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+ Colorado’s trailblazing cannabis industry has a new high-water mark: $1.5 billion. The state’s marijuana shops raked in $1.51 billion sales of medical and recreational flower, edibles and concentrate products during 2017, according to Colorado Department of Revenue data released Friday. Adult-use sales topped $1.09 billion during the record year, with the remaining $416.52 million coming from medical marijuana. Colorado collected upward of $247 million in taxes and fees revenue from marijuana sales, according to state finance data. Colorado’s marijuana industry may have notched a new high in 2017 — and a record December in $128.27 million — but analysts and economists caution that sales may soon plateau.
+ Sales of marijuana have overtaken alcohol in a city in Colorado, three years after the state became the first in the US to legalise recreational use of the drug. Licensed vendors in the ski resort of Aspen raked in $11.3m (£8.2m) income from cannabis last year, compared to $10.5m (£7.6m) brought in by off-licences.It is believed to be the first time legal marijuana sales have eclipsed those of alcohol anywhere in the US. Aspen’s first cannabis shop opened in March 2014, three months after legislation for taxing and regulating sales came into force across Colorado. By the next year the resort, which has a population of less than 7,000, had seven licensed distributors.
+ NJ.com — As one of his first acts upon taking office, Gov. Phil Murphy ordered a review of New Jersey's medical marijuana program, calling it "constrained" and pledging to expand access to more patients. When announcing the 60-day review, Murphy said the current program has established unnecessary hurdles for patients. Medical marijuana advocates agree. "It was a program designed to keep people out of it," said Ken Wolski, CEO of the Coalition for Medical Marijuana New Jersey. "It’s a program that’s not meeting the needs of the patients.”
+ When it comes to medical cannabis research, no one has Israel beat. Over the decades, the country has proven to be a leader in formally documenting the usefulness of the plant, and had a generally more open attitude to use by its country’s military and citizens. Recently, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a move to freeze political reforms aimed at allowing cannabis exportations from Israel. Reportedly, Netanyahu’s decision to ban medical marijuana exports, a potential billion-dollar-plus industry for Israel, was made to appease Donald Trump. Unsurprisingly, the move has come with a lot of frustration, anger, and pushback, particularly from Israel’s eight licensed producers of cannabis, as well as other companies looking to get into the sector. Two of those later companies, Medivie and Together, say that in the face of large set-up costs for production, they are looking to alternate markets to set up operations.
+ Support for marijuana legalization is quickly becoming a mainstream consensus position in the Democratic Party. Two of the party's leading potential 2020 presidential candidates joined together this week in support of far-reaching legislation that would end the federal prohibition of cannabis and encourage states to legalize the drug. “Legalizing marijuana isn’t a matter of if, it’s a matter of when," Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) said about the legislation, the Marijuana Justice Act, which he introduced last August. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), who signed onto the bill as a cosponsor on Wednesday and did a Facebook Live chat with Booker about it, called cannabis legalization "a social justice issue and a moral issue that Congress needs to address." The vocal pro-legalization support from the two senators, who are widely considered to be weighing campaigns for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, signals that a shift toward marijuana reform advocacy that has been underway in the party for some time is elevating to a near consensus.
+ Los Angeles police are investigating several unlicensed marijuana shops they believe are engaging in criminal activity. During a news conference, LAPD Deputy Chief John Sherman said he believes there are hundreds of those businesses operating around L.A. “We have several hundred, probably somewhere in the neighborhood of 200 to 300, of what we believe are these unlawful and illegal establishments operating throughout the city,” he said.
+ According to Antigua News Room, the head of the cannabis commission in Antigua and Barbuda has decided to decriminalize, but warns that there will still be certain penalties for those who break the law. Social Transformation Minister Samantha Marshal explained to citizens late last month that just because cannabis is decriminalized, that doesn’t mean it is a free-for-all. “A lot of persons thought that decriminalization simply meant that would not be penalized for the use. Decriminalization as we understand it is that you will not be given a criminal charge but of course you will be ticketed,” she told Antigua News Room.
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