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As the Nevada Legislature debates a variety of cannabis-related measures, dissension among dispensary owners could impede efforts to take Nevada’s fledgling weed industry to the next level, says Clark County Commissioner Tick Segerblom. 

The exodus of nine dispensaries from the Nevada Dispensary Association has “huge implications” according to Segerblom, who is frustrated owners are “fighting each other instead of making Nevada the New Amsterdam.” 

The battle among dispensary owners stems from epic litigation over the state’s licensing process.  The lawsuit ended with Judge Betsy Gonzalez agreeing with the plaintiffs that the process was flawed,  but she declined to do anything about it because the number of permitted licenses is spelled out in law and she lacked remedies.   

A measure before lawmakers would end the Catch-22 of legal weed sales —  tourists can buy it but are prohibited from smoking it in hotels.

The “best bill,” according to Segerblom, would allow consumption at big cannabis events.   

Inyo Fine Cannabis owner David Goldwater, who bolted from the NDA where he served as a board member, says he believes

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Toronto Police have made several arrests and seized drugs, edibles and cash after raiding an unlicensed dispensary in North York.

On the afternoon of Friday, April 30, after working with the city’s Municipal Licensing and Standards team, police executed a Cannabis Act search warrant at the Just Compassion Dispensary at 1230 Sheppard Ave. W. Unit 6.

Police seized a number of drugs including 558.82 grams of hash, 7,180.36 grams of loose marijuana, 126.38 grams of psilocybin mushrooms, 22.04 grams of CBD powder, 394 pre-rolled marijuana cigarettes, 71,433 grams of edibles with packaging, and $2,382 in Canadian currency.

Justin Loizos, 36, of Toronto, was arrested and charged with possession for the purpose of selling cannabis, possession of a Schedule III substance for the purpose of trafficking, possession of proceeds of crime under $5,000, and fail to comply with an order made during a declared emergency.

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Emil Mikhailov, 44, of Maple, was arrested and charged with possession for the purpose of selling cannabis, possession of a Schedule III substance for the purpose of trafficking, and possession of proceeds of crime under $5,000.

Michael Milligan, 28, of Toronto, was arrested and charged with possession for the purpose

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The tribal council for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians voted on Thursday to approve an ordinance that legalizes medical marijuana on tribal lands. The vote applies to the tribe’s lands known as the Qualla Boundary, which covers 100 square miles over five counties in western North Carolina.

Cannabis is still illegal in North Carolina, although possession of less than one ounce is punishable by only a fine. The move by the council will make the tribe’s sovereign lands the only place within the state’s borders where marijuana can be legally possessed.

Before the council’s vote, Principal Chief Richard Sneed said that the new ordinance is the first of several steps to fully legalize medical marijuana.

“There’s so much science now supporting cannabis as a medicine,” Sneed told the tribal council. “This really is a quality of life issue as well for folks who have debilitating diseases, chronic pain, chronic back pain, cancer.”

“This is really just the first step, or kind of the cornerstone of moving toward medicinal. We have to have this in place first,” he added.

The council voted to remove a provision of the ordinance that would have allowed tribal members to give away but not sell small quantities of cannabis.

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CANNABIS CULTURE – It’s been a busy spring for Last Prisoner Project! Keep reading for more updates and information on our latest campaigns, recent events, and opportunities to support our constituents.

Parading with Policymakers

Last Saturday, LPP board members, staffers, and affiliates marched in the New York City Cannabis Parade & Rally, one of the longest-running marijuana activism events in the world.

Given the recent passage of the state’s adult-use legalization bill, this year’s event took on new meaning — especially for those who have been advocating for reform for decades. The rally also saw lawmakers like State Senator Alessandra Biaggi, New York Attorney General Leticia James, and Senator Chuck Schumer—who promised not to stop fighting until we legalize federally and undo the harms of cannabis prohibition—take part. The event reminded us just how grateful we are for the passion and power of the cannabis community!

In the early 2000s Michael Pelletier was arrested on marijuana conspiracy charges, later receiving a sentence of life without the possibility of parole. ⁣Mercifully, after serving more than a decade in federal prison, Michael was issued an executive clemency grant in January. Since his release, he has been able to use LPP Reentry Grant funds as his begins

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In a move that could limit the options of advocates promoting cannabis legalization initiatives, the Idaho Senate approved a bill on Wednesday that would ban advertising for marijuana in the state. The Senate passed the measure, SB 1218, with a vote of 21 to 14, sending the legislation to the state House of Representatives for consideration.

During debate on the bill, Sen. Scott Grow, the sponsor of the measure, said that billboards in western Idaho advertise cannabis businesses just over the border in Oregon, where recreational marijuana is legal for adults.

“People are being encouraged to violate the law,” Grow said. “They’re being encouraged to go over and get something they know is illegal in Idaho.”

Earlier on Wednesday, the bill had been placed on a fast track for approval, receiving a committee hearing with little notice for the public to participate. Nonetheless, four citizens appeared at the meeting to oppose the measure, while no one showed up to speak in favor of the bill. Their efforts were in vain, however, with the panel’s Republican majority approving the bill with a vote of 7 to 2 along party lines.

Serra Frank, a cannabis activist and the organizer of Boise Hempfest, told High Times that

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After sitting out for the first seven years of recreational marijuana sales in Colorado, Buena Vista is close to issuing the town’s first recreational dispensary licenses.

As a handful of mountain towns cashed in on tourists once retail pot sales began in 2014, Buena Vista only allowed one medical dispensary to operate, with local laws restricting sales to registered medical marijuana patients only. However, Buena Vista voters approved recreational dispensaries during the November election, allowing up to two retail pot shops to open in town.

Ascend Cannabis, the town’s lone medical dispensary, plans to incorporate recreational sales and modify the store, according to owner Scott Embree, who is “not sure of a time frame” regarding the conversion but says he is looking forward to serving medical patients and recreational customers going forward.

Ascend’s premise modification has been approved by local and state regulators, according to Embree, giving rhe operation a head start toward becoming the town’s first recreational dispensary. There were twenty applicants to become Buena Vista’s

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Guthrie police are investigating after someone robbed a medical marijuana dispensary and was shot at by the clerk.According to Guthrie police, just before 8 p.m. Wednesday, a man entered the Doobies dispensary, located on Division Street near Industrial Road. The man was wearing glasses, a mask, a blue sweatshirt with the hood up, blue jogging pants with white stripe and blue tennis shoes.Police said the man then requested to see a backpack and approached the clerk behind the counter. That’s when he reportedly told the clerk that he had a knife and swung toward the clerk, as if to strike the clerk. When the clerk backed away, police said the man took about $400 to $500 worth of products before running toward the door. The clerk grabbed a handgun from near the cash register and fired one round toward the fleeing suspect, according to police. The suspect was not hit by the gunfire. He left the store and ran away from the area, according to police. Police released surveillance photos of the man wanted in connection with the robbery. Anyone with information is asked to call Guthrie police at 405-282-3535.

Guthrie police are investigating after

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My first assignment for mg Magazine in early 2019 took me into the affluent Los Angeles neighborhood of Woodland Hills to profile a dispensary called Atrium. The opulent salon-meets-jewelry shop’s floor glistened in a flood of natural light. The attentive, diverse staff thrummed around the open floor with iPads, offering recommendations and patiently explaining each product. Design-forward brands like dosist and Canndescent had claimed their own sections of the store, meticulously presenting their products in an environment that finally felt appropriate.

During the hour or so I spent taking in the details, I watched as new consumers timidly handed over their IDs at the door before the tension fell from their shoulders and they stepped into the impeccably designed, open space. This was not a drug deal.

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It’s been four years since West Virginia legalized medical cannabis, and until now, they have not had an actual program in place for patients to get relief. Now, eligible patients can finally register and officially become a part of the program.

While medical cannabis business permits started being awarded as far back as October of last year, it has taken this long for them to get things up and running for patients to be able to get involved. The state just recently was able to get a testing lab approved, which was a missing step necessary for the program to move forward.

Patients who suffer from cancer, HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, and chronic pain are eligible to register. In order to get medical cannabis, like in other legal states, patients must get a recommendation from a registered doctor. In order to get a medical cannabis card, once they are approved, patients can visit medcanwv.org.

Now that sales are on track to start, they are expected

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C3 Industries opened the company’s first Missouri dispensaries, High Profile, in Columbia and St. Charles, respectively, this week. Additional High Profile locations in Cape Girardeau, St. Robert, and Sunset Hills are expected to open later this year.

C3 currently operates other High Profile locations in Michigan and Oregon, making the new stores the seventh and eighth retail locations nationwide, with additional facilities in Massachusetts to come.

C3 also possesses a manufacturing license in Missouri under the brand name Cloud Cover Cannabis.

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