Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

Oregon State Police Harass Card-Carrying Patients Leaving a Medical Marijauna Clinic

Late last week, an Oregon State trooper staked out 45th Parallel, a medical marijuana clinic near the Idaho border.  Apparently the trooper issued citations to people as they left the building, including a $1000 ticket for  “residue” on a used pipe.   Elvy Musikkam, famous in MMJ circles as one of only four US citizens currently […]

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San Jose City Council Votes to Allow Only 10 Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Currently roughly 140 pot collectives serve San Jose, but today the city council voted to allow only 10.  A permitting process to decide who gets to stay in business will start accepting applications in November.  The council also voted that collectives had to include a registered nurse or licensed physician on their boards. Although it […]

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Ohio Group to Press on With Medical Marijuana Legalization Efforts

I received a phone call several days ago from Ryan Maitland of the Ohio Coalition for Medical Compassion, the group behind an effort to legalize medical marijuana in the Buckeye State. As I wrote about last week, the coalition submitted a petition to the state containing 2,143 signatures, which is the first step toward getting […]

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Obama Sidesteps Marijuana Issue in Town Hall Meeting

Don’t expect any further clarification from the government on medical marijuana until after the next presidential election, at the earliest. The Obama administration seems to be going out of its way to avoid the issue, afraid of the repercussions if it articulates a clear stance. Here’s why: The GOP could have a field day during […]

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Pot Backlash: Half-Dozen Cities, Counties Ban Marijuana Clinics

While scouring the Internet for medical marijuana news, I’ve seen a fair share of stories over the past week about cities and communities banning pot shops. Here are some of the latest developments on this front: – California is a hotbed of activity when it comes to bans. City council members and local officials in […]

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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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