Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

Breaking: Feds Raid Colorado Cannabis Businesses

The federal government and local law enforcement agencies are undertaking “enforcement actions” against medical marijuana businesses in Colorado today, executing search and seizure warrants at dispensaries and cultivation sites. The Department of Justice did not reveal the reasons behind the move or how many businesses

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5 Dispensaries Under West Virginia MMJ Proposal

West Virginia would allow five medical marijuana dispensaries to set up shop under a tentative proposal floated Wednesday during a legislative committee meeting. Supporters are still crafting the actual legislation, meaning the bill eventually introduced in the legislature could look somewhat different. But the idea outlined at the committee meeting offers the first real peek […]

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LA Attorney Sues Marijuana Dispensary

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer continued his assault on Southern California’s medical marijuana dispensaries this week under the controversial Proposition D, which bans all but 135 shops in Los Angeles. Feuer has filed a lawsuit against the Highland Park Patient Collective, which is trying to open a retail store in Mar Vista. The lawsuit […]

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PA Medical Cannabis Bill on Tap

Lawmakers in Pennsylvania will introduce a medical marijuana bill on Monday in the state Senate. The good news: The measure – called The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act – has bi-partisan support, with Republican Mike Folmer and Democrat Daylin Leach sponsoring the bill. The bad news: Lawmakers doubt it will even make it to […]

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Week in Review: Budweiser Sponsorship of Arkansas Medical Marijuana Event Fizzles

By Chris Walsh A red-hot story circled the Web recently about Budweiser sponsoring a fundraising event for medical marijuana legalization in Arkansas. It sounded too good to be true – and in the end that’s exactly what it was. Budweiser didn’t actually sponsor the event, held last Saturday, or underwrite the venue. In fact, it […]

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Judge Upholds Limits on Arizona Home Grows

Arizona medical marijuana dispensaries won’t have to worry about competition from home growers, at least for now. A superior court judge has upheld a controversial section of the state’s medical marijuana law that bars most residents from growing their own cannabis. Under the 2010 Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, only patients who live more than 25 […]

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Florida MMJ Legalization Group Raises $231K in Oct.

Organizers behind an effort to legalize medical marijuana in Florida are on a roll. People United for Medical Marijuana, which is gathering signatures to get a constitutional amendment legalizing MMJ on the fall 2014 ballot, raised more than $230,000 in October. To date, the group has raised $845,000, according to data from Florida’s elections division. […]

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MMJ Audit Advice: Avoid Responding to IRS Yourself, Handle it ‘Like Nitroglycerin’

What’s the biggest mistake a cannabis business owner can make when facing an audit? Start talking to the IRS directly. “Never respond to an audit yourself,” said noted California marijuana attorney Henry Wykowski. “IRS agents know how to ask questions and get you talking, and before you know it, you’ve made mistakes. It’s one thing […]

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Group to Fight Florida Medical Marijuana Measure

A conservative advocacy group is preparing to fight a push to legalize medical marijuana. Amy Ronshausen – the interm deputy director of Save Out Society From Drugs – released a statement Tuesday saying that “crude marijuana does not meet the standards of modern medicine.” The statement was filed with the state’s Office of Economic and […]

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