Dispensary/Retail Store Business News

Professor’s Dire Prediction: ‘Beginning of End’ for Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana trade groups, lawyers and industry advisers across the nation are trying to allay fears that the federal government’s crackdown in California will spread to other states. California’s pot industry, they argue, is mostly unregulated, allowing shady businesses to flourish and large-scale marijuana operations to grow virtually unchecked. Medical marijuana dispensaries have popped up […]

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N.J. Zoning Board Rejects State’s First Dispensary Proposal

Just when it appeared New Jersey was finally on track to move forward with its dispensary program, yet another setback has cropped up. The zoning board in Maple Shade, New Jersey, unanimously rejected a group’s request to use a relatively isolated building surrounded by highways to sell medical marijuana and related products. Compassionate Sciences Alternative […]

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Long Beach Bans Dispensaries, Continuing Calif. Trend

Dozens of California cities large and small have come out against medical pot in recent months, with some forcing existing dispensaries to leave town and others enacting bans that will prevent MMCs from setting up shop in the first place. Now, it looks like the pot smoking paradise of Long Beach will follow suit, though […]

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Next Target of Federal Pot Backlash in California: Marijuana Ads

Every day seems to bring a fresh crop of negative headlines for the medical marijuana industry, particularly in California. And today is no different. A U.S. attorney in southern California revealed that the next stage of the medical weed crackdown will involve targeting newspapers, radio stations and other media organizations that run MMJ ads. In […]

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New Jersey Zoning Board to Hear First Dispensary Proposal

The town of Maple Shade (pop:19,000) could be the first community in New Jersey to pave the way for the launch of a medical marijuana dispensary. Compassionate Sciences Alternative Treatment Center – one of six groups awarded a state license to sell marijuana – is scheduled to present its business plan to the Maple Shade […]

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Rand Corp. ‘Reviewing’ Controversial Crime Report Amid Pressure From L.A. Officials

The nonprofit organization behind a controversial study that found crime in some Los Angeles neighborhoods actually increased when pot dispensaries closed has yanked the report from its website amid a firestorm of criticism from city attorneys and skepticism among law enforcement officials. Rand Corp., based in Santa Monica, Calif., said it will take another look […]

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Washington, D.C. MMC Application Deadline Approaching

Washington D.C. is forging ahead with plans to allow five select applicants to open medical marijuana dispensaries despite a “war on weed” by the federal government in California. The District has already whittled down the candidate list from 64 initial applicants last summer to a handful of pre-approved individuals and groups. The finalists have until […]

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What the California Crackdown Means for Medical Marijuana Businesses in Other States

A thick haze of doom and gloom is hovering over the medical marijuana industry, with the recent crackdown on dispensaries in California setting off panic alarms across the country.The government’s recent actions in the Golden State include numerous raids and arrests that have resulted in the seizure of several hundred pounds of weed. It has […]

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Michigan City Refunding MMC Application Fees After Court Ruling Against Medical Pot

Michigan’s once-thriving medical marijuana industry is now a shell of its former self, the result of a recent court ruling that essentially makes it illegal to sell pot from storefront dispensaries. Hundreds of medical weed shops have closed in the past few weeks, and the dozens still operating risk raids and criminal prosecution. Pot supporters […]

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Payroll, Taxes Major Headache For Dispensaries

Fox Business News recently aired a story about the problems marijuana dispensaries encounter when trying to open – and keep – bank accounts. It’s perhaps the biggest issue in the industry today, aside from the fact that there’s a confusing patchwork of ever-changing laws that vary by city. The banking industry, spooked by recent warnings […]

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