Marijuana Dispensary & Cannabis Store News

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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High-Level Support for MMJ: Governors Back Move to Reclassify Cannabis

Four state governors are lobbying the Drug Enforcement Administration to reclassify the status of marijuana so that pot can be prescribed, distributed and used for medical reasons. The high-level support for the reclassification of marijuana highlights the growing divide between states and the federal government on medical cannabis. Sixteen states plus the District of Columbia […]

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New Jersey Finalizes Medical Marijuana Rules in Bid to Jumpstart Oft-Delayed Program

Officials overseeing New Jersey’s medical marijuana program – which has been fraught with numerous setbacks and delays over the past two years – are moving aggressively to ensure dispensaries are operational and providing cannabis to registered patients as soon as possible. This week, New Jersey finalized an official set of rules governing the fledgling industry, […]

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‘The War on Weed’ Delves Into Underbelly of Medical Pot Laws, Enforcement

Current TV will air a special report  at 9 p.m., Eastern time tonight focusing on the “bizarre range of marijuana laws and enforcement” in the United States as part of its ongoing Vanguard documentary series. “The War on Weed” contrasts states that have MMJ laws (such as Colorado, California and Washington) with those that don’t, […]

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