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Poll: 74% Back Massachusetts MMJ

There’s no voter remorse in Massachusetts. Support for medical marijuana has surged among Massachusetts residents since the state legalized MMJ last fall, according to a survey released today. The poll found that nearly 75% of adults support legalizing medical marijuana while just 21% oppose the policy. A similar survey conducted last year found that 63% […]

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Judge Upholds Limits on Arizona Home Grows

Arizona medical marijuana dispensaries won’t have to worry about competition from home growers, at least for now. A superior court judge has upheld a controversial section of the state’s medical marijuana law that bars most residents from growing their own cannabis. Under the 2010 Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, only patients who live more than 25 […]

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ACLU Lobbies for Private Cultivation in Washington

The ACLU of Washington has asked the state to allow medical marijuana patients to grow their own cannabis at home. In a seven-page letter to the Washington State Liquor Control Board, Alison Holcomb – who penned the measure legalizing adult-use marijuana (I-502) and serves as the ACLU ‘s local drug policy director – argues that […]

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Florida MMJ Legalization Group Raises $231K in Oct.

Organizers behind an effort to legalize medical marijuana in Florida are on a roll. People United for Medical Marijuana, which is gathering signatures to get a constitutional amendment legalizing MMJ on the fall 2014 ballot, raised more than $230,000 in October. To date, the group has raised $845,000, according to data from Florida’s elections division. […]

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Michigan Judge: Cannabis Law “One of Worst”

Michigan judge Mark Trusock called the state’s legal medical marijuana law “one of the worst statues that was ever written and put into place,” while sentencing a local dispensary owner to probation. The dispensary owner, David Overholt, pleaded no contest to delivery or manufacture of marijuana. In March, police raided his Grand Rapids-based business, the […]

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2nd Arkansas MMJ Legalization Push Begins

Let the fundraising begin. Organizers behind a bid to legalize medical marijuana in Arkansas have officially started raising money to put an initiative on the 2014 ballot. Arkansans for Compassionate Care and Americans for Safe Access held their first major fundraising event on Saturday with an all-day concert in the town of El Dorado. They […]

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Oregon Comittee Mulls Industrial Hemp

A committee of agricultural experts in Oregon will meet this December to draft rules to oversee industrial hemp cultivation. If the group can satisfy federal officials with a set of rules, Oregon farmers could plant their first hemp crop by this spring. Hemp production could benefit a wide swath of the state’s economy, from construction […]

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MedBox Hires Investment Bank for Strategic Options

Technology and consulting company MedBox Inc. announced today it has teamed up with the Santa Monica, Calif-based investment bank DelMorgan & Co to review its strategic options. MedBox said it will explore various opportunities for raising additional capital, including joint ventures, acquisitions, divestitures and strategic alliances. It also could consider an initial public offering on […]

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Colorado Proposes Hemp Farming Regs, Fees

Hemp growers in Colorado would have to pay $200 in annual fees and another $1 per acre planted under proposed regulations released today, according to the Denver Post. The fees are miniscule compared to the registration and licensing costs medical an adult-use cannabis businesses must pay, meaning hemp farmers will have an easier time getting […]

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Report: Marijuana Market to Hit $10B by 2018

A new report issued today predicts the U.S. legal retail marijuana market will grow 64% next year to hit $2.34 billion and surge to $10 billion by 2018. The State of Legal Marijuana Markets report, released by ArcView Market Research, also predicts that 14 more states will legalize recreational marijuana in the next five years. […]

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136 CO Dispensaries Line Up for Rec Licenses

Colorado’s Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) has accepted 136 applications for licenses to operate recreational marijuana retail shops since the process began in October, representing about a quarter of those eligible to apply. Under the law, only existing medical marijuana businesses can vie for licenses until next fall. Colorado currently has 517 MMJ dispensaries, so at […]

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4th Vermont Marijuana Dispensary to Open in Brattleboro

The Vermont Department of Public Safety has conditionally approved a medical marijuana dispensary in the town of Brattleboro. The dispensary – called Southern Vermont Wellness, Inc. – will be the fourth and final MMJ center to open in the state as part of Vermont’s medical marijuana program, which was signed into law in 2011. Vermont […]

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