state budget he released Friday morning. Industry leaders are applauding the proposals, which are expected to ultimately make things easier for licensed businesses to navigate the legal market and compete with illicit operators. “Today’s announcement from the governor marks a turning of the tide,” said Jerred Kiloh, board president for the Los Angeles-based United Cannabis Business Association trade group. Read the rest of this story on ocregister.com.

Colorado unveils plan to help bring banking to state’s cannabis industry

With federal banking still out of reach, Gov. Jared Polis unveiled new strategies Monday to entice Colorado banks, credit unions and money transmitters to work with cannabis companies and become leaders in providing financial services to marijuana and hemp businesses. Polis’s plan renews the state’s commitment to creating a regulatory landscape that affords cannabis businesses access to services widely available to other legal industries, while offering financial institutions support to navigate the industry’s federal grey area. Because marijuana remains a controlled substance under federal law, Colorado’s dispensaries, cultivations and other businesses have been prohibited from obtaining conventional financial services, such as lines of credits or loans, and the ability to accept credit c...