Surging e-cigarette use by young adults is "a major public health concern," according to the U.S. surgeon general, who will recommend increased regulation of the products in a report set to be released today.
Those will include higher taxes, raising the minimum age to 21, incorporating e-cigarettes into smoke-free laws and restricting certain marketing efforts.
Oregonians can now buy marijuana for recreational use at shops intended for that purpose, after regulatory agencies approved licenses for 26 retailers around the state, meeting a key deadline almost two years after voters passed a measure legalizing pot.
Marijuana sold legally in Oregon had been tested before, but now the labs must be accredited, and the packaging labeled with the lab results.
Colorado pot businesses are increasingly coming under scrutiny from the IRS due to the industry's focus on cash and reporting requirements such as Form 8300, Marijuana Business Daily reports.
Dispensaries and cannabis companies are known to deal predominantly in cash as continued U.S. banking restrictions make it difficult for them to have bank accounts with federally chartered financial institutions.
California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a pack of bills that will raise the smoking age from 18 to 21, restrict the use of electronic cigarettes in public places and expand no-smoking areas at public schools.
The new laws, which take effect June 9, are a big boost to a movement that is turning into the next major challenge for the $100B tobacco industry.
Lawmakers in 10 other U.S. states are currently considering similar legislation.
California lawmakers have voted to make the nation's most populous state the second to raise the smoking age from 18 to 21 as part of a sweeping package of measures cracking down on tobacco products and electronic cigarettes.
"With California having such a huge population, it's going to be very impactful nationwide," said Cathy Callaway, associate director of state and local campaigns for the American Cancer Society.
Hawaii became the first state to lift the smoking age limit to 21 in January.
A landmark ruling by a Vancouver judge has cleared the way for Canadian medical marijuana users to grow pot at home, but recreational marijuana use still remains illegal across the country, despite Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's pledge to legalize the drug.
The decision struck down a ban introduced by Canada's previous Conservative government, and saw shares of local medical marijuana producers plunge on Wednesday: Canopy Growth (OTC:TWMJF) -5%; OrganiGram Holdings (OTCQB:OGRMF) -11.5% and Aphria (OTC:APHQF) -5%.
Ohio voters have soundly rejected a measure that would have made it the first U.S. Midwestern state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana by nearly a two-to-one margin.
Analysts said the proposal was criticized for granting main backers of the measure cartel-like powers over the industry in the state for several years, an arrangement that rubbed many voters who supported legalization of the drug the wrong way.