Marijuana Cultivation

California Congressmen to Feds: Stop Prosecuting MMJ Businesses

Two California congressmen said U.S. attorneys seeking to seize two dispensaries in the state have gone rogue and are breaking federal guidelines. Reps. Sam Farr and Dana Rohrabacher sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder asking that the Department of Justice stop prosecutions and forfeiture actions against those following state laws. A federal spending […]

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Proposal Would Let Oregon Dispensaries Sell Recreational MJ

Oregon dispensaries may be allowed to start selling recreational cannabis starting July 1 if an idea pitched by a state senator makes its way through the Legislature. The proposal by Republican state Sen. Ted Ferrioli would act as a bridge between when sales will be allowed and when shops will begin operations. Recreational marijuana becomes […]

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Strategies to Position a Cultivation Company for Growth and Long-Term Success

By Tony C. Dreibus Marijuana cultivators have a lot to grapple with on a daily basis, from trying to prevent pests that could wipe out their entire crop to constantly calibrating climate control and lighting systems for optimum yields. So it’s easy to get bogged down in the details without looking at bigger-picture issues that […]

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Hemp Advocate Rand Paul Announces Candidacy for President

Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul has announced his candidacy for president, giving hemp growers an ally in the fight for the White House. Paul has voiced his opinion that hemp growth should be legalized in Kentucky because it’s a state’s-rights issue and a matter of economic development. He was a co-sponsor of a January bill […]

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Gardening mainstay Scotts Miracle-Gro acquires hydroponics company

Scotts Miracle-Gro, a maker of gardening products, has purchased a company that makes hydroponic equipment popular with marijuana growers. Scotts purchased Santa Rosa, California-based General Hydroponics and its sister company Bio-Organic Solutions Inc. through a subsidiary. The acquired company sells Vermicrop soils and gardening supplies. The acquisition is part of a growing trend of mainstream […]

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Washington Senate Votes To Eliminate Marijuana Excise Taxes

There may be a glimmer of hope for what is widely considered an untenable tax structure in Washington State. The Washington State Senate passed a bill removing the excise tax on recreational marijuana sales by producers and processors, and will tax only retail sales. As it stands, a 25% excise tax at three transfer points: […]

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Tribes Weigh Pros and Cons of Entering Marijuana Industry

Though some Native American tribes have already taken the plunge into cannabis cultivation and commerce, plenty are still debating whether the move makes sense. Among the primary worries: potential legal repercussions in an uncertain regulatory environment. “We’re relying on a set of four different memos which is not federal law,” said Janet Hipp Simms, an […]

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Two More Lawsuits Filed Over Illinois Cultivation Licenses

It’s going to take a while for the legal situation to clear up in Illinois. Two more lawsuits have been filed in Illinois over the state’s medical marijuana program as would-be MMJ companies that failed to win permits to operate take action against those rivals and the Agriculture Department. Madison County Labs, which didn’t win […]

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‘Fort Knox’ Proving Popular Among Michigan Caregivers

In a state without a dispensary law, it’s difficult to operate safely in the marijuana industry. Not only do business owners risk legal prosecution, setting up safe and secure cannabis cultivation locations is tricky as well. Matthew Herman, a criminal attorney in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has developed a popular solution for the state’s small operators […]

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DOJ Enforcements Proceed Despite Congressional Mandate

Medical marijuana business owners may not be as protected from federal enforcement as they thought, coming off the December federal spending bill which included an amendment preventing the Department of Justice from spending funds prosecuting state medical marijuana programs. A Department of Justice spokesman asserted that Congress’ instruction to the DOJ in that bill allow […]

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Final New York Regulations Are As Strict As Feared

New York cannabis entrepreneurs at long last have final regulations to scour. But they may not be happy about what they read. The 121 pages of regulations don’t ease up at all from what was initially passed last year by the state legislature, and led one key state legislator to dub the rules “burdensome”. “Expanding […]

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