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March 23, 2015

IL MMJ Patient Pool Balloons, More Growth Possible

The Illinois medical marijuana customer base has grown rapidly in the past few weeks. State health officials reported that roughly 2,500 residents have applied for MMJ cards, an increase of [click to continue...]

March 23, 2015

Hemp Products Market $620M in 2014, Industry Group Says

According to a study by the Hemp Industries Association, the 2014 market for hemp products sold in the U.S. had a total retail value of $620 million. That number includes [click to continue...]

March 20, 2015

IRS Refunds Tax Penalty to MMJ Dispensary

The Internal Revenue Service has agreed in a settlement to refund roughly $25,000 in fines it levied against a medical marijuana dispensary in Colorado, following a dispute that could have [click to continue...]

March 20, 2015

Ohio MJ Ballot Measure Backers Cleared to Start Gathering Signatures

A well-funded effort to legalize both medical and recreational marijuana in Ohio cleared its latest hurdle Friday when a campaign group was granted permission to begin gathering signatures for the [click to continue...]

March 20, 2015

Restraining Order Prevents Approved IL Grower From Proceeding

A temporary restraining order keeping a cultivation site in Illinois from opening will remain in place, as a lawsuit by a separate grower who was denied a producer’s license winds [click to continue...]

March 20, 2015

Week in Review: WA Regs Criticism, 1st City Owned Rec Shop + Tribes Move Towards MJ

By John Schroyer and Tony C. Dreibus A prominent cannabis executive and former governor badmouths Washington State’s recreational marijuana rules, the first-ever municipally-owned cannabis shop draws criticism, and more Native [click to continue...]

March 19, 2015

San Diego’s First Legal MMJ Dispensary Opens

Nearly 20 years after California voters first approved medical marijuana, and after long years of struggling with illegal MMJ dispensaries, the first fully legal and registered dispensary has opened its [click to continue...]

March 19, 2015

Three Maine Tribes Consider MJ Cultivation, Sales

Three Maine American Indian tribes are considering growing and selling marijuana on their lands, part of a growing number of tribes considering cannabis as a revenue source. The Maliseet, Passamaquoddy [click to continue...]

March 19, 2015

Washington State City-Owned Rec Shop’s Advantages Offset By Location

By Tony C. Dreibus Tourists looking for the quintessential Washington State experience have a new reason to stop in North Bonneville, nestled in the hills of the Columbia River Gorge [click to continue...]

March 18, 2015

Senate’s MMJ Legalization Bill Gains Support

California Democrat Barbara Boxer is the latest U.S. Senator to jump on the medical marijuana legalization bandwagon. Boxer on Tuesday added her name to the list of sponsors for the [click to continue...]

March 18, 2015

Labor Relations Board Hears Complaint Against NJ Dispensary

This week, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) took up its second case of a complaint filed against a medical marijuana dispensary. The United Food and Commercial Workers Union, which [click to continue...]

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Louisiana Officially Legalizes Medical Marijuana

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed a bill making his state the 24th in the [click to continue...]

New York Cannabis Firm Buys Oregon Utility Building for $3M

In another sign of the marijuana industry’s growing national reach, a New York-based real estate [click to continue...]

WA Moves Closer to Overhauling Marijuana Tax Structure

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Washington State growers and processors would no longer pay a 25% tax on cannabis and [click to continue...]

Sole MMJ Dispensary Opens in Delaware

Delaware’s only licensed medical cannabis dispensary officially opened in the northern town of Wilmington on [click to continue...]

Canadian Cultivator Tilray to Lay Off 61 Employees

Canadian medical marijuana producer and distributor Tilray said it will lay off 61 employees as [click to continue...]

South Dakota Tribe to Partner With Colorado Grower

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A South Dakota tribe announced this week that it is teaming up with a cannabis [click to continue...]

Startup Acquires Inventory Tracking Firm, Plans Banking Solution

A Los Angeles-based financial services startup backed by a notable investor announced Thursday that it [click to continue...]

Vancouver Will Regulate Dispensaries Despite Federal Ban

The Vancouver City Council has voted to create a bylaw governing the city’s many dispensaries, [click to continue...]

Measure to Sink Ohio Cannabis Legalization Effort Passes House

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Correction: The initial version of this story incorrectly reported that the measure to prevent monopolies [click to continue...]

Cannabis Companies Dropped From Denver Fair

Marijuana companies apparently aren’t welcome at the Denver County Fair this year. The fair’s organizers [click to continue...]

Big Names in Canadian MMJ Industry Merging

Two of Canada’s largest licensed medical marijuana ventures are merging, which will create the country’s [click to continue...]

Nevada Dispensary’s Launch Delayed Again

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A Nevada company that hopes to open the first dispensary in the state has been [click to continue...]

California Medical Marijuana Grow Raided

Local law enforcement officials in a town just south of San Francisco raided a medical [click to continue...]

Study: Edibles Potency Claims in CA, WA Often Inaccurate

Edibles products in several major cities on the West Coast often include misleading labels that [click to continue...]

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