Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

Momentum Building Behind Wisconsin Medical Cannabis Bill, Though Prospects Remain Dim

Last year, Wisconsin lawmakers attempted to pass a bill in the Democrat-controlled Legislature that would have legalized the use of medical marijuana. That effort fizzled when the measure failed to gain enough support, even though Democrats are typically more sympathetic to the cause than their political counterparts. But the key figures behind the bill are […]

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Weekly Wrapup: Colorado in Federal Crosshairs, Arizona Chooses Side in MMJ Lawsuit

Medical pot dispensaries in Colorado have had a relatively calm fall, operating under the radar while watching the federal cannabis crackdown on the West Coast from afar. The winter might be a bit more turbulent. Last week, we wrote about how the federal government is considering a medical pot crackdown in Colorado. Sources said the […]

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Seattle Lawyer Challenges Medical Pot Ordinance on Dispensary Regulation, Oversight

A Seattle attorney has filed suit against a new ordinance that calls for the city to tax, oversee and regulate medical marijuana dispensaries in the region, calling the initiative unconstitutional. While similar lawsuits have popped up in cities with medical pot laws across the country, this one is particularly interesting because of who filed it: […]

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Feds to Target CO Cannabis Dispensaries Next Year as Part of Widening MMJ Crackdown?

Maybe Colorado’s well-regulated and tightly controlled medical pot industry isn’t so sheltered from federal prosecution after all. The U.S. government is either considering or has already decided to move forward with plans to target some pot dispensaries in the state, according to various media reports. The feds apparently are looking to focus on medical marijuana […]

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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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