Marijuana Legalization and Regulatory News for Cannabis Businesses

18 States Considering Medical Marijuana Laws in 2012 Despite Pressure on Cannabis Business

Medical marijuana raids in California, Colorado, Washington and other states make newspaper headlines seemingly every morning. Pot dispensary bans, moratoriums on weed dispensaries and community protests lead the nightly newscast. Speculation about what the federal government might do next fills online MMJ chat rooms. Given all the negative news, one would think that medical marijuana […]

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Marijuana Raids Target Four San Diego Dispensaries as DEA Continues to Close California Pot Shops

The federal Drug Enforcement Agency has raided several medical marijuana businesses in San Diego over the past week, highlighting the Obama administration’s efforts to conduct a sustained crackdown on California pot shops. In the latest series of marijuana raids, agents served warrants at four San Diego dispensaries, forcing the MMJ businesses to shut down and […]

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Weekly Wrapup: Crackdown in Colorado + Dispensaries to Launch in Arizona

Two very different developments emerged in the MMJ industry at the end of last week, one immensely negative and one immensely positive for medical cannabis. First, the bad news: The federal government shifted the focus of its crackdown from the West Coast to Colorado, demanding that nearly two dozen dispensaries within 1,000 feet of schools […]

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Arizona to Move Forward With MMJ, Start Issuing Marijuana Dispensary Licenses After Long Delay

It’s a great day for MMJ in Arizona…and for the entire medical cannabis industry. After a nine-month delay that threatened to completely derail the state’s budding medical marijuana industry, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has directed Department of Health Services officials to “begin accepting and processing dispensary applications and issuing licenses for those facilities” in the […]

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California Inititative Would Help Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Fight Back Against ‘Hostile’ IRS

A new voter initiative in California to legalize and regulate the general use of marijuana could help protect medical pot dispensaries from the Internal Revenue Service. The Regulate Marijuana Like Wine campaign seeks to repeal prohibition of marijuana for adults, place strict state oversight on the drug and allow hemp agriculture. While the overall effects […]

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3 Top Republican Presidential Candidates Wary of Medical Marijuana Legalization

The medical pot industry has been pretty vocal in its criticism of Barack Obama lately, berating the administration for cracking down on dispensaries, flip-flopping on the issue and creating mass confusion. Some MMJ professionals have even vowed to vote for someone other than Obama in the upcoming election for these very reasons, saying a change […]

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