Dispensary/Retail Store Business News

Attorney: Hearing Could Trigger Shift in Nevada’s Medical Marijuana Laws

Nevada is technically one of the 16 states in the U.S. with medical marijuana regulations on the books. But its MMJ ordinance has a huge shortcoming: It doesn’t specifically address the selling and buying of cannabis, both of which are illegal under state and federal laws. So while Nevada does indeed allow individuals to cultivate […]

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San Diego Landlords Can Boot Pot Businesses From Property, Judge Says

The federal push to close medical pot dispensaries in California by dialing up the pressure on landlords is working like a charm. Numerous medical marijuana centers, such as North Valley Holistic Health in Butte County, have closed up shop in recent weeks after their landlords received warning letters from U.S. attorneys. The letters threaten to […]

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Butte County Dispensary’s Closure Highlights Risks of Entering Medical Pot Industry

One day, you’re running a bustling medical marijuana dispensary. The next, you’re essentially out of business, smarting from having the rug pulled out from under you. That’s exactly what happened to the operators of North Valley Holistic Health, a nonprofit dispensary in Butte County, Calif., that stopped selling marijuana to patients last month. The cannabis […]

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MMJ Advocates Fight Back Against Calif. Cannabis Crackdown, Sue Federal Gov’t

After getting smacked around over the past month, medical marijuana supporters in California are going on the offensive, filing several lawsuits against the federal government’s widely publicized crackdown on the state’s MMJ industry. The lawsuits aim to stop the government’s recent push to close dispensaries via  raids and other, indirect actions, such as threatening to […]

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Missouri, Idaho Pot Supporters Making Big MMJ Legalization Push

Another day, another group trying to legalize marijuana in yet another state. Make that two groups, in two states. Efforts are underway in both Missouri and Idaho to get cannabis initiatives on the ballot in 2012 and bring the legalization question directly to voters. In Missouri, a group called Show Me Cannabis is set to […]

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Poll: Montana Voters Back State’s Strict New Pot Regulations

The lion’s share of Montana residents support new laws meant to rein in the state’s medical marijuana industry, according to a poll released this week. More than 60 percent of locals who took a Montana State University-Billings survey said they approve of the changes, signaling residents agree with lawmakers that the MMJ industry has grown […]

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Flurry of Developments in Colo. Medical Pot Industry Includes Bans, New MMED Chief

It’s been an interesting few days for medical marijuana in Colorado, with a host of developments both positive and negative. Here’s a recap: – Residents in several Colorado cities went to the polls yesterday to vote on medical marijuana bans, and the results are decidedly mixed. The industry faced a rather big setback in Fort […]

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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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