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June 23, 2015

Removal of Marijuana Research Barrier Could Lead to Big Business Benefits Down the Road

By Tony C. Dreibus The Obama administration’s decision to eliminate a regulatory hurdle for medical cannabis studies might help spur new research that could lead to a reclassification of marijuana [click to continue...]

June 22, 2015

First Massachusetts Dispensary to Open ‘Soon’

At long last, the first Massachusetts dispensary is expected to open for business. Exactly when is still up in the air, though. Alternative Therapies Group in Salem, Massachusetts, is set [click to continue...]

June 19, 2015

Guam Cultivation Limited to Strains Already on the Island

Entrepreneurs who want to grow cannabis in Guam will need to cultivate marijuana from plants already growing in the U.S. territory, yet local officials don’t know which strains are currently [click to continue...]

June 19, 2015

Oregon Dispensaries Ask to Sell Recreational Cannabis

A glut of licensed medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon has made it difficult for some operations to turn a profit. As a result, some dispensary owners are pleading with state [click to continue...]

June 19, 2015

Week in Review: PA Ramping Up for MMJ, Tribes Making Moves + Dueling Initiatives in Michigan

By John Schroyer and Tony C. Dreibus Pennsylvania businesses are prepping for medical marijuana legalization despite long odds, Native American cannabis activity starts to ramp up, and two recreational MJ [click to continue...]

June 18, 2015

Marijuana Group’s Voter Registrations Under Scrutiny in Ohio

Ohio’s secretary of state told election officials to scrutinize new voter registrations submitted by a group pushing a marijuana legalization measure in the state, accusing a company hired to gather [click to continue...]

June 18, 2015

Initiative Would Allow MJ Consumption in Colorado Bars, Clubs

Advocates and cannabis business leaders in Colorado are hoping to convince lawmakers to allow marijuana consumption in places where only adults are allowed, which could create opportunities for bar and [click to continue...]

June 18, 2015

Ohio Marijuana Legalization Effort Faces Major Headwinds Despite Recent Momentum

By Tony C. Dreibus A proposal to legalize medical and recreational marijuana in Ohio seems to be a shoo-in for the fall ballot, with organizers raising more than $36 million [click to continue...]

June 17, 2015

Georgia Starts CBD Registry, Doesn’t Address Access

Some lawmakers and industry experts alike are touting Georgia’s expediency in getting the state’s patient registry for high-CBD, low-THC oils up and running so quickly. The problem, however, is there’s [click to continue...]

June 17, 2015

Experts: Canada Must Develop Regulations on Cannabis Edibles, Extracts Quickly

By Tony C. Dreibus Canadian officials must craft rules on infused products quickly to ensure patients buy from federally licensed cannabis companies instead of illegal dispensaries or the black market, [click to continue...]

June 16, 2015

Dispensary Lawsuit Alleges Bribes, Excessive Force

A dispensary in Santa Ana, California, has filed a lawsuit alleging the city’s mayor took bribes from competing medical marijuana businesses and that the police department used excessive force during [click to continue...]

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Louisiana 2+ Years Away From MMJ Sales

Louisiana officials are predicting it will take at least two years for the state’s first [click to continue...]

Opening of Cannabis-Friendly Resort in Colorado Delayed

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A company hoping to launch an all-inclusive vacation resort catering to cannabis users has delayed [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...]

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...]

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...]

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