Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

More Questions Than Answers After Drug Policy Chief’s Comments on Marijuana Industry

The Obama administration has repeatedly sidestepped the issue of marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington, offering vague comments that leave cannabis entrepreneurs in limbo. The marijuana industry – as well as state officials trying to craft rules covering the production and sale of cannabis – have no choice but to read between the lines every […]

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Despite Flurry of Bills, Only a Few States Expected to Pass Cannabis Legislation in 2013

Optimism about the marijuana industry’s future is extraordinarily high these days. One of the main reasons for the exuberance: Lawmakers in¬†roughly two dozen states have either already submitted or plan to introduce bills that would legalize marijuana for medical or recreational use. And the list keeps growing, with new legislation making headlines almost daily. Impressive, […]

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Marijuana Polls Show Strong Support for MMJ, Cannabis Legalization in Several States

A flurry of marijuana surveys released over the past two weeks shows growing support for MMJ and cannabis legalization in general across the country, further fueling the industry’s recent momentum. Here’s a sampling of the studies and how they fit into the bigger picture for each state: Hawaii – A poll conducted by QMark Research […]

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A Look Ahead: 12 States That Could Legalize Medical Marijuana in 2013

Last year was a significant one for the marijuana industry, with two states passing MMJ laws and another two legalizing cannabis for recreational use. It will be hard to top that, but the industry could be poised for another big year in 2013. As Medical Marijuana Business Daily reported last month, more than a dozen […]

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CA Dispensary Harborside Prevails Again in Court, Eroding Feds’ MMJ Crackdown Strategy

Score another one for Harborside Health Center – and possibly the entire medical marijuana industry. A federal judge in California has ruled that the landlords of Harborside’s buildings in San Jose and Oakland cannot force the dispensary to stop selling marijuana despite federal threats to seize the properties. Chief Federal Magistrate Maria-Elena James also rejected […]

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Ringing in the New Year on a High Note + What’s in Store for the Cannabis Industry in 2013

The medical marijuana industry has many reasons to celebrate this holiday season. Dispensaries have opened in Arizona and New Jersey. Colorado and Washington legalized marijuana. The industry won several key court battles over the past month. The government’s crackdown has subsided in some areas of the country. And two new states – Connecticut and Massachusetts […]

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Weekly Wrapup: Delays for Massachusetts MMJ? + Arizona on Track After Court Win

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: A state passes medical marijuana laws, sets a time frame for the launch of dispensaries and then misses the initial deadlines as officials struggle with implementation and other challenges. This scenario seems to play out in every new MMJ state these days, from Arizona and New Jersey […]

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