Dispensary/Retail Store Business News

10 Colorado Towns to Vote on Dispensary Bans, Medical Marijuana Taxes

Tomorrow is a big day for medical marijuana supporters in Colorado, with nearly a dozen cities voting to either ban dispensaries or tax the industry. The cities considering bans include Fort Collins – a college town an hour north of Denver with about two dozen marijuana dispensaries – and the skiing hamlet of Steamboat Springs. […]

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Ann Arbor Officials Still Hope to Move Forward With MMC Licensing Program

These days, most cities with medical marijuana laws are issuing a moratorium on new pot operations, suspending dispensary licensing programs or backtracking on MMJ plans in general. Officials in Ann Arbor, Mich., however, are bucking the trend. Scratch that: they’re trying to buck the trend. The city says it still hopes to move forward with […]

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Scope of Federal Medical Marijuana Crackdown Remains Unclear

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 prosecution and might be violating money […]

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MMJ Businesses in Colorado County Get Repreive on Permit Deadline

Nearly two dozen medical marijuana companies in southern Colorado that failed to apply for permits by a July deadline will get a second chance to stay in business. An El Paso County commissioner approved the reprieve on Tuesday night, giving dispensaries, MMJ growers and related businesses until Nov. 1 to get their applications in for […]

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Colorado to Award First Medical Marijuana Center License

After months of due diligence, Colorado’s Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division is set to issue its first dispensary license under the state’s tough new rules. Officials will present the license to the dispensary at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday during a meeting of the Denver Medical Marijuana Workgroup, which seeks to bring together lawmakers, city licensing representatives and […]

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Michigan Township Extends Dispensary Moratorium by 6 Months

A township in Michigan is putting off any decisions on medical marijuana until next spring, taking a wait-and-see approach as the state wrestles with the issue. It’s something that’s becoming quite common across Michigan and in other regions with medical pot laws on the books, given the precarious state of the industry and mixed messages […]

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Ohio MMJ Legalization Efforts Back on Track

A month ago, it seemed efforts to get medical marijuana on the 2012 ballot in Ohio were on the verge of stalling. State election board officials rejected initiatives from two separate groups that submitted petitions to move the process forward, throwing out most of the signatures in one case and taking issue with the wording […]

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California Crackdown Aimed at For-Profit Dispensaries, U.S. Attorney Says

The U.S. government has taken a fair share of flak recently for its war on medical marijuana dispensaries and grow operations in California. In the past few weeks, federal officials have conducted numerous raids and threatened to prosecute landlords that rent space to cannabis businesses. They’ve also talked about the possibility of targeting newspapers and […]

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New iPhone App Helps Patients Identify Strains, Locate Dispensaries

Want to find detailed information about a particular strain of medical marijuana simply by taking a picture of it? It should come as no surprise that, yes, there is an app for that. The Medical Cannabis Network, a Florida-based company that provides products and services to the MMJ industry, has developed a “marijuana recognition” application […]

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Sacramento Survey: Fed Crackdown in California ‘Overkill’

Plenty of people in Sacramento think the Obama administration’s crackdown on medical marijuana in California is too aggressive, according to the results of an informal poll. The Sacramento Business Journal asked readers for their reactions to the federal government’s recent moves (raids, threats, warning letters, etc.) against the state’s medical marijuana industry. Roughly 43 percent […]

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37 Pot Dispensaries in Seattle Still Don’t Have Business License

Some of Seattle’s medical marijuana dispensaries are giving the entire industry a bad name. Roughly a third of the city’s estimated 105 dispensaries have yet to obtain a business license, meaning they are technically violating local laws, according to The Stranger, a Seattle-focused news website. It’s particularly disturbing for several reasons: – Seattle has gone […]

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