Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

Weekly Wrapup: Feds Target AZ Medical Marijuana Program + Conn. to Approve Cannabis Law?

At first glance, the federal government’s move last week to warn Arizona about its medical marijuana program seemed particularly worrisome. The state’s governor – Jan Brewer – could have used the renewed threat as justification to stifle the MMJ industry once again. Brewer, after all, halted the dispensary licensing program last spring after receiving a […]

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Connecticut Medical Marijuana Push Makes Huge Gains as Voters, Lawmakers Back MMJ

Could Connecticut become the 17th state to adopt favorable medical marijuana laws? It sure looks that way. The two most important groups for MMJ efforts – lawmakers and voters – are showing strong support for medical cannabis in Connecticut, making it more likely that the state will pass some type of marijuana legislation this year. […]

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Senate Supports ‘Preferred Vendor’ Bill Aimed at Boosting Training for Colorado Cannabis Workers

Colorado lawmakers are backing a proposal to establish a voluntary training program for medical marijuana businesses, which supporters say will bring more legitimacy and professionalism to the cannabis industry. The state Senate voted this afternoon to approve the so-called ‘preferred vendor’ proposal, with 24 lawmakers supporting the initiative and 11 opposing it. Such strong support […]

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Florida Medical Cannabis Advocates Use 48-Foot Billboards to Promote MMJ Legalization

Medical cannabis advocates will unveil two billboards in South Florida this afternoon urging residents to support medical marijuana legalization in the state. The 48-foot billboards  – which read “I’m A Patient Not a Criminal” and “Prescribed in Israel” – are part of a larger effort by the non-profit group The Silver Tour to target older […]

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Pat Robertson’s Call for Marijuana Legalization a Shot in the Arm for Pot Advocates, MMJ Industry

The marijuana community – and, by extension, the medical cannabis industry – is getting support from an unlikely source: Controversial Christian televangelist Pat Robertson. In an interview this week with The New York Times, Robertson criticized the long-running and oft-criticized war on drugs, saying it “just hasn’t succeed.” Given that backdrop, Robertson said he believes […]

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U.S. Attorney: ‘Unregulated Free-for-All’ Led to Crackdown on CA Medical Marijuana Industry

The federal government’s crackdown on the medical cannabis industry in California is an attempt to shut down marijuana businesses raking in huge profits at the expense of patients, according to the U.S. attorney in Sacramento. “We have received information that some storefront marijuana stores…are selling marijuana at a markup of at least 200 percent over […]

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