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Mass. Pot Shops May Be Open, but Workers Can Still Be Fired Over Weed

The long-awaited opening of the first recreational marijuana stores in Massachusetts was cheered by cannabis enthusiasts and entrepreneurs, but it doesn’t change the reality that workers can be fired or face disciplinary action from employers for marijuana, even when they …

First Legal Pot Stores in Massachusetts Open at Same Time

The first two recreational marijuana stores in Massachusetts opened at the same exact time this week. A spokeswoman for Cultivate in Leicester said Saturday the store planned to move up its regular 10 a.m. start time to 8 a.m. on …

Nevada Pot Sales Hit Monthly Record in New Fiscal Year

Nevada kicked off the first month of the new fiscal year with its biggest monthly marijuana sales since the state legalized pot for recreational use on July 1, 2017. The Nevada Tax Department said this week the $7.9 million in …

Prosecutor Says Colorado Marijuana Laws Too Loose, Jeopardize Safety

Colorado’s system for regulating marijuana has too many loopholes that disguise illegal activity and jeopardize public safety, a federal prosecutor said, detailing his motivation for boosting scrutiny in the first state to broadly allow cannabis sales. U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer …

Rural Nevada Areas Not as High on Recreational Marijuana

Despite more marijuana licenses available from the state, parts of rural Nevada continue to shun the business. But in other parts of rural Nevada, seeds of industry might be sprouting. Las Vegas dispensary Acres Cannabis has a dispensary under development …

Canada Delays Sales of Recreational Cannabis in Retail Stores as Legalization Looms

Canada’s largest province is delaying the launch of private marijuana sales in bricks-and-mortar stores until April 2019, nearly six months after the drug is legalized for recreational use. Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government said Monday it will start cannabis sales with …

Fired Worker in Massachusetts Argues Pot Use Didn’t Violate Company Policy

A Massachusetts woman who was fired by a food services company for her recreational marijuana use says she was wrongfully terminated. The Eagle-Tribune reports that 55-year-old Bernadette Coughlin was fired last month from her job as a supervisor with Sodexo …

Marijuana Regulators in California Send Cease Order to Nearly 1K Businesses

Nearly 1,000 individual cannabis businesses have been sent cease-and-desist letters or emails by California regulators during an ongoing enforcement process, a first step in a long effort to ensure the state’s industry is fully regulated and operating like those in …

Vermont Poised to Enact Legal Pot Through Legislature

The Vermont Senate on Wednesday gave final approval to a bill that would allow the recreational use of marijuana, putting the state on course to become the first in the country to legalize pot by an act of the Legislature …

California Commissioner Condemns Session’s Move Against Legal Pot

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones is not happy with U.S. Attorney General Sessions’ recent marijuana enforcement memo rescinding Obama administration guidance that enabled states to legalize marijuana without federal intervention. Recreational marijuana became legal for adults in California on Jan. …