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Arkansas legalization proposals gain steam

Arkansas could become one of the first Southern states to legalize medical or recreational marijuana if any of three potential ballot measures succeed in the 2016 election. One measure would allow for medical marijuana use only, another would permit use and possession of recreational marijuana, and a possible third would legalize MMJ but with much […]

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Colombian President Backs MMJ Legalization

Medical marijuana is starting to gain traction across the globe, particularly in South America. On Thursday, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos threw his political weight behind a bill to legalize medical cannabis. Santos’ position has a dual purpose: to ease the pain of terminally ill patients and to undercut the cartels that have at least […]

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58 Dispensary Inspections, 2 Closures in Oregon

Oregon health inspectors have made 58 surprise visits to medical marijuana dispensaries since late May, forcing two to shut down for serious violations. One of the dispensaries that had to close – Kush MMD in Eugene – was allowed to reopen after correcting its problems. The other, Compassionate Caregivers in Portland, remains shuttered. Oregon has […]

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Marijuana Business Media Adds Reporter

Marijuana Business Media, the parent company of Marijuana Business Daily, announced today that reporter John Schroyer has joined its editorial staff. Schroyer will cover business, financial and legal issues of national interest to the expanding medical and recreational cannabis industry. He will contribute to the company’s full line of content offerings, including Marijuana Business Daily, […]

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Massachusetts Company’s Dispensary Licenses in Jeopardy

A company’s licenses to operate two medical marijuana dispensaries in Massachusetts are in jeopardy after reports surfaced that a key executive misled officials about his college background. Kevin Fisher, executive director of New England Treatment Access, was found to have submitted false information in the company’s application documents for the licenses – first by a screening […]

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Delaware Awards MMJ Dispensary Contract

Not every cop has a problem with marijuana. In Delaware, a company headed by a former state trooper has been awarded a two-year contract to launch the state’s first medical marijuana dispensary — set to open in early 2015. The ex-trooper, Mark Lally, serves as president of First State Compassion Center, which will establish the […]

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Colorado Marijuana Tax Structure Questioned

Despite a record-setting month for recreational marijuana sales in Colorado this past June, tax revenues from retail cannabis transactions are 60% below what lawmakers initially expected by now. As a result, one state legislator says it might be time to take another look at the tax structure for both recreational and medical marijuana. Early estimates put […]

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105 Banks Working With Cannabis Industry

Banking guidelines handed down by the Obama administration earlier this year are “having the intended effect” of encouraging more financial institutions to do business with the cannabis industry, according to a key government official. Jennifer Shasky Calvery, head of the U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, told The Washington Post that there are now […]

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Ben & Jerry’s Co-Founder to Keynote Marijuana Conference

Ben Cohen, co-founder of the iconic ice cream brand Ben & Jerry’s, will keynote the Marijuana Business Conference & Expo this November in Las Vegas. Cohen will share his entrepreneurial experiences and the value of corporate social responsibility with attendees, according to Marijuana Business Media, which produces the conference and publishes Marijuana Business Daily. He […]

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Energy Efficiency Elusive in Rec States

Energy could quickly become a major issue for cultivators in recreational cannabis markets. Neither Colorado nor Washington State has devoted much time to figuring out how to satisfy the huge power needs of the rapidly expanding recreational marijuana industry, according to the news site Environment and Energy Publishing. Utilities officials in the two states are […]

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More Controversy Over MA Application Process

The cannabis controversy continues in Massachusetts. The state’s health department knowingly awarded two dispensary licenses to a company whose top executive allegedly misled local officials about his college credentials, according to a report in The Boston Globe. What’s more, the company – New England Treatment Access – employs a former high-level employee of the health […]

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San Francisco Considering Regulations on MMJ Delivery

A marijuana delivery service in San Francisco that dubs itself “the Uber of pot” is raising eyebrows among local officials concerned with the unregulated nature of such businesses. The company, called Eaze, has generated buzz because it lets medical marijuana patients order cannabis using their smartphones and get it delivered quickly to their doorsteps. Eaze […]

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