Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

Stats: Do Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Really Fuel an Increase in Crime?

You’ve no doubt read articles about dispensaries robbed at gunpoint. And we’ve all heard about attacks on workers delivering medical marijuana. It’s enough to make you want to close up shop or abandon plans to start a medical marijuana center. Lawmakers who oppose the medical marijuana industry often cite these examples when bashing the industry, […]

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Compliance Costs for Pot Centers in Colorado: $30,000 and Up…Way Up

How much does it cost to comply with Colorado’s new medical marijuana regulations? Think $30,000 minimum and more than $100,000 on the high end, according to estimates provided by a handful of dispensary owners I’ve spoken to in recent weeks. The regulations, which went into effect July 1, cover everything from signage, sanitation and security […]

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Chris Walsh: ‘Clarification’ of Ogden Memo Leaves MMJ in Even Murkier State

With July 4th in the rearview mirror, many Americans are recovering from holiday hangovers tied to beer or mass amounts of hot dogs and burgers. This year, however, those involved in the medical marijuana industry find themselves battling another type of indigestion. And I don’t think chugging Pepto-Bismol is enough to ease this bellyache. As […]

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DOJ to Medical Pot Industry: Government Could Prosecute Dispensaries, Growers

Well, you asked for it, and now you got it. Unfortunately, it’s probably the worst news possible for the medical marijuana industry. Yesterday, the Department of Justice issued a long-awaited clarification on the government’s stance toward medical marijuana in a letter to state attorneys. Brace yourselves, ’cause it ain’t pretty. The DOJ made its position […]

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From Montel Williams to Miracle-Gro, Medical Cannabis Gets Big-Name Support

Ok, it’s time to connect the dots from the past few weeks and see if we can see the larger picture. If you haven’t noticed, a lot of recognizable names – including celebrities, lawmakers and a company with a household name – have been tied to medical marijuana as of late. Let’s go over these, […]

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Bill by Ron Paul, Barney Frank to End Federal War on Weed a Giant Leap Forward for Marijuana

Marijuana advocates, rejoice! You’re getting some much-needed support today by big-name lawmakers. Today, Congressmen Ron Paul and Barney Frank plan to introduce legislation calling for the federal government to let states “legalize, regulate, tax, and control marijuana without federal interference.” No, this is not a victory in the making. In fact, I’m extremely doubtful that […]

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Pot Proponent’s Remarks About New Colorado Medical Marijuana Laws Perplexing

Last week, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill that will introduce another round of sweeping changes to the state‚Äôs medical marijuana industry, according to this Associated Press story in the Denver Post. There was little fanfare surrounding the signing. And rightfully so: It was more of a procedural step, as the industry has been […]

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