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Report: 99% of California Cannabis Growers Are Still Unlicensed

California Growers Association says the high cost of licensing, along with county bans, are forcing growers into the illicit market.

Dear Abby Tells It Like It Is: The Week in Cannabis Quotes

From lawyers in landmark cases to sanctuary-friendly mayors to Dear Abby and Chelsea Handler, here are the week's most notable cannabis quotables.

California Sends ‘Several Hundred’ Warning Letters to Unlicensed Cannabis Businesses

Most of the letters, which threaten civil and criminal penalties, have gone out to retail storefronts and delivery services believed to be operating illegally.

LA’s Cannabis Office Is Woefully Understaffed, Chief Says

“We have many responsibilities and not a lot of capacity,” the department’s director told Leafly. “We’re going to at least need to quadruple our team.”

Cannabis Act Senate Watch: A Resolved Stalemate Creates a New Sale Date

Senators have agreed to vote on the Cannabis Act by June 7. Because it will take at least eight weeks to get the retail system going after the bill is passed, Canadians will have to wait until at least August to buy recreational cannabis.

Philadelphia DA Drops Cannabis Cases, Joining National Trend

Philly will no longer prosecute cannabis possession cases. Similar policies were recently enacted in Houston and Brooklyn.

Alberta’s Cannabis Plan: Private Retailers With Strict Government Oversight

Today's announcement brought a wealth of specific information for Alberta’s would-be cannabis retailers.

Canada’s Adult-Use Cannabis Legalization to Be Delayed

As recently as last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government was insisting it was on track for legalization in July.

The Roll-Up #21: Dear Abby Won’t Stand for Canna-Shaming

The advice columnist dishes good counsel to a medical cannabis patient; also, Rick Steves advises Congress, and Ben offers tips to Olympic snowboarders.

DEA’s Ban on CBD Challenged in Federal Court

Is cannabis 'marijuana'? The words used to describe hemp and marijuana are at the crux of a lawsuit challenging the DEA’s ban on CBD.

New Jersey Bill Would Dial Back Governor’s Legalization Promise

"I think this whole legalization stuff has to slow down," said state Sen. Ronald Rice.

Arizona Proposal Would Jail Cannabis Doctors Who Break Rules

Republicans hailed the proposal, but Democrats warned that Arizona would be slapping heavy penalties on doctors who can already face sanctions from licensing boards.

Senator to Lift DOJ Blockade in Show of ‘Good Faith’ to Jeff Sessions

"As sort of a good faith gesture on my behalf I’ll be releasing a limited number of nominees,” Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner said.

Police Say Hundreds of Illegal Cannabis Shops Operate in LA

Police have shut down eight illegal marijuana shops since Jan. 1, a pace that is unlikely to intensify as the department is focused on curbing violent crimes.

Medical Cannabis Clearly Saves Lives, Federal Judge Declares

But he may be unable to invalidate the Schedule I status of cannabis. A landmark lawsuit got its first hearing in a New York courtroom today.

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