Dispensary/Retail Store Business News

Weekly Wrapup: Big Medical Cannabis Decision in California, AG Holder Talks Medical Pot

Last week was a relatively tame one for the medical marijuana industry, with only a trickle of negative news instead of the typical flood. In California, Sacramento County supervisors voted to effectively ban dispensaries from unincorporated areas of the region. Fortunately, the decision doesn’t affect the city of Sacramento itself, where there are nearly two […]

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New Mexico Gov. Lobbying for Separate Medical Marijuana Division to Run Pot Program

As New Mexico’s fledgling medical marijuana program grows at a rapid clip, a top state health official is looking to create a new division responsible for overseeing MMJ licensing, regulation and enforcement. Dr. Catherine Torres, secretary of Health and Human Services, told the Associated Press that she will ask legislators for permission to form the […]

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Attorney General: Prosecuting Pot Businesses Complying with State Laws ‘Not a Priority’

Medical cannabis professionals operating on the up-and-up can breathe a sigh of relief. Sort of. On Thursday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder indicated once again that the federal government is not interested in going after medical marijuana dispensaries and related businesses that are complying with state MMJ regulations – repeating a position expressed in a […]

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Arizona Dispensary Owners Hoping to Force Gov. Brewer’s Hand on Medical Marijuana Issue

Add another twist to the ongoing medical cannabis saga in Arizona. On Wednesday, entrepreneurs hoping to start pot dispensaries in the state turned to a judge for help in galvanizing Arizona’s MMJ industry, which has been in a holding pattern for months. Lawyers representing the cannabis advocates asked Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Richard Gama […]

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Update: Sacramento County Approves Zoning Change that Prohibits Pot Dispensaries

The eight remaining medical marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated areas of Sacramento County will have to close up shop under a controversial zoning code change. All but one supervisor voted in favor of tweaking zoning codes to expressly prohibit any “land use activity or establishment” that violates state or federal laws in unincorporated areas of the […]

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Sacramento County Weighing Measure to Officially Ban Pot Dispensaries, Protests Expected

Sacramento County supervisors will consider an outright ban on medical marijuana dispensaries this afternoon, a move that would effectively knock out the staggering, stumbling MMJ industry in unincorporated areas of the region. According to Americans for Safe Access, the county board reportedly slipped in a last-minute agenda item asking supervisors to discuss an ordinance that […]

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Putting the ‘High’ in Higher Ed: Proposal Would Let Universities Dispense Medical Cannabis

A work group tasked with examining potential medical pot laws in Maryland has come up with a novel – and controversial – idea: Let universities handle the task of dispensing marijuana. Under the proposal, academic institutions such as Johns Hopkins University would provide medical pot to patients with serious medical conditions under a regulated distribution […]

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Latest Figures Show Modest Dip in Number of Los Angeles Medical Pot Dispensaries

Two years ago, L.A. Weekly took on the unenviable task of counting all the medical marijuana centers in Los Angeles. Until that point, getting an accurate number proved to be an elusive task given the lack of MMJ regulations and industry oversight by the city.  With no official registry, local officials and observers had to […]

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