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Voters in six states pass cannabis-related ballot measures

Voters in Arizona, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, Oregon and South Dakota passed statewide ballot measures favoring medical marijuana, adult-use cannabis legalization or hemp cultivation in the Nov. 3 elections.

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Cannabis ‘appellations’ coming to California: how will it work?

California is moving toward adopting official “appellations” for cannabis, certifying a strain’s regional origin. The concept is inspired by the wine industry, where such a certification system has long been in place in several producer countries. Wine appellations, often a mark of prestige, provide a model for what is now to be applied to high-end cannabis.

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Court upholds protections for cannabis industry workers

A federal appeals court in Denver has held that protections under the Fair Labor Standards Act apply to “all workers”—including those in the cannabis industry. The ruling sets an important precedent, boosting efforts to unionize the new legal industry.

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Wholesale cannabis prices rise in legalized states —but unevenly

Driven by the notorious market glut in Oregon, wholesale cannabis prices have predictably plunged in the Beaver State. They have done so less precipitously in other western states. But this is offset by continued high prices elsewhere in the country, especially the East Coast—making for an overall upward trend this year.

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Cyber-snafus ‘cripple’ Washington state cannabis industry

In Washington state, glitches in the “seed-to-sale” tracking system nearly paralyzed the cannabis industry statewide last month, costing retailers hundreds of thousands of dollars and forcing temporary lay-offs of employees. Similar headlines have been seen from across the country’s legalized states—pointing to a persistent issue.

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Oregon State University launches global hemp research center

Inauguration of a global hemp research lab has been announced at Oregon State University, where a multidisciplinary team will be working to establish standards for the worldwide industry.

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Free-speech fight over Vancouver 420

A showdown is shaping up in Vancouver, where the city’s 420 event has always been held with no permit. This year it promises to be huge, with Cypress Hill headlining—and authorities pressing for cancellation. Organizers pledge the event will go ahead—with approval of the bureaucracy or not.

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Oregon ballot initiative seeks ‘legalization justice’

Activists in Oregon say that cannabis legalization in the Beaver State has failed to live up to its promise, and are preparing to place a remedy before the voters in the form of a new ballot initiative. They also view their proposed Legalization Justice Act as a model to be exported nationally.

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