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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...]

March 18, 2015

Oregon Recreational Marijuana Rules: Q&A With Liquor Control Commission Chair Rob Patridge

By John Schroyer Oregon will become the fourth state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana possession when a measure voters approved last year goes into effect this July, but [click to continue...]

March 17, 2015

Obama: Decriminalization, Rescheduling Progress Possible

President Barack Obama said in a recent interview that Congress may be forced to take political action on marijuana in the near future, if further reforms are passed at the [click to continue...]

March 17, 2015

Rescheduling Marijuana: Panacea or Red Herring?

By John Schroyer A fair share of cannabis professionals have long believed in a relatively simply solution for the industry’s problems: Reschedule marijuana at the federal level. Despite some apparent [click to continue...]

March 16, 2015

Former NM Gov: Washington State ‘Worst-Case Scenario’ for Rec Regs

A former governor has advice for states looking at regulatory models for recreational marijuana: steer clear of Washington State’s example. Gary Johnson, the former governor of New Mexico and current [click to continue...]

March 16, 2015

Rec Marijuana Will Go to 2016 Ballot in Nevada

With the Nevada state legislature adjourning on Friday without taking action on a proposed recreational marijuana initiative, voters will now decide whether they want to legalize recreational marijuana in 2016. [click to continue...]

March 13, 2015

Week in Review: Longshot Senate MMJ Legalization Bill a Step in the Right Direction

By John Schroyer A bill introduced this week in the U.S. Senate could have far-reaching implications for the cannabis industry, if the measure somehow reaches President Barack Obama’s desk. Insiders [click to continue...]

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Denver MJ Growers Major Contributor to Rise in Energy Use

Marijuana cultivation facilities have been specifically identified as a key contributor to Denver’s increasing electric [click to continue...]

Alaska Governor Names 5 to Marijuana Control Board

Five Alaskans were appointed to a board that will craft laws governing the state’s recreational [click to continue...]

New York Could Reveal MMJ License Winners Soon

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The New York Health Department may announce winners of the five medical cannabis licenses up [click to continue...]

50+ Medical Cannabis Business Applications Filed in MA

The Green Rush is back on in Massachusetts. The opening of the first medical cannabis [click to continue...]

Oregon Rec Rules Materializing, Early Sales Possible

Rules governing Oregon’s recreational marijuana market are taking shape, with state lawmakers sending two bills [click to continue...]

Rand Paul Brings in Six Figures at MJ Industry Fundraiser

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Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul made a splash in Denver on Tuesday, raising an estimated [click to continue...]

Hawaii Bill Establishing Dispensaries Likely to Become Law

Dispensaries could be open in Hawaii in just over a year, as a bill establishing [click to continue...]

Second MMJ Bill Introduced in Pennsylvania Legislature

In an attempt to get around obstructionists in the state House of Representatives who have [click to continue...]

Fifth New Jersey Dispensary Given Green Light

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And then there were five. Dispensaries permitted in New Jersey, that is. Compassionate Sciences, Inc. [click to continue...]

Louisiana Gov Signs Medical Marijuana Bill

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed a bill making his state the latest 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...]

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