Marijuana Legalization and Regulatory News for Cannabis Businesses

Rhode Island Gov. Chafee Nixes Plan for Cannabis Dispensaries

Attempts to start medical marijuana dispensaries in Rhode Island are dead in the water, at least for now. Gov. Lincoln Chafee announced that he will effectively pull the plug on the state’s fledgling dispensary program by nixing plans to license three planned medical marijuana centers. Chafee said that “after much internal and external discussion and […]

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Medical Pot Opponents Bracing for Renewed Bid to Legalize MMJ in Idaho

Fearing an aggressive push by marijuana backers to legalize medical pot in Idaho, the Kootenai Alliance for Children and Families in Couer d’Alene is already bracing for a big fight next year. The organization will hold a meeting on Oct. 14 to discuss the dangers of allowing residents to legally grow, buy and sell marijuana. […]

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Will New Mexico Be The Next State To Backtrack On Medical Pot?

We saw it in Michigan. We’re seeing it in Arizona. And there’s still a chance New Mexico might eventually attempt to make an about-face when it comes to medical marijuana as well. The state’s governor, Susana Martinez, indicated while campaigning last year that she would seek to repeal the MMJ law. Martinez backed off those […]

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Weed Petitions Flood ‘We The People’ Section Of White House Site

The White House recently launched a new section on its website called “We the People” that gives average, everyday Americans the chance to “petition the Obama administration to take action on a range of important issues.” The most popular topic so far? Marijuana, by a wide margin. The government launched the service as part of […]

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California Weed Legalization Efforts Going Up In Smoke

Several months ago, we warned that several efforts to legalize the general use of pot in California and Colorado could sour voters on the idea of medical marijuana – despite the unbridled optimism expressed by those leading the charge. Our thinking: It’s simply too much, too soon. Many people are still getting accustomed to having […]

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Study Finds Crime Increased After L.A. Dispensaries Forced To Close

MMJ opponents often claim that medical marijuana leads to an increase in crime. But as we pointed out in a previous post, the stats and information used to back up these claims are often inconclusive and questionable. In fact, some studies show that crime decreases when pot shops come to town. Now we have another […]

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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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