california Archive

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 …

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 …

Next Target of Federal Pot Backlash in California: Marijuana Ads

Chris Walsh  | October 12, 2011

Every day seems to bring a fresh crop of negative headlines for the medical marijuana industry, particularly in California.

And today is no different. A U.S. attorney in southern California revealed that the next stage of the medical weed crackdown will involve targeting

What the California Crackdown Means for Medical Marijuana Businesses in Other States

Chris Walsh  | October 11, 2011

A thick haze of doom and gloom is hovering over the medical marijuana industry, with the recent crackdown on dispensaries in California setting off panic alarms across the country.The government’s recent actions in the Golden State

Professionalism Key to Beating Out MMC Competition

Chris Walsh  | October 5, 2011

Competition in the medical marijuana industry is fierce, particularly in California and Colorado. Many dispensaries are in a race to the bottom in terms of price, offering eights for as low as $20. That’s created razor-thin profit margins for some MMCs, while others are bleeding red ink.

So how can a dispensary set itself apart …

Chris Walsh: Tip for Marijuana Dispensary Owners – It’s All in the Appearance

Chris Walsh  | August 17, 2011
By Chris Walsh

Want to know what gives the medical marijuana industry – and individual cannabis dispensaries – a bad name? Actually, there’s a lot of things we could put on this list, like selling weed through back-door channels, allowing MMJ employees to smoke while on the job and that

Pot Backlash: Half-Dozen Cities, Counties Ban Marijuana Clinics

Chris Walsh  | August 11, 2011

While scouring the Internet for medical marijuana news, I’ve seen a fair share of stories over the past week about cities and communities banning pot shops.

Here are some of the latest developments on this front:

– California is a hotbed of activity when it comes to bans. City council members and local officials in …