california medical marijuana Archive

San Diego Shutters 18 Illegal Dispensaries

Tony C. Dreibus  | March 11, 2015

San Diego is continuing to crack down on dispensaries it deems illegal as the first licensed medical shop prepares to open in the city.

Officials have shut down 18 marijuana dispensaries this year, including one that tried to reopen multiple times in two weeks, according to news reports. About 250 unlicensed dispensaries have …

CA Lawmaker Authored MMJ Bill But Never Visited a Dispensary

John Schroyer  | February 19, 2015

Lawmakers across the country routinely cast votes on measures concerning the cannabis industry, often without firsthand knowledge of the industry or the benefit of cannabusinesses willing to help educate them.

But Lou Correa took that to the next level.

The former California state senator, who came close to getting a bill passed last year to …

San Diego’s 1st Legal Dispensary Prepares for Liftoff

John Schroyer  | January 30, 2015

After waiting more than three months for an answer, David Blair finally got the good news this week: his medical marijuana dispensary will be allowed to open – fully licensed and legal – in San Diego.

Blair’s dispensary, A Green Alternative, will be the second in the county but the first in the …

‘Wine Club for Cannabis’ Gains Traction in California

John Schroyer  | January 13, 2015

California has long been known for both world-class wines and cannabis, and an ancillary marijuana company is trying to meld the two in a new marketing strategy.

A San Francisco startup called Marvina is billing itself as a “wine club for cannabis,” offering its members several strains of medical marijuana a month as …

Concentrates Qualify as MMJ in California, Court Rules

John Schroyer  | December 22, 2014

Cannabis concentrates producers in California can relax – their businesses are safe.

A three-judge appellate court has ruled unanimously that cannabis concentrates, including dabs, are legally qualified as medical marijuana, according to the Sacramento Bee.

The legal status of concentrates came up in court after an MMJ patient was arrested last year and …

Dispensary’s Big Win in Court Battle With Feds Could Ripple Across MMJ Industry

John Schroyer  | December 10, 2014

By John Schroyer

A federal judge in northern California has tossed a civil forfeiture case against a San Francisco medical marijuana dispensary, possibly setting a precedent that could give the U.S. government pause before taking similar actions to shut down MMJ companies.

The decision in favor of Shambhala

Week in Review: LA Elevates Crackdown, WA Cities Tackle MMJ & a Case for Hawaii Dispensaries

John Schroyer  | December 5, 2014

By Tony C. Dreibus and John Schroyer

Los Angeles files a lawsuit against an ancillary medical marijuana company, cities in Washington State seek to address the MMJ issue on their own, and a report in Hawaii could pave the way for dispensaries.

Here’s a closer look at several notable developments in the cannabis industry over …

California to Try Again With MMJ Regulations

John Schroyer  | December 4, 2014

Will 2015 be the year that California finally passes medical marijuana regulations? It will if a pair of Democratic state lawmakers have their way.

State Assembly Members Reggie Jones-Sawyer and Rob Bonta, from Los Angeles and San Francisco respectively, introduced a pair of bills this week in advance of the beginning of the next legislative …

Feds Raid Pair of Dispensaries in LA

John Schroyer  | October 24, 2014

The Drug Enforcement Administration raided a pair of medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles on Thursday, executing a search warrant and confiscating money, cannabis and computers. Both dispensaries are owned by The Farmacy, with one location in Westwood and the other in West Hollywood.

The Department of Justice did not disclose the reasons …

San Francisco Delays Decision on New Dispensary

John Schroyer  | October 20, 2014

San Francisco, which was at the forefront of the medical marijuana movement a decade ago, has developed a case of cold feet when it comes to a proposed expansion of its MMJ industry.

The city’s Planning Commission has decided to wait until December to make a decision on whether a fourth dispensary can …