After a hot summer, Colorado’s cannabis sales cool down

Colorado’s cannabis sales have chilled from their seasonal summer highs. After three consecutive months of $136 million in combined recreational and medical cannabis sales, Colorado’s marijuana dispensaries recorded nearly $121.6 million in sales during October, according to The Cannabist’s extrapolations of state sales tax data made public Monday. The October totals consisted of nearly $87.7 million…

Maryland Finally Started Selling Medical Marijuana

At long last—after five years of bureaucratic delays—medical cannabis is available to qualifying Maryland patients. Back in 2013, Martin O’Malley, then governor, signed a bill legalizing medicinal marijuana. But various political snafus prevented any dispensaries from actually selling the herbal medicine until Friday, December 1. The effort to provide access was slowed down when no…

Is marijuana addictive?

Is marijuana addictive? That depends on how you define addiction. And, in an increasingly polarized political atmosphere, it depends on who you ask. Roger Roffman, a cannabis dependence expert and professor emeritus of Social Work at the University of Washington,told Leafly: “Addiction results from a combination of biological and psychological factors that contribute to conditioned behavioral patterns…

Denver marijuana regulators’ oversight improved, but still lacking tax transparency, auditor says

Denver’s Office of Marijuana Policy has successfully implemented some suggestions made last year by the city’s auditor; however, the regulatory office continues to fall short on full transparency about how pot tax revenue is spent, a report released Thursday shows. Denver Auditor Timothy M. O’Brien issued a follow-up report to his 2016 audit of the…

NY attorney general’s office investigating Buffalo police drug checkpoints

State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman’s office is investigating the Buffalo Police Department’s use of traffic checkpoints and enforcement sweeps inside public housing developments, The Buffalo News learned Wednesday. The investigation follows a complaint filed by members of Black Lives Matter Buffalo and other community groups on Aug. 31 with the Attorney General’s Office accusing…