Vermont Marijuana News

Pot icons Cheech and Chong will be on hand to celebrate the grand opening of the Puyallup Native American tribe’s new retail cannabis shop this weekend, according to media reports. The Commencement Bay Cannabis store in the Tacoma, Washington area made its debut on April 10 and will celebrate the grand opening this Saturday for the 420 high holiday.

The new store is located on Portland Avenue across from the Puyallup Tribal Administration offices It is the latest venture of Puyallup Tribal Cannabis Enterprises, which also operates its first Commencement Bay Cannabis store and a state-licensed cannabis testing lab, Medicine Creek Analytics, in Fife, Washington. The enterprise generate funds to provide “education, training and support for thousands of tribal citizens,” according to its mission statement.

Puyallup Tribal Council Chairman Bill Sterud said during the store’s soft opening that the second cannabis shop will provide new opportunities for its members and the community.

“This store means a lot,” said Sterud. “It’s economic development at its best. It’s medicine at its best. It’s people getting together at its best.”

The shop sells a full range of cannabis products including flower, oils, topicals, edibles, and more. Customers may choose personal service from the

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Legislation to decriminalize the possession of personal amounts of marijuana has been passed unanimously by an Alabama Senate committee.

The Senate Judiciary Committee recently voted 11 to 0 to pass the marijuana decriminalization bill, sending it towards a vote by the full Senate. The vote marks a massive shift increase in support from just last year, when the committee passed the measure 6 to 4 (though it eventually stalled in the House). If passed by the full Senate, the measure would then need to pass the House of Representatives before it can be sent to Governor Kay Ivey (R) for consideration.

Under the proposed law, those caught possessing no more than an ounce of marijuana would be hit with, at most, a $250 fine for the first two offenses, and a $500 fine for subsequent offenses. As noted by Marijuana Moment, possession of more than an ounce but less than two ounces would be considered a class A misdemeanor, while possession of more than two ounces would be a class C felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

The legislation could “decrease receipts” for the state government’s general fund from fines, according to a state fiscal note,

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It’s hard to ignore the rumblings for legal marijuana in North Carolina. This week, some policymakers are focusing first on decriminalization measures. On Monday, four state representatives filed as primary sponsors for HB 766, which would erase penalties for possessing four ounces or less of cannabis, making it “no longer unlawful.”

The bill would make the cut offs for drug offenses that qualify as misdemeanors and felonies higher. Under current law, possession of more than a half ounce makes your crime a misdemeanor. A felony awaits those convicted of more than one and a half ounces. Under the new bill, you would have to be convicted of possession of more than four ounces to get a misdemeanor, and more than a whopping 16 ounces for it to qualify as a felony.

HB 766 would also compel the Department of Justice to review court records and expunge all possession charges of less four ounces of marijuana, allowing individuals to file their own petition with the court system before the DOJ’s deadline of July 1, 2020. It’s not the most agile system that has been proposed for such a process of retroactive justice — for each expungement, a hearing would be required

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It is not at all uncommon for companies to climb onto the 4/20 bandwagon and release specialty weed-themed products in honor of the unofficial cannabis holiday.

And this year, the fast food industry is making a splash. Specifically, Carl’s Jr. will become the first major fast food chain in the country to release a cannabis-infused food product.

The burger chain recently announced that it will sell a brand new CBD-infused burger this Saturday only.

Introducing the Rocky Mountain High CBD Burger

The new burger is called the Rocky Mountain High: CheeseBurger Delight. And according to Business Insider, the burger is supposed to include two beef patties topped with pickled jalapeños, pepper jack cheese, french fries, and the real star—a brand new, CBD-infused Santa Fe Sauce.

For now, the specialty burger will only be sold at the Carl’s Jr. located at 4050 Colorado Blvd., in Denver, Colorado.

The restaurant will start selling the CBD burger at 6 a.m. this Saturday. And it will sell the sandwich for as long as supplies last.

Carl’s Jr. will sell the Rocky Mountain High CBD burger for—you guessed it—$4.20.

Of course, because the burger will contain only CBD and no THC, don’t expect to get

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Canadians have been able to legally buy recreational marijuana for six months, but some say the prices are still too high.

“It’s basically three times the price,” said Taylor, whose identity Global News is protecting. “The price is the biggest factor for me right now.”

For nearly three years, Taylor has been purchasing her weed illegally through an online site in British Columbia to help her calm her anxiety.

But on Oct. 17, like hundreds of Manitobans, she lined up outside the first legal cannabis dispensaries in Winnipeg to buy her weed.

– Read the entire article at Global News.

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For Canadians, smoking weed in national parks is already extremely common and mundane. But now, it’s also legal—with a few exceptions. Days ahead of Canada’s historic legalization of marijuana on October 17, 2018, Parks Canada announced a rule change to permit campers to consume cannabis. But since Canada’s provinces can set their own consumption rules, many provincial authorities tweaked the blanket authorization.

With winter fast approaching last October, and parks closing down for the season, the issue wasn’t very urgent. Now that the spring thaw is underway, however, parks officials want to make sure campers know exactly where they can and can’t smoke. And on Wednesday, just days ahead of 4/20, Yukon Parks officials announced they’re treating weed just like liquor. In other words, it’s totally okay to spark up more than your campfire at your Yukon campsite this year.

Yukon Parks Officials Will Treat Weed Just Like Liquor

In the U.S., the ongoing federal prohibition against cannabis creates some interesting legal contradictions. Despite states legalizing adult-use, for example, federal prohibition creates pockets of land where federal law holds and state law doesn’t. And that means places in the U.S. like national parks and forests, wilderness preserves, wildlife refuges and

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‘There’s a lot of money to be made here,’ says Inuvik town councillor.

Wednesday marks six months since cannabis was legalized in Canada. At least one entrepreneur in the Northwest Territories hoped to be selling cannabis in a retail location by now, but he’s not.

“April 17th, they were supposed to start handing out licences, we thought — or we hoped — in the city [Yellowknife], but nobody seems to know,” said Luke Wood, president of Releaf NT.

“It could be months away yet.”

– Read the entire article at CBC News.

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Dietary supplement retailer the Vitamin Shoppe started selling CBD soft gels this week, making it the latest major chain in the United States to begin carrying products made with the cannabinoid. But unlike competing stores such as Rite Aid, CVS, and Walgreens, which are only selling topical products so far, the Vitamin Shoppe is carrying CBD supplements designed to be taken orally.

Vitamin Shoppe CEO Sharon Leite said in an email that the company’s clientele has shown a keen interest in CBD.

“The customer relationship is the cornerstone of The Vitamin Shoppe’s reinvention, and our customers have told us loud and clear they want CBD,” Leite said.

Vitamin Shoppe stores in 14 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico began selling Irwin Naturals soft gels with full-spectrum hemp extract this week. And later this month, the chain will add Garden of Life Dr. Formulated Broad Spectrum CBD Extract soft gels and liquid drops to the product line in those stores. Vitamin Shoppe stores nationwide began selling hemp extract essential oils last month.

“Our goal at The Vitamin Shoppe is to be first to market with innovative, high-quality products, as well as provide our customers the education, guidance, and services essential to

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Cypress Hill will be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, making them the first Latino hip-hop group to receive the distinction. Their star, the 2,660th on the iconic Walk of Fame, is in the Recording category and will be dedicated at a ceremony to be held Thursday morning.

“We are proud to honor the first Latino American hip-hop recording group,” said Ana Martinez, the producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame in a press release. “They have been successful as a group for three decades and we know they will continue their success for many years to come.”

The induction ceremony will be hosted by Rana Ghadban, president and CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, who will be joined by George Lopez and Xzibit for the unveiling of the star. Cypress Hill will celebrate the event with a show at the famous Whiskey a Go Go on Sunset Boulevard Thursday night. They are also scheduled to perform at a 4/20 festival at Sunset Beach Park in Vancouver, British Columbia on Saturday, although park officials on Monday asked organizers of the free event to drop them from the lineup in an effort to control

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Legislation to allow parents to administer limited forms of marijuana to their children on school property has passed the state Senate, along with a proposal for new marijuana testing rules.

CBD tincture.

Both Democratic and Republican lawmakers described the school bill as aimed at students that need medical marijuana for relief from chronic illnesses, reports the Associated Press. The bill would allow marijuana-infused products, but specifically bans smoking pot and products high in the psychoactive chemical THC. Instead, lawmakers said the bill was oriented toward allowing marijuana bred for its medicinal properties, including strains high in the non-intoxicating chemical CBD.

“THC is what recreational users use to get high,” said Republican Sen. Ann Rivers of La Center. “You could eat CBD all day long and never cop a buzz.”

Both THC and CBD are present in varying amounts in most cannabis, but unlike recreational marijuana, most medical strains of the plant are bred to have little or none of the psychoactive chemical THC. Having parents administer the drug keeps school officials including nurses out of the equation, a response to questions over liability or licensure.

The bill also contains a trigger clause that would suspend the new

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