Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

Ohio Drive to Legalize Medical Marijuana Hits Snag

Early last week, it seemed Ohio was well on its way to becoming the next state to let voters decide if medical marijuana should be legal. A group of residents submitted a petition with 2,143 signatures from registered voters, the first step in the process of getting the issue on the ballot in 2012. The […]

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Proposal to Ban Dispenaries in Fort Collins Gains Steam

Nearly two dozen medical marijuana dispensaries have sprouted up in the college town of Fort Collins, Colo., since 2009. Now, a group of citizens is attempting to turn back the clock to the days when marijuana wasn’t openly sold from storefronts. Organizers behind a proposal to ban dispensaries – as well as companies that make […]

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Dispensary Owners, Beware: Big Pharma to Make Run at Medical Pot Business

Forget Colorado and California. The medical pot regulatory structure of the future will highly favor pharmaceutical firms and health professionals, who will use their political clout and business heft to win dispensary licenses and push out the little guys. This is the future of the industry as Robert Kane sees it. Kane is the founder […]

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Move to Tax, License Weed Dispensaries in Seattle Postive Sign for Industry

If you own a dispensary or hope to open one someday, you should pay particularly close attention to what’s going on in Seattle. It’s a sign of things to come for medical marijuana in other large cities. Seattle’s City Council passed a measure last night to license, regulate and tax medical pot shops. This is […]

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NPR Segment on Medical Pot a Business Buzzkill

National Public Radio aired a 4-minute segment on Tuesday covering recent developments in the medical marijuana industry. It’s good to see the mainstream media take the sector seriously. In fact, on the same day this story aired, medical marijuana was a more popular topic on the Los Angeles Times website than Prince William and Kate’s […]

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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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