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    BLOOMFIELD, New Jersey (WABC) -- New Jersey reported a robust, trouble-free first day of adult-use cannabis sales as dispensaries across the state opened for recreational purposes for the first time Thursday."This is a historic step in our work to create a new cannabis industry," Governor Phil Murphy said ahead of the launch.While lines were long in some locations, the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission had to investigate only a few minor complaints.There were no significant access issues or supply shortages reported.ALSO READ | California teen missing for nearly 3 years found by deputies shivering outside a Utah gas station
    TRENTON, New Jersey -- New Jersey is gearing up for the official launch of recreational marijuana sales Thursday."This is a historic step in our work to create a new cannabis industry," Governor Phil Murphy said.State regulators greenlighted permits for seven facilities, which already sell medical cannabis, to begin retailing recreational marijuana.It all comes about a year after the state's regulatory commission started operating, and a year and a half after voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot question to allow recreational marijuana.ALSO READ | California teen missing for nearly 3 years found by deputies shivering outside a Utah gas station
    DEPTFORD, N.J. (CBS) — New Jersey is one step closer to selling recreational marijuana following a big move Monday. Back in November of 2020, 67% of New Jersey voters supported the legalization of possession and recreational use of marijuana for adults age 21 and older. Operators selling medical marijuana got the green light to sell it recreationally as well. READ MORE: Philadelphia Reinstating Indoor Mask Mandate After Moving Into Level 2 Of 4-Tiered COVID-19 Response SystemLet the countdown begin. “This is a long time coming,” said Adam Goers with Columbia Care. Monday’s decision by New Jersey’s Cannabis Regulatory Commission means that the seven approved operators in the state currently selling medical marijuana can begin selling recreational marijuana as well all within the next 30 days, some sooner. “You’ll be able to come visit the Cannabist dispensary — is our name in Deptford. You should be able to be out there within the next two weeks once we go through the final checks with the state to make sure that we’re ready to go. So stay tuned,” Goers said. On paper...
    Sales of marijuana have reached more than $500,000 in New Mexico within hours of the state's retail launch of the drug. Close to $475,000 from adult-use nonmedical marijuana sold in the state before noon Friday, according to the state's Cannabis Control Division. Roughly $180,000 in medical marijuana was added in additional sales, according to a report. WATCH: FLORIDA TEACHER UPSET HE CAN'T SHARE GAY EXPERIENCES WITH KINDERGARTNERS "New Mexicans turned out today in strong numbers to show their support for high-quality New Mexico products coming to them for the first time," Heather Brewer, a spokeswoman for the CCD, said. "The Cannabis Control Division is excited for all the consumers and all of the businesses that have been part of this historic day," she added. Sales began at midnight April 1, and New Mexico residents were quick to line up. "Breaking ground is something big. You know we’ve all been waiting for this for a long time," Jeremy Sandoval, who waited outside the R. Greenleaf Dispensary in Las Cruces, said. Democratic Gov....
    (CBS DETROIT) — Michigan cities, townships and counties are splitting millions of dollars in revenue from marijuana sales las year. The $42 million in revenue comes from recreational sales and is being split among communities that allow these sales, thanks to the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act. READ MORE: Detroit Officials Drafting Plan For $60 Million Flood Recovery GrantAccording to the Michigan Department of Treasury, 62 cities, 15 villages, 33 townships and 53 counties will be receiving payments from the Marihuana Regulation Fund, meaning each eligible municipality and county will receive more than $56,400 for every licensed retail store and microbusiness within its jurisdiction. Revenue was collected from 374 licensees during the 2021 fiscal year. “The Michigan Department of Treasury will distribute these dollars as soon as practical to eligible local units of government,” said State Treasurer Rachael Eubanks. “The doubling of this year’s payment amounts will have a larger impact on local government budgets.” READ MORE: Michigan Reports 1,575 New COVID-19 Cases, 38 DeathsThe city of Ann Arbor is getting the biggest amount of the review, bringing...
    More than four ounces of cocaine, thousands of dollars worth of marijuana, and a loaded rifle were seized from a cocaine dealer in Berks County, authorities said. The Berks County DA's Office got a tip in January that Bryan Torres, 34, was dealing cocaine out of his Reading home, they said. A search warrant served at his home on Cotton Street turned up the following on Friday, March 25: Approximately 120 grams (4.2 ounces) of suspected cocaine, valued at $12,000 An amount of marijuana packaged for sales valued at $2,000. One loaded Anderson Manufacturing 5.56 caliber AR style rifle with two loaded magazines A quantity of cash believed to be proceeds from the sales of cocaine and marijuana Digital scales, packaging material, and drug paraphernalia related to processing cocaine and marijuana for street sales  A supply of 9mm ammunition and holsters for handguns Torres was charged with the following: Possession With Intent to Deliver Cocaine/Marijuana Possession of Cocaine/Marijuana Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Torres was taken to the Berks County Sheriff’s Department Central Processing Center where he is awaiting arraignment by the on-duty Magisterial...
    BED-STUY, Brooklyn (WABC) -- In Brooklyn, a new survey by the Chamber of Commerce shows nearly 75 percent of small business sales are still down from pre-pandemic levels.Many are hoping for a rebound as we emerge from the worst of COVID - but they can't wait forever.Angela owns the Therapy Wine Bar in Bed-Stuy, whose opening was first delayed by COVID. Then, when it finally did open, they couldn't really get going.Angela says a lot of people wanted to book, but then they would cancel their event.The study shows that 72% of Brooklyn businesses are still seeing lower sales than before the pandemic. 68% have fewer customers, and 41% still have fewer employees than they had two years ago."It has definitely been a struggle," Angela adds.Angela has 10 workers dependent on her and the restaurant doing well - and she thinks that's starting to happen. She hopes that includes the ability sell drinks to go at a window she had installed for that purpose.Governor Kathy Hochul came to Therapy in early March to announce her proposal. Hochul thinks it's vital...
    A GOP-backed ban on weed sales in Washington, D.C., was preserved in a sprawling government funding bill passed by Congress on Thursday, despite opposition from advocates who say the provision overrides the will of the District’s residents years after they voted to legalize marijuana. The Harris Rider, a provision barring the legalization of marijuana sales in the nation’s capital named after its chief proponent Rep. Andy HarrisAndrew (Andy) Peter HarrisUkraine president, US lawmakers huddle amid tensions with Russia Congress to take up marijuana reform this spring Greene, GOP colleagues call for firing of DC Corrections official who 'despises' Trump and supporters MORE (R-Md.), sailed through the Senate on late Thursday, a day after passing the House, as part of a larger $1.5 trillion spending omnibus package to fund the government through fiscal year 2022. Congressional Democrats had pushed to do away with the provision, opting not to include the rider in the government funding bills unveiled by appropriators in both chambers last year. But negotiators say the rider was reinstalled in appropriations after sharp opposition from Republicans. “We don't like the...
    A House of Delegates General Laws subcommittee voted five to three on Monday to recommend continuing a key marijuana sales legalization bill until the 2023 session, effectively dooming the bill for now. Senate Bill 391 would create the regulatory structure for a legal marijuana industry in Virginia, including cultivation, manufacture, and sale. If the General Laws Committee follows the recommendation from the subcommittee, Virginia’s legal-to-own but not legal-to-buy recreational cannabis structure will remain in place for now. Bill sponsor Senator Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria) told the delegates, “The action of this subcommittee, as we discussed, will establish a Virginia cannabis brand. The question is whether the brand will be a regulated, confined marketplace for adults, or for an import crime subsidization program proliferating in schoolyards and gas stations.” Delegate Jeff Campbell (R-Smyth) said, “I spent most of the weekend poring through this bill and trying to come to the determination whether now is the right time for this policy in Virginia. Question about whether or not this is the correct vehicle with which to undertake this policy, which there’s still a...
    DENVER (CBS4)– Last year was another record-breaking year for marijuana sales in Colorado. The state reported that stores in Colorado sold more than $2 billion worth of cannabis products in 2021. (credit: iStock/Getty) That is about $30 million more than in 2020. Since marijuana sales began in Colorado in 2014, every calendar year has seen higher sales than the year before. Last year, Colorado received more than $423 million in tax and revenue fees.
    SOMERVILLE, New Jersey (WABC) -- Legal pot is supposed to hit the market in less than two weeks in New Jersey ... that's not going to happen. So, what's the hang up?Anyone waiting patiently for adult recreation marijuana sales in New Jersey to begin?February was a semi-hard date thrown out there, but there is still tweaking needed says the executive director of the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission."We started in December accepting applications for cultivators and manufacturers -- essentially businesses that will grow and manufacture cannabis products, and to date we've received roughly 350 applications," Atjeff Brown said.ALSO READ | Moms start 'Saving Active Hearts' initiative to help schools create plan for cardiac emergenciesEMBED More News Videos A large focus for Saving Active Hearts is helping schools implement a cardiac emergency response plan. Darla Miles has more. The industry needs to make sure there is enough supply.Sales could potentially bring in a billion dollars in revenue for a state eager to have that added to the coffers.Governor Phil Murphy addressed recreational cannabis sales during 'Up Close' with Bill Ritter."I think...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Marijuana sales hit a new high in Illinois in 2021. Nearly $1.4 billion in cannabis was sold legally in the state last year. The exact figure was $1,379,088,278.61. That is more than double the sales in all of 2020, which were about $669 million. A total of $943,013,285.67 worth of marijuana was sold to in-state residents, and $436,176,093.93 to out-of-state residents.
    By MICHAEL R. BLOOD | The Associated Press LOS ANGELES  — Leading California cannabis companies warned Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday that the state’s legal industry was on the verge of collapse and needed immediate tax cuts and a rapid expansion of retail outlets to steady the shaky marketplace. The letter signed by more than two dozen executives, industry officials and legalization advocates followed years of complaints that the heavily taxed and regulated industry was unable to compete with the widespread illegal economy, where consumer prices are far lower and sales are double or triple the legal business. Four years after broad legal sales began, “our industry is collapsing,” said the letter, which also was sent to legislative leaders in Sacramento. The industry leaders asked for an immediate lifting of the cultivation tax placed on growers, a three-year holiday from the excise tax and an expansion of retail shops throughout much of the state. It’s estimated that about two-thirds of California cities remain without dispensaries, since it’s up to local governments to authorize sales and production. The current system “is...
    by Todd Feurer, CBS Chicago web producer CHICAGO (CBS) — After a temporary delay last week, the City Council on Monday voted to lift restrictions on marijuana sales in most of downtown, and to ease zoning rules throughout the rest of the city, in what supporters said is a bid to help more minority cannabis license holders open up shop in Chicago. READ MORE: Metallica Performing Surprise Show Monday Night At The Metro The 33-13 vote came six days after two aldermen used a parliamentary maneuver to postpone the vote amid complaints the ordinance does not do enough to truly protect Black and Brown marijuana license holders. The changes in the ordinance are aimed at making it easier for firms owned by minorities to get in on the legal marijuana business in Illinois, by allowing pot dispensaries to open in most of downtown, where they are currently prohibited from operating. The city’s current rules prohibit marijuana dispensaries from opening in an area bounded from Lake Michigan on the east to LaSalle Street on the west and Oak Street on the...
    by Todd Feurer, CBS Chicago web producer CHICAGO (CBS) — Two of Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s most outspoken critics on Tuesday temporarily blocked approval of an ordinance that would ease the rules on marijuana dispensaries in Chicago, allowing them to open in most of downtown, and relaxing zoning requirements throughout the city. READ MORE: Ald. James Gardiner Apologizes To City Council For Offensive Texts About Women, Fellow Alderman The City Council had been set to give the plan final approval before Ald. Anthony Beale (9th) and Ald. Raymond Lopez (15th) used a parliamentary maneuver to delay the vote until the next City Council meeting. Lightfoot then scheduled the next meeting for Monday, the same day she plans to present her 2022 budget plan to the City Council. The changes in the ordinance are aimed at making it easier for firms owned by minorities to get in on the legal marijuana business in Illinois, but Beale and Lopez have said the state rules aimed at protecting Black and Latino businesses deemed as “social equity” applicants for marijuana licenses are not good enough,...
    RIDGEWOOD, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Nearly six months after New Jersey legalized the use of recreational marijuana, the Garden State is one step closer to legal sales in the state. Thursday, state regulators outlined what the future of the cannabis industry will look like. READ MORE: SEE IT: Broadway Cast Of The Lion King Returns With Soul-Stirring Rehearsal Of Circle Of Life As CBS2’s Nick Caloway reports, the exact date of legal marijuana sales in New Jersey has not yet been announced, but we’re getting a look at the initial rules put in place to regulate the industry. In a virtual announcement Thursday, the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission released the first set of rules. On the business side, many of the regulations will favor local New Jersey residents with diverse backgrounds applying to operate cannabis businesses. The commission will also prioritize applicants with previous marijuana convictions to make up for disparities of laws in the past. There are also rules to protect children: They cannot enter dispensaries. Cannabis products must be sold in child-proof packaging, and that packaging must...
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