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Cities, Counties Across California Making Key Medical Pot Decisions

Chris Walsh  | November 18, 2011

From Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz to Sacramento and San Francisco, a host of cities and regions in California have made some important decisions involving medical marijuana this month.

It’s hard to keep track of what’s going on given the flurry of court rulings, city council votes and other actions taken at the local level. …

San Francisco Dispensaries Succumb to Government Threats, Mounting Pressure

Chris Walsh  | November 16, 2011

Several medical cannabis dispensaries in San Francisco have closed in the past few days and many more could soon follow suit, the result of mounting pressure from the federal government on the MMJ industry in California.

The owners of three pot shops – Divinity Tree, Medithrive and Mr. Nice Guy – decided to

MMJ Advocates Fight Back Against Calif. Cannabis Crackdown, Sue Federal Gov’t

Chris Walsh  | November 8, 2011

After getting smacked around over the past month, medical marijuana supporters in California are going on the offensive, filing several lawsuits against the federal government’s widely publicized crackdown on the state’s MMJ industry.

The lawsuits aim to stop the government’s recent push to close dispensaries via  raids and other, indirect actions, such as …

Missouri, Idaho Pot Supporters Making Big MMJ Legalization Push

Chris Walsh  | November 8, 2011

Another day, another group trying to legalize marijuana in yet another state. Make that two groups, in two states.

Efforts are underway in both Missouri and Idaho to get cannabis initiatives on the ballot in 2012 and bring the legalization question directly to voters.

In Missouri, a group called Show Me Cannabis is set to …

MMJ Tax Hike Needed in San Jose to Fund Referendum, Mayor Says

Chris Walsh  | November 3, 2011

Dispensary owners in San Jose, Calif., recently banded together to fight tough new medical pot regulations in the city, hoping to force a referendum on the issue.

Little did they know it might cost them dearly from a financial perspective.

The owners, who formed a group called Citizens Coalition for Patient Care, collected …

Scope of Federal Medical Marijuana Crackdown Remains Unclear

Chris Walsh  | October 27, 2011

Last spring, Depute U.S. Attorney General James Cole attempted to clarify the federal government’s position on the burgeoning medical marijuana industry. In a memo sent to state attorneys, Cole said that anyone involved in growing or selling marijuana for any reason – and particularly large-scale operations – could face prosecution and might be …

California Lawmakers Denounce Federal ‘Ambush’ of Medical Marijuana Businesses

Chris Walsh  | October 21, 2011

The medical marijuana community in California is getting some crucial support from two Democratic lawmakers who say the federal government’s attack on the sector will have “devastating impacts for the state.”

Assemblyman Tom Ammiano and Sen. Mark Leno of San Francisco held a press conference this week to denounce the Obama administration’s recent moves to …

Professor’s Dire Prediction: ‘Beginning of End’ for Medical Marijuana

Chris Walsh  | October 14, 2011

Medical marijuana trade groups, lawyers and industry advisers across the nation are trying to allay fears that the federal government’s crackdown in California will spread to other states. California’s pot industry, they argue, is mostly unregulated, allowing shady businesses to flourish and large-scale marijuana operations to grow virtually unchecked. Medical marijuana dispensaries have popped up …

Long Beach Bans Dispensaries, Continuing Calif. Trend

Chris Walsh  | October 13, 2011

Dozens of California cities large and small have come out against medical pot in recent months, with some forcing existing dispensaries to leave town and others enacting bans that will prevent MMCs from setting up shop in the first place.

Now, it looks like the pot smoking paradise of Long Beach will follow suit, though …