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Welcome to my news aggregator! Now you can stay informed just like the Gentleman on all news cannabis in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. If you want further news about marijuana’s status federally or in other states, I highly recommend you check out MarijuanaMoment.net and sign up for the newsletter. THIS LIST IS UPDATED EVERY FRIDAY! Also, I provide the Gentleman’s perspective on the hottest headlines in my weekly newsletter, which you can sign up for here, thank you.

MARYLAND:

SYNOPSIS: Ok, residents can officially sign up as a patient for the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission. Medicine has been available since December, yay! More dispensaries are coming online almost every day. Supply’s still getting worked out at some of the more remote outposts I’ve been to, but the ones around town generally have plenty of options. It’ll all catch up sooner than later.

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JUMP TO DC OR JUMP TO Virginia

12/7/18: Marijuana education or illegal drug-selling? Instagram’s not sure. (WASHINGTON POST)

12/7/18: Maryland cannabis industry plans to fight potential ad ban in General Assembly (BALTIMORE BUSINESS JOURNAL)

12/7/18: Former NFL player from Edgewater faces drugs, weapons charges (BALTIMORE SUN)

12/6/18: Maryland marijuana panel approves ban on cannabis advertising on billboards, radio, TV and other media (BALTIMORE SUN)

12/6/18: 4 San Jose men arrested, tied to nationwide drug ring; $600K, 800 pounds of marijuana seized (KTVU) Baltimore was included in the ring. Also, these guys were arrested with a rocket launcher! Man that’s cool.

12/5/18: ‘Cooking with cannabis’ classes are teaching Marylanders how to make their own marijuana edibles (BALTIMORE SUN)

12/4/18: Marijuana, minimum wage on Maryland lawmakers’ radar (HERALD MAIL-MEDIA)

12/2/18: Anne Arundel Community College professor awaits green light on medical marijuana program (CAPITAL GAZETTE)

11/30/18: Tastee Diner’s future may go up in smoke (BALTIMORE SUN) Holy schnikes! A dispensary in the old Laurel Tastees? Sign me up, baby!

11/29/18: Billion-dollar company stakes claim on Michigan’s marijuana industry (MLIVE.COM) Leads with a photo of Botanist dispensary in Baltimore, owned by Acreage Holdings. Yep, the guys that hired John Boehner.

11/29/18: US cannabis edibles firm Dixie Brands debuts trading on CSE (MJ BIZ DAILY)

11/28/18: A black man in Maryland was trying to help out his neighbor — then he was arrested (BALTIMORE SUN) “After his arrest, a Montgomery police officer explained to the crowd that another officer speaking with Ahmed had “smelled an odor of marijuana coming from him.”

11/27/18: Owners Plan to Convert Classic Laurel Diner Into a Marijuana Dispensary (EATER.COM)

11/26/18: Edibles and Emerging Cannabinoids: News From Maryland’s Medical Cannabis Forum (LEAFLY)

11/24/18: Medical marijuana takes root in part of Tri-State (HERALD MAIL-MEDIA)

11/21/18: Medical marijuana sales in Maryland set to blow through one expert forecast, reach $100 million (BALTIMORE SUN)

11/19/18: Medical marijuana dispensaries are sprouting up all over the Bethesda area. Who’s using them—and will full legalization be next? (BETHESDA MAGAZINE)

11/16/18: National companies moving to take over Maryland marijuana businesses, despite state law (BALTIMORE SUN)

11/16/18: Judge tosses Ohio medical marijuana license requirements for minority groups (CLEVELAND.COM) references Maryland’s efforts

11/14/18: Gambrills Student Jailed For 8 Months In China Is Home: Report (PATCH.COM) Well I guess I’m not learning kung fu at Shaolin. Sigh. That place in the strip mall looked alright. I’m sure Master Doug knows what he’s doing.

11/14/18: MaryMed, a formerly suspended cannabis grower, cleared to begin operations (BALTIMORE BUSINESS JOURNAL)

11/9/18: Here’s who stands to profit under a pro-pot governor (CHICAGO BUSINESS) Interesting section on Verano

11/6/18: Legalization On The Ballot: Live Marijuana Election Results (MARIJUANA MOMENT) Jealous lost, but you know that already

11/5/18: Check out Greater Baltimore’s best-selling cannabis products (Photos) (BALTIMORE BIZ JOURNAL) GLeaf getting a lot of love

11/5/18: MariMed Co-Sponsoring Maryland Medical Cannabis Forum Nov. 8 in Baltimore (GLOBE NEWSWIRE)

11/2/18: Still not sure whether to vote for Hogan or Jealous? Here’s where they stand on the issues. (BALTIMORE SUN)

11/1/18: Gubernatorial changes might bode well for marijuana market growth (MJ BIZ DAILY) Get Jealous on Tuesday, baby!

10/31/18: Maryland medical marijuana growers group hires lobbyist (BALTIMORE SUN)

10/31/18: These medical marijuana patients are petitioning Maryland to allow cannabis as a treatment for opioid addiction (BALTIMORE FISHBOWL)

10/30/18: State officials block sale of medical marijuana products from grower Forwardgro amid investigation (BALTIMORE SUN)

10/28/18: Md. marijuana recall: ForwardGro products ordered off the shelves, commission won’t say why (WASHINGTON POST)

10/25/18: Your Maryland Voter Guide To Who And What Is On The November Ballot (WAMU)

10/25/18: First medical marijuana dispensary sets to open in Hagerstown (LOCAL DVM.COM)

10/24/18: Marijuana advocate files claim against Maryland Rep. Andy Harris, saying she was injured when he slammed door (BALTIMORE SUN)

10/24/18: Marijuana tech firm Metrc gets $50M with help from Snoop Dogg, Tiger Global (MJ BIZ DAILY) Sweet! So they can afford to fix the jacked up product delivered to Maryland now, or…?

10/24/18: Capital Infusion Will Allow Illinois Cannabis Company To Expand Facilities (BISNOW.COM) It’s Verano! We like them.

10/23/18: Marijuana midterms: Why legal weed advocates think ‘all the pieces are coming together’ this year (NBC NEWS) but you gotta vote, baby! Wooo! U-S-A! U-S-A!

10/23/18: Teen Convicted in Hit-And-Run Over Drugs Gets 25 Years (USNEWS.COM)

10/22/18: Md. halts sale of medical cannabis from ForwardGro (THE DAILY RECORD)

10/19/18: NJ medical marijuana: Who in South Jersey wants to build sites to sell, grow weed (COURIER POST ONLINE) MD grower GreenLeaf will be involved in NJ

10/17/18: As Canada enters recreational marijuana market, Colorado tries to stem a brain drain on its cannabis industry (CNBC) Interesting insight regarding MD’s MMJ market toward the end.

10/17/18: Medical marijuana dispensary planned for Hagerstown (HERALD-MAIL MEDIA) Noice!

10/16/18: Letters: Alderwoman continues opposition to marijuana dispensary; readers discuss Hogan’s popularity (CAPITAL GAZETTE) I, uh, wow. Hmm. I skimmed through the brief and it’s mostly crap, like using the fact that they’re opening a weed store at all as a failure to meet the “good character” requirement. Doesn’t look like there’s any specifics about the “allegations from the Latino community” against one of the dispensary’s operators they’re talking about. Needs more diggin.

10/16/18: Guns and Medical Marijuana: An Illegal Mix, According to Feds (FOX5  BALTIMORE)

10/15/18: First look: New medical marijuana dispensary to open in Somerville (BOSTON BUSINESS JOURNAL) It’s Liberty!

10/12/18: Can a Blue Wave in a Blue State Make Ben Jealous Maryland’s First African American Governor? (AMERICAN PROSPECT) If you want legal adult-use cannabis sales in Maryland, you gotta get Jealous in November, baby! GT

10/12/18: Grassroots Cannabis to Hold Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for New Herbology Dispensary in DuBois, Pennsylvania (PRWEB.COM) Good for them, I dig Grassroots a lot. GT

10/11/18: Maryland puts a hold on medical marijuana from Lothian grower (CAPITAL GAZETTE) Dyaaaaamn. Forward Gro has some serious issues going on. GT

10/11/18: Most House of Delegates District 3A candidates open to legalizing recreational marijuana (THE FREDERICK NEWS-POST)

10/11/18: MedMen acquires Oak Park’s PharmaCann in largest cannabis deal ever (CHICAGO SUN TIMES) PC has a MD license. GT

10/9/18: Long Island poker pro faces federal charges in Maryland for massive pot scheme (BALTIMORE SUN)

10/5/18: Junkin’s novel ‘Bloodsworth’ called a cautionary tale (THE ENTERPRISE)

10/5/18: Reading gets a medical marijuana dispensary (PHILLY.COM) Harvest gets another license. If only one of the qualifiers to getting a license is that patients get to rate your weed first. Le sigh. GT

10/5/18: Don’t count out Ben Jealous in Maryland (FREDERICK NEWS-POST) Ben’s our man! Say, are you signed up to vote yet? GT

10/4/18: Pro-marijuana protesters, Andy Harris clash in DC; arrests made (DELMARVA NOW) Omitted from the article: activist Rachel Donlan is pressing assault charges against Harris for slamming the door on her leg cuz he’s a fuckface. Dude looks like he has a trainset in the basement. GT

10/4/18: Virginia official apologizes for ‘stupid tweet’ about shooting protesters at Rep. Andy Harris’ office (BALTIMORE SUN) Yikes! Ok, this dude looks like he has a trainset in the basement. Harris looks more like a pet turtle guy, now that I think about it. GT

10/4/18: Marijuana Advocates Frustrated With Congressional Members (FORBES)

10/3/18: Maryland OKs marijuana dispensaries in Silver Spring, Bowie (WTOP)

10/3/18: 4Front Announces Opening of Mission™ Medical Cannabis Dispensary in Silver Spring, Maryland (MARKET INSIDER)

10/1/18: Will Maryland cannabis dispensaries have to take down their billboards? (WTOP) Woah, man. Hey, I know this website you can advertise on, I hear the guy who runs it is pretty cool. GT

9/30/18: ‘Boring’ Cannabis Investments Are Growing at Merida (FORBES)

9/28/18: Ben Jealous: Maryland candidate with an ‘instinctive muscle’ for activism (THE GUARDIAN)

9/28/18: As cannabis market heats up, local scientists race to build ‘weed biofactories’ (THE SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE)

9/27/18: Top Democrat Says Marijuana Reform ‘Makes Sense’ But Won’t Commit To Making It Happen (MARIJUANA MOMENT)

9/21/18: Poll: 62% Of Marylanders Support Marijuana Legalization (WCBC)

9/20/18: Metrc software issues spur MD marijuana regulators to enact temporary retail rules (MJ BIZ DAILY) GOOD- GT

9/20/18: Surprise amendment may have poisoned Anne Arundel compromise on medical marijuana (BALTIMORE SUN)

9/20/18: Calvert’s first and only medical cannabis dispensary up and running since March (THE CALVERT RECORDER)

9/17/18: Maryland officials gather to discuss dangers of drugged driving (WBAL 11)

9/17/18: The first store in a national medical marijuana retail chain has opened in Woodlawn (BALTIMORE SUN)

9/14/18: Sowing Success: Harvest of Arizona Aims to Be the Largest U.S. Cannabis Company (PHOENIX NEW TIMES) I had no idea Harvest was from Arizona. That means they should know better than to put out the kind of buds we’ve seen from them in Maryland. Shame on y’all and your terrible weed. GT

9/13/18: Cannabis as Medicine? A New Frontier in Charles County (SOUTHERN MARYLAND NEWS NET)

9/13/18: Temescal Wellness opens medical marijuana dispensary in Framingham (METRO WEST DAILY NEWS) in Massachusetts, nice!

9/11/18: Software to Regulate Legal Marijuana Is Just as Error-Prone as Other Government Software (SLATE) Intro is about Maryland and METRC.

9/8/18: Edgewater medical marijuana dispensary opens its doors with community festival (CAPITAL GAZETTE)

9/7/18: Legal Matters: No pot for Spot; illegal to obtain medical marijuana for pets (CARROLL COUNTY TIMES)

9/6/18: Maryland’s medical cannabis program technically bans food products — yet sells plenty of edible items (BALTIMORE SUN)

9/3/18: Maryland’s youngest black cannabis dispensary owner opens business (WUSA 9)

MARYLAND CANNABIS NEWS ARCHIVES

WASHINGTON, DC:

SYNOPSIS: Initiative 71, baby, where ya been? Read my reviews of various cannabis-infused District brands! FYI, the clarification from MPD after the recent pop-up raids regarding what is and is not allowed regarding Initiative 71 means that there won’t be any further reviews of the concentrate, vape cartridges, or edibles from DC besides what’s available from the medical marijuana program on the site, at least until the law can be updated to allow these necessary medicines.Want to get a medical card instead? Boom! I can  help you decide which dispensary to choose. Who loves ya like GT does?

JUMP TO Virginia OR JUMP TO Maryland

12/7/18: Initiative 77 backers scramble to collect signatures to put tipped wage hike back on D.C. ballot (WASHINGTON POST) Adam Eidinger quoted.

12/6/18: How pot went upscale so fast (SEATTLE TIMES) Cool open about DC and NoVA.

12/6/18: ACLU-DC settles lawsuit against MPD officer accused of anal probe during stop and frisk (WJLA)

11/30/18: A 12-year-old gave out THC-laced gummies, police say. At least five classmates were hospitalized. (WASHINGTON POST) It was in Florida. Also, I think it’s kind of weird to say ‘hospitalized’ when they, uh, just had to wait to not be high anymore. It’s not like they had to get injections of 100cc’s stat! to live or whatever.

11/29/18: Man Stabbed By Two Unknown Suspects In Georgetown: Police (PATCH.COM) Yo WTF??? You gotta read this.

11/13/18: What The 2018 Midterm Results Mean For Legal Marijuana In D.C. (WAMU)

11/13/18: D.C. man arrested on gun charge after relatives alert police to his alleged white nationalist outbursts (WASHINGTON POST) “During his interview with federal agents, he told them he used marijuana nearly every day.” Ugh. I’ve said it before- everybody likes weed, including some really shitty people, which is what led to my Theory of the Even Distribution of Assholes.

11/12/18: ‘Right the ship’: Southern University’s marijuana partner gets new owner who promises production progress (THE ADVOCATE) Ilera Holistice Healthcare, the company working with Southern, recently merged with NHHC

11/9/18: Snoop Dogg Smoked a Blunt Outside the White House to Protest Trump (CIVILIZED) whaaaaa?

11/7/18: Democratic House flip may mean full legalization of marijuana in nation’s capital (WASHINGTON POST) but there’s basically an entire snow level between here and there. Good read.

11/5/18: DC Residents May Finally Be Able To Legally Sell Marijuana If Democrats Win The House (BUZZFEED)

11/2/18: Man used Airbnb sites to stash marijuana in door-to-door delivery operation, authorities say (WASHINGTON POST) Jinkies!

11/2/18: Drug Referrals Triple at Georgetown, Stagnate at Local Universities (THE HOYA)

11/2/18: Lost Village Finds Voice Against Marijuana Store Proposal Here (CHARLESTOWN PATRIOT-BRIDGE) District Growers quoted, lls ensue.

11/2/18: Backlash to Elissa Silverman’s D.C. Council first term fuels campaign to unseat her (WASHINGTON POST) Eidinger quoted

10/31/18: Marijuana and Young People: A Legal State’s Approach and Concerns (MY ND NOW.COM) discussion of DC’s laws

10/29/18: DCMJ releases their 2018 Voter’s Guide, currently unavailable online. THUMBS UP: Nadeau, Silverman, Allen, Racine, Brown, Garcia, Norton. THUMBS DOWN: Mendelson, McDuffie. UNDECIDED: Bowser, Cheh. DC HAS SAME-DAY VOTER REGISTRATION YALL!!!

10/18/18: How DC is implementing marijuana measures (GOOD4UTAH.COM)

10/15/18: First look: New medical marijuana dispensary to open in Somerville (BOSTON BUSINESS JOURNAL) It’s Liberty!

10/13/18: Book explores policy battles over marijuana use (SANDUSKY REGISTER) Suuuuuper interesting, check out the author’s comments about DC.

10/10/18: Anti-K2 Activists Seek Crackdown on Local Businesses (WASHINGTON INFORMER)

10/10/18: The Cheeba Coalition pop-up at Sign of the Whale on M St NW was raided last night. GT

10/9/18: Long Island poker pro faces federal charges in Maryland for massive pot scheme (BALTIMORE SUN)

10/4/18: Pro-marijuana protesters, Andy Harris clash in DC; arrests made (DELMARVA NOW) Omitted from the article: activist Rachel Donlan is pressing assault charges against Harris for slamming the door on her leg cuz he’s a fuckface. GT

10/4/18: Virginia official apologizes for ‘stupid tweet’ about shooting protesters at Rep. Andy Harris’ office (BALTIMORE SUN) Yikes! GT

10/4/18: Marijuana Advocates Frustrated With Congressional Members (FORBES)

9/25/18: Bowser backs bill penalizing dealers of synthetic drugs as overdoses spike in D.C. (WASHINGTON POST) 

9/21/18: D.C. arrests for marijuana use to result in citation, not custody, officials say (WASHINGTON POST)

9/15/18: Washington DC’s budding market for legal pot is rife with potential pitfalls — here’s what you need to know (CNBC)

9/7/18: Pot pop-up shop raided in DC; 27 arrests made (WJLA)

9/7/18: DC police cracking down on illegal marijuana pop-up parties (FOX 5)

DC CANNABIS NEWS ARCHIVES

VIRGINIA:

SYNOPSIS: The bill to expand Virginia’s medical marijuana program (still limited to CBD and THCa oil) to any condition has taken effect. Hooray! Five companies have been licensed to grow and dispense cannabis oils, each of which has its own jurisdiction, just like Jan Michael Vincents. Look for more details super soon! FYI, there’s a CBD store in Manassas called District Hemp that’s open now you should totally check out. The Commonwealth has rejected decriminalization this year, though I suspect that has more to do with the rescinded Cole memo in this purple state than a lack of public support or government will to get it done. YOU CAN GET A DOCTOR’S CERTIFICATE TO KEEP WITH YOUR THCA OR CBD OIL! That may offer some legal protection if you end up in trouble. Read this.

JUMP TO Maryland OR JUMP TO DC

12/6/18: How pot went upscale so fast (SEATTLE TIMES) Cool open about DC and NoVA.

12/5/18: Region’s only medical marijuana dispensary to open in Portsmouth (WAVY)

12/3/18: Marijuana arrests and racism in Virginia, especially Arlington County (BACON’S REBELLION)

11/28/18: Virginia’s first hemp processing plant to be in Shenandoah Valley (THE BREEZE)

11/22/18: Police crackdown on store shelves products testing positive for marijuana (WRIC) CBD edibles & hemp flower joints testing as marijuana

11/22/18: Survey: Teen cigarette smoking declines in Virginia (THE COALFIELD PROGRESS)

11/14/18: Cigarette usage at all time low among Virginia teens (WSET) According to VA DOH, teens that use: e-cigarettes 11.8%, traditional cigarettes 6.5%, alcohol 5%, marijuana 2%.

11/14/18: Cannabis companies are paying federal taxes in cash and it’s giving the IRS a headache (QUARTZ) “federal spending data reveals the IRS is paying a Virginia company $1.7 million for ‘large cash payments for processing cannabis federal taxes’” called The MITRE Corporation

11/12/18: Virginia to Consider New Marijuana Decriminalization bill in 2019 General Assembly Session (BACON’S REBELLION) NOICE!

11/9/18: Go Green at these Cannabis Related Events in HRVA Next Week (ALT.DAILYCOM) HR= Hampton Roads. Learnin’ stuff everyday at GT!

11/7/18: Virginia mother, 28, who repeatedly gave her three children, ages 7, 11 and 14, marijuana to smoke is sentenced to 10 days in jail (DAILY MAIL)

11/3/18: Letter: Lewis wants to legalize marijuana (THE ROANOKE TIMES)

11/2/18: Man used Airbnb sites to stash marijuana in door-to-door delivery operation, authorities say (WASHINGTON POST) Double Jinkies!

11/1/18: Virginia’s 2018 Marijuana Decriminalization Bill: What Happened and What’s Next? (BACON’S REBELLION) Neat. I’m starting to like this guy.

11/1/18: Chesapeake medical marijuana company wants answers after “improper” state board decision (THE VIRGINIAN-PILOT) Here come the lawsuits again. Sigh.

10/25/18: Powhatan High student taken to hospital after consuming substance that may have contained THC (RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH)

10/24/18: Local law enforcement oppose legalizing marijuana (MARTINSVILLE BULLETIN) How silly. Former LE makes bank in legalization.

10/19/18: The case for legalizing recreational marijuana use in Virginia (BACON’S REBELLION) Dig it.

10/9/18: With Virginia medical cannabis dispensaries opening soon, learn about CBD’s potential health benefits (WTKR)

10/9/18: Long Island poker pro faces federal charges in Maryland for massive pot scheme (BALTIMORE SUN)

10/7/18: More lenient hemp laws could play new role in Virginia agriculture (THE ROANOKE TIMES)

10/5/18: Editorial: Cautious support for cannabis in Virginia (RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH) Watch out now, they’ll shoot you down in Goochland for liking weed. GT

10/4/18: Virginia official apologizes for ‘stupid tweet’ about shooting protesters at Rep. Andy Harris’ office (BALTIMORE SUN) Yikes! See what I mean? GT

10/2/18: Legalized Medical and Recreational Marijuana Use Appear to Hurt Alcohol Sales (BACON’S REBELLION)

9/28/18: Norfolk firm to use cannabidiol for medical research (VIRGINIA BUSINESS)

9/27/18: Educating Virginia Beach on medical marijuana (ABC 13)

9/26/18: State selects its medical cannabis dispensaries, but Hampton start-up not in the mix (DAILY PRESS)

9/26/18: Medical marijuana dispensary for Roanoke region to be located 2 hours away in Bristol (THE ROANOKE TIMES)

9/26/18: Virginia picks 5 companies to dispense medical marijuana (NBC12) CONGRATS!

9/25/18: Virginia marijuana arrests hit highest levels in a decade (VIRGINIA MERCURY)

9/20/18: Norfolk city leaders join panel about marijuana policy reform (ABC 13)

9/18/18: Local prosecutors say they will continue pursuing minor marijuana cases (WINCHESTER STAR) Aaaaand that kinda shit is exactly why I avoid VA. No offense. GT

9/17/18: Virginia Board of Pharmacy to grant five licenses for medical marijuana out of 51 applications (MDJONLINE.COM)

9/17/18: Virginia NORML and O’Connor Brewing hosting marijuana-related forums and events (ABC 13)

9/17/18: Will Virginia Legalize Recreational Marijuana Use? (BACON’S REBELLION)

9/8/18: Legalize Virginia Festival at Norfolk brewery to highlight marijuana reform (ABC 10)

9/5/18: First look at potential marijuana dispensary in Hampton (WAVY 10)

9/4/18: State panel handing out Virginia’s first medical marijuana licenses will conduct work in secret (RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH)

VIRGINIA CANNABIS NEWS ARCHIVES