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First Dispensaries Open in New Hampshire

Omar Sacirbey  | May 5, 2016

New Hampshire’s medical marijuana market is now officially up and running.

The first two dispensaries in the state have opened their doors, nearly three years after New Hampshire lawmakers legalized medical cannabis.

The move brings another new MMJ market into the fold, although it will be a small one for the foreseeable future.

The Sanctuary …

Oakland Increases Number of Medical Marijuana Businesses

John Schroyer  | May 4, 2016

Oakland lawmakers voted Wednesday to increase sharply the number of licensed medical marijuana dispensaries, cultivators and related businesses that can operate in California’s eighth-largest city.

The city approved a measure to allow eight new dispensaries each year, adding to the eight that currently exist. City officials also paved the way for an additional 30 growers, …

In Major Victory, Harborside Civil Forfeiture Case Dropped

John Schroyer  | May 3, 2016

A California medical marijuana dispensary has won a landmark legal case that at one point had threatened the MJ industry’s very future.

Harborside Health Center in Oakland, once in danger of being shuttered by the U.S. Attorney’s office, announced today federal prosecutors have dropped their case brought against the dispensary four years ago.

The dismissal …

Colorado’s Cannabis Industry Under Attack on Several Fronts

John Schroyer  | May 3, 2016

By John Schroyer

On the surface, it might appear that Colorado’s $1 billion marijuana industry has been unencumbered by legal roadblocks or political opposition, given its speedy growth in recent years.

Nothing is further from the truth, however, particularly for the state’s recreational cannabis sector.

Colorado Credit Union Appeals Federal Judge’s Ruling

Omar Sacirbey  | May 2, 2016

The Fourth Corner Credit Union in Colorado has appealed a federal judge’s decision to dismiss a lawsui

SEC Halts Trading in Cannabis Firm Pineapple Express

Omar Sacirbey  | May 2, 2016

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has temporarily suspended trading in Pineapple Express, a cannabis consulting and investment company headquartered in Los Angeles.

The agency said it did so “because of recent, unusual and unexplained market activity in the company’s stock that raises concerns about the adequacy of publicly-available information regarding” Pineapple Express.


IL Again Weighs Expanding MMJ Qualifying Conditions

Omar Sacirbey  | April 29, 2016

Medical marijuana businesses in Illinois hope the third time’s a charm for expanding the state’s list of approved conditions for MMJ treatment.

The state’s Medical Cannabis Advisory Board will meet Monday to discuss whether to add 15 new conditions to the current list of 39 approved conditions, according to the Associated Press.

The …