Salinas, Calif., Doubles Number of Cannabis Permits

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The city of Salinas is almost doubling the maximum number of cannabis business permits it will issue.

At Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, city council members voted unanimously for an amended cannabis ordinance that increases the maximum number of permits in the cultivation, delivery, manufacturing and dispensary categories from three to five.

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Washington Gov. and AG Invite AG Sessions to a Discussion on Cannabis

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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been taunted by Trump tweets, but that’s nothing compared to the flaying Sessions receives in a new letter on marijuana policy from Gov. Jay Inslee and state Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

Allegations by Sessions, in a recent letter on Washington’s marijuana policy, “are outdated, incorrect, or based on incomplete information,” the two state leaders wrote to Sessions.

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New Mexico Health Chief Testifies That Grow Limits Do Not Harm State's Medical Cannabis Program

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State Health Secretary Lynn Gallagher, testifying Tuesday in a lawsuit against her and her agency, rejected the idea that limits placed on state-licensed marijuana growers ensure that New Mexico will never have an adequate supply for its increasing number of medical cannabis patients.

The lawsuit, one of many the department has faced since being tasked with administering the Medical Cannabis Program launched in 2010, claims that restricting producers to no more than 450 plants at a time is “arbitrary and capricious.”

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Holyoke, Mass. Mayor Vetoes Council's Moratorium on Approval of Recreational Marijuana Retailers

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HOLYOKE — Mayor Alex B. Morse vetoed the City Council’s moratorium on approval of recreational marijuana retailers because he said a statewide moratorium makes it unnecessary and it handcuffs the city economically.

“The only thing this ordinance would do is put the city at an economic disadvantage by dissuading interested investors from planning and submitting for a license during the period that will begin April 1, 2018,” Morse said in the Aug. 10 letter to the City Council.

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Maine Will Not Begin Recreational Sales by February Deadline

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Maine won’t make its February deadline for beginning the sale of recreational marijuana and won’t be ready to do so until next summer, at the earliest, according to the committee tasked with implementing legalization.

A special legislative commission finished its preliminary work on how Mainers can grow, sell and buy recreational marijuana Tuesday, tackling issues ranging from licensing fees to tax rates to consumer protections. Now analysts will turn months of committee straw votes into the draft bill that will go to a public hearing next month and a full legislative vote in October.

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Israel's Finance and Health Ministries Approve Export of Medical Marijuana

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The export of medical cannabis has been approved by an interministerial committee of the Finance and Health Ministries, it was announced on Sunday. The state will earn from this an estimated NIS 1 billion to NIS 4 billion a year. Any entity that meets the requirements may obtain a license to grow, manufacture, store or distribute cannabis.

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Hawaii Medical Cannabis Dispensary Suspends Sales After Products Fail to Clear State Lab Certification

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Maui Wellness Group, LLC dba Maui Grown Therapies, Hawaii’s first medical cannabis dispensary to sell products, has paused sales after selling out its first batch of cannabis flowers.

The dispensary sold out of the flower product after four days of operation, and is currently waiting for its next batch to clear lab certification.

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First Green Bank Takes Lead in Serving Florida's Medical Marijuana Industry

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The Orlando-based bank, which opened its first South Florida branch in Fort Lauderdale last year, says it’s the only Florida-based financial institution that is willing to serve the fast-growing medical marijuana business.

First Green’s corporate officers know the bank is treading where few others dare to go, in Florida or elsewhere. That’s because although marijuana is now legal for medical use in 29 states and for recreational use in eight states, the drug remains illegal under federal law.

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