Michigan town 'stinks;' Council buys marijuana odor device

BESSEMER, Mich. — A small town in Michigan's western Upper Peninsula is buying an odor-detection device and drafting an ordinance to crack down on the unpleasant smell of blooming marijuana plants.Bessemer City Manager Charly Loper said the Nasal Ranger could be used to check a variety of bad-air complaints, but she acknowledged that marijuana appears to be the key target.“The city of Bessemer stinks,” council member Linda Nelson said Monday as the council voted to buy the device, which will cost $3,400 with training. "You can smell marijuana everywhere.

Shortages force closing of some Illinois pot dispensaries

CHICAGO -- Illinois recreational marijuana sales have taken a hit with the closing of several dispensaries around the state because of product shortages.The legal sale of recreational cannabis began Wednesday, with customers spending about $3.2 million on the first day.

Nearly $3.2 million of pot products sold on 1st day of legal sales in Illinois

CHICAGO — Illinois' first day of legal recreational marijuana generated nearly $3.2 million in sales, state officials announced Thursday.There were 77, 128 transactions on New Year's Day, when the law legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes took effect, according to Toi Hutchinson, senior adviser to Gov.

Illinois sees first legal sales of recreational marijuana

CHICAGO — The sale of marijuana for recreational purposes became legal Wednesday in Illinois to the delight of pot fans — many who began lining up hours early at dispensaries.About 500 people were outside Dispensary 33 in Chicago.

'The end of prohibition is historic:' Michigan, Illinois set to usher in recreational pot sales

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — James Daly is eager to make marijuana history on Sunday, Dec. 1, when he plans to open the doors to Arbors Wellness, beckon the lengthy line outside and legally start selling recreational pot for the first time in the Midwest.“We’ve worked very hard to be prepared,” said Daly, who owns the medical dispensary that, for now, is among just six shops in Michigan — mostly in Ann Arbor — also approved to start selling for adult use in December.

Company hiring marijuana tester, critic for $3,000 a month

NEW YORK -- A New York-based company is looking for someone to review a wide variety of cannabis products and give their unbiased reviews and opinions of them.American Marijuana says the person hired will be shipped a box containing different brands and varieties of cannabis products every month.

Illinois marijuana law aims to undo harm of war on the drug

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — When lawmakers crafted the law legalizing marijuana in Illinois, they tried to make sure it would right what many see as past wrongs linked to the drug.In addition to expunging hundreds of thousands of criminal records for marijuana arrests and convictions, the law's architects added provisions meant to benefit communities that have been the most adversely affected by law enforcement's efforts to combat the drug.The so-called social equity provisions are expected to help black applicants, in particular, as blacks are nearly four times as likely as whites to be arrested for marijuana, the American Civil Liberties Union found.

Medical pot on campus: Colleges say no and face lawsuits

HARTFORD, Conn.  — Colleges are becoming a battleground in the conflict between federal and state marijuana laws as students who use medical pot challenge decades-old campus drug policies.In states where medical marijuana is legal, students disciplined for using it are taking their schools to court.

Maine on track for legal marijuana sales by spring 2020

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine marijuana enthusiasts will probably be able to purchase their preferred products in retail stores by March 2020 after years of waiting.Voters approved legal adult-use marijuana at the polls in November 2016, and the road to legal sales has been long and bumpy.But a key act passed by the Legislature is now in effect, and that means the Maine Office of Marijuana Policy is in a position to complete final adoption of marijuana rules, said David Heidrich, an office spokesman.The act made tweaks to Maine's Marijuana Legalization Act that were necessary for the marijuana office to adopt the rules, which it is expected to do within two months.