Marijuana Legalization and Regulatory News for Cannabis Businesses

Illinois to Consider Expanding MMJ Patient Base

Illinois dispensary owners might have access to a larger patient base down the road. The state’s health department is now soliciting suggestions on medical conditions that could be added to the qualifying conditions list for its medical marijuana program. A wide array of afflictions such as cancer, glaucoma and HIV are already covered under the […]

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New Michigan MMJ Patient Rules Could Impact Market

A handful of regulatory changes for Michigan’s medical marijuana patients could impact the size of the market for cannabis businesses. The new rules – scheduled to take effect Jan. 15 – lower the cost of a two-year registration from $100 to $60 for many patients, which might help boost participation in the state’s MMJ program. […]

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Seattle Official: Target Illegal MMJ Businesses, Allow Cannabis Lounges

Cultivators and dispensaries in Seattle that are operating without a license or not paying taxes must be shuttered, and the medical marijuana industry should be regulated under the state’s recreational cannabis framework, City Attorney Pete Holmes recommended in a memo released this week. The memo, sent to clarify legal issues surrounding cannabis, also urges Seattle […]

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First MA Dispensary Slated to Open in Spring

The smell of flowers could be particularly strong in one city north of Boston this spring. Cannabis flowers, that is. Massachusetts’ first licensed medical marijuana dispensary is aiming to open its doors in Salem in the next few months. Alternative Therapies Group – which recently received a medical cannabis cultivation and distribution certificate from the […]

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Montana Judge Rules Against MMJ Crackdown

Montana medical marijuana businesses are about to get some serious relief, thanks to a district court judge who struck down several key portions of a 2011 law intended to crack down on the industry. Judge James Reynolds threw out bans on selling medical marijuana for profit and MMJ advertising, potentially opening up the state’s decade-old […]

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DC Mayor: City Will Fight for Rec Marijuana Law

Washington DC isn’t giving up the fight on legalized cannabis. The city will “explore every option” to get a voter-approved marijuana law enforced, Mayor Muriel Bowser, who took office on Jan. 2, said Sunday on Meet The Press. If successful, DC could eventually allow the actual sale of cannabis via retail stores. The law, which […]

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Alaska Might Stick to Rec Deadlines After All

After initially indicating he might push for delays in the rollout of recreational marijuana sales, Alaska Gov. Bill Walker said his office is now committed to sticking with the deadlines spelled out in Ballot Measure 2. That means personal possession will be legal beginning Feb. 24, while draft rules for the industry are due by […]

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Hawaii Commission Recommends MMJ Dispensaries by 2017

Though Hawaii remains one of the few medical marijuana states without legal dispensaries, that could very well change this year. Solid details for a plan to set up a medical cannabis industry in the state finally became a reality this week, when a legislative task force outlined a set of recommendations for establishing a regulatory […]

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Massachusetts Approves 1st Cultivator License

Massachusetts officials have granted the state’s first medical cannabis cultivation certificate of registration to a Salem company, advancing a licensing process that has been fraught with errors and delays. Alternative Therapies Group has entered the inspection phase of the growth process, which allows public health officials to drop in and ensure everything is compliant with […]

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The future of medical marijuana in Florida: Q&A with attorney John Morgan

By John Schroyer Florida trial attorney John Morgan was the face and voice of the campaign to legalize medical marijuana in the state last year. Though the measure fell just short of the 60% it needed at the ballot box to pass, Morgan and his supporters have promised to keep up the fight at the […]

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Illinois MMJ Applicants Still Waiting for Decision

Prospective dispensary owners and cultivators waiting to hear whether they’ve received a license to operate in Illinois were told the state is still evaluating applications, meaning decisions on who will win permits may not be made until after Jan. 1. Regulators had a goal of naming license recipients before the end of the year. “The […]

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